Tips & Tactics

Bottlenecks and Funnels

Bottlenecks and Funnels

By Ken Piper

Anything that brings more deer into less space increases your odds of success. Last week’s tip about fences was an example of the funnel effect, where a natural or man-made feature concentrates deer travel. But there are many types of funnels and bottlenecks that give you a better chance of seeing deer. When studying aerial photos or scouting... READ MORE

Longbeard Mementos Done Right

Longbeard Mementos Done Right

By Dave Graber

After you have been turkey hunting for a while, you’ll accumulate a lot of birds, as well as lots of memories and gobbler souvenirs. I’ve taken 88 longbeards so far, and hope to reach 100 before I go to that big bird paradise in the sky. Whether it’s a full-body mount, a turkey tail preserved in a fan, a spur necklace or beard col... READ MORE

Diamond-Dusted Honing for Hunters

Diamond-Dusted Honing for Hunters

By Rick Roesler

Seems like hunters always need to sharpen something. I have found inexpensive, easily packable items that really do the trick, even in the field. There are several types of files embedded with diamond dust or diamond grit that will put an edge on your gear. The flat kind women use to file their nails are very inexpensive, and you can find them at T... READ MORE

The Disappearing Hunter Trick

The Disappearing Hunter Trick

By Mark Skiles

This great trick was taught to me well over 50 years ago, but it’s just as effective today. It all started when I was a lad of twelve. I was squirrel hunting with Andrew Ewart, a Pennsylvania Deputy Game Warden. Officer Ewart and I walked through the woods until we came upon a stump in a squirrelly-looking area. He had me sit on the stump and... READ MORE

Set BIG PICTURE Goals

Set BIG PICTURE Goals

By Krissy Jean Marrall

As a female who has been hunting since 1995, I've found that setting reasonable goals prior to each season has helped me develop my passion for hunting over the years. Looking back, if someone had told me to make shooting a monster buck my biggest pre-season goal, I would have become disenchanted with hunting before my career even got off the groun... READ MORE

Buck Whispering

Buck Whispering

By Jimmy Little (as told to Tim H. Martin)

When my friend and former coworker Jimmy Little first described his favorite deer-calling tactic, I thought he was pranking me. “I talk to deer,” he said, with a completely sincere face. “And not just deer, but any animal I’m after — bears, turkey, elk . . . even fish.” I scratched my head and asked, “You m... READ MORE

Don’t Forget the TP!

Don’t Forget the TP!

By Bryan Christensen

Other than for having it on hand when nature calls, toilet paper can serve another important purpose for hunters. I use TP for blood trailing, too, and keep some in my backpack. When tracking a wounded deer, mark the blood trail every so often by leaving a piece of toilet paper in the brush along the trail. This will help you find the trail if you ... READ MORE

Curiosity Killed the Buck

Curiosity Killed the Buck

By Mike Smith

In my home state of Missouri, it is currently illegal to use bait for hunting deer or wild turkey. But I’ve figured out another way to attract them that’s perfectly legal, and it will work anywhere. I use an ordinary garden rake to take advantage of the curious nature of deer and turkeys. I rake the ground about 15 to 20 yards from wh... READ MORE

Wild Game Buttermilk Bath

Wild Game Buttermilk Bath

By Rod Robert

Venison isn’t the only meat that sometimes has a gamey flavor, and that seems to be a recurring theme among people who eat wild game. For example, where I’m from, we have sharp-tailed grouse. They are practically inedible unless you do something to help them out. I have a simple trick that helps improve my wild game cooking, and it work... READ MORE

Best to Bomb That Blind

Best to Bomb That Blind

By Jamie Terrell

The first time you hunt from a deer stand could be one of the most dangerous. This is especially true in early season. As many hunters have experienced, wasps, hornets and wild bees find box blinds and shooting houses to be perfect places to build their nests over the summer months. Getting stung while climbing a ladder is a scary scenario. Some pe... READ MORE

Turtle Shell Turkey Calls

Turtle Shell Turkey Calls

By Bill Neibecker

Photo: Buckmasters tip contributor Bill Neibecker uses empty box turtle shells to craft uniquely beautiful and functional turkey calls. Next time you find the dome of an empty box turtle shell in the woods, stick it in your backpack. If it’s in good shape, you can make a unique homemade slate turkey call. It’s best to find one in good s... READ MORE

Beat the Bootstrap Blues

Beat the Bootstrap Blues

By Frank Carieri

I wasn’t sure my tip was worth sharing, but decided to send it to help other Buckmasters fans who are getting on in years, or are a little on the heavy side. Using a climbing stand is my favorite way to hunt whitetails. But, at age 52, I’ve had four back surgeries and a quadruple bypass. I’ve also added a couple inches to my waist... READ MORE

Rangefinder Ribbon Setup

Rangefinder Ribbon Setup

By Thad Cook

I have a simple tip for an archery setup that allows me to know my yardages without keeping a rangefinder in my hand when a deer approaches. Before the season begins when I am setting up my bow stands, I head to my hunting property with a rangefinder, a buddy, and several different colors of hair ribbons, flagging and/or surveyor’s tape. When... READ MORE

Yoga Mats — for Deer Hunters?

Yoga Mats — for Deer Hunters?

By Phillip Larsen

Photo: Phillip Larsen shares useful tips on hunters using yoga mats. Here, Phillip poses with a dandy 11-pointer he arrowed in western Maryland last season. One very common and inexpensive item that has several uses for deer hunters is a yoga mat. If you don’t have an old one lying around the garage, you can find yoga mats at most any retail ... READ MORE

Extra Treestand Hands

Extra Treestand Hands

By Gary Whitbeck

When you climb into your treestand and get settled in, it seems like there are never enough limbs to hang all your stuff on. And those tiny screw-in bow-holder hooks that come with a rope won’t allow you to hang very many items. I’ve found that the larger screw-in hooks made to hang bicycles in your garage make really ample treestand g... READ MORE

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