Tips & Tactics

Shooting Rail Lifter

Shooting Rail Lifter

By Steven Purdy

My tip is a result of wanting to adjust the height of the shooting rail on my metal ladder stand after I moved it to a new location. After setting up my stand, I realized the shooting rail needed to be higher because the lay of the land was different than the previous location. I used my imagination and came up with a simple homemade remedy using t... READ MORE

New Stand? Bring Your Compass!

New Stand? Bring Your Compass!

By Larry Brown

Experienced hunters use a compass for more than just map reading. To make my treestands most effective during hunting season, I always carry a compass. I use it when picking out a tree and deciding which direction to face my stand. Here's why: Knowing your bearings is essential for the initial stand set up. If you guess and get it wrong, you'll lik... READ MORE

Homemade Fan Mount

Homemade Fan Mount

By Bob Humphrey & Yamaha Outdoors

One of the more popular ways to preserve a memorable turkey hunt is with the fan and beard mounted on a plaque. You can take it to a taxidermist, but if you want to save some money, doing it yourself is a fairly simple process. First, remove the beard by cutting it away from the breast. Be sure to leave just enough flesh at the base to keep th... READ MORE

Create a Realistic Rattling Sequence

Create a Realistic Rattling Sequence

By Russ Siler

Here’s my tip for making a rattling sequence sound more realistic to any buck within listening distance of your setup. I’m amazed at a deer’s ability to pinpoint exactly where a sound is coming from. From what I’ve observed, they can figure out the source to within a few feet, even when the sounds are above ground, and even ... READ MORE

Trail Cam Hang ’em High Setup

Trail Cam Hang ’em High Setup

By Heath Tinker

With all the new scouting camera technology today, you’d think all the angles would’ve been explored by now. But a couple of years ago, someone gave me a great tip that has produced the best trail cam pictures I’ve ever gotten, even on public land! In my early years of hunting, I was blessed with places to hunt on private land, li... READ MORE

No. 1 Tip for No. 2

No. 1 Tip for No. 2

By Joseph Bellapianta

Although we don't often see the subject of going to the bathroom in the woods as a topic for hunting magazines, TV shows or websites, it's still an issue every hunter must face from time to time. After our baby was born, I learned there is something better than toilet paper of paper towels to use in the woods when it's time to face the dreaded num... READ MORE

Avoid Bowhunter’s Surprise

Avoid Bowhunter’s Surprise

By Jack U. Baker Jr.

Photo: Consider reducing your bow’s poundage when the weather turns cold. Failing to do so could cost you a deer. Bow season starts as early as August in some states, so it’s usually warm when we are practicing.Since it’s easy to draw a bow in warm weather while wearing a T-shirt, we often crank up our compound bows to maximum pou... READ MORE

Soldier’s Tip for Hunters

Soldier’s Tip for Hunters

By Todd Davis

I learned a lot about how to stay quiet while I was in the Army. In the field, we constantly refined our equipment in ways that allowed us to move silently, without giving away our position to the enemy. Today's backpacks are usually covered with a number of buckles, straps, D-Rings and pulls. As you walk, all the added bells and whistles tend to j... 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

Create Antler Rubbing Posts

Create Antler Rubbing Posts

By William Cuthbert

One surefire way to learn if there is buck activity in your area is finding fresh rubbings on small trees, saplings or fence posts. Before the season starts, I have a buck indicator trick I like to use in or around the fields of my hunting property. Harvested agricultural fields are prime spots to check for rubs, but saplings don’t always gro... READ MORE

It’s Deer Hunting, Not Deer Seeing

It’s Deer Hunting, Not Deer Seeing

By Ken Piper

We often preach the importance of checking distances to likely shooting locations after settling in for a hunt. And while double-checking distance is always a good idea, it’s at least as important to have a good idea of general distances before you even set up a stand. Bowhunters frequently set up too close to trails and get busted when tryin... READ MORE

Whitetail Vapor Trails

Whitetail Vapor Trails

By Jeffrey Chancellor

My tip is an easily overlooked method of detecting bedded deer. Have you ever hunted on a frosty morning and feared deer would see you because of the vapor cloud created by your breath? I have. Sometimes, when a deer is staring me down, I’ve even tried holding my breath to avoid detection — it’s impossible! The same dilemma holds... READ MORE

4WD Safety Tips

4WD Safety Tips

By Nationwide

Because so many Buckmasters members own four-wheel drive vehicles, these tips from a driving school instructor could teach hunters a thing or two about 4WD safety on the main road. "The byproduct of seeing nature off-road is that you gain respect for it," says Bruce Elfstrom, the CEO of Overland Experts, a Connecticut-based off-road driving school... READ MORE

Build Whitetails’ Tolerance for ATVs

Build Whitetails’ Tolerance for ATVs

By Al Zwick

One characteristic I’ve noticed among white-tailed deer is, when given proper conditioning, they will develop a comfort level with ATVs, farm machinery and motorized vehicles. Knowing this trait has helped make my life easier, and I use it to gain an edge when hunting season rolls around. Through conditioning, I’m now able to drive dir... READ MORE

No Rail Pad? No Problem!

No Rail Pad? No Problem!

By Marcus Bolick

Photo: Venison is a prized commodity in the area of North Carolina where Marcus Bolick hunts. The hunter proudly hunts with the same model rifle used by Milo Hanson — a Winchester Model 88 chambered in .308. My tip isn’t anything fancy, and I may not be the first Buckmasters fan to come up with the idea, but I’ve decided to share ... READ MORE

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