Tips & Tactics

Slick Condition Traction Trick

Slick Condition Traction Trick

By Gary LaLone

Photo: Play sand is odorless and so fine it won’t crunch under your feet. My tip originates from a scary incident that happened several years ago. It was the opening day of Ohio’s firearm season, and I was excited to get set up in my treestand, a hand-built permanent stand made of wood. When I climbed aboard, I suddenly discovered the f... READ MORE

Doe-Re-Mi

Doe-Re-Mi

By Ken Piper

Which does are best to target for removal, young or mature? You’ve probably read many articles recommending taking big, healthy does to help reduce deer populations. And that’s not bad advice. It’s just not necessarily the best advice in all situations. Some biologists are taking a new approach to thinning herds and are recommendi... 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

Creating Man-made Game Trails

Creating Man-made Game Trails

By Allen Pete

Bucks tend to be very cautious on the property where I hunt. This is because the surrounding areas receive a lot of hunting pressure. Older, wiser bucks know to travel in the thick stuff and won’t put themselves at risk by stepping out into the open. My stands are located near openings large enough to get a clear shot. These are situated wher... READ MORE

Stopping the Gunsling Slide

Stopping the Gunsling Slide

By Mark Kay

One of my biggest pet peeves when I’m walking to and from my deer stand is constantly dealing with my rifle sliding off my shoulder. It seems like the gunsling slides down with every few steps I take, and I have to keep one hand on it most of the time. I’m sure you’ve had this happen, too, and you’ve probably done as I have ... READ MORE

Freeze & Fly Your Trophy

Freeze & Fly Your Trophy

By Dave Graber

Photo: Dave Graber poses with his trophy of a lifetime, a mountain lion from Arizona. Dave shares a cost-saving tip that will help deer hunters fly home with their frozen capes as carry on luggage. Recently, I had a successful mountain lion hunt in Arizona. Like successful deer hunters who travel by air, I had to figure out the best way to get my t... READ MORE

Set Up Ladder Stands Alone

Set Up Ladder Stands Alone

By Anonymous Tip Submission

Setting up ladder stands by yourself can be a chore, especially if the stand is more than 15 feet tall. The bottom nearly always slides as you attempt to walk the top-heavy ladder up the tree. The trick is to stake down the bottom rung of the ladder so it won’t slide. I am 71 years old, and have safely used the following method for years. H... READ MORE

Virtually Perfect Practice

Virtually Perfect Practice

By Ken Piper, Executive Editor | Buckmasters

If I told you I’ve shot a thousand or more trophy bucks, you’d think I was either a poacher or a liar. I’m neither, and although the vast majority of those bucks were shot in a virtual setting, that experience has done more for my real bowhunting than any other type of practice or expensive gear. I’ve been shooting video hun... READ MORE

Warmers in Extreme Cold

Warmers in Extreme Cold

By William Sharp

My tip is a follow up to a 2013 Buckmasters Tip of the Week submitted by bowhunter Stacy Vaccaro. Stacy explained how she uses disposable hand and toe warmers on her arms and shoulders to keep her muscles loose enough to draw her bow in the extreme cold of Wisconsin. Buckmasters Tip Editor Tim H. Martin added how he learned to put hand and toe wa... READ MORE

Take Great Field Photos: Part One

Take Great Field Photos: Part One

By Tim H. Martin and Mike Handley

Field photos, also known as grip-and-grins, are photos of hunters posing with their freshly killed animals, usually taken by a friend or relative of the hunter. As Art Director of Rack Magazine, each year, I receive hundreds of field photos. Sadly and all-too-often, the images are unusable, even of world-class bucks. You’d be shocked how many... READ MORE

Stand Firm

Stand Firm

By Ken Piper

It’s chic to take a stand these days, and that’s certainly true in the deer woods. With all due respect to still-hunters, the most effective way to hunt white-tailed deer is to take a stand in a productive spot and sit there quietly. Stands work for a number of reasons. We play a cat-and-mouse game with whitetails. Deer are using all t... READ MORE

Pausing Hand Warmers

Pausing Hand Warmers

By Kevin Sundholm

Photo: Michigan deer hunter and tip contributor Kevin Sundholm shares his trick for getting more life out of hand warmers. Most hunters have used hand warmers at one time or another. I’m talking about the air-activated type in a little bag, not the metal kind that requires the burning of fuel. The typical scenario goes something like this: T... READ MORE

Space Blanket Uses for Deer Hunters

Space Blanket Uses for Deer Hunters

By Bob Takeo

Before deer season starts, I buy a couple of space blankets to use in a number of different ways in the field. I split one of the blankets into two smaller units by asking my wife to cut it in half and sew shut the cut edges. Next, I fold up my blankets tightly, seal them in a ziplock bag and place in my backpack. They take up very little room an... READ MORE

Backcountry Fletching Fix

Backcountry Fletching Fix

By Jonathan Kane

Like many passionate bowhunters, I spend a great deal of time honing my shooting skills on the practice range. Typically, I don’t shoot at the same spot with multiple arrows. Stacking several often damages my fletching, especially with broadheads. Even when aiming at different places on the target, sometimes a stray arrow will clip a vane. Wh... READ MORE

Nighttime Trail Keeper

Nighttime Trail Keeper

By Glenn Russell

Photo: Marking blood trails with fisherman’s glow stick capsules can help you find your deer in the dark. Recently, I read a Buckmasters Tip of the Week titled Illuminated Nock Trick. It described using the illuminated nocks on your arrows to keep your bearings while tracking a wounded deer. The glowing nocks are easy to see at night and allo... READ MORE

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