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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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