Tips & Tactics

No Sweat? No Sweat!

No Sweat? No Sweat!

By Ron Miller

Photo: Ron Miller poses with a nice 10-pointer he took on top of a hard-to-get-to hill in Montana. The tip he shares about reducing sweat will help hunters keep dryer, warmer and sit still longer. Here in Montana, getting to my hunting area usually involves hiking steep hills in frigid conditions. One of my favorite spots is on top of a small mou... READ MORE

Take a Nap; Kill a Turkey

Take a Nap; Kill a Turkey

By Steve Hickoff

Turkey seasons are in full swing this month in places like the Deep South and even Hawaii. Chances are you’ll encounter some henned-up birds in the process — ones that could care less about your calls. Despite your winter-weary enthusiasm now to hunt spring gobblers, it might be time to scale back a notch or two. Relax. Take a nap in th... READ MORE

Whistle While You . . . Hunt?

Whistle While You . . . Hunt?

By Oren Haney

I’d like to share a tip with Buckmasters readers that my dad taught me decades ago when I was only 10 years old. It happened when my father came to me and said he wanted me to go into the woods and collect some meat for the dinner table. Dad told me to take my .22 and try to get a rabbit or two. I had never stalked for rabbits with anything o... READ MORE

Taming Hoist Rope Coils

Taming Hoist Rope Coils

By Bryan Lewis

There are several things that annoy me when it comes to cords we use to hoist and lower our bows, backpacks, guns and gear from the treestand. Strings often get tangled and twisted in saplings, noisy leaves, sticks and clutter on the ground, and I’ve never liked the way pull cords flap in the breeze when they are hanging free. Also, once you&... READ MORE

Zip That Quiver!

Zip That Quiver!

By Al Kirby

Photo: Removing his quiver and having a second arrow at the ready enabled Tim H. Martin to tag this beautiful Illinois buck. Here’s a great way to hang your quiver and reload easily, too. One less thing attached to my bow is a good thing. When archery hunting, I like to remove the quiver. I don't like the added weight or the extra noise it ma... READ MORE

How’d My Powder Get Wet?

How’d My Powder Get Wet?

By Glen Manning Jr.

When it comes to deer hunting, some things we simply learn the hard way. Even though I’ve spent years reading as much as I possibly can to learn about this wonderful sport, I’ve made many mistakes this past decade, and still do. Unfortunately, this was the case with learning about barrel sweat. Yes, guns can sweat! The results can be di... READ MORE

Curing the Wet Slate Blues

Curing the Wet Slate Blues

By Christopher Anderson

Here’s a question for my fellow turkey hunters. Have you ever gotten set up on some birds just before sunrise; the hens and gobblers are all talking. You pick up your favorite slate call just as the turkeys begin to pitch down only to find morning dew has dampened the call surface and it won’t make a sound? This has happened to me more ... READ MORE

Size (of Tree) Matters

Size (of Tree) Matters

By Tim H. Martin

Early in my hunting career, I hunted from a particular lock-on treestand located in a great place, but deer busted me there on a regular basis. At first, I couldn’t figure out why. I’d been taking extreme care preparing for each shot, reaching for my bow with caution, standing ever so slowly and getting into position with minimal moveme... READ MORE

America’s Outdoor Youth ‘Tip Manual’

America’s Outdoor Youth ‘Tip Manual’

By Buckmasters Tip Editor Tim H. Martin

Photo: With its humor, life lessons, adventure and brilliant prose, Robert Ruark’s “The Old Man and the Boy” should be required reading. – Photo Courtesy Luke Noffsinger The Buckmasters staff places a lot of emphasis on taking kids hunting and bringing them up in an outdoors lifestyle that instills values, virtues and proper... READ MORE

Rethink Still-Hunting

Rethink Still-Hunting

By Ken Piper

Many hunters look on still-hunting – the art of slowly creeping through the woods hoping to sneak up on a big buck – as something to do when deer sightings are slow and patience runs out. Regular practitioners of the still-hunt, however, know it requires a great deal of patience – even more patience than stump-sitting. The still-h... READ MORE

Keep a Gear Checklist

Keep a Gear Checklist

By Kenneth Lancaster

Make a List. Check it Twice. It never fails. You settle into your stand and suddenly realize you’ve forgotten something important. We hunters use so much gear, it's easy to accidentally leave items at home. I've learned over the years it's always helpful to make a list and review it the night before your hunting trip. Before I leave to go to ... READ MORE

Bowhunter’s Arm Fatigue

Bowhunter’s Arm Fatigue

By Tim Bregenzer

Photo: Buckmasters fan Tim Bregenzer shares his tip for reducing archer’s arm fatigue. A simple accessory helps him make better shots on bucks like this tall-tined Illinois 10-pointer. Many years ago, I started wearing an accessory belt over the outside layer of my hunting clothes. On this belt, I added a piece of gear I hope Buckmasters fans... READ MORE

Illuminated Nock Trick

Illuminated Nock Trick

By Susan and Rob Hagan

To my fellow Buckmasters fans, I’d like to pass on a useful tip for utilizing illuminated arrow nocks in a way you might not have thought of. A few years ago, my husband and I came up with this idea while tracking a doe in the pitch-black darkness.  After my husband arrowed the doe, it ran down into a large gully. The deer gained a lot... READ MORE

Failing Food Plots?

Failing Food Plots?

By ACES at Auburn University

You might have noticed that some or all of your plots are not producing like they used to or that they seem to be prone to failure in the summer months. One factor that you might not have considered is hardpan. Hardpan is a layer of soil that has become dense and compacted by heavy equipment, found from 2 to 10 inches below the topsoil. Hardpan ... READ MORE

For Luck or For Fun, Name Your Gun

For Luck or For Fun, Name Your Gun

By Tim H. Martin

Recently, I watched the movie "Full Metal Jacket." There's a scene in boot camp where one private asks another if he'd named his rifle yet, for good luck. I had to laugh, because I'd given my firearms a girl's name for as long as I could remember.Until watching the movie, I didn't know it was a Marine Corps tradition, and I didn't know it was cons... READ MORE

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