Tips & Tactics

The Heat of the Moment

The Heat of the Moment

By Ken Piper

Trail camera settings affect performance in high or low temperatures. Last week we talked about the importance of using quality batteries to run your trail cameras efficiently and effectively. This week we’ll cover another little-understood camera item, the PIR sensitivity setting. Most hunters look at that setting and assume a high sensitivi... READ MORE

Battery Shock

Battery Shock

By Ken Piper

That jolt you feel when looking at the price of lithium batteries could cost you real money. Look, I get it. The price of lithium batteries seems crazy when compared to the same number of alkaline batteries. When you're standing in the store holding the two packages in your hand, why on earth would you select the one that costs twice as much? Actua... READ MORE

Ooh Ooh That Smell

Ooh Ooh That Smell

By Ken Piper

Deer urine attractants aren’t so popular indoors. We recently received a question in our Ask the Biologist inbox about how to remove deer urine smell from a vehicle seat. It seems a lid for a bottle of buck lure wasn’t screwed on tightly enough. Biologist Bob Humphrey recommended trying a hunting scent-killing spray on the area, and tha... READ MORE

Turkey Time!

Turkey Time!

By Ken Piper

It’s not deer hunting, but it’s still a whole lot of fun and excitement. Turkey seasons are either under way or about to begin throughout most of the states that deer hunters call home. Whether it’s because calling turkeys seems intimidating or because they simply have never done it, far too many deer hunters don’t take adva... READ MORE

Honey Locust, I’m Home

Honey Locust, I’m Home

By Ken Piper

Every region has lesser-known high-draw whitetail food sources. One of the best ways to experience steady deer action throughout a hunting season is to key on the most desirable food sources. The peak appeal of a given source can vary from days to weeks, and the shorter the window, the more intense the action will be. There aren’t many deer h... READ MORE

Read the Sign

Read the Sign

By Ken Piper

Put some fun back into your hunting by going back to basics. Have you ever seen a magazine article that explains how to tell the difference between a buck track and a doe track? How about one that says you can identify a deer’s sex by examining its droppings? While it’s fun to speculate about such techniques, it is virtually impossible ... READ MORE

Paper or Plastic?

Paper or Plastic?

By Ken Piper

We like roll-top sacks, thank you very much. Last week we discussed the benefits of using a roll-top sack to carry your insulated clothing to the stand, but there are other ways to use these handy bags. Whether you’re packing for an out-of-state trip, or if you like to keep an instant hunt setup in your vehicle, roll-top sacks will keep you... READ MORE

It’s In the Bag

It’s In the Bag

By Ken Piper

There’s a better way to stay sweat-free during the walk to your stand. One of the keys to remaining undetected and comfortable in your stand is to arrive there sweat-free. It helps to take your time walking in, but heavy gear, the anticipation of the coming hunt and the rushed feeling from the extra 20 minutes of sleep you got can kick-start ... READ MORE

Never Say Never

Never Say Never

By Ken Piper

“Never” and “always” don’t apply to whitetail behavior. When I started hunting whitetails on public land in Pennsylvania, one of the first things I learned was to watch for the last deer in any group. If there was going to be a buck, it was almost always last in line. As I’ve traveled and hunted in other states, ... READ MORE

Carpet Tagger

Carpet Tagger

By Ken Piper

Hang onto a few sections of your old carpet to use in your deer stands. Old carpet has several uses for deer hunters. You can cut a section of carpet to the exact shape of the platform of your climber, lock-on or ladder stand. The carpet quiets shifting feet, but the best benefit is it creates a barrier between your boots and the bare metal. Metal ... READ MORE

See the Light

See the Light

By Ken Piper

Find an easily accessible spot to store your headlamp. Most whitetail hunters wear a headlamp into or out of the woods. Most also spend some frustrating minutes trying to locate said headlamp in a pack or pocket. Try to get into the habit of always putting your headlamp in the same place when you take it off. It can be a particular pocket in your p... READ MORE

Cold Slap in the Face

Cold Slap in the Face

By Ken Piper

A facemask can keep you in your stand, but don’t let it ruin your hunt. Deer hunting the late seasons requires you to endure one difficult obstacle: Staying in your stand through cold temperatures. Even if your cold-weather vigils are shorter than your hunts from earlier in the season, it doesn’t take long for your nose and ears to get ... READ MORE

January Scouting

January Scouting

By Ken Piper

This is a great time to get a better read on local deer behavior. One trait shared by whitetails and humans is we're creatures of habit. If something works and we're happy, we're not likely to change. This means that, barring significant habitat changes, next year's deer will likely use the same trails, bedding areas, staging areas and breeding gro... READ MORE

Silence is Golden

Silence is Golden

By Ken Piper

There’s a good reason the TV pros whisper after taking a shot. One of the more frequent questions we get at Buckmasters is, “Why do hunting celebrities whisper after taking a shot? The deer is already hit, so what’s the point?” There are several very important reasons to be quiet immediately after shooting a whitetail, and a... READ MORE

A Little Dirt Never Hurt

A Little Dirt Never Hurt

By Ken Piper

Extend the life of your expensive hunting clothing by neglecting it (a little). While deer hunting is just heating up in parts of the deep South, the season is a memory to the rest of the nation’s whitetail hunters. As you prepare to store your gear for the off-season, don’t stress too much about your clothing. Smart whitetail hunters a... READ MORE

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