Off-season Small Engine Care
By Ken Piper
Photo: It might cost more at the pump, but ethanol-free gasoline will likely prevent a visit to the mechanic. As a hunter, you likely own an ATV or UTV, as well as operate several smaller engines such as chainsaws, generators or trimmers. You’ve also probably heard conflicting opinions on what type of fuel to use in those vehicles and tools.... READ MORE
Binos & Camera Telephoto Trick
By Tim H. Martin
Photo: A sheep hunter’s tip for taking long-range photos helped Tim H. Martin photograph this wide 10-pointer from a distance. While muzzleloader hunting in Ohio in 2010, I watched an extremely wide 10-pointer bedding down in the rain. It plopped down about 70 yards behind and to the side of my ground blind, well outside of my shooting lane. ... READ MORE
Natural Wind Detector
By Rick Dunker
My favorite wind detection device is simple, readily available and occurs naturally.
In the late summer, I will go to the field and pick a couple of pods from a milkweed plant. I do this just as the pods are about to open and the seeds are fully formed.
From the pod, I remove the white, fuzzy, feather-like fibers and pick off the seeds. (Milkwee... READ MORE
Venison Confusion: Backstraps vs. Tenderloins
By Tim H. Martin
Backstraps and tenderloins: Are they the same thing? The answer might surprise you if you’re a hunting newbie, and it even might be news to some of you old-timers! The answer is no, backstraps and tenderloins are two different things, although the terms are often interchanged in conversations about venison. There is a widespread misconceptio... READ MORE
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
Slip-on Mud-buster and Scent Rag
By Brian Soderston
Anyone who has hunted from a metal treestand and had a chunk of mud fall off a boot will tell you the same thing. It’s usually a quiet day, and the clod always hits something metal on its way to the ground, creating a loud, unwanted noise. And why does this seem to happen at the worst possible time, when deer are near your stand? Talk about ... READ MORE
Nature’s Alert Systems
By Matthew Weiser and Tim H. Martin
Part I: Pay Attention to Blue Jays: When hunting, if you hear blue jays making a ruckus, there might be some deer coming your way. So, pay attention to the direction of their noises. — By Matthew Weiser Part II: More on Nature’s Alarms: Experienced hunters pay attention to local animal behavior to predict the approach of whitetails as w... READ MORE
By Chuck Burklund
Backstraps and tenderloins are popular cuts of deer meat, but I never hear anyone talking about my favorite piece of the deer, venison flat iron steak.
That's probably because it's not the easiest cut to find and separate out. It's found on the top of the shoulder blade and is a distinctive muscle group.
The flat iron steaks are about 6 to 9 inch... READ MORE
Before You Claim Your Game …
By Matthew McDaniel
Photo: There are steps to follow before claiming downed game of any species. A wounded whitetail is a potentially deadly animal. Here are some things we should all teach our children before they go hunting — this goes for beginner adults, too. My father always taught me that deer's behavior is oftentimes deceptive, especially if they are inj... READ MORE
Revealing Old Serial Numbers
By Gene Jones
If you are having trouble reading serial numbers on an old gun, knife or anything stamped in metal, simply take a lead pencil and lightly rub it over the numbers. The graphite will make them stand out much better, at least well enough for you to read them.
Photo: Buckmasters Tip Editor, Tim H. Martin, tested this tip on an old shotgun handed down ... READ MORE
By Tim H. Martin
The Devil’s in the Details!
First time hunters often make small mistakes that lead to big failures. That’s all part of gaining experience and learning how to hunt.
When I first started bowhunting, I will never forget watching a doe approach at first light, drawing my bow, then having to let down when she stepped behind a hedge. ... READ MORE
Uses for Old Hunting Socks
By John Cuzzort
Here are a few ideas for turning your old hunting socks into something useful. You'll want to save them for a multitude of purposes you can use in the field — even that ratty pair with holes in the toes. One of the best uses of an old sock is as a padded arm guard for bowhunting. First, cut the sock in half at about the bend of the ankle. The... READ MORE
By Richard Squires
Most hunting clubs are typically set up with permanent shooting houses or blinds overlooking every greenfield and food plot. These stands are effective, but they get hunted — a lot. As the season progresses and hunters have shot several deer from these structures, whitetails become wise to what is going on. They become leery. You’ve pr... READ MORE
Hunting’s SECOND Handiest Item?
By David Johnson and Tim H. Martin
Don’t Trim It — Zip It! — Tip Submission by David Johnson I’m one of those hunters who believe the less brush cutting and trimming you do, the less likely Ol’ Big Boy is going to notice your intrusion into his world. Instead of hacking tree branches, I use zip ties to pull back and secure obstructing foliage from of my... READ MORE
Stand Work — Summertime is the Right Time
By Bob Humphrey & Yamaha Outdoors
Fall hunting season is still a ways off for most of us, which is precisely why now is the time to do a little deer stand work. The biggest reason is disturbance. You always want to minimize it around your stands, but a certain amount is unavoidable, particularly if you’re setting a new stand. The farther away from when you plan... READ MORE