Party Item Scope Cover
By John P. Mason
When hunting season winds down, I get busy cleaning my gear, packing up my camouflage and giving my hunting vehicle a wash after months in the mud. One of the most important things I do is clean, oil and store all my firearms for storage until next hunting season. If you are like most hunters, several of your guns are topped with scopes. And if you... READ MORE
Wind Indicator Refill Substitute
By Brady Howe
I use a powder-filled puffer bottle to check the wind direction while I'm hunting. It's easy to go through a lot of powder in a short amount of time, and the refills can be very expensive. Powder substitutes like baking soda and cornstarch either clump easily or are too heavy to hang in the air for long periods of time, so I did some research and ... READ MORE
Tubular Head-and-Neck Gear
By Tim H. Martin
Photo: Buff USA’s Polar Buff is one of many tube-style headwear garments available to hunters today. This model, which acts as a head cover and neck gaiter, is actually a one-piece tube. During a Texas pronghorn hunt in 2007, I received severe sun damage to one side of my neck from hours of driving an ATV across the desert. I’d forgotte... 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
Good Ol’ NaHCO3!
By Michael Morton
As a longtime bowhunter, I’m extremely careful about my scent control. And if you’re like me, you respect a deer’s sense of smell above practically everything else. You could say I take scent-masking to the extreme, but I don’t believe that’s possible. I use every modern advancement available as part of my routine, wh... READ MORE
Barbed Wire Fence Tamer!
By Richard Burt
Snagging your pants on a barbed wire fence is something you will inevitably do if you are a deer hunter, fisherman, or like to chase birds, rabbits or squirrels — pretty much any kind of outdoor activity in the field. Over the years and on multiple occasions, I have ripped my britches on that wicked top strand more times than I’d like t... READ MORE
Pass? Shoot? Wait?
By Michael O’Brien and Tim H. Martin
Photo: A deer’s body angle, your adrenaline, a deer’s demeanor and confident shooting are all part of making effective shots. Have you ever panicked when a deer showed up? Have you ever fired a shot with the adrenaline pumping and before the optimum shot was offered? If you are an experienced hunter, you probably know what happens next,... READ MORE
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
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
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
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
July: Time to Set Stands
By Bob Humphrey & Yamaha Outdoors
It’s July during some of the longest and hottest days of the year. Deer season, in most cases, is still months away. What better time to set your stands? It might sound a bit crazy, but right now is actually a great time to get some of your larger treestands in for the coming season.
First and most importantly, whatever distur... READ MORE
Shooting Angles Made Easy
By Joshua Clifton
I was reintroduced to archery about five years ago, and since then I’ve learned a lot about the sport, but not without some difficulties with proper shot placement. Early on, I had several opportunities to harvest a deer; however, the anatomy of a white-tailed deer was a mystery. If I aimed behind the shoulder, as is standard, sometimes the ... READ MORE
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
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