Buckmasters Magazine

Ghost Deer

Ghost Deer

By Bob Humphrey

Albinos and piebalds are rare, but should they be protected? I entered the woods and was slipping along at a somewhat casual pace, scouting more than hunting, when a deer broke from cover in front of me. Cursing myself for being too casual, I stopped to survey the area. My intent was to find a likely ambush spot, then go back for the climber I&rsqu... READ MORE

Talk Yourself Down

Talk Yourself Down

By Russell Thornberry

A few soothing words can keep you from losing your cool on a big buck. While bowhunting in Ohio a few years ago, I met a fellow hunter who was an avid hunting TV fan. He was remembering a show he had seen where I shot a nice whitetail, and his comment took me by surprise. “After you dropped that buck, you turned calmly to the camera and said,... READ MORE

Tar Heel Haunting

Tar Heel Haunting

By Tyson Williamson

Trophy dream comes true in a ghostly way for this North Carolina deer hunter. My amazing story started when I got to hunt a friend’s land in central North Carolina. It’s a large block of woods surrounded by housing developments just outside the city limits. Surprisingly, there is very little hunting pressure. In early August of 2010, I ... READ MORE

Why Food Plots Fail

Why Food Plots Fail

By David Hart

Food plots take time, effort and money to do them right. You spent hundreds of dollars on chemicals, fertilizer and seed, not to mention countless hours turning dirt on your ATV. But there you are, staring at a mess that was supposed to be your deer hunting honey hole. It might be a few skimpy clumps of clover swallowed by a sea of weeds, or it cou... READ MORE

Thank You, Dad

Thank You, Dad

By Anthony R. Knight

Timely invite salvages dream hunt for new father. My love of hunting began when I was 10 years old when I went rabbit hunting with my dad near our home in Tennessee. I got my first rabbit that year with a 20-gauge single-shot H&R shotgun my parents got me for Christmas. Although I didn’t get a deer that year, I was hooked on hunting. I wa... READ MORE

Be Realistic

Be Realistic

By P.J. Reilly

Passing up small bucks is great, if there are bigger bucks in the area. My outfitter buddy loves to tell the same story at camp every year. It’s about a group of guys who signed up to hunt with him during Illinois’ late muzzleloader season. My buddy had e-mailed the guys to tell them what to expect, what gear they should bring, etc. He ... READ MORE

Game Changers

Game Changers

By Collected By Tim H. Martin

Buckmasters’ staffers share tips that have helped fill their tags. THE TARSAL HOARDER (Jackie Bushman) We can thank the good folks at Scent-Lok and Tink’s for developing scent-absorbing clothing, scent attractants and odor eliminators that fool a deer’s nose pretty doggone well. Today’s technology and improvements in hunting... READ MORE

Who Needs Shuteye?

Who Needs Shuteye?

By Russell Davis

Good things come to those who skip naps. I arose at 5 a.m. on Nov. 19, 2010 and was in my treestand by 6. Shortly after sunrise, a 30 mph south wind kicked up, making it impossible to hear. I was halfway up a 200-yard hill that faced a cornfield. I hunt that stand the first day of shotgun season every year and have pretty good luck. By 10 a.m. that... READ MORE

Feed Your Herd

Feed Your Herd

By Bob Humphrey

Reducing deer numbers is not the only way to balance deer with their habitat. Biologists use the letter K to denote carrying capacity — the number of animals, in this case deer, that existing habitat can support. Think of the food resources available on the land as a pie. Biologists love to use the pie analogy. No matter how you slice it, the... READ MORE

When Opportunity Knocks

When Opportunity Knocks

By P.J. Reilly

It’s good to have a game plan, but better to hunt a hot stand. There it was again, the deep, amorous grunt of a whitetail. The morning had not lightened enough to show me the buck I knew was close, but the eastern sky was becoming alive with color, so I tightened the grip on my 60-pound longbow and waited impatiently. I knew where the buck wa... READ MORE

Back In the Day

Back In the Day

By David Hart

Are whitetail hunting’s glory days a thing of the past? It’s been nearly more than 25 years since an unassuming farmer from Biggar, Saskatchewan set the deer hunting world on fire. Milo Hansen had no idea he was looking at the new world record when he pulled the trigger, but he set in motion what turned out to be a decades long obsessio... READ MORE

Smart Scouting

Smart Scouting

By Steve Bartylla

Have a plan when heading to the woods in the off season. I was frustrated. I’d seen a great buck during the early fall while scouting. Setting up on him, I came close twice, but not close enough. Then, he vanished. With the rut approaching quickly, I was worried. Knowing I needed to make a change, I began to scour the 60-acre woodlot. If the ... READ MORE

Picking Pockets

Picking Pockets

By Bob Robb

Small isolated cover areas can produce big results. I am not sure who coined the phrase “bigger is always better,” but it certainly applies to whitetail hunters. We’re always trying to shoot the biggest buck. What many hunters overlook is the fact that the biggest buck does not necessarily come from the largest tract of huntable l... READ MORE

A Perfect Match

A Perfect Match

By Dave Henderson

There’s an accurate load for YOUR slug shooter. When it comes to our slug-shooting setups, many of us think we have a Top Fuel dragster when we’re really shooting station wagons. But that’s okay, since real-life shotgun success depends largely on short-range slug performance. Occasionally you can stretch it past 150 yards under th... READ MORE

Two Shots, One Record

Two Shots, One Record

By Denver Crouch

The Story of Kentucky’s top crossbow buck. I’ve been a diehard bowhunter for 29 years, but shoulder replacement surgery on July 26, 2010, almost broke my bowhunting streak. My surgeon suggested I use a crossbow, and after a lot of thought, I decided to give it a try. I purchased a crossbow and obtained the proper paperwork to hunt with ... READ MORE

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