Buckmasters Magazine

Old White Foot

Old White Foot

By Danny Scott

Four-year hunt ends in a cloud of smoke ... and a flood of emotions. As I hunkered down in a little clover patch with my hands on the antlers of a mature whitetail, I found myself experiencing so many different emotions that nothing made sense. I had been watching and keeping up with this buck for four years, so I was happy and proud — but al... READ MORE

Illinois’ Icicle Buck

Illinois’ Icicle Buck

By Tom Fegely

Monsters like this aren’t supposed to be around in the second season. Billy Joe Austin knew he and his father, Dennis, and brother, Michael, would probably have the woods to themselves on that miserable morning of Dec. 5, 2003. But none of the Austins were convinced they really wanted it. It was the next-to-last day of Illinois’ second ... READ MORE

It’s Good To Be the King

It’s Good To Be the King

By Shannon King

And even better to put your tag on one. Ethan is the youngest of my three boys. He turned 7 in December of 2007, and my wife and I bought him a new Browning Bar .243 for Christmas. Just a few days later, the weather in Alabama called for severe storms and possible tornadoes. Looking at the radar, I noticed a break coming before another severe storm... READ MORE

Risk vs. Reward

Risk vs. Reward

By Ken Piper

If you seek only the best, be prepared for epic highs and lows. Monster bucks are a rare thing. But you already know that if you’ve spent any time in the woods trying to put your tag on one. And while he’ll be the first to tell you he lives in an area that holds more bruiser bucks than most other locations, Daryl Sidwell is one of those... READ MORE

Only One Buck Would Do

Only One Buck Would Do

By Lisa Price

Young Texan’s patience pays off in drop tines. Hardworking farmers usually just grin and shrug their shoulders when someone suggests they play hooky for a day or take a vacation. They say things like, “The animals don’t know it’s Sunday,” or “Got to make hay while the sun shines.” So maybe that’s wher... READ MORE

I Got a Buck

I Got a Buck

By Angie Larson

Sometimes a great day can get even better. "I got a buck, I got a buck, I got a buck!" Say that about eight times in a row real fast and you'll hyperventilate and pass out. After I whispered it about the seventh time, I realized I was about to do just that. Saturday morning, Nov. 3, started out like most hunting weekends: coffee, cheesy grits, good... READ MORE

Tennessee Prize

Tennessee Prize

By Ron Shannon

Persistence pays off with a double-beamed Volunteer State buck. My first day to hunt in 2007 was Sept. 22. It was hot in Fayette County, Tenn., that day. The mosquitoes were bad, and deer weren’t moving — miserable bowhunting conditions. Things got a little better on Sept. 27. After harvesting a doe, I remained in place to see if more d... READ MORE

A Son’s Gift

A Son’s Gift

By Rick Foster

Thirteen seems to be a lucky number for the Foster boys. One month before my 13th birthday, I shot the largest blacktail deer my father had ever seen. The buck had gone downhill to the point the antlers had regressed to an incredibly large 2 points. The antlers were so wide and deep that they fit around my chest. I would have never believed that ... READ MORE

The Farm

The Farm

By E.C. Chapman

In loving memory of Elting Chapman and all hunting dads. My story begins many years ago when I was a boy of 9 or 10. Opening day of deer season in New York was always on a Monday, and my dad always let me stay home from school for that special occasion. Just up the road from our home was The Farm. It wasn’t very big, but it was special to me.... READ MORE

Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

By David Hart

Is the big-bullet versus shot-placement debate finally over? In a typical season, hunters and wildlife managers on the King Ranch in South Texas take about 2,000 deer. Those range from 70-pound yearlings up to the occasional 200-pound buck. The King Ranch’s hunters use virtually every rifle caliber on the market and plenty that aren’t a... READ MORE

Stupid Spots for Super Bucks

Stupid Spots for Super Bucks

By Jeff Murray

Call it smart or call it instinct, big bucks often hide out where we least expect. The first time I tried rattling, I thought I was disturbing the woods and doing more harm than good. I’m not from Texas, so I got into that game a little late. But my awkwardness quickly turned into euphoria when a buck popped into view before I could say Sham-... READ MORE

The Final Frontier

The Final Frontier

By Russell Thornberry

If you’re going to do it yourself, you might as well go all the way! Several does milled around my ground blind like gray ghosts, emerging at dawn from the vicious Mexican flora of chaparro, black brush, mesquite, cat claw and prickly pear cacti. I watched them through tiny holes between the leaves of the thorn-clad walls of the ground blind ... READ MORE

Heavy or Light?

Heavy or Light?

By Jeff Murray

Speed is a big issue when it comes to arrows, but weight is important, too. It was Nov. 14, 2000-something, and my partner and I both missed easy shots at very nice bucks — but for reasons at the opposite ends of the mistake spectrum. “Bad” Brad missed because, I believe, he shoots too much speed, something like 320 feet per secon... READ MORE

Ohio Public Land Whitetails

Ohio Public Land Whitetails

By Freddie McKnight

Not all the Buckeye State bruisers are taken on private land. One minute I was watching a pair of yearling does contentedly feeding in my direction. The next, I was watching the largest buck I have ever seen while in a treestand. It was chasing a doe, presumably the yearlings’ mother, and was slowly working my way. It was hard to believe that... READ MORE

Big Buck Bonds Brothers

Big Buck Bonds Brothers

By Matt Spetts

Some moments in the deer woods will change you forever. It’s interesting how a hunter evolves, especially when, as in my case, that evolution is a direct parallel to the maturation of the individual. I believe that one season, one hunt, one harvest or even one moment can influence a hunter and change his perspective on the sport forever. I ex... READ MORE

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Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd