Buckmasters Magazine

Just Do It

Just Do It

By Kathy Etling

For far too long, we’ve listened to our guys plan all the exciting adventures and book all the hunts. We go — often with their friends or work buddies — because we want to hunt, too. But how many ladies have ever considered turning the tables to plan their own out-of-state — or maybe even home state — hunts? In an era... READ MORE

Evesdropper

Evesdropper

By Mike Handley

The rusted barbed-wire fence was as good a stopping point as any, and it was closer than the road. I dragged the buck right up to the bottom strand, let go of it and leaned my bow against an adolescent oak. In one burst of uncharacteristic effort, I’d covered 40 yards. Thank god it was all downhill. As I stood there sucking in air like a Hoov... READ MORE

A Buck for Grandpa

A Buck for Grandpa

By Danny Senic

The 1976 Virginia firearms season was soon to open and, for the first time, Grandpa wasn’t going hunting with us. He was dying of black lung disease. Grandpa had worked in the coal mines for years, but now they were working on him. Grandpa had been an avid hunter for as long as I could remember. He had taken 39 deer, several of them nice buck... READ MORE

How To Approach Downed Game

How To Approach Downed Game

By Russell Thornberry

In spite of what you might see on hunting shows, there are some very serious dos and don’ts when it comes to approaching a deer, or any wild animal, that you presume to be dead. The first rule is to approach the deer from downwind. If it is still alive and it smells you, it will panic and try to get on its feet to flee. Approach the animal q... READ MORE

Everybody Loves a Nut

Everybody Loves a Nut

By Tom Fegely

The arrival of fall brings some welcome entrées for residents of the deer woods. That’s when acorns, beechnuts and other mast, hard and soft, mature and eventually drop to the ground, providing a nutritious change of diet for deer about to enter their energy-intensive rut. The availability of acorns in particular changes both feeding a... READ MORE

King of the Hill

King of the Hill

By Tim King

Last September, my wife changed my computer screensaver to read, “Tim, you are awesome and I hope you score big on your hunt this year! Love you, SK.” So when the alarm buzzed at 4:30 a.m. on the cool, crisp morning of Oct. 28, 2005, I was confident in her message. Rising early to fill my backpack and pack a lunch is just one of the ta... READ MORE

Tricks of the Trade

Tricks of the Trade

By Dale R. Larson

There’s nothing magical about being a successful whitetail bowhunter. Like everything else in life, there is no shortcut to success. The individual who applies himself will be the most successful. Learning the tricks of the trade is a process that never ends. Just when you think you know everything, you will discover something new. The first... READ MORE

Breakfast with Whitetails

Breakfast with Whitetails

By Tom Fegely

One of the benefits of being an outdoors writer is the bonus of hunting and wildlife photography – deer in particular – as part of the job. Most of my whitetail encounters are made from fall into spring, which is why I decided to have breakfast with the whitetails one August morning. My alfresco dining spot was a large high-fenced field... READ MORE

Mapping Trophy Bucks

Mapping Trophy Bucks

By Steve Bartylla

The contour map revealed a long ridge slicing through the big timber, eventually splitting into a “Y.” Fifty yards before the split, a dip in the ridge formed a saddle. As a bonus, a deep erosion cut ran from the valley all the way up to just short of the saddle. The combination of features formed a great location for intercepting roami... READ MORE

Tinkle Up A Buck

Tinkle Up A Buck

By Harvey Bauer

During several years of hunting in West Virginia, I had the great pleasure of getting to know an elderly mountain man who has harvested more than his share of trophy bucks.I arrived at his secluded farm for one of my visits while he was working in his barn. The big doors stood open and an astonishing number of big whitetail racks were tacked inside... READ MORE

How I Found My Hunting Partners

How I Found My Hunting Partners

By Mark L. Nash

“Be still,” I whispered to Jordan. The doe saw our odd shapes at the base of the tree and stopped to study us for a moment. She soon decided that we didn’t belong there and beat a hasty retreat. A short time later, I spied a small deer standing farther down the ridge behind where the doe had been. “Take your time and shoot t... READ MORE

Gut Piles and Roadkills

Gut Piles and Roadkills

By Tom Fegely

Having grown up hunting deer in Pennsylvania and with visits to more than three dozen whitetail-rich states over the years, it has become obvious that deer hunters provide other wildlife with a phenomenal amount of fresh meat, organs and other internal body parts every hunting season. It’s from early October into December that the greatest c... READ MORE

A License to Drive

A License to Drive

By Rick Sapp

Just as his father taught him 40 years ago, Tim Hooey is teaching his son to hunt. But sometimes it is not easy knowing what is perfectly good repetitive instruction and what is outright nagging. Sometimes Dad forgets that he was the same do-it-my-own-way kind of kid. Hooey meticulously planned the opening-day hunt. It would be most productive to h... READ MORE

Late Breeders & Big Eaters

Late Breeders & Big Eaters

By Peter R. Schoonmaker

The wind picked up, and the early December sky turned ash gray. From the steep lee side of my mountain treestand, I could only imagine what it was like on the western side. Mounting gusts let me know that a snow squall would soon arrive. The air wasn’t the only thing moving. I could see deer legs in a stand of hemlocks below me. When the squa... READ MORE

Film Your Own Hunts

Film Your Own Hunts

By Steve Bartylla

Catching movement out of the corner of my eye, I turned to see the mature 10-pointer trotting my way. I hit “record” and shifted the camera to center the oncoming buck. Steadily following his approach, I got in position for the impending shot. With the buck stopped behind a tree, I shifted the camera two steps forward and attached the r... READ MORE

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Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd