Buckmasters Magazine

Heartbreak to Redemption

Heartbreak to Redemption

By Mark Oliver

A bad day at the office takes an unlikely turn for the better for this Buckmasters cameraman. The mighty cottonwoods of Alberta had turned a golden yellow, a hint that winter was just around the corner. Most of the crops had been harvested, and the deer were plentiful. I had been trapped in the office for just over seven months, and when I finally ... READ MORE

The Boys of Summer

The Boys of Summer

By Ken Piper

Why the first week of the season is your best chance to take a book buck with a bow. Late September and early October are when baseball’s boys of summer get serious and compete for their sport’s ultimate prize. If you hunt deer with a bow, I don’t care if you’re the world’s biggest baseball fan, skip the playoffs on TV... READ MORE

Small Group Deer Drives

Small Group Deer Drives

By David Hart

Less can be more when it comes to pushing deer. The morning hunt was uneventful, but as Mike Mattly and two friends watched a dandy buck slip into a small patch of cover, he knew things were about to get interesting. The three Iowa hunters were driving back to town when they spotted the buck on property they had permission to hunt, so after a few m... READ MORE

Make Your Scouting Count

Make Your Scouting Count

By Tom Fegely

Not all deer season preparation is created equal. At precisely 5 a.m. on Oct. 1, 1988, Craig Krisher climbed into his treestand in Pennsylvania farm country. It had become a familiar spot, one in which the then 25-year-old bowhunter had spent other dawns during previous months. The homemade stand and surrounding acreage had become familiar territor... READ MORE

The $5 Ground Blind

The $5 Ground Blind

By Russell Thornberry

Sometimes you can’t beat what nature provides. Bowhunters are using ground blinds more often these days for several reasons: Some of the more senior bowhunters are less willing to climb trees because of the danger factor, and many others are simply afraid of heights. There are so many excellent commercial ground blinds on the market today tha... READ MORE

All About Luck

All About Luck

By Bill Claspell

Success isn’t always measured by animals on the ground. There are a hundred, maybe more, stories to tell about elk camp, and choosing the right one to put to print is a chore. I could talk about the camaraderie of sharing camp with fellow fanatics, or of sneaking through the timber at daybreak, or of watching a bull rake his antlers on a sage... READ MORE

Foodplotting With an ATV

Foodplotting With an ATV

By Chuck Roberts

You don’t need a giant tractor to have a successful food plot. Years ago, food plots were typically large agricultural undertakings — big greenfields of up to 50 or more acres found mostly on active farmland or huge hunt club leases. There were several million other deer hunters out there who wanted to make plots but lacked the means to... READ MORE

The Crossbow Effect

The Crossbow Effect

By David Hart

Are they good or bad for the sport of hunting? Hunter numbers were falling, deer complaints were rising and the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries was looking for a potential solution to both problems. So, in 2005, the Department legalized crossbows for all hunters during the state’s early archery season. Four years later, Matt Knox,... READ MORE

The Trophy Equation

The Trophy Equation

By David Hart

It takes more than one ingredient to make big bucks, and some factors are beyond a hunter’s control. What do Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois have in common? The answer is pretty obvious to Buckmasters readers. Those states, and a few others, have well-earned reputations for producing lots of monster deer. On the other hand, states like Vi... READ MORE

Like an Oak

Like an Oak

By Bob Humphrey

Declining oak forests could mean big changes for future deer herds. I’ve hunted a lot of different places over the years, but there are a few spots I hunt every year. One in particular I’ve been hunting for nearly two decades. At first glance, it doesn’t look like anything special — just another stand of mixed hardwoods. Eve... READ MORE

What Makes Them Different?

What Makes Them Different?

By Bob Humphrey

Our biologist explains why you don’t see many bucks after their third birthday. Hunting in a place like Saskatchewan offers several advantages. In addition to good odds for a really big buck, you also get the rare opportunity to watch and learn about deer in general. Spend a week in Saskatchewan and you’ll likely log more observations o... READ MORE

Uncommon Senses

Uncommon Senses

By Darren Warner

Hunters spend a lot of time worrying about a whitetail’s nose, but what about its other senses? Everything about a whitetail’s vision is uniquely adapted to help it detect and escape predators. Take, for example, where the eyes are positioned, on the sides of its head. A deer can see 310 degrees, compared to about 180 degrees for humans... READ MORE

Beat the Clock

Beat the Clock

By Jeff Murray

Take advantage of the fast pace of the rut. At the beginning of the week, my best spot looked like a fire sale on whitetail bachelorettes. Suitors with headgear of all shapes and sizes came a-calling. Each sniffed air and ground, ignoring the camouflaged blob watching from above. Who would have guessed that by the end of the week that spot would be... READ MORE

Don’t Bug Me!

Don’t Bug Me!

By Bob Humphrey

Some of the woods’ biggest dangers come in the smallest packages. I’ll never forget my first trip to Texas. There were many memorable moments, but one that stands out occurred on the first afternoon. The outfitter had secured a supply of 8x8x4 plywood moving crates, which he’d converted into ground blinds by making one end panel i... READ MORE

Hunting Below the Threshold

Hunting Below the Threshold

By Jeff Murray

You can’t stop 100% of human scent, but you can reduce it to a huntable level. Is it humanly possible to not smell like a human? I often kick off seminars with this question because it’s a hot, if not the hottest, topic in hunting. Invariably, the “nays” outnumber the “ayes” by at least three to one. Someone migh... READ MORE

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Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd