Buckmasters Magazine

Ready, Set, Reload!

Ready, Set, Reload!

By Tom Fegely

One of the most important skills of blackpowder hunting is the ability to reload quickly. Serious blackpowder hunters spend considerably more powder and lead under the controlled conditions of a shooting range than they do in the field. At least they should. Those who practice learn crucial lessons and skills that can make or break a hunt. One oft-... READ MORE

Deer Pelletology

Deer Pelletology

By C.J. Winand

Can hunters learn anything useful from deer droppings? We’ve all read that you can tell the sex of the deer by the size and shape of droppings, but is that really true? Do biologists really know? And, more important, can hunters learn anything from all the deer droppings they observe? The science of deer pelletology is intriguing, and despite... READ MORE

Making It Count

Making It Count

By Kristopher Havelka

Missouri teenager makes the most of his last season as a youth hunter. I’ve been hunting with my dad since I was 8 years old and fishing for as long as I can remember. I have been fortunate enough to take a doe and a nice 6-pointer during previous youth hunts, and I harvested my first turkey a few years ago during the youth turkey hunt. The ... READ MORE

If Mama Ain’t Happy

If Mama Ain’t Happy

By Bob Humphrey

Bucks get all our attention, but the life and habits of does are just as interesting. The afternoon’s first hours passed slowly and uneventfully, as they so often do. I could almost feel the temperature drop when the sun disappeared behind the treetops. That’s when I heard the first distant footfalls pattering on the crusty snow. Scanni... READ MORE

New Year’s Eve Bonanza

New Year’s Eve Bonanza

By Paul Olsen

Talk about waiting until the last minute to make a deer season! December 31, 2006, dawned clear and cold in south-central Iowa — the stuff of a whitetail hunter’s dreams. A winter storm was forecast. We had planned to hunt the late muzzleloader season in Madison County (as in “The Bridges of …”) for some time. The wea... READ MORE

Burnin’ Down the House

Burnin’ Down the House

By David Hart

Fire can be scary and dangerous, but controlled burns really help deer habitat. The very notion of dropping a lit match onto a dry forest floor is as frightening to some as looking down the barrel of a loaded gun. The fires that swept through Yellowstone National Park in 1988 and the wildfires that have caused so much destruction in southern Califo... READ MORE

Dorothy Was Right

Dorothy Was Right

By Mike Handley

Kansas really is the Land of Oz when it comes to deer hunting. By the time I reached the pick-up point well past sundown, headlights were igniting the tall grass at the edge of “Buckzilla Woods,” so named for a 200-plus-inch whitetail a friend videotaped there the year before I fell in love with Jefferson County, Kan.  As soon as I... READ MORE

He Could Do No Wrong

He Could Do No Wrong

By Ken Piper

Sometimes taking a deer seems like it was just meant to be. Some hunters get a reputation for their passion for the sport and respect for the wildlife they hunt, and that was the case for Colchester, Ill., buddies Daryl Sidwell and Kerry Foxall. The two have been hunting together for years, sharing views about the right way to do things, but neithe... READ MORE

Don’t Lose That Buck

Don’t Lose That Buck

By Jeff Murray

Whether or not you recover a deer often depends on what you do right after the shot. There’s an old lover’s proverb that says you can’t lose something that you never had. No question, tracking wounded whitetails is an ordeal every hunter worth his salt lick must confront. While there are no shortcuts to a quick recovery, there are... READ MORE

Never Say Never

Never Say Never

By Ray G. Snyder

How even a 65th year of hunting can be the best you’ve ever had. I’ve been a hunter for more than 65 years, and 2007 was the best season I’ve ever had! The adventure started two years ago when I was visiting my family at their home near Ashland, Va. I saw a big buck and decided that I had to return. The following year, as promised... READ MORE

One in a Million

One in a Million

By C.J. Winand

What causes the various mutations like albinism in whitetail coats? Just about every hunting season, I get a call from a hunter who has harvested an all-white (albino) or partially white (piebald) deer. And every year I hear many of the same questions: “What causes this condition?” “Are such deer legal to harvest?” “Ho... READ MORE

Confessions of a Trail Camera Hater

Confessions of a Trail Camera Hater

By Jeff Murray

New technology isn’t always good, but trail cameras are one tool that’s here to stay. When Holless Allen’s compound bow first appeared in 1967, I was bowhunting with a Bear recurve and loving it. When Bill Scott’s caliper release hit the market about 25 years ago, I was shooting my compound bow with fingers and having a huge... READ MORE

Rather Be Lucky

Rather Be Lucky

By Robert Young

Just about every big buck story has at least a little element of luck involved. It wasn’t all dumb luck as some of my buddies have teased, but I guess I had at least a little bit of luck that November evening in Indiana. I’ve been hunting whitetails and other big game for 25 years and was making homemade treestands and dragging deer out... READ MORE

Anatomy of a Scrape

Anatomy of a Scrape

By Bob Humphrey

A bare patch of ground can be a valuable piece of deer hunting real estate. Sneaking through the dense conifers of Anticosti Island, I caught flash of brown and a glimpse of movement off to my left. Deer! My guide had dropped me off hours earlier with a map of what would be my exclusive territory for the day. Besides me, the only living thing there... READ MORE

Needle in a Haystack

Needle in a Haystack

By Steve Bartylla

Sometimes finding a wounded buck can seem almost impossible. In at instant, I went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. I’d watched the huge 10-pointer for about 10 minutes while the doe he followed stood in my shooting lane. As the monster buck put on an impressive display of sapling trashing and dirt-clod kicking, I knew the odd... READ MORE

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Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd