Buckmasters Magazine

Father Knows Best

Father Knows Best

By Bob Gentz

Dad always said not to shoot unless you have a clean shot. During the 3 1/2-hour trip north to my brother-in-law’s camp, I wondered if this would be my year for a trophy. If it wasn’t for my father, who taught me to enjoy the outdoors, I wouldn’t be driving among the thousands of cars full of drivers and passengers heading in the ... READ MORE

Results-Based Scouting

Results-Based Scouting

By Rick Sapp

In order to find mature deer, you have to look for mature deer. Here’s how to do it. ‘We’ve gotten it right … and wrong,’ says nationally recognized white-tailed deer and turkey hunter Tim Hooey. ‘Effective scouting is a year-round deer hunting activity, but the way our generation has been taught to go about it ... READ MORE

Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

By Jacob Lowey

Jacob wanted to hunt out of the stand where his father was and had to “settle” for a monster 11-pointer. It was the second day of shotgun season in Illinois, and I had a basketball game at 8 a.m. Dad had gone ahead without me, so when the game was over, I rushed home to get all my hunting gear together and go out to my stand. I am not a... READ MORE

Hunting with the Enemy

Hunting with the Enemy

By Chuck Smick

Outlaws are a small percentage of our ranks, but they make a big impact. When I pulled into the parking area at the Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge, my stomach roiled and my heart sank. There lay three deer left to waste. One had been skinned and the head removed, along with a few choice pieces of meat. The other two lacked their heads, but a... READ MORE

Captain Hook

Captain Hook

By Mike Bartig

It took two encounters and two years, but Missouri archer finally claims his trophy. It was the first week of November during the 2006 fall Missouri archery season, and I was trudging up the hill to my tried-and-true treestand on Dave’s place. I had carefully positioned “Stinky” — my homemade deer decoy — upwind from t... READ MORE

Next Year’s Game Plan

Next Year’s Game Plan

By Joel S. Fawcett

The time to start planning for next year’s big buck is immediately after this season. Deer season is over, and you struck out. If that describes your experience, perhaps you should incorporate a scouting regimen into the off-season. I began to pattern bucks back when I was a registered guide, and my success in predicting hot locations for my ... READ MORE

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

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Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd