Buckmasters Magazine

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

Destined To Be a Legend

Destined To Be a Legend

By Keith Snider

If Ben Knisley had a doe tag, this story might never have happened. If Ben Knisley had drawn a doe tag in 2006, the winner of Buckmasters’ Golden Laurel Citation would not have hailed from Minnesota. But the 23-year-old from Paynesville couldn’t shoot any of the does that came his way on the afternoon of Nov. 4.  He was forced to w... READ MORE

For Better or Worse

For Better or Worse

By Braden Arp

Whitetail hunters should know better than to schedule a wedding during deer season. With this ring,” “‘til death do us part,” “through sickness and in health” are things we remember saying when joining in solemn assembly with the one we vow to spend the rest of our lives with. There is one line that most of us fo... READ MORE

Anatomy of a Buck Rub

Anatomy of a Buck Rub

By Bob Humphrey

Not all rubs will produce bucks, but they all tell a story about the deer who make them. Over the last 25 years, I’ve been fortunate to find a handful of deer hunting gems — special places with just the right ingredients to make them consistently productive. I discovered one while scouting one day after the season had already begun. A 2... READ MORE

Why QDM Isn’t Working for You

Why QDM Isn’t Working for You

By David Hart

There are plenty of reasons QDM works ... and just as many as to why it can fail. A basket-racked 8-pointer steps into an opening 50 yards from your stand. It’s late in the season and you haven’t tagged a buck. For a fleeting moment, you consider raising your rifle and centering the crosshairs behind the shoulder, but that’s not w... READ MORE

White Smoke and Winter Whitetails

White Smoke and Winter Whitetails

By Chuck Smick

You can still fill your tag with a late-season blackpowder hunt. I was up a ladder stand at the end of an oak-studded finger on opening day of Kentucky’s December blackpowder season. The doe walked cautiously along the bottom of the steep ridge, but I saw her 30 yards from my stand and I clicked off the inline muzzleloader’s safety. At ... READ MORE

Rubbin’ Up the Wrong Tree

Rubbin’ Up the Wrong Tree

By C.J. Winand

Not all rubs are created equal. Here’s how to determine which you should pay attention to. Are rubs the key to hunting the rut? Are there different types of rubs? What behaviors do bucks exhibit at rub sites? Do bucks prefer certain types of trees for making rubs? Most hunters have more questions than answers when it comes to buck rubs. Years... READ MORE

Lessons Learnt

Lessons Learnt

By Steve Bartylla

Following are a few pearls of wisdom from a professional deer manager and hunter. Just that quick, things had gone from bad to perfect. The buck, sporting well over 150 inches of antler that had veered off just before hitting my shooting lane, was now being led back on a string. It was poetic justice in a way, since the doe that led him astray in t... READ MORE

In an Instant

In an Instant

By Bob Humphrey

Sometimes you have only seconds to choose whether or not to shoot. Here’s some help on how to decide. Whoa! Where’d he come from?” I didn’t remember looking away, but I must have because a very large buck now stood where seconds earlier the space was empty. “Shooter.” The word popped into my head. I knew it. I mi... READ MORE

Counting Points

Counting Points

By David Hart

Do state-mandated antler restrictions make a positive impact on herd health? In 1990, Larry Marchinton received a call from a Georgia wildlife biologist who wanted to discuss a novel idea for deer management. At the time, Marchinton was the deer research program leader at the University of Georgia, and the deer-hunting world was starting to look at... READ MORE

No Second Thoughts

No Second Thoughts

By Maurice King III

Some say taking an albino deer is bad luck, but this hunter didn’t even think twice. On Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, at about 6:30 a.m., I was on the way home from work when my brother called to ask if I wanted to go deer hunting. I was pretty tired and really didn’t want to, but I told him I would go for a short while. I went home, put on my... READ MORE

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Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd