Buckmasters Magazine

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

By Tom Fegely

How a top-10 Pa. buck almost never made it to the hunter’s wall. Much of deer hunting’s enjoyment and memories involves sharing tales experienced by friends and other lucky and wise hunters. Each year’s deer camp provides a wealth of stories of bucks seen but not shot, others that got away and some that didn’t. For those tha... READ MORE

Fetching Sheds

Fetching Sheds

By Tracy Breen

Antler hunting is more fun with man’s best friend. For many whitetail hunters, there isn’t an off season. When we’re not perched 20 feet up a tree, waiting for Mr. Big to walk by, we’re hanging stands, planting food plots or knocking on doors in search of the next great lease. Many look for shed antlers just to pass the days... READ MORE

Confessions of a Cull Hunter

Confessions of a Cull Hunter

By Bob Humphrey

Management bucks provide plenty of challenge at a fraction of the price. Deer hunting can mean stress, most of which we thrust upon ourselves. In my case, the trouble began the moment I committed to an abbreviated, two-day hunt. A full day into it and with nothing to show, I was really starting to feel the pressure. Light was fading fast on the sec... READ MORE

The Green Menace

The Green Menace

By David Hart

How to control weeds and keep them from ruining your food plot. There’s a monster out there — a green menace lurking in your food plot. It’s not a plague of insects or some alien disease. No, this monster is that catch-all category of plants we call “weeds.” Fescue, Bermuda and other grasses, along with curly dock, thi... READ MORE

Git ’R Done

Git ’R Done

By Ken Piper

While not a traditional deer call, apparently yelling at the family dog can yield a trophy buck. Clee Dixon has seen and killed more big bucks than most people ever dream of. Growing up in a farming family in western Illinois and carrying on the tradition today, Clee encounters deer on a regular basis, including the big bucks that raid his soybeans... READ MORE

Duo Deer Hunt

Duo Deer Hunt

By Bob Humphrey

Sometimes you can have the best of both hunting worlds. For many Easterners, shooting a mule deer is a lifetime goal. You save your money until you can finally afford that once-in-a-lifetime Western hunt. Weeks of searching the Internet, talking with outfitters and interviewing references eventually lead to a reputable enterprise. You book the hunt... READ MORE

Dad Would Be Proud

Dad Would Be Proud

By Steve Foate with Scott Foate

Deer management program pays off big time for father and son. Each year as I sit in my stand, I daydream of the big bucks that live in our part of the country. I paint a vivid picture of my son, Kevin, holding the rack of a trophy buck as he smiles at me and we share the closeness that only those who have been there can understand. Another wish was... READ MORE

A Buck’s First Year

A Buck’s First Year

By Bob Humphrey

A whitetail’s first 12 months are fraught with peril, and some won’t survive. Dawn breaks on a dew-soaked meadow. The calendar says summer is still several weeks away, but the woodland creatures know it’s already here. The grass is a yard tall, trees are fully leafed out and the colorful male songbirds now sing to defend a territo... READ MORE

Craving Chocolate

Craving Chocolate

By Ken Piper

And this buck’s dark rack wasn’t even its most noticeable feature. It was the third morning in the stand for Scent-Lok’s Mike Andrews. He had several bucks in his archery sight over the previous two mornings, but the buck he was after, a big 10-pointer, had passed by out of range both days. He couldn’t help asking himself wh... READ MORE

So You Want To Be a Turkey Hunter?

So You Want To Be a Turkey Hunter?

By Bob Humphrey

If you’ve been intimidated by the thought of turkey hunting, now’s a great time to give it a try. When I started turkey hunting back in the early 1980s, there wasn’t a whole lot of instructional information around on how to do it. To make matters worse, turkey hunting was still in its infancy in the northeast, where I hail from. T... READ MORE

How To Score Your Turkey

How To Score Your Turkey

By Bob Humphrey

Did you know you could score your turkey and possibly enter it into the record books? The National Wild Turkey Federation maintains official records of wild turkeys taken by fair chase methods anywhere in the world. Rather than simply using weight, their system consists of a combination of three measurements: live weight, beard length and spur leng... READ MORE

Turkey Vocalizations

Turkey Vocalizations

By Bob Humphrey

While wild turkeys are known to use at least 30 different calls, you need only master these few. According to researchers, the wild turkey’s vocabulary consists of at least 30 distinct calls. Fortunately, you only need to be able to mimic a half-dozen or so to hunt them effectively. Probably the most familiar, and easiest to imitate is the "y... READ MORE

How to Bag the Biggest Bird of Your Life

How to Bag the Biggest Bird of Your Life

By Bob Humphrey

The older a turkey gets, the smarter he gets. Try these tips to bag the biggest bird of your life. When I started guiding turkey hunters, birds were hard to find and permits hard to get. Most of my clients were first-time turkey hunters and I advised hunters to take the first legal bird they could. “Get one under your belt, gain some experien... READ MORE

Tactics for Hard-Hunted Turkeys

Tactics for Hard-Hunted Turkeys

By Bob Humphrey

Increase your turkey hunting success with these tips for pressured birds. As my truck rolled down the gravel road I turned to the fellow I was guiding and revealed, “this is one of the heaviest hunted spots in the area. The road ends up ahead and there’s a field off to the left. At dawn it looks like a parking lot.” No response wa... READ MORE

How To Deal With Henned-Up Birds

How To Deal With Henned-Up Birds

By Bob Humphrey

Turkey season is hard enough without having to deal with henned-up gobblers. Try these tricks the next time you face a not-so-lonesome tom. One of the biggest obstacles most turkey hunters will face at one time or another is dealing with henned-up birds. Of course, this depends a lot on the timing of hunting seasons in relation to the turkey's bree... READ MORE

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