Buckmasters Magazine

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

In Need of an Intervention

In Need of an Intervention

By Linda Crosslin

Self-confessed deer hunting addict finally gets the trophy of her dreams. I am the oldest of five girls reared in the country and taught by our father to shoot at an early age. My husband, Joe, has been deer hunting since the first legal Kentucky deer season in 1968. He took our two kids and me with him in 1985, and I’ve been hopelessly addic... READ MORE

No Respect

No Respect

By P.J. Reilly

Why Indiana is the Midwest’s most overlooked hotspot. When it comes to premiere whitetail destinations, the Midwest is at the top of the heap. Every year, scores of hunters flock there in search of big bucks; and every year, those hunters take home more than a few bragging-size whitetails. Most often, the states these hunters head to are Illi... READ MORE

Arrow Spine Rules

Arrow Spine Rules

By Jeff Murray

How this little understood arrow factor can make or break your setup. Just the other day, I shot a dozen arrows of an unfamiliar brand to check their performance at 50 yards. That’s a good distance for practicing, because it makes traditional whitetail distances seem like chip shots. When you practice regularly at this distance, you learn a l... READ MORE

Big Woods Bucks

Big Woods Bucks

By Steve Bartylla

Whitetails in large timber tracts are harder to pattern, but it’s not impossible. As the buck stood on the ridge, nose held high, it inhaled the alluring odor of the estrous scent I had placed well above its reach. It took several steps forward and began to scan the bedding area below for the hot doe. Within seconds, a blast of scent placed c... READ MORE

Antler Intrigue

Antler Intrigue

By Tom Fegely

Of the recognized big buck factors, which is really most important? Several years ago, in one of my newspaper columns distributed by the Associated Press, I covered the subject of deer antlers and how they grow and are eventually dropped after the hunting season. With more than 25 years of outdoor news writing under my camo cap at the time, I long ... READ MORE

The 5 Ws of Decoying Deer

The 5 Ws of Decoying Deer

By Bob Humphrey

Who, What, When, Where, How and Why to use deer decoys It was that gloomy period known as false dawn. I was perched on the edge of a huge cut cornfield in southeast Illinois, and somewhere out in front of me, well within the effective range of my weapon but invisible to me, was a Boss Buck decoy. The anticipation of seeing the sun rise for the firs... READ MORE

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Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd