Buckmasters Magazine

Going Public

Going Public

By Ace Sommerfeld

When it comes to hunting public land, attitude and preparation go a long way. Photo: Andy Treistad missed this buck during a special military base hunt. He returned the next season to finish the job. I heard all the horror stories of hunting public land and felt bad for anyone who had to put up with the perils of such places. The biggest complaint... READ MORE

Bucks In the Hood

Bucks In the Hood

By Tom Fegely

You Can Play an Important Role in Controlling Suburban Deer. If you don’t get down here soon, I’m going to shoot that buck myself,” Bob Walker half-teased in a phone call a couple autumns back. “He comes through here at least once a day, and we have him pretty well patterned. If somebody else doesn’t get him soon he's... READ MORE

Worth the Wait

Worth the Wait

By Carl Siebers

How a grateful son helped return the gift of hunting to his proud father. Forty-three years ago, I went on my first deer hunt and harvested a fork-horn on opening morning. I discovered the meaning of buck fever, but not from the deer I’d taken. I recall discarding the paper-jacketed 16-gauge pumpkin ball casing. Morning rain had made the... READ MORE

In a Zone

In a Zone

By Steve Bartylla

Break down buck behavior to know where to set up stands. It was one of the more educating afternoons of my bowhunting career. From a stand on the cornfield, I glassed a buck in his bed on the opposite ridge. With more than two hours before last light, I was pumped. I had no doubt that he would rise and head my way before dark. My only concern was ... READ MORE

Role Reversal

Role Reversal

By Jeff Kreager

This time it was Dad’s turn to be told where to hunt. The 2006 Ohio archery season started quickly when my son, Cody, was able to arrow a big buck on opening day. Cody was home from college and didn’t have much time to hunt, so I placed him over the trail camera that was getting regular pictures of that deer. I’ve placed Cody in m... READ MORE

An Ounce of Prevention

An Ounce of Prevention

By Tom Fegely

Muzzleloaders require extra care to prevent mishaps and ensure functionality. In 1975, the second year of Pennsylvania’s winter flintlock season, I was invited to join a commercial outfitter in the Pocono Mountains for a post-Christmas muzzleloader hunt. Two of the participants were New Jersey hunters who, a couple days before, had received f... READ MORE

How To Beat the Lull

How To Beat the Lull

By Steve Bartylla

When the hunting gets slow, it might be time to break a few “rules.” On Oct. 23, 2006, Wisconsin hunter Barry Rose hoped to meet up with the buck he’d seen earlier in the season. The 16-point typical monster, with antlers measuring 208 1/8 inches, was well worthy of any hunter’s attention. On the way in to the stand that ove... READ MORE

Scents and Scents-Ibility

Scents and Scents-Ibility

By Bob Humphrey

Scent suppression is like a chain: One weak link and the whole system fails. Some studies suggest a whitetail’s sense of smell might be 10,000 times more sensitive than ours. We don’t know for sure, and the number isn’t really important. What is important to deer hunters — especially bowhunters — is doing everything yo... READ MORE

Hiding In Plain Sight

Hiding In Plain Sight

By Tom Fegely

We’ve learned some of our best concealment tricks from the original masters. My thoughts should have been on deer, but the occasional scratch in the dry leaves below my treestand commanded my attention. After several minutes, a glimpse of movement in the mottled leaves revealed the oval form of a woodcock going about its business of poking i... READ MORE

That’s No Squirrel

That’s No Squirrel

By Matt Saunders

Ohio youth hunter gets the job done with a single-shot .410. My 8-year-old son Luke had been bugging me all summer about getting him a .410 shotgun so he could go hunting with me. I finally caved in and bought him a Rossi single-shot .410 and his apprentice license. I taught him how to be safe with the gun and respect its power, and also to respec... READ MORE

Funneling Bucks

Funneling Bucks

By Steve Bartylla

Sometimes a buck needs a little nudge to put him in the right spot for a shot. The more I studied the area, the more convinced I became that I’d found the best stand site on the property. Other locations along the creek bottom looked good but were too wide to cover. This spot was different. Here, the creek bank sliced diagonally from tight ... READ MORE

Fall of the Kessnich King

Fall of the Kessnich King

By John Albert

You know you have a big buck when you shoot the one the taxidermist is after. I have lived in Wisconsin for almost seven years now and have been fortunate to meet some unique and fine people. One of those people is the owner of 751 acres near Bear Valley, where we hunt and practice fine deer management. On Nov. 3, 2004, I was headed to a stand I us... READ MORE

An Early Christmas Gift

An Early Christmas Gift

By Sandy and Donnie Wigginton

Daughter buys her dad a license for an out-of-state hunt of a lifetime. I moved to Rogersville, Ala., five years ago from Mississippi. It was difficult to move, because my father and I have always shared a love for the outdoors. It has always been something that enabled us to have time together. For his 2006 Christmas present, my brother Casey, Mo... READ MORE

Better Than Basketball

Better Than Basketball

By Gary Spangler

Chad might have given up sports over the years, but he’s not giving up hunting. Chad Richmond, a hunter from Leesburg, Ohio, is a passionate person. In his youth, Chad’s passion was sports, particularly basketball, and then deer hunting. His wife and children have replaced basketball on the list, but deer hunting is still right there at... READ MORE

Thanks, Dad

Thanks, Dad

By Paul Thein

Childhood memories and tradition kept this hunter returning home for deer season. Since I was a teenager fresh out of hunter safety class, I’ve been hunting a family farm in Olmsted County, Minn. Our hunting party consists of cousins and close friends, and hunting together is a tradition. Over the years, I have watched many of our party bag ... READ MORE

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