Buckmasters Magazine

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

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

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Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd