Buckmasters Magazine

Do Buck Limits Matter?

Do Buck Limits Matter?

By David Hart

If success rates are relatively low, why do we even have buck limits? In 2007, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources changed a long-standing tradition when it reduced the state’s bag limit from a buck a day to three per season. The reason, according to deer studies project leader Chris Cook, was to shift pressure away f... READ MORE

Scoring From Ground Zero

Scoring From Ground Zero

By Darren Warner

You can’t always find a climbable tree in good whitetail habitat. For several long days, I’d faithfully hunted from a permanent ground blind in northern Michigan, and I was beginning to think I was wasting my time. I’d probably overhunted the blind, repeatedly drawn back by my father’s news of spotting a mature buck in the a... READ MORE

What Jinx?

What Jinx?

By Mike Handley

Old Kansas Proverb: Sometimes you get the deer’s goat, sometimes he gets yours. Dear Abby: While deer hunting in Kansas last season, I was given the chance to test-drive an Ameristep pop-up blind erected by a guy whose trip was cut short by news of a workplace crisis. The man, from one of those C-cities in Ohio, obviously put a lot of work in... READ MORE

Put a Buck to Bed

Put a Buck to Bed

By Bob Humphrey

A look at whitetail bedding areas and how they’re important to hunters. My son Ben and I made our way to within 100 yards of our double ladder stand. “We’re gonna have to be as quiet as we can from here on,” I said. He understood why and nodded. We moved slowly and quietly, inching forward only when the wind blew, then crept... READ MORE

Get Up and Go!

Get Up and Go!

By David Hart

You need a Plan B when treestands and food plot vigils aren’t working. When a herd of cows decided to camp out under Gary Smith’s northern Virginia treestand, he had no choice but to get down and move. It was still early in the morning, but instead of hustling to his backup stand, Smith decided to still-hunt his way along a ridge. It tu... READ MORE

The Long Haul

The Long Haul

By Joe Blake

The more time you spend in the woods, the better your odds for success. The cold, north wind continued stinging my face, just as it had throughout the day. Intermittent waves of sleet and snow didn’t make things any easier as I continued to scan the Minnesota woodlot. The discomfort caused me to question the wisdom of remaining in the stand, ... READ MORE

How to Get Bow-Close

How to Get Bow-Close

By Fred Eichler

Advice from this traditional bowhunter can help you be in the right spot. I heard the sound of footfalls on the leaves to the right. I could tell by the cadence it was definitely a deer and not a squirrel, hog or armadillo, and I didn’t dare move my head for fear it would spot me. I listened as it moved closer, my eyes aching from the strain ... READ MORE

Scrape Savvy

Scrape Savvy

By Bob Robb

Is hunting over scrapes really worth your time? I remember when I first encountered a whitetail’s scrape while hunting. I was in Alberta, and the area was torn up like a barnyard. I was pretty dumb back then. It was about the time Nixon was president, and I thought I had found the proverbial pot of gold. I sat at that spot for a week. Except ... READ MORE

5 Keys to Early Season Bucks

5 Keys to Early Season Bucks

By Steve Bartylla

It helps to have a step-by-step plan. I was getting frustrated. I was hunting a northern Alberta zone that had a five-day bow season. Arriving two days early, I figured it would be a simple task to observe some fields, pick a few bigger bucks and set up for the hunt. Sunset on the first day of the season found me racing to the least promising alfal... READ MORE

How to Choose a Bow Sight

How to Choose a Bow Sight

By Bob Robb

What you need to know to make the right choice for your bowhunting style. Few things in archery bug me more than crummy equipment. Tops on the list is a cheesy bow sight. A poorly constructed sight is difficult to dial in and can, and will, fail at the moment of truth. Fortunately, there are plenty of great sights out there to choose from. Selectin... READ MORE

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