Buckmasters Magazine

The Language of Smells

The Language of Smells

By Bob Humphrey

Whitetails communicate as much with smell as they do with vocalizations. It was the fourth day of my Kansas bowhunt, and things hadn’t gone particularly well. A clean miss the first morning and unseasonably warm temperatures had haunted me for three days. Somehow I had to make amends, but with rain and more high temperatures in the forecast, ... READ MORE

Make Your Move

Make Your Move

By Jeff Murray

When it’s time to make a mid-season move, it’s all about surprise. In spite of our best whitetail preparations, events sometimes conspire against us. But the main problem isn’t that setbacks occur; it’s how we react to them. A prime example is the hot stand that suddenly goes cold. Some hunters hang in there because of fond ... READ MORE

The Not-So-Perfect Spot

The Not-So-Perfect Spot

By Joe Blake

Despite loads of sign and tons of deer sightings, there are places on this earth that God seemingly created just to frustrate hunters. From my perch on an open ridge high above the James River valley in central North Dakota, I could see nine BTR whitetails — the same nine bucks I had glassed the week before, and the same nine bucks I had glas... READ MORE

Second Chance Dream Buck

Second Chance Dream Buck

By Travis Faulkner

Most hunters never get to see a giant buck, let alone get two chances to take one. Anyone who has ever climbed into a treestand has envisioned the ultimate buck. You know the one I am talking about. It’s the buck responsible for all those sleepless nights before the opening day of season. This buck is also the driving force behind waking up e... READ MORE

The Great Escape

The Great Escape

By Mike Handley

For dad, it’s a break from students; for son, a break from teachers. Driving 1,200 miles through five states isn’t so bad when the destination is a long-anticipated hunt during the peak of the rut. The return trip, however, can be grueling. You can’t click the muddy heels of your camo boots together and wake up back home in Pennsy... READ MORE

Public Land Pursuits

Public Land Pursuits

By Travis J. Faulkner

These strategies will help you take big bucks from high-pressure areas. Most deer hunters believe it isn’t possible to regularly take trophy bucks on public land. Such results have to happen behind a high fence at some expensive hunting lodge, right? The truth is that some of the biggest bucks have been taken from areas that any of us could h... READ MORE

Mounting Up the Memories

Mounting Up the Memories

By Gary Bellis

A father and son share the magic of their public-land trophies. I started hunting deer when I was about 35 years old and immediately got hooked on bowhunting. I took my first deer – a 5-pointer – with a used PSE compound I bought for $50. I thought there was no better kind of hunting. That was before I took my son, Kyle. After Kyle took... READ MORE

One Shot, One Kill

One Shot, One Kill

By Tom Fegely

Since smokepoles provide just one chance, you’d better make it count. Over the four decades I’ve been hunting whitetails, I’ve cleanly killed perhaps a dozen fast-running deer, although none were more than 75 yards away. Some were missed cleanly. Most of the fast-movers whose overdrive had kicked in were simply watched through bi... READ MORE

Just Passing Through

Just Passing Through

By Sy Gibbs

Virginia hunter finds a permanent home for lovesick buck. I began hunting whitetails when I was about 15 in Charles City, Va., where county regulations allow the use of dogs. After graduating from high school, I went to Ferrum College in Franklin County and made friends who lived in the area. I was lucky enough to be allowed to hunt their land, but... READ MORE

Scouting Homework

Scouting Homework

By Jeff Murray

Find bedding areas now to make your fall season a success Deer hunters end up in the darnedest places for the darnedest reasons. Some just hunt where they used to hunt. Others rely on tips (from the UPS man to website scuttlebutt). Still others follow the sign (beds, trails, droppings, rubs, scrapes, you name it). It doesn’t really matter how... READ MORE

The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

By William T. Strickland

Practice, patience and perseverance pay off... eventually. In July 2004, my good friend Clay Young, owner of Mexico Outfitters Unlimited in Del Rio, Texas, called and said he had an unexpected opening for a five-day hunt on his premier low-fence ranch in Mexico. The La Margarita is a 33,000-acre cattle ranch that has been under a strict trophy deer... READ MORE

Big Nasty

Big Nasty

By Rob Brennan

With a rack like this, there could be only one name for this buck. In 2005, I bought my third trail camera. The first week, I got some photographs of a tremendous buck in one of my Biologic food plots. When my children saw the pictures, they described the deer’s rack as “big and nasty.” That led to our nicknaming it “Big Nas... READ MORE

No Time for Nerves

No Time for Nerves

By Rob Meade

It took only a few seconds to make a memory that will last a lifetime. The alarm went off at 3 a.m. on Oct. 21, 2006, and Justin Metzner rose from his bed to prepare for a bowhunt in southern Ohio. Once dressed, he headed out to pick up his buddy, Jeremy Fannin, and the two hunters began the three-hour drive to Adams County. Their destination was a... READ MORE

Muzzleloader Gremlins

Muzzleloader Gremlins

By Tom Fegely

Attention to detail before the hunt is even more important with smokepoles. It doesn’t take much to spoil a muzzleloader hunt. On one of my first flintlock outings more than 30 years ago, I wasted a valuable part of an afternoon following the clean miss of a doe I encountered on my way to a backwoods treestand. After firing, then verifying ... READ MORE

Shoot More Does ... Or Else

Shoot More Does ... Or Else

By David Hart

Are our grandfathers’ views on shooting female deer still valid today? There’s something about antlers we just can’t resist. Put a healthy doe and a pencil-horn spike in front of a guy with a .30-06 in his hands and the odds are he’ll center the crosshairs on the buck. Every time. While some dedicated deer hunters have come ... READ MORE

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