Buckmasters Magazine

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

Catch a Buck Napping

Catch a Buck Napping

By Jeff Murray

Try these three tricks to beat a buck in his most secure lair. Bedded bucks? You might get a glimpse of a bedded buck’s whereabouts, but the cost is giving away your presence in his little moated castle. Bucks are as elusive as Osama bin Laden when they decide to hole out for the day. And if you believe in telemetry studies, not to mention th... READ MORE

Mission Possible

Mission Possible

By Bob Stein

It’s hard to say who was happier, the first-time hunter or his dad. I am 45 years old and have been an avid deer hunter since I was 18. My dad didn’t hunt, so I picked it up on my own. For the first nine years of hunting, I didn’t shoot a deer, let alone a buck. But since then I’ve been on a roll. I’ve had my share of... READ MORE

Only In the Great North Woods

Only In the Great North Woods

By Chris Lorson

Friends tag monster bucks during annual reunion hunt in Canada. I look forward to my annual hunting vacation to get away from the constant phone calls and headaches of my job in Williamsport, Pa. For a number of years, I made solo trips to Saskatchewan, but now I have friends who go with me. It’s a reunion every year, and it’s always ha... READ MORE

Yesterday Once More

Yesterday Once More

By Denny Crisp

Even after 28 years, the details of taking a giant buck are crystal clear. It started out as a typical hunting day but turned into an event that, even 28 years later, seems like yesterday. On Nov. 11, 1978, deer season started off like any other. The alarm went off around 4 a.m., and I jumped out of bed and put on my blue jeans and red flannel shir... READ MORE

Low-Impact Whitetails

Low-Impact Whitetails

By Joe Blake

The name of the game in successful bowhunting is stealth. The bitter northwest wind stung my face as I made my way across the pasture, as did the bits of sleet that fell from the slate-gray sky. But I knew that once I reached the trees, I would be offered some protection, so I adjusted my loaded pack and trudged onward across the cold Minnesota la... READ MORE

As Reliable as the Sun

As Reliable as the Sun

By Bob Humphrey

Our biologist examines peak rut dates across the country. Peak rut represents an annual high point for deer hunters and the bucks they pursue. It's not surprising that predicting when it will occur is the hottest topic in whitetail hunting. Theories abound, based on a host of factors including temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed, type and ... READ MORE

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Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd