Buckmasters Magazine

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

Misconceptions

Misconceptions

By Bob Humphrey

If you repeat something often enough, people will think it’s true. The sun and the temperature were well up, so I decided to abandon my stand in favor of a stroll around the woodlot. Deer movement was nil. There was a chance I might jump one, but I was more interested in doing a little scouting. I’d just cleared a thick patch of firs wh... READ MORE

Scouting with a Purpose

Scouting with a Purpose

By Jeff Murray

Just like the rut, scouting has phases that come together to complete the process. “Patience is bitter, but its fruits are sweet.” — Jean-Jacques Rousseau I view seasonal scouting as an event leading up to a promising hunt — something to be savored, much like a bowl of homemade soup. Unfortunately, most hunters view scouti... READ MORE

Shooting the Moon

Shooting the Moon

By Bob Humphrey

Just how much does the moon influence deer movement and rut activity? It was 4 p.m. - broad daylight - when I glanced out the window and saw five deer strolling up the back field. Seeing deer in the back yard isn’t all that unusual, but they typically don’t show until the last half hour of daylight. Furthermore, all five deer seemed rat... READ MORE

The Need for Speed

The Need for Speed

By Jeff Murray

Are bowhunters giving up accuracy to get more speed? Fast computers. Speedy couriers. Express mail. Quickie lube jobs. Instant pudding. Seems whatever is fastest, we like it the “mostest.” America’s love affair with speed isn’t limited to everyday consumer goods. It spills over to leisure sports, and that certainly includes ... READ MORE

In the Pines

In the Pines

By Tom Fegely

Hot or cold, you often can find whitetails looking for food and shelter in the evergreens. For many years, members of our deer camp would depart for their stands in the predawn darkness with this promise: “See you in the pines at noon.” There, a spring bubbled from mossy rocks, forming a clear, shallow pool, which provided water for tea... READ MORE

Dream On

Dream On

By Steve Bartylla

What hunter hasn’t spent hours dreaming of taking a truly world-class buck? Most of us have a fire burning in our souls for a pure hunting experience. That is, for the joy of communing with nature and matching wits with any whitetail, large or small. But despite the passion for the hunt, I believe we all dream of taking an unbelievable buck. ... READ MORE

Against All Odds

Against All Odds

By Keith Bailey

After 11 long, cold days in an Alberta deer stand, this life member finally got a shot. Whether I’m heading to South Texas, Iowa, Mexico or, in this case, the beautiful North Country of Smokey Lake, Alberta, packing always starts the excitement for any of my hunting trips. The flight up North is filled with hunters looking to bag that trophy ... READ MORE

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