Pass? Shoot? Wait?
By Michael O’Brien and Tim H. Martin
Photo: A deer’s body angle, your adrenaline, a deer’s demeanor and confident shooting are all part of making effective shots. Have you ever panicked when a deer showed up? Have you ever fired a shot with the adrenaline pumping and before the optimum shot was offered? If you are an experienced hunter, you probably know what happens next,... READ MORE
Emergency Fire Starters
By Tim H. Martin, Travis Wilson & Charles Ward
Lighter Knots (Pine Hearts) – By Tim H. Martin Recently, I watched a reality TV show where a man and woman were attempting to survive 21 days in the wilds of south Alabama. The location was just a few miles from my old hunting lease. I was dumbfounded when the couple struggled to make fire with a steel and scraper-style fire starter. Fo... READ MORE
Two Unique Scent Tricks
By Jimmy Bennett
Heated Scent Pads: This first trick enables me to use my ThermaCELL for something other than repelling mosquitoes. It gets an additional function out my device, as well as utilizes old ThermaCELL pads. I like to pour a little buck lure on a used pad, turn on my ThermaCELL and hang it about 20 yards upwind from my stand, about 4 feet above the grou... READ MORE
Train Your Best Friend to Find Sheds
By Irby C. Edwards III
Now that I have trained my young Labrador Retriever to find sheds, I look forward to my time in the woods at the end of deer season. Remi’s nose comes in handy here in Georgia where ground cover is thick. Sheds are much harder to find in the forests of the Deep South, unlike the giant fields and open ground in the Midwest. It was easier to tr... READ MORE
Sometimes it's the bow.
By Tim H. Martin
Sometimes it's the Indian. When I first started working for Buckmasters in 1997, it didn't take long to realize I was going to learn a lot from the people around me. One of the first really great tips I picked up was from former Buckmasters editor Russell Thornberry. He basically overhauled my bow form and taught me how to reduce torque and prevent... READ MORE
Trail Cam Tip: Don’t Just Pile It On
By Gail McKee
For those of you who use trail cameras like I do, I think you'll find this tip very useful. It might become part of your standard operating procedure when it comes to capturing images of whitetails. I've noticed deer will stay longer in front of my camera if I take a moment to broadcast the corn and other attractants instead of just dumping it in a... READ MORE
The Mock Intruder Trick
By Ed Rogers
Every hunter has his or her own method of convincing big bucks to come to their stand. Here is my favorite method of luring them in. Whenever I take a buck, I remove the tarsal glands. These are the dark, smelly patches of fur located inside the big bend of each hind leg. Some hunters call them hock glands. I scrape off any meat tissue, rub a littl... READ MORE
Treestand Noise Dampener
By Thomas R. Kelley
Most of the time, I hunt from a ladder stand. They are awesome once you've settled in, but have a bad reputation for being noisy while you ascend and descend.
Even if I take my time climbing and am careful to be quiet on the way up, gear will often bang against the sides of the ladder, and the legs will sometimes creak.
Another noise factor is wh... READ MORE
Double Up On SCENTLOK
By Wes Fox
You can say what you want to say about scent-elimination clothing, but I honestly believe if used correctly, these products can really help hunters fool a deer's nose. For some time now, I've been doubling up on my SCENTLOK clothing. I like to do this especially when bowhunting for whitetails, and I have noticed I've been able to see more deer at c... READ MORE
4WD Safety Tips
Because so many Buckmasters members own four-wheel drive vehicles, these tips from a driving school instructor could teach hunters a thing or two about 4WD safety on the main road.
"The byproduct of seeing nature off-road is that you gain respect for it," says Bruce Elfstrom, the CEO of Overland Experts, a Connecticut-based off-road driving school... READ MORE
By Wesley J. Cagle
One of my personal favorite tips is something I’ve done for a long time, and it really works for tricking a deer’s nose. I’m almost never winded, and have had countless deer walk within feet of me. It’s become a routine now. All I do is take fresh pine needles — preferably from a young tree — and break them ever... READ MORE
Add Rocks to Your Bag of Tricks
By Kevin Snyder
I’m an avid bowhunter and have traveled all over North America on hunting trips. I’d like to share one of my tricks with Buckmasters fans. It’s helped me take game on many occasions. Even though rocks add a little bit extra weight to my gear, I always carry a few carefully selected ones with me on hunting trips. Of all the technol... READ MORE
Longbeard Mementos Done Right
By Dave Graber
After you have been turkey hunting for a while, you’ll accumulate a lot of birds, as well as lots of memories and gobbler souvenirs. I’ve taken 88 longbeards so far, and hope to reach 100 before I go to that big bird paradise in the sky. Whether it’s a full-body mount, a turkey tail preserved in a fan, a spur necklace or beard col... READ MORE
Laser Blood Trail Pointer
By Mark Kay
When it comes to trailing deer, the task can become confusing and difficult in the dark.
Getting the blood trail right from the start is incredibly important and easy to mess up, especially if you have other hunters chipping in to help.
Experienced hunters know how easy it is to destroy evidence of a hit when several pairs of boots are stomping a... READ MORE
Trail Cam Hang ’em High Setup
By Heath Tinker
With all the new scouting camera technology today, you’d think all the angles would’ve been explored by now. But a couple of years ago, someone gave me a great tip that has produced the best trail cam pictures I’ve ever gotten, even on public land! In my early years of hunting, I was blessed with places to hunt on private land, li... READ MORE