Buckmasters Magazine

Deer Talk 101

Deer Talk 101

By David Hart

It’s not that difficult to pull in bucks by rattling and grunting. When daylight broke on a cold Iowa morning two years ago, Rick White knew exactly what to do. It was the pre-rut in early November, so just a few minutes after he settled into his stand, the 47-year-old Cedar Rapids resident pulled a rattle bag out of his backpack and started ... READ MORE

Brown Velvet

Brown Velvet

By P.J. Reilly

Looking for the perfect something to hang next to that Elvis painting? Sitting in my stand for Maryland’s archery deer season opener, I could feel sweat beads rolling down my chest and back. It was hot, and the evening sit was going to be brutal. But it was opening day! My stand hung in a tulip poplar about 50 yards off a soybean field. A wel... READ MORE

Bow Bucks in the Deep Freeze

Bow Bucks in the Deep Freeze

By Jeff Murray

Cold-weather bowhunting requires extra practice. When the 10-pointer with noticeable kickers circled behind me, it was like a scene from a Michael Sieve painting — real but surreal. All I had to do was draw, aim and release. But for some reason, I couldn’t get to full draw that day. Back then, I could easily draw a bow set at 75 pounds,... READ MORE

Right Time, Right Buck

Right Time, Right Buck

By Jamie MacMaster

Weather and an empty stomach get the best of this old warrior. I heard it close behind in the belly-deep powder snow. It was a quiet, sifting sound like salt being poured into a shaker. It was heading west into a northwest wind that blew my scent above it, and it kept coming. I couldn’t see anything through the cedars, but I knew it had to be... READ MORE

Old White Foot

Old White Foot

By Danny Scott

Four-year hunt ends in a cloud of smoke ... and a flood of emotions. As I hunkered down in a little clover patch with my hands on the antlers of a mature whitetail, I found myself experiencing so many different emotions that nothing made sense. I had been watching and keeping up with this buck for four years, so I was happy and proud — but al... READ MORE

Illinois’ Icicle Buck

Illinois’ Icicle Buck

By Tom Fegely

Monsters like this aren’t supposed to be around in the second season. Billy Joe Austin knew he and his father, Dennis, and brother, Michael, would probably have the woods to themselves on that miserable morning of Dec. 5, 2003. But none of the Austins were convinced they really wanted it. It was the next-to-last day of Illinois’ second ... READ MORE

It’s Good To Be the King

It’s Good To Be the King

By Shannon King

And even better to put your tag on one. Ethan is the youngest of my three boys. He turned 7 in December of 2007, and my wife and I bought him a new Browning Bar .243 for Christmas. Just a few days later, the weather in Alabama called for severe storms and possible tornadoes. Looking at the radar, I noticed a break coming before another severe storm... READ MORE

Risk vs. Reward

Risk vs. Reward

By Ken Piper

If you seek only the best, be prepared for epic highs and lows. Monster bucks are a rare thing. But you already know that if you’ve spent any time in the woods trying to put your tag on one. And while he’ll be the first to tell you he lives in an area that holds more bruiser bucks than most other locations, Daryl Sidwell is one of those... READ MORE

Only One Buck Would Do

Only One Buck Would Do

By Lisa Price

Young Texan’s patience pays off in drop tines. Hardworking farmers usually just grin and shrug their shoulders when someone suggests they play hooky for a day or take a vacation. They say things like, “The animals don’t know it’s Sunday,” or “Got to make hay while the sun shines.” So maybe that’s wher... READ MORE

I Got a Buck

I Got a Buck

By Angie Larson

Sometimes a great day can get even better. "I got a buck, I got a buck, I got a buck!" Say that about eight times in a row real fast and you'll hyperventilate and pass out. After I whispered it about the seventh time, I realized I was about to do just that. Saturday morning, Nov. 3, started out like most hunting weekends: coffee, cheesy grits, good... READ MORE

Tennessee Prize

Tennessee Prize

By Ron Shannon

Persistence pays off with a double-beamed Volunteer State buck. My first day to hunt in 2007 was Sept. 22. It was hot in Fayette County, Tenn., that day. The mosquitoes were bad, and deer weren’t moving — miserable bowhunting conditions. Things got a little better on Sept. 27. After harvesting a doe, I remained in place to see if more d... READ MORE

A Son’s Gift

A Son’s Gift

By Rick Foster

Thirteen seems to be a lucky number for the Foster boys. One month before my 13th birthday, I shot the largest blacktail deer my father had ever seen. The buck had gone downhill to the point the antlers had regressed to an incredibly large 2 points. The antlers were so wide and deep that they fit around my chest. I would have never believed that ... READ MORE

The Farm

The Farm

By E.C. Chapman

In loving memory of Elting Chapman and all hunting dads. My story begins many years ago when I was a boy of 9 or 10. Opening day of deer season in New York was always on a Monday, and my dad always let me stay home from school for that special occasion. Just up the road from our home was The Farm. It wasn’t very big, but it was special to me.... READ MORE

Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

By David Hart

Is the big-bullet versus shot-placement debate finally over? In a typical season, hunters and wildlife managers on the King Ranch in South Texas take about 2,000 deer. Those range from 70-pound yearlings up to the occasional 200-pound buck. The King Ranch’s hunters use virtually every rifle caliber on the market and plenty that aren’t a... READ MORE

Stupid Spots for Super Bucks

Stupid Spots for Super Bucks

By Jeff Murray

Call it smart or call it instinct, big bucks often hide out where we least expect. The first time I tried rattling, I thought I was disturbing the woods and doing more harm than good. I’m not from Texas, so I got into that game a little late. But my awkwardness quickly turned into euphoria when a buck popped into view before I could say Sham-... READ MORE

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Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd