Tips & Tactics

Carpet Tagger

Carpet Tagger

By Ken Piper

Hang onto a few sections of your old carpet to use in your deer stands. Old carpet has several uses for deer hunters. You can cut a section of carpet to the exact shape of the platform of your climber, lock-on or ladder stand. The carpet quiets shifting feet, but the best benefit is it creates a barrier between your boots and the bare metal. Metal ... READ MORE

See the Light

See the Light

By Ken Piper

Find an easily accessible spot to store your headlamp. Most whitetail hunters wear a headlamp into or out of the woods. Most also spend some frustrating minutes trying to locate said headlamp in a pack or pocket. Try to get into the habit of always putting your headlamp in the same place when you take it off. It can be a particular pocket in your p... READ MORE

Cold Slap in the Face

Cold Slap in the Face

By Ken Piper

A facemask can keep you in your stand, but don’t let it ruin your hunt. Deer hunting the late seasons requires you to endure one difficult obstacle: Staying in your stand through cold temperatures. Even if your cold-weather vigils are shorter than your hunts from earlier in the season, it doesn’t take long for your nose and ears to get ... READ MORE

Silence is Golden

Silence is Golden

By Ken Piper

There’s a good reason the TV pros whisper after taking a shot. One of the more frequent questions we get at Buckmasters is, “Why do hunting celebrities whisper after taking a shot? The deer is already hit, so what’s the point?” There are several very important reasons to be quiet immediately after shooting a whitetail, and a... READ MORE

A Little Dirt Never Hurt

A Little Dirt Never Hurt

By Ken Piper

Extend the life of your expensive hunting clothing by neglecting it (a little). While deer hunting is just heating up in parts of the deep South, the season is a memory to the rest of the nation’s whitetail hunters. As you prepare to store your gear for the off-season, don’t stress too much about your clothing. Smart whitetail hunters a... READ MORE

Comfort Starts at Your Feet

Comfort Starts at Your Feet

By Ken Piper

Install a footrest on your favorite stand to make it even more lovable. The more time you put in a treestand, the more you become aware of the aches, pains and stiffness that comes with sitting immobile for hours on end (those of you in your 20s and 30s will know what we’re talking about in a few more years). There is one small add-on that do... READ MORE

Say No to Sweat

Say No to Sweat

By Ken Piper

Go slowly and carry your insulated clothes in a dry bag. The key to being comfortable in a deer stand in cold weather is wearing good-quality, well-insulated clothing. The right clothes will help you stay in the stand longer and make your hunt much more enjoyable. Unfortunately, those same clothes will make you sweat during the walk in to your stan... READ MORE

The Calm Before the Storm

The Calm Before the Storm

By Ken Piper

The last 30 minutes before shooting light can be the key to a morning hunt. Most deer hunters know it’s beneficial to get settled into a morning stand early. Even so, most of us try to get every minute of sleep possible, which means we often cut it close. On those occasions when you find yourself running a little late, we recommend making a... READ MORE

Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never

By Ken Piper

You can still tag a buck after the rut if you know where to look. We all want to hunt bucks during the rut. It’s just plain fun! The bucks are on the move; they respond to scents, calls and rattles; and you’re likely to see deer you never even knew existed. As exciting as the rut is, late seasons have some big advantages over the rut, a... READ MORE

Stop, Look and Listen

Stop, Look and Listen

By Ken Piper

Don’t let the excitement of the moment take your focus off the deer. We all put a lot of preparation into having our equipment sighted in and ready. We have done a great job of educating one another about the importance of making a good, clean shot. What happens immediately afterward can be vitally important, too. While your heart might be pu... READ MORE

Open Wide

Open Wide

By Ken Piper

You can tell quite a bit about a deer’s age by examining its teeth. Whether you’re starting a management program or just want to know more about deer, determining a buck’s age is a great starting point. The good news is it’s easy and extremely accurate to tell if a buck is a fawn or a 1.5-year-old. It’s also easy and a... READ MORE

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

By Ken Piper

The quickest way to a buck is through his stomach. Deer hunting might not be easy, but we hunters tend to complicate it more than we should. Whitetails are pretty simple creatures. They want food and water, shelter and, occasionally, love. While we often focus on the love aspect, it’s actually food that drives all other considerations. If you... READ MORE

Sweet Somethings

Sweet Somethings

By Ken Piper

There are subtleties that make stopping a deer work perfectly or fail miserably. It’s always better to shoot at a stationary target. Unfortunately, whitetails don’t often remain still for very long. Mouth-grunting is the standard tactic we use to stop a walking deer, but there are nuances to it that can make or break your shot opportuni... READ MORE

Go Low

Go Low

By Ken Piper

It feels good to aim at center mass, but lower is better. Bow or gun, a big majority of deer misses go high. Gun hunters often jerk on the trigger, pulling the barrel up, while bowhunters fall victim to deer reacting to the sound of the bow. While this reaction is called jumping the string or ducking the string, it’s really just the deer bend... READ MORE

Keep It Cool

Keep It Cool

By Ken Piper

Great-tasting venison starts with cooling and protecting the meat. One of the keys to ensuring your venison tastes as fantastic as it should is cooling the meat as quickly as possible. Even if outside temperatures aren’t in the 70s or 80s, it’s important to get the meat chilled quickly. Cooling the meat starts with field-dressing. Get i... READ MORE

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