Tips & Tactics

Know Before You Mow

Know Before You Mow

By Ken Piper

Habitat improvement projects are arguably the most powerful yet underutilized tool for growing healthier deer and holding them on your property. You can accomplish great gains with little more that sweat equity and a chainsaw. That said, now isn't the best time to create large disturbances on your hunting land. Yes, the weather might be perfect, an... READ MORE

Have a Heart

Have a Heart

By Ken Piper

Don’t waste this excellent source of pure meat. I use the long disposable gloves that go up to your elbows for field dressing deer, and I like to save the heart. When I’m finished gutting, I grab the heart with the gloves on and turn that glove inside out right over the heart. It’s now in a bag with five fingers so I can tie it of... READ MORE

Tarsal To Go

Tarsal To Go

By Ken Piper

Pull bucks to you by using their No. 1 defense against them. When you think about how many options a whitetail has while traversing a particular woodlot, it’s a wonder we ever see any from a treestand. Fortunately for us, deer tend to stick to established trails, making them at least a little predictable. Even so, there’s a bit of luck ... READ MORE

Follow the Food

Follow the Food

By Ken Piper

The key to every whitetail’s heart is its stomach. Did you know whitetails eat between 6% and 8% of their body weight in vegetation every day? For an average buck, that’s about 10-14 pounds of greenery! It’s also why deer always seem to be eating, even when they’re on the move. Many times we sit in stands overlooking a food ... READ MORE

Time for Maps and Apps

Time for Maps and Apps

By Ken Piper

Take advantage of turkey seasons to get a jump on next fall. Some of the best scouting opportunities occur immediately after deer seasons end, but it's difficult to get motivated to go to the woods for nothing but scouting right after a long, hard-fought season. You could rest up a few weeks and then go scouting, but, especially in regions with h... READ MORE

There’s a Pattern Here

There’s a Pattern Here

By Ken Piper

It’s critical to pattern your turkey gun, but you don’t want a rifle! Patterning a turkey gun is every bit as important as patterning a deer rifle. Chokes, turkey loads and shotguns continue to get better, producing tighter patterns every year. As much as you might like having a tight-patterning turkey gun, don’t forget that the t... READ MORE

How Low Can You Go?

How Low Can You Go?

By Ken Piper

The best treestand height is the lowest point that allows you to shoot. One of the most common questions we receive at Buckmasters is, “How high do I need to climb in order to go undetected by deer?” The answer, which is different for every stand site, is as low as you can go and still get off a shot. Simply put, climbing into trees is ... READ MORE

Short and Sweet

Short and Sweet

By Ken Piper

Smaller bows are easier to hunt with, but there are some drawbacks. Short bows are all the rage, and bow manufacturers have been quick to supply bows to meet the demand. While the manufacturers have made incredible advances and created bows that hold their speed and functionality, short-bow shooters should know that there is a price for having... READ MORE

Reel ‘Em In

Reel ‘Em In

By Ken Piper

Think like a fisherman to find your next buck. Statistics say 70% of deer hunters spend at least some time fishing. Interestingly, bucks and bass are very much alike in how they relate to their environment. One of the first things bass fishermen learn is to look for underwater structure – changes in the lake bottom that dictate fish movement.... READ MORE

Nothing Is Something

Nothing Is Something

By Ken Piper

You won’t have success with scent attractants without scent-elimination. Back when he worked for Tink’s, hunting celebrity Terry Rohm was asked by the Realtree team what advice he would give to folks about using scents. His answer might surprise you: “The first thing to do is get rid of your own scent," he said. It’s si... READ MORE

Tale of the Tape

Tale of the Tape

By Ken Piper

Single-pin sights need a good tape for dead-on accuracy. The Tip of the Week isn’t about endorsing products, but I can’t help mentioning some product names this week. The information, however, applies to similar products, so you can use it with other brands than the ones I mention. So, with that caveat aside, here goes: It’s start... READ MORE

Hot on the Trail

Hot on the Trail

By Ken Piper

Tracking wounded deer is a skill you can improve with practice. I enjoy tracking deer. It's not as fun when a deer you've shot presents a difficult trail, but I've become a much better tracker by volunteering to help track others' bucks. With less anxiety involved in tracking for someone else, you're free to keep calm and learn more from the experi... READ MORE

Feelin' Squirrely

Feelin' Squirrely

By Ken Piper

Annual event reminds us that shooting is a year-round activity. And, it's FUN! The 2022 Squirrel Master Classic is happening right now in Hayneville, Alabama, bringing to mind some of my earliest hunting memories. Although my squirrel hunting took place on mountainous public lands of Pennsylvania, the relaxed, social nature of squirrel hunting is a... READ MORE

Organization Pays

Organization Pays

By Ken Piper

Packs are made to organize your gear, but they sometimes need a little help. We all have different ways to doing things, as well as our own set of preferences when it comes to how we hunt and the gear we use. One thing that seems universal is the more organized you are, the better you can handle the curveballs the hunting gods inevitably throw your... READ MORE

It's Never Over

It's Never Over

By Ken Piper

The end of the hunting season doesn't mean an end to hunting preparation. Deer season just ended here in Alabama yesterday, and while that's later than most of the rest of the country, it brings to mind a few considerations. First, hunting season might be over, but the weeks immediately following its closure are at least as important as the weeks l... READ MORE

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