Tips & Tactics

Keep It Cool

Keep It Cool

By Ken Piper

Heat and deer meat don't play well together. Here in the South as I write this, we're experiencing a nasty heat wave complete with safety notices and warnings about outdoor activities. Cooler weather and deer season are two good reasons to look forward to fall. Unfortunately, the temps won't be falling as much as we might like, especially for the f... READ MORE

Rope a Step

Rope a Step

By Ken Piper

Start your tree sticks higher by using this nearly weightless rope hack. This week we're following up on our previous tip about using Amsteel rope for tree step attachment. Amsteel has a ton of applications, but one simple trick anyone can use to extend the height capability of their tree sticks is to create (or purchase) an Amsteel bottom loop ste... READ MORE

Steppin' Up

Steppin' Up

By Ken Piper

Tree steps are the go-to system for running-and-gunning. When installed and used properly, tree steps are a safe, highly portable and effective means of ascending a tree to set up and access lock-on style stands. While a set of steps and a lock-on aren't any lighter to carry than a climbing stand, the ability to use them on almost any tree makes th... READ MORE

Looking Up

Looking Up

By Ken Piper

It's hard to stop a camera thief, but you don't have to make it easy. We would agree with critics who say deer hunters are becoming too reliant on trail cameras. Scouting is more than knowing that a buck cruises through a particular area. On the other hand, you're really missing out if you aren't using trail cameras as part of your hunting and scou... READ MORE

Big Bucks Hide in Small Places

Big Bucks Hide in Small Places

By Ken Piper

Most hunters tend to think you have to go deep in the woods to find a big buck – deeper than anyone else is likely to go. That just feels right, doesn’t it? It’s true bucks respond to pressure, and it’s also true they often move to locations where with less pressure. Those locations aren’t always what we picture in our... READ MORE

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

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