Buckmasters Magazine

Big Deuce

Big Deuce

By Mike Handley

Two brothers, two arrows and one very big buck. Tony Yoder might prefer not to dwell on the day he white-knuckled his bow and torqued the shot at the biggest whitetail he’s ever encountered. But every time he visits his brother, Winston, the memories come flooding back … of seeing the monstrous buck, shooting at it, spending an entire ... READ MORE

Become a Buck Profiler

Become a Buck Profiler

By Darren Warner

Because good deer hunters don’t have to be politically correct. Ask any researcher who’s spent a lot of time around whitetails, and they’ll tell you that deer, just like our pets, have distinct personalities. “I think there’s a lot of collateral research that supports the belief that bucks have different personality ty... READ MORE

It’s in the Genes

It’s in the Genes

By Bob Humphrey

Are whitetails from Florida really the same as those from Saskatchewan? Sheep hunters first procured the term Grand Slam from baseball to recognize those who had taken each of the North American sheep species recognized by the Boone and Crockett Club: Dall’s, Rocky Mountain bighorn, desert bighorn and Stone’s. Turkey hunters later follo... READ MORE

Surviving Lockdown

Surviving Lockdown

By P.J. Reilly

When the bucks won’t come to you, it’s time to go to them. Lockdown. It’s like deer season constipation. After several weeks of steady deer sightings, they suddenly just disappear. Hunters sit in their stands and hope and pray things will shake loose, but often all they experience is frustration. Lockdown is that difficult period ... READ MORE

Here Comes the Bride

Here Comes the Bride

By Mike Handley

Giant Indiana buck isn’t second place in everything. The year Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking Major League Baseball’s five-decade color barrier, a doctor from Natchez, Miss., shot a Louisiana buck that would not be seriously challenged for 66 years. The gnarly whitetail taken in 1947 by the late Dr. Joseph Shi... READ MORE

Speed Scouting

Speed Scouting

By David Hart

Never pass up a chance to hunt new land, even if you don't have much time to scout. Never one to pass up an opportunity to hunt new land, David Wilton still hesitated when a couple asked him to help with their deer problem. He was sitting next the man and woman at a church dinner a few years ago when the discussion turned to gardening. "They told m... READ MORE

Single and Happy

Single and Happy

By Ken Piper

Flat-shooting bows have given new life to single-pin sights. I'm getting to that age where things just don't work the way they used to. My belly is round instead of flat, I can't hear a deer coming any more (wear hearing protection at the gun range!), and the pins on my bow sight are getting blurry. I'm also starting to appreciate the simpler thing... READ MORE

The Real Rut

The Real Rut

By Bob Humphrey

Understanding whitetail breeding is the key to hunting the rut effectively. In the small woodlot behind a lush clover field, a buck stirs in his bed. The sun set less than an hour ago. He rises, surveys his surroundings and takes two steps forward. He licks his nose and tests the air while his ears twist this way and that, straining against the clo... READ MORE

Covert Ops

Covert Ops

By Steve Bartylla

How to get more from your trail cameras than just pictures. I’d been holding out for a big, mature buck with my bow, but when I still hadn’t put a tag on one by the close of the firearms season, I knew I had to make a move. I had several trail cameras out and decided to swap out the memory cards and let the pictures tell their story. If... READ MORE

Management Makeover

Management Makeover

By David Hart

Biologists face new challenges as herd dynamics change. Like nature itself, white-tailed deer management is in a constant state of change. Too many deer, too few hunters, disease, even the constant evolution of hunters themselves creates new management hurdles for deer biologists. It’s no surprise that a host of new challenges is on the horiz... READ MORE

The Deer Doctors

The Deer Doctors

By Bob Humphrey

New studies examine predator impact, protein effect and more. Wildlife biologists, many of whom are hunters, spend a considerable amount of time in the field and come up with some pretty interesting stuff. Most of what we know about deer anatomy, physiology, biology, breeding behavior, food preferences, vocalizations and habitat use originated fro... READ MORE

Raise Your Rattling IQ

Raise Your Rattling IQ

By P.J. Reilly

Ph.D. applies some science to the mystery of antler rattling. Being a deer hunter offers the opportunity to see things in the woods that non-hunters probably will see only on TV: a buck chasing a doe during the rut, a buck making a scrape or a doe challenging a coyote to protect her fawns. The first time I saw two bucks fighting was about 15 year... READ MORE

The Seven Deadly Sins of Bowhunting

The Seven Deadly Sins of Bowhunting

By P.J. Reilly

Hunting with stick and string has enough challenges, so avoid these common mistakes. In a perfect world, Superman always foils the crime, baseball is always played outdoors and bowhunters always get the drop on Old Swayback. Spoiler alert! Superman is a cartoon. Teams like Seattle and Milwaukee play their home games inside domes, and bowhunters s... READ MORE

Murphy Was a Deer Hunter

Murphy Was a Deer Hunter

By Bob Humphrey

Anything that can go wrong in the deer woods usually does. I had no hunting mentors when I was a kid. There were no hunters among my family or friends. I didn’t even know anyone who hunted. I gleaned what I could from outdoor magazines (there were three at the time) and books (there were darned few of those), but most of what I learned came t... READ MORE

Pining for Bucks

Pining for Bucks

By Ken Piper

You can figure out how to hunt any property if you focus on a deer’s basic needs. I couldn’t see the buck when my daughter’s .243 roared, but I saw it run off the field, and it didn’t look hurt. Turning to me with a horrified look, Megan said, “Dad, I think I missed it! All this time waiting for a chance at a buck, and... READ MORE

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