Buckmasters Magazine

A Question of Weight

A Question of Weight

By P.J. Reilly

Are you shooting the correct poundage on your compound bow? There’s nothing sweeter than watching a nock disappear into a buck’s vitals. When you see that, the odds are pretty good you’ll be picking up that deer’s rack before too long. Conversely, the sight of a nock flopping up and down as a buck runs off carrying your arro... READ MORE

Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen

By Joseph M. Scavone

Patience and hard work pay off for this New York bowhunter. Bowhunting for my family and friends is not about a season; it’s a lifestyle. We get together year-round, weekend after weekend, to chase mature whitetails. Whether setting cameras and stands or just scouting, we spend a ton more time in the woods preparing to hunt than actually hunt... READ MORE

Makin’ It Through

Makin’ It Through

By Bob Humphrey

Northern winters are tough, but whitetails have the tools to survive. As hunting season ends, the mercury plummets, snow piles up outside, and I hang up most of my gear for another year. But I still keep a few trail cameras out to keep tabs on the local deer herd and see which bucks made it through the season. Perusing some post-season trail camera... READ MORE

Handgunning for Whitetails

Handgunning for Whitetails

By Dick Metcalf

A little practice and sound hunting technique are all that’s required. Handgun deer hunting has come a long way since I took my first white-tailed buck with a 6-inch S&W .357 Magnum revolver back in 1979. Then, anyone who went out after deer with a revolver, or even a single-shot .44 Magnum Thompson/Center, was considered mildly disturbed... READ MORE

Feeding Frenzy

Feeding Frenzy

By Tracy Breen

The pitfalls and rewards of providing supplemental feed to whitetails. One of the many things the antis don’t understand about deer hunters is how much we care about whitetails. It’s that love that drives so many hunters in the North to put out food during rough winters. Although feeding deer sounds like a great idea, deer pellets, shel... READ MORE

Should We Fear EHD?

Should We Fear EHD?

By David Hart

Outbreaks seem to be more frequent and devastating. Around mid-November last year, social media sites started buzzing about what seemed like a sudden decline in Virginia’s deer population. Some members of the hunting community dismissed the claims as a result of the bumper crop of acorns. After all, when mast is abundant, the deer harvest dec... READ MORE

Give Fawns a Chance

Give Fawns a Chance

By David Hart

Fawns are under intense pressure these days. Here’s how to help. Shoot a coyote, save a fawn. What deer hunter hasn’t heard that phrase in recent years? It’s an especially common theme in much of the Southeast, where coyote numbers have skyrocketed in the last decade. With that spike in predator numbers comes a considerably higher... READ MORE

Cold Hands, Warm Heart

Cold Hands, Warm Heart

By P.J. Reilly

Tips for staying warm in a freezing deer stand. Talk about a quintessential catch-22. Some of North America’s best deer hunting occurs when the mercury is in the basement. Add a little wind and maybe some snow, and you end up with miserable conditions. It’s hard to sit still, and it’s even harder not to heed the beckoning warmth o... READ MORE

The Day Chad Clark Lied

The Day Chad Clark Lied

By Dale Weddle

What’s the world coming to when you can’t trust the word of your hunting buddies? When Chad Clark split off from his buddies on opening day of Kentucky’s 2013 rifle season, he told them that if they heard him shoot, he was going to be standing over a 10-pointer his trail cameras had photographed earlier in the fall. He lied. The 1... READ MORE

Buckeye Bookends

Buckeye Bookends

By Mike Handley

Lightning strikes twice in 13 days for this father-daughter duo in Ohio. The Ross family in St. Paris, Ohio, would prefer not to believe in coincidences. Crediting happenstance doesn’t seem to do justice to what happened to them during the 2013 shotgun season. That father and daughter wound up with bookend trophies might simply be the result ... READ MORE

Better Than Birthday Cake

Better Than Birthday Cake

By Mike Handley

Few riflemen get an opportunity at a buck in velvet. Louisiana native Joshua Bruce is accustomed to waiting for October before donning his camo and heading to the deer woods. This year, however, he discovered a mid-September window that not only allowed him to jumpstart his season, but also to hunt with a rifle when many Kansas bucks’ antlers... READ MORE

A Place to Hunt

A Place to Hunt

By Bob Humphrey

Finding a place to hunt is becoming increasingly difficult. My neighbor came to me recently with news that hit me like a cold slap in the face. “It looks like they’re going to sell that piece behind me.” That “piece” was a parcel of land that held special meaning to me. I’d spent more than 20 years learning it in... READ MORE

Voices

Voices

By Conrad McCall

You never forget the lessons you learn in the deer woods. Some people claim to hear voices inside their heads. Most of the time, that’s not good. Hearing voices means you’re either crazy or touched by the Divine, with the former being most likely. If hearing voices means you’re crazy, I’m certifiable. I don’t hear stra... READ MORE

‘Squiggles’ Makes a Mistake

‘Squiggles’ Makes a Mistake

By Tony Hough

You never know when a giant might mess up and make a daytime appearance. Mark Krall and his hunting buddies retrieved trail camera photographs in late October of a distinctive buck they nicknamed Squiggles. It’s not uncommon to see an uptick in mature buck photos on trail cameras that time of year, which might be considered the pre-rut, when ... READ MORE

Never Stop Scouting

Never Stop Scouting

By Dana R. Rogers

You can’t adjust to changing deer patterns if you don’t have the right information. It’s uncanny how you can scout whitetails for weeks, have every detail of their routines logged and memorized, and then one day they’re just ... gone. It’s like the whitetail rapture happened. While it sometimes seems otherwise, deer ar... READ MORE

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