Buckmasters Magazine

Big Plans for Big Woods

Big Plans for Big Woods

By Mark Melotik

Huge blocks of unbroken timber allow bucks to get old and burly. The barrel-chested 10-pointer strode confidently into the little clearing, heading slowly but steadily toward a sturdy, solitary evergreen at its center. In a sudden explosion of power and speed, the massive buck sent bark, pine needles and branches flying. Seconds later, a violent tw... READ MORE

Nuts! Too Many Acorns!

Nuts! Too Many Acorns!

By David Hart

An abundance of food doesn’t have to mean tough hunting. A puff of wind rattled the oak leaves high above Steve Giles, sending another shower of acorns to the ground. The young, naive Ohio school teacher reached for the bow hanging next to his treestand and waited for the buck that would surely come running. But two hours later, the sun set o... READ MORE

Pushing the Right Buttons

Pushing the Right Buttons

By Alex McCabe

When small talk doesn’t do the trick, it might be time to smash some bone! As soon as I began collecting trail camera images of a large buck with a lopsided rack in 2014, I became obsessed with it. I instantly set out to pattern “Loppy” by recording wind direction, temperature and barometric pressure every day on my calendar. Also... READ MORE

Looking for Bone?

Looking for Bone?

By Mike Handley

Searching the right haystacks is the best way to find needles. Pursuers of whitetails, this continent’s favorite and most widespread big game animal, take to the woods each fall for a variety of reasons. Many deer hunters simply enjoy communing with nature. Some are more driven to collect venison for the freezer. For others, the quest is all ... READ MORE

The Gene Factor

The Gene Factor

By David Hart

Can hunters use selective harvest to improve buck antlers? Imagine being able to take inferior bucks out of the population so only the biggest, strongest and healthiest are left to pass on their genes. The results of your genetic selections would create a land filled with giant bucks with racks so massive, you’d end up on the cover of Buckmas... READ MORE

Getting In ... and Out

Getting In ... and Out

By P.J. Reilly

Spend as much time preparing to get to your stand as you do hanging it. As I watched my neon-yellow fletchings disappear in a creased section of hide just behind the shoulder of the stout Pennsylvania 10-pointer, I couldn’t help thinking of John “Hannibal” Smith’s signature line as the leader of The A-Team: “I love it ... READ MORE

Yo-yoing in Iowa

Yo-yoing in Iowa

By Mike Handley

Be careful that the time you shave off a hunt isn’t your 15 minutes of fame. As soon as Joe Daubner heard the ka-thump of a deer landing on his side of the fence, he instantly regretted having lowered his bow to the ground. The Iowa bowhunter had concluded he wasn’t going to get an opportunity at the non-typical whitetail he’d wat... READ MORE

Looking For Achilles

Looking For Achilles

By Duncan Dobie

Hunting suburban bucks is different, but it can be very rewarding. Opening day of Georgia’s 2014 archery season started out like gangbusters for avid suburban whitetail hunter Lee Ellis of north Atlanta. Hunting a spot where he had obtained trail camera photographs of a huge 10-pointer, the morning hunt yielded a nice coyote, a feat not many ... READ MORE

Fear Factor

Fear Factor

By David Hart

What spooks deer? Some fear responses are learned while others are instinctive. Whitetails are nervous animals, and who can blame them? Everything, it seems, loves the taste of venison. As a result, evolution has taught them to stay on constant high alert. Every unusual sound, scent or sight sends deer looking for cover. But why does a whitetail sp... READ MORE

Staying Power

Staying Power

By Bob Humphrey

Endurance is often the critical part of a successful deer hunt. Growing darkness marked the end of another long day. Glancing at my watch, I calculated the time. For the third consecutive day I’d endured 11 hours of bone-penetrating cold in northern Saskatchewan. Mornings began with temperatures well below zero, and on only one day did they s... READ MORE

Make The Shot

Make The Shot

By Steve Flores

Make every shot count by following these simple steps. Bowhunting success is fickle. Once an arrow leaves the string, crazy stuff can happen. Many bowhunters never get to the point of even launching an arrow, however. Those who do often see their plans fall apart in that brief moment called the shot opportunity. Why is that? WHEN TO DRAW One of the... READ MORE

A Matter of Taste

A Matter of Taste

By David Hart

Why does some venison taste better than other venison? You grind it, smoke it, smother it with barbecue sauce and wrap it bacon. Or maybe you do all of those at the same time. No matter how you try to camouflage the flavor of deer meat, though, your wife, kids and pretty much everyone else you foist it upon refuses to eat it. You always seem to en... READ MORE

Build a Better Deer Trap

Build a Better Deer Trap

By Tracy Breen

Getting a perfectly broadside shot doesn’t have to be an accident. Some hunters always seem to get a buck. Even when conditions are tough, it’s a given you’ll return one afternoon or evening to find them sitting on the tailgate, calmly sipping a cup of coffee, while admiring the nice set of antlers on the deer in the truck bed. Th... READ MORE

Uncommon Sense

Uncommon Sense

By Bob Humphrey

The latest on how deer communicate with sight and sound. Perception is defined as the organization, identification and interpretation of sensory information. Not only must an animal see, hear or smell something, but it must also decide what it means. Sense organs — ears, eyes and nose — are the information detectors, while the central n... READ MORE

Deer Diets

Deer Diets

By David Hart

Knowing deer foods and eating habits can help you fill more tags. There are about 4,000 native and naturalized plants in Alabama. New York has nearly as many species, and Florida has at least 4,200 different plants. Whitetails eat hundreds, if not thousands of them. From a hunter’s perspective, choosing a place to sit based on a food source c... READ MORE

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