Buckmasters Magazine

The Gift

The Gift

By Theodore Kesler

Getting back to the woods isn’t always easy after losing loved ones. This is the story of how a deer hunt helped bring a family closure. I am 47 years old and was raised in a deer hunting family. I hunted with my mother and father until the last couple of years when they could no longer do it. They were also involved in getting my daughter Ca... READ MORE

One or None

One or None

By Tracy Breen

Trail cameras and patience key to three-year quest for Illinois bruiser. Trail cameras have had a huge impact during the last decade, fundamentally changing the way many of us approach hunting whitetails. While it can be argued they give us an unfair advantage by showing what’s happening when we’re not in the woods, it’s also true... READ MORE

Follow the Sign

Follow the Sign

By Jason Houser

Scout this winter to find hot stand locations for next fall. Winter is arguably the best time to scout for the following deer season. Whether you combine late-season hunts with your scouting, or you head afield with the sole intent of finding a buck for next year, trails, rubs and scrapes are fresh enough to tell the story of what took place in you... READ MORE

Spreading the Gospel

Spreading the Gospel

By P.J. Reilly

Tips for talking to nonhunters about our sport. If you’re reading this magazine, odds are you love deer hunting. You know it’s fun. You know it puts meat on your family’s table. You know your hunting-license dollars pay for the management of all kinds of wildlife. And you know that you are the primary instrument for deer managemen... READ MORE

Wish Me Luck

Wish Me Luck

By Robert Murphy

Not even the postman has the dedication of this Delaware deer hunter. It was ironic that I had just finished reading a Buckmasters article titled ”Bow Bucks in the Deep Freeze.” I wasn’t planning to hunt with my bow the next day since it was the end of Delaware’s late muzzleloader season, but it got me pumped, anyway. It was... READ MORE

Late Bloomers

Late Bloomers

By Tracy Breen

Fawns that mature and breed later in the rut make finding bucks a little easier. There has been much debate over whether there is a secondary whitetail rut. Some say it exists while others say it’s a hunting myth. It makes you wonder about all the articles you’ve read about how to take advantage of late breeding activity. Biologist Dr. ... READ MORE

Ask the Biologist

Ask the Biologist

By Bob Humphrey

Deer hunters have an insatiable curiosity about the fascinating creatures they pursue. From the time we first walked upright on this continent, man has been inexorably tied to the white-tailed deer. For millennia, we depended on them for our very survival. Today, they remain the most popular big game animal in the world and account for more hunting... READ MORE

Clue(s)

Clue(s)

By Mike Handley

The only board for this game was a sea of hardwood saplings best suited for four-legged players. Colonel Mustard did not do it in the library with a lead pipe. Miss Scarlet did not do it in the kitchen with a knife. And Professor Plum didn’t do it in the study with a revolver. In the game of Clue that played out in central Louisiana during th... READ MORE

Dressed to Kill

Dressed to Kill

By Ken Piper

The best thing you can do to increase hunting success is be in your stand. Growing up hunting public land in the mountains of Pennsylvania, I’ve spent many a long, cold day in the deer woods. My father was a stump-sitter. His favorite way to hunt was to choose a low spot along a gas line opening and sit all day, dark to dark. It’s hard ... READ MORE

The Coyote Equation

The Coyote Equation

By David Hart

Can we control the whitetail’s most prolific predator? The verdict is in: Coyotes eat a lot of deer. Studies in South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and other states have found that predators can kill upwards of three-quarters of all fawns born in a given year. As a result, hunters everywhere have declared war on coyotes. We shoot them at every o... READ MORE

R&R, Kentucky-Style

R&R, Kentucky-Style

By Ed Waite

There’s nothing like a relaxing weekend of hunting to shatter the nerves. Jody Beth Walker of London, Kentucky, grew up in Whitley County, where her family lives. She still hunts deer there, but she spent the 2014 rifle opener fending off a little buck and tagging a great big one in Morgan County. Jody had intended to hunt her usual place, wh... READ MORE

Know When to Walk Away

Know When to Walk Away

By P.J. Reilly

Why hunting on low-odds days can hurt your chances when the time is right. Country crooner Kenny Rogers scored the biggest hit of his career with “The Gambler.” Just about everyone knows its signature refrain: “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em. Know when to fold ‘em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run.&r... READ MORE

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

By Bob Humphrey

Things don’t change that much during the peak of the rut. Conventional wisdom says bucks stick close to home and follow patterns early in the fall. Then when the rut hits, they spread out across the landscape, roaming far and wide in search of prospective mates — and foiling our best hunting plans. That contention is based on circumstan... READ MORE

Quoting Lincoln

Quoting Lincoln

By Mike Handley

If it fools even one buck, one time, isn’t rattling worth the extra pound or two in your bag of tricks? Abraham Lincoln once opined, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool ALL the people ALL the time.” The 16th president wasn’t talking about rattling up bucks, ... READ MORE

Girls’ Night Out

Girls’ Night Out

By David Hart

Does do some crazy things during the rut, too. Deer research has come a long way in recent years. Thanks in part to the advent of GPS-fitted tracking collars, biologists can track a deer almost as if they were actually following the animal through the woods. Most of the tracking research has looked at buck activity with a heavy emphasis on the rut,... READ MORE

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