Buckmasters Magazine

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

Final Exam

Final Exam

By Jon Walker

Why a laboratory soil test is critical for a quality food plot. You’ve probably heard the term “magic bullet.” It describes something reputed to provide a wide range of benefits easily, efficiently and precisely, even though common sense tells you it won’t. Sadly, magic bullets never seem to fulfill our lofty expectations. ... READ MORE

Metro Giants

Metro Giants

By Mark Melotik

Father-son team makes an art of hunting suburban Minnesota bucks. It’s early November, and Mark Herr knows he should be home finishing up the three deer mounts drying in his quaint, suburban taxidermy shop. But the whitetail rut has kicked into overdrive in the chilly Minneapolis suburbs, and Herr has other priorities this crisp weekday after... READ MORE

Paper Tuning Made Easy

Paper Tuning Made Easy

By P.J. Reilly

Perfect arrow flight requires a properly aligned setup. Straight as an arrow. You hear the expression, and immediately an image appears. You see a perfect line – no bends, no waves, no variation of any kind. Straight as an arrow is the gold standard. So what bowhunter wouldn’t want their arrows to literally fly straight as an arrow? If ... READ MORE

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

By Ed Waite

Nothing says love like a bloody arrow and a big gut pile. Skylee Moore wasn’t a hunter, but her boyfriend, Peter Gravens, sure seemed excited when he talked about it. And because it would be another way for the couple to spend time together and get outdoors, the 19-year-old decided to give it a try. It didn’t hurt that Peter’s fam... READ MORE

Whitetails in the Myths

Whitetails in the Myths

By Bob Humphrey

Debunking some of deer management’s most common misconceptions. How are myths and misconceptions created? It often starts with limited understanding of the subject. We’re constantly looking for answers to unravel the mysteries of the whitetail, so we make assumptions and draw conclusions based on information available to us at the time.... READ MORE

Donnie’s Darko

Donnie’s Darko

By Mike Handley

Iowa bowhunter arrows unique first deer. Donnie Kay had almost grown accustomed to blank stares, scowls and even guffaws. That’s how the first-year bowhunter’s claims of seeing a black deer in Boone County, Iowa, last fall were received. He might as well have said he’d seen a 6-foot-tall rabbit. “Nobody believed me,” h... READ MORE

Fast (and Cheap) Food Plots

Fast (and Cheap) Food Plots

By David Hart

You don’t have to spend a fortune to draw and hold deer. Life tends to get in the way of food plots. Kids, work, vacations and other obligations fill up our evenings and weekends. Before you know it, you’ve missed the window of opportunity for planting a food plot. If that’s not enough, you’ve whittled down your bank account... READ MORE

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