Buckmasters Magazine

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

Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!

Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!

By Bob Humphrey

An inside look at the Whitetail Fighting Federation. Ladies and gentlemen: Welcome to tonight's main event. In the blue corner, weighing 248 pounds, sporting 8 points and heavy mass, the challenger: Bruiser McBuck. And in the red corner weighing 257 pounds and sporting 10 tall tines, the reigning heavyweight champion, Old Mossy Horns. Let’s G... READ MORE

Know When to Hold ’Em

Know When to Hold ’Em

By Bob Humphrey

How to tell when it’s time to go all-in while hunting out of state. It’s the first sit on the first day of a five-day hunt in a place you’ve never been. The sun has yet to rise above the treetops, but the surrounding forest is coming alive. Woodpeckers bark their scratchy calls, and the first squirrel stirs from its slumber and sc... READ MORE

Weather Gone Wild

Weather Gone Wild

By David Hart

How do whitetails cope with extreme weather events? Ice-covered branches crashed to the ground like chandeliers falling on a marble foyer. With each passing minute, the limbs in the forest in front of me grew heavier as rain fell and then froze on everything it touched. By 4 p.m., a half inch of ice coated the southwestern Missouri landscape. I was... READ MORE

Right or Left

Right or Left

By Rodney Bryson

It pays to practice gun shooting from both sides. My first rifle was a .35-caliber Marlin, and I couldn’t wait to take it to the range. There, I met June Harrill, who watched me before asking if I wanted to learn how to shoot. I must have been really bad. I was able to swallow my pride and accept the offer, and June and I became good friends.... READ MORE

The Last Drag

The Last Drag

By A. Hunter Smith

Old habits die hard. Some harder than others. My brother is older than I am by 20 years, and I’m no spring chicken. After 40-plus years in the field together, and both of us hard hunters, lately we find ourselves more “stove up” in the mornings than not. A walking stick is no longer a novelty for us, but a dire necessity. Yet we s... READ MORE

Stop, Drop and Hunt

Stop, Drop and Hunt

By Bill Zahm

Thank goodness for work meetings on the opening day of firearms season. Although armed with my beloved crossbow, I spent opening day of Indiana’s 2011 gun season in a swamp stand at my Tit Lake hunting area in Huntington County. It was a frosty morning, and my rattling and grunting lured a big 8-pointer with a broken rack to within 15 yards j... READ MORE

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

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