Bringing in Bucks with Buckets

For better bow hunting, set up buckets in the field to bring the deer to you.

Bowhunters are often advised to learn exactly where a buck enters a field and sit just downwind, says Travis Turner, known as T-Bone (tboneoutdoors.com) to Realtree Outdoors viewers. But not all bucks are so accommodating as to approach from the same spot every night. "He may show up within 100 yards of a certain tree, trail, or field corner," he says, "but that doesn't help much when you're shooting a bow."

So Turner steers these deer to his stand with buckets. Yes, buckets. "They stack like traffic cones for easy toting, and to a whitetail they say, Detour--go that way."

If a certain deer tends to show up anywhere along a 100-yard stretch of a field edge, Turner places a line of four or five 5-gallon buckets parallel to that stretch, 100 yards or more into the opening. He then hangs his stand along the edge of the woods, even with the farthest-downwind pail. "When the buck comes out, he'll spot those buckets, be leery, and instead of marching into the field, he'll hug the edge and, with luck, walk right to you."