In 1986, 29-year-old Jackie Bushman acted on an idea he’d been developing since he was a teenager.
The young Montgomery, Ala., native had grown up exploring the great outdoors and hunting with his grandfather. He wanted to take the camaraderie of the hunting camp to a national level. He envisioned a deer hunting association that would encourage a feeling of community, sportsmanship and wildlife conservation while promoting a positive image of deer hunters everywhere.
Jackie began traveling the United States selling memberships, which included his new Buckmasters Newsletter and a few gifts. With the support of family, friends, investors and new subscribers, his dream grew quickly. In 1987, he published the premiere issue of Buckmasters Whitetail Magazine.
Buckmasters is now in its 28th year and going strong.
Loyal subscribers, sponsors and advertisers have helped make Buckmasters the No. 1 deer hunting magazine in America.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Jackie added two more publications. RACK was born in 1999 to showcase the stories of hunters and their trophy bucks — all scored using Buckmasters’ own BTR scoring system. In 2004, Buckmasters GunHunter Magazine was added to the lineup. GunHunter focuses on the use of firearms in hunting, along with new innovations, accessories and care.
Jackie also opened the doors for TV hunting shows.
"Buckmasters" began airing on TNN in 1988, rapidly becoming one of the most popular shows on the network. Not only was it the first deer hunting show on cable, it was the first hunting show of any kind on TNN. It wasn’t long before other hunting shows began to appear on cable. Bushman led the way.
"Buckmasters" is still being produced today and airs on Outdoor Channel, along with "The Jackie Bushman Show."
But Buckmasters has never been just a magazine or TV show. Hunting events have been part of the heritage from the beginning.
In 1987, Jackie introduced the annual Buckmasters Classic/BADF Life Hunt, bringing together celebrities, writers and critically-ill hunters to raise awareness of our obligation to help our fellow hunters.
Bushman also moved forward with the Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World Championship archery competition, which is now the most prestigious in the sport, offering world-class archers a chance to test their skills. In 1993, he added the annual Buckmasters Expo, one of the largest and most popular hunting consumer shows in the country.
At the very heart of it all lies the Buckmasters American Deer Foundation.
In keeping with our dedication to the hunting community, this nonprofit arm of the Buckmasters family is designed to give hunters a means to support deer hunting through conservation, disabled hunter services, education and feeding the hungry.