Hunting and Fishing Topics for Do-It-Yourselfers!

Public land secrets and scouting knowledge along with tree stand climbing tricks.

 

“DIY Sportsman”

The DIY Sportsman site is set up for outdoorsman who don't buy success. Hunters who try their luck on public land and fisherman who study their craft down to a science will feel welcome. Although the site, based originally off of the popular DIY Sportsman Youtube Channel, got its start teaching how to self film and hunt whitetail deer on public land, it's expanded to cover fishing, gear reviews, and DIY tips and modifications to make gear more useful.

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Feather burner

DIY Feather Burner for Traditional Archery

ShareFeather burners are the most versatile method of shaping feathers for arrow fletching. A commercial feather burner costs about $150 new, but old transformers can pull an appropriate amount of power out of the wall to make your own burner. Train transformers work great, and old models are all over the used market. I prefer […]

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Ultralight Backpacking Stove – Fire Maple Hornet FMS-300t

ShareIn the world of ultralight camping, small is king. As far as canister stoves go, this is one of the smallest and lightest options available. So how well does it actually work? And is it reliable? What are the main advantages and disadvantages of the Fire Maple Hornet? After all, Fire Maple isn’t a very […]

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Public Land Turkey Hunt – Triple Beard Tom

Share Public land turkey hunting in WI during season E of 2016. By this point, the birds have received some pressure, and it took a while to find a good roost spot that was tough to access for other hunters. Eventually, through scouting I was able to find an area where turkeys had been pushed […]

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Massive 80 Pound Sturgeon!! – Rainy River

Share We caught this sturgeon fishing on the Rainy River in Minnesota. Length and girth calculations (65″ long with a 30″ girth) put this fish right around 80 pounds. It was released after a couple minutes of revival in the current. Lake sturgeon up there can be kept if between 45-50″ or over 75″ (a […]

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DIY Fuzz-E Grub Tutorial

ShareLindy Fuzz-E Grubs are usually near the top of any “best walleye lures” list. Though usually tipped with live bait, they can also catch fish as-is under the right conditions. And they won’t just catch walleyes… it’s harder to list fish species that won’t bite on a jig. All that you need is: -Jig -Marabou […]

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“Get Home Alive” Medical Kit LITE Review – Wild Hedgehog Tactical

ShareThe first aid kit I’ve used for the past few years was a small kit from REI. While it was was small and light, it wouldn’t have benefited me in the case of a real emergency. I’m by no means a medical expert, so you won’t see packing sutures, etc. My main goal if something […]

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DIY Hunting Saddle – Rock Harness with SitDrag

ShareSaddle hunting is one of those things that I’ve always been reluctant to try because of the cost of entry. Well, this modification allowed me to make a minimalist saddle from my rock harness for about $40. The idea is to use a SitDrag, which is a commercially available tree sling that’s meant to be […]

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Paracord Cobra Weave Tutorial

Share A paracord cobra weave really isn’t a necessity by any means, but it looks cool, and can cover your stand and sticks with less total material than a straight wrap. It’s extremely easy to do, and can be done pretty fast once you get a rhythm going. This tutorial is based off of a […]

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Top 5 Tree Stand Modifications

ShareMy top 5 favorite hang on tree stand modifications… Having hunted from the same single tree stand for over ten years and having adopted a mobile hunting style, I’ve tried several different things to improve my setup. All of the mods shown here don’t affect the stand’s safety in any way. Below are links to […]

Climbing without Sticks

How to Climb a Tree without Climbing Sticks

ShareMobile hunting requires a lightweight setup – generally an aluminum tree stand and climbing sticks. Many hunters, especially those who have a long walk to each setup, would prefer something lighter. Some have switched to a tree saddle. With a rock climbing harness, hunters can use some saddle techniques for climbing but still hunt with […]