diy fuzz-e grub

DIY Fuzz-E Grub Tutorial

Lindy 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 […]

hunting saddle

DIY Hunting Saddle – Rock Harness with SitDrag

Saddle 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 […]

cobra weave

Paracord Cobra Weave Tutorial

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 request […]

tree stand mods

Top 5 Tree Stand Modifications

My 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

Mobile 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 […]

climbing stick extensions

Climbing Stick Webbing Extensions

A DIY tip to climb trees higher, faster, and lighter when using climbing sticks. Back in 2013 I made a climbing stick modification video showing how to make double stirrup extensions. While they’ll work for full length sticks as well as mini sticks, more often than not, a single stirrup will be better suited to […]

arrow spinner

DIY Arrow Spinner

The video below shows how to build a cheap and easy arrow spinner based on using cabinet double roller catches, less than $1.00 a piece, and some spare lumber. This version has a backstop on one end. While not completely necessary for carbon arrows with threaded inserts, the backstop is useful for aligning and gluing […]

Hunting public land

5 Tips for Gun Hunting Public Land

Hopefully you have already pre-scouted your area in the spring, driven past nearby agriculture during the summer, and bow hunted it all fall so that you already have a good idea of where to sit on the opener. If not, don’t worry! Here are 5 helpful things I’ve learned in my years of hunting public […]

elk hunting gear

Elk Hunting Gear List 2015

Elk hunting gear is an important topic for DIY backpack hunters; not quite as much for the wall tent/outfitter camp types. So what should an elk hunter pack? It certainly varies based on the season. A bowhunter in the 2nd week of September should expect to pack a different shelter and layering system as a […]

bow holder

DIY Bow Holder, Utility Hook

This DIY bow holder really shines in areas where screw in ones are not legal. It is also small and quiet. Most commercially available utility hooks that strap onto the tree lean out from the tree once you put weight on them. This hook uses a cam-locking mechanism to overtighten the paracord which greatly strengthens […]