Rut timing

Episode 7 – Science of Rut Timing

Science of Rut Timing Every time mid-October rolls around, hunters frantically search for guidance on rut timing. Will it be earlier or later than last year? How will the weather or moon phase affect the rut? How accurate are the predictions in popular magazines? When should I take my rut-cation? With the increasing popularity of […]

firearm hunting strategy

Episode 6 – Firearm Hunting Strategy

Firearm Hunting Strategy In this episode of the DIY Sportsman Podcast, Garrett and Boswell talk about firearms deer hunting. Garrett grew up hunting the annual 9 day season in Wisconsin which occurs after the rut, and recently started participating in the Minnesota gun season, which is timed during the heat of the rut. Boswell doesn’t […]

Gear List – Colorado Elk/Deer 2017 (September)

Downloadable Excel file for your own editing: 2017 Mule Deer/Elk Gear List, September in Colorado 2017 Western Hunting Gear List PDF Version of the Gear List: 2017 Western Hunting Gear List

Scent Control

Episode 5 – Scent Control

Scent Control In this episode of the DIY Sportsman Podcast, Garrett and Boswell discuss scent control… their philosophies, routines, and experiences. Both use a scientific approach to analyzing scent, and understand the challenges with trying to apply laboratory success and marketing claims to real world scenarios with new variables. They discuss the published studies using […]

Fourth Arrow Mod

DIY Fourth Arrow Run and Gun Shoulder Base

I’m a big fan of the Fourth Arrow Camera arm, which I’ve used for over a year now for self filming my hunts. I did a review on the carbon arm here: Fourth Arrow Review Link Here is a link to the Fourth Arrow camera arm on Amazon (affiliate link): http://amzn.to/2xRu6LP There were a couple […]

in season scouting

Episode 4 – In Season Scouting

In this Episode, Garrett and Boudreaux discuss in-season scouting. Many hunters do a fine job of preseason scouting – glassing fields, sitting in observation stands, and checking trail cameras. But once the season rolls around, their focus shifts almost entirely to hunting. Often, it’s easy to get caught up on what the deer were doing […]

diy tarp

DIY Tarp Build – Ultralight Membrane Silpoly

This is a DIY Tarp that I build specifically for hammock camping in 3 season use. However, the square tarp design is a very versatile one, and it can be pitched in many different ways on the ground with trekking poles. I went with Membrane Silpoly for a material from Ripstop by the Roll. It […]

Colorado Hunt

Episode 3 – Colorado Hunt Recap and Gear Review

In this week’s episode, Garrett and Boudreax discuss Garrett’s recent successful DIY public land mule deer hunt in Colorado. After briefly discussing the climax of the hunt, they dig into the gear used, cost of the trip, and lessons learned. This was Garrett’s first time camping in a hammock, and he used a homemade 9×9 […]

diy colorado mule deer

DIY Colorado Mule Deer 2017

This was the first year any of us have chased after mule deer in Colorado; however, we’d gone after elk twice before. Having a mule deer tag in the group ended up being a wise decision, as they were certainly more plentiful than the elk in the area. There were enough elk to leave sign […]

DIY climbing sticks

DIY Climbing Sticks – Ultralight [Video]

I finally decided to build a set of legitimate climbing sticks. This DIY project was intended to put my ideal set of features into a climbing stick. It is similar to a Lone Wolf in that it uses Lone Wolf V-brackets and a modified versa button; however, it uses a double step design, with two […]