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 […]

october bow hunt

October Bow Hunt – Two Deer Killed! [Video]

Bow hunting footage from last weekend’s metro deer hunt – This hunt takes place every year. The land is city owned, so it’s not your typical public land. In order to hunt, you need to be drawn in a preference point-based lottery, take bowhunter education, and pass a shooting proficiency test. This was my first […]

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 […]

Colorado Elk Hunt

DIY Colorado Elk Hunt OTC 2015

Here’s the video from our OTC Colorado elk hunt in 2015. The success rate last year in this wilderness unit was 6%. It’s big country and steep terrain, not for the out-of-shape. While I was bow hunting, the other guys in our group were using muzzleloaders. Colorado laws prohibit scopes or pelletized powder for muzzleloaders. […]

bear baiting

Bear Baiting 2015 in Minnesota

An update from the 3rd weekend of bear baiting in Minnesota’s No Quota zone, showing baits that have been hit and trail cam photos. A list of what we’ve been using to bait: -5 gallons of cracked corn -5 gallons of trail mix -2 gallons of fruit snacks -1/2 gallon each of chocolate frosting and […]

Stick Talons

Stick Talons Product Review

Stick Talons were created by a DIY’er, Bryan Landry, aka cbigbear on various hunting forums. His goal was to take the idea of the Lone Wolf stick quiver, but to make something you didn’t need to take off the stand before hanging it. The “Talons” he came up with attach to the stand with either […]

hooyman

Hooyman Extendable Saw Review

I received a couple Hooyman extendable saws to review last year. Many of the places I hunt don’t allow you to trim lanes, so I took a little bit of time to get some real use with the saws in order to make a thorough review and give an honest opinion on them. I have […]

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 […]

trail camera mount

DIY Trail Camera Mount – Under $4

An easy, cheap DIY trail camera mount that DOESN’T screw into the tree. This makes it legal everywhere that trail cameras are, and it doesn’t affect valuable timber if that’s where you plan on hanging the cam. There are a couple benefits of hanging a trail camera up high and pointing it downward: 1) It’s […]

One Stick Climbing Method

One Stick Climbing Method | Hunting Video

The one stick climbing method for hanging a tree stand has some major advantages over using three or four sticks to hang your tree stand. You save a significant amount of weight, have less gear to potentially make noise, and aren’t limited to any tree height. I could easily go 35 feet up into a […]