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 […]

Red Lake Walleye

Red Lake Walleye Fishing 12-20-2015

Upper Red Lake walleye fishing can be fantastic for early ice because it freezes so early. It’s divided into an upper and lower portion, and only about half of the upper portion is accessible to most anglers. The other two thirds is part of a Reservation. It gets a large amount of fishing pressure, and […]

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 […]

primos proof 03

Primos Proof 03 Trail Camera Review [Video]

The specs on the Primos Proof 03 trail camera are nothing to laugh about, but the real benefit in my opinion is the simplicity of use. This would be a great camera for someone who’s not technologically savvy and wants something that’s hard to screw up in the field. The advertised specs are listed below: […]

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 […]