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.
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 […]

wild hedgehog tactical

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

The 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

collect sinew

How to Collect Sinew from a Deer

Here is a tutorial on how to collect sinew based on a couple requests I received after shooting my first two deer this season. I’ll admit I was a bit new to it myself at first, having only taken up traditional archery recently; however, by my third deer this year I was ready to make […]

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 […]