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.
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 […]

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 […]

wolves attack dog

Wolves Attack Dog wearing GoPro [Video]

Well, the following video sure makes me feel bad for this dog and its owner. It appears that curiosity first brought the two face to face, but when the second wolf arrived, things went south pretty fast. Luckily, the vest that the 4 year old Swedish elkhound was wearing not only held the camera, but […]

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 […]