Hunting and Fishing Topics for Do-It-Yourselfers!
Public land secrets and scouting knowledge along with tree stand climbing tricks.
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 […]
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. […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Here’s a quick and easy tip to add property lines to your GPS. It works great for marking lines on obscure or not well known public access areas, which often change year by year or simply aren’t included on the larger GPS map downloads. In addition, this is a great option for marking boundaries on […]
Deer hunting gear is an important topic… at least it should be. However, my gear list differs quite a bit from what you might expect to hear from a typical outdoor professional. No grunt tube, doe bleat, estrous scent, rattling antlers, wind checker, decoy – the list goes on. All of those types of items […]