Hunting and Fishing Topics for Do-It-Yourselfers!
Public land secrets and scouting knowledge along with tree stand climbing tricks.
We caught this sturgeon fishing on the Rainy River in Minnesota. Length and girth calculations (65″ long with a 30″ girth) put this fish right around 80 pounds. It was released after a couple minutes of revival in the current. Lake sturgeon up there can be kept if between 45-50″ or over 75″ (a state […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]