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.

Cutting Shooting Lanes without Ruining a Stand

A reminder to be more observant and calculated when cutting your shooting lanes. Going in hastily and cutting too many limbs can ruin an otherwise great spot. Also remember to check local laws, as trimming lanes on public land is illegal in many areas, including my home states of MN and WI.

Deer Hunting Strategy

Deer Hunting Strategy, GOING IN BLIND

While scouting on foot well in advance of the season is the best way to get to know an area and to find great tree stand locations, sometimes “going in blind” is a better deer hunting strategy. I’ll define this strategy simply and broadly as hunting an area after doing all of your scouting online […]

DIY Elk Hunting in Colorado

All in all you could call it an adventure… When we arrived at the trailhead after driving over 17 hours, we could barely find a spot to park. Several trucks, SUVs, and campers were already there, including a few horse trailers. The topo map only showed one trail (no motorized vehicles) leading out. We hiked […]

Late Season Bowhunting, Public Land Success [Video]

One of the secrets to hunting late season on public land is not to just find the hot food source… it’s to find where the deer are bedding. In the case of this marsh, the deer were bedded about a mile back from the food source, and about a half mile further back than they […]

2013 Deer Season Summary [Video]

2013 marked a bigger milestone in my filming that it did my hunting. It was the first year that I used an interchangeable lens camera, the Sony NEX-5R, as my primary camera. That presented a few logistical challenges that I needed to play around with. Despite filming several deer, I struggled to close the deal […]

Public Land 8 Pointer – Opening Weekend, Self Filmed

Opening weekend of the 2011 WI firearms season was a productive one! For me, it was the first time hunting a new area of public land. I had scouted in the spring, which gave me a good idea of where to start; however, I hadn’t prepared for the rare SE wind that was predicted opening […]

DIY Sportsman

Nice 10 Point Buck Shot in Northern MN – Self Filmed

It was a November to Remember! After putting in 6 all day hunts over the course of the rut, the biggest deer I had yet seen while hunting walked in. The story of this hunt isn’t nearly complete without the strategy that went into it. The big woods terrain we had been hunting contains gently […]

Massive Sturgeon on the Rainy River! – Several over 50″

Watch until the end to see an anglers rod snap fighting a 66 pound fish! Roughly 25 sturgeon up to 60″ were pulled into our boat over the two day trip. For those thinking of trying this, I HIGHLY recommend a short rod with a long butt, such as the $20 Berkely Big Game rod […]

Huge Pike on a Topwater Frog!

I was doing some fishing up in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness on a bear hunting trip in 2014. I had been catching several smaller pike in the 20inch range, until this one hit about 20 feet from the canoe. I can still picture that big head coming out of the water and engulfing […]

Double Bearded Turkey on Public Land [Video]

In the minutes preceding a massive thunderstorm, I shot my first turkey while bowhunting on public land. The long shot hit the bird below the vitals. However, the large expandable broadhead did enough damage to put the bird down within 100 yards of where it was shot. I edited and uploaded two versions of the […]