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.

Public Land 8 Point Buck | Strategy Video Included!

Deer hunting on public land, during the opening day of Wisconsin’s 2014 Gun Deer Season. I was fortunate to bag an 8 point buck first thing in the morning. I’ve hunted here 3 out of the past 4 firearm seasons, and have seen at least one 8 point buck each time. A common strategy has […]

DIY Camera “Steadicam”

Based off of the Frugal Filmmaker’s DIY steadicam, so I don’t go over the whole how-to. Rather, I give my personal tweak to the design. This allows me to carry a tripod which doubles as a DIY steadicam, rather than a tripod and a separate merlin style DIY steadicam, such as the Frugal Filmmaker’s PVC […]

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DIY Climbing Stick Modification | “Webbing Stirrups”

A DIY tip to climb trees higher, faster, and lighter when using climbing sticks. I have now been using this climbing stick modification for three years; I used to have one stirrup on my bottom stick. Now I put them on three sticks, and I’m able to climb 90% of my trees with ~4.5lb carrying […]

DIY Safety Harness Improvement | 100% Fall Protection

My tree stand video sparked some good ideas and discussion. One of the most important times to be hooked onto a safety harness is while climbing on and off the platform of the stand. Also, when going around branches on the way up, you need to unattach the lineman’s belt for a couple seconds to […]

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How to Hang a Tree Stand in 5 Minutes!!

How to hang a tree stand quickly, safely, and easily. Hanging my tree stand this way is the method that I have used for the past several years. The key thing is to use the paracord loops around the belt portion of your safety harness. This allows you to carry all 4 climbing sticks (and […]

Keep Your Game Cameras Working During Winter’s Frigid Temps [Video]

One of the most frustrating times of year to run trail cams is during the winter. Traditional alkaline batteries lose much of their capacity in cold temperatures. Although many modern trail cameras are designed to run off of AA batteries and can utilize Energizer Ultimate Lithium, many cameras run off of C batteries. This video […]

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 […]