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.

Bear Hunting in the Boundary Waters [Video]

Arguably the most scenic area in Minnesota, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is over 1 million acres of land along the Canadian border. Very strict rules apply not only to campers and canoers, but also to hunters. Throughout Minnesota, hunters rely on bait as the go to method for hunting bears. The landscape and […]

Wild Shot Reaction! Hunter’s first Bear

This bear’s reaction to being shot was certainly unexpected! Although Joe was no stranger to deer hunting with a rifle, the bow was a big change for Joe. Wanting him to be successful, Kenny and I helped set up his equipment over the summer, and Kenny put Joe on a good bear bait on opening […]

Two Bears at the Bait! 2012 Bear Hunt

Kenny’s second bear in two consecutive years. Hunting close to his house in Northern Minnesota, Kenny put the work in to establish a bait site in a new area. It paid off big time. Two bears showed up on stand, and there were even more coming in afterwards!

Crappie Fishing Videos

I love ice fishing for crappies. They’re generally pretty easy to catch, provide good action, and excellent table fare. I’ve made a couple videos over the years chasing these little guys through the ice. This first video is a pretty good representation of my general strategy when crappie fishing through the ice. This video was […]

Ice Fishing Whitefish in Sturgeon Bay

Sturgeon Bay, WI is known for about three things: 1) Big Smallmouth 2) Big Walleye 3) Whitefish. My dad and I went up there to try ice fishing for the third of those. The rig is a little unique. It’s your standard barrel swivel and leader with a teardrop jig tied on… except you also […]

Elk Hunting Full Gear List Review

This is the full gear list for my 2014 rifle elk hunting trip from October 10th-16th. The temperature ranged from 15°F to 55°F, and we got 8 inches of snow on the 2nd day of the trip. This is enough gear to get you by on a solo trip. I went with two other guys, […]

Garmin GPSMAP 62s GPS Review

The video says it all. This GPS has been a highly valued piece of equipment for several years. I don’t plan on upgrading until it dies or I lose it. Based on how it’s held up so far, losing it might be more likely!

Hunting Beast Camera Arm Review

As a prize for the big buck contest in the Hunting Beast Big Buck Contest, I received a Hunting Beast Camera arm courtesy of Dan Infalt and John Kitscha. I used the arm throughout this entire season and was thoroughly impressed. The camera arm I had used prior to this was one made by Lone […]

Editing Landscape Photography Tutorial

One of the biggest challenges with Landscape photography is that the sun creates intense differences between highlights and shadows. By Shooting in RAW, and with a flat image (start with a standard profile and do the following), Contrast -3 Saturation -1 Sharpness -3 You can leverage the information captured in the image to reproduce what […]

How to Film Hunts Video Series

Filming a deer hunt (or turkey or bear or anything) can be hard. Filming yourself on a hunt is even tougher. Often times it’s not necessarily seeing an animal with a camera in the tree that’s the problem, it’s a lack of general comfort and knowledge with the equipment. My goal with these videos is […]