Hunting and Fishing Topics for Do-It-Yourselfers!
Public land secrets and scouting knowledge along with tree stand climbing tricks.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]