Tips & Tactics

Never Assume!

Never Assume!

By Jacob Zhanel

This classic mistake has happened to me more times than I'd like to admit, and I bet it's happened to you, too. After sitting in the stand for several hours without seeing so much as a squirrel or bird, I would stand up to stretch or grab a snack out of the backpack. As soon as I got to my feet, a deer I couldn't see through the brush would spook ... READ MORE

Compass Usage for Treestand Setups

Compass Usage for Treestand Setups

By Larry Brown

Experienced hunters use a compass for more than just map reading. To make my treestands most effective during hunting season, I always carry a compass. I use it when picking out a tree and deciding which direction to face my stand. Here's why: Knowing your bearings is essential for the initial stand set up. If you guess and get it wrong, you'll l... READ MORE

Linger for the Lens!

Linger for the Lens!

By Gail McKee

For those of you who use trail cameras like I do, I think you'll find this tip very useful! I've noticed deer will stay longer in front of my camera if I take a moment to broadcast the corn and other attractants instead of just dumping it in a big pile like many hunters do. I've found a 10-foot by 20-foot area of distribution to be the best for p... READ MORE

Treestand Treats!

Treestand Treats!

By Wayne Brittain

Years ago while hunting in Mexico, I picked up one of the simplest, most useful hunting tips I've ever received. Take a handful of hard candy with you before heading to your stand, and keep it in your pocket within easy reach. After an hour or two in the stand, just when you start to get tired or bored, take out a piece and slowly eat the candy. ... READ MORE

Feather & Floss Wind Indicator

Feather & Floss Wind Indicator

By Christine Miller

Bird hunters, save the downy feathers from your pheasants, doves, quail and grouse for a foolproof feather wind indicator. I like to attach a feather to an 8 to 12 inch length of dental floss, then tie the other end to my gun barrel and let the feather swing freely. Simply ease your barrel out and away from your treestand and let the feather catc... READ MORE

Approach Animals from Behind!

Approach Animals from Behind!

By Matthew McDaniel

Editor's Note by Tim H. Martin: Before you read Matthew McDaniel's tip, I'd like to relate a potentially dangerous instance that occurred while I was on a black bear hunt in Saskatchewan years ago. One of the hunters in camp had shot a bear and was approaching it with our guide. Its head was down and the hunter was about to walk up right to it, s... READ MORE

Space Blanket Uses for Deer Hunters

Space Blanket Uses for Deer Hunters

By Bob Takeo

Before deer season starts, I buy a couple of space blankets to use in a number of different ways in the field. I split one of the blankets into two smaller units by asking my wife to cut it in half and sew shut the cut edges. Next, I fold up my blankets tightly, seal them in a ziplock bag and place in my backpack. They take up very little room an... READ MORE

Hand Warmer, Rubber Band & Tink's Trick

Hand Warmer, Rubber Band & Tink's Trick

By Carl Harris

Here's a little trick I like to use during the rut, especially on cold days. It's really easy and will help you conserve your liquid scents, saving you money in the end. I like to take a hand warmer, like a HotHands pad, and secure it to my bottle of Tink's attractant with a rubber band. Before I get close to my stand, or sometimes before I leave t... READ MORE

Failing Food Plots?

Failing Food Plots?

By ACES at Auburn University

You might have noticed that some or all of your plots are not producing like they used to or that they seem to be prone to failure in the summer months. One factor that you might not have considered is hardpan. Hardpan is a layer of soil that has become dense and compacted by heavy equipment, found from 2 to 10 inches below the topsoil. Hardpan ... READ MORE

Wet Weather Gun Barrel Tip

Wet Weather Gun Barrel Tip

By Tony Graves

When I'm out on a muzzleloader hunt, I always take a small piece of electric tape and place the tape over the end of my gun barrel. This is really an advantage on rainy days and on mornings when heavy dew is falling. The tape keeps moisture out of the barrel which could lead to problems with the primer igniting my powder pellets. But I also use ... READ MORE

Old Timer's Bag o' Tricks

Old Timer's Bag o' Tricks

By Richard Brubaker

If you are like me, you enjoy saving and eating the heart and liver from your deer. The problem is getting these tasty parts out of the woods without losing them or making a mess. Sure, you can put them in a plastic bag or game pouch, but then you have to transport the bloody pouch in your hands, pocket or backpack while you drag. Here's an old tim... READ MORE

No. 1 Tip for No. 2

No. 1 Tip for No. 2

By Joseph Bellapianta

Although we don't often see the subject of going to the bathroom in the woods as a topic for hunting magazines, TV shows or websites, it's still an issue every hunter must face from time to time. After our baby was born, I learned there is something better than toilet paper of paper towels to use in the woods when it's time to face the dreaded num... READ MORE

Nationwide's Gas Saving Tips

Nationwide's Gas Saving Tips

By Nationwide Insurance

In the last two years, average U.S. gas prices have risen from just over $3 per gallon to about $3.60, according to GasBuddy.com. That's a lot to shell out for driving, so many Americans are looking to save any way they can. Here are some fuel-friendly practices that can help your tank last a little longer. Ease up. Aggressive driving won't just co... READ MORE

Overlooked Delicacy

Overlooked Delicacy

By Chuck Burklund

Backstraps and tenderloins are popular cuts of deer meat, but I never hear anyone talking about my favorite piece of the deer, venison flat iron steak. That's probably because it's not the easiest cut to find and separate out. It's found on the top of the shoulder blade and is a distinctive muscle group. The flat iron steaks are about 6 to 9 inch... READ MORE

Not Hunting = Great Hunting (sort of)

Not Hunting = Great Hunting (sort of)

By Tim H. Martin

Throughout my years in the hunting industry and nearly forty years of hunting experience, I've met some incredibly wise hunters. I've learned a thing or two from listening to and observing certain successful people. One of the best philosophies I've gleaned is to find a great stand site and NOT hunt it. At least, not hunt it until conditions are ab... READ MORE

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