Tips & Tactics

Push into Public Land

Push into Public Land

By William Pulsifer

Like many hunters who don’t have access to private lands or who don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to lease property, I like to hunt on public land. But, not surprisingly, so do a lot of other hunters. I’ve discovered to be successful on public land, I have to work a little harder than the private land guys. Don’t be afrai... READ MORE

Wild Game Buttermilk Bath

Wild Game Buttermilk Bath

By Rod Robert

Venison isn’t the only meat that sometimes has a gamey flavor, and that seems to be a recurring theme among people who eat wild game. For example, where I’m from, we have sharp-tailed grouse. They are practically inedible unless you do something to help them out. I have a simple trick that helps improve my wild game cooking, and it work... READ MORE

Pausing Hand Warmers

Pausing Hand Warmers

By Kevin Sundholm

Photo: Michigan deer hunter and tip contributor Kevin Sundholm shares his trick for getting more life out of hand warmers. Most hunters have used hand warmers at one time or another. I’m talking about the air-activated type in a little bag, not the metal kind that requires the burning of fuel. The typical scenario goes something like this: T... READ MORE

De-stinkify Your Hands

De-stinkify Your Hands

By Tim H. Martin

When I think back to the time I shot and field dressed my first buck, I can still remember the frustrations of trying to get the stink off my hands. That was nearly 40 years ago. Mind you, these were extra funky rutty hands, because I’d somehow managed to grab the buck’s hock glands while dragging it out of the woods — the classic... READ MORE

Misery and Mind Games

Misery and Mind Games

By Jason Reid

Through my experiences in sports and hunting, I’ve learned successful people are those who remain clear-headed, calm and patient under pressure. I’ve also noticed they remember to enjoy each and every moment God gives us, no matter the circumstances. I’d like to share a recent revelation about the mental aspects of hunting. Betwe... READ MORE

Tubular Head-and-Neck Gear

Tubular Head-and-Neck Gear

By Tim H. Martin

Photo: Buff USA’s Polar Buff is one of many tube-style headwear garments available to hunters today. This model, which acts as a head cover and neck gaiter, is actually a one-piece tube. During a Texas pronghorn hunt in 2007, I received severe sun damage to one side of my neck from hours of driving an ATV across the desert. I’d forgotte... READ MORE

Public Land Transportation

Public Land Transportation

By Brett Fletcher

If you’re like me and enjoy hunting on public land, you’ve probably noticed most hunters are not willing to walk three to four miles to reach the best hunting areas. This seems to be the case even on graded roads where motorized vehicles are not allowed. Mature bucks have adapted to this human behavior, so the best hunting is generally... READ MORE

Water, Water Everywhere

Water, Water Everywhere

By Ken Piper

The more water on a property, the less important it is for hunting. Deer don’t have to drink every day to survive, but they will drink regularly if water is convenient. Water is particularly important to whitetails in the South and Southwest, where it can be hot during deer season, and in the West where water sources tend to be scarce. For hu... READ MORE

Kitchen Gadget Arrow Puller

Kitchen Gadget Arrow Puller

By Jim Kotsones

Have you ever had trouble pulling wet arrows from targets, or buried your arrows so deeply into a new target that you struggled to remove them with bare fingers? I certainly have. Slick aluminum or graphite arrows with small-diameter shafts can also be incredibly hard to pull from targets. You can actually develop shoulder and elbow injuries if yo... READ MORE

2-D Man Decoys

2-D Man Decoys

By Jack Baker

As an avid bowhunter, I'll use every trick in the book, no matter how crazy, to fool a deer's senses. This particular tip will help deceive their eyes. How many times has a deer approached your stand only to suddenly notice you because it wasn't used to seeing a bulky shape there before? Boom - you're busted! When hunting from treestands —... READ MORE

Cool Camp Fridge

Cool Camp Fridge

By David Widby

Have you ever been on a hunting, fishing or camping trip and wished you had a small refrigerator? I know an iceless way to keep your cool things cool in camp. There are a couple of caveats, however. First, you’ll need a nearby body of water, like a lake or stream (preferably a stream). Secondly, it doesn’t work well if it’s blazi... READ MORE

Uncle Gary’s Wisdom

Uncle Gary’s Wisdom

By Mark Kay

Photo: Some hunters consistently bring home more venison than others. Seek out these people, pay close attention to what they do and learn from their wisdom — this week’s tip included! My Uncle Gary was the best hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman I’ve ever known. When I was a youngster, I noticed he was highly successful and rout... READ MORE

Create Antler Rubbing Posts

Create Antler Rubbing Posts

By William Cuthbert

One surefire way to learn if there is buck activity in your area is finding fresh rubbings on small trees, saplings or fence posts. Before the season starts, I have a buck indicator trick I like to use in or around the fields of my hunting property. Harvested agricultural fields are prime spots to check for rubs, but saplings don’t always gro... READ MORE

Dealing with Anti-Hunters

Dealing with Anti-Hunters

By Steve Hickoff and Yamaha Outdoors

Photo: The restoration of the wild turkey due to sound management practices is a wildlife success story. Let anti-hunters know about this, and other positives about our lifestyle. I handed her my long black gun case. She put it behind her driver’s seat, saying, “Sure hope that thing doesn’t fall on me! What’s in it?” ... READ MORE

Speed Isn’t Everything

Speed Isn’t Everything

By Ken Piper

Both gun hunters and bowhunters favor a flat-shooting projectile. The flatter a bullet or arrow travels, the less the hunter has to worry about aiming high or low to compensate for varying distance to the target. Unless you’re hunting out West or on large greenfields, most firearms shots don’t require compensation. And if you do hunt in... READ MORE

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