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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?”
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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