Hands Off the Trail
By Mathew Jaycox
Photo: Tip contributor Mathew Jaycox poses with a nice 10-pointer taken near his home in Alberta, Canada. My hunting grounds are the eastern slopes of the Rockies near my home in Alberta, Canada. It gets really cold here so, obviously, gloves are important. Other than for warmth, gloves serve other purposes you might not have considered. On televis... READ MORE
Stick a Sock in It!
By Ronald Miller
Photo: Montana can be a harsh environment for hunters. Ronald Miller — shown here with a nice 10-pointer — used his resourcefulness and a simple clothing item to stay in the woods after his wife stepped into a frozen creek. Stick a sock in it — your backpack, that is. Or better yet, a pair of socks. You’d be surprised how ma... READ MORE
Build Whitetails’ Tolerance for ATVs
By Al Zwick
One characteristic I’ve noticed among white-tailed deer is, when given proper conditioning, they will develop a comfort level with ATVs, farm machinery and motorized vehicles. Knowing this trait has helped make my life easier, and I use it to gain an edge when hunting season rolls around. Through conditioning, I’m now able to drive dir... READ MORE
A Heads Up on Tree Safety
By Ed Ciersezwski
Like most hunters, prior to the opening of deer season we all have projects to be done in preparation for a good, safe year of hunts. In 2017, I spent most of my pre-season time working on maintaining my trusty old stands and getting them spruced up for the season. I changed out rusty nuts and bolts, tightened loose ones, applied new coats of paint... READ MORE
Lightning Score on the Hoof
By Ken Piper
Score isn’t everything when it comes to whitetails, but there are times (like when hunting with an outfitter who has minimum scores for bucks) that knowing a buck’s score comes in handy. If you need to quickly guess a buck’s score, consider that an average 8-pointer that is just outside its ears and isn’t deficient in any wa... READ MORE
By Bob Takeo
Photo: The use of a rangefinder and a compass can help pinpoint the beginning (or end) of a blood trail. It uses both distance and a line. I was inspired by a recent Tip of the Week about shooting a spare, field-tipped arrow to mark the spot where a deer stood when it was shot. The idea is to leave a marker at the point where the blood trail will b... READ MORE
Hunting Food Plots
By Bob Humphrey & Yamaha Outdoors
Harvest time is here. The work is done and it’s time to reap the benefits of your labor. These tips will help you be more effective at hunting your food plots.
1) Afternoons Are Better
It’s usually better to hunt food plots in the afternoon. That way you can get in early and set up before the deer start moving. Going in... READ MORE
Wind Indicator Refill Substitute
By Brady Howe
I use a powder-filled puffer bottle to check the wind direction while I'm hunting. It's easy to go through a lot of powder in a short amount of time, and the refills can be very expensive. Powder substitutes like baking soda and cornstarch either clump easily or are too heavy to hang in the air for long periods of time, so I did some research and ... READ MORE
Natural Wind Detector
By Rick Dunker
My favorite wind detection device is simple, readily available and occurs naturally.
In the late summer, I will go to the field and pick a couple of pods from a milkweed plant. I do this just as the pods are about to open and the seeds are fully formed.
From the pod, I remove the white, fuzzy, feather-like fibers and pick off the seeds. (Milkwee... READ MORE
Emergency Fire Starters
By Tim H. Martin, Travis Wilson & Charles Ward
Lighter Knots (Pine Hearts) – By Tim H. Martin Recently, I watched a reality TV show where a man and woman were attempting to survive 21 days in the wilds of south Alabama. The location was just a few miles from my old hunting lease. I was dumbfounded when the couple struggled to make fire with a steel and scraper-style fire starter. Fo... READ MORE
Shooting Angles Made Easy
By Joshua Clifton
I was reintroduced to archery about five years ago, and since then I’ve learned a lot about the sport, but not without some difficulties with proper shot placement. Early on, I had several opportunities to harvest a deer; however, the anatomy of a white-tailed deer was a mystery. If I aimed behind the shoulder, as is standard, sometimes the ... READ MORE
By Ken Piper
Which does are best to target for removal, young or mature? You’ve probably read many articles recommending taking big, healthy does to help reduce deer populations. And that’s not bad advice. It’s just not necessarily the best advice in all situations. Some biologists are taking a new approach to thinning herds and are recommendi... READ MORE
Extra Water Bottles
By Bob Buckalew
It might make my backpack weigh a little more, but I have always liked to carry extra bottles of water with me while hunting and scouting.
Of course, the main reason is to have something to drink and stay hydrated, but there are also other uses for the bottled water and empties.
After field dressing a deer, an extra bottle or two is handy for was... READ MORE
No Sweat? No Sweat!
By Ron Miller
Photo: Ron Miller poses with a nice 10-pointer he took on top of a hard-to-get-to hill in Montana. The tip he shares about reducing sweat will help hunters keep dryer, warmer and sit still longer.
Here in Montana, getting to my hunting area usually involves hiking steep hills in frigid conditions.
One of my favorite spots is on top of a small mou... READ MORE
The Grunt Effect
By Jeff Hayes
It seems like no matter how quietly hunters try to get set up in our stands, we always make at least a little unwanted noise in the process. Between walking on dry leaves, breaking sticks, huffing, puffing, shaking limbs as we scale trees, and the dinging of metal on metal, it’s impossible not to make some sort of racket. And it doesn’t... READ MORE