Designated Treestand Days
By Tim H. Martin
For Safety, Fun and Fellowship
Treestands are expensive, yet all-too-often neglected pieces of hunting equipment.
Hunters who leave portable stands attached to trees year round are asking for trouble. The same goes for those (myself included) who don’t always inspect permanent stands before Opening Day. This can be costly and sometimes dang... READ MORE
Hear Like a Deer Hears
By Andrew Marley
Although I consider myself a novice outdoorsman, I’d like to share a tip for stalking given to me by a hunting buddy who has taught me a lot.
When I walk to my stand, stalk or still hunt, I like to wear my Walker’s Game Ear headphones. Although originally developed as a hearing protection device, I’ve found the headphones also wo... READ MORE
Longer-Lasting Trail Markers
By Albert Canady
My tip is a tree-friendly and longer-lasting way to mark the trials leading to and from your treestands.
To begin, I like to use a quality electrical tape. I fold long strips around the limbs of trees along my trail, allowing several inches of the tape to hang from either side of the limb. Then I press the adhesive sides of the tape together to fo... READ MORE
Set Up for Muddy Boots
By Tim H. Martin
In sections of my home state of Alabama, we have a supernaturally sticky type of mud that gives deer hunters fits. The evil gray stuff is not-so-affectionately known as gumbo.
Found mostly in the Black Belt region, gumbo cakes up on the bottom of our boots to the point it often takes five minutes per boot to remove it with a stick. What a waste o... READ MORE
Treestand Noise Dampener
By Thomas R. Kelley
Most of the time, I hunt from a ladder stand. They are awesome once you've settled in, but have a bad reputation for being noisy while you ascend and descend.
Even if I take my time climbing and am careful to be quiet on the way up, gear will often bang against the sides of the ladder, and the legs will sometimes creak.
Another noise factor is wh... 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
By Tim H. Martin
The Devil’s in the Details!
First time hunters often make small mistakes that lead to big failures. That’s all part of gaining experience and learning how to hunt.
When I first started bowhunting, I will never forget watching a doe approach at first light, drawing my bow, then having to let down when she stepped behind a hedge. ... READ MORE
Pull Those Stands!
By Joe Palermo
Have you ever been walking through the woods and found a treestand wedged so tightly into a tree that the hunter could not remove it, therefore it had to be left behind?
Over the course of one season and the next summer, some trees can grow enough to trap a treestand. Not pulling your stands can be expensive!
Expanding trees have the ability to b... READ MORE
Peanut Butter: The Pre-Attractant Attractant
By Jeff Maynard
If you use corn as an attractant, either for baiting or drawing deer to trail cameras, sometimes it takes a while for deer to find it.
When setting up a feeder in a new area, I pick a few trees near my feeder to rub down with my favorite super attractant: peanut butter.
In theory, the aroma of peanut butter is stronger than corn, and will travel... READ MORE
Inexpensive Snow Suit
By David Garnetti
I live in Washington state where there's a 100 percent chance it will snow during the late season. My tip should help hunters in other states when it snows, even those who hunt in the Deep South because snowstorms sometimes stray into Alabama, Texas and Louisiana.
I've learned to use white painter's suits instead of snow camouflage for a number o... READ MORE
Field Test Before D-Day
By Brion Whitten and Tim H. Martin
Whether you are a bowhunter or gunhunter, make sure to wear the same clothes and use the same gear you will be hunting with. This will prevent problems before the moment of truth arrives. — Brion Whitten
Editor’s Note, by Tim H. Martin: When I think of grand mistakes caused by not practicing with the same gear used in an actual event, ... READ MORE
Avoid the Half Moon Club (Scope Cuts)
By Tim H. Martin
Have you ever noticed how many hunters — even famous ones — have a little scar on one eyebrow or across the bridge of the nose? That's the telltale sign they've been cut by a riflescope.
Whether you call it a scope ding, joining the Half Moon Club or, as they say in South Africa, a Bushveld tattoo, scope cuts are avoidable if hunters l... 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
The Eyes Have It
By J. Everett Moore Jr.
With the average age of hunters being in the mid-40s, many of us are at the point in our lives when it pays to be aware of potential medical complications that can begin to creep in during midlife. Most everyone knows of the increased risk of heart disease, colon or breast cancer or even stroke. Other than purchasing a cheap set of reading glasses,... READ MORE
Curiosity Killed the Buck
By Mike Smith
In my home state of Missouri, it is currently illegal to use bait for hunting deer or wild turkey. But I’ve figured out another way to attract them that’s perfectly legal, and it will work anywhere.
I use an ordinary garden rake to take advantage of the curious nature of deer and turkeys.
I rake the ground about 15 to 20 yards from wh... 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
Dental Care for Hunting Dogs
Many hunters and dog owners don't realize just how crucial oral care is for their best friend, or just how deadly dental disease can be. Some simple preventive measures can help extend the life of your hunting dog.
"Dental care is key in maintaining a pet's overall health," says Dr. Cori Gross, a field veterinarian for Veterinary Pet Insurance (VP... READ MORE
Laser Blood Trail Pointer
By Mark Kay
When it comes to trailing deer, the task can become confusing and difficult in the dark.
Getting the blood trail right from the start is incredibly important and easy to mess up, especially if you have other hunters chipping in to help.
Experienced hunters know how easy it is to destroy evidence of a hit when several pairs of boots are stomping a... 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
By Christopher Anderson
How often has this happened to you?
You've just shot a deer with your bow and arrow, and in your excitement, you've climbed down from your treestand to start blood trailing before taking note of exactly where the animal stood.
When you reach the spot where you thought the deer was standing, you have great difficulty finding it.
You're off to a b... READ MORE