By Jimmy Little (as told to Tim H. Martin)
When my friend and former coworker Jimmy Little first described his favorite deer-calling tactic, I thought he was pranking me. “I talk to deer,” he said, with a completely sincere face. “And not just deer, but any animal I’m after — bears, turkey, elk . . . even fish.” I scratched my head and asked, “You m... READ MORE
Venison Scrap Dog Treats
By Bob Takeo
Photo: Bob Takeo shares a fantastic idea for utilizing every scrap of your deer, even the silver muscle-lining tissue. Last season, I was home when my son returned from a successful deer hunting trip. My family processes our own venison, so I decided to stick around to help out. As we were taking care of the meat, I was about to toss a fistful of s... READ MORE
Through a Child’s Eyes
By Tristen Truman
Photo: Tristen Truman (left) is a young man whose passion for hunting came from his father. Now, he is passing it down to his grandparents’ adopted son, Michael. This is their special buck from West Virginia’s 2016 season. My tips are in reference to hunting with kids, which isn’t always easy. But it can still be fun. This is a to... READ MORE
Don’t Overlook the Hook!
By Vail Case
One simple and fairly inexpensive item has proven itself to be very useful in my hunting camp: a metal construction or towing hook.
You might have never considered a construction hook to be a hunting tool, but I’ve found the number of uses it has in the field to be surprising.
My buddies and I have used my hook numerous occasions to hoist g... READ MORE
Whitetail Vapor Trails
By Jeffrey Chancellor
My tip is an easily overlooked method of detecting bedded deer. Have you ever hunted on a frosty morning and feared deer would see you because of the vapor cloud created by your breath? I have. Sometimes, when a deer is staring me down, I’ve even tried holding my breath to avoid detection — it’s impossible! The same dilemma holds... READ MORE
Venison Confusion: Backstraps vs. Tenderloins
By Tim H. Martin
Backstraps and tenderloins: Are they the same thing? The answer might surprise you if you’re a hunting newbie, and it even might be news to some of you old-timers! The answer is no, backstraps and tenderloins are two different things, although the terms are often interchanged in conversations about venison. There is a widespread misconceptio... READ MORE
Simple Solutions for Bowhunting Misses
By Bob Humphrey and Yamaha Outdoors
Photo: There’s usually a simple solution for eliminating bowhunting miscues. There are many reasons why bowhunters miss deer. The most common is simply misjudging distance. That one’s relatively easy to remedy. Use a rangefinder. You should also spend idle time on stand practicing your range estimation. Pick a spot, ... READ MORE
Trail Cam Hit List Illusions
By Tim H. Martin
Photo: Trail cameras have become the hunter’s best recon tool for evaluating and ambushing big bucks. Trail cameras have become the hunter’s best friend when it comes to planning an ambush for a trophy buck. When creating your hit list, be mindful of a few things. The camera can play tricks with the actual size of a buck’s rack. A... READ MORE
Practice vs. Sighting-In
By Ken Piper
When sighting in a gun, it is imperative to remove as much human influence from the shot as possible, so use the best supports you can get your hands on. Sand bags or manufactured shooting rests are the best. When shooting, make as little contact with the rifle as little as possible. Also make sure that nothing touches the barrel (your ... 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
Off-season Small Engine Care
By Ken Piper
Photo: It might cost more at the pump, but ethanol-free gasoline will likely prevent a visit to the mechanic. As a hunter, you likely own an ATV or UTV, as well as operate several smaller engines such as chainsaws, generators or trimmers. You’ve also probably heard conflicting opinions on what type of fuel to use in those vehicles and tools.... 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
Stringless Drag Rag
By Torrey Owens
I’m one of those hunters who likes to use drag rags. If you don’t know what a drag rag is, it’s simply a piece of cloth soaked in scent, then attached to the hunter by a string. The rag leaves a scent trail as you walk. But I hate using strings. They snag on everything in your path and create extra noise, especially on dry, windle... READ MORE
Turn Bad Weather To Your Advantage
By Ken Piper
The alarm goes off at 3:30 a.m. You’re tired, but visions of that giant buck help you sit up and rub your eyes. Then you hear it - howling winds and the dreaded patter of rain on the roof. What do you do? Deer are like us when it comes to bad weather - they avoid it as much as possible. They can’t get out of the wind and rain completely... READ MORE
New Stand? Bring Your Compass!
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 lik... READ MORE