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
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
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
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
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
It’s in the Bag
By Joe Palermo
Several years ago, I started carrying an ordinary household item that has proved itself valuable for a variety of hunting purposes: heavy-duty plastic garbage or leaf bags.
Initially, I used the bags to tote meat out of the woods. I’d quarter my deer and place the venison in them to keep dirt and leaves off the meat. This also kept blood off... 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
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
Don’t Call Like a Celebrity
By Ken Piper
As fun as it is to watch on TV hunting shows, mashing antlers together like thunder and playing a grunt call like a flute are not the best tactics for most hunters after a trophy buck. The reason it works so well on TV is the hunters are usually on private land with well-managed deer herds, lower hunting pressure and better buck-to-doe ratios. In t... READ MORE
Body Language Tells Tales
By Tim H. Martin
When a deer approaches a treestand or steps onto a food plot, the inexperienced hunter's instinct is to shoot it before it gets away, even if it's not a trophy buck.
There's nothing wrong with that if the only goal is to fill a tag and head to the processor, but it robs beginners of an important learning experience that will serve them well later ... READ MORE
Big Bucks Hide in Small Places
By Ken Piper
Most hunters think that you have to go deep in the woods to find a big buck – deeper than anyone else is likely to go. That’s partially true: You will find bucks in places other people don’t go, but it isn’t always deep in the woods. We tend to think bucks react to pressure by leaving an area when, in fact, radio telem... READ MORE
Homemade Fan Mount
By Bob Humphrey & Yamaha Outdoors
One of the more popular ways to preserve a memorable turkey hunt is with the fan and beard mounted on a plaque. You can take it to a taxidermist, but if you want to save some money, doing it yourself is a fairly simple process. First, remove the beard by cutting it away from the breast. Be sure to leave just enough flesh at the base to keep th... READ MORE
Open Field Yardage Markers
By Neal Gagner
Open fields always seem to be my favorite places to hunt. Where I live, the deer appear at the woods edge, then enter the hay or cornfields where I then have to figure out the yardage. In the deep woods, I can use my rangefinder to mark objects such as trees, rocks and stumps. But open fields rarely have distinguishing features to mark with a rang... READ MORE
Unwanted Scent Trail Visitors
By Christine Miller
Photo: Montana’s Christine Miller took this fine 8-pointer at her favorite spot. She shares her story about being followed from that stand by an unknown creature, along with advice on when not to leave a scent trail with buck lure.
I'm a female hunter from Montana who doesn’t mind the strong smell of buck-in-rut lures. They are highly ... READ MORE
Bowhunting Practice: Replicate Scenarios
By Shannon Shipley and Tim H. Martin
When getting ready for bow season, I have learned to practice shooting for all sorts of scenarios. No two situations are alike when it comes to the moment of truth for shooting whitetails. I like to prepare for the unexpected, and my practice routine includes shooting at every angle imaginable. The only way to properly do this is to replicate a hu... READ MORE