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 Noisy Squirrel Trick
By Jack Baker
Photo: Jack Baker of Grovetown, Georgia has learned to stop and calm deer, like this dandy 10-pointer, by imitating something deer hear every day. The tip also keeps wounded deer from running as far. As an avid bow hunter, I’ve watched hundreds of hunting shows and videos, and I’ve noticed most of the time, hunters stop a moving deer by... 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
That’s a Wrap!
By Richard Mowry
Photo: Why didn’t we think of this before? Richard Mowry of Monroe, Connecticut sends us his simple tip for rainy days. Here, the hunter poses with his nice archery-taken 8-pointer. When hunting on public land and on private land in some states, it’s necessary to carry my wallet with hunting license, tags, written permission and other p... 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
Get a Grip on Tree Steps
By Mitch Wagnon
Have you ever slipped or come close to falling off a ladder rung or tree step? I have, and it's not a fun experience. Losing a foothold or handhold almost always happens in the dark, when we hunters do most of our climbing. Rain or even heavy dew can cause climbing steps to become super slick, but I’ve found a quick fix I’d like to... READ MORE
Nifty Turkey Toter
By Bill Neibecker
If you've ever tried to carry a turkey out of the woods, you know how cumbersome it can be. Once the adrenaline from your big moment wears off, that bird can get heavy in a hurry!
I have a tip for turkey hunters that will make this task a breeze, even if the hike back to your vehicle or house is a significant distance.
Any kind of padded strap wi... READ MORE
Super Shooting Lanes
By Kenneth Pate
If you plant corn in your plots to hunt over, you know how difficult it can be to get a clear shot as whitetails pass through the thick stuff.
I have a solution that will not only give you a nice shooting lane, but will attract deer to your plot, as well.
On my land in South Carolina, I plant a row of corn, then a row of Austrian winter peas, alt... READ MORE
Looking Past Buck Fever
By G. Frank Ridings and Tim H. Martin
Every hunter seems to have a buck fever story. Who hasn’t developed a good case of the shakes at some point in their career? This usually happens to newbie hunters, but it often affects old timers, too. I’ve discovered something about controlling buck fever I’d like to share with Buckmasters fans. Once I’ve spotted a deer a... READ MORE
By Ken Piper
Many hunters look on still-hunting – the art of slowly creeping through the woods hoping to sneak up on a big buck – as something to do when deer sightings are slow and patience runs out. Regular practitioners of the still-hunt, however, know it requires a great deal of patience – even more patience than stump-sitting. The still-h... 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
By Tim H. Martin
I learned a lot about skinning animals from hanging with world-class taxidermists most of my life. Several of my best friends are award-winning “taxis” who have created mounts any sportsman would drool over. In 1974, when I was 11 years old, my best friend’s father, Dan Rhymer, was a taxidermist for The Smithsonian Institution. On... READ MORE
Better than Corn?
By Jeff Maynard
If you use corn as an attractant for drawing deer to your trail cameras or feeders, sometimes it takes a while for deer to find it. I have a tip for something that brings them in faster than corn. And it will help keep them around longer. When setting up cameras and feeders in a new area or in pre-season, I pick a few trees nearby to rub down with ... READ MORE
Keep a Gear Checklist
By Kenneth Lancaster
Make a List. Check it Twice. It never fails. You settle into your stand and suddenly realize you’ve forgotten something important. We hunters use so much gear, it's easy to accidentally leave items at home. I've learned over the years it's always helpful to make a list and review it the night before your hunting trip. Before I leave to go to ... READ MORE
Trail Cam Hang ’em High Setup
By Heath Tinker
With all the new scouting camera technology today, you’d think all the angles would’ve been explored by now. But a couple of years ago, someone gave me a great tip that has produced the best trail cam pictures I’ve ever gotten, even on public land! In my early years of hunting, I was blessed with places to hunt on private land, li... READ MORE