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Title: Share A "TIP"
Post by: IB on March 16, 2008, 11:19:00 PM
I'll just bet that some where along the line each of us has figured out some little trick, or been show something that makes Trad Bowhunting a bit easier or helps overcome some small or large  problem we face in the field.

As an example I fought hanging Scent wicks and keeping them where I wanted them. One day the wife says why not use clothes pins (well Duh)

Keeping Broad-heads from rusting and sharp I use Petroleum jelly. Plus they fly faster greased up.

What say You....Care ta share the WEALTH
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Pat B on March 16, 2008, 11:57:00 PM
A quick and easy sealer for primitive arrows and sinew wraps can be made by dissolving pine pitch in denatured alcohol, straining it and apply with a small(watercolor) paint brush. I've only used pine but I believe any tree resin, hardwood or softwood, will work.   Pat
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: BodarkOkie on March 17, 2008, 12:07:00 AM
Iron Bull,

About 25 years ago, I wanted to carry my broadheads in a back
quiver without them "clanging" around and getting dull.  I was able to purchase a large quantity (10 pounds) of "peal 'n seal" wax.  

>Sharpen broadheads: heat wax in small pan, dip one edge, lift and roll to next edge and repeat.

>Place arrows in back quiver.  When you pull arrow from quiver,
the wax usually pulls off and drops back into quiver.  If it doesn't, it's easy to remove before you shoot.

>Not only does it keep your broadheads sharp, it keep them
from rusting. (No more Petroleum Jelly.)

NOTE: That used to be my tip.  However, I have noticed that some of the archery shops are now selling "peal 'n seal" wax.

Story of my life...A Day Late and A Dollar Short!!!    :banghead:  

...Never even thought about selling it...I mean really; I had already BOUGHT it from someone else.

Anyway, it works.

Gene
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: MW on March 17, 2008, 12:23:00 AM
Here's tip:

If you go hunting with Vance and Charlie and stop at a DQ drive through do not let them place the shake order.  It will be jacked up!

The real tip is when sitting in the woods don't unpack your junk and put it around you.  You never know when you might have to chase, stalk, or otherwise depart in a hurry leaving some essential item behind.

Mitch
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: John C Keith on March 17, 2008, 12:58:00 AM
This should be a good thread.  Thanks for posting it.  Nothing to add right now.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: mike g on March 17, 2008, 04:44:00 AM
I found out even 1/16" makes a big differance with your string nock....
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: robtattoo on March 17, 2008, 05:25:00 AM
Quote
Originally posted by MW:
Here's tip:

The real tip is when sitting in the woods don't unpack your junk and put it around you.  You never know when you might have to chase, stalk, or otherwise depart in a hurry leaving some essential item behind.

Mitch
Sounds familiar Mitch.......
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Archer 1 on March 17, 2008, 08:15:00 AM
I can't take credit for this, but if you cap your arrows, make the cap the same length as your brace height. Then, with a arrow on the string, you can tell if your brace has changed with  just a quick look. Works Great.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Matt Fowler on March 17, 2008, 08:23:00 AM
Occasionally I like to use natural ground blinds. You can position live saplings with rope, bungee cords, etc giving you more natural cover. I have also transplanted small shrubs right where I wanted them.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Whip on March 17, 2008, 08:24:00 AM
My favorite tip is to use a toothpick and rubber band as an arrow holder.  Simple, cheap, and works great!
Another is when carrying a judo in my quiver (and I always do) I put it in the quiver upside down.  Helps to eliminate confusion in the heat of the moment and hopefully help prevent shooting the buck of a lifetime with a judo point!
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: George D. Stout on March 17, 2008, 09:01:00 AM
I take a toothbrush and cut half the handle off.
You would be suprised at how much you use this in the field to clean off broadheads, etc.  I also wrap some dental floss around the handle and insert a sewing needle under the thread for any emergency patch jobs that may occur.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Charlie Lamb on March 17, 2008, 09:21:00 AM
Those old, used up tubes of Duco (or FletchTite) make dandy fire starters. Throw one in your pack next time you're ready to switch to a new tube.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Terry Green on March 17, 2008, 09:41:00 AM
Camel Back hydration systems are the bomb.  No crinkling water bottles, no sloshing water,....easy acces, and a much cooler sip.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: bbassi on March 17, 2008, 10:28:00 AM
something I observed at the bunny hunt this year. when shooting at bunnies or the steel monster, never call attention to yourself until AFTER you've made a successful shot. Right Mikey?   :biglaugh:
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: d. ward on March 17, 2008, 10:30:00 AM
You know those rubber tip protecters?? If you been hunting where it's wet or using your bow as a walking staff to croos the creek..At the end of the day you should remove them and let the end of your bow dry out....ask this 1956 Bear Polar about rubber tip protecters......bowdoc (http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii175/bowdocsarchery/pol001.jpg)
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Post by: Art B on March 17, 2008, 11:11:00 AM
My tip of the day.........don't use your bow for a walking stick!    :bigsmyl:  -ART B
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Orion on March 17, 2008, 11:13:00 AM
I always tie a very light thread about 8 inches long on the tip of my arrow right behind the broadhead.  An excellent, always visible wind detector when on stand.

Also tie about the same length piece of string to the top end loop on my longbow string.  When walking/stalking, it's always right there in front indicating the wind direction.  White or orange works good.  Will sometimes add a small piece of down to the end of the string.  Increases sensitivity and visibility.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: bowdude on March 17, 2008, 12:03:00 PM
On public ground, 3 dimensional groundblinds.  Or rather more 3D than usual.  You find a nice spot and want to hunt turkeys or you are a ground sitter for deer for lack of a stand or whatever.  You dont want other hunters hunting your blind.  So build it as if it was out to 7 or even 10 yards away from you.  Stick limbs into the ground so they look like small trees.  Arrange the brush to look as if it just grew that way, but spaced in a manner giving you shooting lanes and cover as needed.  In walking by it should not look like there is any blind there at all, but step into the right spot and sit down, perfect cover.    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: ishiwannabe on March 17, 2008, 12:21:00 PM
When still hunting/stalking or walking to an afternoon stand, try to sound like a critter instead of a man. Space your footfalls to sound like a squirrel....use a turkey call a cluck every now and then, etc. Do what you need to to sound like you belong there. Dont be surprised if you get to your stand, and half way up the tree you notice a buck ten yards away and watching you climb....  :banghead:
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Biff on March 17, 2008, 12:43:00 PM
Most shooters that use leather tabs have learned to use Parifin wax as a "slick" lube. After polishing the tab on your jeans, it is both slick and waterproof. BUT DON'T STOP THERE, rub the Parifin on the BACK of the tab also, it will stop persperation from your fingers going through the tab and slowing it down. My last one (Cordavan) lasted me 12 yrs. Biff
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Danny Roberts on March 17, 2008, 12:56:00 PM
Put a bunch of dried milkweed pods in a ziploc and carry them with you for wind direction detectors, will last all season.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: bretto on March 17, 2008, 01:16:00 PM
Ratcheted pruning shears. Clean out shooting lanes, build ground blinds. They take up very little room in Your pack and are very handy.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: SERGIO VENNERI on March 17, 2008, 01:19:00 PM
I have installed a metal arrow clip on the bow side of my quiver hood ,so i can snip a small brushy branch and insert it in the arrow clip, this way i can keep my face behind it while i'm stalking or on stand.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: vermonster13 on March 17, 2008, 01:21:00 PM
Carry a bunch of zip ties in your pack. They are handy for making quick blinds, tagging animals and so many other things.

Keep TP in a zip-lock bag. Few things worse than heeding natures call and having a soggy wad of TP.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Chris Surtees on March 17, 2008, 01:34:00 PM
Buy a thermacel if you do not have one. One of the most used items I have during the early season.

Turn off your cell phone when you leave your vehicle. Seems everyone wants to talk when on stand.

That TP in the zip lock can also be used for marking a blood trail. If you forget to pick some up no big deal since it is biodegradable.

Lots of good tips here.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: lt-m-grow on March 17, 2008, 01:34:00 PM
Speaking of carrying TP.  Next time put one of the small containers of unscented baby wipes in your pack instead of TP especially when you are out hunting with limited bathing facilites.  You will come back and thank me.  

aaah wait don't do that butt (pun intended) you get the point.  

I also use them to "sponge bath" with on long trips.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Russ Clagett on March 17, 2008, 01:58:00 PM
Protect the new sharp edge on broadheads with a coating of chapstick. Wipes off on the hair going in, no problem. Keeps the edge sharp and clean, no rust, and the container is easy to put in a fanny pack and reapply whenever necessary.

Learned that from a buddy.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Keuka on March 17, 2008, 02:00:00 PM
When you shoot out the center of your bag target, repair it with a 12 to 14 inch square piece of plastic feed bag. Contact cement the outer 2 inches of the patch and the same 2 inch wide section of the target. Fluff up the filler and stick it together. Good as new after an hour of drying and you can keep placing patches on patches. I shoot 5 times a week and my target is 3 years old and still going. Cuts down on overhead costs!  

If you need more filler material, you can buy a bag of pillow stuffing material at Wally World for about $5.00.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Peachey on March 17, 2008, 02:36:00 PM
Cold toes on stand? Take an old pair of hunting socks and tie an overhand knot at the heel.Cut the toe end off and dicard. When you get to your stand pull the heel end over the toe of your boot and place an air activated hand warmer on top of your boot under the sock. Works like a charm and is small and lightweigt to boot.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: dan ferguson on March 17, 2008, 03:08:00 PM
I do alot of spotting and stalking, and I like to play a mental game of army, if the critter sees me first, I,m dead, It really forces me to slow down and look and then look some more. It also makes me really aware of wind, and not ever to skyline myself, Its amazing on how many times I get killed each season, Its a joy to watch deer ,coyotes, turkeys when you are not dectected, they spend alot of time watching and testing there surroundings.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: bamboo on March 17, 2008, 03:14:00 PM
when the leaves are like potato-chips----drag a stick all the way to your stand--the sound covers your foot falls and sometimes even deer and turkeys will investigate
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Rufus on March 17, 2008, 03:26:00 PM
Hey, two tips for string wax. Stick your screw in point in it before screwing into arrow and that will prevent points from loosening up (still easy out) and rub your fletching clamp edge through it and that will keep excess glue from sticking to the clamp.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: rice on March 17, 2008, 03:32:00 PM
Buy a small roll of reflective tape and a bag of clothes pins. Apply tape to handles of the pin. Easy to clip to tree branchs when marking an "in" to the stand. Clip pins to the front of your shirt and as you walk to your intended stand site, clip to a tree limb every 100 ft. Makes it easy to find a stand in the dark and are easy to remove and re-use. Cheap to!

CKR
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Roadkill on March 17, 2008, 03:49:00 PM
A file for spark plugs can be sued for filing BH's.  Mine is inside my a rmguard in a stitche din sleeve. It is small and handy
Wooden clothes pins and safety pins are used for too many things to name.
Tweezers also have been handy for a variety of thing s and take no room in a pack
Tyvek painting suits- oversized for you-make a superior emergency stay overnight almost enjoyable.  They weight nothing, are waterproof, and will cut the wind from you.
Velcro straps are useful for everything from an emergency strike plate to holding gear on a pack
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Froggy on March 17, 2008, 04:11:00 PM
A pack of the rubberbands orthodontist's use for braces is a good fix on quiver arrow clips that are too big for carbons, small dia. shafts. simply stretch the band over outside edge and into curve of clip. one or two usually is enough to snug the arrow up real nice. inexpensive and quick.

         Froggy
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Post by: Kip on March 17, 2008, 04:24:00 PM
The little clear or black plastic hook for glove display fits perfect on the top bar of a Great Northern QD quiver (and maybe others)  between bow and quiver.Screw in hook for tree and arrow holder bow hangs at any hgt. and ready for quite and quick access.Any other brand don't know.Kip
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: ONE SHOT on March 17, 2008, 04:30:00 PM
In My backpack I always carry a Zip-Lock bag filled with Lint from the Wife's Clothes Drier, makes super fire starting material, and is FREE, and you can beat FREE.

Also another excelent Fire starting gadget is a 9-Volt Battery and some steel wool, just place the steel wool over the two terminals and watch the fire get stared. A FLINT and a pocket knife will also do the same thing with steel Wool, just scrape the knife blade along the Flint, And yes Folks Steel Wool will burn and burn Very Hot.

You don't ever want to carry an open 9-Volt battery in your pocket thou along with your car keys, things might get REALLY HOT FAST. Might even receive a severe burn let alone catch your pants on FIRE....ONE SHOT...  :D    :D    :D
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: baretraks on March 17, 2008, 04:36:00 PM
Get one of the small office staplers and keep in your bag for attaching tags to a deers ear....a lot quicker and easier than trying to tie it on em....and stays until you pull it off.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Fritz on March 17, 2008, 04:52:00 PM
Carry unscented baby wipes in your pack for when nature calls or field dressing.  You'll never use TP again.
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Post by: bayoulongbowman on March 17, 2008, 05:12:00 PM
This really works, go by craft store look for wooden round marbels , some with holes is perfect . Fill holes with cotton , or just soak wooden marbels in your favorite deer attracant , transfer into zip lock bag thick one...get to your stand or blind , using a sling shot shoot the marbels at good bow distance ...set back and wait ... also have doe in distress call , this can sometimes bring the curious ones back ...I got this from Bowhunter, from the past...good luck, mark#78...   :wavey:      :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: TRADITIONAL ONLY on March 17, 2008, 05:28:00 PM
the baby wipes are nice untill they FREEZE!

carry a book. if your like me and no mattr how hard you try, you still fall asleep on stand, READ! it works!

learn to shoot barefinger. youll never forget your glove/tab if you dont need one...
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: leatherneck on March 17, 2008, 05:40:00 PM
Those of you who use the wind puffer bottles. Use the Scent free foot powder to refill them. Thats all thats in them anyhow and you can fill about ten bottles for the price of one.
I agree with Trad Only, nothing worse then frozen baby wipes when nature calls.   :help:
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Kevin Bahr on March 17, 2008, 07:05:00 PM
I have two, both taken and applied from hunting buddies:  First, from Steve H., when cresting arrows, I now make sure I put a stripe about 10" behind the broadhead.  That way, when I find a broken off arrow on the blood trail, I know exactly how much arrow is in the animal.
And from Ron Lang: put some reflective material on your backpack straps in front and somewhere on your back.  Makes you more visible walking in the dark, if you aren't already using a flashlight.
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Post by: Earl E. Nov...mber on March 17, 2008, 07:23:00 PM
If you still use screw in steps, a short piece of PVC pipe makes a good tool to protect your hand while screwing them in.

Carry a walking stick and use it. Handiest little extra I have found.

Best one I have found lately is a 9" chain saw on a 12' pole.. Greatest little tree stand prepping tool you'll find. (Probably not what you want if you're prepping during season, but great this time of year)
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Post by: Seeking Trad Deer on March 17, 2008, 07:45:00 PM
Always take a pair of binoculars
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Post by: 72highboy on March 17, 2008, 08:56:00 PM
It seems to me that everyone knows to get to their tree stand before first light while it is still dark. I have found that the you should also get to the high spot you want glass from while it is still dark. This may be a couple mile hike in the dark but you will be amazed at how quickly animals bed down after first light. Of course, this usually only applies to areas in the west where you can cover some country with your binoculars.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: jimneye on March 18, 2008, 08:58:00 AM
It seems inevetable that once I have used my climber stand to settle in twenty feet up that I will drop a glove or hat.  I now carry a large treble hook (with the barbs and points dulled) attached to a string to retrieve droped items.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Jon Stewart on March 18, 2008, 09:27:00 AM
I carry the essentials, TP, small bottle of hand sanitizer and unscented baby wipes in a ziplock.  Multiple uses.

On hunting trips we carry a small squeeze bottle of woolite and a 2 gallon ziplock. A cold water wash  and a washing machine. Just fill the ziplock with cold water and a small amount of woolite and let it stand for 30 minutes and rinse. Never know when you need clean socks!!!

Wife  and I used this technique on our cross country bicycle trip.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Russ Clagett on March 18, 2008, 12:57:00 PM
On longer hunts or bivy situations I also carry a waterproof bag. Two reasons, one is, once your stuff is wet, it's just wet and that's it. the other is laundry. Empty the bag, find a few smaller round rocks, put in some water and dirty clothes, and shake the hell out of it. Soap helps but is not necessary.

Also tampons are awesome firestarters too, as well as excellent first aid items as they are meant to stop bleeding. Waterproof matches are a bad lie, carry a LIGHTER.
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Post by: Legolas on March 18, 2008, 02:04:00 PM
Use an antipersperant on your feet (NOT a deoderant). They will stay much warmer.   :campfire:  

To make a more permanent foot stand for your treesuit measure the circumference where you want it and use the formula circumference equals 3.14 times diameter. Make it out of 3/4 inch plywood with some L brackets.
Paul
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: adirondack46r on March 18, 2008, 03:13:00 PM
Change up your schedule on stand. Even if I take a whole day off, my preferred schedule DURING THE RUT is to get on stand arouond 10:00 and stay until around 2, take a break to get some chow back at the truck, and back to the stand for the last 2 hours of the day.

Gone are the days when I can sit for 10 or 11 hours straight. This schedule is based on my 30 years of actual deer sighting times. I know you can see them any time, but this schedule keeps me rested, focused and on stand during (in my experience) the most productive hours.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Roadkill on March 18, 2008, 03:29:00 PM
birthday candles to start fires
dental floss
needle
bandaids
matches
fishhooks
mirror
flat whistle
taped up watertight in an Altoid container
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Kingstaken on March 18, 2008, 03:44:00 PM
Not every bow can handle Fast Flight Strings.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: hickstick on March 18, 2008, 04:26:00 PM
I found the peel-n-stick chemical heat packs for back pain worked awesome at keeping your whole body warm when put under your layers, stuck around the area of your kidneys.

zip ties...as said bfore...awesome for tagging animals, tying stuff to packs, impromptu blinds, and strapping branches to a treestand. I've even used them to hold back branches in shooting lanes but ziptying them to other branches.  cut them out when you leave (hunt a lot on public land where clipping branches/trees is a no no)
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Post by: Billy on March 18, 2008, 05:29:00 PM
Read the posts on Tradgang....  :knothead:  then spun and bounced away...
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Greyfox54 on March 18, 2008, 05:31:00 PM
This is more of a hunting technique than a gear or gadget tip . I hunt mostly alone and early season when bucks seem to be more interested in rattling as a feeling out period with other bucks I set up my stand in a hopefully productive spot near a bedding area and then sneak in and rattle from the ground about 25-30 yards up=wind from my stand , sometimes I rattle with 2 horns and other times I mimic a buck rubbing a tree with just 1 horn . I do this for only a couple minutes then beat feet to my  treestand which I have alredy hooked my bow to the string and I climb up and pull my bow up and hook the antlers to the string and drop them down to the ground and wait . Bucks used to come directly to the tree I was in looking up  when I rattled from tree and now they seem to more often sneak into the spot I rattled from ignoring where I am sitting . It has given me several sitings , a few shots and even a few deer . Also if he hangs up or walks out without getting a shot just pull lightly on the string and the antlers will tinkle a little and get his attention and he may come around , seems to work sometimes for me . It is also a good idea to call from a scrape , either natural or manmade this way when he comes in he has lots of options . Stand placement is critical but it deffintely works , sometimes , Fred
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Legolas on March 18, 2008, 10:46:00 PM
Take the insides out of some fig neutons and put a glump some place conspicuous near your camp. When you and your buddies are near it exclaim "Oh wow some possum crap!" Then scoop it up and eat it in front of them...
   :biglaugh:  

Paul
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Post by: trapperDave on March 19, 2008, 09:39:00 AM
:biglaugh:
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Selfyewdave on March 19, 2008, 09:44:00 AM
My tip is for scent liquid, whether it be doe in heat or a cover scent.  I like to put a cotton ball in the bottom of those little black plastic film canisters that have the grey tops.  I put a little of the liquid scent onto the cotton in the canister and then put the lid on it.  I will make about 3 of them and take them with me in the woods,remove the lids, and strategically place the canisters around me.  
When done, just put the lid back on....no mess, no stink, works great.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: vermonster13 on March 19, 2008, 09:48:00 AM
Take a kid hunting. You'll have a partner always ready to go and someone to help with the dragging.    ;)
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: killinstuff on March 19, 2008, 10:58:00 AM
I put paste wax on my arrows (I shoot wood but it works on non-wood arrows too) every so often, even the points and broadheads. Stops rust, helps penetration, saves wear on the arrow shelf and arrows pull easier out of targets
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Post by: barebow on March 19, 2008, 11:44:00 AM
Scent wicks: Take the lid from a film canister and cut a small slice through it. Take a tampon and insert the string through the slit in the lid (from inside to outside). Now poor your favorite scent or lure into the film canister. Now put the tampon in the film canister. It will absorb all of the fluid. When you’re ready to hunt, pull the lid off the canister and hang the string on a tree branch and set the canister on the ground below it.

Wind Indicators: Again, take the lid from a film canister and cut a small x-slice through it. Stuff the canister with milk weed fibers (free of seeds). Pull some of the milk weed fibers through the lid. Install the lid. Now just pull some milk weed out and let it fly. After that, a small portion of milk weed should remain through the lid and ready for the next time you need it.

Heat packs: Cut the back pockets off of an old pair of jeans. Sew them into the inside of the back of a hunting shirt or bibs, one by each kidney, or just one pocket in the center where your spine is. Put some heat packs in the pockets. You’ll stay nice and toasty, especially when you lean you’re back up against a tree and press those hot packs against you.
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Post by: IB on March 19, 2008, 12:09:00 PM
Try using a small piece of masking tape, wrapped around your string for knocking point. Cover with Clear fingernail protector. Easily replaced and non abrasive.  :bigsmyl:
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Post by: Chris Surtees on March 19, 2008, 02:07:00 PM
Borrowed this from another website but had to post it for Vermonster.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
It is never a bad decision to take a young person hunting or fishing. We live in a day and time when our children are absorbed in technology--computers, video games, music. They need to experience time in God's creation. If you take part in a hunting or fishing club, try to lead the club to have a reduced rate or free membership fror kids so that they, too, can share our passion and appreciation for God's creation.
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Post by: vermonster13 on March 19, 2008, 02:12:00 PM
A tip to live by Chris.
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Post by: Talondale on March 19, 2008, 04:35:00 PM
Quote
Originally posted by Selfyewdave:
My tip is for scent liquid, whether it be doe in heat or a cover scent.  I like to put a cotton ball in the bottom of those little black plastic film canisters that have the grey tops.  I put a little of the liquid scent onto the cotton in the canister and then put the lid on it.  I will make about 3 of them and take them with me in the woods,remove the lids, and strategically place the canisters around me.  
When done, just put the lid back on....no mess, no stink, works great.
If you tape some plastic clothes pins on the canister you can simply clip them to branches where you want them.  The plastic won't hold your scent like wooden pins will.  If you use reflective tape you can leave them there overnight with the lids on and have marking for your stand in the dark the next morning, or help finding them if you get down after dark.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: ghost rob on March 19, 2008, 04:54:00 PM
I know that everyone likes to get a new bow now and then but if you stick to one bow (as long as it's a shooter) you'll be suprised how automatic shooting can become under hunting sitiuations. You might even have some money left over for other stuff too. Yeah right!!!!
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Hattrick on March 19, 2008, 08:50:00 PM
FINGER DRAG ON STRING? BAD RELEASE? HERES THE FIX,STRECTH UR FINGERS BACKWARDS DAILY = SMOOTH~~RELEASE!!!
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Post by: bob@helleknife.com on March 19, 2008, 10:48:00 PM
Want to take a nap when elk hunting?

Take a piece of bug-proof netting, put it over your hat when laying down and the flies can't crawl all over your face.  Also wear a pair of light weight goves, keeps you from feeling the flies when they land on your hands.

Hunting in really wet weather?  Put a road flare in your pack, it will get a fire going under any conditions!

Bob
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Jeff Strubberg on March 19, 2008, 11:01:00 PM
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Camel Back hydration systems are the bomb. No crinkling water bottles, no sloshing water,....easy acces, and a much cooler sip.
And it's convenient enough for a guy to actually stay hydrated, rather than digging in a pack that is out of reach on your back to find a water bottle...

Put away the petroleum jelly.  Wipe down sharpened broadheads with Chap-Stik.  Easier, cleaner and you're less likely to cut your fingers.

Not originally my idea, but darned if I can remember who to give credit to.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Bowferd on March 19, 2008, 11:14:00 PM
Legolas, that was not a very good tip. You should have at least recommended pooper scooper.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Bowferd on March 20, 2008, 12:43:00 AM
OK I've decided to share a secret with ya. When you get down to the end of that TP roll at home, and there's only like 2 sheets left, and you know your old lady is gonna jump up and down like a kangaroo just gettin ready to have a kid.
Be a gentleman and replace the receptacle with a brand new full spankin roll. Take the dribble and rap it around an arra of your choice, lil spit will hold it.
You will not only be a hero at home, but a gentleman in the woods.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: B M A on March 20, 2008, 02:23:00 AM
Vermonster you said it, #1 tip is to take your kids with you. Priceless............
You know when you are gutting and skinnin your animal those pesky flies and sometimes bees come out of now where.  They go for an area on your animal that is the bloodiest.  Well, I carry a can of black pepper & put a dash on the bloodshot area. They don't like it & it pre-seasons the meat.
I also like to carrya  single bed sheet in my pack.  When you are skinning your animal lay out the sheet and roll the animal over on it. You will be suprised and happy how much it keeps the dirt and other stuff of it.
Part of my survival kit includes a signal mirror.  Well a good signal mirror has a whole in the middle of it. The best one I have found is a CD.  I still have one in my pack from the days AOL use to mail them out with free minutes to use on the internet.
Another way to keep your sharp broadheads from rusting, other that petroleum jelly or wax is take a black sharpie and run it across the sharpened blade edge.    
I carry a pair of latex gloves in my pack, great when guttin.
Someone mentioned bring your Binos, well to enhance on that, use the Bino Buddy. You will always have them ready and they don't get in the way.
For a fire starter, all of you guys that shoot woodies, keep the end cuts and put them in a baggie.  And if you turn your point & nock ends with a hand taper tool, put the shavings in the same bag. Carry a windproof/waterproof lighter.

Ok, I am done rambling on for now......
Brock
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: B M A on March 20, 2008, 02:24:00 AM
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Originally posted by BullMtnArtworks:
Vermonster you said it, #1 tip is to take your kids with you. Priceless............

You know when you are gutting and skinnin your animal those pesky flies and sometimes bees come out of now where.  They go for an area on your animal that is the bloodiest.  Well, I carry a can of black pepper & put a dash on the bloodshot area. They don't like it & it pre-seasons the meat.
I also like to carry a  single bed sheet in my pack.  When you are skinning your animal lay out the sheet and roll the animal over on it. You will be suprised and happy how much it keeps the dirt and other stuff of it.
Part of my survival kit includes a signal mirror.  Well a good signal mirror has a whole in the middle of it. The best one I have found is a CD.  I still have one in my pack from the days AOL use to mail them out with free minutes to use on the internet.
Another way to keep your sharp broadheads from rusting, other that petroleum jelly or wax is take a black sharpie and run it across the sharpened blade edge.    
I carry a pair of latex gloves in my pack, great when guttin.
Someone mentioned bring your Binos, well to enhance on that, use the Bino Buddy. You will always have them ready and they don't get in the way.
For a fire starter, all of you guys that shoot woodies, keep the end cuts and put them in a baggie.  And if you turn your point & nock ends with a hand taper tool, put the shavings in the same bag. Carry a windproof/waterproof lighter.

Ok, I am done rambling on for now......
Brock
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: MCNSC on March 20, 2008, 09:34:00 AM
For a pull rope to hoist your bow just tie a small loop in the end. Run it between the string and limb and then place the loop over the limb tip. No clips to scratch your bow.
 I also made a rope storage device using lexan but you can use 1/4 thick plywood.make it about 2inches by 6inches cut a vee in each end,saw several slots that will fit your string or rope snug in one of the long sides.Wrap your string around it the vee's keep it from sliding off the sides and just pull the string into one of the slots to keep it from coming loose. I also put a wrist strap on it and let it hang from my wrist climbing or lowering the bow so if it slips from my hand it wont fall.
 Several great tips here.
Mike
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: MCNSC on March 20, 2008, 09:39:00 AM
If you want to try sight pins on your bow a good temperary idea is to tape a strip of cork or foam to the front of the riser and stick a straight pin in this for a sight pin. easily adjusted
I havent tried that yet just saw it in a book.
Mike
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: MWhitehair on March 20, 2008, 09:53:00 AM
Keep an old armgaurd in your pack.
The day you forget yours, it'll sure as heck be cold, and that extra heavy jacket sleeve is bound to get in the way of your bowstring... Not that Id know or nuthin'...
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Shell on March 20, 2008, 09:55:00 AM
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Originally posted by Bowferd:
OK I've decided to share a secret with ya. When you get down to the end of that TP roll at home, and there's only like 2 sheets left, and you know your old lady is gonna jump up and down like a kangaroo just gettin ready to have a kid.
Be a gentleman and replace the receptacle with a brand new full spankin roll. Take the dribble and rap it around an arra of your choice, lil spit will hold it.
You will not only be a hero at home, but a gentleman in the woods.
Good thing I wasn't drinking anything just now   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Shell on March 20, 2008, 12:12:00 PM
My tip,  For the greenhorns and stubborns alike (me at one time but learned from it), Make sure you listen to a seasoned archer when they tell you to sit somewhere no matter how much you think you know or feel there is a better place.....  :thumbsup:
did I mention Frank got meat in the freezer that day...at least I got to skin and butcher it, he was'nt gonna get that too  ;)


and the extra squares or TP also comes in handy for wiping egg off your face.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: bbassi on March 20, 2008, 01:46:00 PM
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Originally posted by ONE SHOT:

You don't ever want to carry an open 9-Volt battery in your pocket thou along with your car keys, things might get REALLY HOT FAST. Might even receive a severe burn let alone catch your pants on FIRE....ONE SHOT...   :D      :D      :D  
I had this happen to me with a 9 volt and some pennies I had in my pocket. By the time I realized what was happening I had a pretty good burn on my thigh. Sounds funny until it actually happens.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Bonebuster on March 20, 2008, 07:00:00 PM
If you have been hunting hard and things just aren`t coming together, just leave your knife, and rope at home. This ends a dry spell for me almost every time.

I can get the guts out of a deer with a Zwickey Delta almost as fast as my favorite knife.
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Post by: Hoffman on March 20, 2008, 07:56:00 PM
Don't forget Toilet paper in a platsic bag or you could be up poop creek!!
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: bretto on March 20, 2008, 08:26:00 PM
You think that 9 volt battery and penny's get hot. My brother was changing his Wifes tire and threw Her keys in His pocket, She had one of those personal protection pepper spray things on there that went off in His pocket. I would have paid good money to see Him stripping down in His driveway trying to put that fire out!! He's 6'3" 280lbs and lives right in the middle of Town.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Bill Tell on March 20, 2008, 09:19:00 PM
If you hunt with a bow quiver hold it and your bow in front of your face when you see an animal.  It will help break up your outline.

Burn the end of a cork from a bottle of wine and store it in a film canister.  Rub it on your face when you need "face paint".

learn how to tie both the Bolen and Prussic knots they can save your life

Chew up about 4 baby aspirin and then spit it out onto your arrow shaft.  Aspirin is a anti-coagulant.
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Post by: griz#1 on March 20, 2008, 09:56:00 PM
Self portrait, if you hunt by yourself, how do you take your own picture. It's easy, stop at the hardware store, pick yourself up a 2" stainless steel 1/4-20 screw. cut the head off with a haxsaw or Dremmel tool, whatever you have.  If you shoot aluminum arrows, stop at your local Walmart and pick up the cheapest carbon arrow they have, when you get it home, pull the nock out and insert your 2" stainless steel screw where the nock came out and glue it in place. Now you will be able to screw this in the bottom of your small digital camera, most all of these small cameras have a tripod tap that is 1/4-20. Now you can set your camera on self timer and you can take your own picture when you hunt by yourself.  Stick your arrow in the ground and adjust the angle and distance.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Charlie Lamb on March 20, 2008, 10:05:00 PM
When hunting, never ever ever walk away from your bow...no matter what you are doing.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Widowbender on March 20, 2008, 10:52:00 PM
Another use for that compass that you never go into the woods without. When ever you make a shot on a _____ (insert favorite game animal) take a compass heading on the last place you heard the animal. This trick has helped me find a few deer that I made good hits on but didn't get a passthru on or it started raining after the shot. I use a Sylva Ranger, it has a mirror that makes for more accurate aiming than other types.

David
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Terry Green on March 21, 2008, 11:07:00 AM
Yeah Charlie....good tip!
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Earl E. Nov...mber on March 22, 2008, 07:56:00 PM
All the talk of TP,, I keep a purse pack of tissues in my pack, neat and easy,, Use it to flag a blood trail as well.. Keep wet ones in the truck.. Point to remember for next year,, always keep a flashlight on you.. Then when the one string death harp sings at sun down, you won't have to come back the next morning, just to find your deer dead 40 yards away.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: bowless on March 23, 2008, 07:00:00 AM
Keep an old or new, fishing license holder in your pack for tagging the animal.  It'll protect the tag and the saftey pin works great for attaching it to the animal.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: killinstuff on March 23, 2008, 07:46:00 AM
Never shoot for money against an old guy with a beat up old Bear recurve who tells you "this is the only bow I've owned". He's going to take your money.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Willow on March 23, 2008, 10:18:00 AM
Cheap is good, to a point. Ive been shooting with a cheap leather work glove. That is until my finger turned purple with a nasty blister. I bought an actual shooting glove. WOW. I can release clean, without pain.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Viking69 on March 23, 2008, 11:46:00 AM
Cotton balls smeared with petroleum jelly (vaseline) burn like sterno. Great way to get a fire going. On back pack hunts or traveling I use a piece of plastic raingutter to put my arrows in. Plug the ends with a piece of foam or sponge.
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Post by: Earl E. Nov...mber on March 23, 2008, 01:27:00 PM
If you wear glasses, wear a short brimmed hat and keep it low over your eyes, "And don't look into the setting sun"
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Barney on March 23, 2008, 02:17:00 PM
Trioxane fuel tabs are the best fire starter I've found.

Headlamps are alot easier to use than flashlights.
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Post by: Shell on March 23, 2008, 02:48:00 PM
Cotton from an old rag, t-shirt etc soaked in parafin wax works extremly well as a fire starter also and stays water proofed even when soaked in water, will burn well in wet conditions and only need a small amount to get a fire going.

Not sure if mentioned here but this is real cheap way will hold this quality for a long, long time and a small piece is all it takes so a large piece of towel or shirt will be sufficiant for a long time.     :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: IB on March 23, 2008, 03:28:00 PM
Older persons seem to have a hard time remembering where all their hunting gear is living. To shorten search time get a couple of totes, label them-then "REMEMBER" to put stuff back when yer done using it. It can lengthen a hunting trip by a couple of days   :bigsmyl:
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: buckhuck on March 23, 2008, 04:02:00 PM
Truck keys - I never take my truck keys into the woods.  I always hide them somewhere on my truck so there is no chance I am gonna loose them in the field.

Wallet - I have two wallets, one for my hunting permits and one with all my regular junk... credit cards etc.  My regular wallet always stays hidden in the truck.... again so there is no chance I can loose it.
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Post by: bowmofo on March 23, 2008, 04:31:00 PM
I like to use a Chalk box to raise & lower my bow while in stand I found a mini and replaced the line with spiderwire works like a charm! I also sew a belt loop to my pant leg to hold my bow while standing ! some great Ideas Guys Keepem coming! Mike
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Post by: tippit on March 23, 2008, 04:57:00 PM
Thanks to griz#1 idea on 1/4-20 bolt,

I now have my camera mono pod & ground blind bow holder in the palm of my hand...Doc

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Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: steadman on March 23, 2008, 10:42:00 PM
Take more than one critter arrow when hunting. This will save money on broadheads (at least one) when that stupid blue grouse flys into the tree above you. Also, take a large ziplock or plastic shopping bag , just in case you connect with said grouse. Breast grouse and cut off legs, throw in bag, put in pack, keep hunting...or go look for all your arrows!  :banghead:    :biglaugh:
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: John3 on March 23, 2008, 10:49:00 PM
When setting up a new bow tune it with broadhead tipped arrows. Take the time to get great flight using broadheads,,,then switch out to field points. Unless I go to shoot a range or 3D course I practice with my Zwickey tipped arrows all year. It seems to help my mental sight picture when things count in the woods.

John III
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Post by: hotfootTG on March 24, 2008, 10:39:00 AM
B'head lube. - If your quiver hood is foam filled, fill the b'head cuts in the foam with Vaseline. Quiets arrow removal and keeps the b'head lubed. If your hood doesn't have foam (like GN's and some others), replace it with rubber-based foam.

As your quarry critter is closing the distance - don't look them in the eye. Mostly look another way and occasionally peek to see where he is. Also helps if you walk up on a critter while walking & stalking. Look & act like you do not know he's there. It's some kind of an ESP thing - they know they've been had if you look at them.

Use a 10" piece of the right dia. pipe for better leverage to screw in your tree steps easier. Works on the folding type screw in's.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Bjorn on March 24, 2008, 10:40:00 AM
Rather than spending 20-25 bucks on another bino carrier we just use the neck strap that comes with the binocs and add some 1/8" bungee cord to go around your back. Use a nylon clip at one end and secure the other end with B50, FF, or serving thread.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: bowdude on March 24, 2008, 01:29:00 PM
Totally agree with ESP thing.   Seen it too many times not to believe it.  I have stories myself but too many people think I'm nuts when I share them.  Course they might think that before I share them.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: SCATTERSHOT on March 24, 2008, 03:17:00 PM
Need to add weight inexpensively to your carbons? Just pull the bullets from .22 ammo. 40 grains each, and they will fit snugly into your shaft if you bump them up a bit in a vise or with a pair of pliers. Just glue 'em in behind the point.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Bill Kissner on March 24, 2008, 06:23:00 PM
Lots of fire starting ideas have been given. Here is one way I have always made them. Next time you are using your chainsaw, save some of the sawdust. Put the sawdust in some egg cartons. Melt parafin wax in a double boiler and pour over the sawdust. When needing a fire starter simply break off the appropiate number of "eggs" from the carton.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Biggie Hoffman on March 24, 2008, 07:46:00 PM
Hmmmm,Share a tip.....share a tip.....OK!

Always go heavy on the mayo!
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Colt on March 24, 2008, 09:25:00 PM
Never make eye contact with the animal you intend to kill.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: IB on March 24, 2008, 10:28:00 PM
Hoffman that ain't no tip... That's a FACT  :bigsmyl:
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Mojo Rising on March 25, 2008, 12:10:00 AM
Fill a small spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide and keep in your pack. If (heaven forbid) the blood trail gets sparse you spray this on the little specks you believe to be blood, if it is blood it will foam.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Eric B. on March 29, 2008, 09:27:00 PM
Don't eat yellow snow. Don't mix up your doe-n-heat and your nose spray.Don't drag a deer backwards because that's the direction you need to get back to camp.Don't eat burritos before you put on waders.Last but not least - don't hit a 2" sapling 1' in front of your bow when shooting at an elk 6 yards from you. It happened to a friend of a friend on my neighbors side of my family.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Richie Nell on March 29, 2008, 11:32:00 PM
Just a few I have written down over the years.

1. Even if you love your occupation as much as I do as a wildlife consultant, always invest the majority of your time in your children as I fail to do.
2. Harvest adult does at the beginning of the season(Oct.) and 6 month-1.5 year old does at the end of the season (Jan.).  It will prevent a prolonged rut which results in late born fawns.
3. Be 15 minutes early.
4. Listen when someone tells you to "Be careful".
5. Antlerless bucks will always have a LESS rounded head than female deer.
6. Shoot female deer when advised.
7. Check for wasps in gates.
8. write letters to friends out of town.
9. Always keep a measuring tape handy.
10.Stop and measure a tree if it is noticeably large.
11.Learn to not get mad when playing golf.
12.Turkeys are not really as smart as they seem, they have no sense of time thus having an endless amount of time, unlike us.  
13.When hunting, be a tree.
14.Faith = Life, period.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Bear Heart on March 30, 2008, 12:10:00 AM
Use sock liners inside your wool socks while on backpack hunts.  They are easier to wash and dry fast.
Guys, learn to take more camp pictures.  You will wish you had later and you never know who's last time it may be.
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Post by: Steven Matthew on March 30, 2008, 10:38:00 AM
1.Use dental floss to figure out the best nock point and THEN apply the little metal nocking point
2.Try to put all your regular gear in the same place every time you go into the field.  Habit is a great way to avoid forgetting something.  My glove, face mask, flashlight, neck scarf always go into the same pocket everytime. Keep your hunting pac all set up the same way, and check it once in awhile BEFORE you go into the field
3.Do use the little reflector tacks to help you find your stand in the dark. It is pointless to get up early and then stand around until light to locate the darn thing when you just walked right by it.
4.Keep an inexpensive bag of useful stuff in your trunk.  Extras of things that you might  forget or drop (gloves, hat, etc) and then items to clean up with or change into.  Extra items like heating pacs that you used and ran out of in your pack but forgot to replace, and clothing for the time that you need a non camo item to put on because you need to be somewhere after hunting that can't wait, or when youcould have used one more layer to keep comfortable.
5. The easiest wind checker is the feather on the dental floss.  A package from the fly tying supplier will last a lifetime for a few dollars.
6. If you wear glasses, be honest about it and keep an extra pair in the car or in your pack.  It is a real problem in the field or trying to get home if they are lost or broken.
7. Keep a small but useful first aide kit with you in the field.  Lots of things can happen to you.
8.  Never,never,never hunt out of a tree stand without a safety belt.  Tree stands are the number one cause of injury to bowhunters.
9. A couple of Advil before you get on stand for those long chilling, cramping, stiffening up hours of motionless sitting can be very helpful.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: rebelrecurve on March 30, 2008, 10:58:00 AM
Carry a flint as your means of fire.  Use your knife to create a spark anytime, even when wet, no worries about wet matches or running out of lighter fluid.  
Also, always put your knife back in its place when you need to set it down, instead of on the ground where you can easily lose track of it.
Mike
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Post by: Bear Heart on March 30, 2008, 12:36:00 PM
Go with an orange handled knife. Not the prettiest thing in the world but it doesn't look like anything else in the woods.
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Post by: celticknot on March 30, 2008, 10:05:00 PM
Here are a few tips ive learned in my short three years of hunting.

Compass: Always take a compass with you. It will help in more ways than you can imagine. If you can get one that will pin on to your pack.  Pin it to the shoulder strap for quick readings. Pin it to the same side side of your string fingers. because if you dont you will rip it off when you shoot. Also buy a keychain thermometer, put it on the shoulder of your pack for quick readings and so you can acurratly tell your buddys how cold you really were.

Rattling: If you use real antlers for rattling. Soak them in water over night before you hunt. It brings back the natural sound of the antlers.

Clothes: wool clothes are gods gift to hunters. They keep you warm, are water resistant, will keep you warm even when they are soaking wet, and are naturally scent free. If they could hunt in it 200 years ago and kill animals so can i. You can wash your clothes in baking soda to make them scent free. and if you hang them out side for a couple days before a hunt the deer wont know your there.
 
ALSO make sure you have on good under layers because theres times it dosent matter how thick your coat is, if you dont have something close to your body that will hold in heat, you might as well be hunting in a t-shirt.

Wind: Its your best friend or your worst enemy. I dont care how much scent killer or cover scent you buy if you get the wind behind you they will bust you out.

Friends: Take a friends son or daughter hunting if permitted. Itll take some strain off them for a few hours and help you to teach a youngster. Or even just take a friend. if you have an extra bow and some old hunting clothes send em to a hunters safety course and have a ball.

Bow Travel: go to a hardware storeand buy a piece of the wight sewer pipoe its about 3/16" thick and comes in 10' sections. You  can make the worlds toughest bow cases from it even if you cant sew a skin for the inside and outside. You can put the caps on it with some foam on them and put you bow in with a thick bow sock and you wont have to worry about your tree stand falling over on it on the way to your traditional travels, my own bad exsperienThe same does for arrows. 4" diameter for 1pc long bows. 6" for 1pc recurves , short 6" piece for 3 piece bows, and a  short 6" piece for arrows you can usually make a 10' stick make one "long"bow holder and an arrow holder from the rest  or couple of take down holders.

:Ibruprophen "ADVIL" It is a hunters best friend itll take away that dull headache from sitting in the cold all day or from hiking with that pack on you all day. Plus it will help with swelling and inflamation.

Generousity:If you have something extra you can give someone who needs it dont ask for money "unless you need it" just give it to them. For exaple if theres a youngster who wants to shoot but dosent have the money and your hording a collection of bows. just remember you only need one bow.    

Knowledge: It should always be given away freely. dont be stingy with what you know even if its your favorite hunting spot. I personally dont care if someone gets in one of my stands as long as when i show up to use it they step down. Because nothing on this earth is yours its just loaned to you while your here.

Trash: If you can pack it in you can pack it out. There is also nothing wrong with caring someone elses trash out if you see it.  

Arrows: ALWAYS watch were your arrow flies because the second you take your eye off it it will disapere and hide unground for an hour then pop back up right under your nose. After you shoot find a land mark to mark where about your arrow flew.

Alright ill shut up for now good luck and good tips  make good friends
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Post by: JL on March 30, 2008, 11:31:00 PM
When hunting from a treestand, always carry a judo pointed arrow. When you shoot a deer, shoot the judo into the ground at the last spot/direction you saw the deer head. Things look different when your back on the ground and the judo arrow will put you on track.

JL
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Bowferd on March 30, 2008, 11:49:00 PM
Need to add weight inexpensively to your carbons? Just pull the bullets from .22 ammo. 40 grains each, and they will fit snugly into your shaft if you bump them up a bit in a vise or with a pair of pliers. Just glue 'em in behind the point.

SCATTERSHOT, Do they fit snug after several shots?
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Post by: Whitetail Chaser on March 31, 2008, 12:08:00 AM
Screw in Points: Coat the threads with bowstring wax to keep points snug.

Arrows: Use fine steel wool and a highly polished coat of car wax on your arrows.  They will be super smooth for less noise on the draw across the shelf.

String Silencers: Wool yarn from a fabric store will allow you to make your own inexpensive string silencers.  Saves money, and it allows you to pick the color of your string wraps and puffs.

Brett
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: celticknot on April 05, 2008, 02:38:00 PM
always bring a roll of tp not just some in a baggie but a whole roll. To save space just put it in a bagt and sit on it itll squish down a good bit. Its always better to have more than you need, because you never know when those burritos from last night are going to hit you or how many times theyll hit you.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: SCATTERSHOT on April 05, 2008, 04:22:00 PM
Bowferd, they should stay in indefinitely if they are snug to start with and are glued in place with good glue.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Killdeer on April 05, 2008, 08:22:00 PM
What, the burritos?  :confused:
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Beepy on April 05, 2008, 09:43:00 PM
I have to second the orange handled knife!  Why in the world would you have a camo'ed knife, you put it down and spend 20 mins looking for it!
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Bowferd on April 05, 2008, 10:35:00 PM
If wearing a union suit under your clothing it is advisable to purchase one that has take down flaps on the rear.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: SCATTERSHOT on April 05, 2008, 10:44:00 PM
Killy, there is no glue to hold a determined burrito!
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Bowferd on April 05, 2008, 10:53:00 PM
SCATTERSHOT, more flour, less water.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Toxophilite on April 06, 2008, 12:04:00 PM
Lessons learned "The Hard Way":

1. Always carry an extra bowstring with a preset nock point!
2. Get an 8' square "space blanket" & stick it in the bottom of your backpack.  Very compact. Many, many uses...It can be a rain shelter, makes a great ground cloth (shiny side up), can help you stay warm (shiny side in), and if you get real trouble, you can lay it in an open area (shiny side up) and it can be spotted from a mile up...
3. Carry a couple fresh butane lighters in a closed zip-lock bag. Beats other fire starting devices.
4. To keep feet warm, wear a pair of over-the-calf stretch socks under your wool socks (adds no bulk and really works).
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Dutchman on June 21, 2008, 07:48:00 AM
Duct tape.

About 3 feet of it wrapped around the barrel of a used up Bic Pen or a cut end from an arrow shaft can work miracles in the field.

It can be used in conjunction with a sanitary pad as a blood stopper/wound closer in the event of a nasty cut.

Torn into strips lengthwise and folded sticky side together lengthwise, it can be used as a substitute for cord.

The possibliities are limitless.

A small bottle of hand sanitizer is great for it's intended use, and, due to its high alcohol content, it can also be used as an accelerant for starting fires. Pretty little blue flame.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Bill Skinner on June 21, 2008, 09:46:00 AM
To prevent bruising, after eating BBQ, wash your hands before attemping to string your bow.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Kingwouldbe on June 21, 2008, 01:54:00 PM
Super glue will close a cut right now, I know first hand.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: waiting4fall on June 21, 2008, 07:21:00 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuGVqRI078Q
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nJIaexg9Tw
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: JockC on June 22, 2008, 02:02:00 AM
Take a butane lighter, stretch an o-ring under the trigger to prevent leaks, and wrap it with duct tape.  On the last couple of wraps, cover up a needle and a scalpel blade.  You might want to wrap a cord loop against the lighter, too, and keep it around your neck in the event you ever have to swim a river or run hard from a bear (yeah, you're not supposed to, I know, but it can make a _lot_ of sense).
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: stmpthmpr on June 22, 2008, 03:41:00 AM
I use Simoniz(sp?)car wax on both my bow and my wood arrow shafts. Extra helpin on tips under rubber protectors. Great extra water protection and great for penetration and pulling arras outta stuff they shouldnt a hada been stuck in.

Buy a can of Napa brand silicone spray and spray down yer feathers. Werks better and lasts longer than that stupid powder and whatnot. Kodiak island in November was a great proving ground.

Take a five inch chunk of 1" wood dowel and drill hole through the center from one end to the other with five foot 1/4" braided nylon rope running through it with knot on either side of dowel to keep it in place. Drag logs for bear bait, drag deer, hold mooses hind quarter back while your buddy gets bloody, etc, etc.

Own two pair of polypropelene long undies. One lightweight and one mountain weight. Wear whichever fits the season under yer woolies. If you sweat or get wet, shed the woolies and the lightwieght poly's dry like right now. If it's cold ya cant beat the heavy weight ones under wool for stayin warm.

Dont pee on an electric fence!!

Only shoot skunks when theyre lookin atchya. If theyre winkin atchya, run like hell!!
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: jamie2778 on June 22, 2008, 08:58:00 AM
use rubber tire inner tube as a fire starter it burns very hot and for a long time
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: always89s boy on June 22, 2008, 04:59:00 PM
CARRY A THERMACELL
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: always89s boy on June 22, 2008, 05:08:00 PM
Ive got one more, get comfortabe when you first git into your stand so you dont have to move around every five minutes to get comfortabe
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: toddster on June 22, 2008, 05:23:00 PM
Turkey call, when moving through alot of leaves and noise is going to happen, stop and give some soft yelps or clucks.  This also work on stand when you see deer come in cautiously.  

Knife, I carry my knife one of two ways, if walking alot and have flashlight on hip it is taped to it, also my pull rope for stand is wrapped around the flashlight, with plenty to spare for tieing up brush on treestand or ground blind.  Or around my neck which is where I like it, that way I know it is there when needed.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: toddster on June 22, 2008, 05:29:00 PM
two other tips,  One when out in hard weather camping/hunting hang wet clothes outside to freeze, wake up and shake off, nice and dry.

Two, If at all possible, use a flashlight with a 9 volt battery or have one in your pack, add some 000 steel wool, and bam have fire stater.  Just get your tinder and all together, hold lighter with wool on negative and touch to positive in tinder blow lightly and there you go.  Or you can carry a striker steel.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: JDice on June 22, 2008, 06:04:00 PM
Scent blocking gear isn't worth much if you wear it while driving to your stand, smoking, sitting around the campfire, etc. Leather boots, of any kind, leave a scent trail. Rubber boots will as well - if you wear them while pumping gas.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: KPaul on June 22, 2008, 08:03:00 PM
ALWAYS wear a safety harness when hanging a tree stand or hunting from one.
Use a static line with a prussic knot when climbing into your stand.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: JDice on June 22, 2008, 08:53:00 PM
In cold weather - keep anything with batteries and that pack of unscented wipes inside your coat - the batteries will last longer and the wipes won't freeze.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: toddster on June 23, 2008, 12:31:00 PM
Bino's, go to wally world or local fabric store, get a package of 1/4" flat bungee fabric (they use it in clothes for stretch pants).  cut about 1.5" of it, put it on bino's and there you go.  I wear mine over my head and shoulder like a map case, will keep it tight against side and stretch easy to glass with.

Never try to think like a wounded animal, they will do the opposite.  Follow the blood trail, when you find good blood, look for a track, study it, then when you loose blood for while, you can follow the track, till you pick blood up again, found 4 deer this way.  8 out of 10 times that perfect shot from the stand, is not, take you time, wait a minamal of 20 minutes, then take your time.  You put alot of effort, time and hard work to get this far.  Relax, and take your time and enjoy the tracking job, ensure to look up and around before moving to next step, they wood's will help you if you pay attention.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: always89s boy on June 23, 2008, 06:12:00 PM
after you know the deer is a buck dont look at his antlers any more just look at the spot your wanting to hit
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Boar Hog on June 24, 2008, 06:09:00 AM
ttt
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Dutchman on June 24, 2008, 12:11:00 PM
Quote
Originally posted by always89s boy:
CARRY A THERMACELL
And don't forget the refills!
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: madness522 on June 24, 2008, 12:47:00 PM
When you are walking thru the woods whether it be stalking or sneaking or whatever don't carry your broadhead tipped arrow nocked.  I had a buddy doing this and he got tangled up in a vine and the arrow was knocked off and the broadhead cut a strand or two of this string.  Which is only slightly better than it sticking in you.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Archie on June 24, 2008, 11:14:00 PM
If at all possible, always remove broadheads when working on arrows.  At about 13 years old, I had an arrow go through my leg in my garage.  Someone else   was re-fletching, I took a step, and I didn't see nor feel it until it was coming out the other side of my pant leg.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: hill boy on June 24, 2008, 11:46:00 PM
the first shot presented that you know you can make is the one to take especially a whitail.there may not be another.Be good to the land and it will be good to you.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Bakes168 on June 25, 2008, 09:16:00 PM
Carry a judo point while on stand. You can mark the spot where a deer was, practice at a leaf. Or shoot that noisy squirrels that you thought was a deer   :mad:  and Viola! fried squirrel!  ;)  

And never stick your knife in a tree when done gutting deer. You'll only remember it after the walk back to the truck.   :knothead:  

Bakes
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: JDinPA on June 25, 2008, 10:18:00 PM
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Lamb:
Those old, used up tubes of Duco (or FletchTite) make dandy fire starters. Throw one in your pack next time you're ready to switch to a new tube.
That is an awesome idea.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Lashbow on June 25, 2008, 11:36:00 PM
When setting up a treestand, remove the lower two foot pegs when you leave. With any luck you wont find a stand poacer the next morning when you try to hunt it.
Even if you reclaim your stand you know the tail tucking stand stealer will not leave quiet or scent free

Make sure to bring the two pegs when your hunting
Lash
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Morning Star on June 25, 2008, 11:51:00 PM
Waxed nylon decoy line makes a very good treestand haul line.  
It's also nice for piecing/securing together natural ground blinds.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Roadkill on June 26, 2008, 12:16:00 AM
tyvek-the white fabric they wrap houses in has the same properties as goretex.  carry a 5 by 5 shhet in your pack for an instant poncho, ground cloth, shelter marker.  Construction guys will give you a chunk for the asking.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: Swamp Pygmy on June 29, 2008, 03:26:00 PM
This tip may not help everyone, but it will help some of you dramatically. Literally may change your scouting forever. Sorry its a long post but it's worth it.

Google Maps. It's free. They have satellite images; and much different than one you buy like a poster. Unfortunately it depends on where you live, that will dictate clarity of imagery. But where I hunt is semi urban (public land set aside in increasingly urban areas)and the images are clear enough to see different color cars parked in your driveway. Seriously. Try it.

I hunt public land from 17,000 acres to over 50,000 acres as well as smaller public lands with tricky property boundaries bordered by parks. The zoom capability to see objects as small as cars is unbelievably useful when trying to find areas isolated from hunters and far from parking but with easy foot access. Also making sure my spots aren't near a road or trail I don't know about that might spook deer.

It would not be impossible but it would literally take years of grid style foot work and note taking though thicket to do what those maps can. You can find one oak in a stand of pines, determine soil lines to see what will grow where, duck ponds in the middle of the woods, find higher elevation in swamps. Everything you could want really. If you hunt out of state I can't even imagine how useful it would be to scout from home.
 

The next step is to go and locate the prime areas you hunt, mature oaks, permission, hickory, different aged pines, open spots in the woods, etc. There are about six different useful zoom levels. Use ALL of them. Study the canopy of what you want to hunt. Every time you zoom you can find different types of edge habitat, funnels, etc. that will draw deer, and if your quality is good enough on a higher zoom you can even see heavily used trails like pigs make. On lower zooms you can find different types of edges of forest canopy.

The trick is to learn all the different canopy types so you can distinguish what you want to know. Young understory from old, thicket from grass, the different types of trees in your area. You get the picture. Go there on foot first and then study it VERY WELL until you can identify it. All trees will look different. Oak from pine, grass from thicket, etc.  At first it seems daunting but its actually pretty easy. And once you know how to do it you know exactly what every square acre of habitat looks like without having to go there.  

It's still very much fair chase. You can't see rub lines or deer paths or anything like that. But you can see what type of habitat is where, funnels and the like, and other useful info. And when you get there on foot you make your strategy from there.

I hunt the jungle like swamps of south Louisiana and its very impenetrable at points. You have to know where you're going in it. Wandering roving scouting is pretty much impossible in deciding a spot when you have 80,000 acres or so you hunt.

I really only tell you guys this tip because you're mostly traditional. A rifle hunter with friends and time on his hands could really abuse an area like this.
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: NightHawk on June 29, 2008, 04:15:00 PM
not sure if this has been posted as this is a long thread

 I use unscented tampons as scent dispencers remove the tampon spray scent on it and hang in a tree. comes with it's own hanging string.

fire starters, I use the discarded egg cartons (cardboard) I use leftover wood shavings or small animal bedding works fill the egcarton with sawdust then melt parafin wax all over the egg carton. best fire starter have ever used even started fires in a heavy downpour

always carry plastic cable ties numerous uses
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: JEFF B on June 29, 2008, 05:08:00 PM
when sitting on the ground wating for deer to turn up never try and get a bar to eat out of your day pack i did and what a laugh had a doe come to within 4 to 5 yards and i dont know who crapped first me or the deer she looked at me i looked at her then all hell broke lose gone as quick as a flash  :scared:  ha next time i will know better. jeff
Title: Re: Share A "TIP"
Post by: rg176bnc on June 29, 2008, 07:58:00 PM
I learned this one the hard way.  NEVER rattle before you have an arrow nocked.

When you shoot a doe from a family group, dont get down get out the grunt call and you'll probably shoot another within 30 minutes.

Deer dont always know what spooked them, if you hit the grunt call or a bleat call while their heading out they will sometimes come right back.  Seen more than one get a free ride to the truck that way.