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Bottling Meat
By Guy Perkins, Camp Chef
With the uncertainty of processed foods lately, there seems to be more interest in the process of canning, or as we call it, bottling. This is a great way to tame those tough cuts of venison to be used later for chili, stew or sandwiches . . . keep reading
Take a Hike
By Robin Conrads
This week's newsletter is not really a "tip." I've been gone for five days scouting and camping with T.J., and I didn't have time to really put a tip together. One of the wonderful thi . . . keep reading
Pallet Bow and Arrow Rack
By Doug Gray
My wife uses old wooden pallets to make a variety of items. While helping her with a recent project, it occurred to me that a pallet lends itself nicely to a rack for my bows and arrows. I . . . keep reading
Fur Tracers
By Bruce Smithhammer
I've seen "fur arrow tracers" selling on some specialty sites for as much as $5 for enough material to wrap a dozen arrows. Instead, you can go to just about any fly shop (or some craft sh . . . keep reading
Mixed Bag
By Robin Conrads
This week we will have a variety of short tips. I hope one or two of these are helpful: Teflon Tape, Zip Ties, Grab Rope and Tampons . . . keep reading
Heterodyning
By Rocky Weeks
This tip requires a bit of radio theory and brain work. The subject is heterodyning. A very basic definition is two different frequencies that are combined to produce two new frequencies: the sum and difference of the two original frequencies. What does this have to do with traditional archery equipment? Well, knowing this fact helps us to quiet our bows. . . . keep reading
Collapsible Water Container
By Dennis Michael
Water containers come in many different shapes and sizes, but here is an idea that I've been using for many years. The plastic bag from boxed wine is a great short-term solution to store water for drinking and showering. It can even be used as a pillow. You can't do that with a five gallon bucket! . . . keep reading
Arrow Extraction Comments
(Editors Note: Many responses were received concerning Nathan's question last week about removing arrows from foam targets. Unfortunately, I cannot post all of them, but here are a few ideas from our . . . keep reading
Rebuild a Target
By Bill Calkins
To all my arrow slinging friends out there, here is my tip for rebuilding the center of foam targets. I shoot between 30 and 40 arrows a day, and replacing the center of a 3-D target gets expensive. . . . keep reading
Lowering Gear is a Snap
When I hunt from a treestand, I carry a 3/8" rope with two snap clips made of either plastic or metal. I offset them, so they are different lengths, which allows me to attach my pack on the bottom clip and my bow on the top clip . . . keep reading
Treestand Footrest
By Raymond Browell
Many treestands come with a footrest, or you can purchase one. These are typically a piece of bent metal that pivots on a mount of some sort. . . . keep reading
Pick A Spot
By Tim Roberts
I used to have a heck of a time shooting my arrows in tight groups during practice. I guess having a mind that likes to wander doesn't help. Focusing on my shooting was a real challenge until my friend, Neil Jacobson, made the suggestion that getting your mind to focus is an exercise that can be done anywhere. . . . keep reading
Light It Up!
By Joe Hundley
Here's a tip that gives you staying power when camping from your vehicle. I sometimes park my truck camper at the end of a road next to a roadless area. In order to save my battery when using the lights in my camper, I have converted all of the fixtures to LED bulbs. With all the lights on there is hardly any pull on the 12volt battery. . . . keep reading
Quick Fletching Repair
By Floyd (Bub) Wells
I have been known to carry the same set of cedar arrows for a long time. I cherish each one of them, build them with love and I am careful what I try to shoot. When asked how I keep them so long I simply reply . . . keep reading
Milkweed Wind Indicator
By Jim McInteer
Milkweed fluff is a great wind indicator. A few floating strands will let you see how the wind currents are moving in your area. Powder or string wind indicators are only good right where you are, but milkweed fluff floats through the air a long way, which gives you an excellent idea how the currents are moving in a larger area . . . keep reading
Mixed Bag
By Robin Conrads
This week we will have a variety of short tips. I hope one or two of these are helpful. Bandanas, beeswax, zip top bag, scent drag line . . . keep reading
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