DIY Special: 51 Skills, Projects, and Hacks to Improve Your Hunting and Fishing

Learn how to make fire in a can and 50 other essential skills, inspired projects, and clever hacks to improve your outdoor life

hunter and his workshop
Do it all this fall. Vincent Soyez

“Do it yourself.” Utter that phrase to your boss and you could end up with a pink slip. Say it to an outdoorsman and the lightbulb comes on.

We love to build, tweak, and tinker with stuff that will help us become better hunters and fishermen. We hone our skills for that split second when we get to deploy them, whether it’s making a shot or setting a hook.

This is how we do it all.

Essential Outdoor Skills

<a href="/articles/hunting/2014/03/essential-outdoor-skill-ride-trail-horse">Ride a Trail Horse</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/03/essential-outdoor-skill-drop-double">Drop a Double</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/03/essential-outdoor-skill-hit-quartering-birds">Hit Quartering Birds</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/03/essential-outdoor-skill-properly-mount-scope">Properly Mount a Scope</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/essential-outdoor-skill-how-pluck-duck">Pluck a Duck</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/03/essential-outdoor-skill-check-arrow-straightness">Check an Arrow for Straightness</a><br /> <a href="/articles/fishing/2014/03/essential-outdoor-skill-hook-more-fish">Hook More Fish</a><br /> <a href="/articles/fishing/2014/03/essential-outdoor-skill-make-underhand-cast">Make an Underhand Cast</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/03/essential-outdoor-skill-case-skin-%E2%80%99coon">Case Skin a 'Coon</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/03/essential-outdoor-skill-condition-your-boots">Condition Your Boots</a><br /> <a href="/articles/fishing/2014/04/essential-outdoor-skill-pick-sinker">Pick a Sinker</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/03/essential-outdoor-skill-re-flush-ruff">Re-Flush a Ruff</a><br /> <a href="/articles/fishing/2014/03/essential-outdoor-skill-fillet-panfish">Fillet Panfish</a><br /> <a href="/articles/fishing/2014/04/essential-outdoor-skill-anchor-fish-reef">Anchor to a Fish a Reef</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/essential-outdoor-skill-field-prep-taxidermy">Field-Prep Taxidermy</a><br /> <a href="/articles/fishing/2014/04/essential-outdoor-skill-fire-smallmouths">Fire Up Smallmouths</a><br /> <a href="/articles/guns/2014/04/essential-outdoor-skill-reload-faster">Reload Faster</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/essential-outdoor-skill-close-gobbler">Close a Gobbler</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/essential-outdoor-skill-tag-team-squirrels">Tag-Team Squirrels</a><br /> <a href="/articles/fishing/2014/04/essential-outdoor-skill-fine-tune-your-troll">Fine-Tune Your Troll</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/essential-outdoor-skill-dial-your-deer">Dial in Your Deer</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/essential-outdoor-skill-set-deer-decoy">Set a Deer Decoy </a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/essential-outdoor-skill-keep-your-meat">Keep Your Meat</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/essential-outdoor-skill-flag-antelope">Flag an Antelope</a>

DIY Projects

<a href="/articles/hunting/2014/03/diy-project-train-dog-hunt-sheds">Train a Dog to Hunt Sheds</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/03/diy-project-properly-store-your-bow">Properly Store Your Bow</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/diy-project-build-cabin-less-2000">Build a Cabin for Less Than $2,000</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/03/diy-project-cure-gun-shy-dog">Cure a Gun-Shy Dog</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/diy-project-make-your-own-bale-blind">Make Your Own Bale Blind</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/diy-project-make-mountain-cribbage-set">Make a Mountain Cribbage Set</a><br /> <a href="/articles/fishing/2014/03/diy-project-mold-crappie-jigs">Mold Crappie Jigs</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/diy-project-weld-treestand-and-bowcase-carrier">Weld a Treestand and Bow Case Carrier</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/03/diy-project-patch-duck-decoy">Patch a Duck Decoy</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/diy-project-brew-best-bear-bait">Brew the Best Bear Bait</a><br /> <a href="/articles/fishing/2014/04/diy-project-make-shotshell-rod-rack">Make a Shotshell Rod Rack</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/diy-project-make-turkey-trophy-display">Make a Turkey Trophy Display</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/diy-project-make-alaskan-ulu-knife">Make an Alaskan Ulu Knife</a>

Ultimate Outdoor Hacks

<a href="/articles/hunting/2014/03/ultimate-outdoor-hack-keep-your-ar-running">Keep Your AR Running</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/03/ultimate-outdoor-hack-make-simple-precision-target">Make a Simple Precision Target</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/03/ultimate-outdoor-hack-tune-your-bow-release">Tune Your Bow Release</a><br /> <a href="/articles/fishing/2014/03/ultimate-outdoor-hack-sharpen-fishhooks">Sharpen Fishhooks</a><br /> <a href="/articles/fishing/2014/03/ultimate-outdoor-hack-make-heater-coffee-can">Make a Heater from a Coffee Can</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/03/ultimate-outdoor-hack-vote-bull%E2%80%99s-eye">Vote Bull's-Eye</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/03/ultimate-outdoor-hack-gauge-wind-free">Gauge the Wind for Free</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/ultimate-outdoor-hack-repair-tent-pole">Repair a Tent Pole</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/ultimate-outdoor-hack-make-5-bow-target">Make a $5 Bow Target</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/ultimate-outdoor-hack-repurpose-dry-storage">Repurpose Dry Storage</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/ultimate-outdoor-hack-make-fire-can">Make Fire in a Can</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/ultimate-outdoor-hack-hang-stand-dog-leash">Hang a Stand with a Dog Leash</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/ultimate-outdoor-hack-deter-treestand-thieves">Deter Treestand Thieves</a><br /> <a href="/articles/hunting/2014/04/ultimate-outdoor-hack-call-bull-elk">Call Bulk Elk</a>