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

Ride a Trail Horse
Drop a Double
Hit Quartering Birds
Properly Mount a Scope
Pluck a Duck
Check an Arrow for Straightness
Hook More Fish
Make an Underhand Cast
Case Skin a ‘Coon
Condition Your Boots
Pick a Sinker
Re-Flush a Ruff
Fillet Panfish
Anchor to a Fish a Reef
Field-Prep Taxidermy
Fire Up Smallmouths
Reload Faster
Close a Gobbler
Tag-Team Squirrels
Fine-Tune Your Troll
Dial in Your Deer
Set a Deer Decoy
Keep Your Meat
Flag an Antelope

DIY Projects

Train a Dog to Hunt Sheds
Properly Store Your Bow
Build a Cabin for Less Than $2,000
Cure a Gun-Shy Dog
Make Your Own Bale Blind
Make a Mountain Cribbage Set
Mold Crappie Jigs
Weld a Treestand and Bow Case Carrier
Patch a Duck Decoy
Brew the Best Bear Bait
Make a Shotshell Rod Rack
Make a Turkey Trophy Display
Make an Alaskan Ulu Knife

Ultimate Outdoor Hacks

Keep Your AR Running
Make a Simple Precision Target
Tune Your Bow Release
Sharpen Fishhooks
Make a Heater from a Coffee Can
Vote Bull’s-Eye
Gauge the Wind for Free
Repair a Tent Pole
Make a $5 Bow Target
Repurpose Dry Storage
Make Fire in a Can
Hang a Stand with a Dog Leash
Deter Treestand Thieves
Call Bulk Elk