Negotiating muddy trails is a necessary skill in most hunting areas. When driving your 4x4 RAM into soft, wet soil, maintain momentum without creating excessive tire spin. If you feel the tires begin to lose traction, don’t gun it. Instead, turn the steering wheel back and forth all the way to allow the edge of the tire tread to get a bite in the surrounding mud, keeping a steady foot on the gas to keep the wheels turning.
Remove that webbed tow strap from the gang box in the back of your RAM and tote it with you the next time you’re searching for firewood. Just lay the strap on the ground, place sticks and small logs on it, pull the strap through the loop on the end to tighten it, and throw it over your shoulder to carry. You can haul more than twice the wood you could in your arms — without getting dirty. Loop excess strap around the bundle to keep them both more secure.
"Nothing beats an aerial photo of your hunting area for giving you a bird’s-eye view of the terrain, and smartphone technology (in the form of the free Google Earth app) lets me zoom in for that view without resorting to cumbersome laminated maps."
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Getting up for a drink of water or to use the bathroom is an inevitable nightly occurrence for some, made more challenging when waking up in the dark, unfamiliar surroundings of camp. Remember to keep a flashlight, slip-on shoes, and bottle of water next to the head of your bed for easy retrieval in the dark.
True cowboy coffee doesn’t get any simpler than this. Bring 2 cups of water to a slow boil in a coffee pot. Remove from heat and add 2 handfuls of coffee, ground medium-fine. Steep for 4 minutes. Settle grounds with a splash of cold water.
If camp has an unheated outdoor privy or latrine, spare yourself the discomfort of a cold sit and keep the seat in the cabin or cooking tent where the area remains mostly heated. Simply carry it with you when you need it and put it back to remain warm when not in use.
A game cart can transform toting 250-plus pounds of game and gear from a back-breaking chore into an easy pull for even one hunter—until the path gets too steep or the wheels get mired in mud. Here you need a buddy’s added muscle power. Problem is, the game cart handle is only wide enough for one person to pull two-handed. The second hunter must pull one-handed, which sets up your friend for a very sore back.
You can easily boost the horsepower without the pain, however, by widening the handle with a stout 2x2-inch square bolt-on aluminum tube. A 40-inch-long tube accommodates most hunters, and it can be attached quickly to the existing handle by using 3-inch bolts and wing nuts, as long as the drill holes for them are spaced far enough apart so that they don’t interfere with your grip. The handle can be easily removed for compact storage and transport.
A small, thin rug that you can easily roll up and pack is perfect for placing beside your bed or cot in camps where your floor will likely be cold dirt or hard wood. Besides the obvious comfort while dressing in the morning, it is also a clean spot to brush your feet off before turning in and will keep you from tracking dirt into your bed or sleeping bag.
"Off-season shed hunting can give you valuable clues to the deer (some of which you may not have seen previously) that are actually moving through your hunting area. Combine that with your observations of rub lines, bedding areas, funnels, saddles, and pinch points to determine whether you need to keep your stand where it is or move it to a more advantageous location."
Drury Outdoors Team Member
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