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Best F&S Reader Tips

Here are the best hunting, fishing and camping tips from readers like you.

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Build Your Own AR-15

Gun Nut blogger Phil Bourjaily wanted a heavy-barreled, accurate AR-platform rifle to use targets and varmints, so he decided to build his own. Here's how.

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  • January 21, 2014

    How to Build Your Own Arrow Saw


    By Michael R. Shea

    Photo by Luke Nilsson

    Option A: Spend $150 on a commercial arrow saw. Option B: Build your own saw for $50 and put the $100 you save toward arrows. If you're an Option B kind of guy, it only takes a trip to the hardware store and an hour of effort.

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  • April 18, 2012

    How To Fix a Poorly Fitted Trailer Coupler in Minutes


    By Bob Stearns

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  • September 10, 2010

    How to Make a Candle From a Used Shotgun Shell

    By Chad Love

    If there's one thing most if us have a lot of this time of year, it's empty shotgun hulls. If there's one thing our wives and/or girlfriends love above all things, it's candles. So why hasn't someone gone all Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and combined the two? Ask and ye shall receive.
    I give you the shotgun shell candle, courtesy of the Instructables website...

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  • June 25, 2010

    Project: How to Make a Whitetail Bow-and-Arrow Mount

    By none

    Tyler Stefanelli was a member of the 2009 Generation Wild Pro Staff.

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  • June 11, 2010

    Hurteau: Make Your Own Wrist Sling

    By Dave Hurteau

    Just for you, Walt. (Isn’t it nice to be influential?) But also for anyone who wants a good wrist sling but doesn’t want to pay $20 to $25 for it, here is an excellent three-part video from Project Bow on how to make one yourself with common materials for about $3. Here's Part I. If you just want a very simple sling, you can skip the cobra-weave portion (Part II). [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 29, 2010

    DIY Fly Drying Tip: Shake Your Frog's Fanny


    By Kirk Deeter

    I was going to make Frog's Fanny dry fly powder a "Stuff That Works" honoree because it is indeed the best stuff I've used to revitalize soggy dry flies by way of wicking away moisture.

    But I like my flies shaken, not stirred. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 6, 2010

    Bourjaily: Make a Homemade Trumpet Call

    By Phil Bourjaily

    For one of the extra credit questions in April’s “Gobbler Exam” quiz, Senior Editor Colin Kearns asked me if I could make an improvised turkey call. I looked around the top of the landfill that is my desk, found a ballpoint pen, a 12 gauge hull and some duct tape and cobbled together the trumpet call you see pictured here. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 27, 2010

    Merwin: Want a Boat? Build Your Own

    By John Merwin

    Speaking of winter projects, have you ever considered building your own boat? I thought about that for a long time, researching boat plans on the Internet and measuring my basement door to see if what I might build would fit through it.

    My wife was terrified, wondering if some huge project would linger for years unfinished. Then I got lucky and found the home-made skiff shown here. The guy who made it in his garage soon decided he wanted a bigger boat. So I was able to buy this boat very inexpensively (partly because the resale value of owner-built boats is typically very low).

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  • August 19, 2009

    Build A Survival Fire with Condoms and Underwear

    By Keith McCafferty

    Keith McCafferty tests reader's fire-starting and tinder tips—and tells you which are the best.

    When my wife notices the small, square foil wrapper on my desk, she regards me with a coolly level gaze.

    “I can explain,” I tell her. And I do, but she remains skeptical. After all, it’s not the kind of wrapper she’s used to seeing when I’m conducting research for this column. She becomes even more skeptical when I tell her I need it to start a fire.

    After discovering the mess I’ve made of the kitchen—steel wool strewn on the floor, several unwrapped condoms, spent shotgun shells dripping wax onto the countertop—she admits that just possibly I’m telling the truth. But she banishes me to the backyard anyway, where a picnic table offers a more appropriate base of operations.

    Each year, Field & Stream readers send us a truckload of fire-starting tips, ranging from the practical to the absurd. My editor has asked me to test a handful of the most promising, or at least the most interesting. The goal is to find the best tools in two categories: ignition and tinder. [ Read Full Post ]