Jerry's Tips

PROTECT YOUR TRAILER LIGHTS

To prevent shorting, rig your trailer's wiring so that no junctions or terminals are ever submerged. Elevate lights on upright poles bolted to the frame. Don't join the wires in a Y-formation on the trailer body. Instead, run separate wires from each taillight all the way to the vehicle plug. For extra protection, use outdoor extension cord rather than standard electrical wire.

HELP YOUR DOG FIND CRIPPLES

When you send a bird dog to retrieve a distant cripple, make the job as uncomplicated as possible. Walk the dog to a spot downwind of where you last saw the bird, then send him straight into the wind. Bird dogs naturally quarter back and forth when running into the wind and are much more likely to find downed birds if they are given this advantage.

SEE MORE BIG BUCKS

Hang a tree stand on high ground in a wooded area about 100 yards from the edge of a field where you see does regularly feeding. Mature bucks rarely venture into the open during daylight hours, but they search for does approaching estrus by circling feeding areas while staying within cover. Only use the stand when the wind is blowing from the woods to the field.

KEEP A CLEANER CAMP

At deer camp, place poison mouse-bait trays outside in dry places (say, under the porch or in the woodshed) rather than inside the cabin. The cabin mice will find the baits just as easily, and most will die outside instead of in your closets and behind the stove. Pile firewood logs over each tray to make a protective tunnel that discourages curious dogs.

PREVENT TANGLED LINE

Backlashes often occur after battles with large fish. The extra tension of playing and reeling in a lunker causes the line to dig down into the spool, where it sticks on following casts. You can avoid these snarls by stripping off the tightly wound section of line after you've caught a big fish. Then rewind it under even tension before making your next cast.