Jerry's Tips

AVOID TAILLIGHT CORROSION

To eliminate boat-trailer taillight failures caused by submersion and corrosion, rig a portable light bar. Mount a taillight on each end of a 2×4 or section of PVC pipe that is slightly longer than your boat's transom width. Lash the light bar across the transom for traveling. Run the wiring harness to the vehicle plug. Before launching, remove and store in your vehicle.

MAKE A WADING STAFF

You can make an excellent tip-heavy wading staff from an aluminum ski pole. Holding the pole in a vise, drill a 3/16-inch hole 3 inches above the bottom tip. Drill a second 3/16-inch hole near the top. The holes will allow water to enter the lower part of the submerged tube. This overcomes the ski pole's natural buoyancy, providing a more stable grip on the streambed.

POINT YOUR DOG INTO THE WIND

Always hunt bird dogs into the wind. When forced to hunt with the breeze at their tails, dogs have to get past birds in order to smell them. This frustrates handlers, who think that the dogs are ranging too far. Most good bird dogs automatically limit their forward range and naturally sweep back and forth across their handler's course when the hunt is conducted into the wind.

KEEP YOUR CABIN WARM

When designing a hunting camp, plan to erect the chimney inside the building rather than against the outside of the cabin. A warm chimney inside will hold heat in the cabin for a much longer period. Furthermore, an indoor chimney is protected from the moisture and freezing that eventually causes outside chimneys to crack and require patching.

RATTLE UP A BUCK

When using rattling antlers to attract a whitetail, face into the wind but keep a sharp lookout to both sides. Bucks always circle downwind in order to smell whatever is making the attractive sounds before beginning a final approach. Your best chance for a shot occurs as the animal is trying to get downwind of you. If the buck gets downwind, he'll catch your scent.