Jerry's Tips: Spill Less Gas, Stay Warm in the Rain, and More...

POUR FUEL WITHOUT SPILLS
When pouring camp stove fuel or motor oil from a can with a spout at one end, hold the container with the spout at the top. This allows air to flow through the opening smoothly, permitting the liquid to exit in a steady, consistent stream. If the spout is positioned at the bottom, air enters in gulps, causing an erratic flow that is impossible to direct without spilling.

KEEP LURES FROM HANGING UP
When deep-running lures hang up on the bottom, the downward-facing hook on the front treble is usually to blame. To avoid such snags, simply clip it off. The remaining double hook will still catch fish. For further protection, add a split shot or two 18 inches ahead of the lure. This will keep it in a slightly head-down position that lifts the hooks away from snags.

STAY WARM IN THE RAIN
Wool garments are still the warmest choice for a cold and rainy day. Unlike synthetic fabrics, natural wool fibers remain tightly kinked when wet, retaining the tiny air pockets that trap body heat. These insulating spaces allow air to pass through, however, so make sure to cover up with a windproof shell to maximize heat retention.

GROW BIGGER-ANTLERED BUCKS
To produce large, healthy racks, bucks must load up on minerals before the onset of antler-growing season in early spring. Late winter is the ideal time to provide deer with a mineral supplement containing calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and sodium. Pour a granular mix into a depression where it will leach into loose soil. Deer will eat the soil occasionally, as their bodies require.

GET BACK TO CAMP ON TIME
Always make a note of the hour before you set out hunting or hiking in remote country. Knowing how long you've been on the move tells you how much time you must allow to retrace your route, should waterways, rough terrain, or other obstacles prevent you from taking a compass-line shortcut. You will then be able to get out of the woods on schedule.