Cork Your Calls to Keep Them Clean
Here’s a great reason to save the cork from a bottle of wine: To keep dirt, dust, and grime out of my duck, goose, owl, and crow calls, I plug them with wine corks. It’s simple, cheap, and really does the job well.
-Nathan Miller, Wexford, Pa.

Wear a Heat Wrap to Stay Warm and Relaxed
To stay comfortable while hunting in cold weather, I fasten a therapeutic heat wrap around my waist. It keeps my back muscles relaxed and helps me stay warm. The one I use is completely odorless, lasts up to eight hours, and can be found at most drugstores.
-Dan Ryan, Tafton, Pa.

Organize and Separate Fishing Hooks With Safety Pins
Use safety pins to keep the fishing hooks in your tackle box organized. I got tired of hooks getting mixed up, so now I use safety pins to keep them separated. Simply feed the point through the eye of the hooks. A lot of hooks fit on one pin, and it’s an easy way to keep the different kinds sorted.
-Stephen Elliott, Visalia, Calif.


“When I’m camping on a hunting or fishing trip, I take along a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos. They make a great fire starter’and a great snack.”
–Richard Masat, Creswell, Ore.

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