RD's Rugged Hunting Tips

For me, it all started back when I was barely old enough to stand and pee without falling in it. My “Grampa” (the legendary Ewart E. Carson) took me out and got me started on guns and fishing rods. One thing I have burned into my memory bank is when he would get all of his guns out, spread them out all over the kitchen and start cleaning them. I can still smell the Hoppe’s # 9 cleaning solvent. I can also remember my Grandmother saying, “Ewart, do you really have to do that on the kitchen table?”

Since I was a kid, huntin’ (rugged for hunting) has been a huge part of what I do… I may hold the world’s record for the man who has built the most duck blinds in his life. I still remember the first duck I shot. And, my first grouse… And, my first deer. Huntin’ not only provides delicious and healthy food, it’s also just plain cool!

I’ll be adding a few tips each week, but I would love to hear from some of my rugged brothers and sisters out there. Send in your ultra-rugged hunting tips and we’ll post ‘em (rugged for them) up for you. We’ll put your name up at the top giving full “bush cred.”

Go “Old School!”

Go Old School

“My old Twin Pipe never lets me down!” If you know anything, make that, ANYTHING, about me, you know that I like things to be as simple and as hassle-free as possible. That’s why I like crapping in my outhouse. It never gets plugged up, it never backs up and runs all over the goddam floor, I never have to make repairs to the pipes and it doesn’t use any water. Old School. I like the term, “Old School.” I [Read More]

Deer Decoys

deer decoys

“This decoy will hold the attention of a buck while you draw your bow.” I’ve been deer hunting from treestands for more than 30 years, but it wasn’t until about 10 years ago that I started using decoys. And, I can tell you that there are some major advantages in using one. The obvious thing is that a live deer might be attracted to a decoy, making it more likely that you’ll get a decent shot. But, what I really [Read More]

Tie ‘er Down Good!

Tie ‘er Down Good!

“You can see the ratchet in place.  That stand is tighter than a frog’s ass!” Tree stand hunting is, in my opinion, the best way to hunt deer if you’re sitting in one spot… or “stand hunting,” as they call it. Hunting from 15 – 18 feet up in a tree gives the hunter many advantages that the ground hunter doesn’t have. First, heat rises, so your body scent will likely rise too, keeping it away from the deer’s nose. And, [Read More]

Put ‘Em To Bed

Put ‘Em To Bed

“Field hunting is a great way to bag geese, but you must do some serious scouting.” Hunting for geese on a harvested grain field is a great way to bag a limit of birds. It’s a lot less work than hunting on water. You don’t need a boat, a PFD, paddles or waders, and retrieving dead birds is far easier, whether you have a dog or not. Your dog can simply run out and make the retrieve, or you can [Read More]

Blow the Stop Whistle

Blow the Stop Whistle

If you’re hunting a big game animal and you want to it stop, all you have to do is make some type of foreign sound. I’ve stopped a lot of deer by whistling at them, even after I startled them and they were running. I even yelled at a deer once and it stopped to see what the hell that weird sound was. That was a huge mistake… for the deer. I was in Newfoundland a few years back on [Read More]

Silhouette Decoys

Silhouette Decoys

If you’ve been hunting ducks and geese for quite a few years, you can stop reading right now. But, if you’re new to the sport, or thinking about getting into it, you’ve likely been thinking about what type of decoys to buy. After all, hunting waterfowl over decoys is a great way to fill your bag limit. And, your dinner table! There are so many types, styles and brands of duck and goose decoys these days, so do some research. [Read More]

Don’t Forget Basic Skills

Don’t Forget Basic Skills Hunting Tips

Let’s admit it… hunters are spoiled rotten these days, with all the electronic gizmoz and gadgets that one could get their hands on. A good example is the Global Positioning System. A GPS can be unbelievably accurate and very useful. However, batteries die, signals fail and worst of all, that fancy-ass GPS might not tell you that there’s a great big, goddam swamp a half mile ahead of you. I do have concerns that the so-called “expert woodsman” of today [Read More]

Know Your Range

Know Your Range

Archery hunters must know the difference between 10 and 20 yards and 20 and 30. These days we’re lucky to have laser range finders to remove the guess work from it. I’ll bet there are a lot less wounded deer these days thanks to these devices. I’m so used to mine that I almost couldn’t hunt without it. I’m spoiled, really. Sometimes, you may not have time to “range” the deer before you shoot. If you’re in either a tree [Read More]

Walking Stick (Gun Rest)

Walking Stick (Gun Rest)

If you are hunting big game with a rifle you must be able to make a 200-300 yard shot. I don’t know about you, but I could not make a 200 yard shot without a rest, especially, just before dark, when I’m freezing my onions off, my heart is pounding and I’m shaking like a leaf. Come to think about it, I don’t think I could make even a 100 yard shot without a rest! You could buy a shooting [Read More]

Wait After the Shot

Wait After The Shot

You watched the deer run off and you know the area in which it ran. So, you wait the standard twenty minutes to a half hour, you get down from the tree stand and you go to look for your deer. But, you can’t find it. You’re up in your tree stand and you’ve just made a shot with your bow on a deer at twenty yards. In your mind you’re confident it was a good, clean shot and you [Read More]