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DIY: keeping your trolling motor salad free

We’ve all been told that the biggest bass hide in the thickest, gnarliest cover. Getting to them can be a big problem, and no electric motor is perfectly weedless. But here are four ways to keep your motor working in the salad.

DIY: moose decoy

This great DIY project was submitted by one of our readers, Grant Morgan from Stayner. The decoy fits in a large freezer bag and weighs just a couple of pounds.

DIY: lure unsnagger

You just snagged your favourite lure during a great day of catching fish and can’t get it unhooked on your own. Now what?

DIY: Ice hacks

On the ice behind a snowmobile or ATV, some form of solid tow bar is a requirement. Follow these steps to make your own DIY sled tow bar.

DIY: bear hide tanning in 5 easy steps

Just as the proverbial saying goes “there are more ways than one to skin a cat,” so are there different ways to tan a bear hide. Here’s one way to do it.

DIY: dip it good

This do-it-yourself project gives you the hydrographics used by gun manufacturers (and many others) to achieve that awesome camo look. So dip it good.

DIY: Easy ice stove

We had a cozy little wood fire to warm our hands, boil a pot of tea, and heat up a pot of beans at lunch time with this DIY stove.

DIY: get that rod cork clean

As anglers, we subject our fishing rods to a fair amount of abuse…. Dirty rod cork got you down? Here’s a quick and easy fix.

DIY: trout fishing with cured eggs

Making your own gear has it rewards, especially when a fresh chrome trout yanks it down. Check out these step-by-step instructions for DIY cured eggs that will be sure to put a trout on your line.

DIY: build a float

Making your own floats is a great DIY project that will provide you with customized floats you won’t find at your local tackle shop. Check out these step-by-step instructions and how-to video!

DIY: turkey decoy

Decoy realism counts in turkey hunting, but I’m not yet ready to spend several hundred dollars on an ultra-realistic model. Instead, I make use of the spoils of a previous hunt… Using this process, your decoy will be almost indistinguishable from the real thing, and moreover, it will appear to be in strut.

DIY: Masking human scent, naturally

To mask or eliminate human scent, hunters can buy a wide range of specialized masking products. Learn how to mask human scent naturally.

DIY: building a canoe stand

My stepfather and I crafted this stately, do-it-yourself wooden canoe stand, finishing it in mostly in one afternoon.

DIY: jig and pig bass bait

The bass market is saturated with an endless supply of lures. One gem, amongst a cast of thousands, legitimately holds the title of best bass bait, the jig and pig.

DIY: bear bait basics

The most effective way to hunt black bears in Ontario is over a bait site. Designs can range from simple to complex. Here are important considerations when building one. Barrel SelectThe most common and effective way to build a bear bait is with a large barrel. A plastic or steel 45-gallon drum works best. Plastic […]

DIY: six ways to transport deer

Here are some innovations for moving deer we have used over the years…

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DIY: rain gear refresh

Get your rain gear back into top shape with a quick clean and a waterproofing treatment.

DIY: ground blinds

Often, a ground blind is a hunter’s best option. Unfortunately, commercial models aren’t necessarily suited to longer compound or traditional bows. Luckily, making an inexpensive, lightweight blind is easy.

DIY: Trail cam lockdown

OOD contributor Justin Hoffman walks through a simple project for peace of mind when hanging trail cams this season.

DIY: improving your deer property

The most exciting part about my rural home is that I can hunt and live there. Here are some tools and strategies I’m using to ensure its a deer property, too.

DIY: decoy hacks

These tips will lengthen the life of your decoys, add realism, and give you more bang for your buck, contributor Scott McGuigan wrote in the 2018-2019 Hunting Annual.

DIY: preparing the lick

Deer use minerals heaviest during the spring and into the summer. If you plan on setting a mineral site, get it going as early as possible.

DIY: making a shooting bag

Looking for a quick, effective way to get you on target? Look no further than this simple DIY shooting bag that won’t break the bank.

DIY: snowproofing your blind

DIY blind snowproofing – a quick pre-season project that prevents blind damage, and avoids the expense of a replacement blind.

DIY: build a rod tube

Tired of snapping off rod tips and guides? Here’s a $20 solution to keep your rods in mint condition for years to come.

DIY: fishing lures

Making lures is a rewarding hobby and a smart way to save money, especially if you have to rig the whole family with tackle.

DIY: duct tape tricks

Duct tape is a wonderful item with many uses that extend to hunters and anglers. A roll can be a big help if you keep it in your pack, truck, ATV, or snowmobile.

DIY: laminated wooden fishing net

No matter what species you like to catch, it’s best to keep it wet and in a net. Here’s how you can build your own.

DIY: five simple steps to a clean gun

There are lots of myths and misconceptions about gun cleaning, but the truth is it’s pretty simple. This program will take care of most situations.

DIY: preserve your trophy tom

It’s not commonly seen in Ontario, but a turkey cape beautifully exhibits the bronze and black feathering that adorn a turkey’s back. It’s a pretty simple process and can be accomplished by any do-it-yourselfer in about an hour.

DIY: hollow body makeovers

Having a big bucketmouth explode on a hollow body topwater frog in thick cover is something every bass nerd lives for. And over the last decade, the frog bait market has expanded into what seems like almost endless choice.

DIY: fishing line depot

Having a fishing line depot can help keep the water and shoreline clean.

DIY: making stuff from turkey parts

DIY projects for those looking to get creative with their gobblers.

DIY: flies for rainbow trout

Two great options for steelheading Ontario’s West Coast.

DIY: easy odour absorber

A simple way to keep your hunting gear scent free.

DIY: Cooking with cans at camp

Handy and thrifty ways to use empty tin cans in camp, including baking quick breads, creating firestarters, and reheating leftovers.

DIY: Finnish candle stove

A reliable way of enjoying a campfire in areas where firewood is scarce or woodcutting isn’t allowed.

DIY: predicting bullet performance

Professionals use expensive gelatin blocks to demonstrate how bullets will perform on targets, ensuring that the round will have the energy, expansion, and penetration required for effective shots on game animals. But you can build a “poor man’s shooting box” to do the same tests using simple household materials for almost nothing.

DIY: rigging a reverse-fall Texas tube

Here is an easy way to modify your tube-jig presentation to trigger more bass. I call this the Texas-rig reverse-fall method.

DIY: spoon modifications for jigging

I love taking perfectly good lures and altering them to make them better… the one I’m sharing is liquid dynamite for all major winter species.

9 Great fishing boat alternatives

If you can’t stow or tow a fishing boat, try something smaller, lighter, and cheaper. Here’s a look at some cool alternatives…

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The Adams family

After almost a century, the trout world’s most ubiquitous pattern is still going strong and multiplying.

The Check Cord: A Dog Trainer’s Best Friend

Extend control over your canine hunting partner.

Steelheading Ontario’s West Coast

Make the most out of Lake Huron’s tributaries.

Sight Fishing in Shallow Water

Let your eyes lead the way to more fish.

Photo Friday Winner – October 21, 2016

Congratulations to our Photo Friday winner this week, Adrian Howard of Brantford!

Tips to smoke fish like a pro

If you’ve not tried smoked fish yet, consider this a sign that it’s time you did.

OOD’s 10 most popular articles in 2016

We thought it would be fun to take a look back at what piqued your interest this year. Here are the ten most viewed articles on over 2016:

Comparing hunting loads

Do you know how your favourite hunting bullet behaves when it hits its target? We do. We tested their terminal performance.

Tips to catch those last chance lakers

The end of winter may be just around the corner, but the best ice fishing of the season isn’t over. Late ice means great weather and hungry lakers across Ontario’s ice belt.

Photo Friday Winner – May 26, 2017

Congratulations to our Photo Friday winner Michelle Gillespie of Porcupine!

Put your knife knowledge to the test

Fancy yourself a knife expert? Or just curious about knives? Either way, put your knife knowledge to the test in this quiz!

Tame recoil with muzzle brakes

One of the best ways to tame recoil on any calibre is to install a muzzle brake. With one, you’ll improve your shooting and enjoy it a whole lot more.

4 Steps to keep your bow in top shape

In addition to regular practice, it’s important to be sure your equipment is functioning properly. Here are steps you should take before heading out to ensure your bow is ready.

6 Tips for taking kids hunting

Children can’t take the hunter education course or legally hunt as an apprentice until they are 12, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait more than a decade to take your kids hunting.

Guns and Gear

Whether you’re interested in tackle, ammo, DIY, guns, or gear, Ontario OUT of DOORS has you covered.

Winter fishing getaway to Florida

One of the best things about competing in the Bassmaster Elite Series is hooking up my boat in late January and heading to Florida.

Top 10 stories of 2021

Time to look back on some of the best hunting, fishing, and outdoors news as we shelf another year. Here are 2021’s 10 most popular stories.

Trail cameras 101

Photography is an ever-evolving art form, and trail cameras are no exception. Here are a few tips and tricks to consider.