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How To: Tie the snell knot fisherman's hitch

No, this isn't called the "snail" knot. It's the "snell" knot, and is the perfect knot for attaching an eyed fishing hook to fishing line. The snell knot is a favorite among fishermen, and is the perfect hitch knot to learn. Wade Bourne of MyOutdoorTV will show you exactly how to tie the snell knot.

How To: Properly shoot and sight in a compound bow

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to properly shoot and sight in a compound bow. It is recommended that users use a release. Your body should be perpendicular to the target. Hold the bow vertically, and hold it with a relaxed and secure grip. When you are ready to begin shooting, learn a technique that will help you relax and steady the bow. When you draw the bow string back, you should be looking through the peephole on the bow string and where the target and pins come into view. Thi...

How To: Carry duct tape while on the trail

Russell Weekend Adventurer explains how he carries duct tape on the trail while hiking to fix little unwanted problems like tears and such. This how-to video is good whether you plan to live in the wilderness, camp overnight, or take day trips. Why put duct tape on your water bottle while hiking? Duct tape fixes a lot of things. Use about three feet of duct tape so you can pull it off and apply it to blisters or your tent.

How To: Tie a marlin spike hitch

Pull the line towards yourself, applying tension. Form a bite. having the working end towards the standing part. Fold the line away from the direction of pull, weave the marlin spike through the hole and then pull the line tight.

How To: Shoot a medieval longbow

Kevin Hicks from the History Squad demonstrates how to use a medieval longbow at an English Heritage event at Bolsover Castle in this archery tutorial video. This weapon was made famous during the 100 Years War in the 14th & 15th century. Follow the simple instructions outlined in this instructional video and learn how to shoot a medieval longbow, old school status.

How To: Identify wave types

Phil Macdonald and Trent Munro discuss how you can identify wave types for surfing. There are two types of waves: rolling and clenching waves. Rolling waves break far from the shore while clenching waves are more dangerous.

How To: Perform a front flip on a wakeboard

In this how-to video, you will learn how to do a front flip using a wake board. The goal is to take it big and take it out to the flats. Do not cut out as far as you can. Take the handle locked in the same position, comfortably towards the chest. This is held in the same position throughout the flip. As for the body position, notice that the rider is in a comfortable knees bent position. Slowly ride off the edge as you approach the wake. This will lessen the pull of the rope at takeoff. This ...

How To: Tie a bowline fishing knot

Know your knots! With this free video tutorial, you'll learn how to tie a bowline knot. The great thing about a bowline knot is that no matter how much tension is applied, it will always slip back out when you want it to. The knot is easy to tie provided, of course, you know how to go about making it. For an easy-to-follow, step-by-step overview of how to tie this useful fisherman's knot in a minute's time or less, watch this free video knot tyer's guide.

How To: Wax a snowboard in a quick and easy way

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to wax a snowboard. The materials required for waxing are: wax (cold, warm, or all temp), an iron, scraper (plastic or metal) and a hard bristled brush (or rough side of a sponge). Begin by laying the board with the base facing up. Turn the iron on and melt the wax. Move the wax around to evenly distribute it on the base. Then use the iron to spread the wax in a thin layer. Allow the wax to cool for 30 minute and remove the layer with your scraper. Bu...

How To: Put a hook on a deep sea fishing pole

In this tutorial from Mark the Shark, viewers are shown how to apply a hook to a fishing pole. One such method is using a Fishermen's knot, and wrapping the hook around the line eight times, and then wetting it with saliva, before it is tightened. Then, the user must make sure than the knot comes all the way down to the hook, to make sure it does not rotate. Next, pliers must be used to eliminate excessive line, and then the line must be searched for crinks, or any imperfections. Mark the Sha...

How To: Clean or field dress a deer

In this video, you'll learn how to field dress a deer. Put on gloves. Use Ozark trail hunting knife for dressing the deer. Place deer on its back, head facing away from you. Starting from the anus, split the deer up the middle to the chest. Use left had to prevent cutting or nicking the internal organs. Stretch the cavity open. Loosen organs from cavity wall. Cut out the entrails and all organs. Make an anal incision. Use the butt tool to remove the butt/final portion of intestine. Saw the pe...

How To: Do a front flip

In this video, one of the gentlemen from the London stunt team 3Run shows us how to do a front flip. This is a very impressive trick that sends the performer spinning forward over the ground. Common sense would lead you to think that this trick requires a lot of strong, fast movements, but as the performer demonstrates, it's all about a light, delicate touch.

How To: Tie a chain sinnet

A chain sinnet is a useful rope technique to know for climbing, camping or disaster prep. It's a bit tricky for beginners, but you should pick it up before long. In this tutorial, the guys at ITS Tactical show us how to make a chain sinnet using some flaked rope.

How To: Do a 360 on a skateboard

Doing a 360 on a skateboard is easy with these tips. Get expert advice on skateboard decks and tricks in this video tutorial. Take action: keep your foot on the tail, turn the upper body first, balance on back wheels, front wheels lift slightly, and turn body in any direction. Shawn, the instructor in this how-to video from Live Strong, has over twenty years of skateboarding knowledge. He has appeared in Slap, Thrasher and Transworld magazines and his sponsors include Venture Trucks, Ricta Wh...

How To: Make sharp turns on a skateboard

Making sharp turns on a skateboard is easy with these tips. Get expert advice on skateboard decks and tricks in this video lesson. Take action: put weight on heels to turn left, put weight on toes to turn right, pick up 2 front tires & pivot for quick turns, and lead with upper body. Shawn, the instructor in this how-to video from Live Strong, has over twenty years of skateboarding knowledge. He has appeared in Slap, Thrasher and Transworld magazines and his sponsors include Venture Trucks, R...

How To: Mix ground bait properly and catch more fish

There are a lot of types of bait out there, and choosing the proper one for the venue and type of fish that you will be fishing is essential to having a good catch. THis video features a professional fisherman demonstrating how to mix ground bait properly, ensuring that you have a fun and successful day of fishing.

How To: Put a fly fishing rod and reel together

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial you will learn how to put a fly fishing rod and reel together. Steve shows you how to do this. Every reel has a reel seat and most fly rods have a slot under the grip into which one end of the reel seat slides in. At the lower end of the rod, push the ring over the reel seat and tighten he screw on the rod. This should be nice and tight. Before your fishing, make sure it is tight. To put the rod together, take the next segment of the rod and push it i...

How To: Maintain and repair your ATV

In this atv maintenance video series, learn ATV maintenance tips from certified Polaris mechanic Tom Roland. Tom will teach you necessary Polaris ATV maintenance based on professional atv maintenance manuals and service schedules. You will learn about the parts of an ATV, such as a Polaris 500. Tom will teach you about replacing the air filter on a Polaris ATV, how to change the oil in a Polaris ATV, how to check the suspension on an ATV, how to check the tie rods on an ATV, and how to diagno...

How To: Tie a 100% knot for attaching a fishing lure to a line

Fishing is one of the many outdoor activities where tying different types of knots is crucial, and where debates over which knots are superior are common. This video features a former bass guide demonstrating how to tie his favorite fishing knot, a 100% knot. It is very simple to tie and very effective at holding your lure. Practice it, and you should be able to save yourself time and irritation out on the lake.

How To: Fix a loose bearing on Shimano Octolink bottom bracket

This video will help you perform a rather elaborate piece of bicycle maintenance, overhauling and fixing a loose bearing in a Shimano Octolink pipe spindle bottom bracket. It is a long, complicated process that requires some specialized bike maintenance tools, but if you have these and are ready to increase the amount of maintenance that you are performing on your bike yourself, this video will walk you through the process in great detail and at a manageable pace.