Hot Outdoor Recreation How-Tos

How To: Make a home-made rubber band bow and arrow

In this video, Lusitano 9514 will show you how to make a homemade rubber band bow and arrow out of common household items. To do it, you will only need a basic plastic coat hanger, a long rubber band, and some kind of a stick (for the "arrow"), all of which are quite inexpensive. Watch Lusitano 9514 demonstrate for you exactly how to make the bow and arrow, and show how it works. You will also learn tips and tricks, such as what materials make better ammunition, and what kind of "arrows" are ...

How To: Keep Mosquitoes & Other Annoying Bugs Away from Your Campfire or Backyard Fire Pit

I'll be honest—I've never been a huge fan of camping. It's not that I have anything against nature, I'm just partial to showering and sleeping in my own bed. In fact, the only part of camping I've ever really enjoyed is sitting around a campfire. Outdoor fires are perfect for socializing and cooking hot dogs, but they're also great at helping remove one of camping's biggest annoyances.

How To: Tie a spinner bait on a fishing line

Spinner bait are good for attracting and catching bass when fishing. In order to have the lure and the bait working correctly when using this type of bait, you will have to attach the bait directly to the lure. This can be done using the improved fisherman knot. After threading the line through the bait, you should leave about 6-8 inches of line to tie the knot. Begin by making about 5 twists around the line and then thread the line through the hole created below the twists. After threading t...

How To: Rig a crankbait

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial you will learn how to rig a crankbait. It is so named because it floats on the water and does nothing until the crank is turned. The turning of the crank provides the action to the bait and attracts fish to it. To rig it, there is an attachment point on the diving lip of the crankbait; it can be a small hole for the line to be passed through or a split ring to attach the line. Tie the line to the lip with a clinch knot and you are in business. In case...

How To: Tie the Miller's Knot (bag or sack knot)

In order to tie a Miller's Knot, which is also known as the bag or sack knot, you should begin by wrapping the rope around the object you wish to bind: the Miller's knot is a binding knot. It is used to bind things. Next, wrap one of the free ends around it. You are, basically, wrapping one end around a second time.

How To: Mold and cast a fish mount for taxidermy statues

This video taxidermy tutorial demonstrates the process of molding and casting a fish mount. Any fish can be placed into molding material and covered with plaster to create an exact replica of the fish. When the mold hardens, a duplicate of the fish can be cast. Watch this instructional video and learn how to mold and cast a fish mount for taxidermy statues.

How To: Clean your skateboard griptape

In this tutorial, we learn how to clean your skateboard grip tape. To do this, you will need: window cleaner, an old toothbrush, and paper towels. After this, you will spray the area with the window cleaner and then scrub it with the toothbrush. Scrub it until it comes up clean and there is no dirt left on the surface. From here, you will need to use the paper towels to clean the residue off of your board. Make sure to dry it off completely so you don't waterlog your board. do this to all the...

How To: Tie off a suspension ring with a basic knot

This video tutorial is in the Outdoor Recreation category which will show you how to tie off a suspension ring with a basic knot. Weld less rings are used as connection points for a variety of purposes. However, riggers quite often make tying a ring unnecessarily complicated. All that is required is a basic knot and a few hitches. For this you will need to tie the running overhand knot. Take a rope, bend it in half and tie it to a suspension point. Now pass both ends of the rope through the r...

How To: Use Diagonal Lashings to tie poles together

Diagonal lashings are a popular type of knot for building structures with wooden poles that allows you to join two poles at a 45-90 degree angle. It can replace a square lashing, but not vice versa. This video will show you how to tie a diagonal lashing yourself, which can be used in all sorts of outdoor construction projects.

How To: Tie a permanent knot

This is not magic but a very useful and very easy way to tie two pieces of rope together without them ever slipping apart. This simple how-to shows how to tie two pieces of rope together without them ever coming apart. This could be very helpful for sailing or anything you need to tie a knot.

How To: Perfect your toeside edging on a wakeboard

In this how-to video, you will learn how to get toe side leverage with this edging drill. This will teach you how to edge properly toe-side. If you are edging out in a bad position, this will cause you to use a bad position with muscle memory. If you edge out properly, you will reinforce a good habit so that you naturally use the position. First, stay outside of the wake. Remove the lead and grab your board shorts so you're forced to edge with your rear hand on the handle. You will have to ed...

How To: Replace the gear cables on your mountain bike easily

If you need to perform some regular maintenance work on your mountain bike, this video may help. In this tutorial, you'll find out how to replace the gear cables on a mountain bike. It can be difficult to do and requires some time, but with this tutorial things may get just a bit easier. So if you need to replace your bike's gear cables because they're worn or damaged, then check out this video. Enjoy!

How To: Make an All-Night Campfire with Just One Log

The next time you're out camping, whether it's outdoors in the wilderness or right outside in your own backyard, try this hack out for an effortless campfire all night long. While there is definitely some prep work involved, it's well worth it if you don't need a huge bonfire, and more so if you plan on cooking meals over the flames.

How To: Lash a bamboo tripod

In this tutorial, we learn how to lash a bamboo tripod. First, you will tie a clove hitch by taking one piece of bamboo and wrapping the rope around it, then crossing the two sides of the string together to make a hitch. Next, you will secure the clove hitch around the third piece of bamboo. Now, you will rap all the pieces of bamboo together with the rope. Continue to do this until all the pieces feel secure together. Wrap the rope several times around each of the pieces, then wrap it in the...

How To: Make a bench shooting bag

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial Dave from 'journey the outdoors' explains how to make a bench shooting bag. This is used by bench or week-end shooters for recreation purposes. For this you will need an old sock. Take one that you don't use anymore and preferably a tight knit sock. Then fill it with rice and tie the open end of the sock. You can also fill it with beans or some other such substance. Rice and beans being bigger than sand, there will be more air in the bag and it will a...

How To: Make a cheap bike light mount out of PVC pipe

In this clip, learn how to make a fast, cheap and super easy mount for your your bicycle to display safety lights. Wearing bike lights at night will help you stay safe in the dark and if you want to avoid the cost of getting lights custom fitted, this hack is perfect for you. All you will need is some PVC pipe and some grip tape (like the kind used for tennis rackets). Follow along and get started. This mount is flexible and fits most standard lights or flashlights.

How To: Put on a backpack properly

Fitclimb.com shows viewers how to put on a hiking backpack properly in this video. To begin, take the straps in both of your hands. Bend your knees, and keep your back straight. In this stance, pick the backpack up and set it on one of your legs, just above the knee. Put the arm that is on the same side of the body as the leg your backpack is resting on through the backpack strap. Put the backpack on your back, then put your other arm through the corresponding strap. Adjust the belt that sits...

How To: Do a rad handplant on your skateboard

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do a hand plant on a skateboard. Users will first need to be able to do low kick turns, using one hand on the ground. After comfortable doing the low kick turns, try grabbing the board and lifting it up as you turn. Practice this at least 5000 times. Once you are ready, try lifting your board and spinning it in a 180 turn. Try it on a small ramp first and as you gradually get better, use larger ramps. The faster you go, the easier it is to put your...

How To: Replace the Pads on a Hayes Sole Brake

Hayes sole brakes are a very popular type of bike brake. Then, you probably already know that if you are watching this video. It features a professional mountain bike mechanic explaining how to quickly and easily replace the pads on your beloved Hayes brakes, ensuring a lack of fade while braking and making sure that your bike will stop when it has to every time.

How To: Place sinkers in deep sea fishing

Mark the Shark demonstrates how to place sinkers when deep sea fishing. A trolling sinker is made for high speed trolling. A bank sinker is made for deep dropping. An egg sinker is made to slide on your line. To use the egg sinker, put it through the line, attach a swivel and tie a knot on the swivel. Next, attach the leader to the sinker and then attach your hook. You can catch a lot of bottom fish with this method. Attach the bank sinker to keep the weight on the bottom of your line. The ho...

How To: Tie a one-handed bowline knot quickly

When climbing one of the most crucial knots to have in your arsenal is the Bowline Knot. But sometimes you may find yourself in a situation that requires you to tie one quickly. In this video you'll learn how to tie one quickly withn one hand so that way you can really leave yourself hanging!

How To: Tie a Draw Hitch or Thief Hitch

Learn how to tie a Draw or Thief Hitch - a means of securing a rope with two standing ends - one end is load bearing, and the other can be pulled to release the knot. I used this knot extensively for raising the mast on my first trailor-sailor - Tie this above the spreaders, stand the mast up, then pull on the release line to untie it without having to climb aloft. This knot can be used in sailing, boating, general use, camping and bondage.

How To: Tie a turtle fishing knot

Check out this instructional fishing HowTo video to learn how to tie a turtle knot. The Improved Turtle Knot is an easy knot that is quickly tied. It works well for hooks with downturned eyes but can be used for other hooks as well. The improved turtle knot retains around 80% of original line strength. It can be used with monofilament for attaching hooks, swivels, lures and flies. Reel in the big fish with this fishing tutorial video.

How To: Start a fire without kindling

You don't need a stock pile of kindling to hold the flame and really get your fire started. There are a variety of creative yet effective substitutes. Leftover chips from lunch, an extra toilet paper roll, these are only a few ideas on how to start your next fire.

How To: Make a foam core skimboard

This video sequence demonstrates the process of building a rather professional looking skimboard with a foam core and wood spine. All the materials are readily available at home improvement stores. While this build might seem a bit laborious, it's a great way to customize your skimboard to suit your needs. The instruction and advice the demonstrator provides also makes the skimboarding project less intimidating. So watch this video and learn how to make your own foam core skimboard.

How To: Rig a slip sinker rig for walleye fishing

The slip sinker is used with the slip sinker rig to troll bait slowly across the bottom, primarily for walleye fishing, but also it will catch catfish and other bottom-dwelling species. If you want to find out how to rig the slip sinker rig, watch and learn from Wade Bourne of MyOutdoorTV.

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