Hot Outdoor Recreation How-Tos

How To: Make a traditional longbow and recurve bow

Archery is a sport that requires a lot of skill, and it takes even more skill to make your own longbow. Luckily, you have this nine part series to guide you. This tutorial will take you through ever aspect of making your own longbow and teach you how to do it yourself. Your unique, handmade bow is sure to impress even the worthiest opponent.

How To: Tie the trucker's hitch knot for boating

Learn how to tie the trucker's hitch knot. The trucker's hitch knot is one of those boating knots that once you learn it, you wonder how you ever got along without it! Use this knot to cinch down a load on you car top, boat, horseback, you name it. This combination of knots allows the line to be pulled tight as a guitar string. Tie off one end of rope. Lay rope over load to be tied down. Tie a slippery half hitch knot in the middle of the line to form a small loop. With the free end make a tu...

How To: Do a tending grunt sequence when dear hunting

Peter Fiduccia from Field and Stream explains how to use the tending grunt sequence when hunting deer. The tending grunt is a grunt made by a buck when following a doe. The grunt is made in order to let the doe know that he wants to breed. The key to making the call is to be soft. Bucks don't make this call with aggression or loudly. The first step is to take the call and cup your hand around the end. Blow gently into the call. For more resonance in the call, grab the call with both hands at ...

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: 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 noose loop knot for trapping animals

This simple noose can be done quickly and is ideal for trapping small game. This video serves as a step by step detailed guide on how to tie it. Shown in two ways, a simple one and a more involved way that makes the rope and noose move more easily. Watch this video hunting tutorial and learn how to tie a looped knot noose for trapping animals and game.

How To: Skin a deer hide

In this tutorial, we learn how to skin a deer hide. First, cut into the joint on the back legs. Cut across this, then down through the back side of the leg. Open the leg up with the knife and continue to cut until you see the last joint. After this, you can snap the leg and then repeat this same process for all of the legs. Now, apply pressure to the neck where you want to cut and then skin the stomach area from the inside area. Keep the tip of the knife away from the hide so you don't poke a...

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: 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: Tie the Handcuff knot

Learn how to tie a Handcuff Knot. This is a handy knot for those times when an emergency set of handcuffs are needed :) Firefighters also use this knot, coupled with a half hitch over each loop, as a man harness. This knot can be used in sailing, boating, general use, camping and bondage.

How To: Make your own homemade trout fish bait

Next time you head out on the boat, why not bring along some fresh, homemade bait? If you are searching for trout, you have come to the right tutorial. In it, you will learn exactly how to make bait for trout fishing using some common ingredients that can be found in your kitchen or local supermarket. So, let's mix up some bait and head out on the water - you will be racking up trout in no time!

How To: Butcher a deer at home

In this four-part butchering tutorial, learn how to break a deer carcass down to prepare for processing at home. Tools & preparation are gone over, as well as where to start and finish piecing the deer apart. Just think, once finally through the long process you can enjoy yummy venison dishes like venison straganoff or venison goulash!

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 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: 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: Tie the quick release knot

Here is a good knot. Do you know it? It's the quick release knot. Check out this instructional knot tying video that demonstrates how to tie the Quick Release knot. Just follow the simple instructions outlined in this boating tutorial and learn how to tie a Quick Release knot. Knot tying is a breeze with this video. Start practicing and reel in the big fish!

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: 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: TIe a decorative noose

In this tutorial, we learn how to tie a decorative noose. First, form a loop and then and wrap the end around the loop thirteen times. Next, take the loose end and stick it into the coils you just made. Use a pencil and long scissors to help you do this. After you are done with this, tie a knot at the end and pull so the loop is tight. You can also clip off the loose end and pull the loop to make it larger if you prefer. When finished, use this as you wish but do not use it for violent activi...

How To: Remove XT or XTR chainring spiders from your crank

Removing the spider from your mountain bike crank is an important part of the cleaning process, allowing you to get at areas on the crank that you never would be able to otherwise. This video features a demonstration of how to do this for XT or XTR chainring spiders. For those who refuse to compromise while cleaning their own bike, this video is a must.

How To: Tie a quick release knot

Horseback riding can be a peaceful outdoor recreation that puts you on the back of a powerful, yet simple creature. Instead of using gas or pushing pedals, you're able to give direction to something while you enjoy the open air. When it comes to horseback riding, there are many things that people need to know. One is how to leave a horse unattended.So, this video demonstrates how to tie your horse to a rail using the safe, easy, quick-release knot known as the "Bank Robber Knot." Enjoy!

How To: Turn while roller skating

Raelle Cook provides skaters with the basics of turning while on roller skates. The first thing skaters need to know is they have to be skating at a comfortable speed and a comfortable position. The most comfortable position would be not to have your knees locked. The biggest mistake is attempting to turn while going to fast. To slow down you simply drag your toe stop. Turn your body in the direction you'd like to turn and look in the direction of the turn. Don't look in the opposite directio...

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.

How To: Prep a hide for tanning

Warning. This video is not for vegetarians or animal lovers since it does show an animal's hide. Now for those interested, this two part turorial shows you how to prep the right equipment needed to tan an animals hide.

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: Sail a kite wing on snow or ice

This is a kitewing sailing complete instructional video. This kite is set up to fly on snow and ice. Kites can be used to kite surf, windsurf, and kiteboard on sand, dirt or water. This is not a standard kite like that in windsurfing or kiteboarding, but closer to the hang gliding style.

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