Hunting gear is expensive, so use these household items for hunting or scouting.
When you need to pinch those pennies, especially after the holidays, look around your house for items to use in the woods.
Pantyhose for Predator Hunting
I use cat food as bait when I hunt predators and found that it would disappear without any trace left behind. The predator would silently slip in, gulp it down in a few bites, and silently slip away.
Now what I do is cut each leg off a pair of pantyhose, put the foot into a plastic sandwich bag as if putting your foot in a shoe, and then put the moist cat food from a can into the toe area of the pantyhose. The plastic sandwich bag keeps all the moisture and “cat food gravy” in the pantyhose foot.
Then tie a knot in the pantyhose right above the food so it can’t fall back out, leave the leg portion outside of the bag, and put the whole thing in your freezer. Bring this out next time you hunt and tie it in a tree so it hangs three feet from the ground.
As it melts it will begin to drip and thaw over a few hours depending on how hot it gets where you hunt. The predator will have to bite and pull on it to get at the food, taking much more time than simply slipping in, taking a few bites, and slipping away.
Cardboard from a cereal box to attract more deer than squirrel to your hanging feeder
Cut the ends off the box of cereal and cut it once lengthwise so you can open it up. Then create a cone with the smaller end around the spinner on your hanging feeder and the large open end point directly down. This will cause the corn to collect in a pile under the feeder.
Without this cone the corn is spread out more. Squirrel and other rodents tend to feed off these dispersed and harder-to-find kernels quicker than the deer. When in a pile, deer tend to find it easier and get to it sooner.
If you are feeding turkey leave the cone off. They seem to prefer the kernels spread out more.
Fifty-cent squirrel call
Next time your squirrel hunting bring along two quarters. Looking at the quarter you will notice ridges running along the width edge. Holding each quarter flat with the edges against each other like gears in a clock, rub them together to create a grinding noise.
Making this noise in rapid succession, with a little practice, will sound like a squirrel chewing on a nut.
A screw and a drywall plug squirrel call
Hold the screw in one hand and the plug in the other so they are parallel and touching. Apply light force as you pull them against each other lengthwise.
With a little practice, this too will sound like a squirrel eating a nut.
Elmer’s Glue Bottle Wind Checker
Get yourself a plastic bottle with a lid like those used by Elmer’s Glue and clean it out thoroughly. Make sure it is completely clean and dry and fill it with baking soda or flour.
Next time you need to check the wind direction just open the lid to the bottle and give a little squeeze. The powder will puff out the top and float with the wind.
Do not worry about being detected either as flour and baking soda are scent-free!
Gardening tools, such as pruner and hand rake.
In the beginning of the season, make sure to bring your pruner and hand rake. Use the pruner to remove any branches which might snap or make noise while you sneak in to your blind or treestand before the sun comes up. Trim back any brush that might get in your way.
While you are at it, use the pruner to clean your shooting lanes as well.
Use your hand rake to clean any twigs or branches off the trail to your treestand or blind. This will help you be quiet as you make your way in.
Once your blind is set up, use the hand rake to remove any and all debris from the floor inside. This will help to avoid making unnecessary noise while moving inside your blind.
Use your pruner to make mock rubs and your hand rake to make mock scrapes.
Use wax paper to preserve your scrapes
Cut a two-inch square section of wax paper for when you are creating a mock scrape. In the middle of the scrape dig a little deeper than the rest and place the wax paper in the bottom. Make a little cup in the paper and pour your scrape scent onto the wax paper and cover it all with dirt. This will make your scrape last longer.
As described, these household items are very useful in helping you hunt or scout and they will save you a few dollars. Now that you have a few more coins in your pocket, you have a great excuse to buy that other new hunting gear you needed…