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March 20, 2008
Power-Spray Your Skull

When I'm cleaning a skull plate, after I boil it for 20 minutes, I go over it with a pressure washer. This does a great job of cleaning the skull in a short amount of time, plus I don't have to use bleach or peroxide.
John Baggett, Frisco City, Ala.

March 19, 2008
Fashion a Rifle Rest From Your Levi's

I recently came up with a way to get use out of an old pair of blue jeans. I cut one leg off and thoroughly stuffed it with plastic bags from the grocery store. Then I secured the ends with string. (Zip-ties will also work.) I now use it as a padded rest when I zero my rifle.
Paul VanLeuven, Ephrata, Pa.

March 18, 2008
Protect Your Reel (and Have a Drink)

If your post-fishing drink is a Crown and Coke, then I’ve discovered a use for the purple drawstring bag that come with a bottle of Crown Royal. I use the bags as covers for my reels. I cut a 1-inch hole in the bottom corner, which allows me to slide the butt of my rod through the bag, and completely enclose the reel. This works great for any type of reel.
Theodore Fulk, Overland Park, Kan.

March 17, 2008
Secure an Axe Head to the Handle

Awhile back, the head on my wooden-handled axe felt very loose, and I worried it would fly off whenever I split wood at camp. I fixed this potentially dangerous problem by soaking the axe head in a bucket of water overnight. The wood absorbed the water and expanded, tightening the head to the shaft.
Chad Sarty, via the Internet

March 14, 2008
Carry Candies to Hunt in Stealth Mode

When still-hunting for deer, I used to worry if I was walking too fast. So to make myself slow down, I started keeping a half-full Tic-Tac box in my pants pocket. This way if I can hear the candies jiggling, I know I need to slow down.
Tom Charlton, Muscatine, Iowa

February 28, 2008
Turn Shotgun Shells into a Matchstick Holder

I made a waterproof matchstick case from two used shotgun shells. I used a 12- and 16-gauge shell, but all that matters is that one shell is slightly smaller than the other. Simply stick your matches and some striking paper in the smaller of the two shells, then snugly insert it into the larger shell. I’ve been doing this since I was 10 years old, and it’s never let me down.
Wesley Weber, Erie, Penn.

February 27, 2008
Keep Your Butt Plate from Sliding

On rifles or shotguns that have a hard butt plate, I like to attach a stripe of Velcro (the sticky side, not the hook strip) to the butt plate. Doing this prevents the plate from slipping down my shoulder when I mount the gun, and it gives me better control. Apply the strip between the two screws on the butt plate, so you can still remove the plate without disturbing the Velcro.
George Murphy, Jacksonville, Ill.

February 26, 2008
Sharpen a Knife without Scratching the Blade

To prevent scratching the finish on the blade when I sharpen a knife, I apply masking tape to both sides of the blade. Once I’m finished sharpening, I just remove the tape and wipe the blade with an old rag. This really helps with knives that have been blued.
John Jones, Lexa, Ark.

February 21, 2008
Silence Your Tree Blind with Carpet

To keep things quiet in a tree blind or a raised deer blind, cover the floor with a scrap piece of carpet. This way, if you drop some gear on the floor it’s less likely to startle the game underneath you. The carpet also helps keep the cold out when the temperature drops. Most carpet stores have scraps or samples that they’ll either sell for next to nothing or give you for free.
Matthew Iddlebrooks, Universal City, Texas

February 20, 2008
Uncork a Bottle and Make a Bobber

Wine bottle corks make great slip bobbers. Drill a hole down the center of the cork, then insert a thin coffee stir-straw into the hole and secure it with rubber cement. Fishing line will slide through the straw easily. You can leave the cork plain, but I prefer to paint it for higher visibility.
Greg Inman, Minnetonka, Minn.


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