What makes someone a total outdoorsman? It’s a mix of know-how, enthusiasm, experience and having the right tools. In this follow-up to the top-selling Total Outdoorsman Manual author T. Edward Nickens returns with another 300+ hints on how to get the most from your hunting, fishing, and camping trips . . . and how to survive if something goes wrong.
HUNT BETTER Whether you’ve got a longbow, the latest AR, or your granddad’s deer rifle, here’s the definitive guide to the tools and skills you need for deer, waterfowl, small game, and more. FISH SMARTER From customizing the perfect fly rod to deepwater trolling to paddling a canoe by yourself, these tips will help you come up with fish—not excuses. CAMP ANYWHERE What do you really need to bring along to sleep comfortably, keep away varmints, set up an amazing camp kitchen, and handle on-the-spot butchering? Eddie knows, and shares in detail. SURVIVE ANYTHING Trapped in the snow? Face-to-face with an angry grizzly? Learn how to get home, get out of trouble, and get a wound bandaged up in the middle of nowhere. These are the skills that can save your life, and the tools that will get you out of any wilderness situation safely.
Packaged in a durable, wipe-clean flexicover with metallic corner-guards, this practical manual withstands heavy-duty use indoors and out.
TIP 3: STRENGTHEN A TENT WITH PICKET STAKES
This supercharged guyout plan kicks in when the wind cranks up to 25 mph. Picket stakes boost the holding power of tent stakes, so use them on the guylines attached to the side of the tent that faces the wind.
STEP 1 Drive the first stake into the ground at the desired location, and attach it to the tent guyline. To make a picket-stake line, tie an overhand loop in one end of a 16-inch length of parachute cord. Attach the p-cord to the first stake by threading the running end through the overhand loop and cinching it tight against the stake.
STEP 2 Drive a second stake—this will be the picket stake—into the ground 8 to 12 inches from the first stake so that it’s in a straight line with the guyline. Wrap the running end of the p-cord around the picket stake twice, then tie it off with two half hitches.
Field & Stream editor-at-large T. Edward Nickens has fished, paddled, backpacked, hunted, and camped from the rainforest to the Arctic Sea. Winner of more than two dozen national writing awards, he is TV host for the Total Outdoorsman Challenge.