How to Be the Hero at the Boat Ramp

How to Be the Hero at the Boat Ramp

I am 30 years old and have been boating my entire life on the Mississippi River.  At a very young age, it was not unusual for us kids to be on the river alone, hunting ducks, geese, and deer.  As I entered adulthood, my boating experiences expanded far beyond my little town in Iowa.  As time passes by, I look back at my boating adventures in places like Australia, Dominican Republic, and Texas and have noticed a common denominator at the boat ramp – A lot of boaters cannot find their boat’s drain plug.  The frustrated boater starts tearing apart their boat and truck, hoping to find that little piece of heaven to get them on the water.  As the boater becomes more agitated, so does the line backing up behind him on the boat ramp.

Rushing to go fishing or hunting, I have been “that guy” who cannot find that little drain plug.  But now, I am the hero at the boat ramp simply by throwing a few extra drain plugs in my truck’s glove box!  If I cannot find my own drain plug or I notice a fellow boater who has lost his, I simply walk up to my truck and grab one out of the glove box. Every time I have given a drain plug to a boater, he or she has handed me money without me even asking for it.

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Other Boat Drain Plug Quick Tips
  1. When putting your boat in reverse for the first time at the boat ramp, look back at your drain plug to ensure it stayed in the drain hole.  The back pressure from going in reverse can push your drain plug out of the drain hole and into the boat, causing your boat to quickly fill with water. 
  2. Thought you put the drain plug in at home only to see water gushing in after you launch your boat?  Always keep extra drain plugs in your boat that are easily accessible. 
  3. Always drain your boat at the site you launched your boat to stop the spread of invasive species!  While your draining your boat, ensure you drain all live wells and remove all vegetation from the prop.    
  4. Inspect your drain plugs to ensure they are functioning properly, especially snap-handle and t-handle drain plugs.  Inspect all components for cracks or dry rot.  If you find any issues with your drain plugs, replace immediately and dispose of in the garbage.

Want to learn more about boat ramp safety?  Read my other article, 2 Tips to Save Your Life at the Boat Ramp

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Justin J. Lind

January, 2020
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DIY Deer Hunting Scent Wicks

DIY Deer Hunting Scent Wicks

If you want to save money when it comes to deer hunting scent wicks, it is time to raid your bathroom and venture into those cabinet doors you have never thought of opening.  Your mission?  To find cotton balls and unscented tampons so you can DIY deer hunting scent wicks! 

Cotton Balls 

Cotton balls sell in packs of 200 for $1.89.  Cheap hunting wicks sell at packs of 4 for $3.00. 

Cotton balls are great alternatives to standard deer hunting scent wicks because they easily snag on branches and can be used to apply deer urine to the bottom of your boots. 

Note – Remove cotton balls out of trees after each hunt and either reuse by placing in a Ziploc bag or dispose of properly.  Songbirds can get their feet tangled in the cotton balls.

Tampons

With a quick Google search, I found a box of 50 scent free tampons for $8.84.  The benefits of using tampons is not only the price, but their convenient strings that you can tie to tree branches and their great absorption of your favorite deer urine.  When you are done hunting for the day, simply untie the tampons from the trees and place in a Ziploc bag for your next hunt. 

Check out my Hunting Quick Tip – Gutting Big Game: A Simple Trick to Clean Hands

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November, 2019
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How to Restore Weathered Antlers for Free

Fixing weathered or sun stained deer antlers can be a challenging and expensive task for any hunter to undertake.  The major problem that makes this task expensive is the amount of money the hunter will spend on the various stains to get the natural color they are looking for.  Let us not forget the amount of time it is going to take to look at all the different color swatches in hopes of finding the right color!  Learn how to restore weathered antlers for free with this short hunting quick tip. 

There is no need to buy stain or even leave your house to bleach your deer antlers!  Simply, wet some used coffee grounds and rub vigorously onto the antlers with an old sock.  Continue to reapply until you feel you have the right color!

Yeap, that’s it! 

Check out the final product below.

Lou Neve, 50-year veteran of the outdoors taught me how to restore weathered antlers for free.  I wrote an article on Lou Neve titled – Lou Neve: The Waterfowl Wizard 

In this article, Lou will give advice that benefits not only waterfowl hunters, but all hunters!  Feel free to give it a read!

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Justin J. Lind

September 2019
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Waterproof hunting and fishing licenses

How to Waterproof Hunting and Fishing Licenses

How to waterproof your hunting and fishing licenses in the most extreme conditions?  Waterproofing my hunting and fishing licenses has been a struggle over the years.  I travel a lot hunting and fishing and in many states it is required that I carry paper licenses in my pocket.  What do I do?  Fold up the licenses as tight as I can and squeeze them in my wallet, hoping they fit (they never do).  If it starts raining and my wallet gets wet, so do my licenses.  So, I asked myself, “How do I keep my hunting and fishing licenses waterproof and carry them comfortably?”  

The smokers in my life had the answer.

Waterproof cigarette cases kept smokers satisfied in the wettest conditions for years!  Whether tubing down a river or at a rainy concert, smokers found a way to keep smoking.

Waterproof cigarette cases cost $7.25 on Amazon.  The cases come with a comfortable neck lanyard for comfortable wear between any layer of clothing.  With many outdoorsmen having several licenses and tags, plenty of room is available to fit it all!

Interested in purchasing a waterproof cigarette case?  Try this one from Amazon – WITZ Keep it Safe Waterproof Sports Case. 

Here is another quick tip I wrote about hunting and fishing licenses – Can I Laminate My Fishing License?

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September 2019
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Can I Laminate My Fishing License?

What makes all fishermen alike? We want to waterproof everything including our fishing licenses! But, can I laminate my fishing license?

I cannot.

Unfortunately, Iowans cannot use a lamination machine to waterproof their fishing AND hunting licenses.  Our licenses are made with thermal paper.

Thermal paper uses heat to create text and images, not ink. If you put the licenses through a lamination machine, your ticket to the outdoors (your license) will turn black instantly.

Can I laminate my fishing license another way?

Yes!

I now use clear box tape for my licenses and it has worked great.  I simply put a piece on each side of license and cut the excess off.

Another great way to laminate your fishing license it to use contact paper.  Apply the contact paper the same way as the box tape. 

Want to learn more about waterproofing your fishing and hunting licenses?  Check out this quick tip – How to Waterproof Hunting and Fishing Licenses

I hope you have a great and successful fishing season!  Please send in your favorite fishing pictures to White Buffalo Outdoors!  I would be happy to share on the White Buffalo Outdoors Facebook Page, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, and Twitter.  I will also post the picture in the Trophy Room on this website.

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September 2019
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How to Launch Your Boat at the Boat Ramp

Boat Ramp Safety: 2 Life Saving Tips

Only when you are launching your boat!

These 2 simple steps that take 5 seconds can save your life if your vehicle becomes submerged in water. When a vehicle becomes submerged, electronics stop working including windows. By having the windows down and the seatbelt off, you have set yourself up for a quick and easy escape.

It only takes seconds for a vehicle to sink in water and less time for you to prepare for it.

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September 2019
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How to Properly Clean Your Gun Barrel

How to Properly Clean Your Gun Barrel

Outdoorsmen are busy people and do not always have time to clean their guns. If they do find time after an exhausting hunt, some will shove their cleaning rod down into the barrel with the barrel attached to the rest of the gun.

This technique is not recommended. Here are 3 reasons why.

1. You Push the Problem Somewhere Else

Forcing the cleaning rod down the barrel with the barrel attached tightly packs gun powder and other residues into mechanisms that are necessary to keep your gun functioning properly.

2. It is Unsafe

Building up gun powder and residue overtime can set your bullet off inside the gun. When this happens, shrapnel can blow back in your face and eyes.

3. The Barrel Is not Truly Clean

Forcing the cleaning rod in the opposite direction of the bullets trajectory does not clean the barrel thoroughly.

If you want a clean and safe gun barrel, simply detach the barrel from the gun and push the cleaning rod in the direction the bullet travels. Once the cleaning patches and/or brush pass entirely through the barrel, remove them and reattach to the cleaning rod. DO NOT push the cleaning rod through the barrel and pull back towards you. Repeat this process until you feel the barrel is clean.

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September 2019
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Camouflage to Wear in a Ground Blind

What Camouflage to Wear in a Ground Blind

The best camouflage to wear in a ground blind is no camouflage at all! Feel free to wear your most comfortable pair of jeans and a black coat or sweatshirt. If you really want to blend in, get a black mask to cover your face and head.

Wearing black allows you to blend in with the low light in the blind which lessens your silhouette. Another great tip for ground blind hunters is to close the back window. Closing the window does not allow light to pass through the blind, concealing your silhouette even more.

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Justin J. Lind

August 2019
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