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12 Ways for Outdoorsmen to Save the Day When in a Pinch

When things seem to be going wrong, quick and easy solutions may be closer at hand than you think. (Keith Sutton photo)
When things seem to be going wrong, quick and easy solutions may be closer at hand than you think. (Keith Sutton photo)

Sometimes a day spent hunting or fishing does not go according to plan, these 12 tips will help you improvise when out in the wild

When we’re fishing or camping, it’s helpful to know tips for improvising when we find ourselves in a pinch. The situation may be serious or not, but we have a problem of some sort and need to resolve it successfully.

Let’s say, for example, we forgot our alarm and are worried we won’t awaken in time to be on the water at dawn when the fish are biting best. What to do?

Well, we could do what outdoorsmen did before alarms were readily available. To be sure they awoke at an early hour, they would drink a good draught of water before retiring and let nature wake them. If they wanted to rise even earlier, they would drink even more. Problem solved.

Simple pointers like these can be invaluable when you need them. You’ll find plenty more to try in this collection of problem-solvers.

Minnow Maximizer

Sometimes crappie and other panfish are more easily caught if you tip your jigs with live minnows. But what if your minnow supply runs low? In a pinch, you can extend your bait by cutting a single minnow into several small pieces you can add to the hook one at a time to produce scent that draws more bites.

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