Learn These 3 Useful Knots Before Hunting Season

Give yourself an edge in the field under many unknowable circumstances. UCO Ambassador Dan Wowak walks us through these three practical knots.

Other than tying our shoes, knots are much less utilized by most people in the modern age than ever before. But knots can be an extremely useful tool for hunters and outdoors folks of all pursuits.

Thanks to UCO Gear and Alone’s Dan Wowak, a simple and easy-to-follow video walks us through a few great ones.

I’ve used the three featured knots in this video for a variety of circumstances in the outdoors and at home. Wowak ties a non-slip bowline knot first, a straight lash, and a trucker’s hitch. These three work well together to tie a taut rope from tree to tree, while the lashing keeps the ends of the rope from fraying or ties broken objects back together.

This setup can help you build a shelter, create a dry line for wet clothes, highline stock like horses or llamas (with the addition of a few highline or alpine butterfly knots), and more.

And if I could add a fourth knot to this series, it would be a simple quick-release knot. This is probably the knot I use most often as both a horsewoman and an outdoorswoman, and it’s worth its weight in gold.

Remember, practice makes permanent. So learn before you go!

Nicole Qualtieri

Based in Montana, Nicole Qualtieri is GearJunkie's Hunt + Fish Editor. She also serves as a Board Director for Orion the Hunters Insititute, a non-profit promoting fair chase and hunting ethics nationwide. A DIY hunter, she comes from a non-traditional hunting background and began hunting and fishing in her 30s. She's been a voice for hunting, fishing, and conservation since 2014, when she got started working on the television show MeatEater. She's an avid horsewoman, bird dog aficionado, snowboarder, hiker/backpacker, food nerd, and all-around outdoorswoman. Find her online at @nkqualtieri.

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