I think the simplest ideas are often the most useful. As I walk through the woods, stump shooting or even when I’m hunting, I gather peeling birchbark. Compressed to a depth of 1/2″ and stuffed into the bottom of my back quiver, it protects the broadheads and reduces arrow noise. When I use a bow quiver, I put the birchbark into one of my cargo pockets.

This is a great source of reliable tinder when I want to light a fire. I also carry an old prescription bottle filled with cotton balls covered with petroleum jelly. It is a simple matter to light one, and then add the birch peelings and progressively larger tinder for a good fire.

Editor’s Note: See our previous tip, Make Fire Starters with Cotton Balls and Vaseline.