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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 18 - Issue 7

  Welcome to the August 2017 issue of The Bullet. There’s a lot happening this month. The kids start back to school, squirrel season opens around the country, deadlines for fall hunting permits approach, alligator season opens in the south, folks get ready for dove season, red snapper season opens in the waters off Texas and plans for the Labor Day weekend are being discussed are just some of the things going on in August. Yes, it’s a busy month but we wouldn’t want it any other way. Get used to it because fall is approaching and things get really busy then plus it’s only four months until Christmas.

We’ve got another packed issue this month so let’s get to it. Enjoy issue number two hundred and two of The Bullet. Until next month, J. E. Burns, Editor-in-chief.


In this issue:

~ Backwoods Trivia
~ Recipe: Oven Fried Squirrel
~ Article: A Few Answers About Dove Baiting
~ Recipe: Barbecued Turtle
~ Article: A Fall Tradition - Squirrel Hunting
~ What's New
~ Backwoods Health: Get In Shape For The Big Hunt

~ Recipe: Campground Eclairs


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: Do you know the answer to this month’s question from Kim Desolk?
When did the United States formally annex Hawaii?

Find the answer at the end of this newsletter. Send your trivia questions to mail@backwoodsbound.com.



~ 2 squirrels cut into serving pieces
~ 1 – 2 eggs, beaten
~ box of Shake n’ Bake for chicken

* Rinse squirrels well and remove any shot. Pat dry.

* Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.

* Beat the egg(s) in a large bowl. Place coating in a large bowl.

* Dip the meat pieces in the egg then dredge in the coating. Coat evenly and shake off any excess.

* Place on the cooking sheet and place in oven at 350 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes or until tender and golden brown.

* Serve and enjoy with your favorite side dishes.

Thanks to Jeff Costigan for sharing this recipe with us. For more squirrels recipes to enjoy, visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zsquir.html.

Remember to send your favorite recipe to mail@backwoodsbound.com. We'll post it on the site or use it in an upcoming issue of The Bullet.



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We specialize in unique designs! We’ve done everything from lightning bolts to walleyes to shields to light bulbs, hanging and stand up designs! Just tell us what you have in mind and we’ll make it happen!

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  With the opening of dove season only weeks away we thought we’d revisit this article about the topic of baiting for doves. Most if not all of the information presented applies for all migratory birds including waterfowl like ducks and geese, and crows.

  There are many rules and regulations about what constitutes “baiting’ when it comes to hunting doves and getting an idea of what to expect now may save you some trouble when you head out September 1st.

  Most states allow for the planting of food plots for the benefit of wildlife but the rules concerning harvesting or manipulation can vary. It is best to check with your state’s Department of Natural Resources for any questions about your hunting area.

  Here are some general rules that most states have but double check before heading out.

  It is illegal to hunt or kill doves with the aid of bait. In other words, salt, grain, or other feed that has been placed, exposed, deposited, distributed or scattered to attract game is illegal to hunt over.

  Most states consider an area baited for 10 days after the complete removal of all bait. This usually applies to deer hunting too.

  A person who knows or reasonably should know the area is baited is liable for the offense. Hunters should physically inspect the field for any signs of baiting and question landowners, guides and caretakers to ensure the field is legal to hunt.

  Natural vegetation may be manipulated in any way to attract doves and other migratory game birds.

  Planting grain crops in a field that has been plowed and disked is legal as long as seeding rates are in tune with extension service recommendations. It is illegal to seed the same field repeatedly, concentrate wheat in long rows or pile wheat on a field.

  Harvesting a field often scatters some waste grain which attracts birds. If harvest was conducted as normal agricultural operation, it is legal for doves.

  Un-harvested fields can be mowed, shredded, disked, rolled, chopped, trampled, burned or treated with herbicides. These fields may be hunted legally for doves.

  Livestock may be allowed to graze on harvested and un-harvested grain. These fields may be hunted legally for doves.

  It is legal to plant food plots, provided that grains grown for wildlife management purposes are not harvested then returned to the field.

  For more informative reading check out the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service web site at: https://www.fws.gov/le/what-is-legal.html.

  Hopefully this answers some of your questions about what you can and can’t do when it comes to hunting doves. Double check with your state about the rules where you hunt! You can find links to all of the states DNR’s on our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/stgamedepts.html and have a safe, fun hunt.



How can we top the Christmas in July sale last month? By offering 25% OFF any animal themed item this month! That’s 25% off any item from bookmarks to wine charms as long as it’s animal themed!

Our wine charms, bag tags, earrings, bookmarks, zipper pulls make great gifts or make any special occasion special and we’ll personalize them for free!

We can customize the colors of all items to suit your needs! We can also make custom charms from your photos! Just send us a picture and we’ll make a charm from it. It’s easy.

These deals end August 31st so place your orders now!

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"Because no wine glass should ever be naked!"


FUN FACT: Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

 Send your Fun Facts to mail@backwoodsbound.com. For more Fun Facts visit www.backwoodsbound.com/funfacts.html.



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FISHIN' TIP:  When fishing in the late summer and early fall for bluegills, fish around wood cover if available. Stumps, snags and stick-ups provide shade and provide them places to feed on insects and small minnows.

Send your tips to: mail@backwoodsbound.com and we’ll post them on the site or use them in a future issue of The Bullet.



Need an easy meal to make while camping out? Why not whip up a pot of chili! With its unique blend of herbs and spices, Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix makes a great pot of chili the family will love with NO added fillers or MSG.

Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix also makes great dishes like tostadas, enchiladas, stuffed peppers, manicotti, Mexican lasagna and a killer jambalaya. We’ve had customers also use it as a marinade for beef and deer roasts. See our collection of great recipes at www.backwoodsbound.com/zchili.html.

Enjoy at home or hunting camp in single pot packets or the triple value pack.

Order your supply at www.backwoodsbound.com/chili.html.

"Not too mild.... Not too hot.... Treat yourself and make a pot!"


INTERESTING QUOTE: "If it works, they’ll stop making it." – Jane Otten

 If you’ve seen or heard an interesting or humorous quote send it in and we'll post it next month. Send them to: mail@backwoodsbound.com.



~ 1 turtle, cut into serving pieces
~ 1 stalk celery, chopped
~ 1 bell pepper, chopped
~ 1 medium onion, chopped
~ 1/2 tsp vinegar
~ salt and pepper
~ 1 bottle of your favorite bbq sauce

* Soak the turtle meat in salt water overnight or at least 1 hour. Remove and rinse.

* In a large pot, place the turtle meat, celery, pepper, onion and vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover with water and bring to a boil.

* Cover and simmer until meat is tender and ready to fall off the bone.

* Remove meat and place into a baking dish. Pour the bbq sauce over the top. Bake at 375 degrees until sauce starts to bubble.

* Reduce heat to 200 degrees and cook for 40 minutes. Baste often.

* Serve and enjoy!

Thanks to Rocky for sending in this recipe. For more delicious turtle recipes to try visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zturtle.html.

Remember to send your favorite recipe to mail@backwoodsbound.com. We'll post it on the site or use it in an upcoming issue of The Bullet.



  Fall doesn’t start officially until next month but squirrel season is on! I can’t think of another fun way to get “tuned” up for bigger game later on this fall than to go squirrel hunting.

  Generations of youngsters have learned their hunting skills from pursuing these crafty, tree jumping varmints. I have to admit that I too learned a lot about hunting, the woods, and nature once I started to hunt squirrels. I had deer hunted for many years before hunting squirrels. Several reasons kept me from doing so. It might have been there was no place close to home to hunt or I just didn't want to take the time go. But it was probably the fact that I lacked the skills and know how to pursue these little devils. I owe most of my squirrel hunting schooling to my brother-in-law Kenny. He showed me a few do's and don’ts and some of the in's and out's. The rest I picked up on my own after spending time in the woods. There’s just no substitute for experience.

  There is no right or wrong way to hunt squirrels, but there are several different ways to hunting squirrels and it took me a while to learn the techniques that work best for me.

  The first thing I do is while approaching a woodlot is to look it over from afar. You can often see squirrels jumping from tree to tree and they can give you an idea as to where they are or where they may be headed. You can sometimes pick out a few nut trees that squirrels will visit. If hunting with a buddy, work out a set of hand signals ahead of time to communicate. Keep talking to a minimum.

  Once I get to the woods I stop and look it over real good, looking for squirrels jumping about. When I do enter the woods I'll move in maybe five to ten yards and then stand still. I try and stand behind some small trees or under some lower limbs to help conceal my whereabouts. It may be hard to see sometimes but a squirrel can see you and move away before you see it. Once in place I'll start looking at the trees out in front of me and to the sides. Just like hunting deer, I concentrate on one area at a time looking for squirrel movement. Scan the tree tops and work your way down through the lower limbs and finally to the ground. But the most important thing to remember to do is listen. Listen, Listen, Listen. You'll hear the sound of limbs crashing together as they jump from tree to tree. Listen for the sounds of nuts or nutshells falling from the tree tops. You will hear them running across the ground. How many times has a squirrel jumping and scampering across the ground behind your deer stand got your heart to thumping? To many times to count I'll bet. And finally the most important sound I like to hear is the sound of squirrels barking to each other. I don't know for sure that they are talking back and forth but I have heard squirrels barking from two hollows over and I know that they aren't barking at me.

  When I hear squirrels barking I hone in on their location. I start slowing moving in their direction keeping an eye out for any movement. I try to move from cover (tree, bush, etc.) to cover walking an irregular pattern. Just like still hunting deer, three steps, pause, five steps, pause, etc. I try to keep a tree between me and the squirrel, peeking out from behind it to locate my query. Try not to step on any big limbs but if you do don't despair. There is always some sort of noise in the woods. The key is to not sound like a human coming through the woods. My dad told me that when he was young he would hunt barefooted. He'd leave his shoes on one side of the woods, go around the other side, sometimes this was a long way and then hunt back to his shoes. Well, I for one am not hunting barefooted. I used to go without shoes when I was a kid but now if I step on a dime while barefooted I could tell you if it is heads or tails.

  I’ve tried various calls over the years with varied success. One call I’ve tried is a squirrel-in-distress call. It is a small disc with a hole in the middle that you suck air through. The trick is to blow or rather suck on the call while thrashing some brush or a bent over sapling on the ground. The idea here is the imitate the sound of a young squirrel being attacked by a predator triggering the “mothering” instincts of other squirrels in the area forcing them to show themselves offering you a shot. Much like a fawn bleat works on deer.

  Another type of call is a “barking” call. They’re small and lightweight and allow you to imitate squirrel barks getting squirrels in the area to respond to your calls thus revealing their locations.

  Here is a trick that works for me. When I hear a squirrel chattering, I only try to move when they are barking. When he stops barking, I stop moving. Sometimes they stop never to start again and then you have to search him out. I once stalked a squirrel for over half an hour doing this. I had heard him from quite a ways out and stalked to a position directly under him. He was about thirty feet or so up in a tree sitting on a limb three to four inches in diameter. His head was over one side of the limb while his backside was over the other. A perfect setup. He had no idea that I was under him and kept barking away. I placed the cross hairs of my scope under his chin and pulled the trigger of my Marlin model 60 - .22 rifle. Needless to say the bullet came out the top of his head and sent him crashing down almost on top of me.

  Once you pop one, stand in place for a minute or two, there may be another one or two in the same area that you hadn't seen. I once shot a squirrel and while loading another shell in my gun I spied a squirrel in the fork of a tree. He was sitting there looking like a bookend. I thought to myself, "I see you" and then boom! Down he went.

  Slowly work your way through the woods looking and listening. Sometimes while stalking one they just simply disappear. You can wait him out or move on. I generally don't wait to long for them to come back out. If I don't see or hear them in a span of ten minutes or so I'm on the move.

  There are times when I sit down close to a nut tree and wait for the squirrels to come to me, but not too often. I like to keep moving and see if I can out smart them by sneaking up on them. I stand hunt when deer hunting so I figure that I sit enough when hunting so why not get up and move. It's just more fun to me. Stalking helps to sharpen my senses to the sights and sounds of the woods. You could say that it tunes me up and gets me ready for big game to come.

  Try to wear camouflage clothing or at least dull earth-tone colors so you blend into your surroundings. Later in the season I will use a cover scent to help mask my odors as I am usually hunting the same areas that I’ll be deer hunting and besides it can't hurt. I usually use an earth scented cover scent. Though you may use a pine or cedar scent if those types of trees are prominent in your hunting area.

  One product I like to use is “No Stinkin’ Bugs”. It is an insect repellent with a cover scent built into it. Not only have I used it for squirrel hunting and during early bow season, I've used it while walking through the woods, while scouting and turkey hunting.

  In recent years I’ve starting using permethrin on my clothing, hats and boots. The extra time and it’s not a lot of time, to apply it is well worth the effort! You just need to apply it a day or two ahead of your hunt and the ticks and chiggers won’t be a bother. And it’s good for a week or so after applying. Follow the directions. You’ll still need to apply some “regular” repellent on any bare skin showing. Permethrin is not for use on your skin!

  Remember to move slow and listen to your surroundings and have a fun this fall getting your limit of squirrels. And visit www.backwoodsbound.com/zsquir.html for a bunch of recipes to cook up those delicious tree jumpers.




The Red River Gorge Zipline, was voted the most popular Bucket List Adventure in Kentucky in 2016 and we’re looking to repeat in 2017! Mammoth Cave and The Derby don’t stand a chance!

The Zipline is located in the World Famous Red River Gorge about 60 miles east of Lexington in the Heart of Eastern Kentucky near the Natural Bridge State Park and Daniel Boone National Forest in Rogers, Kentucky.

There are five Zip-lines to choose from with the two highest being 350 feet tall, being the fastest, 50+ mph, and the longest at 1,200 feet and 2,000 feet. These we like to call Racing Lines!

Bring your camera or rent a GoPro from us to record your experience.

Visit our web site for all the details including information about the lodges, cabins and camping available to you.

Visit us on-line at: www.RedRiverGorgeZipline.com


HUNTIN' TIP:  "If you can find them, try using sub-sonic .22 caliber bullets when squirrel hunting this fall. The low noise helps from spooking other squirrels and wildlife in the area." – Mike Stuart

Send your tips to: mail@backwoodsbound.com and we’ll post them on the site or use them in a future issue of The Bullet.



  Always in need of trail camera pictures for our Candid CamShots feature so send yours in for all of us to enjoy. We’ll take anything as long as it’s not obscene and even then we’ll get a laugh from them but can’t put them on the site. Send them as attachments to mail@backwoodsbound.com. See this month’s photo at www.backwoodsbound.com/funphotos2.html.

  It’s the slow season in the shop but orders for our After The Shot Trophy Plaques continue to come in. Now is the time to get those antlers out of the garage and get them on the wall. Go to www.backwoodsbound.com/ats.html for all the information on our line of After The Shot Trophy Plaques. And remember we specialize in custom designs!

  We could use some new recipes for the fall and winter seasons. All recipes are welcome so send in what you have. Send your recipes to mail@backwoodsbound.com. Thanks and we look forward to getting them!



  As various seasons open, hunters dust off their equipment and restock their supplies. The dreams are big...the anticipated thrill of the hunt is all-consuming as they plan this fall's strategy to bag their limit, or even "get the big one".

  Meticulous preparation goes into planning the contents of the pack. It's not unusual to find 10-15 pounds of accessories and gadgets guaranteed to make the hunt a success. Layer upon layer of top-of-the-line insulating clothing will ensure relative comfort when waiting quietly in frigid temperatures. Thick, tall, heavy boots protect feet and ankles and provide warmth.

  It's time. The hunter, carefully dressed in layers of insulated clothing, straps on the 25 pound tree stand, hoists the pack (15 pounds), grabs the trusty gun (8 pounds), and heads toward "The Spot". "The spot", referred to in fishing as "the honey hole", is commonly found far away from the truck, and requires crossing ditches, navigating through thick brush, and trudging up and down hills.

  Ever thought of the amount of physical stress this places on your body? Throw in the 100-200 pound deer that you're dragging back to a pick up point. Definite cardiac stressor!

  Sure, the adrenaline from the thrill of it all keeps you going! But, admit it, today's occasional hunter can rarely boast the level of physical fitness of the previous generation. Do yourself a favor this year and prepare for that big hunt!

  Start by evaluating your activity level and your level of fitness. If you routinely participate in an exercise program, congratulations you should be ready for the hunt! If you have a desk job and a daily date with the TV you may require a little extra boost to get you physically ready for your trek in the woods.

  Work on increasing your daily activity. Here are a few relatively painless ways to increase exercise and overall cardiovascular strength during your work day. (Always best to have your physician's approval whenever starting an exercise program.)

  ~ Walk up and down stairs. It's easy walking "Down", so do that regularly. Try to walk "Up" a flight or two several times a day. Pretend this is practice for climbing out of ditches and trudging up hills.

  ~ Park your car several blocks away from your destination and walk. Pretend you're walking to your "spot". The further you're used to walking, the more energy you'll have for climbing that favored tree when you do finally get there.

  ~ Carry items whenever possible. Leave the cart at the store if you can manage carrying the bags of groceries. If you have wrist weights, start wearing them for periods. Boost your arm strength so you'll be ready to carry your gun and pack.

  ~ If you have ankle weights, start wearing them to work. Boost your leg strength and get your body used to the added weight of those hunting boots.

  Anything you can do to increase your activity will help you later. In addition, spot exercises to strengthen your arms, shoulders and back, abdomen, and legs can only help as you carry yourself and all that equipment to the site of your stand.

  One other point. As hunting season draws near and you do your scouting, dress as you plan to on your actual hunting trip. This will give you and your body a chance to get used to the thicker, heavier clothing.

  We rarely hear of hunters collapsing with fatal heart attacks in the woods, but, as you can see, it can be an intense cardiac stressor, not to mention a lot of hard work. So much time and money is spent preparing and purchasing all the right equipment. Invest some time in preparing your most valuable tool - yourself!





* canned crescent rolls
* vanilla, chocolate or lemon pudding, instant, canned or use those little snack-pack pudding cups
* canned chocolate frosting or your favorite flavor


* large clay flower pots or use a grill without the grate
* aluminum foil
* charcoal
* chimney charcoal starter
* wood dowels rods, ½” diameter, 3 feet long

~ Line the flower pots or grill with 2 layers of foil.

~ Prepare the charcoal in the chimney and let them totally ash over.

~ Wrap one end of each dowel rod with a 6 inch wide piece of foil. Make sure it’s wrapped tight.

~ Prepare pudding per instructions. This can be done at home and then kept cold.

~ When the charcoal is ready, dump it into the pots or grill. Use caution!

~ Take a crescent roll and wrap it around the foil end of your rod.

~ Hold over the hot coals until golden brown. Turn frequently and cook it slow!

~ When the roll is done, grasp it gently with a napkin and slip it off the rod. Use caution as it will be hot!

~ Use a large household injector, spoon or basting brush to fill the inside with pudding.

~ Spread on a little frosting and enjoy!

~ Cook another!

These tasty treats can be enjoyed anytime at camp or at home. Try them at our next cookout for a tasty dessert everyone will enjoy and with a little supervision they’re easy for the kids to make. Try them for breakfast or instead of the usual s’mores around the campfire.

For a different taste, fill one end with canned fruit like cherries or blueberries and the other with pudding.

For more dessert recipes for your summer get-togethers, go to www.backwoodsbound.com/zdess.html.

Send your favorite recipe to mail@backwoodsbound.com and we'll post it on the site or use it in an upcoming issue of The Bullet



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ANSWER TO BACKWOODS TRIVIA: The Unites States formally annexed Hawaii as a territory on August 12, 1898. It became the 50th state on August 21, 1959.


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