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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 19 - Issue 4

  Welcome to the April 2018 issue of The Bullet. The calendar says it’s spring but you’d have a hard time convincing most folks across the country that it is with the crazy weather lately. It’s nice to get the rain and snow to fill up our lakes and ponds but just not all at once. Let’s hope Mother Nature saves some of the rain for when we’ll need it this summer for our gardens and fields. When people comment to me about when spring will get here I remind them that for the past two years we’ve already had to mow the grass in March so I’m happy with the delay in the warm weather.

Turkey hunters out there are certainly hoping this wet, cool weather doesn’t affect the season in a negative way or the hatch. The first part of the month may be tough going as they’re saying this weather pattern won’t break for another week or two. Hopefully it changes and the latter part of the month brings better hunter success. Good luck out there and stay safe!

Enough said. Let’s get to it. Enjoy issue number two hundred and ten of The Bullet. Until next month, J. E. Burns, Editor-in-chief.


In this issue:

~ Backwoods Trivia
~ Recipe: Smoked Turkey Breast Pinwheels
~ Article: Tips For Keeping Your Hunting Camp Safe
~ Recipe: Cajun Crappie
~ Article: Every Bird Is A Trophy
~ What's New
~ Recipe: Venison Steak and Linguine
~ Last Minute Stuff


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: See if you know the answer to this month’s question sent in by John Romane.
What year was the first steam locomotive made?

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



~ 1/2 wild turkey breast
~ your favorite meat rub OR
~ teriyaki sauce OR
~ your favorite marinate
~ 6 fresh mushrooms, diced
~ 1 medium onion, diced
~ 1 stalk celery, finely diced
~ 1 clove garlic, diced
~ wild rice stuffing, optional to use instead of or with the veggies

* Butterfly the breast lengthwise making it twice as long as before.

* Either rub on your favorite dry rub or place in a large zip lock bag and pour on the teriyaki or marinate. Seal and place in refrigerator for at least an hour.

* Remove, drain and lay out flat.

* Mix the diced veggies together and spread evenly on the meat or spread on the stuffing or a combination of both.

* Roll up tight and pin together with toothpicks.

* Place in smoker and cook until done, around 180 degrees internally. Check with meat thermometer.

* Remove and let rest a couple of minutes and then slice crossways.

* Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy.

Thanks to Jeff Vineyard for this recipe. See more turkey recipes to enjoy this spring on our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zturkey.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.



Our handcrafted plaques are made from solid oak not plywood or particle board giving your trophy a solid base to anchor to. Each plaque comes stained with a wall hanger installed. Clear-coating is an available option.

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!

No matter what type of trophy you want to display, we have a plaque or trophy to fill the need. Contact us at sales@backwoodsbound.com with your ideas.

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"It only takes a little more to go first class."



  You’ve spent a lot of money on a piece of property you and your family and maybe a few close friends to hunt on. You’ve erected a storage shed or barn to keep your 4-wheeler, tree stands, saws, mowing equipment, etc. in so you’ll have it there when you need it so how do you make sure your stuff will be there when you get back? Although nothing is 100% theft proof, here are some tips to help secure your property and hopefully deter thieves from ruining your hunting paradise.

  * Make sure to take as many of your valuables with you to eliminate the risk of them being stolen.

  * Make sure all your valuables are locked away. Spending a few more dollars on quality locks and dead bolts will deter thieves and vandals that much more. Though costly, installing a security system is another way to have peace of mind that your possessions are safe. It only takes a little more to go first class.

 * Record all serial numbers from all farm equipment, atv’s, generators, log splitters, appliances, electronics, etc.. Buy a small electric engraver and engrave distinguishing marks on all items in inconspicuous places or apply labels made from a label maker and stick them in hidden places. Keeping a record of serial numbers will help police recover stolen items. And don’t forget to mark your tree stands, ground blinds and trail cameras.

  * Take photographs of all items and keep them at home. Also take pictures of the engraved markings or labels you’ve attached to your property to help you remember what is marked and where it’s marked. Photographs can help police identify stolen items.

  * Make sure you have insurance. Keep your policy up to date and make sure it covers the stuff you own and includes atv’s, tractors and equipment, boats or any item that may not be covered under a standard homeowner’s or renter’s policy.

  * Make friends with a people who live in the area or a neighbor and ask them to keep a watch over your property. Offer them a trade like a place to ride their horses or allow them to cut hay in one of your fields, in exchange for keeping an eye on your place.

  * Post no trespassing signs at all entrances and along property lines of your land. Some states have purple paint laws but you still need to mark all of the entrances of your property.

 * Install gates at all entrances to your property and keep them locked. Criminals are less likely to steal large or heavy items, such as appliances, if they have to carry them long distances.

  * If possible, store your atv’s, tractors and equipment, mowers, and boats inside locked sheds or barns. Then lock and secure these items inside the barn as well. Put tongue locks on trailers. Run a cable through the wheels of your 4-wheeler, mower, etc. and lock it. Kind of like locking up a bicycle. If thieves break in, having everything locked up separately may frustrate them and deter them from stealing everything.

 * Hide keys (or keep them with you) to outbuildings, gates, atv’s, tractors, etc. If someone breaks into your house or cabin, you don’t want to provide them with easy access to everything else on your property.

  * If a break-in does occur, contact local law enforcement immediately and stay clear of the crime scene until they arrive. Moving around the crime scene and touching things may destroy critical evidence that might be valuable in the case.

  Hopefully some of these tips will help you avoid a break-in or at least slow down the bad guys and help reduce the damage.



We’ve added new wine theme designs to our already great selection and to celebrate their arrival you get to take 30% OFF ALL wine theme designs this month!

We are also offering 20% OFF everything else we make this month so get ready for your upcoming special events.

Remember the color of all items can be changed 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.

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!

This month’s specials end April 30, 2018 so place your order soon!

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"Because no wine glass should ever be naked!"


FUN FACT: A main part of the poison-dart frog’s diet is ants. Many of the types of ants the frog eats contain small amounts of poison. The more of those ants the frog eats, the more lethal its own poison becomes.

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



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FISHIN' TIP:  Now is the time of year to start reducing the weeds in your ponds and a good cheap way of doing so is to the blanket the bottom with either a commercially available weighted blanket or use thick black plastic. It can be found at most hardware and home improvement stores. Weigh it down with bricks or rocks and keep in place at least 30 days. Don’t forget to puncture it to allow gases from the decaying vegetation to escape.

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.


INTERESTING QUOTE: "Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense." – Gertrude Stein

 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.



  Spring is here but the cool weather keeps that urge for going for some of that delicious chili made with Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix. Its unique blend of herbs and spices 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!"



~ 1 lb crappie fillets
~ 1/4 cup buttermilk
~ 1 egg, beaten
~ 1/2 cup flour
~ 1 cup cornmeal
~ 1 tbsp Tony Chachere’s creole seasoning or your favorite cajun seasoning
~ 1/4 tsp pepper
~ 1/4 tsp onion powder
~ oil, peanut oil preferred

* Beat the egg in a bowl. Stir in the milk and flour.

* In another bowl, mix the cornmeal, seasoning, pepper and onion powder together.

* Heat about ¼” of oil in skillet over medium heat.

* Dip the fish in the milk mixture then roll in the cornmeal.

* Add to the hot oil and fry until both sides are golden brown.

* Remove and drain on bread slices or paper towels.

* Serve with hot pepper sauce and your favorite side dishes.

* Enjoy with cold beer.

Thanks to Josh Burns for sharing in this recipe. For more delicious fish recipes to try visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zfish.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.



  It was almost day light and we had been hunting my property in Haskell county for spring turkey season. We had heard a gobbler gobbling along the hill below my father-in-law’s hog barns. The edge of the hill runs mostly east to west and we had been in and out of the bottom several mornings, but never this early. We had been on the mountain on my side of the property, but the gobblers had moved. We were attempting to get closer.

  There was a big mud puddle right at the open gate into my father-in-law’s second pasture and Grandpa never owned a 4 wheel drive. He said if he needed 4 wheel drive to get there, he probably had no business going. So yes, we had been stuck more than once. The big puddle was passable as long as you hit it kind of fast and I said this to grandpa on the approach. He gunned it and when we got to the end of the puddle we discovered my father-in-law had shut the wire gate sometime after we left the previous day. It did not hold up to the Ford pick-up as the middle post bust in two pieces and the entire gate went under the wheels of the truck.

 There were two explosions: the gate from the impact and the language inside of the truck as Grandpa seen we were going to hit the fence. Both were something to experience!!

  Grandpa and I got out of the truck and were still a ways from where we needed to be in the valley, but we started fixing the gate. I knew where a post was that we could use for the center post and retrieved it. We weaved it into the 5 strands and grandpa had staples and hammer in his farm truck.

  Turkeys had been gobbling and they gobbled every time grandpa drove a staple. We both were trying to hurry so we could get on in to the valley. It was good daylight when we got finished. As we started getting our guns, the valley started filling up with turkeys. They sailed in from the roost on the hill, meeting in the middle – hens and gobblers, all of them vocal birds as Grandpa and I stood there to watch.

  We couldn’t move. Not without scaring off the turkeys. We stood there for over an hour as the turkey social event of the morning took place. Turkeys paired off and some came in as pairs. Grandpa said, “Son we need to back out of here when they leave and go home.” His eyes scanned the valley, noting where the turkeys were headed. “We will be back here earlier tomorrow.”

 “We going to avoid the gate tomorrow?” I asked with a grin.

  “I intend to,” grandpa responded. “I’m old, my eyes are going bad.” He glanced over at me. “How come you didn’t see it?”

 “I did right before you hit it,” I answered and we both kind of laughed about it. The gate was a good as new when we left.

  Grandpa called Joe Wells that night and told him we had seen at least 9 different gobblers come in and we were going to be in the valley while it was still dark. The plan came together and we were at the gate the next morning, but this time we walked through. Joe and I moved to a ravine that fed the creek in the center of the valley after we put up our decoys. Grandpa moved behind us to call.

 We watched the day come to life as the gobblers began to gobble and the whippoorwills sang their song up and down the hills. A Great Horned owl gave a deep throated whooo whooo in the distance and somewhere behind us another answered as the turkeys sounded off at their old enemy. Way off to the west a dark sea of clouds were moving toward us, lightning flashing like a faraway battle and the long distance sound of thunder could have been cannons. The turkeys were gobbling to the thunder and it was a beautiful sound.

  As soon as we could see good the turkeys started flying down! We watched in awe as gobblers and hens flew in together and separately, pairing up almost immediately, some of them walking away from our decoys, others strutting on the spot. In the far distance we could see a hen coming with a big gobbler strutting behind her. She was answering grandpa’s call every time he hit that old box call. I really wanted that big turkey.

  Plans do not always go as intended. Five birds came flying in and they headed straight for our decoys. It was 5 jakes, all of them landing right in front of me. They walked around our decoys and I didn’t shoot. They were a little far for Joe but I was hoping if they got a little closer he would kill one. Joe didn’t fire.

  The turkeys got suspicious of the decoys after 10 minutes since they did not move and they started walking off from the decoys, but right toward me. I kept watching that big gobbler behind that hen and they were almost within range.


  I didn’t know what spooked the jakes. I didn’t move. Grandpa and Joe didn’t move, but they started to putt. Every turkey hunter hates that noise and all the birds started walking away. The big gobbler and hen were running back across the valley. Well, the jakes had to walk past two big cedars that blocked their sight from me and I spun around, running quietly to the creek, slipped in. I then raised my head just peering over the edge. Just as I did the lead jake stepped out on the other side of the cedars and I let him have it. He went down in a thrash of wings as the other birds hit the air.

  Grandpa got up all grins as I climbed the creek bank and retrieved my turkey.

 “I thought everything went to hell when they started putting,” he said, “then when you got up, I seen what you had in mind.”

 “Why did they spook?” I asked.

 Joe said, “Coyote. He was slipping up on those to our right and the jakes seen him. When they putted all the others took off. They busted the coyote.”

  The bird in my hand weighed 16 lbs. and had a 5 inch beard. It was a good turkey hunting memory to make with my grandpa and our buddy Joe. To the west there was a crackle of lightning and then after a bit, some thunder. It was about to rain.

 Turkey hunting doesn’t always turn out like you think it’s going to and that gate stopping us the day before put us in a perfect place to observe the habits of those turkeys in the valley. The bird I had in my hand was a jake, but when it comes to turkey hunting, every bird is a trophy.




The Red River Gorge Zipline continues to be one of the most popular destinations in Kentucky! 2017 was a fabulous year and we’re looking for another great time in 2018!

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:  Box calls are the easiest to master. Remember that simple yelps take the majority of toms.

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.



  Have any recipes turkey, goose, rabbit, duck, trout, crappie, alligator, catfish, grouse, dove and everything else that flies, swims or walks? We could use them for future issues of The Bullet and for the site. Send your recipe to us at mail@backwoodsbound.com and thanks!

  The shop is staying busy. Plaques for Ohio, Arkansas and Missouri are on the schedule and we just shipped another 50 Indiana plaques to our friends at Indiana University. They’ve been our client for several years now and we appreciate their continued support. For information and details on our line of After The Shot Trophy Plaques go to www.backwoodsbound.com/ats.html. And remember we specialize in custom designs!

  Need help planning this spring’s or summer’s fishing adventure? We have a link to all of the state’s departments of conservation/natural resources/wildlife on our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/stgamedepts.html to help you get all the information you’ll need to have a great trip.

  Remember to check out our Fishin’ Guides and Charter Services for listings all over the U.S., Canada and Mexico at www.backwoodsbound.com/guidesfish.html.

  As always see this month’s Candid CamShots photo at www.backwoodsbound.com/funphotos2.html. And send your trail camera pics in to us. We should could use ‘em!



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  Kevin Gradin sent us a picture his wife took of a black and a white squirrel in their backyard fooling around their bird feeder. Even though it wasn’t taken with a trail camera, we figured she had to be rather stealthy to get the shots so enjoy this one.

Georgia Does

Send your trail camera or outdoor pictures to mail@backwoodsbound.com.



~ 1 1/2 lbs boneless venison steak, cut into 1” cubes
~ salt and pepper
~ 1 stick butter, divided
~ 1 cup chopped onion
~ 1 cup chopped green pepper
~ 1 clove garlic, minced
~ 1/4 cup chopped shallots
~ 1 – 14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
~ 1 tsp beef bouillon granules
~ 1 tsp oregano
~ 1/2 tsp basil
~ 1 tsp garlic powder
~ 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
~ 2 cups cooked linguine
~ grated Parmesan cheese

* Melt 2 – 3 tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

* Season the meat with salt and pepper and add to the skillet.

* Cook until browned on all sides. Remove and clean skillet.

* Melt 2 tbsp. butter in the skillet and add the onion, green pepper, garlic and shallots.

* Sauté about 4 minutes until tender. Stir in the meat.

* Add the tomatoes and juice, bouillon, oregano, basil and garlic powder. Stir well.

* Cover and simmer 25 minutes stirring occasionally.

* Stir in the mushrooms and simmer another 25 minutes. Add a little water if needed.

* Uncover and simmer 10 minutes.

* Serve over cooked linguine. Sprinkle with the parmesan.

* Enjoy with a salad.

Our thanks to Duffy B. for sharing this recipe with us. For more deer recipes go to www.backwoodsbound.com/zdeer.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


ANSWER TO BACKWOODS TRIVIA: The first steam locomotive was built in 1804 in England by Richard Trevithick.



  Sent in by Jerry Ison.

  The Talking Dog

The other day, I was driving around some back roads and spotted a sign in front of a house: "Talking Dog For Sale."

I went to the door, and the owner says the dog is in the backyard.

I walked into the backyard and see a Labrador retriever sitting there.

"You talk?" I asked.

"Yep," the Lab replies.

"So, what's your story?"

The Lab looks up and says, "Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young, and I wanted to help the government; so I told the CIA about my gift, and in no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders. Since no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping, I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running."

"But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I wanted to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security work, mostly wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals. I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired."

I was amazed. I went back in and asked the owner what he wants for the dog.

"Ten dollars."

I couldn’t believe it and blurted out, "This dog is amazing. Why on earth are you selling him so cheaply?"

"Because he's such a big liar. He didn't do any of that stuff."


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