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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 19 - Issue 5

  Welcome to the May 2018 issue of The Bullet. The weather is finally getting better and the fish are finally starting to bite. I don’t know about other lakes but the crappie reports coming from Kentucky Lake have been anything short of good. The cool spring temperatures here in the Midwest have taken their toll on the spring crappie bite. Just when they think it’s time to spawn the weather gets cold and the fish retreat back to deep water. Hopefully the water starts warming so the bluegill spawn is on schedule for the middle of the month. I’m sure I’m like everyone else this spring. No matter what the weather is like, we’re going anyway!

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


In this issue:

~ Backwoods Trivia
~ Recipe: Baked BBQ Bass
~ Article: Found A Baby Bird? What Do You Do?
~ Recipe: Teriyaki Fried Turkey Breast
~ Article: Stalking The Wild Mushroom
~ What's New
~ Article: Art Of Nature: Nature Is A Mirror
~ Recipe: Backwoods Bound Baked Chimichangas


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: See if you know the answer to this month’s question sent in by Sherry Smith.
Where was the world’s first all steel bridge constructed? What is its name?

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


~ 4 – 6 bass fillets
~ seasoning salt
~ pepper
~ 2 tbsp oil
~ 1/4 cup chopped onion
~ 1 clove garlic, minced
~ 2 tbsp vinegar
~ 2 tbsp brown sugar
~ 1 1/2 cups ketchup

* Season the fillets to taste with the seasoning salt and pepper. Place in a baking dish.

* Heat the oil in a sauce pan and sauté the onion and garlic for a couple of minutes.

* Add the vinegar, sugar and ketchup. Mix well and heat until hot.

* Pour over the fillets and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the fish flakes easy with a fork.

* Serve with your favorite side dishes and enjoy.

Thanks to Don Watson for this recipe. See more fish recipes to enjoy this spring and summer on 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.



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!

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



  This is the time of year that birds start nesting and raising their young and it’s not unusual to find a baby bird lying on the ground especially after a storm or periods of strong winds. So what should you do if you find a baby bird on the ground? Here are a few tips to help you along.

  * The first thing to remember is most birds do not have a good sense of smell so handling the youngster will not be a problem. The parents probably won’t even know you handled their offspring. But don’t handle them if you’ve been working on the car and you’re all greasy.

 * Get the bird out of danger. Get it out of reach of dogs, cats and even other birds. Owls and hawks are always on the look for any easy meal.

 * If you can locate and reach the nest put the bird back in it. If not place it on a safe branch. They will squawk and holler and the parents will find it and take care of it.

 * Do not feed it! Birds have specific diets and the parents know what is best to feed their brood. Did you know that many species can’t safely eat worms? Robins are only one of a handful that can.

 * If the bird is hopping around it is a fledgling and has most of its flight feathers which means it’s not really a baby anymore. Leave this one alone unless it is immediate danger. If so, move it to a safe spot nearby. It should be fine as the hopping around stage will last less than a week and its parents are still watching it and caring for it.

 * If you find an injured bird or animal it is best to call in the professionals. Contact your state’s department of conservation, natural resources or whatever it’s called where you live. If anything contact a local veterinarian. Hopefully they can assist you in contacting the right people.

  * Also keep in mind that in most states it is illegal to process wild animals without a special permit so don’t get yourself in trouble.

  An article from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources was a source for this article. You can find more information on caring for baby birds at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources web site at http://www.wildawareutah.org/utah-wildlife-information/baby-birds/ .

 Also visit https://wildlife.utah.gov/ to discover all the great outdoor adventures in Utah.



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We are also offering 25% OFF all other themes this month to help you 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.

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FUN FACT: In 1912 the cost of a first class was 2 cents. Two states joined the union that year. New Mexico became the 47th and Arizona became the 48th.

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



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FISHIN' TIP:  It’s not unusual to catch a catfish or two while fishing for bluegill. They both like to spawn in the same temperature range, 65 – 75 degrees with the low 70’s being the best. So throw out a pole or two baited with a piece of nightcrawler, shad, chicken liver or even several crickets on a hook off to the sides of the bluegill bed. Attach a bell to the end of pole so you’ll know when you get a bite. – Bob Burns

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: "Work is the curse of the drinking class.” – Oscar Wilde

 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!"



~ 2 turkey breasts
~ 1 bottle Lawry's teriyaki marinade
~ flour
~ salt and pepper, optional
~ oil

* Cut the breasts into 1" cubes.

* Place in a large zip lock bag and pour in the marinade. Seal and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Overnight is better.

* Remove the cubes from the marinade and drain.

* Heat about a 1/4" of oil in a large skillet.

* If desired, season the flour with salt and pepper.

* Roll the cubes in the flour and add to the oil.

* Cook over medium heat until golden brown. Stir as necessary.

* Remove and drain on paper towels.

* Serve and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce.

Thanks to Lynwood Graham for sharing in this recipe. For more delicious turkey recipes to try visit 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.



  "Hey, Virgil! How much farther do we have to go? I'm gettin' winded!"

 "Heck you're thirty years younger 'n me! You oughta be able to keep up with an old man! Besides, it's only 'bout another mile or so. Just up over that ridge, then a little ways on."

  The way Virgil had led me out here into the back country of Anderson County one may have thought we were on an illegal mission. He first had me drive away from our destination for several miles then circle back the long, or should I say the longest way around. We then parked the car off the road in as secluded an area as was available. We had taken my car because Virgil " 'spected none of them rascals" he was avoiding would recognize it. Leaving the car we entered the brush, and after several hundred yards, circled back until we again crossed the road and finally, towards the secret place.

  No, we weren't checking on a gold deposit, nor were on some dark covert operation for a shadowy agency. We were going to Vigil's perennial mushroom patch. That's right, wild mushrooms, morels.

  Every spring hundreds of folks head out into the woods and along the streams, open areas, wherever they suspect these delicious and elusive fungi may grow. The morel is sometimes known as the sponge mushroom or, possibly because of its delicate flavor, the "dry-land fish". There are at least four varieties, all edible and all delicious.

 There are several mushrooms that resemble the morel but the true morels are indeed the best known and most sought after edible fungi. All the species of morel fruit in the spring and all are edible and delicious. The scientific name for this family of fungi is Morchella. The scientific name for this plant gives away the fact that these mushrooms are indeed highly regarded. The most sought after and most highly prized morels are the Morchella deliciousa. I'm not making that up. That is the name learned scientists have given this elusive fungi.

  The only place this plant can be found is in the wild. While many attempts have been made to produce the mushroom commercially, and spores have been successfully germinated, no one has succeeded so far. For that reason, whenever these rare treats appear on a restaurant menu, they command a very high price - ten to twenty times that of the best steak, ounce for ounce.

  These fungi fruit for a brief period in the spring and in areas that seemingly are disparate. When one is found, however, there are usually numerous others in the immediate area. They also tend to reappear in the same location year after year, the reason secret 'shroom plots are so jealously guarded.

  Just ahead, I heard Virgil let out a loud curse. Followed be a stream of invectives and then a tone of resignation.

  "Well I'll be danged! Looks like some low down dirty dawg has done beat us to the 'shrooms! See where they stirred up the leaves and such."

  "How do you suppose anyone was able to find your secret path after all the precautions you take, Virgil?"

  "Well, I reckon they done it same way I did, follered somebody what knew for four or five seasons, how else?"

 Giving Up Secrets

 Unlike Virgil and others of the same ilk, and because I'm such a nice guy, I intend to share the location of two of my most secret, and most productive 'shroom patches. Being the eternal optimist, I visited one this weekend. I knew going out the morels wouldn't be up yet, but the weather was great and it was as good an excuse as any to get out.

 Sure enough, there were no morels, but the bloodroot was in full bloom. I also spotted some spring beauties, trout lilies (not in bloom yet) and mayapples just emerging. The light was poor where the mayapple was just pushing through and they do look a lot like slightly green morels at that stage and well... I have to admit, it was me that killed all those baby mayapples! I'm sorry.

 Anyway now comes the good part. I'm going to tell you just where my two best plots are. The one most productive is just west of LaFollet a few miles and right off route 25. Or maybe it’s route 156. At any rate, you'll know the place, there's a red barn fairly close by and you pass a couple of white houses three or four miles back. OK, the other really good spot is, are you ready? Just into Anderson County five or six miles and off to the left.

 There you have it, the locations of my long-guarded secret morel plots. Enjoy!




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:  Clean and oil your guns, put them in the safe and go fishing.

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.



  We’re 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 slowing down in the shop but orders for our After The Shot Trophy Plaques continue to come in. Now is the time to get those antlers and skulls out of the garage and basement 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 summer season. Any recipes for turkey, goose, rabbit, duck, trout, crappie, alligator, catfish, grouse, dove and everything else that fly’s, swims or walks are needed so send them in! Send your recipes to mail@backwoodsbound.com. Thanks and we look forward to getting them!

 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.



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  This Oklahoma buck is sporting a broken tine in October 2017. The picture was taken a week ahead of the start of muzzleloader season. He’s probably still out there as no one reported taking him during muzzleloader or rifle season. Picture was sent in courtesy of James Ewing.

Broke Tine Buck

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



  As you can see in this quiet, still water is the reflection of a fawn and surrounding plants and rocks.

  We pay many dollars to buy mirrors to see ourselves or to use as decorations. Nature doesn't have to pay a single penny to provide the mirror image. We should be so lucky! We pay to see our reflection.

 Do you think the fawn realizes it is looking at itself? Does it like what it sees?

 Take time to appreciate nature. Look and learn from it. It could change your outlook on life and you'll like the reflection you see.




~ 1 packet Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix
~ 2 lb's ground beef or deer
~ 1 large onion, chopped
~ 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
~ 3 cups taco sauce
~ 1 - 15oz. can refried beans
~ shredded Monterey Jack cheese or cheddar
~ 12" flour tortillas
~ butter, melted
~ shredded lettuce
~ diced tomatoes
~ sour cream

* Brown the meat in a large skillet. Drain.

* Add seasoning mix, onion and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until veggies are tendered stirring as needed.

* Stir in the taco sauce and heat through. Remove from heat.

* Spread a thin layer of beans in the middle of a tortilla. Spoon some of the meat mixture on the beans and top with cheese.

* Fold in the ends and roll up the tortilla. Place seam side down on a baking sheet.

* Repeat using the rest of the meat and tortillas.

* Brush each chimichanga with melted butter.

* Bake at 350 degrees 25 – 30 minutes or until golden brown.

* Let set for a few minutes.

* Serve with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and sour cream on top.

* Enjoy.

For more delicious recipes using our Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix go to www.backwoodsbound.com/zchili.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 world’s first all steel bridge was built to connect East St. Louis, Illinois to St. Louis, Missouri over the Mississippi river. Named after its designer and builder, James B. Eads, the Eads Bridge was completed in 1874 and is still in use today.


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