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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 19 - Issue 7

  Welcome to the July 2018 issue of The Bullet. Let’s not dwell on the recent storms, ongoing wildfires or the oppressive heat we’ve endured lately. Instead let’s focus on having some summer time fun. Swimming, camping, days on the lake, family cookouts and plain ol’ running thru the sprinklers all sound better than mowing the grass, washing the car, painting the house and everything else on the wife’s to-do list. So have fun, stay safe and remember that hunting season will be here before you know it. Also Christmas is less than six months away.

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


In this issue:

~ Backwoods Trivia
~ Recipe: Catfish Hash
~ Article: Hot Enough For You?
~ Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Grilled Quail
~ Article: Excuse Me: Is That A Frog In Your Mouth?
~ What's New
~ Backwoods Know-How: Getting Rid Of Ticks
~ Recipe: Tasty Frog Legs


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: Here’s an interesting one we came across. See if you know the answer to this month’s question.
What important Treaty/Act is celebrating its 100th anniversary on July 3, 2018?

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



~ 2 lbs cooked catfish, chopped
~ 1 lb hash brown potatoes, thawed
~ 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
~ 1/2 cup chopped onion
~ 1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled, save the grease
~ 1 tsp salt
~ 1/2 tsp black pepper
~ 1/2 tsp chili powder
~ 1/2 tsp garlic powder

* Cook the bacon until just done. Don’t overcook. Remove, cool and chop. Reserve the fat.

* Sauté the green pepper and onion in the bacon fat until tender.

* Add the potatoes and cook until lightly browned.

* Stir in the catfish, chopped bacon and the seasonings.

* Cook over medium-low heat until heated through stirring as needed.

* Serve as sandwiches with a slice of cheese for lunch/supper or with fried eggs for breakfast.

* Note: You can also use bass, crappie or bluegill instead of catfish.

Thanks to Rocky for this recipe. See more fish recipes to enjoy this 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.



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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!

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."



  July in the Midwest…intense heat, high humidity, and the plethora of outdoor activities from mowing the grass to sports, picnics and more. Take care! Heatstroke kills!

 There are many types of heat-related illnesses but the two everyone should be able to recognize are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion typically develops first and if not treated develops into heat stroke. Heat stroke if left untreated can result in death due to the failure of any of the major organ systems.

 Heat exhaustion and heat stroke occur when excessive loss of body fluids inhibit the body’s ability to lower the body’s core temperature. The body’s primary method of cooling itself involves perspiration. As sweat evaporates from the skin the body cools. As the body runs low on fluid for perspiration the method no longer works effectively. The result? Rising body temperatures. Core body temperatures of 105 degrees Fahrenheit can be fatal.

  The typical symptoms of heat exhaustion include: hot, flushed, sweating skin; headache; dizziness; and fainting. Without treatment these symptoms progress into heat stroke with the development of confusion, stupor or agitation, seizures, or coma. The person in heat stroke may no longer sweat due to the depletion of body water.

  How do you treat heat exhaustion? Take a break from the activity that’s making you hot. Find some shade and a breeze so your sweat can evaporate effectively. Fan yourself, squirt yourself with cool water, take a dip in the pool, get a cool drink, etc. Make sure you’re drinking proper fluids during activity or exercise, i.e., eight ounces of fluid for every 15 minutes of moderate exercise. (Beer and other containing alcohol have a diuretic effect and will dehydrate you more quickly. You must be drinking other fluids on the side!) Electrolyte drinks like Gatorade and Powerade can help replace some of the water, potassium and sodium lost during perspiration.

  If you suspect heat stroke, contact emergency medical services immediately then start cooling measures. Move the person to a cool place, splash them with cool water or apply cool towels and encourage them to drink water if they are still conscious.

  Although children and the elderly are most at risk, the heat can affect everyone. Invest in a wide-brimmed hat and some loose-fitting, light colored clothes. Drink plenty of fluids and take frequent breaks. But most of all make sure you can recognize heat stress signs and symptoms and know how to help. Don’t let your next family get-together turn into a medical emergency!



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FUN FACT: A couple of “did-you-knows” this month. Did you know there is no word in the English language that rhymes with month? Did you know a light year is a measure of distance and equals roughly 6 trillion (6,000,000,000,000) miles? That’s the distance light travels in one year.

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



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Thanks for your help.

FISHIN' TIP:  When the fishing gets tough, try using a lure that best resembles the primary forage of the lake or stream you are fishing like crawdads, minnows, frogs, etc.

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: "Don’t sweat the petty things, and don’t pet the sweaty things." – George Carlin.

 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.



  Summer is here but that doesn’t mean that urge for some of that delicious chili made with Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix is put away with the winter gear. The unique blend of herbs and spices makes a great pot of chili the family will enjoy at home or at camp 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!"



~ 6 whole quail, cleaned and dressed
~ 1 lb bacon
~ 1 bottle Italian dressing
~ 1 tbsp paprika
~ 1 tsp sage
~ 1 tsp garlic powder
~ 1/2 tsp onion powder
~ 1 tsp salt
~ 1/2 tsp black pepper

* Place the quail in a large zip lock bag(s) and cover with the dressing. Seal and refrigerate overnight.

* Remove the quail. Drain and pat dry.

* In a bowl, combine all of the seasonings.

* Rub the quail down with the seasoning mixture inside and out.

* Wrap each with bacon slices keeping the seams on one side.

* Place on hot grill over medium heat bacon seam down.

* Cover and cook about 15 minutes. Turn and cook another 15 minutes.

* Check for doneness. Cook longer if needed.

* Remove and cover with foil to rest a couple of minutes.

* Remove the bacon from the quail and throw in a pot of baked beans for some great seasoning.

* Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy.

Thanks to Chris Vaughn for sharing in this recipe. For more delicious quail recipes to try visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zquail.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.



  One of the things I love to do more than almost anything else is fish. Pond, river, reservoir, lake, ocean, even a damp spot on the freeway - it makes no difference so long as there's even the slightest chance some finny creature will latch onto my dangling hook.

  A recent month-long hot, dry sweltering stretch of summer's worst weather had left the ground hard-packed and virtually worm-free. Finding bait was a very difficult task and I had been searching for several hours when I happened upon an odd sight. There in the middle of a dried up pond bottom was a ragged and dusty old speckled snake. From the looks of his bones showing through loose folds of scale-draped skin, he too was having a tough time finding "bait". But, he had just experienced a bit of luck. That is, up 'til I happened by. Dangling from his mouth were the two hind legs of a small green frog. Still kickin'! What I saw hangin' out of that speckled snake's mouth wasn't a pair of green frog legs - it was bass bait!

  The snake, weak from hunger, lost any semblance of speed and had no chance of escape.

  I grabbed the decimated reptile with my right hand, the frog's legs with my left and began to pull.

  Now that old snake had gone a long time between meals and wasn't about to give that frog up. He clamped down with such force and determination, that it was obvious the most I could hope for would be a disjointed leg. That would never do. I quickly realized a different tactic was called for.

  Right here I must explain one little thing. Because I am always on the lookout for a "sweet hole", I sometimes venture into areas that may be shunned by more reasonable folks. One of the dangers, perceived or otherwise is snake bite, so... I take the precaution to always have a little flask of "snake bite medicine" along.

  I pulled that flask from my rear pocket and poured a "speck" of Kentucky's finest 8 year-old snake bite medicine into that snake's mouth, hoping to lubricate the frog so's to pull it free. Let me tell you, that old speckled snake took to swallowing and squirming and flaying around like I've never seen! He immediately let go of the frog and struck off across the dried mud in a series of figure eights and nines, in Roman numerals.

  Taking up the frog, I ran on down to the river bank where I plopped the frog-baited hook out into the water. I hadn't been sitting there for more than five or six minutes when I felt something rubbing and pushing against my back pocket. I jumped up in surprise to discover that same old speckled snake coiled up there with a funny look in his eyes. And another frog in his mouth!




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:  Now is a good time to set your trail cameras out to see what’s happening on your property. You might get some nice shots of a buck in velvet or some a doe and her young fawn. Place them on known trails leading to bedding areas and food sources. – Todd Robertson

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.



  Summer is a good time to get some great pictures with your trail cameras. Fawns are being born so you should get some great pictures to send in for our Candid CamShots feature. Anything and everything is welcome as long as it’s not obscene. Send them as attachments to mail@backwoodsbound.com. See this month’s photo at www.backwoodsbound.com/funphotos2.html.

Now is the time to get those antlers out of the garage or basement and get them on a After The Shot Trophy Plaque or order one for that trophy crappie or bass you have at the taxidermist! Turn-around time should be quick unless we’re off at the lake. 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!

It’s never too early to start planning this fall’s hunting adventure. See our Huntin’ Guides and Outfitter Services page for listings all over the U.S., Canada and Mexico at www.backwoodsbound.com/guideshunt.html. It’s a good place to start your search.

New recipes for The Bullet and the site are always needed so share a couple you have. Send your recipes to mail@backwoodsbound.com. Thanks and we look forward to getting them!



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Here’s a good way to help get rid of ticks that maybe clinging onto your body and hair after a day in the woods.

We all know ticks have become quite the carrier of nasty diseases. Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever are two of the worst. One thing a friend of mine has been doing for several years now is to shower with his dog's flea and tick shampoo after a day in the woods where ticks flourish.

Yeah, I know it sounds too simple right. I have done some research on the web and this is not a dangerous practice when used in moderation and as needed. Most importantly for outdoors people this method works to prevent ticks from setting down and really getting ‘under’ your skin.

The most common method is to wash with your regular soap/body wash and shampoo first. Then wash all over with the flea and tick shampoo. Be sure to rinse your thoroughly and then use a conditioner in your hair if desired.

It’s still a good idea to do a “tick check” after showering especially in your hair. Better to be safe than sorry!

Some side effects to using this method have been relatively minor such as an urge to chase cats and howling at the moon, but these can be addressed with a bucket of cold water. No, seriously, the shampoo works and I would rather take my chance howling at the moon than to end up with something as horrible as Lyme disease.



  Gary Wainwright sent us this picture of some does taken down in Georgia. Thanks Gary.

Georgia Does

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



~ 10 -12 frog legs
~ 4 tbs salt
~ 3 pints water
~ pepper
~ 1/2 cup flour
~ 1 tbs butter
~ 1/2 cup oil
~ 1 large onion, chopped
~ 1 small can sliced mushrooms, drained
~ 1 can clam chowder
~ 3 tbs white wine
~ 1/4 cup sour cream

* Wash and skin the frog legs thoroughly.

* In a large bowl, mix the salt and water. Add the legs and soak for at least 2 hours.

* Remove the legs and drain well.

* Pepper to taste then roll in flour.

* Heat the butter and oil in a large skillet. Add the legs and brown quickly, about 5 minutes per side.

* Remove the legs and place in a baking dish.

* Pour off the drippings from the skillet. Add the onion and mushrooms and sauté until onion is clear.

* Add the soup, wine and sour cream. Mix well. Cook until heated through.

* Pour sauce over the legs and bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes.

* Serve and enjoy.

Our thanks to Patrick Hardiman for sharing this recipe. For other frog recipe ideas, visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zfrog.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 Migratory Bird Treaty Act between Canada and the United States was agreed upon in 1916 and went into effect on July 3, 1918. The act was made to protect and restore wild bird populations and migratory birds in North America. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is a cornerstone piece of conservation legislation and without it many species of birds would probably be extinct now.


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