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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 19 - Issue 8

  Welcome to the August 2018 issue of The Bullet. There’s a lot to do this month. Finish up the family vacation, get the kids ready for school if they haven’t started back yet and of course get ready for the dove season opener. In fact there are more than 700 different hunting seasons opening this month and next. This month there’s squirrels all over ready for the taking. There are mountain lions in Arizona and pronghorn and elk in Nevada to hunt. Early goose hunting happens in North Dakota and even there’s even a 3 day buck-only bow hunt in Tennessee. You need only check with your state’s DNR to see what is happening. So get that bow tuned, stock up on shells, kiss the wife and kids goodbye and get to it. And remember, the dove season opener is fast approaching!

Since it’s been a while since I’ve went on a rant of any sort I’d like to take this opportunity to ask, does anyone make a decent pair of shoes anymore? Does anybody get more than 6 months out of a pair before the things go to hell? Now I’m not talking about work boots or special shoes worn every day in a hard job situation like mail carriers or nurses. I’m talking about just ordinary, everyday walking around shoes. The pair you put on in the morning, wear around the house, go to the store in, out to supper or mow the lawn in once a week. I’ve tried different brands in different price ranges and they all start to come apart where the upper part meets the sole in about 6 – 7 months. They just start coming apart. And God forbid you get them wet! That seems to only advance the deterioration.

When I was a kid we’d wear the soles slick before the upper half came apart. The laces would break and you’d tie them together until your mom got you some more come payday. In that regard, I can’t remember the last time I broke a lace or in fact wore the soles slick. Looks like the technological advances in laces and soles have out surpassed that of the “uppers” and they’re left to fall apart. Can anyone say “rip off”? Just my opinion. I could be wrong.

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


In this issue:

~ Backwoods Trivia
~ Recipe: Garlic and Lemon Herb Squirrel
~ Article: Survival Tips For Big Game Hunters
~ Recipe: Swamp Turtle Gumbo
~ Article: If I've Told You Once, I've Told You A Million Time
~ What's New
~ Recipe: Fishermen's Dip


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: Here’s an interesting one we came across. See if you know the answer to this month’s question.
What was the name of the first submarine that circled the Earth underwater?

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



~ 1 squirrel, cut into serving pieces
~ 2 tbsp lemon juice
~ 2 tbsp olive oil
~ 2 tsp minced garlic
~ 1 tsp salt
~ 1/2 tsp black pepper
~ 1/2 tsp thyme
~ 1/4 tsp rosemary
~ 1/4 tsp basil
~ 1/4 tsp dill seed

* In a small bowl, add the salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, basil and dill. Mix and crush it together.

* Stir in the lemon juice, oil and garlic. Mix well.

* Place the squirrel pieces in a zip lock bag and pour in the marinade. Work it into the meat.

* Seal and refrigerate a couple of hours or overnight. Flip often.

* Remove and drain the meat.

* Grill on a hot grill over medium heat flipping as needed until tender and cooked through.

* Or place in a baking dish and bake for 30 – 40 minutes at 450 degrees.

* Serve with some tasty punch and enjoy.

You can use your favorite herbs in place of or with those listed.

Thanks to Pete Emerson for this recipe. See more squirrel recipes for your enjoyment on 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.



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.

Don’t settle for an ordinary looking plaque! Go one better and order your AFTER THE SHOT Trophy Plaque today. Prices start at $32.95. Don’t wait, order today!

Visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/ats.html for photos and information on how to order your plaque. Order with our secure on-line ordering system and pay with confidence using Paypal.

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



  Every fall, hunters get lost in the woods, and while most escape no worse than tired, chilled and hungry, the hazards of being lost in Idaho's woods shouldn't be underestimated.

  Hunters can take precautions and prepare for an unexpected stay in the woods.

  * Don't rely only on electronics. Items like GPS receivers, cell phones and two-way radios are handy, but dead batteries or other malfunctions render them useless. A map and compass are low tech and less likely to fail, but you also have to know how to use them.

  * Know the area you're hunting. Always be conscious of your surroundings, prominent points, river or creek drainages, and occasionally turn around and look behind you so you will remember what it looks like when you're coming back. If you're on a trail, don't hesitate to put a temporary marker at intersections. Things can look different on your return, especially if you return in the dark.

 * Let someone at home know where you will be hunting and when you expect to return. Often hunters are out longer than expected, especially when they are pursuing big game animals far from a road. You may want to set an absolute deadline and have someone who can alert the authorities if you haven't returned, or contacted someone by that time.

  * Ditto for your hunting partner. Hunters often get separated, so set up a rendezvous time and place and decide in advance when a third party will seek help if you or your partners do not return in time.

  * Watch the weather. You're more likely to get lost or turned around in poor visibility when it's raining, foggy or snowing, which are also conditions under which you don't want to be lost in the woods.

  * Avoid cotton clothing. It provides no warmth when wet. Many hunters wear denim jeans, but there are better alternatives. Look for synthetic, breathable fabrics like modern "softshells." They are more comfortable in nearly all conditions than traditional denim. Old-school wool is also better than cotton, and modern wool is comfortable and excellent insulation.

 * Have a fire-starting kit. Whether matches, lighter or other devices, it should be weatherproof, and it never hurts to have more than one device, as well as tinder or fire starter. Know how to start a fire in all weather conditions.

 * Bring a headlamp and extra batteries. They're valuable for navigating in early mornings or after dark.

  * If you get lost, warmth, shelter and water should be your priorities. You can go days without food, but you have to stay warm and hydrated. But it's never a bad idea to carry extra food with you.

  * Dress in layers and be prepared for the worst weather. Temperatures can drop 30 or 40 degrees between day and night in the mountains. The weather can also change quickly during fall, and it's not uncommon to go from warm and sunny to snowing within hours. A light, packable insulated jacket and a waterproof shell don't weigh much or take up much space, and they provide good insulation in cold and wet weather. Keep them in a daypack and carry it with you.

  * Survival kits are all the rage these days, but many are overkill. Think about the essentials you would need for an unplanned night in the woods.

 * Have your vehicle ready for the backcountry and prepared for minor breakdowns, such as flat tires or dead batteries. A separate survival kit for your vehicle is a good idea because space and weight are less of an issue than when items must be carried on your person.

  * If you get lost, admit it to yourself and prepare to spend the night out. Build a fire for warmth and companionship, and set up a shelter. Wandering around will make it harder for search and rescue personnel to find you. It also fuels your anxiety, preventing you from thinking clearly and making safe choices. This increases the chance that you could become injured or worse.

  * If you take medication daily for a chronic condition, pack several days' supply and take it with you. Tell your hunting partners of your medical condition and where in your pack your medication is located. This can make the difference between a minor incident and a life-threatening medical emergency.

 Thanks to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for these tips. For more information on the great outdoor adventures in Idaho, visit them on the web at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ .

 Keep in mind that although the preceding article was named ‘Survival Tips for Big Game Hunters’ the information it contained can be used in any hunting, camping or hiking situation. Safety is no accident.



We are proud to introduce our new ‘Wine Charms for Stemless Glasses’! They attach with two magnets making them great for any glass! And we can make them in any design you can imagine and probably some you haven't!

And to celebrate the introduction of our ‘Wine Charms for Stemless Glasses’ we’re offering them for only $1.89 each! (regular $2.49)

All other items are 20% OFF this month.

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!

Place your orders soon as this sale ends August 31, 2018!

Visit us at www.karensglabels.com or e-mail us at Karen@karensglabels.com or call 618-257-1365. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to get news about our monthly specials and new items!

"Because no wine glass should ever be naked!"


FUN FACT: IBM released its first “personal computer” or "PC" for home use on August 12, 1981. Microsoft’s first Windows operating system, Windows 1.0, began shipping on November 20, 1985. It now runs more PC’s than any other software.

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



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FISHIN' TIP:  Catfish have a great sense of smell and taste. When fishing for them try prepared dip baits, minnows, small sunfish or bluegill cut into chunks or leave whole if going after the big’uns. Crawdads, night crawlers, chicken livers or dead, but fresh, gizzard shad also work great! – Kenny Settle

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: "Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask, 'Where have I gone wrong?' Then a voice says to me, 'This is going to take more than one night.'" – Charlie Brown

 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!"



~ 4 – 6 lbs. turtle meat
~ oil
~ 1 – 2 lbs. smoked sausage, cut into 1” pieces
~ 1 large onion, chopped
~ 1 1/4 cups chopped celery
~ 1 1/4 cups chopped bell pepper
~ 2 tbsp minced garlic
~ 1- 14oz. can chopped tomatoes
~ 1 cup cut okra
~ 2 tbsp roux (flour gravy)
~ 1 – 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning
~ 2 cups water or turtle broth
~ salt and pepper
~ Louisiana hot sauce
~ cooked rice

* Boil turtle meat in salted water until tender. Remove meat and save broth.

* Chop meat into 1" – 2" pieces.

* Place a small amount of oil in a Dutch oven or large pot.

* Add turtle meat and lightly brown on all sides. Remove meat.

* Add a little more oil if necessary and lightly sauté the onion, celery and bell pepper.

* Add the garlic, tomatoes, okra, roux and Cajun seasoning.

* Stir in 2 cups of water or turtle broth.

* Mix in the turtle meat and sausage. Add salt and pepper and hot sauce to taste.

* Heat to boiling, reduce heat and simmer 2 – 3 hours stirring occasionally.

* Adjust seasoning as needed and add more water or broth if needed.

* Serve over cooked rice and enjoy.

Thanks to Dru Martin 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.



  I guess I’m like most hunters, fishermen and outdoorsmen. I subscribe to several of the big name outdoor/fishing/hunting magazines. Each month I read articles about trolling for walleyes, how to set out my duck decoys or how to keep a buck’s nose from detecting you while in a treestand. But while I was reading an article about deer hunting a few weeks ago I had a feeling of deja vue. That I had heard this piece of advice the author was trying to communicate to me somewhere before. Had I dreamt it? Saw it on TV or in a movie? Or had I eavesdropped on a conservation coming from the liars table down at the local cafe.

  What was going on? And then it hit me. I‘m plagued by the same problem I had twenty something years ago in high school and what my wife, or as I call her, “yes dear” had been accusing me of for years, I can’t remember squat. I only remember and retain information that is important to me only at a certain time and place. And I thought she was always making stuff up just to keep me perpetually in the doghouse.

  As I pondered this problem, having gave up reading the article, I needed a new prospective so I called my old school chum Ron.

  Telling him what I had discovered he quickly reminded me I was an idiot for thinking that my wife was smarter than I was and he had to get off the phone as his wife was yammering on about an anniversary or something.

  Still not quite clear I called an old girlfriend, just friends not dating friends, Lisa. After listening to her yack on about her sick kid for what seemed like an eternity (10 to 15 seconds), I had to interrupt her to talk about more important things, the reason for my call.

  After a quick explanation she reminded me of the fact that I was the one who had to relearn grammar each of the four years, (that’s right, I made it out in four) of high school. She reminded me of the time I answered that an adverb was a female verb on a test. “Or the time you thought a pronoun was a noun that had gone professional. Or the time...”

 Ah, who ask her? How’d she get my number anyway?

  Only one more source to go to and I sure wasn’t looking forward to the I-told-you-so-attitude I was bound to get.

 As I sat attentively listening to “he drives me crazy”, as she likes to introduce herself to strangers as, she explained to me that a lot of people have to be reminded or in her words “re-educated” to things around them. As she pointed out to me, “it’s just unfortunate that most of them are of the male gender. Speaking of re-educating, when are you going to go back to school? When are you going to…?”

 What is she talking about? How did this suddenly turn against me? Oh well, just keeping smiling, nodding politely and saying yes dear.

 Later that night while I lay in bed listening to the gentle sounds of a buzz saw intermixed with what can only be described as a clogged vacuum cleaner next to me, I came to the realization that “yes dear” was right. We as hunters, fishermen and outdoorsmen need to be reminded of the skills and techniques that we bring into use each time we take to the woods or water. That we are in need of the constant reinforcement we get from reading articles and watching videos or outdoor shows on television. That it’s alright to be reminded when it’s a good time to use a Texas rig instead of a Carolina rig, the best place to hang a stand or what do you do if you get lost in the woods.

 So I’ll keep subscribing to my magazines. Keep buying videos and watching Bill Dance on TV. After all, I’m just like everyone else. I just need a little reminder now and then to bring out my best. Now if I could just get to sleep.




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 the time to get signed up for a hunter safety course! All states require everyone born after a certain date to get certified and some states require it no matter how old you are plus it’s a great way to brush up on your safety skills. Classes fill up fast so sign up soon! No need to wait until the last minute and find out there’s no room for you and your youngster.

Find links to all of the state’s game departments at http://www.backwoodsbound.com/stgamedepts.html to find information about classes in your state.

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.



  Got your cameras out yet? This is a great time to get some great pictures of catch bucks in velvet and does with fawns 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.

 The fall hunting season is fast approaching and 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! 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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  This great picture of a bobcat with a squirrel in its mouth was sent in by Andy Roberts. Taken in central Missouri last summer.


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



~ 1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
~ 1/4 cup ranch dressing
~ 3 tbsp lemon juice
~ 1/4 - 1/2 tsp dill seed
~ 1 1/2cups finely flaked cooked bass or crappie
~ 1/2 tsp pimentos

* Place the cottage cheese, dressing, juice and dill in a blender and blend until smooth.

* Place in a bowl and stir in the fish and pimentos.

* Cover and refrigerate 2 hours.

* Stir before serving.

* Enjoy with crackers, tortilla chips or veggies.

Our thanks to Duffy for sharing this recipe. For other fish recipe ideas, visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zfish.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 USS Triton circled the globe underwater in 1960. It took 60 days.


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