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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 19 - Issue 9

  Welcome to the September 2018 issue of The Bullet. The 2018 hunting season is well under way! By the time you’re reading this the dove season opener has come and gone. Boxes of shells have been shot and hopefully you’ve managed to down a few birds. If you didn’t, there’s still plenty of time to get in on the action as the season continues on and remember that archery season is only a few weeks away.

It’s late summer and the trail cameras are being set. I have mine up and I hope to get some pictures of a couple of real nice 8-point bucks and a tall 4 pointer I saw in velvet in early August. They came out early one evening just up from my camper while I was grilling and listening to the ball game. I managed to get some grainy photos with my camera but the distance was too great for any good pictures. But they were good enough to get the boys pumped up when I passed them along. Hopefully they come by my stand this season as I called dibs.

I had a few responses agreeing to my editorial last month when I complained about how you can’t get a pair of shoes to last a year without falling apart. The consensus was that they’re overpriced, foreign made junk. Just our opinions. We could be wrong.

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


In this issue:

~ Backwoods Trivia
~ Recipe: Grilled Doves
~ Article: A Dove Hunters Guide To Public Land Hunting
~ Recipe: Bourbon Peppercorn Backstrap
~ Article: Iowa's Pheasant Population Second Highest in a Decade
~ What's New
~ Recipe: Mashed Potato Casserole
~ Last Minute Stuff


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: This month’s question was sent in by Patrick Rinehart. Do you know the answer?
Edwin E. Perkins introduced what popular kids drink in 1927?

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



~ 6 whole doves, cleaned, split down back and flattened. Your choice of skin on or off.
~ 1/4 cup oil
~ 2 shallots, minced
~ 1 tsp rosemary
~ salt
~ fresh ground pepper

* In bowl, mix the oil, shallots, rosemary, salt and pepper (to taste).

* Brush some of the mixture on the doves and set aside while getting grill hot. Save the rest!

* Once grill is hot to medium-high heat, place the doves on the grill.

* Grill about 10 minutes per side basting often with the oil mixture.

* Doves should be done when you can twist the leg/thighs easily.

* Remove to a warm platter, cover and let rest a few minutes.

* Serve with potatoes and enjoy.

Thanks to Rocky for this recipe. See more dove recipes to use this fall on our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zdove.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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  In the great state of Texas dove hunters have the opportunity to hunt on over 1 million acres of public land. I have been participating with public land hunting for over 10 years and consider myself somewhat of an expert. I'm going to give you a few tips that should help your next public land hunting trip be more successful.

 Dove hunting across the country is growing and every year more hunters are participating with outdoor activities. I have found that when planning a public land hunt it is important to do a little homework before you decide on which area you would like to choose to hunt. Texas is good about putting up statistics about how many birds were killed at specific public lands units. Also, most areas allow for pre-season scouting to monitor bird flight patterns or look for units that have quality bird habitat. I personally look for sunflowers, grain and roosting trees.

  When you do find an area you are going to hunt it is important to make sure you arrive early at the hunting unit. I have found that choice areas attract many hunters and it is critical to stake out good spots early before the crowd arrives. I recommend on afternoon hunts to enter a field before 3pm, find a good shade tree and wait for the bird flight to begin. Great locations will have bird flights as early as noon time! Arriving early also allows you an opportunity to talk to other hunters about bird flight patterns and let each other know where you will be hunting in the field. It is important to let others know where you are sitting so you would try and prevent any accidents from occurring. Veteran hunters will appreciate and utilize any information on how to strategically set up on a dove field with hunters.

  Finally, once the birds begin flying it is necessary to monitor the movements of other hunters who may be arriving late into a field and decide to position themselves near the sound of shotgun blast. I can't tell you how many times I've been blasting away at birds and hunters creep up nearby to catch left over birds that get away from my bad shooting. Normally I would not have a problem with this if they just take the time to check with me to let me know where they will be sitting and in which direction they plan to shoot. It is extremely rude to sneak up on a dove hunter without asking him if he can shoot nearby. Not to mention this is dangerous and irresponsible on the hunter's part that is willing to disregard safety for a chance to down a few birds.

  On one of my most recent hunting trip to an area just north of San Antonio, I came across two individuals that nearly ended my day in a very bad way. I will call the first hunter "Bubba" to forever hide his identity from shame in the dove hunting community.

  Bubba arrived early at the dove field and decided to walk the entire perimeter of the unit while stalking monster dragonflies. After about two boxes worth of shotgun blasts, Bubba continued to circle back towards my position under a tree in the middle of the dove field. He was unaware of my position and could not see me due to thick cover. The next few moments for me were very nervous because I knew he would eventually fire a shot in my direction if the elusive dragonflies continued to provide a form of entertainment for him.

 Well would you know it Bubba did the unthinkable, he fired a low shot into the horizon straight in my direction from 50 - 60 yards away. Luckily for me the thick Texas brush prevented the next "Dick Cheney" from occurring. Needless to say, Bubba limited out on dragonflies and left the public lands to finish off his twelve pack of beer. The rest of the afternoon was peaceful and I was very thankful that I lived to hunt another day! Until next time, shoot straight and lead those birds.



Another new offering this month, ornaments! Choose any of our designs or get one custom made from your photo. Be ready for the fast approaching Christmas season.

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All other items are 25% 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 September 30, 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:  The first 16 Hot Wheels cars hit the stores in 1968 with the introduction of the “Custom Camaro” in May of that year. Fifteen other designs soon followed and the rest is history. The 1 billionth Hot Wheels car was made in 1991.

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 a stream it’s a good idea to fish the area directly downstream where another stream or a spring enters the main stream. These areas usually contain fresh cold water that is loaded with insects and nutrients that fish like. – Lance Franklin

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: "It’s great to have gray hair. Ask anyone who’s bald." – Rodney Dangerfield

 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!"



~ 1 - 2 lb. wild hog backstrap/loin
~ 1 package Kroger brand Bourbon Peppercorn marinate or equivalent
~ 1/2 cup bourbon
~ 1 clove garlic, minced
~ 1 medium purple onion, sliced into thin wedges
~ 1/4 cup flour for gravy, optional

* Mix marinate according to package directions. Add the bourbon, garlic and onion. Mix well.

* Place the meat in a large zip lock bag and pour in marinate.

* Seal and refrigerate at least an hour. Longer is better.

* Place the meat and marinate in a cooking bag.

* Bake at 350 degrees for 1½ hours.

* Remove from oven and allow to rest 15 minutes.

* While the meat is resting, remove 2 cups of the broth from the cooking bag.

* Place in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.

* Stir in 1/4 cup of flour and stir until thick and bubbly.

* Slice the loin and serve with mashed potatoes topped with gravy.

* Enjoy.

Our thanks to Krissy Hundertmark for sharing this recipe. For other wild hog recipe ideas, visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zhog.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.



  Iowa’s pheasant hunters can expect to find more birds this fall when they head to the fields, predict state wildlife experts. That forecast is based on the recently completed statewide population survey of pheasants, quail, partridge, cottontail rabbits and jackrabbits.

  Iowa’s pheasant population increased in every nine county region except northwest where it was similar to last year. The survey counted a state average of 21 birds per 30 mile route which translates to a statewide harvest estimate of 250,000 to 300,000 roosters this fall.

 The August roadside survey is tool used by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to physically record the number of upland game seen while driving the survey routes. It’s a product of 218 30-mile routes across that state that are conducted Aug. 1-15 beginning at sunrise. The survey has used the same routes since 1962.

  “We weren’t sure what to expect from the survey this year because the spring weather was all over the board and it likely impacted some nesting success,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife research biologist for the Iowa DNR. April started cold with 10-20 inches of snow across northern Iowa and then switched to warm and dry by the end of May.

  “The take home message is, if you had good hunting last year, you can expect similar hunting or better hunting across most of the state this year,” he said.

  The 2018 count was an increase over the 15 birds per route in 2017. However, Bogenschutz said dry conditions in 2017 likely did not accurately reflect the pheasant population and when adjusted for the lack of dew the population would be similar, but still slightly lower than 2018.

  Another positive for hunters is the quail and cottontail rabbit populations, both at present day highs.

  “Anyone who has ever had an interest in quail hunting or hasn’t hunted quail recently – this would be a good fall to go,” Bogenschutz said.

  Iowa’s quail range is across the southern third of the state. Rabbits are abundant in all parts of Iowa with the highest populations in southern and east central regions.

  Partridge population is similar to 2017 with the highest population in central and northern Iowa. The lone exception is jackrabbits which have seen its numbers fall likely due to a landscape that shifted from producing small grains and fields of short grasses to larger fields of corn and soybeans.

  The August roadside survey and game distribution maps are available online at www.iowadnr.gov/pheasantsurvey .




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:  Here’s a tip to help you get ready for deer season next month. A week or two before hunting season put your hunting clothes in a trash bag or plastic tote. Then throw in pine needles, dirt, leaves, pieces of cedar, apples and/or anything else that is in your hunting area. You can use those little zippered laundry bags to hold the stuff. They make it easier to handle the stuff when refreshing the material. You can keep your clothes in it throughout the season and don’t have to worry about buying cover scents. Make sure to replace the items every couple of weeks as things will rot especially apples and the scent will stay strong with new things.

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 need new stuff for the upcoming fall and winter issues! New recipes, tips, trail cam photos, stories and anything else you want to share are needed! Send all of your stuff in now so we can sort through it and get things lines up. Send everything to mail@backwoodsbound.com. Thanks and we look forward to getting them!

  The fall hunting seasons are upon us with the archery season only weeks away so it’s time to get those antlers off of your desk, out of the garage or basement and get them on your wall on an 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!

  Need help 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.



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Deer season is fast approaching so place your ad now!



  This great picture of two Oklahoma bucks comes from our friend Brentt Steward. This is just one of the pictures his camera took as the two battled for over 30 minutes!

Buck Battle

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



~ 8 large baking potatoes
~ 8 oz sour cream
~ 3 oz cream cheese
~ 1/4 cup butter, melted
~ 1/4 cup milk
~ 2 cloves garlic, minced
~ 1/2 tsp dried dill weed
~ salt and pepper to taste
~ 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

* Boil potatoes until tender. Drain.

* In a large mixing bowl, beat the potatoes with the sour cream, cream cheese, butter, milk, garlic, dill weed and salt and pepper.

* Place in a casserole dish and sprinkle with the parmesan cheese.

* Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

* Serve and enjoy.

Thanks to April Barkulis for sharing this recipe. For more delicious side dish recipes to try visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zside.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: Edwin E. Perkins introduced Kool-Aid to the delight of kids everywhere in 1927.



  As you may or not remember our trivia question last month asked “What was the name of the first submarine that circled the Earth underwater?” and the answer was the U.S.S. Triton. A day after last month’s Bullet went out we received the following note and picture from our friend Albert Kruger.

Interestingly the sail of the boat featured in your trivia sits just outside my office.

Albert Kruger

USS Triton

If you want to see part of this historical submarine, the U.S.S. Triton Submarine Memorial Park is located in Richland, Washington a couple of hours drive southwest of Spokane. Do an on-line search for more information.


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