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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 19 - Issue 11

  Welcome to the November 2018 issue of The Bullet. Let the games begin! Hunting season really gets going this month as the much anticipated firearm deer season opens. Some of you have been enjoying firearm season already but now you get to hunt the rut with the rest of us.

It is an exciting time of year as now only is deer hunting ramping up, there’s the waterfowl season, pheasant hunting, rabbits, squirrels, doves, quail and archery turkey hunts to go on. Plus the trapping season gets rolling. Whatever your passion, have fun and stay safe. Also try to introduce someone new to your adventures. Grab the kids away from the TV and their phones and get them outdoors.

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


In this issue:

~ Backwoods Trivia
~ Recipe: Hooleyman’s Venison Rice Dressing
~ Article: 22 Huntin' Tips To Use This Season
~ Recipe: Marinated Duck Breasts
~ Article: The Mighty Hunter
~ What's New
~ Backwoods Know-How: Deer Weight Calculator
~ Candid CamShots
~ Recipe: Pecan Pie


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: Since it is hockey season we thought we’d throw this question at you. Do you know the answer?
The machine to resurface the ice between periods is called a “Zamboni”. Where did it get its name and when did it first appear on the NHL ice?

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



~ 2 lbs ground venison or wild boar or mixture of the two
~ your favorite seasonings, Slap Ya Mama is recommended
~ 1 cup diced onions
~ 1 cup diced celery
~ 2 cups rice
~ 2 cans cream of chicken soup
~ 1 can french onion soup

* Brown the meat with your favorite seasonings in a dutch oven or a covered pot that can go in the oven. Do not drain.

* Add the onions, celery, rice and soups. Mix well. Stuff in a turkey or chicken and bake or proceed to next step.

* Cover the pot and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Make sure pot is covered so the rice cooks in the meat and soup juices.

* Check after an hour to see if the rice is cooked to tender. Cook a little longer if necessary until done.

* Remove from oven and give it a stir.

* Serve and enjoy.

Thanks to Jim for this recipe. See more venison recipes to use this fall on our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zdeer.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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* When squirrel hunting you can make a squirrel call by squealing and smooching on your hand. - Cody

* Hey, this one is for avid squirrel hunters in this world. Squirrel hunting can be like deer hunting walk slow and quiet while scoping the land out. Look for your nut trees because that’s squirrel heaven. Once you find the trees sit down and don’t move and they'll come out. I shoot 80% of my squirrels in the head, saves meat and it’s easier and less gruesome when cleaning. I have pics to prove it. - Tim Mickle

* When hunting for deer, always eat an apple before hunting. It helps cover your scent and rub one on your body too. - Dreu

* When bow hunting for deer in the early season, try to set up in between the bedding area and the food source especially soy beans and white oaks. – Don Taylor

* You don’t want to put your doe estrus out before sun up and not be able to see deer come in. So use film canisters and place a new tampon inside with the string outside. Wrap a rubber band around the canister at the top to hold it in. At daylight, pour estrus in and toss it. Keep the lid to reuse. – Gary Warren

* When hunting from a tree stand or on the ground, always have the sun to your back. It’s easier for you to see, and deer will almost never approach with the sun directly in their face. – John Cox

* To make any cold day of hunting better, remember to take extra packs of hand warmers, you'll be glad you did! – Zach Weikart

* When sitting and waiting for a squirrel, have a dog run around. He will stir them up. – Taylor Woods

* When bow hunting I always carry a couple of arrows with field points to mark distances when I’m hunting the edge of an open field such as a food plot. I walk into the field and with my rangefinder measure back to my stand or blind and mark them with an arrow. I then spray a little doe urine on it. You can use sticks but I like an arrow as you can see the color of the fletching better late in the day. I killed a big doe a few years ago at 20 yards who came right up to my arrow and sniffed it. – J B

* An additional lure for that big buck that I use has always been my lunch. I traditionally bring peanut butter sandwiches and apple juice. I leave a sandwich and a bottle of juice open in my blind. More deer come by to investigate the smell of lunch than have ever responded to any artificial scent I've used. – Randy Cone

* When hunting out of a treestand, make sure you pick a tree with a lot of cover on it. You don’t want your outline to be seen in the sky. – Harold Knight and David Hale

* When hunting, let someone know where you are going. Block off any trails not used with two branches crossing each other standing up using rocks as a brace at the bottom. It will help the search and rescue teams if you get lost. – Corey Hite

* When hunting with someone else and ya'll split up it is good to have a couple of walkie talkies to keep in contact with your other person. – Garrett Farmer

* If you hunt for deer where there is pine sage or hemlock trees break off a bow from one and rub yourself down for a natural cover scent. – Kyle Biloski

* Keep downwind from the most likely area where deer usually come from. - Josh

* To trick a squirrel that you know is in a tree, take a small piece of twine about twenty feet long and tie to small tree or bush. Then walk to the opposite side of the tree. Stay quiet for a bit and then pull the rope hard enough to shake the bush. Be ready to shoot when the bushy tail comes around the tree. – Curtis Sebren

* When rabbit hunting, look for thick briar patches...remember the thicker the better. – Paul Ballance

* When climbing a tree-stand it’s always safer if you unload the gun before entering the stand. – Jacob Dixon

* When bow hunting it is often hard to judge distance in the woods. So take some caution tape or something easily seen and walk 30-40 yards from your stand and mark the trees or bushes that way you'll have a better idea how far away the deer is. – Clay Finley

* When deer hunting, all the cover scent and scent killer in the world won't help you if your breath stinks. Chew spearmint or peppermint gum, it will kill odor on your breath. If you don't have any gum, chew some pine needles. They work just as well, if not better, since the deer know the pine scent. – Joey Pecorino

* To test wind direction, carry a small downy feather in the inside flap of your hat. – Bret Tennis

* A day or two before hunting spread some peanut butter on a tree about chest high and the scent will bring deer to the spot. They also love the taste. - Brett Carter

Send your tips to mail@backwoodsbound.com and we will post them on the site or use them in an upcoming issue of The Bullet.



Get ready for the Holiday season because all Holiday themed items are 25% OFF this month! Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah items are all 25% off!

Remember that any design can be made into an ornament. It’s a great way to recognize a special event! Baby's 1st Christmas, Our first Christmas, Anniversary, or even "My first deer" and they’re now only $4.49 each! (regular $5.99) There is a $1.00 upcharge if the design is taken from a picture.

Plan ahead for Christmas parties! Visit our web site for ideas.

Save on All other themed items with 20% OFF thru the end of November!

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!

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FUN FACT:  There are twenty-eight U.S. states and four Canadian provinces that have names with Native American origins.

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



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HUNTIN' TIP:  See above article.

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: "Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book." – Ronald Reagan

 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.



  The cool days of fall are here and that brings on the first cravings for that delicious, hearty tasting 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!"



~ 4 - 6 duck breasts
~ 1/4 cup sugar
~ 1/4 cup soy sauce
~ 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
~ 3 tbsp lemon juice
~ 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
~ 2 tsp greek seasoning
~ bacon
~ your favorite bbq sauce

* Mix the sugar, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, lemon juice, ginger and seasoning together.

* Put the breasts in a large zip lock bag. Pour in the marinade.

* Refrigerate overnight.

* Remove and wrap each breast with bacon. Secure with toothpicks.

* Grill over medium heat until bacon is cooked.

* Baste often with the bbq sauce. Flip as needed.

* Serve and enjoy.

Our thanks to Larry Houndle for sharing this recipe. For other duck recipe ideas, visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zduck.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.



The Navigator was all packed;
He sat down to review the past
Week’s worth of photos from his 8 trail cameras.

Bucks…nice bucks
Showed up at all his stand sites;
Which would he choose?

Forecast called for morning cold;
He would sit in the enclosed tree stand,
With his Little Buddy heater for comfort.

As always, he slept little before the opener;
He was up early…ate a quick, light breakfast.
He hit the remote starter for the big Lincoln.

Then he donned his insulated, waterproof/breathable
Hunting clothes and boots…He was ready
For a full day of wilderness hunting.

He passed a couple of farms
On the way to his hunting lease;
Surprised to see lights on in houses and barns.

He parked the SUV; mounted his all-terrain vehicle, then
Hit the remote to illuminate the tiny red glow
Guide lights that would lead him to his stand.

Once in the stand, he checked his gear:
Had his cell phone, his Kindle and two video games;
He was set for a long day of hunting.

Before daylight, he used his night vision binoculars
To see if all his shooting lanes were clear, and
Look for any recent “buck work”.

His black AR rifle was topped with the best
Variable power, range finding, video camera
Rifle scope that money could buy.

Eleven hours later, he climbed down from the stand;
Hadn’t seen a single deer, but strongly suspected
That some had passed by while he was reading or dozing.

On the way out, he came upon a trespasser:
A smiling local farm kid, dressed in jeans and a wool shirt,
Carrying a single barrel Stevens shotgun, and dragging a nice buck.

He pulled the quad to a halt alongside the boy:
“Kind of a nice buck…
Too bad you took him on my posted property!”

“No sir,” the kid smiled….
“Took him on our farm, ‘bout 50 yards short of your line;
Figured this old trail would be an easy drag back to the barn!”

“So, what happened, asked the hunter…just stumble upon him?
Or did you have cameras out like me?
Or was it dumb luck?

“Well, sir, I been scouting this guy for a couple weeks…
Every afternoon when rounding up the cows for milking;
Put a bunch of miles on these old barn boots!”

“I figured I knew what he’d do today,
So once I got the cows moving,
I let old Shep get them back to the barn.”

“Then I set up in some small hemlocks
Near where he usually enters our pasture,
Hoping to get a look and maybe a shot at him.”

“He come along…just as I expected;
Sure pays to scout…Got him with one shot;
Ounce ball at 17 yards with Grandpa’s old gun!”

The smile on the kid’s face bothered the mighty hunter;
How could anyone be so lucky…?
He planned to set more cameras next year.

“How much of a drag you got…
To get back to your barn?
Be dark soon!”

“I reckon it’s only ‘bout a half mile
From that fancy rig
Parked out at the end of this trail.”

The hunter chose not to reprimand the youngster further.
He merely advised that he was ill-equipped and drove on.
The smile had never left the boy’s face!



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


FISHIN' TIP:  When fishing for brown trout in the fall, use large baits such as ¼ ounce or heavier spoons or No. 4 and No. 2 streamers. Also target brush piles and undercut banks.

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 more new stuff for the upcoming fall and winter issues! We are in need of recipes, tips, trail camera photos, stories and anything else you want to share! 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!

  Things are starting to get busy in the shop as orders for our After The Shot Trophy Plaques picks up. You need to order yours now and get last year’s trophy on your wall. South Carolina, Oklahoma and Illinois are few of the designs that have gone out lately. 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.



  Ever wonder how much your deer weighs but there’s not a scale in camp? Here’s an easy to use method for determining the approximate weight of your deer. We’re not sure where we got this from, but we thank whoever it was that sent it in a long time ago. So print this off and carry it in your pack so you’ll have it handy this season.

  Method: Use a soft tape measure and measure all the way around the deer’s chest/belly/back just behind the front legs to get the "girth" in inches. Now compare the measurement with the chart below.

  For example, a buck that has a 40 inch girth weighed about 182 pounds on the hoof and 144 field-dressed. It will give you about 80 pounds of venison.



Live Wt.


Field Dressed


Lbs. Edible Meat




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  Here’s a new one of a real nice split tine buck in southern Illinois last month. Sent in by Josh Burns.

Split Tine Buck

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



~ 1 - 9” unbaked pie crust
~ 1 cup light corn syrup
~ 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
~ 3 eggs, slightly beaten
~ 1/3 cup butter, melted
~ 1/2 tsp salt
~ 1 tsp vanilla
~ 1 heaping cup pecan halves

* In a large bowl, combine corn syrup, sugar, eggs, butter, salt and vanilla. Mix well.

* Pour filling into unbaked pie crust and sprinkle with pecan halves.

* Bake for 45 to 50 minutes at 350 degrees or until center is set. Toothpick inserted in center will come out clean when pie is done.

* If crust or pie appears to be getting brown, cover with foil for the remaining baking time.

* Remove from oven and cool.

* Serve and enjoy with whipped cream

Thanks to April Barkulis for sharing this recipe. For more delicious dessert recipes to try visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zdess.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 “Zamboni” is named after its inventor, Frank Zamboni. It first appeared during the 1954-55 season at the Boston Garden.


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