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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 20 - Issue 1

  Happy New Year and welcome to the January 2019 issue of The Bullet. The holidays are over and the kids are returning to school. Hunting seasons are winding down and the cold boring days of winter will be taking over. I guess one bright spot is it’s the beginning of the “Show” season. Boat shows, camping shows, RV shows, fishing shows, take you choice. They’re coming to a venue near you soon so save your money and keep your eyes peered for dates and times. They are a good way spend a weekend afternoon.

As the New Year begins it’s a good time to remember the friends and family we lost over the past year. I know a lot of you feel the loss of a special person from your life and I’m no exception. This past fall saw the loss of my wife’s Aunt Pearl. Pearl loved to fish and always had a story or two or three about the time she spent on the water. She was the family matriarch for many years before passing away at the age of 96 leaving behind a freezer full of fish to enjoy. Thanks Aunt Pearl.

Less than two weeks later my brother-in-law Gerald, Jerry to the family passed away after a two year battle with stomach cancer. Jerry was in the Navy and served in Vietnam before moving on to another government job. A job he couldn’t talk about for years as the agency he worked for was never recognized as existing for years. Jerry spoke six languages and was a very intelligent person. Living on the east coast we didn’t get to see him much but when he was in town, he and his family always stayed at Pearl’s house. Kind of ironic I guess. I wish I had gotten to know him better but will cherish the time I was around him. Rest in peace my friend.

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


In this issue:

~ Backwoods Trivia
~ Recipe: Goose Poppers
~ Article: IDNR Reminds Snowmobilers to Focus on Safety This Winter
~ Recipe: Spicy Fried Deer Nuggets
~ Article: The Great Ice-Fishing Expedition
~ What's New
~ Article: Art Of Nature: Never Alone
~ Candid CamShots
~ Recipe: Backwoods Bound Baked Chimichangas


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: We’ve had this question before so let’s see if you remember the answer.

What team won the first Super Bowl?

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



~ goose breast, cut into 1/4" strips
~ jalapeno peppers, cut in half lengthwise and seeds removed
~ sliced cheddar cheese
~ bacon
~ toothpicks
~ foil

* Take a slice of cheese and stuff it into a pepper half.

* Wrap cheese stuffed pepper with a slice of goose and then with bacon. Secure with toothpicks.

* Repeat process.

* Cover grill with foil. Cook poppers over medium heat until done.

* Serve and enjoy.

Thanks to Dru West for this recipe. See more goose recipes on our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zgoose.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 arrowheads 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."



  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding snowmobile operators and riders to use caution and focus on safety this winter when conditions are right for snowmobile riding.

  “Every year throughout the state, our officers respond to accidents involving snowmobiles, many of which could have been prevented had reasonable and proper precautions been taken,” said IDNR Conservation Police Chief Rafael Gutierrez. “We want winter recreation enthusiasts to have a good time, while at the same time focusing on safety.”

  There were 15 reported snowmobile accidents, two of which resulted in fatalities, during the 2017-2018 season in Illinois.

 In most instances, knowing the trail and traveling at a reasonable rate of speed for trail conditions can prevent accidents. It’s also important to be alert and sober. In North America, more than half of snowmobile fatalities involve intoxicated operators.

 While the IDNR encourages everyone to take a snowmobile safety course, state law requires that persons at least 12 years of age and less than 16 years old must have in their possession a valid Snowmobile Safety Education Certificate of Competency issued by IDNR in order to operate a snowmobile alone. Details on safety course options are available on the IDNR website at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/safety/Pages/SnowmobileSafety.aspx

  Basic Safety Tips for Safe Snowmobiling

 * Never consume alcohol before or during a ride.

 * Know your equipment, and make sure that equipment is in proper working order.

 * Wear sensible, protective clothing designed for snowmobiling, like a full-size helmet, goggles, or face shield to prevent injuries from twigs, stones, ice chips, and flying debris.

  * Avoid wearing long scarves, which may get caught in moving parts of the snowmobile.

  * Know the terrain you are going to ride.

  * Be aware of trails or portions of trails that may be closed.

  * Drowning is one cause of snowmobile fatalities; when not familiar with the thickness of the ice or water currents, avoid these areas.

 * Know the weather forecast, and especially the ice and snow conditions in the area.

 * Always use the buddy system and never ride alone or unaccompanied.

 * Travel at a reasonable rate of speed for visibility and conditions.

 This article came to us courtesy of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and it contains great information to keep in mind wherever you live or ride your snowmobile.

 For more info on everything outdoors in Illinois, visit their web site at https://www.dnr.illinois.gov.



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With the New Year comes a new product. We are adding necklaces to our line of products. Anything that can be a charm can be a necklace!
Sorry. Chain not included.

The ornaments were a big hit last year and we hope to continue that success this year. Order now while Christmas is still on your mind and be ready.

Remember that we can also make custom items from your photos! Just send us a picture and we’ll make it into a charm, necklace, ornament or anything we sell. There is a $1.00 upcharge on custom items.

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 order now! Sale ends January 31, 2019.

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 United States Army issued their first serial number, ASN-1 to Sergeant Arthur Crean in 1918. Ever since then all military personnel have received a unique identification number.

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.

HUNTIN' TIP:  Not only does your old Christmas tree make great structure in ponds and lakes, they also can make great habitat on dry land. Pile several or a lot of them together to provide shelter for animals and birds on your property. The tight weave helps shelter them from the wind and snow and gives them a place to hide from predators.

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: "For every action, there is an equal and opposite government reaction.” - Bob Wells

 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 temperatures are dropping but the hankering for a hot bowl of chili is rising! And nothing tames that hankering better than 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!"



~ 1- 2 lb deer roast, amount depends on how many you’re feeding
~ 1 bottle Spicy Allegro marinade
~ flour
~ salt and pepper
~ oil

* Cut the deer roast into 1" cubes.

* Place the meat in a large zip-lock bag. Pour in the marinade to cover well.

* Place bag in frig for at least two hours. Overnight is better. Turn every so often.

* Remove the meat and drain.

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

* Dredge the meat cubes in flour seasoned with a little salt and pepper and add to the hot oil.

* Fry over medium heat until golden brown and cooked to medium turning as needed.

* Drain on paper towels.

* Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy.

Our thanks to Ben for sharing this recipe. For other deer recipe ideas, visit 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.



  While serving in the armed forces back in the day, I became friends with a fellow outdoors enthusiast named Milo Pernham. We were so fanatic about fishing and would sneak off to the nearest waterway, river, creek, pond, whatever. We formed a very strong bond that endured long after we were discharged.

  Milo was from Waccamaw, South Carolina and I of course lived in northern Ohio. We kept in touch and there were many times when I would travel south and we would fish for stripers in the Santee, mackerel off Myrtle Beach and go crabbing near Calabash.

  Milo would come north for some of the best bass fishing on the planet in the Sandusky. We went perch and walleye fishing on Lake Erie and crappie fishing in farm ponds.

  Sometimes we would meet half way and fish for bluegill and sauger in the TVA lakes of Kentucky and Tennessee.

  One winter, maybe 1994, late in January, Lake Erie froze thick enough to be used safely for ice fishing. All the local fishermen were getting excited about the possibility for some ice fishing. It had been several years since the lake’s ice had been thick enough to safely venture out onto.

  I wasn’t a great fan of ice fishing. My limited experience was back when a teenager having spent several shivering days waiting for hours while nothing happened in a tiny cold shanty. However, I thought this might be an adventure for my Southern friend and me as well.

  I called Milo and after some effort, convinced him that he needed to try ice fishing since I was sure it was a sport South Carolina waters never offered. He was hesitant, stating his dislike for cold and ice. Especially ice. Except in his sweet tea.

  I finally persuaded Milo to come on up and he arrived on a Thursday. I wasn't expecting him until the weekend and explained that I had to attend a Ducks Forever planning meeting in Sandusky the next day. A year earlier, I had leased a small lot just big enough for a tiny camper and my boat at Turtle Point north of Oak Harbor. Sandusky is only a few miles further east from there, so Friday morning I dropped Milo off at the camper, planning to drive to the meeting leaving Milo to get everything ready. Milo agreed saying he didn't see any problem with that. He seemed really excited at the prospect of trying this new form of sport fishing.

  "Hey man, I been fishing since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Don't sound too difficult. I can handle it!" he assured me.

  I gave him some last minute instructions on checking the ice thickness and tips for cutting through the ice.

  That afternoon when I arrived back at the camp Milo was sitting in the camper with the heater on high. And now, he didn't seem too enthusiastic about the ice fishing that lay ahead.

  I questioned his change of heart and he replied, "I don't know 'bout you, but it appears there's an awful lot of work in this ice fishing business!"

  I asked, "How so?"

  "Well”, Milo answered, "I been at it fer 'most three hours and only just now got a hole cut big enough fer the boat!"


FISHIN' TIP:  To create your own “hot spot” while ice fishing try this idea. Take a can of sardines packed in oil and punch some holes in it. Next take some string or heavy fishing line and attach to the “pull ring” and lower it through the ice to your desired depth. Let it set awhile allowing the fish oil to spread around attracting the fish to your spot.

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.



  Things were pretty busy in the shop last month during the Christmas rush and it continues to be busy for the boys. Orders for our After The Shot Trophy Plaques keep rolling in. It must have been a good season in West Virginia according to the amount of orders we’ve received from there. Michigan, Missouri, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Illinois plaques have all been ordered and shipped with more Michigan and Missouri plaques on the schedule. 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!

  Orders for our Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning have picked up too! People get the urge once the weather gets cold but remember our Chili Seasoning can be used for a variety of dishes. See all of the recipes we have at http://www.backwoodsbound.com/zchili.html. Order your supply at http://www.backwoodsbound.com/chili.html

  Still needing your stuff for the upcoming winter issues! Everything is needed from recipes to trail camera pictures to hunting stories! 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.



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ARTICLE: ART OF NATURE by Gary L. Fitzgerald

  Have you ever felt like you were alone...been overlooked...neglected...no one cares? These feelings all stem from the human race caused by someone in the human race. Take note! Do not allow these people to make you feel this way! Maybe they feel better or stronger by doing this.

  Wake Up! You are never alone. Look to nature and its creatures. They are always there and close by if you take the time to look. They will never desert you. I feel they are always glad that you are there and will put on a show for you. Notice what they are doing, how they do it; and it seems to me they know you are watching and will look at you.

  I really feel you can erase the alone feeling given to you by the human race and feel better within yourself by watching nature. I feel you and nature will be happier...so give it a try. Nature can bring a smile to you and change your life for the better. It just takes some quiet thought time and looking around. Gee, even on a quiet personal day on the lake one of nature’s creatures may visit you! You are never alone with nature.




  This picture of a young spike buck was sent in by Rocky J. Taken last November in southern Illinois before the first shotgun season.

Spike Buck

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



~ 1 packet Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix
~ 2 lbs ground deer or beef
~ 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

* Brown the meat in a large skillet. Drain.

* Add seasoning mix, onion and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until veggies are tender 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 and diced tomato on top.

* Enjoy.

To see more delicious recipes using 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 Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs by the score of 35 – 10 on January 15, 1967. The game was played at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.



  Here’s a little tidbit from our good friend Jerry Ison.

 Hunters for the Hungry

  Last year, hunters in Pennsylvania donated almost three tons of deer to food banks to help feed the hungry. Across the country, up to maybe a million pounds of meat was donated by hunters. In some states, a portion of the fees for hunting deer, elk and antelope goes into a fund to help pay the cost of processing the thousands of pounds of hunter donated meat.

  PETA donated nothing, not even a head of organic lettuce.


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