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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 20 - Issue 6

  Welcome to the June 2019 issue of The Bullet. Summer is here so let the fun begin! Camping, hiking, fishing, cook-outs, baseball, horseshoes, gardening and boating are just a few things to enjoy outside. And let’s not forget my favorite, mowing the grass. Have fun this summer and stay safe.

It looks like the water won’t recede too soon through the middle of the country. All of the water in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma and Arkansas still has to flow south. When the rivers do crest that doesn’t mean the water goes promptly away. It can take weeks for things to dry out and that spells disaster for farmers. Things are going to get tougher for them so keep them and everyone affected by the floods in your prayers and if you’re in a position to do so, help someone in need. Folks are going to need help cleaning up.

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


In this issue:

~ Backwoods Trivia
~ Recipe: Cheesy Fish Snacks
~ Article: Safe Boating Tips
~ Recipe: Marinated Fried Deer Steaks
~ Article: Art Of Nature: Look-Listen-Learn
~ What's New
~ Backwoods Know-How: Getting Unhooked When Fishing
~ Candid CamShots
~ Recipe: Campground Eclairs


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: Do you know the answer to this question?

Pogonophobia is the fear of what?

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



~ 2 cups cooked fish. Bass, crappie or bluegill work best
~ 1 stick butter, melted
~ 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese spread (Cheese Wiz)
~ 1 green onion, finely chopped
~ 1 tsp Slap Your Mama seasoning or your favorite Cajun seasoning, optional
~ 1 package English muffins

* Bake or boil the fish until done. Once cool, flake into small pieces.

* In a mixing bowl, melt the butter in the microwave.

* Stir in the cheese spread, onion and optional seasoning.

* Stir in the fish.

* Separate the muffins halves.

* Spread the fish mixture on the muffins and bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

* Let cool for a couple of minutes then dig in!

Our thanks to Captain Duffy for this recipe. To see more great fish recipes for to try this summer, visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zfish.html.

Send in 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.



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  The Memorial Day holiday has come and gone but the summer boating season is just getting under way. Here are some safety tips that anyone who operates a boat or personal watercraft (jet ski) should know. Stay safe and vigilant on the water!

  * Don’t drink and operate a boat. You can be arrested for boating under the influence (BUI) just like DUI in a vehicle.

  * Take a boating safety course. You’ll learn the rules of the road, boating laws, to stay safe. Yes, there are laws governing boating. You might also get a discount on your boat insurance by passing a course.

  * Always wear a lifejacket. It floats, you don’t. Plus it can’t work if it’s not on.

  * Have a throwable floatation device on board. This is a law on boats over a certain length but it’s good to have one regardless of the size of your boat.

  * Remember, youth under age 13 are required to wear a lifejacket while the boat is underway.

  * Have patience and be courteous on the ramp and water. We all want to have a good time.

  * Get a weather forecast before heading out.

  * Keep watch for other boaters, swimmers, skiers, debris or other obstacles in the water.

  * Have a fully charged, usable fire extinguisher. Another law!

  * Maintain your boat trailer (lights, wheel bearings, tires). Just plain ol’ good sense.

  * Have a working horn or whistle. Yup, another law.

  * Prepare your boat in the rigging lane prior to launching.

  * Don’t operate in a careless or reckless manner.

  * Don’t violate buoys, as they are the road signs of the water.

  * Remember that boats don’t have brakes and it can take a while to stop so always be aware of your distance to other boats, swimmers, docks, etc.

  These are just some guidelines to go by wherever you boat. Remember that each state can have their own rules and regulations so if you’re not sure about something, error on the side of caution and/or check with your state’s DNR or Conservation department for specifics. Also there are different rules when operating on inter-coastal waters so know before you go.

  You can find links to all of the state’s DNR’s/Conservation departments at www.backwoodsbound.com/stgamedepts.html to help you get more information on your favorite boating spot.


FUN FACT:  The North Rim of the Grand Canyon, in Arizona is 1200 feet higher in elevation than the South Rim. It is 18 miles wide at its widest point and only 520 feet at its narrowest.

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



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FISHIN' TIP:  Here's a great tip from Mike Walker. "When fishing in a boat with small kids take the strap of the life jacket and run it in the belt loops of their pants then snap it in the front. If the child falls in this will pull the pants up and not allow the life jacket to slip off the child's body."

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.



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INTERESTING QUOTE: "Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the State lives at the expense of everyone." - Frederic Bastiat

 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.



~ 2 - 3 lb boneless deer roast cut into ½” thick steaks
~ salt and pepper
~ 1/2 cup red wine
~ 1/4 cup 7UP soda
~ 1/4 cup olive oil
~ 2 tsp Italian seasoning or tsp each of seasoning and thyme
~ 1 tbsp minced garlic
~ 1 small onion, sliced and rings separated
~ oil for cooking

* In a bowl mix the wine, soda, olive oil, seasoning, garlic and onion together.

* Season the steaks with the salt and pepper. Place in a zip-lock bag.

* Pour the marinade into the bag and seal.

* Place in refrigerator overnight. Turn frequently.

* Remove the steaks and reserve the marinade. Pat dry.

* Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet over high heat.

* Add the steaks and cook 4 – 5 minutes per side.

* Remove to a warm platter/pan and cover.

* Strain the rest of the marinade into the skillet, reduce heat to medium and reduce by about half.

* Stir and scrape the bottom of the pan to get any crispy bits.

* Pour over the steaks and serve.

* Enjoy.

Thanks to Ed White for sharing this recipe. To see more deer recipes to try 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.



  As I watched this flock of geese land on my lake I noticed they were all honking, talking to each other in their own language. After they had all landed, they became quiet. If something were to startle them or they were about to take off they would once again start talking. Why is that? I think it’s because they had important things to tell one another.

Geese On Lake

  I’ve noticed in the “human race” that some people are talking all of the time and I wonder if they think the things they are saying are of importance like the things the geese talk about when landing, taking off or when startled.

  I’m sure you’ve experienced the constant talking by someone but out of politeness said nothing about their constant yakking. And I’m sure that you thought that if this person were listening instead of talking that they might learn something.

  If you have something worthwhile to say, say it! If you are just talking to hear yourself talk, be quiet! Everyone around you will be much happier!

  Think about it. Could we once again, Look – Listen – Learn from Nature? I think so.


HUNTIN' TIP: Plan your fall food plots now. Get your soil tested and apply lime as needed. Clear new spots of brush and limbs.

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.



  What makes a delicious, hearty, healthy meal while camping and is easy to use? Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix of course! Its unique blend of herbs and spices makes a great pot of chili the family will love with NO added fillers or MSG!

  Try it for all of your cooking needs! Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix makes all sorts of great dishes like jambalaya, enchiladas, stuffed manicotti and lasagna. Also try it as a dry rub or marinade on your beef and deer roasts or steaks. 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!"



  We still need new recipes for the spring and summer issues so dig them out of your junk drawer and send them in! All recipes are welcome and we could use some for cooking duck, goose, elk, quail, rabbit, buffalo, antelope, alligator, pheasant, and on and on. Send your recipes to mail@backwoodsbound.com. Thanks and we look forward to getting them!

  Pictures for the Candid CamShots are in short supply and we need more! Not every picture needs to be of a monster buck. We’ll take anything 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.

  Things in the shop have slowed down but the boys continue to stay busy. A lot of Wisconsin plaques have been rolling 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!



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  If you are really hooked on fishing, it’s just a matter of time until you actually get hooked. If you are a fly fisherman, it’ll be sooner rather than later. Since the inevitable is most probably going to occur while you are away from “civilization” you need to be prepared. Having a tackle box or pouch stocked with a few non-fishing items can save the day when the unexpected happens. A Swiss Army knife may be the one most versatile device you can carry. It’s small, handy and inexpensive. Small pair of tweezers, pliers or hemostats are almost as helpful. A tube of antibacterial ointment and several large Band-Aids make a minimal first aid kit.

  Of course as they say, prevention is the best form of protection, so a few common sense ideas may prevent hooking all together. Wearing wrap-around polarized sunglasses while fishing is always a good idea. Not only do they let you see fish in the water, they protect your eyes from UV rays and hooks coming their way! Fishing at night? Wear clear lenses. A hat and light-weight fishing vest both offer protection as do waders.

  Now that your head, eyes, torso legs and hips are shielded, only your arms, neck, face and ears are vulnerable and sure enough a wayward hook will eventually find one or more of those targets. When that happens and you are hooked through the skin, it is usually fairly easy, if painful to remove the hook. If it is barbless, you can just pull it out. If barbed, push the point through until the barb clears the skin. Crush the barb with pliers or clip the point off, then back the hook out. Be sure to sterilize the wound with alcohol peroxide or antibacterial ointment as soon as possible. It is especially important to clean and disinfect the wound if the hook has been in the water or hooked into a fish’s mouth.

  If you get hooked in an eye, don’t even try to remove the hook. Cut the leader or line off, put a covering, preferably a sterile bandage over the eye and find a doctor quickly. It sounds like a dreadful occurrence, but in most cases, if treated properly, a hook in the eye doesn’t often mean significant long-term damage.



  With all of the recent storms trekking across the country lately we thought we’d re-share this picture from Randy Rogers he sent in a while back. Pretty cool picture!

Lightning Bolt

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




* canned crescent rolls
* vanilla, chocolate or lemon pudding, instant, canned or use those little snack-pack pudding cups
* canned chocolate frosting or your favorite flavor


* large clay flower pots or use a grill without the grate
* aluminum foil
* charcoal
* chimney charcoal starter
* wood dowels rods, ½” diameter, 3 feet long

~ Line the flower pots or grill with 2 layers of foil.

~ Prepare the charcoal in the chimney and let them totally ash over.

~ Wrap one end of each dowel rod with a 6 inch wide piece of foil. Make sure it’s wrapped tight.

~ Prepare pudding per instructions. This can be done at home and then kept cold.

~ When the charcoal is ready, dump it into the pots or grill. Use caution!

~ Take a crescent roll and wrap it around the foil end of your rod.

~ Hold over the hot coals until golden brown. Turn frequently and cook it slow!

~ When the roll is done, grasp it gently with a napkin and slip it off the rod. Use caution as it will be hot!

~ Use a large household injector, spoon or basting brush to fill the inside with pudding.

~ Spread on a little frosting and enjoy!

~ Cook another!

These tasty treats can be enjoyed anytime at camp or at home. Try them at our next cookout for a tasty dessert everyone will enjoy and with a little supervision they’re easy for the kids to make. Try them for breakfast or instead of the usual s’mores around the campfire.

For a different taste, fill one end with canned fruit like cherries or blueberries and the other with pudding.

For more dessert recipes for your summer get-togethers, go to 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: Pogonophobia is the fear of beards.


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