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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 20 - Issue 7

  Welcome to the July 2019 issue of The Bullet. The weather is hot and humid. Summer is here is baby! It’s time to hit the beach, lake, rivers and about anywhere you can cool off. Sitting in the shade at the campground is a good way to relax and unwind. Enjoy yourselves and stay safe.

The rains keep falling across the midsection of the country keeping water levels high in the Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio and Tennessee river systems. There are a lot of flooded areas causing roads to be closed impacting how folks get to and from work. We just got back from a weekend to our place on Kentucky Lake where the lake level continues to rise. It’s no way near the levels seen back in 2011 and 2012 but it’s very unusual to see the water this high this time of the year. In fact in rose better than 6 inches overnight making us wade through ankle deep water to get to the dock to access our boat.

Some of the hardest hit by all of this flooding are the farmers. Their livelihoods are at stake and it may be too late for some of them get their crops planted so look for prices to go up soon as there will be less fields harvested this fall. Remember that higher prices don’t mean they’ll putting more money into their pockets. It means more out of ours.

Enough said. Let’s get to it. We have some good articles this month plus some terrific recipes you can use while you’re camping. So enjoy the two hundred and twenty fifth issue of The Bullet. Until next month, J. E. Burns, Editor-in-chief.


In this issue:

~ Backwoods Trivia
~ Recipe: Fish Batter Recipes
~ Article: Late Winter Snow, Spring Rain Dampen Nesting Outlook
~ Recipe: Backwoods Bound Chicken Fajitas
~ Article: Dave And Tippy Fish The Pond
~ What's New
~ Article: The Vicious Vine - Poison Ivy
~ Candid CamShots
~ Recipe: Grandma's Coleslaw


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: Going along with last month’s question about phobias, this month’s question was sent in by Dan Delancy. Do you know the answer to this question?

‘Phobophobia’ is the fear of what?

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



Dave's Fantastic Fish Batter
– from David Cox

~ your favorite fish fillets
~ 1 cup cornmeal
~ 4 tbsp Italian dressing
~ 1 tbsp mayonnaise or 1 small egg
~ dash of garlic powder
~ 1/2 cup water

* Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. If using the egg, beat it first in the bowl and then add the rest of the ingredients.

* Cut fish into strips.

* Dip fish into the batter and fry in peanut oil until golden brown.

* Drain on paper towels.

* Serve with your favorite side dishes.

* Enjoy!

* "You can increase the recipe; just use 1/2 cup water for every cup of cornmeal." – Dave


Duffy's Fish Fry Batter - from Duffy

~ 1 lb your favorite fish fillets, bluegill, crappie, bass, etc.
~ 1 egg white
~ 1 cup flour
~ 3 tsp baking powder
~ 1 tsp salt
~ 1/2 tsp black pepper
~ 1/2 tsp onion powder
~ 1 tsp olive oil
~ 3/4 cup water

* Beat the egg white until stiff. Set aside.

* Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.

* Stir in the egg white.

* Heat oil in deep fryer to 350 degrees.

* Dip the fillets in the batter. Shake off excess.

* Add to hot oil.

* Cook until golden brown.

* Drain on paper towels.

* Serve with hushpuppies, fries, sliced onions and dill pickles.

* "Also works great with seafood." - Duffy

For 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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  Iowa’s string of mild winters came to a screeching halt midway through 2019 when the calendar turned to February and the weather pattern went haywire.

  “We had such an unusual winter last year, started out mild and dry, and then we had a winter’s worth of snow, 23 inches, in February and several warm-cold snaps that brought freezing rain and ice. Not an easy winter for pheasants and quail to survive,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife research biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

 “Throw in what we experienced in May and I’m not too optimistic about our chances for an increase in the upland bird population. Pheasants and quail are ground nesting birds. The spring flooding and record rains in May plus June storms will have an impact on nest success.”

  While the winter and spring were hard, not all hope for pheasant and quail production is lost.

  “Hen pheasants are pretty committed nesters. If she loses a nest, she will attempt a second. If she loses that she will attempt a third. Unfortunately, each subsequent nest attempt has fewer eggs. But some survival beats no survival in my book any day,” he said.

  Bogenschutz has also been fielding reports of good numbers of crowing roosters from across Iowa in April. “We’ve seen and heard quail too, which is positive because quail are even more susceptible than pheasants during harsh winters,” he said.

 While weather models provide population forecasts to rise or fall based on 30 inches of snowfall and 8 inches of rain – under those benchmarks usually is positive, over them, negative - the best indicator is the August 1-15 annual statewide roadside survey of pheasants, quail and other upland game.

 The August roadside survey is conducted driving the same 218, 30 mile routes over Iowa gravel roads on mornings with heavy dew and light wind. These conditions allow the best opportunity to count broods when the hen moves them from the dew heavy grass to the gravel road to dry off before dining on a breakfast of insects. The DNR will post its August roadside numbers online at www.iowadnr.gov/pheasantsurvey around September 15.

 Check out https://www.iowadnr.gov/ for all the information you’ll need on the great outdoor adventures waiting for you in Iowa.


FUN FACT:  Alligator snapping turtles are North America’s largest freshwater turtles. They can weigh as much as 200 pounds and live for up to 70 years in captivity. It is believed they are capable of living up to 200 years in the wild.

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FISHIN' TIP:  For those of you who use your boats in salt or brackish water, here’s a tip for your boat trailers. “Here in south Mississippi along the Gulf Coast boat trailer care is a bigger issue then in places without our salt and brackish water. Replacing boat trailer springs and axles is a common thing and usually happens every five years or so. The last time I did it I took two wax toilet bowl seals and rubbed the springs, axle, hubs, rims, and all of the bolts and fasteners with the wax. That was four years ago and after my pre-season check I should have another four or five years of life left in them. The seals are made of bee's wax and that stuff works wonders. Just put on a pair of rubber gloves and smear it around good. It will not wash off and provides great protection.” - Michael E. Henderson.

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: "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” – Thomas Jefferson

 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.



~ 1 packet Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix
~ 2 lb's chicken breast, deboned, skinned & cut into strips
~ 2 tbsp oil
~ 1 large green bell pepper, cut into strips
~ 1 large red bell pepper, cut into strips
~ 1 medium or large onion, cut into strips
~ tortilla shells
~ shredded cheddar cheese
~ your favorite salsa, hot sauce or ranch dressing

* Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the chicken and sprinkle on the chili seasoning mix. Mix thoroughly

* Cover and cook over medium heat until done.

* Stir in the onion, green pepper and red pepper.

* Cover and cook over medium heat until the vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Add a little water if needed.

* Spoon the meat and vegetables onto a warm tortilla shell. Top with shredded cheese, salsa, hot sauce and/or ranch dressing.

* Roll up the tortilla to hold in the goodies.

* Enjoy!

This one pan recipe is ideal for cooking on a camp stove or on a grill. For more recipes using our Chili Seasoning Mix for your summer get-togethers, go to www.backwoodsbound.com/zchili.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.



  Those of you that have read some of my outdoor stories have read about Tippy and how she and I became a hunting team without equal. She was one of my best friends and some of you have been lucky enough to have a canine friendship that was similar to mine and Tippy’s. I can only say that we were lucky that God blessed us that way.

  We sit there on the sloping bank of the pond watching the orange bobber in the water. Boy and dog were enjoying the warmth of the sun on their backs as we fished Grandpa’s pond at the back of his house. I had a grasshopper on the hook and I was watching it as it floated up toward a fallen willow that lay half submerged across that end of the pond. I already had two big bluegill on my stringer and wanted a couple more.

 The .22 rifle lying beside me was a constant, though I was carrying it for snakes. We weren’t allowed to shoot turtles on the pond because it was at an angle that would cause too many ricochets and Grandpa didn’t tolerate any unsafe acts with a gun.

  Not that I didn’t turtle hunt the pond, but when I did I used a shotgun because the small pellets lost their velocity quickly and ricochets were not a long distance danger like the .22 would be. The green headed turtles will take over a pond if you let them, but during the summer Tippy and I did our best to work them over at least once a week with a surprise ambush and a 20 gauge shotgun.

  I saw the bobber start to arc toward the willow and knew a big bluegill had that grasshopper in its mouth. As the bobber started down, I jerked, setting the hook and got the immediately heavy fight of a big bluegill. The old 33 reel had no problems bringing him in and I added him to the stringer as Tippy watched, more or less bored with fishing. She got up and circled the pond, looking for a snake.

  We were big time snake fighters. Tippy was what grandpa called a fice, a mixed breed tan dog with one floppy ear that would give her a comical expression when she would cock her head to one side. She would do this when she was trying to figure out what she was looking at or if I was about to do something stupid, like jump the creek in full flood stage. I knew the look. It didn’t always help me from getting my butt wet at first, but I started following her advice as I got older.

 The original spelling of fice was feist for the small mixed breed hunting dogs that held an indeterminate lineage and a heart for the hunt. They were known for hunting anything that had four legs and as you might expect she was a deadly hunter. We kept the squirrel and rabbit populations to a manageable level around grandpa’s woods through my junior high and high school years.

 I watched her nose around the pond, ready to grab my rifle to go into battle if she started the jumping, head jerking dance I knew so well when she found a snake and was trying to keep it in place until I could get there to kill it. The bad thing was sometimes she would want to try to kill it herself and I was always worried she would get her little fool self-bit. Tippy was fast and I mean so fast no snake really even got close to biting her even when she got older and slower.

  This was the third time she had went around the pond and just like the other two times she came back and lay down at my side with a sigh. I rubbed her head and she rolled to her back for the obligatory belly scratching.

 Rolling back to her belly, she made a little sound that sounded like “Aarrpp” and meant she had about enough of this fishing crap.

 I pulled my line in and put a small broke-back lure on the line and tossed it toward the willow and just wiggled it. I would take up the slack and wiggle it.

 The water rolled and the lure disappeared and I set the treble hooks and brought in another bluegill. The problem with fishing this way was the most I had ever caught at one time was three and then they would not take it again. I managed to catch one more and a 14 inch bass that I added to the stringer.

 I know some bass fishermen just rolled over with heart pains then, but catch and release was a fable that rich men did off in some far away land. In southeastern Oklahoma around 1979 we practiced catch and eat.

  Picking up my stringer of six fish, I wrapped it around my right hand, a move that would prove to be a mistake. I took my rifle in my left hand and we dropped off the back of the pond and headed for the house. We had just hit the high grass between the pond and the little creek at the back of the pond when I seen the white flashing mouth of a cotton-mouth coming back to strike. The high pitched girlish scream was purely to disorient the snake, but the high jump straight up in the air was Olympic class. The snake barely missed me and then Tippy was all over it as I tried to get that damn stringer off my hand!

 The snake had opted to make a run for it and Tippy grabbed it and jerked her head before jumping straight back as the snake came around. About that time is when the stringer cleared my hand and the Nylon 66 .22 hit my shoulder. It held 14 rounds in the tube, but I would load one in the chamber and refill the tube so there were 15 shots in the gun.

 I gave that big cottonmouth ten rounds through the head and body to make sure he was dead and then the other five just in case he thought about coming back to life. The snake’s body would move S-like as it died and I hated the way it took snakes forever to quit moving after you killed one. Finding a long stick, I picked up the snake and tossed him in the pond for the turtles to eat.

  Looking at Tippy, her ears are up and she is standing there speaking volumes with her body language. Right then my dog was saying, “Yeah!!! That beat the hell out of fishing boy!!” I got my fish and we headed home, only this time she went right in front of me until we hit the road back to the house.

  “Go check the garden,” I said as she threw her head up and headed for the corn and squash. She made a quick circle as I walked past the garden. Ol’ Tippy was my best friend and right then the only fault I could find with her is she didn’t clean fish.


HUNTIN' TIP: It’s a good time to create funnels around your stand areas. Pile brush in spots to block paths and make the deer come from the direction you want. Hinge cutting trees make living blockades to help funnel deer toward you. Block fence crossings with limbs and create new ones by making paths to new ones closer to your site.

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!"



  Things in the shop have slowed down so the boys are using the free time to clean and resupply the shop and enjoying the summer chores at home. Now would be a good time get a plaque for those antlers setting in the way your wife keeps saying you need to do something with or she’s throwing them out. 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!

  Still needing new recipes for the 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 turtles, frogs, 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!

 Speaking of wants. Pictures for the Candid CamShots are needed! 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.



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  For most of us summer means more time outdoors and in touch with nature. There are some forms of nature that we may not wish to touch at all, however.

  I’m talking about that insidious weed. That charlatan in pretty foliage, poison ivy.

  Recognizing poison ivy is half the job, it is capable of disguise. Leafs of three, let it be is a pretty good way to identify this summer scourge, but not always enough. The plant can take on many forms, from the very familiar vine to a shrub-like growth.

 Throw in poison oak and poison sumac, and the water really gets muddy. So, you're probably going to get an itch this summer.

 There are as many "cures" for poison ivy as there are for hiccups and they work about as well. The best policy is one of avoidance. Wear long sleeves and pants if you are going to be near suspected plants. When working in the garden and yard, wear gloves as well. Don't rub exposed areas with those gloves as the rash causing substance, urushiol (oo-ROO-she-ol) is a sticky resin and can be transferred by touch. Launder those clothes and gloves as soon as you (carefully!) remove ‘em.

  If you think you have come into contact with poison ivy, wash the exposed area with cold water, rubbing alcohol or vinegar as soon as possible. Remember to always use cold water; hot or warm water will open skin pores allowing the urushiol to penetrate and it’s game over then. You must hurry, once the urushiol penetrates the skin, it can't be washed off. If a rash develops, there is not much to be done until it runs its course. You can get relief from the itching by applying cool compresses and hydrocortisone creams.

  Applying baking soda paste or solution may help dry the rash. A commercial oatmeal preparation such as Aveeno added to the bath will offer much relief.

 Benadryl is great relief for some symptoms. If you are overly concerned or the rash appears severe, or especially if it appears in your eyes, consult your doctor.

  There is an old belief, never scientifically proved nor disproved for that matter, that drinking milk from a goat which has grazed on poison ivy will give immunity.

  This may or may not be true, but one thing is for sure, like the old Doo Wop group, the Platters sang, "You're gonna need an ocean-nah of cal-a-mine-a lotion, the minute you start to mess around with... Poi-son Eye-e-vay-A-ya!"



  Here’s one from a few years back from our buddy Brentt Steward of some hogs down in Oklahoma. You can see Brentt’s blind in the background.

Wild Hogs

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



~ 1 head cabbage, shredded
~ 2 carrots, peeled and shredded
~ 1 small white onion, grated
~ 1/2 cup buttermilk
~ 3/4 cup mayonnaise
~ 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
~ 1 tbsp sugar
~ 1 tsp salt
~ 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
~ 1/4 tsp white pepper

* Mix the cabbage, carrots and onion in a large bowl or heavy-duty plastic bag and refrigerate.

* In a bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients to make a smooth dressing; refrigerate.

* About 30 minutes before serving, mix the dressing with the cabbage mixture and toss.

* Serve and enjoy!

Thanks to April Barkulis for sharing this recipe. This can be made up at home, stored in the cooler and mixed together at the campsite. For more side dish ideas to use at your next cookout visit this page on our site, 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: The fear of fear itself is called “phobophobia”.


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