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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 20 - Issue 8

  Welcome to the August 2019 issue of The Bullet. To the hunt! If you’ve been waiting for some action will wait no more. The fall hunting season is under way with the opening of squirrel season this month. Some of you have already been hunting those crafty tree climbers but by tradition August is when most opening days are. The time in the woods now gets you ready for the start of dove season in a few weeks. After that it’s only one measly month to the opening of deer archery season. And then it’s on to waterfowl, rabbits, and pheasants and of course firearm deer season. I can hardly contain myself!

Just a quick apology for the lateness of this issue. I’ve been out of town tending to my hunting property clearing trees that had blown over into the fields and spreading new rock on the road in and out that had been washed away from all of the rain this year. I’m sure a lot of you can relate to my blight. It’s hard being the boss.

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


In this issue:

~ Backwoods Trivia
~ Recipe: April's Turtle Soup
~ Article: IDNR Reminds Dove Hunters To Scout Sites
~ Recipe: Squirrel Pizza
~ Article: My Series Of Unfortunate Hunts - Showing Them How It's Done
~ What's New
~ Backwoods Health: Prepping Your Feet For The Long Hike
~ Candid CamShots
~ Recipe: Grilled Buffalo Burgers


BACKWOODS TRIVIA:Here’s this month’s question was sent in by Dan Harrington. Do you know the answer?

In 1856 the U.S. Army imported something very unusual. What was it?

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



~ 2 lb's turtle meat, cubed
~ 2 sticks unsalted butter
~ 1 cup all-purpose flour
~ 1 cup diced celery
~ 2 cups diced yellow onions
~ 1 1/2 cups tomato puree
~ 1 quart beef stock
~ 3 bay leaves
~ 1/2 tsp oregano
~ 1/2 tsp thyme
~ 1 tsp black pepper
~ juice of one lemon
~ 6 hard-boiled eggs, chopped fine
~ 3 tbsp minced parsley
~ salt and pepper to taste

* In a large skillet melt the butter. When melted, add the flour and cook until the flour turns the color of a penny.

* This roux must be stirred at all times so it will not burn.

* When roux reaches the desired color, add the celery, onion and turtle meat. Cook until turtle is brown and vegetables are clear stirring as needed.

* Add the tomato puree and simmer for 15 minutes.

* In a stock pot, heat the beef stock to a boil.

* When stock is boiling, stir in the bay leaves, oregano, thyme and pepper.

* Stir in the meat mixture and stir until soup is mixed and roux is dissolved. Stock should be smooth and have body.

* Simmer soup until turtle becomes tender. Add the lemon juice, diced eggs and parsley. Stir together.

* Ladle into bowls and adjust seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.

* Enjoy!

One of many great recipes shared by April Barkulis. For more turtle recipes to try out, visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zturtle.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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  Wet, cold spring delayed and canceled sunflower planting in some areas

 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding the state’s dove hunters to scout sites before applying for permits as some hunting areas were unable to plant sunflowers due to an unusually cool, wet spring.

  “Unfortunately, this spring’s weather just didn’t cooperate with our typical sunflower planting schedule,” said Ryan Prehn, chief of parks, IDNR. “In fact, only a small percentage of sunflowers were planted on time and, at some hunting areas, park staff were unable to plant sunflowers at all. In many cases, our staff has planted alternative crops instead.”

  While dove sites will still be available, Prehn said there may not be an active crop in the fields and the agency wanted to let hunters know so they could plan accordingly.

  “When it comes to managing natural areas, weather challenges come with the territory,” Prehn said. “When we encounter those challenges, we do the best we can, but it does mean that concessions have to be made. That’s why we’re asking hunters to scout sites before permit drawings so they know the conditions of the fields.”

 The sites affected by delayed or canceled sunflower planting are listed at the link below. https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Documents/IDNR-DoveSeasonUpdate.pdf.

 Go to https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/ for all the information you need on the outdoor adventures in Illinois.

 Though the preceding was released from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources its message is clear, you need to scout your dove hunting areas now. The wet and flooded conditions that plagued most of the middle of the country and still do in many places delayed the planting season or canceled it altogether.

 That means two things: You may not find doves in your usual hunting spot which is a bummer or Two; the doves will be concentrated in a few areas making for some great hunting!


FUN FACT:  Here are a few facts about recycling sent in by Samantha Winston.

* One recycled aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television or computer for 3 hours or a 100-watt light bulb for 20 hours. A six-pack of recycled aluminum cans saves enough energy to drive a car 5 miles.
* Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours.
* Recycling a one-gallon plastic milk jug will save enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for 11 hours.
* Recycling one pound of steel conserves enough energy to light a 60-watt bulb for 26 hours.
* Recycling a one-foot high stack of newspapers saves enough electricity to heat a home for 17 hours.

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FISHIN' TIP:  When going after catfish in small lakes and ponds this time of year, fish no more than 8 – 10 feet deep. Why? They stratify this time of year with cool, oxygen deprived water sinking to the bottom. Fish don’t like this cause they can’t breathe.

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: "Even a little dog can piss on a big building.” – Jim Hightower

 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.



~ 18 – 24 squirrel legs
~ 1 large onion, chopped
~ chicken broth
~ 1 jar pizza sauce
~ 1 loaf French bread
~ garlic butter
~ 2 lb’s Monterey jack cheese, divided
~ black pepper

* Place squirrel legs in a crockpot. Add the onion and cover with chicken broth.

* Cook until tender. Remove and let cool.

* Once cool, remove meat from the bones.

* Cut bread in half lengthwise and spread liberally with the butter.

* Sprinkle both halves with 1 lb of the cheese.

* Spread on the meat and sprinkle with pepper.

* Spread on the sauce and then the rest of the cheese.

* Place on baking sheet and cook at 325 degrees until hot and the cheese is melted.

* Serve and enjoy.

Many thanks to Glenn Starkey for sharing this recipe. For more squirrel recipes for to try this season, visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zsquir.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.



  It’s been awhile since I shared a tale of my great hunting prowess and it’s going to be awhile still. As I sat cooling off the other day from enjoying my favorite summer time hobby, cutting the grass, my thoughts turned to the upcoming hunting season and then to last season’s failures. There were a couple but for this story we’ll focus on just one that occurred during the first weekend of firearm season.

  Opening morning saw me, and nephews Tim and Chris in our stands scattered across my property. Tim in Death Valley, Chris at Sleepy Hollow and me in the Permanent Stand. We were all pumped at the chance to take one of the many bucks that had been photographed on the trail cams that fall.

  After a few hours I heard Chris shoot and immediately went on alert as his stand isn’t far from mine and there was a chance that if there were more than one they might end up in front of me giving me a chance. Confirming via text that he had shot I waited to hear the results.

  After 15 minutes or so he finally texted that he had missed the deer. The doe got away clean to taunt us another time.

  The stand I hunt is at the crossroads of many trails. Deer can come from every direction so you have to be constantly scanning the area. I had been looking left then scanned right then back again and, Bam! there was big 8 pointer standing at the edge of the field twenty yards away about to cross a narrow opening in the field. He wasn’t in a hurry, just strolling along.

  There wasn’t much time. By the time I got my gun up and got into position he had strode across the opening and behind a bush. He was going to cross into a small window that would give me one chance at a clean shot.

 But he had different plans. As he entered the opening I used the tried and true “Mah” on him. He strolled on.

 I grabbed my “Can” call and hit it. No response. I then hit him with the grunt call. Still no reaction. He was on a mission and nothing I did was going to stop him. Personally I think he was so old he was hard of hearing and forgot to change his batteries in his hearing-aid that morning.

 I watched the buck as he circled around me, jumped the fence and disappear into the undergrowth.

  I wasn’t too down. After all it was only opening day and there was a lot of time for another buck to come into range. I settled back into my vigilant watch.

 Sometime later I heard a shot from Tim’s direction.

 Texting him he confirmed that he had shot and just like Chris, missed.

 Of course I started laying it on the boys then.

 “Can’t hit the broadside of a barn”.

  “You guys couldn’t hit water if you fell out of a boat”.

 “Guess it’s up to me to put some meat on the pole. I gotta do everything.”

 I could say all of this because I hadn’t shot and missed and reminded them of it at lunch.

 The afternoon was pretty uneventful until 4:20.

 I spied a deer working its way up the edge of the field to my right. It grazed along at a casual pace as a grabbed my binoculars to look it over to see exactly what I was about to shoot. Was it a doe or button buck?

 Through the limbs that partially blocked my view it finally gave me a good view and determined it was a doe. Good. “Doe, it’s on the pole.” Now I just had to wait for a clear shot.

 Several minutes went by as it got closer and closer.

 I put the crosshairs of the scope on it many times but the view was always partially blocked by limbs.

 She finally turned right and starting crossing the field at about 25 yards. Perfect set-up! I still needed to wait until she cleared the limbs.

 “I’m going to show them boys how it’s done. Yes sireee. Meat on the pole!”

 She kept working her way into the open and I put the gun to my shoulder.

 “Gonna be big man in camp tonight. Only one to get a deer.”

 I placed the crosshairs on the sweet spot, went “mah” and just as I squeezed the trigger with thoughts of “showing the boys how you do it” a sudden “what’s that blurry thing in the scope?” hit my brain.

 The doe jumped straight up at the sound of the shot and took off running across the field, into the trees and out of sight. Her tail was down, then up, then kind of neutral.

 I was sure I had hit her and she was balled up over in the brush.

 I texted the boys, “scratch one slick-head”. I almost hurt my arm patting myself on the back.

 With it starting to get late and not wanting to track and dress her in the dark I grabbed my cleaning bag containing my knife, gloves and accessories and got down out the stand.

 I crossed the spot in the field where she had been standing on my way to the other side and saw no blood.

 Getting to the spot where she had entered the brush I still saw no blood.

 After a 15 minute search no blood or deer had been found. It had been a clean miss.

 Getting back into my stand as there was still a little shooting time left I started replaying the chain of events in my head.

 “She had jumped straight up when I shot. That means I shot under her. That means the blurry thing in the scope was a limb obstructing the view."

  My “for sure, meat on the pole, big man in camp” shot had hit a limb and deflected under the doe causing her subsequent exit out of my life and with it my bragging rights.

 I had to eat a little crow that evening for giving the fellows so much “business” for missing. It was all in good fun. That’s one of the great things about deer camp, all of the b-s.

 Chris got to be “big man in camp” as he redeemed himself by taking a doe at the same time I was searching for my deer. The shot had really startled me as they all do when everything is quiet and you’re not expecting it.

 I came through the next afternoon by taking a button buck. (don’t judge me.) Tim got on the score board with a doe and Chris took a small buck with a messed up rack. Brother-in-law Tommy scored a doe over on his place so at least we all had some meat for the freezer.

 I’m starting to get excited about the upcoming season. My friend Steve invited me come down and bow hunt his property in Missouri this fall giving me a new place for another chapter in my ongoing saga I call, “My Series of Unfortunate Hunts”. I’ll let you know how it goes. Until then, Jim Bob.


HUNTIN' TIP: When I squirrel hunt I like to stalk them. After entering an area I know squirrels frequent, nut trees, etc., I stand still for a couple of minutes listening for squirrels cutting nuts, barking at each other and the sound and sight of them jumping from tree to tree. Then I’ll walk a short distance then repeat the process. – Alex Roy

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.

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  Not much new to report this month. In between all of the outdoor fun the boys are having they’re filling their time fulfilling the plaque orders that trickle in. Now would be a good time get a plaque for those antlers on your work bench your wife keeps saying she’s throw out or for your trophy fish 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!

  Still needing new recipes for the summer issues and for that matter the upcoming fall 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!

  And lastly. 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. We have a great photo this month! See this month’s photo at www.backwoodsbound.com/funphotos2.html.



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  The summer season means more time spent outdoors camping, fishing, exercising and hiking. A little extra consideration for your feet can help make sure your outside doesn’t turn into an agonizingly painful ordeal.

  A blister occurs when a small area of the skin is repeatedly rubbed with enough force to injure underlying cells. These injured cells secrete clear fluid or blood under the skin creating a tender vesicle. If the force and friction continues the vesicle will often break to form a painful erosion. Blisters can be prevented. The main points to consider in blister prevention include: reduce pressure points, minimize friction, and keep skin dry.

 One of the easiest ways to reduce pressure points is to wear properly fitting shoes. The right size and the right width is essential. Consider the thickness of sock you plan to wear with the shoes/boots before you make your purchase. You’ll need more room for thick wool hunting socks than you would with thin dress socks. Take some time to “break-in” your shoes or boots by wearing them around the house. This will give you a chance to discover any pressure points on your feet that you may need to pad when you actually hike or walk in the shoes or boots.

  There are several ways to minimize friction and the resulting damage to tissue. Coating feet with petroleum jelly or A & D before applying socks lubricates the skin and helps to reduce friction and the chance of blister formation. Although cotton socks were long thought the best footwear, it’s been found that cotton fibers swell from sweat, becoming more binding, and in fact contribute to friction blisters. Synthetic socks like acrylic and polypropylene and wool socks are more resilient than cotton. The extra bounce these fibers have help to diminish friction. Placing moleskin, a bandage, or sports tape on popular blister spots can help reduce friction and pressure to tissues. Double layer socks, with the inner layer of a wicking fabric, can also help to prevent friction on the foot itself.

 Prolonged moisture against skin softens the outer layer and reduces the ability to protect against injury. Thus, wet feet injure more quickly. Once again, cotton socks are not the best choice since they absorb foot seat and result in constant moisture exposure. Synthetic socks made of acrylic, polypropylene, or wool actually wick moisture away from the skin. If your feet sweat heavily, plan on a complete sock change. The wet socks can be hung from your pack to dry while finishing your hike.

 You might try a dusting of corn starch in your socks and shoes to help keep feet dry. Some claim that soaking the feet in Epsom salts reduces the amount of sweating. There are also numerous products, powders and sprays, available over the counter to help with foot care. Some just help to keep feet dry while others are anti-fungal in addition to help keeping your feet dry. Take the time to experiment to find out what works best for you. Prevention is always the least painful and least expensive medicine.

  If you do happen to get a blister, treatment depends on its size and location. Small blisters usually heal with minor treatment. Stop the forceful friction and/or cushion the site and do not open the blister. The epidermal (skin) roof acts as a natural barrier to infection. Larger blisters, more than 1 cm in diameter, may create additional pressure and skin injury, so consider draining them.

 The following guidelines should help you safely drain a blister while minimizing the risk of infection. Keep in mind that any time you puncture or open the skin you open a path for bacteria to enter.

  * Swab the blister area rubbing alcohol and let it air dry.

  * Sterilize a needle (sewing needle works) for 10 seconds in a flame.

 * Puncture the edge not the middle of the blister near the skin. The smaller the hole the better.

 * Apply gentle pressure to squeeze out the fluid.

 * Do not remove or rub off the top of the blister.

 * Apply antibiotic ointment to the area. Avoid alcohol or iodine.

 * Cover with sterile gauze or bandage.

 * Discard the needle into a sturdy plastic or metal container.

 * Wash the area with soap and water at least once a day and apply new ointment and bandage.

  * If pus or redness develops, seek medical attention.

 Although blistered feet can turn a leisurely stroll into a limping nightmare, you have the power to avoid or at least minimize this agony. Planning ahead with proper footwear, quality socks, and adequate moisture protection can all the difference.



  This month’s picture comes from Tim Kish’s camera setup on his property in east-central Missouri. The bear has a tag in each ear so the DNR can keep track of it.

Missouri Black Bear

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



~ 2 lbs ground buffalo
~ 1 small can diced green chilies, drained
~ 1 tsp cayenne pepper
~ 1 tsp cumin
~ 1 tsp salt
~ 1/2 tsp black pepper
~ romaine lettuce
~ sliced tomatoes
~ sliced pepper jack cheese

* In a large bowl combine the meat, chilies, cayenne, cumin, salt and pepper.

* Cover and refrigerate an hour or so.

* Form meat mixture into 8 patties.

* Place a sheet of foil on your grill. Spray with non-stick spray and heat over medium-high heat.

* Place patties on grill and cook to medium to medium-well flipping as needed. Be careful flipping.

* Place cheese on top the last couple of minutes so it gets good and melty.

* Serve with lettuce and tomato and your favorite condiments. Try to fore go the onion. You want the taste of the buffalo to shine through.

* These can be made in a skillet if you’re not in the mood for grilling.

Thanks to Rocky for sharing this recipe. For more “exotic” meat recipes to use at your next cookout visit this page on our site, www.backwoodsbound.com/zexotic.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: Thirty four camels were imported by the army for the newly established U.S. Army Camel Corps.


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