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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 21 - Issue 3

  Welcome to the March 2020 issue of The Bullet. Spring is here and that means the fishing is heating up. The catch and keep trout seasons have opened and the mild temperatures are warming the water which means the crappie will be biting soon. Bluegill, bass and catfish won't be far behind. Make your plans to get to your favorite fishing hole soon. March also means that the spring turkey season is only weeks away. It’s time to check equipment and pattern new guns.

We have the usual stuff this issue with the highlight being a story we’re running again from our friend Rose Marie Fitzgerald who passed away in January after a short battle with cancer. Rose was the wife of our buddy Gary who passed away last February. Gary contributed many articles and pictures for us to enjoy. We still have his Rustic Original photos on our site and rerun his articles from time to time. We miss our friends. Okay. Enough said. Let’s get to it. Enjoy issue this issue of The Bullet. Until next month, J. E. Burns, Editor-in-chief.


In this issue:

~ Backwoods Trivia
~ Recipe: Silver Satin Pickled Fish
~ Article: Shaping Up The Deer Season - Part 2
~ Recipe: Crockpot BBQ
~ Article: Memories Of My Pet Skunk Peanuts
~ What's New
~ Candid CamShots
~ Recipe: Hunter's All Day Biscuits


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: This month's question comes from a past issue. It was sent in by Mary Truman. See if you know the answer.

Why is the hammerhead shark’s head shaped the way it is?”

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



~ 6 – 8 lbs northern pike, bluegill can be used
~ sliced onions

~ non-iodized salt
~ water
~ white vinegar

Pickling Brine:
~ 3 cups sugar
~ 4 cups white vinegar
~ 1 cup Silver Satin wine, Barefoot Moscato or Barefoot Riesling can be used
~ 2 medium onions, sliced thinly
~ 1/4 cup pickling spice

* Pickled fish MUST be frozen before it is pickled. The freezing process kills off any bacteria that might not be good for a person.

* Cut thawed fish into 1" squares.

* Place fish in a ceramic crock. Do not use metal.

* Mix 1/2 cup salt per quart of water. Mix enough to cover the fish in the crock. Better to make too much than not enough.

* Cover the fish with the brine. Cover and refrigerate 24 hours.

* Drain off brine. Cover fish with vinegar. Cover and refrigerate for 12 hours.

* Drain well and discard vinegar.

* Pack the fish into jars alternation layers of fish and sliced onion.

* Make pickling brine.

* In a large sauce pan, heat 4 cups vinegar while stirring in the sugar. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Do not boil. Allow to cool.

* Add the wine, onions and pickling spice. Bring to a boil then remove and let cool.

* Once cool, pour into the jars covering the fish and onions.

* Seal jars and refrigerate at least a week before taste testing. Three weeks works better. The longer it sets the better it will taste.

* Keep stored in refrigerator and enjoy.

Notes: Be sure to remove the lateral line in the pike. Bones will dissolve. Make sure your jars are clean. 6 - 8 lbs of fish should fill 8 - 10 quart jars. Use lots of onions when layering with the fish. For some added heat, add a few pickled chili peppers and the juice to the jars. The little yellow ones are good. A white port wine can be used too. - James

Many thanks go to James Harter for sharing this recipe with us. For more fish recipes to try, 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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   Last month we had an article about how this past deer season shaped up around the country with harvest figures from Ohio, Missouri, West Virginia and Illinois. The numbers were good overall with increases in the harvest posted in several states particularly with the archery seasons.

  After February’s issue went out we received a report about how the season shaped in Iowa.

 The Iowa 2019-20 deer harvest of nearly 95,000 deer fell well short of the almost 108,000 deer reported harvested in the 2018-19 season.

  Experts in Iowa say a number of factors contributed to the decline including an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease that killed thousands of deer across the state. The last major outbreak of hemorrhagic disease in 2012-13 resulted in a reduction in the harvest that season. This year’s reduced harvest is consistent with what happened following that outbreak.

 Tyler Harms, wildlife biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), said “The lower harvest corresponds with fewer deer bow hunters reported in their survey, and while the impact from hemorrhagic disease may have contributed to some of that decline, our hunters are also conservationists and if they perceive a drop in the deer population, they will make a decision on whether or not to kill more deer. This year, many of them decided not to,” Harms said.

  “Our deer population has rebounded after hemorrhagic outbreaks in the past and we expect the same will be true after this outbreak,” Harms said. “From our perspective, we manage the population for the long term and impacts from this year – while significant – are likely a short blip on the horizon.”

 Iowa also reported that chronic wasting disease was found in four new counties in the state. This brings the total of counties to eight where the disease has been found.

 Let’s hope things rebound next season for our fellow outdoorsmen in Iowa. In the meantime, let’s go fishing!

  Thanks to the Iowa Department of Resources for providing information for this article. To learn about all the great outdoor adventures in Iowa, visit their website at www.iowadnr.gov.


FUN FACT:  There are 28 U.S. states and 4 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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FISHIN' TIP:  Have you ever tried using those red colored hooks while fishing? Sometimes you need to throw something different at the fish and the red color just might encourage them into taking your bait or lure.

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: “A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a thousand men with guns.” – Mario Puzo, author

 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.



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~ 2 – 4 lbs venison roast, cut into 1/2" thick steaks
~ 1 large onion, chopped
~ 1 tsp garlic powder
~ 1/2 tsp pepper
~ 2 cups your favorite bbq sauce
~ 1/2 cup beer

* Place the steaks in a crockpot.

* Add the onion.

* In a bowl combine the garlic powder, pepper, bbq sauce and beer together.

* Pour over the meat. Lightly stir together.

* Cook on low 4 – 6 hours.

* Serve on toasted buns or on the side with your favorite side dishes.

Our thanks go to Herman Smith for sharing this recipe. For more deer recipes to enjoy 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.



  Once upon a time long, long ago, I had a pet skunk named ‘Peanuts’.

  How did I find myself with this little friend? My dad Howard Germann was an avid outdoorsman. As a little girl he was my hero; times were simpler then and my entertainment was to listen to the stories of the adventures that he and his buddies enjoyed in the outdoors.

  At one time they came across a family of orphaned baby skunks. Is was not uncommon in those days to deodorize the babies and have them become pets, much like a cat, and have them around the farming properties to act in a similar manner to having cats and to ward off strangers!

  In our case we lived in the village and that was a bit different. My mother, Ophelia, who was the more refined partner in the marriage, was not happy about having Peanuts in our home so my dad built a little house with a cage for Peanuts out in the yard. He had a little collar like a puppy would have to identify him.

  One fond memory I have of Peanuts was during the annual Homecoming parade. It was awhile back but I think it was around 1950. My dad, my grandpa Otto and some of their hunting buddies and I rode on a float during the parade along with Peanuts, a hunting dog or two and Percy Muskopf’s pet skunk. In fact the Millstadt Historical Society 2016 calendar has a picture of us during the parade for the month of September.

  My dad was always full of fun! He filled a plastic water pistol with some of his sister’s, my Aunt Fern’s perfume. She was the more glamourous member of the family. During the parade he held Peanuts on his lap and hid the water pistol under him. He would squirt the parade watchers along the way and had fun watching their expressions!

 Aunt Fern was standing next to a lady who had been squirted. Legend has it Aunt Fern heard the lady say “Pew! Did you smell that skunk?!” I can only imagine the expression on Aunt Fern’s face when she heard that comment knowing the lady was smelling her perfume!

  I’m sad to say that somebody stole my little pet one day and he was never returned but the memories of Peanuts remain with me.

 In memory of Rose Marie Fitzgerald, 1942 – 2020. Rest in Peace.


HUNTIN' TIP: March is a good time to get things ready for your spring food plots. Getting things lined out now allows for time to do a soil test, order fertilizer and seed, and make plans to set aside time to do the work next month.

Spring food plots give bucks a good protein source they will need in the critical months of antler growth. Does also benefit from the food source while nursing their fawns.

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.



  Spring isn’t here yet. The snow continues to fall and the cold wind continues to blow. There’s no better way to warm up than enjoying a hearty, delicious meal than with a pot of chili made from Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix! Its unique blend of herbs and spices makes a great pot of chili everyone loves without the aid of 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 thank those who answered our call to send in new recipes but more are needed! Our file has dwindled down in the past year or so and we could use new recipes for everything. Duck, goose, elk, quail, rabbit, buffalo, antelope, deer, alligator, pheasant and all types of fish are needed. Send your recipes to mail@backwoodsbound.com. Thanks and we look forward to getting them!

  The shop continues to fill orders for our After The Shot Trophy Plaques! Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Indiana are a few of the designs that have gone out recently. We’ve also done some custom designs lately. Go to www.backwoodsbound.com/ats.html for all the information on our line of After The Shot Trophy Plaques. And remember we love to do custom designs!

  New pictures for the Candid CamShots have also dwindled down. We need new pictures now! Go through your files and send in a couple for everyone to look at. We’ll take anything as long as it’s not obscene. Send them as attachments to mail@backwoodsbound.com and see this month’s photo at www.backwoodsbound.com/funphotos2.html.

  Planning your spring or summer fishing adventure? Visit our Fishin’ Guides and Charter Services page at www.backwoodsbound.com/guidesfish.html for help. You may not find exactly what you’re looking for but it’s a good place to start. And if you find a bad link or two please let us know so we remove them from the page.



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  Proving you never know what will walk by your camera. Bob Burns’ camera caught one of the neighbor’s cows wondering around his property.


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



~ 2/3 cup milk
~ 1/4 cup margarine
~ 2 1/4 cups complete pancake mix
~ 1 cup rolled oats (use 1 minute, quick cooking)
~ 1/4 cup sugar
~ 1 tsp cinnamon sugar
~ 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
~ 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
~ 1 tbsp honey crunch wheat germ, optional
~ 1 tbsp oat bran, optional

* Place milk and margarine in a bowl. Microwave on low until the margarine is melted. Stir together.

* In a large bowl, thoroughly mix all dry ingredients together.

* Add milk/margarine; mix to moisten dry ingredients.

* Drop by heaping tablespoonful onto greased cookie sheet.

* Bake at 425 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until light golden brown.

* Makes about a dozen biscuits.

Note: Two of these biscuits with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate makes a good breakfast or lunch. One makes a tasty, nutritious snack any time. - Lloyd

Thanks to friend Lloyd Barnhart for sharing another one of his recipes. For more great side dish recipes to try 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 hammerhead shark’s unique shaped head helps it make sharper turns and swim more smoothly than other sharks.


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