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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 21 - Issue 8

  Welcome to the August 2020 issue of The Bullet. I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer the best they can. It’s been hard to stay safe while fishing, camping and hiking but we’ve adapted. Large gatherings may have been put on hold for the summer but don’t let that stop you from getting out and enjoying the great outdoors.

And speaking of enjoying the outdoors, the squirrel hunting season has opened around the country. You can’t much more “social distanced” than that. Walking through the woods early in the morning can help you forget about all of the chaos in the world and help cleanse your soul. To me, squirrel hunting helps me get reacquainted with nature and awakens my hunting skills that have been hibernating since last winter. It’s also a great way to introduce someone new to hunting. And lastly, dove season is only weeks away!

Okay. Enough said. Let’s get to it. Enjoy this month’s issue of The Bullet and remember to keep wearing your mask. As I like to say, “I wear because I care.” Until next month, J. E. Burns, Editor-in-chief.


In this issue:

~ Backwoods Trivia
~ Recipe: Fried Bass
~ Article: Fish Fry
~ Recipe: Burger Recipes
~ Article: The Menace Of Mosquitoes
~ What's New
~ Candid CamShots
~ Recipe: Jalapeno Pepper Poppers


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: The baseball season has finally gotten under way so we dug up this question sent in by Robert Harrison. See if you know the answer.

What president was the first to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game?

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



~ 6 bass fillets
~ 1 cup buttermilk
~ 1 tbsp lemon juice
~ 1/2 cup cornmeal
~ 1/2 cup instant mashed potatoes
~ salt and pepper
~ oil

* In a glass dish, combine the buttermilk and lemon juice. Place fish in the buttermilk, cover and refrigerate overnight.

* Combine the cornmeal and potato flakes. Salt and pepper to taste.

* Heat oil in a large skillet.

* Remove fish from buttermilk and dry. Roll the fillets in the cornmeal mix then add to the hot oil.

* Cook until brown about 10 minutes per side.

* Serve and Enjoy!

Many thanks to us for sharing this recipe with you. 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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ARTICLE: FISH FRY by Lloyd Barnhart

When I was young,
A summer fish fry was a summer staple.

Whenever the boys and men of the family
Were successful in their pursuit of trout, bass or bullheads,
A family fish fry would ensue.

Fish caught, would be processed for cooking:
Phone calls would be made,
With the family matriarch inviting all to join in.

“Bring a dish to share”, she advised,
As she prepared to fry the fish and potatoes
And boil coffee for the whole group.

Salads, side dishes, drinks and desserts
Appeared as family members arrived,
And a feast developed in spite of short notice.

Once the fish was fried, crisp in bacon fat,
The call came…”Let’s eat!”,
And everyone rushed to the tables.

The food was delicious:
Nothing beats fried fish, just recently caught,
And myriad sides complement it nicely.

But, the real value of the summertime fish fry
Was not in the food, but in the people:
Sharing the meal…sharing the experience with family and friends
Is what made it special!

Another great selection from Lloyd’s book Rambling Outdoors; Tales of Forest, Field and Stream. Used with permission. Thanks Lloyd!


FUN FACT:  The first person to drive a mile a minute, 60 miles per hour (mph), was Barney Oldfield in 1903. The first person to drive 100 miles per hour was Arthur MacDonald in 1905. He obtained 104.65mph over a measured mile.

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


FISHIN' TIP:  Your best chance of catching catfish are late in the evening a couple of hours before sundown or at night. If tight-lining, the use of a bell on the end of your pole will help you know when you have a bite. The use of a lighted bobber is a necessity if you’re drifting your bait around in the dark or low light conditions.

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: "In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back." – Charlie Brown

 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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Awesome Burgers
--- from Randy Rogers

~ 2 lbs ground deer
~ 12 oz. chorizo (Mexican sausage)
~ 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
~ 1 egg, beaten

* In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients.

* Shape into 1/4 lb. patties.

* Fry in a skillet with a little oil or place on grill and cook over medium heat.

* Serve with your favorite burger condiments.

* Enjoy.


Ranch Deer Burgers --- from Bailey Hershberger.

~ 1 lb ground deer
~ 1 packet ranch dressing mix
~ seasoning salt
~ black pepper
~ soy sauce

* In a large bowl, mix the deer, ranch dressing mix and seasoning salt and pepper to taste together.

* Form into 4 patties and place on hot grill over medium heat.

* Sprinkle with soy sauce.

* Cook to medium doneness sprinkling with soy sauce with each flip.

* Serve on buns with your favorite burger toppings.

* Enjoy.


Deer Yummy Burgers ---- from in by Lanelle Belongia.

~ 2 lbs deer burger (ground deer)
~ 4 – 5 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
~ 2 eggs, beaten
~ 20 – 30 Ritz crackers, crushed

* Crumble the deer in a mixing bowl. Mix in the Worcestershire sauce.

* Let stand in refrigerator for 20 – 30 minutes.

* Mix in the beaten eggs and the cracker crumbs.

* Pat into burger size patties.

* Grill over medium heat or fry with a little oil to your desired doneness. Medium to medium-well is recommended.

* Serve with your favorite burger fixings.

* Enjoy.

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.



  Mosquitoes cause major disruptions to warm weather backwoods adventures. These pesky little insects not only create a nuisance with their irritating bite, but, in addition, are responsible for the transmission of certain serious diseases such as dengue, malaria, yellow fever and various forms of encephalitis including the West Nile virus. Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases which afflict humans, but they also can transmit several diseases and parasites that dogs and horses are very susceptible to. These include dog heart worms and eastern equine encephalitis. Each year, according to the World Health Organization, some 500 million people are infected with mosquito-borne illnesses. More than 2.5 million die, many of them young children. Deaths in the U.S., though, are still rare.

 The mosquito goes through four separate and distinct stages of its life cycle: egg, larva, pupa and adult.

 Female mosquitoes lay their eggs on the surface of fresh or stagnant water. The water may be in tin cans, barrels, horse troughs, ornamental ponds, swimming pools, puddles, creeks, ditches or marshy areas. Mosquitoes prefer water sheltered from the wind by grass and weeds. Tiny mosquito larvae emerge from the eggs within 24 – 48 hours.

 Mosquito larvae, commonly called “wigglers’, must live in water from 7 to 14 days depending on water temperature. Larvae must come to the surface at frequent intervals to obtain oxygen through a breathing tube called a siphon. They eat algae and small organisms which live in the water. During growth, the larva molts (sheds its skin) four times. At last the molting a pupa emerges.

 Mosquito pupae, commonly called “tumblers”, must live in water from 1 to 4 days, depending upon species and temperature. The pupa is lighter than water and therefore floats at the surface. It takes oxygen through two breathing tubes called “trumpets”. When it is disturbed it dives in a jerking, tumbling motion and then floats back to surface. The pupa does not eat but concentrates all its energies on its metamorphosis into an adult. The adult mosquito splits the pupal case and emerges to the surface of the water where it rests until its body can dry and harden.

 Typically, male mosquitoes emerge first and wait nearby for the females to emerge. After the females emerge, they will mate with several males over the course of 2 to 3 days. This brief mating period is all that is required for the life of the female.

 About one week after emerging from the pupa, the adult females begin searching for a suitable host. Female mosquitoes are attracted to a potential host through a combination of different stimuli that emanate from the host. The stimuli can include carbon dioxide, body odors, air movement or heat.

  Upon locating a suitable host, the female will probe the skin for a blood capillary then inject a small amount of saliva containing chemicals which prevent the host’s blood from clotting. This is often the pathway for potential pathogens such as viruses to enter the host. From this blood meal, the female is able to extract all the proteins and other nutrients required to produce 100 to 300 eggs. After she feeds on a host, she will find a cool resting spot for several days while she converts this blood meal into eggs.

  Mosquitoes usually feed on nectar from flowers and fruit juices. Only the female requires the blood meal for egg production about every 1 to 2 weeks throughout her life. The average life span of the female mosquito is 3 to 100 days; the male’s is 10 to 20 days. Depending on species, the female mosquitoes may lay 100 to 300 eggs at a time and may average 1,000 to 3,000 during their lifespan.

 In some species, females which emerge in late summer search for sheltered areas where they “hibernate” until spring. Warm weather brings them out again in search of water on which to lay their eggs.

 Health risks are two-fold. The mosquito bite itself poses the first problem. Typical symptoms include swelling, redness and irritation at the puncture site. Sensitivity to mosquito bites varies with individuals, most people have only a mild reaction but others can have severe symptoms from the saliva of mosquitoes. If the bites are scratched or traumatized, they may also become infected with bacteria and secondary infection, like cellulitis, can develop. Make sure to keep all bites clean with soap and water. Apply topical creams for itch relief like hydrocortisone or diphenhydramine. Antibiotic ointments can help reduce the chance of infection and promote healing.

  The second risk concerns exposure to certain diseases. Only a small percentage of mosquitoes are infected. And just because we get bit by an infected mosquito doesn’t mean we will become seriously ill from the disease it carries. Our bodies successfully battle germs and microscopic invaders every day. You can help your immune system stay healthy by eating a well-balanced diet and getting adequate rest. If you become ill with high fevers, confusion, weakness or any other severe health problems call your doctor or visit the clinic. Whether your illness is mosquito related or not, it will benefit from early treatment.

  Your degree of mosquito exposure will depend on what type of backwoods adventure you’re on. Here are some tips to help you reduce your risk.

 * Wear clothes that cover as much of your body as possible i.e.: long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks covering the ankles, etc.

 * Use insect repellents in cream, lotion or spray form on uncovered body parts. The composition of the medium determines how long it is effective: For example, creams have a longer-lasting effect than sprays. Common active substances such as ethereal oils, N,N-Diethyl-m-Toluamide (DEET) or Dimethylophthatale are very effective. The area of skin to be protected should be covered evenly, because mosquitoes will find and bite the untreated spots. It is often helpful to use spray repellents on outer clothing as well as the skin. The use of permethrin on your clothes not only repels mosquitoes but chiggers and ticks. It can be used on your tents, camp chairs and about any kind of fabric but not on your skin. Remember to read the directions on any repellent you use.

  * Use insecticides in form of aerosols, vaporizers, candles, smoke spirals or others living and, most of all, in sleeping areas. Insecticides may also be used in the low foliage around your campsite to provide additional protection. Again follow the directions on the product label.

 * Remain in protected mosquito-protected rooms after twilight and at night i.e.: in rooms with air-conditioning or mosquito nets attached to windows and doors.

 * Select campsites at a distance from stale waters, ditches and water barrels.

 You can also reduce the number of mosquitoes in your area by eliminating breeding and resting areas.

  * Empty standing water in old tires, cemetery urns, buckets, plastic covers, toys or any other container where “wrigglers” and “tumblers” live.

 * Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels and potted plant trays at least once a week if not more often.

 * Drain or fill temporary pools with dirt.

 * Keep swimming pools treated and circulating and rain gutters unclogged.

 * Adult mosquitoes prefer to rest on weeds and other vegetation. Homeowners can reduce the number of areas where adult mosquitoes can find shelter by cutting down weeds adjacent to the house foundation and in their yards and mowing the lawn regularly.

 Don’t let mosquitoes take the fun out of your next backwoods adventure. Use what you’ve learned to take precautions and minimize your risks. Remember to pack sufficient repellents and insecticides and use them as directed. Until next time…Maggie B.



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HUNTIN' TIP: Practicing for the upcoming archery season? Now is the time to get started sticking a few arrows into your target to shake off the rust and get your form back into shape.

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.



  Not much new happening around here. Orders continue to come in in for our After The Shot Trophy Plaques as folks get them out of their garages and basements. We’re still needing new recipes, tips, stories, fun facts and trail camera pictures for upcoming issues. Go to www.backwoodsbound.com/ats.html for all the information on our line of After The Shot Trophy Plaques and send everything else to mail@backwoodsound.com.

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  What better meal to have at camp but chili! An easy to make, hearty tasting, and delicious pot meal of chili made from Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix hits the spot after a day of hiking, swimming or hanging out with family. 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 meals you’ll love like jambalaya, enchiladas, stuffed manicotti and lasagna. Also try it as a dry rub or marinade on your beef and deer roasts or steaks.

  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!"



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  Editor James Burns' camera caught this southern Illinois buck coming in to check a scrap last fall.

Illinois Buck

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~ 20 jalapeno peppers
~ 1 - 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
~ 1 tbsp garlic powder
~ 3/4 - 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, pepper jack is good too!
~ 1/2 - 3/4 cup bacon bits
~ 2 tbsp chopped chives or finely chopped onion
~ Panko bread crumbs

* Slice peppers in two lengthwise and remove seeds. Leave some or all of the "meat" depending on how hot you want them.

* Place the cream cheese in a bowl and mash it around with a fork.

* Add the garlic powder, shredded cheese, bacon bits and the chives. Mix well. You can adjust the cheese and bacon bits to your taste.

* Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

* Stuff each pepper half with the cheese mixture. Place on sheet.

* Sprinkle each pepper with the Panko crumbs.

* Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until the tops are Panko crumbs are browned.

* You can grill these if you want. Just use foil on your grates.

* Remove and let cool a couple of minutes the dig in!

"You can cut the recipe in half very easily. Use 10 peppers, 1/2 pack cream cheese, etc."

Many thanks to Rocky Jay for sharing this recipe with us. For more side dish recipes to try, visit our site at 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: William Howard Taft was the first president to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game. He did it on April 14, 1910 at Opening Day ceremonies of the Washington Senators vs Philadelphia Athletics game.


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