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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 21 - Issue 11

  Welcome to the November 2020 issue of The Bullet. Can you believe it’s November already? The firearm deer seasons are upon us. Waterfowl hunting gets going. Upland game is in season. Trapping season starts across the country. Thanksgiving is a few weeks away and Christmas is fast approaching. Where has the time gone? I don’t know. I’m just ready to do some hunting and spending some time enjoying the great outdoors.

We have a jammed packed issue this month so let’s get to it. Enjoy this month’s issue of The Bullet and “wear because you care”. Until next month, J. E. Burns, Editor-in-chief.


In this issue:

~ Backwoods Trivia
~ Recipe: Backstrap Delight
~ Article: Treestand Safety Guidelines
~ Recipe: Cathy's Grilled Pheasant
~ Article: Aromatherapy
~ What's New
~ Article: You Plotting On Me? - The plot Thickens
~ Candid CamShots
~ Recipe: Baked Walleye


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: This month’s questions were thought up by Kenny Settle. Do you know the answer?

What does the world record typical Whitetail deer measure? When was it taken?

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



~ 2 lb piece of deer backstrap
~ seasoning salt
~ pepper
~ bacon grease
~ 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
~ 1 medium onion, chopped
~ 4 oz mushrooms, sliced
~ 1 tsp minced garlic
~ 1/2 cup water

* Slice the backstrap into 1/2” thick steaks. Season with seasoning salt and pepper.

* Heat a little bacon grease in a large skillet. Butter will work too. Add the meat.

* Brown on all sides. Remove meat and drain grease from skillet.

* Place meat back in skillet and add the rest of the ingredients.

* Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer about an hour.

* Stir occasionally and add more water if needed.

* Serve and enjoy with your favorite side dishes.

Our thanks to Steve Grant for sending in this recipe for all to try this deer season. Visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zdeer.html for more deer recipes to try this fall.

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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  While putting this issue together we heard about a hunter who died as a result of a fall from his treestand in Iowa. Although the accident is still being investigated and details (equipment failure, health issue, etc.) haven’t been released yet we dug up this article we ran in the November 2013 issue and thought we’d share it again. Everyone needs a little reminder now and then as we get complacent with things we do quite often and start to take shortcuts. It’s only human nature. We all do it. So refresh your memory with the guidelines below and remember that safety is no accident. – Editor

  ALWAYS wear a Fall-Arrest System (FAS)/Full Body Harness meeting TMA Standards even during ascent and descent. Be aware that single strap belts and chest harnesses are no longer allowed Fall-Arrest devices and should not be used. Failure to use a FAS could result in serious injury or death.

  ALWAYS read and understand the manufacturer’s Warnings and Instructions before using the treestand each season. Practice with the treestand at ground level prior to using at elevated positions. Maintain the Warnings and Instructions for later review as needed, for instructions on usage to anyone borrowing your stand, or to pass on when selling the treestand. Use all safety devices provided with your treestand.

  NEVER exceed the weight limit specified by the manufacturer. If you have any questions after reviewing the Warnings and Instructions, please contact the manufacturer.

  ALWAYS inspect the treestand and the Fall-Arrest System for signs of wear or damage before each use. Contact the manufacturer for replacement parts. Destroy all products that cannot be repaired by the manufacturer and/or exceed recommended expiration date, or if the manufacturer no longer exists. The FAS should be discarded and replaced after a fall has occurred.

 ALWAYS practice in your Full Body Harness in the presence of a responsible adult prior to using it in an elevated hunting environment, learning what it feels like to hang suspended in it at ground level and how to properly use your suspension relief device.

  ALWAYS attach your Full Body Harness in the manner and method described by the manufacturer. Failure to do so may result in suspension without the ability to recover into your treestand. Be aware of the hazards associated with Full Body Harnesses and the fact that prolonged suspension in a harness may be fatal. Have in place a plan for rescue, including the use of cell phones or signal devices that may be easily reached and used while suspended. If rescue personnel cannot be notified, you must have a plan for recover/escape. If you have to hang suspended for a period of time before help arrives, exercise your legs by pushing against the tree or doing any other form of continuous motion or use your suspension relief device. Failure to recover in a timely manner could result in serious injury or death. If you do not have the ability to recover/escape, hunt from the ground.

  ALWAYS hunt with a plan and if possible a buddy. Before you leave home, let others know your exact hunting location, when you plan to return and who is with you.

 ALWAYS carry emergency signal devices such as a cell phone, walkie-talkie, whistle, signal flare, PLD (personal locator device) and flashlight on your person at all times and within reach even while you are suspended in your FAS. Watch for changing weather conditions. In the event of an accident remain calm and seek help immediately.

 ALWAYS select the proper tree for use with your treestand. Select a live straight tree that fits within the size limits recommended in your treestand’s instructions. Do not climb or place a treestand against a leaning tree. Never leave a treestand installed for more than two weeks since damage could result from changing weather conditions and/or from other factors not obvious with a visual inspection.

 ALWAYS use a haul line to pull up your gear and unloaded firearm or bow to your treestand once you have reached your desired hunting height. Never climb with anything in your hands or on your back. Prior to descending, lower your equipment on the opposite side of the tree.

  ALWAYS know your physical limitations. Don’t take chances. Do not climb when using drugs, alcohol or if you’re sick or un-rested. If you start thinking about how high you are, don’t go any higher.

 NEVER use homemade or permanently elevated stands or make modifications to a purchased treestand without the manufacturer’s written permission. Only purchase and use treestands and Fall-Arrest Systems meeting or exceeding TMA standards. For a detailed list of certified products, contact the TMA office or refer to the TMA web site at www.tmastands.com.

  NEVER hurry!! While climbing with a treestand, make slow, even movements of no more than ten to twelve inches at a time. Make sure you have proper contact with the tree and/or treestand every time you move. On ladder-type treestands, maintain three points of contact with each step.

  From the Treestand Manufacturers Association web site at www.tmastands.com. Visit their site for more information about treestands and treestand safety and to take a FREE Treestand Safety Course on their site.


FUN FACT:  On October 24, 1921 the Unknown Soldier is selected for internment at Arlington National Cemetery. There were four bodies that could not be identified by name, rank or unit. One of those was selected. There were 77,000 American servicemen who lost their lives in WWI.

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


HUNTIN' TIP:  It is often hard to judge distance in the woods when bow hunting. So take some caution tape or something easily seen and mark spots 30 - 40 yards from your stand that way you'll have a better idea how far away the deer is. – Clay Finley

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: “It's never too late to change your life for the better. You don't have to take huge steps to change your life. Making even the smallest changes to your daily routine can make a big difference to your life.” - Roy T. Bennett

Thanks to Mark Daluz for sending this in.

 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 pheasants, split lengthwise and washed thoroughly
~ 2 packages Wishbone dry Italian dressing mix
~ 1 package onion soup mix
~ gallon size zip lock bags

* Mix the dressing mix and soup mix together.

* Wash the birds and pat dry with paper towels.

* Place each half a bird in a gallon size zip lock bag.

* Add equal amounts of the dry ingredients to each bag.

* Shake and turn to coat evenly.

* Place in refrigerator overnight. Turn occasionally.

* Heat your grill to medium hot using gas or charcoal.

* While the fire is getting ready, remove the birds from their bags and place on a cookie sheet in refrigerator until a slight glaze appears.

* Place the birds on the prepared grill cavity side down.

* Cook about 20 minutes or until lightly charbroiled. Flip and cook until browned to your preference turning at least twice in 40 to 45 minutes.

* Serve with long grain and wild rice pilaf with mushrooms.

* Enjoy with a glass or two of wine.

Thanks go out to Craig Bentley for sending in this recipe. For more pheasant recipes to cook up this fall, go to www.backwoodsbound.com/pheas.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.



I stop…close my eyes and sniff:
Ahh…I get leaves…musty fallen leaves,
Their scent enhanced by light rain.

Visions follow of piles of raked leaves,
And, I hear children laughing
As they jump into the piles.

Apples…I get apples:
Apples that have dropped and ooze their essences;
I am reminded of cider….

Real, whole earth cider, like that
Produced by Ken Brazie or George Cronk;
Really, real apple cider!

Deer…I get deer:
That musky, dank scent of the rut.

I remember a big, wide-racked whitetail buck
That ran a sleek doe right in front of my stand,

While I sat there wide-eyed and gape-mouthed,
And never drew an arrow!

Wood smoke…I get wood smoke:
Wood has been cut, split and stacked;
Temperature’s dropping…Wood is burning.

I am temporarily overwhelmed by memories
Of the comfort and pleasure that only comes
From good old-fashioned wood heat!

I sense…feel all this and more;
Something magical must be in the air.
There is…It’s Fall!!

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



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FISHIN' TIP: A basic selection of spoons for trout fishing should include these colors: gold, silver, red-white and black-white in sizes from 1/4 - 1 ounce weights. - J B

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.



  Now that deer hunting has started things in the shop are starting to pick up. Orders for our After The Shot Trophy Plaques are increasing and they usually peak in January into February. Now is a good time to get last year’s trophies on the wall and get ready for this year’s trophy. Go to www.backwoodsbound.com/ats.html for all the information on our line of After The Shot Trophy Plaques

  Always need new recipes, tips, stories, fun facts and trail camera pictures for upcoming issues. Share what you have and we’ll all be grateful. Send everything else to mail@backwoodsound.com.

  Planning your fall and winter hunting adventures? Visit our Huntin’ Guides and Outfitters page at www.backwoodsbound.com/guideshunt.html for help. It’s a good place to start looking so have a peek. And if you find a bad link please let us know so we can remove it from the page.



  For those of you who have been following this story, here’s a quick update on my food plots down at The Ranch.

 We headed down there four weeks ago to clear away some limbs and brush from around the stand we have at set-up on the Ground Blind (GB) plot. It turned into quite the job as some pesky Russian olive trees had grown large the past couple of years and had totally blocked the view into another field on the right side of the stand. It’s clear now!

  Also while there we cleared some stuff from the Permanent Stand (PS) and the Quad Pod (QP) areas and reapplied deer repellent to the Food Plot Protector system I had installed around the GB and PS plots hopefully giving them some time to grow before the herd devour them.

 All three plots looked pretty good. The Bio Logic Maximum seed planted at the GB plot came up real nice and the plants were 6” – 8” high. I had left a small area on one end of the plot unprotected to give the deer a small taste of what’s to come and by the looks of it the deer were enjoying it.

GB Food Plot
GB Plot Showing Unprotected Area

 The QP plot had come up nicely too. Here I had planted Shot Plot seed and a bunch of green bean seeds from my wife’s garden supplies. The plot looked real nice with the plants also in the 6” – 8” height range. I couldn’t tell if the beans had come up but there’s no reason to believe some of them haven’t sprouted.

QP Food Plot
QP Plot Looking Good.

  The PS plot was a different story and I think it’s because of the type of seed that was planted here. The Bio Logic Green Patch Plus seed has more wheat, oats and clover in it as the other blends contain more brassicas. The plants were in the 4” – 6” range but without the leafy brassicas the plot looked thin but still better than last year. And last year the deer were all over what had sprouted in the plot. It should fill out as there’s been plenty of rain in southern Illinois the past month.

PS Food Plot
PS Plot Looking Promising.

  I’m looking forward to seeing how the plots look when we go down for our annual scouting day this weekend. We spend the day checking scopes and guns, trimming limbs and brush as things look different with the leaves down and make final preparations for the firearm opener on the 20th. Also need to take down the repellent barrier so the deer don’t have to jump over it anymore giving them full and easy access to the food.

  Will let you know how things look next month. In the meantime keep your powder dry and good luck to all.



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  This month’s picture is once again from Josh Burns who sent in this picture of a buck he caught on camera on a recent muzzleloader hunting trip to Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Buck

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



  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!"



~2 lbs walleye fillets
~ 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
~ 1 cup instant potato flakes
~ 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
~ 1 tbsp seasoning salt
~ 2 eggs, beaten

* Mix the bread crumbs, potato flakes, cheese and salt together in a large bowl.

* Beat the eggs in another bowl.

* Line a cookie sheet(s) with foil to help with clean-up. Spray with non-stick spray.

* Heat oven to 450 degrees.

* Pat the fillets dry the best you can. It helps in cooking time.

* Dip the fillets in the eggs then in the crumb mixture. Place on the sheet.

* Cook for 8 minutes. Flip and cook another 8 minutes or until fish flakes easy.

* Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy.

Note: You can substitute your favorite sauce such as Franks Hot Sauce for the eggs.

Our thanks to Greg Mercer for sharing this recipe with us. For more fish recipes to try visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zfish.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:Milo Hanson holds the record for the largest typical Whitetail he shot in 1992. It officially measured out at 213 5/8 inches. It surpassed a giant buck taken by James Jordan in 1914 that had a score of 206 1/8 inches.


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