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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 22 - Issue 1

  Happy New Year and welcome to the January 2021 issue of The Bullet. The possibilities are endless as the New Year stretches out in front of us. What will it bring? Is this the spring you’ll hook and land a trophy sized rainbow trout? Will you take the biggest tom in your life come April? Will every crappie you catch weigh a pound or better? How many campfires will you share with family and friends this summer? Could the skies be colored black with thousands of doves this fall and you only miss one of every three shots? Or will you take the buck of a life-time come late fall? All of those things are possible. You just got to have a little faith and a whole bunch of luck. Or is it a whole bunch of faith and a little luck? Either way I hope you keep faith in your abilities and be lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time this New Year.

As we look forward to the New Year we must take a moment and look back on what was a very trying year for the whole world. This no doubt that 2020 will be written about in history books forever as it affected every one of us either directly or indirectly. Try to remember the good times and keep the faith that things will get better.

One thing I need to get off my chest. First let me say that things haven’t been running as smoothly as they once were because people have been sick, layoffs, etc. and the companies that deliver our packages are running at full capacity. I get that but at some point things should get to their destinations. Why do I bring this up? We have two customers that have yet to receive their plaques. One is going to Michigan and the other to Ohio. They were shipped on December 14th and 15th respectively. These were Christmas gifts that have yet to be enjoyed by their loved ones. One month in “transit” seems kind of excessive. Other packages we shipped around that time have all been delivered. Is this a wide spread problem or just a problem in that “region” of the country? If anyone can pass along any information about the situation we’d sure appreciate it and we’ll pass the info to our customers. Keep plugging away guys and gals. You keep our country moving and we appreciate your hard work.

And lastly, my sincere condolences to all of you that lost a loved one last year. It’s never easy to lose someone close to you. May God bless you all.

Enough said. We’ve got a jammed packed issue to start the New Year 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: Rock's Fantastic Duck Burritos
~ Backwoods Know-How: Safe Ice Guidelines
~ Recipe: Roasted Moose Rump
~ Article: My Series Of Unfortunate Hunts - Three Strikes And You're Out
~ What's New
~ Candid CamShots
~ Recipe: Barbecued Raccoon
~ Last Minute Stuff


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: We dug this one from an old issue. See if you know it.

True or false: Black panthers live in North America and leopards live in Africa.

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



~ 6 duck breasts, cut into 1" – 2" long strips
~ 1 stick butter
~ 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
~ 1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
~ 2 medium red potatoes, diced
~ cayenne pepper
~ salt
~ black pepper
~ 1 package 6" flour tortillas
~ shredded cheese
~ shredded lettuce
~ your favorite condiments, tabasco, salsa, hot sauce, etc.

* Melt half a stick of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the duck.

* Season to taste with the cayenne, salt and pepper. Stir.

* Cook 5 – 6 minutes or until meat is browned stirring and flipping as needed.

* Add the rest of the butter, onions, and potatoes. Season to taste with the seasonings.

* Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer 30 – 40 minutes or until the meat is done and the potatoes are tender stirring occasionally.

* Adjust seasoning as needed while cooking.

* Serve on warm tortillas and top with cheese and lettuce.

* Add your favorite condiments and enjoy.

Our thanks to Steven Hayes for sharing this recipe. Visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zduck.html for more duck 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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  It seems like the winters just aren’t as cold as they once were and/or that there’s just not that long, deep, sustained freeze like there used to be. With these conditions happening there are numerous accidents every winter involving people falling through thin ice that result in them drowning or succumbing to hypothermia from the cold water. Many folks enjoy to fish, skate or just plain slide around on the ice but how do you know it’s safe? Here are some guidelines to go by but remember when in doubt, stay off! Safety is no accident.

* One inch of ice: Stay off! (We can’t emphasize this one enough.)

* Four inches of ice: Needed for safe ice fishing. (Grab the poles.)

* Five inches of ice: Needed for snowmobiling. (Wear a helmet.)

* Eight inches of ice: Needed to support the weight of a car or light truck. (Got your tire chains?)

* Ten inches of ice: Needed to support a medium weight truck. (How bigga truck do you need on the ice?)

 Safety Tips While on the Ice

* No ice is 100 percent safe.

* New ice is usually stronger than old ice.

* Don’t go out alone. If something should happen there’ll be someone to call for help or to help rescue.

* Let someone know where you are going and when you will return.

* Check ice thickness as you go out. There could be pockets of thin ice or places where ice recently formed.

* Avoid off-colored snow or ice. It is usually a sign of weakness.

* The insulating effect of snow slows down the freezing process!

* Bring along these items to help keep you safe: hand warmers, ice cleats to help prevent falls, ice picks (wear around your neck) to help you crawl out of the water if you fall in, a life jacket, a floating safety rope, a whistle to call for help, a basic first aid kit and extra dry clothes and gloves.

Thanks to the Iowa DNR for the Safety Tips. Visit www.iowadnr.gov for all outdoor things Iowa!


FUN FACT:  Samuel Colt started making his revolving breech pistol in 1835. In 1847 he sold 1000 .44 caliber Colt revolvers to the U.S. government. One of these original pistols in 60% condition is worth about a half a million dollars today!

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


HUNTIN' TIP:  Don’t throw that old worn out artificial Christmas tree in the trash. Save the limbs until next fall and add them to your deer stands or blinds. Just attach them with zip ties. Also works on climbers and shooting houses. Remember to spray a scent killer on them after putting them on. – Jay Clement

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: “May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” – Peter Marshall

 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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~ 6 – 8 lb. moose rump roast, trimmed of fat
~ olive oil
~ 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
~ seasoning salt
~ pepper
~ garlic powder
~ 1 large onion, sliced
~ 1/2 cup red wine
~ 1 cup water

* Lightly rub the roast all over with olive oil.

* Sprinkle with seasoning salt, pepper and garlic powder.

* Place half of the sliced onion in the bottom of a roasting pan. Pour 1/2 the Worcestershire sauce on the onion.

* Place the roast on the onion and pour on the rest of the sauce and top with the rest of the onion.

* Mix the wine and water together and pour into the pan.

* Cover and bake at 325 degrees for 3 1/2 - 4 hours.

* Baste every 30 minutes with the pan drippings. Add water as needed.

* Remove from the oven and let rest covered for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

* You can remove the meat to a warm platter and cover it then use the pan drippings to make gravy.

* Serve with mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, hot biscuits and enjoy.

Thanks go out to Rocky Jay for sending in this recipe. For more moose recipes to cook up go to www.backwoodsbound.com/zmoose.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.



  This past October I found myself once again at my friend David’s ranch in Oklahoma for their muzzleloader season. It was my 17th trip down there and I was hoping to break my score-less streak going back to the 2018 season.

  The weather was warm and dry the day arrived. I was glad to see that it was dry and that I would be able to get to my stand at the Back Lot. The year before it had rained a butt load the week before opening day and the creek I have to cross to get to my spot was running fast and full. There was no way to cross it safely so I was blocked out of the spot I was certain was full of twelve point bucks and 200 pound does.

 Opening morning a buck did show up at the Back Lot just not a big one. A spike came into the plot and fed around awhile then left. It was only the first day so I still felt good about my position.

 That afternoon doe wondered in just before 5 to get some supper. I watched her for a quite a while through first through the binoculars and then my scope. I could have taken the shot at any time but since she was relaxed I was seeing if she would come a little closer.

 She fed around for nearly 15 minutes when on top of the hill David shot! His stand is a long ways off but down in the valley his shots always sound real loud. When he shot the doe flinched some and started to get antsy I was afraid she’d take off in a rush so I took my shot.

  One “advantage” to hunting from a stand with a muzzleloader is you can usually see somewhat over the smoke cloud and able to track the deer’s movements and this shot was the same way. I could see her run away from me about 10 yards and enter the woods on the opposite side of plot. “Meat on the pole” I thought and on opening day. “I can just trophy hunt now.”

  I looked everywhere for that doe. Found neither blood nor hair nor any sign she had been hit. I searched far and wide in the area/direction she had run for over an hour and came up empty handed. It had to have been a clean miss at least that’s what I told myself to help me sleep better.

 Strike one.

 David on the other hand tracked his doe down only to find the hogs had beaten him to it. They had eaten the left side out of it and was about to start on the good parts when him and Todd shot them away for it. They made it back to camp around nine o’clock.

 The next morning right after 7 a small 4 point came in to the plot from the other direction and started feeding around. He kept looking over his shoulder at something but I couldn’t tell what.

 After a few minutes I caught a glimpse of another deer approaching through the trees. My heart started racing and knew it was a big ‘un. It finally emerged into open and through the binoculars I counted 6 points. Damn! Not the big ‘un I was hoping for.

 They ate their breakfast then went back the way they had come. No other deer came around me that morning.

 That afternoon David and his brother Ronnie took me to an area Ronnie used to hunt and helped me set up my ground blind as rain was in the forecast. It was much closer to camp so I wouldn’t have 3 miles to ride to get there. Plus I’d have a roof over my head.

 Back in the stand that afternoon, things were slow. Didn’t see any deer.

 My son Josh texted around 5:30 saying he had just shot at a doe. I responded that if he didn’t find it I would stop on my way in and lend him a hand.

 A little after six he said he had found only a little blood but no deer. Told him I was on my way. We needed to find the doe fairly quickly so supper wouldn’t be real late as it was his turn to cook and I was getting real hungry.

 Josh said there had been three does and when he shot two went to the left back into the trees and the third ran across the pipeline easement into the woods. There was a little blood in the spot she had been standing plus a small tuft of hair so we knew she had been hit.

 We chose to go right after the single deer.

  We found no blood trail but after about 15 minutes did find the deer. She was lying about 20 feet inside the brush off the pipeline. Josh was relieved and so was I. I was so happy we found his deer!

 That night it started to rain.

 It was pouring the next morning so Josh and I went back to bed finally getting up around eight.

  The rain slacked off and we were all able to get out to our hunting spots that afternoon.

 I was excited to be hunting a new area and settled into the blind full of anticipation. I should have taken an umbrella!

 The rain continued off and on in little showers and the blind leaked water even though I had sprayed it with waterproofing before the trip. I had to sit kind of to the back of it to keep the biggest drips off of me. This proved to be a mistake.

 Sometime after six a doe came in close to the blind. I mean close, about 15 yards. Since I was tucked into the back half of the blind she didn’t see me bring the rifle up. When I pulled the trigger the inside of the blind filled with smoke and I couldn’t see and thing and had to stick my head out the window best I could to breath. I bet the blind from the outside looked like something from a Cheech and Chong movie with smoke billowing from the windows.

 I had no idea which way the deer had went but suspected down the hill in front of the blind because I heard some noise down that way.

 I ran a couple of patches thru the barrel and reloaded readying myself for the search.

  Once again there was no blood or hair and after an hour of searching I gave up and headed to camp for help.

  It was cool and getting colder so the consensus among us all was the doe would be fine until the next morning when Josh could help me look after the morning hunt. I just hoped the hogs didn’t find her.

 While sitting in the blind the next morning waiting for it to get light I ran the entire sequence of events through my head thinking about where things went wrong. Once it got light, I found out.

 Since I had been in the back of the blind I had not gotten the barrel of the rifle outside of the blind and even though the view through the scope was clear the barrel was blocked by the fabric of the blind. There was a hole just inside the edge where the screen attaches and just above the metal frame of the blind. I had shot through the material making the bullet go who-knows-where! Hitting something 4 or 5 inches from your target will deflect the bullet but being that close you’ll still going to hit your target. Four or five inches from the barrel can throw it way off. I should have known when the blind filled with smoke when the trigger was pulled.

  Around 9 Josh showed up and we looked and looked through thick brush, downed trees, across ditches, everywhere in a 150 yard plus circle of the blind but found no deer. We headed back to camp after working up quite the appetite.

 That was strike two. In part two of the story I’ll tell you about strike three and why I called the game. Until next month, Jim Bob.



It’s a new year with new opportunities to buy your special someone or even yourself something new and exciting!

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FISHIN' TIP: Try tipping your jigs or spoons with a wax worm or minnow when fishing through the ice. A little live bait can make a difference in going home with a stringer full or going empty handed.

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 a busy December we had! In between deer hunts, the boys worked weekends and evenings and made a big push the last week to ship a lot of orders and end the year on a high note. We hope everyone gets their order soon. The Postal Service is really behind with deliveries taking 2 – 3 weeks instead of the normal 3 – 6 days.

 It must have been a good season in Missouri going by the amount of Missouri plaques we did. West Virginia must have had a great season too as that state came in second in total sales. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois also did great numbers.

 The rush has slowed some but there’s still many on the schedule. Now is the time to get your trophy on the wall. 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 special shapes and designs. Give us a try!

  There has been big increases in the cost of lumber the past six months or so and we’ve been eating the cost up until now. Unfortunately we don’t see lumber prices going down soon so we’ve had to raise our prices for all of our plaques.

 Sales of our Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix have surged too. There’s no better meal on a cold winter day than a pot of delicious chili made with our seasoning. And remember it makes a ton of other great dishes too. Be sure to stock up at www.backwoodsbound.com/chili.html.

  Always needing 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.



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  This Oklahoma buck was caught on camera last October by Jeff Mahoney. Note the 'weird' right antler.

Oklahoma Buck

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



  Whether at camp or at home this no better meal on a cold day then a hearty bowl of chili. A delicious pot of chili made with Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix hits the spot as is sure to satisfy. 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!"



~ 1 raccoon, cleaned with all fat and glands removed
~ 1 medium onion, sliced
~ 1 tsp salt
~ 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
~ 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
~ 1 medium onion, finely diced
~ 1 medium bell pepper, finely chopped
~ 1 bottle of favorite bbq sauce
~ 1/2 - 1 cup water

* Make sure coon is cleaned properly. Place in a large pot and just cover with water.

* Add the sliced onion, salt and pepper.

* Cover and cook until meat starts to fall off the bone.

* Remove meat and let cool then debone.

* Add the meat to a crockpot and add the Worcestershire sauce, diced onion, diced pepper and sauce.

* Mix together and add water to thin down slightly.

* Cover and cook on high or low until veggies are tender. Adjust seasoning if needed.

* Serve as sandwiches or on the side with your favorite side dishes.

* Enjoy.

Our thanks to Andy Kish for sharing this recipe with us. For more raccoon recipes to try visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zracoon.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: False. Scientists classify leopards and black panthers as the same species, Panthera pardus. Typically leopards are born with a pale tan coat with black spots; some, however, are born completely black and are known as black panthers.

 The so-called Florida panther, which lives in the United States, is actually a cougar, Felis concolor. Cougars are also known as pumas, mountain lions, catamounts and painters.



  MAN SHOT BY DEER FRIEND as reported in the Talbot Times by Buck Thorn

  Newport - Wildlife officers reported last week that a hunting outing had taken a turn for the worse. Long-time buddies Wendell Mangrove and Lee Roy Rayley had gone up into the hills near Del Lobo to illegally hunt deer. To make themselves difficult to spot, both had donned disguises. They were dressed head to toe in deer costumes made from actual deer hides including the antlers. Shortly after entering the woods, the two decided to split up hoping to improve their chances of finding and harvesting deer.

  According to the police and wildlife reports, Rayley had decided to sit down and hope the deer came to him rather than try to stalk the animals. He had been sitting for only a few minutes when he heard something moving just a few yards from where he was. He immediately turned the bright light on and, “Ah see’d them two big ole eyes a lookin right at me, and Ah fired!” It turned out to be his poaching pal, Mangrove.

  Rayley says he dragged the 368 pound man out of the woods and with great difficulty, and got him loaded into the truck.

  Rayley then rushed Mangrove to the recently opened Newport Gunshot Clinic where he found the emergency room to be crowded with bleeding patients. He quickly realized this was the fourth of the month, the day after the checks arrive. Knowing his friend was in dire need of attention, Rayley showed surprising creativity. He yelled out, “DEA and INS! Don’t anybody move!” The crowd immediately disappeared leaving only Rayley, Mangrove and two whiskered old men suffering from several injuries sustained while playing mumbly-peg.

  An emergency room orderly helped Rayley get Mangrove up onto a gurney and he was immediately taken into surgery. While his pal was being operated on, Rayley paced about and persistently asked for an update on the man’s condition. The nurses assured him that as soon as surgery was completed, the doctor would let him be the first to be advised of Mangrove's prognosis.

  After several hours of waiting, the surgeon finally came into the waiting area. When asked how Mangrove was, the doctor explained that the bullet had barely injured Mangrove and most probably wouldn’t have even need hospital care.

 “A little bit of peroxide would have been enough treatment for such a superficial wound,” said Dr. Jaffam Prabthiberriantha Sikh.

  “Wahl then how come he was operated on fer so dang long?” asked Rayley.

 “If you hadn’t bled and field dressed him before you brought him in, it would have been a lot easier to get him stabilized!” the doctor explained.


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