Welcome to Backwoods Bound.
Backwoods Beauty Photos | Bulletin Board | Candid CamShots | Contact Us | Fishing
Fun Facts | Home | Hunting | Links | Newsletter | Recipes | Site Map | Store

Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 22 - Issue 6

  Welcome to the June 2021 issue of The Bullet. Although summer doesn’t officially begin for a couple of more weeks we’re calling it summer time! It’s time for fishing, camping, hiking, cooking out, mowing the grass, washing the car, painting the house….you get the idea. Enjoy yourself and remember to be kind to others. Work hard, play hard and don’t be a jerk. In this hurry up, “I want instant gratification” world we can lose sight of other people’s thoughts and feelings. We’re all in this together so be respectful of each other and other people’s property. Remember, freedom is not the right to do as you please, it’s the opportunity to do what is right.

The world is starting to open up but that virus is still out there. Like so many other viruses, it’s not extinct. It hasn’t magically disappeared so it is vitally important to get your vaccination shots! We still have a ways to go but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Keep up the good work!

Enough said, 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: Bluegill Bake
~ Article: Tips For Safe Boating
~ Recipe: Bourbon Peppercorn Backstrap
~ Article: The Day The Fish Bite
~ What's New
~ Candid CamShots
~ Press Realease: New 12th Edition Of Firearms Guide Is Published
~ Recipe: Wild Game Stir Fry


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: See if you know this month’s question sent in by Susan Riggs.

What musical instrument did Antoine Sax of Belgium invent in 1846?

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



~ 2 cups cooked bluegill
~ 1 cup cooked macaroni
~ 1 package cream cheese, softened
~ 1 can cream of mushroom soup
~ 1/4 cup chopped onion
~ 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
~ 2 tbsp mustard
~ 1/4 tsp salt
~ 1/4 cup milk
~ 3/4 cup cornflake crumbs

* Prepare the macaroni per package directions.

* In a large bowl, blend the soup and cream cheese together with an electric mixer.

* Stir in the fish, macaroni, onion, pepper, mustard, salt and milk.

* Pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Sprinkle on the cornflake crumbs.

* Bake at 375 degrees for 20 - 30 minutes.

* Serve and enjoy.

Thanks to us for pulling this one from our recipe section for everyone to enjoy this month. Visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zfish.html for more delicious fish recipes to try.

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.



Our handcrafted plaques are made from solid oak not plywood or particle board giving your trophy a solid base to anchor to. Each plaque comes stained with a wall hanger installed. Clear-coating is an available option.

We specialize in unique designs! We’ve done everything from arrowheads to walleyes to shields to light bulbs, hanging and stand up designs! Just tell us what you have in mind and we’ll make it happen!

No matter what type of trophy you want to display, we have a plaque or trophy to fill the need. Contact us at sales@backwoodsbound.com with your ideas.

Don’t settle for an ordinary looking plaque! Go one better and order your AFTER THE SHOT Trophy Plaque today. Prices start at $41.95. Don’t wait, order today!

Visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/ats.html for photos and information on how to order your plaque. Order with our secure on-line ordering system and pay with confidence using Paypal.

"It only takes a little more to go first class."



  The country’s largest recreational boating event of the year, National Safe Boating Week took place May 22- 28 just before the holiday weekend to help teach all boaters of the importance of boating safety all summer long. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water offered up these tips for boaters to use while on the water.

 1) The best life jacket is the one you will wear, meaning one that’s comfortable. Make sure it fits properly. Don’t put the kids in ill-fitting jackets meant for adults. Check the jacket’s label to ensure it’s approved for your type of boating.

 2) Boating safety reports indicate that operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and alcohol rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents. Focus on eliminating these factors by putting down the cellphone, practicing using S.C.A.N. procedures to avoid distracted boating, taking a free boating safety course, slowing down, and driving more defensively, especially in congested boating areas. Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents, so save the celebration for after the boat is safely tied up for the night. Boat operators also need to recognize they are responsible for the safety of their guests, including inebriated ones.

 3) Remember to wear an engine cutoff switch if your boat is less than 26-feet, traveling on plane or above displacement speed. Engine cutoff switches can prevent boat strike injuries after an operator has been ejected from the vessel or displaced from the helm.

  Mentioned in tip two above is the acronym S.C.A.N. What does that mean? S.C.A.N. stands for Search, Concentrate, Analyze and Negotiate.

 S - Search the area all around your craft. This is a 360-degree examination of everything around your boat. Distances away will close or open depending on your speed or the speed of the observed boat or object. The faster you're operating, the farther out you'll need to search.

 C - Concentrate on what you're seeing. Is it a boat? What type? What is it doing? What is its relative speed? Is it a stationary object? Drifting or anchored? Things can happen fast out there, so these are questions you must consider while you look at the various observed boats or objects.

 A - Analyze what you're watching. Is it closing in on your position or going away from you? Remember, if the object you're observing is getting closer to you and its relative position to you is not changing, it is on a collision course. Never assume you're seen by other boat operators, who may or may not be distracted. Determine this by the way and direction they're operating. Analyze how far away the boat or object is and how fast it is closing the distance between you and it.

 N - Negotiate. What are you going to do? Slow down, turn away from the boat or object, and head in a different direction? Remember the Navigation Rules. Learn the proper action to take while meeting head on, crossing, or overtaking another boat.

  Keep these things in mind while on the water this summer. Safe boating is everyone’s responsibility. Remember that safety is no accident!

  Our thanks to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for some of the information in this article. Visit their web site at www.iowadnr.gov for everything outdoors in Iowa.


FUN FACT:  You share your birthday with at least 9 million other people around the world.

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


FISHIN' TIP:  Want to go bluegill fishing and don’t have any live bait? Try cutting the tail off a 2-inch long white, curly tailed jig. Without the tail the body looks like a wax worm on your hook. They last more than one cast and you can fish with it all day if you don’t get snagged.

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: "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear." – Mark Twain

 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.



Summer begins this month only so we’re offering 33% OFF ALL summer season, flower and sports themed items!

If 33% OFF doesn’t fill your needs, then take 25% OFF Everything else we offer! That’s wine charms, book marks, ear rings, zipper pulls….everything!

You can stock up for upcoming birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries.

This sale ends June 30th so don’t hesitate and order now. Go to our web site at www.karensglabels.com and place your order! And remember we can make items from your special photographs for a small upcharge.

Visit us at www.karensglabels.com or e-mail us at Karen@karensglabels.com or call 618-257-1365. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to get news about our monthly specials and new items!

"Because no wine glass should ever be naked!"



~ 1 - 2 lb wild hog backstrap or loin
~ 1 package Kroger brand Bourbon Peppercorn marinate or equivalent
~ 1/2 cup bourbon
~ 1 clove garlic, minced
~ 1 medium purple onion, sliced into thin wedges
~ 1/4 cup flour for gravy, optional

* Mix marinate according to package directions. Add the bourbon, garlic and onion.

* Place the meat in a large zip lock bag and pour in marinate.

* Seal and refrigerate at least an hour. Longer is better.

* Place the meat and marinate in a cooking bag.

* Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

* Remove from oven and allow to rest 15 minutes.

* While the meat is resting, remove 2 cups of the broth from the cooking bag.

* Place in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.

* Stir in 1/4 cup of flour and stir until thick and bubbly.

* Slice the meat and serve with mashed potatoes topped with gravy.

* Enjoy.

Thanks go out to Krissy Hundertmark for sending in this recipe. For more wild hog recipes to cook up go to www.backwoodsbound.com/zhog.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.



  A few years ago, I took one of my nephews, eight year old Isaac, for an afternoon of blue gill fishing. We headed out to a quiet little cove on Douglas Lake. It was fairly early in the spring, but it had been warm for several days and we guessed we had waited long enough for the season to begin. We stopped in a bait store and since we were thinking positive thoughts, bought three dozen worms and two dozen crickets. We would get a mess of fish today and have our first fish fry of the year tonight.

  We arrived at the reservoir about ten or so and went to the northwest corner where I thought the water would be the warmest since that corner gets the early sun. It was about a half mile to the spot and when we reached it there were already several people with lines in the water.

  Just a little further on were some old cattails and a couple rocks showing so Isaac and I set up there.

  By noon, it had warmed considerably but it appeared we had selected a bad spot and we decided to move on. The next couple of places we tried produced no results either. Oh sure we had those worm nibblers and cricket stealers. The hits we did get resulted in reeling in fish you don't want anyone else to see. You know, fish so small they would usually be bait.

  By about three, we decided to call it quits and headed for the truck. On the way around the reservoir, we met a couple of guys who were also leaving. I asked them if they had caught any fish and one of them said, "No, not today but you should have been here yesterday. We were pulling 'em in left and right!"

  Those thoughts stayed with us on the way home so we decided to give it a try the next day, but at a different location.

  Early the next morning found us on the banks of a Douglas Lake backwater pool. We were certain the several dozen worms and crickets would run out before we were through. About two-thirty we were downsizing our expectations. As four o'clock rolled around we pulled in the lines and headed for the parking area. There were several men and boys standing around the vehicles talking fishing. I struck up a conversation with one who told me, "Yeah, there's a lot of good fishing in these inlets. Just yesterday, I limited out on panfish and largemouth in a couple of hours.

  I asked, "That was yesterday, right?"

  "Yep, you shoulda been here yesterday."

  Isaac gave me a pained look and threw his gear in the truck bed.

  As we drove home I asked him if he wanted to go back and try again the following Saturday.

  Isaac thought for a second, then a big smile flashed and he said, "Uncle Jerry, let's go on Friday."

  "Why Friday?"

  "Well, if we usually go on Saturday, wouldn't that make Friday yesterday, the day the fish bite?"



Our selection of hand crafted, unique products will bring smiles to all of your friends and family. We offer clothing and accessories, home decor, and drink tumblers in a variety of styles and sizes. See our site for our complete product line.

You can find us at www.facebook.com/LunarCreations636 or on Instagram @LunarCreations636.


HUNTIN' TIP: This month is usually the time when many special area/quota hunt permit application periods begin and end so if you’re interested in a special hunt or area to hunt this fall you better get your application in soon.

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.



  Even with the continuing rise in lumber prices and the usual summer slowdown, we are still getting orders for our After The Shot Trophy Plaques. Illinois seems to be the hot shape right now. Save a few bucks and order your After The Shot Trophy Plaque soon and get last year’s trophy mounted 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!

Always need new tips, stories, recipes, tips, and photos for upcoming issue! Please share anything and everything you have. It’s the contributions of our readers that make the Bullet enjoyable for all. Share what you have and we’ll all be grateful. Send everything else to mail@backwoodsound.com.



Over 4000 potential customers could be reading YOUR ad right now instead of ours!

Place your ad here for $8.00 a month! Discount rates for multiple issues.

For more details, visit our site at: www.backwoodsbound.com/advertise.html. Or e-mail us at: sales@backwoodsbound.com.

Fishing season is fast approaching so place your ad now!



  Dale Clinton sent in this picture of a black bear in Florida.

Black Bear

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



  Impressum Media Inc., Los Angeles, CA – Firearms Guide, the largest gun guide, gun values guide and gun schematics & manuals library just published its Online and Flash Drive 12th Edition.

  “The New Firearms Guide Flash Drive 12th Edition is published as a cloud-based Online Edition and an off-line Flash Drive Edition for Windows. It is the world’s largest searchable guns & ammo reference guide that presents over 80,000 antique and modern firearms, air guns and ammunition from 1,500 manufacturers from 62 countries. It covers all types of guns from the oldest black powder muskets to American classic guns to the newest 2021 guns. Users can search the guide by caliber, type of action or stock, by year of production, country of origin, or any other way and will get all the tech specs, prices, features and up to 12 high-resolution pictures per gun. That is the reason why Firearms Guide is used by many police forces around the world as a firearms identification tool" says Chris Mijic, publisher of Firearms Guide. “If you are a gunsmith you will love the fact that the new 12th Edition has over 18,500 printable high-resolution gun schematics, blueprints, manuals and antique catalogs that you can check on your computer or tablet and you can print them out when you work on a client’s gun.” All that material is available to gunsmiths online 24/7 or off-line with Flash Drive for Windows computers.

“Many Firearms Guide users love the fact that they can use the Flash Drive Edition offline, completely anonymously, without Google or any search engine or internet provider tracking and archiving their gun related searches that they can later sell to any client or deliver to the government” says Chris Mijic, publisher of Firearms Guide. The Flash Drive Edition keeps privacy private.

  Published since 2009 for shooting industry professionals and gun enthusiasts, with its new 12th Edition published as Online Edition at www.FirearmsGuide.com and as Flash Drive Edition, Firearms Guide is:

 1. A Reference Guide that presents over 80,000 antique and modern firearms, air guns and ammunition from 1,500 manufacturers from 62 countries.

 2. A Gun Value Guide that presents antique and modern guns with gun values online based off of the 100% - 30% condition ratings.

  3. A Gun Schematics, Blueprints & Manuals Library with 18,500 printable hi-res gun schematics, blueprints, catalogs & manuals for all types of antique and modern guns & ammo.

  Firearms Guide Flash Drive 12th Edition is available in a combo with the Online 12th Edition and with free updates at www.firearmsguide.com.



  It’s easy to make a delicious pot of chili whether at home or at camp with 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 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.

 See our collection of great recipes at www.backwoodsbound.com/zchili.html and be sure to send in yours!

  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 cup game bird meat, boiled, deboned and cut into bite size pieces. Strain and reserve the broth.
~ 1/4 cup soy sauce, plus 1 tbsp
~ 1 tsp corn starch
~ 1 tsp sesame oil, not a blend
~ 1 tsp red wine vinegar
~ 1/4 cup honey roasted peanuts
~ 1 tsp chopped green onion tops
~ 1 tbsp oil
~ 1 tbsp ginger root, chopped
~ 1 tsp red pepper flakes
~ 1 cup game broth
~ wild rice
~ game broth

* Cook the wild rice per package directions substituting game broth for water. Keep 1 cup of broth back to use later.

* Marinate the meat in 1 tbsp soy sauce and corn starch. Set aside.

* Combine the 1/4 cup soy sauce, sesame oil, 1 cup broth and red wine vinegar together. Set aside.

* Combine the green onion and peanuts. Set aside.

* Heat the oil over medium high heat and sauté the ginger root and red pepper flakes for 30 seconds. A wok works best.

* Add the meat and marinade. Stir fry for 1 minute.

* Add the other liquid ingredients and stir until translucent.

* Add the green onion and peanuts. Stir until combined.

* Serve over the wild rice. Serves 2 - 3.

* Enjoy!

This is a good recipe to use when you have one or more game birds that would not make a complete meal in and of its self. You can use duck, quail, dove or squab. Also pheasant or goose could be used.

Our thanks go to Jason Hunter for sending in this recipe a long time ago. See more recipes at www.backwoodsbound.com/recipe.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: Antoine Sax invented the saxophone in 1846.


Go To:
| Back | Next Issue |
| Main Page |