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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 22 - Issue 7

  Welcome to the July 2021 issue of The Bullet. The temperatures are hot and the humidity is high. Must be summer time. I hope you find time to enjoy yourselves whether at home, on the lake or the campground. Just remember to be kind to others. We all want to have a little fun.

I have to tell this story. Back in April my youngest sister Bobbie was diagnosed with lymphoma. The doctors were very confident with her recovery as she was relatively healthy and they had caught it early. She wasn’t able to get the covid vaccine as they weren’t to her age group yet and after starting her chemotherapy they advised not getting it just yet as her immune system was already in a fight. Sometime in May she was exposed to the virus, despite her best efforts to avoid it by someone who was asymptomatic. After a month long battle and the doctors best efforts Bobbie passed away on June 17th from covid. She was only 45 years old.

Why do I tell you all of this? To convince you or anyone you know that hasn’t been vaccinated to do so! If you don’t want to do it for yourself, do it for those around you. Could you live with yourself knowing you infected someone who ended up dying? I hope the person that infected my sister wanted to get vaccinated but wasn’t eligible yet and not refusing to do so. How many other people did they infect? How many others died? Did they get sick and are recovering or did they die too? Suppose we’ll never know. Rest in peace my sister, Bobbie Jean Mensing, 1975 – 2021.

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: Deviled Deer Burgers
~ Article: Mystery Ailment Impacting Birds Inching Westward
~ Recipe: Cajun Baked Catfish
~ Article: Country Roads
~ What's New
~ Candid CamShots
~ Recipe: Campground Eclairs


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

Besides designing and building the Eiffel Tower, what other famous structure did August Eiffel help design and build?

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



~ 1 lb deer burger
~ 1 tsp salt
~ 1/2 tsp pepper
~ 1/4 cup ketchup
~ 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
~ 1/4 cup chopped onion
~ 1 tsp mustard
~ 1 tsp horseradish
~ 1/3 cup bread crumbs

* In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together.

* Shape into 4 patties.

* Fry or grill to medium doneness.

* Enjoy with your favorite burger fixings.

Thanks to Jason Fields for sharing this recipe. Visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zdeer.html for more delicious deer 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."



  Since May, state agencies, wildlife rehabilitators, and animal control operators in the Mid-Atlantic United States have received a sharp uptick in reports of sick or dead songbirds.

 Grackles, starlings, robins, and blue jays seem particularly vulnerable to this mystery ailment, which causes swollen and crusty eyes and neurologic signs, like disorientation, tremors, and loss of balance. To date, a definitive cause has not been identified and the number of affected states has expanded west to Indiana.

 At this point wildlife experts cannot rule out some linkage to the Brood X cicada emergence event, as areas with affected birds largely overlap. Biologists in affected states are recommending that residents take down their bird feeders to reduce the possibility of congregating birds and facilitating disease spread.

 The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is tracking this situation and has received no reports of unusual avian morbidity (sickness) or mortality (death) events within the state.

 “At this time there is no need to remove bird feeders in Iowa, however we encourage the public to remain vigilant by reporting any unusual sightings of five or more affected birds,” said Dr. Rachel Ruden, state wildlife veterinarian with the Iowa DNR. Reports may be sent to Ruden at rachel.ruden@dnr.iowa.gov or avian ecologist Anna Buckardt Thomas at anna.buckardt@dnr.iowa.gov.

 Report any sightings in your state to your state’s DNR/Conservation department. Find links to them at www.backwoodsbound.com/stgamedepts.html. And thanks to the Iowa DNR for this article. Find more information about the outdoor adventures in Iowa at www.iowadnr.gov.


FUN FACT:  On June 11, 1776 the Continental Congress appoints a committee of five people to draft the Declaration of Independence. The committee members were Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston.

A year before, on June 14, 1775 the Continental Congress established the Continental Army, now the United States Army. We celebrate the date each year as Flag Day.

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


FISHIN' TIP:  As the grass gets tall in the summer months, try pitching a Texas rigged worm or lizard into the holes for bass. Also fish the outer edges and any pockets. Big sinkers may be needed to get your bait to penetrate the grass and as always, watch your line. If it jumps or veers off to the side, set the hook. – Bob Moynihan.

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: "Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place." – Billy Crystal

 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.



We have another incredible sale this month, 30% OFF EVERYTHING we make! Any item, any theme is 30% Off this month.

Stock up now for upcoming birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries.

This 30% Off sale ends July 31st so 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!"



~ 4 catfish fillets, about 6 ounces each
~ 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
~ 1 tbsp Cajun or blackened seasoning
~ 1 tsp dried thyme
~ 1 tsp dried basil
~ 1/2 tsp garlic powder
~ 1/2 tsp lemon-pepper seasoning
~ 1/2 tsp paprika
~ milk

* Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

* Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray

* In a shallow bowl, mix the cornmeal and all the seasonings together.

* Dip fillets milk, drain excess and then dip in the cornmeal mixture to coat both sides.

* Place on baking sheet.

* Bake until fish begins to flake easily with fork, about 20-25 minutes.

* Serve and enjoy with your favorite side dishes.

Thanks go out to Rocky Jay for sending in this recipe. For more catfish and other fish recipes to cook up go to www.backwoodsbound.com/zfish.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.



Time-weathered old barns,
With sagging ridgelines and tilting silos;
Sliding doors askew on the bent and rusted tracks.

Battered mailboxes, posted in rusty milk cans;
No names…no numbers…Chicory grows nearby;
“Blue-eyed girls”… Waiting for the mail!

Overalled boys, with no shoes;
Fishing poles in hand…dogs tagging alongside;
Off on an adventure.

Pretty, freckle-faced girls, riding bicycles;
Dressed in calico and cut-off denim,
Out looking for the boys!

Old folks dozing in porch rockers;
Their working days and child-rearing days over,
They rock back to pleasant memories.

A badly rusted 1952 Ford coupe
Sits on blocks behind a tar-papered shed;
Beautiful…for the memories it evokes.

Rural natural beauty in a variety of wildflowers;
Dandelions, Joe Pye weed, Goldenrod and Queen Anne’s lace;
Far prettier than any pampered, domesticated stuff.

Farmers and farmhands toiling in fields;
Sweating…but smiling…
Salt of the earth!

Such are the scenes that greet me
As my magical rocking chair transports me
Along familiar back roads of my mind.

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



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: Hunting season is still months away but you need to be thinking about your food plots and what you’ll going to plant. Get your soil tests done early so you can figure out what supplies you will need come September.

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.



  We need new tips, stories, recipes, tips, and photos for upcoming issues so please take a minute to 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 to mail@backwoodsound.com.

 The summer lull is here which is kind of good. It gives us some time to clean and organize the shop and get in some outdoor R & R ourselves. It looks like lumber prices have leveled off and hopefully will start to fall before the busy fall and winter hunting seasons. We continue to monitor the situation. 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!



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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!



  Our good buddy Jerry Ison sent in these pictures from eastern Tennessee. Note the time stamp. The coyote went to the exact spot the rabbit had been sitting in only minutes earlier.



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




~ large clay flower pots or use grill without the grate
~ aluminum foil
~ charcoal
~ chimney charcoal starter
~ wood dowels rods, 1/2" diameter, 3 feet long


~ canned crescent rolls
~ vanilla, chocolate or lemon pudding, instant, canned or use those little snack-pack pudding cups
~ canned chocolate frosting or your favorite flavor.

* Line the flower pots or grill with 2 layers of foil.

* Prepare the charcoal in the chimney and let them totally ash over.

* Wrap one end of each dowel rod with a 6 inch wide piece of foil. Make sure it’s wrapped tight.

* Prepare pudding per instructions. This can be done at home and then kept cold.

* When the charcoal is ready, dump it into the pots or grill. Use caution!

* Take a crescent roll and wrap it around the foil end of your rod.

* Hold over the hot coals until golden brown. Turn frequently and cook it slow!

* When the roll is done, grasp it gently with a napkin and slip it off the rod. Use caution as it will be hot!

* Use a large household injector, spoon or basting brush to fill the inside with pudding.

* Spread on a little frosting and enjoy!

* Cook another!

These tasty treats can be enjoyed at camp or at home. With a little supervision they’re easy for kids to make and enjoy. Try them for breakfast or instead of the usual s’mores around the campfire.

Thanks go to us for digging this one out of the recipe section. See more dessert recipes at www.backwoodsbound.com/dess.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: August Eiffel designed and built the iron framework that holds up the Statue of Liberty.


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