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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 22 - Issue 9

  Welcome to the September 2021 issue of The Bullet. You could say the fall hunting season has begun. The opening of dove season has come as the season gets under way. Squirrel seasons are under way. The early teal season is here as well as the opening of rabbit season in some states. We can look forward to some early goose hunting coming soon as well as the big one, the opening of the deer archery season. Yes, I’d say the fall hunting season has begun! And in between all of that hunting let’s not forget about the great fall fishing opportunities headed our way.

The weather continues to be polar opposites across the country. Hot, dry, drought conditions on the west side and wet, flooding conditions on the eastern. We in the middle are experiencing a little of both. No rain for weeks and then it comes all at once. What does the future hold? I’m not sure but I’m thinking it’s going to be kind of bleak in the near term. I hope everyone gets through it while measures to hopefully turn things around take effect.

One last thing. Twenty years ago this month the world witnessed the cowardly murder of thousands of innocent people and the world changed forever. Since that time countless lives have been lost because of a handful of people’s misguided ideology. Throughout history there have been more wars fought over religious ideas than anything else. At the heart of every “religion” is the message of peace and love toward your neighbor. When we will take it to heart? My thoughts and prayers of peace go out to everyone who is, has or had someone serve in our armed forces. And a special prayer to those who have lost loved ones over the past twenty years.

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: Spicy Raspberry Dove Poppers
~ Article: Bluegills Are Number 1!
~ Recipe: Grilled Rainbow Trout
~ Article: The Next Big Adventure
~ What's New
~ Candid CamShots
~ Recipe: Hobo Style BBQ Venison


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: With the beginning of football season we dug this question out sent in by Ray Franklin.

When was the first professional football game played?

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



~ boneless dove breasts
~ large jalapeno peppers
~ 1 large onion
~ Provolone cheese
~ 1 lb. hickory smoked bacon, slices cut in half
~ Raspberry Walnut dressing
~ brown sugar
~ cayenne pepper

* Slice the peppers length wise into thin slices. Remove the seeds and veins.

* Cut the onion into pieces about half the size of a single breast.

* Cut the cheese into slices about the same size as a single breast.

* Wrap one breast, pepper, onion and cheese slice with a piece of bacon. Place in large bowl.

* Continue until all the breasts are wrapped.

* Pour the dressing over the poppers. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours.

* Place the poppers on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

* While poppers are cooking, in a bowl, mix together 3 parts brown sugar with 1 part cayenne pepper. Adjust for preferred spiciness. Make enough for a light to medium coat on the poppers.

* After the poppers have cooked for 20 minutes, sprinkle on the sugar/pepper mix.

* Bake another 15 - 20 minutes or until bacon is done.

* Remove and let cool for a few minutes.

* Serve and enjoy.

Thanks go to Micah Greathouse for sharing this recipe with us. See more dove recipes at www.backwoodsbound.com/dove.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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  According to a recent national survey, the largemouth bass is the most popular game fish in America.

  Well, I disagree with that finding. I'm putting my money on the bluegill for both categories. Sure they don’t compare with even a small bass for fight. They certainly are as hard to catch as a pike, trout, even a crappie. However they make up for those shortcomings by at least to positives, they aren’t hard to find and certainly aren’t too difficult to hook.

  Ask any kid who's ever sat at the edge of a pond or lake pulling in those 'gills and he'll tell you his favorite fish to catch is a bluegill. Ask any senior citizen and more than likely he'll tell you the bluegill is the reason he's still fishin'.

  Most of us probably developed the love of fishing the first time one of those scrappy little sunfish took the worm we were dangling. Bluegills are the most dependable of the fishes. He's always hungry, bites any time of day and offers a youngster the thrills needed to hold his or her attention.

 If you want to introduce a youngster to the world of fishing, it's easy. An inexpensive Zebco, a dozen or so red worms, some very small hooks and a farm pond are all you need. I can almost guarantee the child will get a thrill that will never be forgotten when that first 'gill latches on.

 I still get more enjoyment from a day of bluegill fishing than almost any other activity. Nothing can beat bringing home a mess of bluegills " 'bout the size of my hand".

 Small in size, but very big in taste, bluegills prepared fresh are as good as the best fare offered in the most expensive seafood restaurant. I think the best way to ready 'gills for the pan is to fillet them just as you would any other fish. An electric fillet knife works great on these little guys.

 Some people like to skin the fish to eliminate the sometimes "muddy" taste. Others like to soak their fillets in milk overnight.

 However you wish, rolled in a cornmeal, a bit of salt, flour and pepper mixture and fried in hot oil. I prefer peanut oil ‘cause it has a high smoke point and doesn’t develop off-flavors that detract from the mild flavor of the fish.

 Crispy, pan fried bluegill is one of life's little pleasures you don't want to just let pass by.


FUN FACT:  On August 27, 1883 the volcano on the island of Krakatoa exploded. It’s estimated that the eruption hurled five cubic miles of rock and dirt into the atmosphere. The debris blocked out the sun around the world and actually cooled the Earth by several degrees.

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FISHIN' TIP:  When tying on a jig, make sure the knot is on the top of the eye. This lets the jig hang straight and gives it the best action.

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: "I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons." - Will Rogers

 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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~ 4 – 6 trout fillets, about ½ lb. each
~ 1/2 cup lemon juice
~ 2 tsp salt
~ 1/2 tsp pepper
~ 3/4 cup margarine, melted
~ lemon pepper seasoning, optional

* Mix the lemon juice, salt and pepper together.

* Place the fillets in a zip lock bag or glass dish. Pour on the juice mixture.

* Seal/cover and place in refrigerator at least 4 hours.
* Heat grill to medium heat. If desired, place foil over grate and spray with non-stick spray.

* Melt the margarine and add lemon pepper seasoning to taste if desired.

* Place fillets on hot grill and cook about 5 minutes per side or until fish flakes easy.

* Baste often with the margarine.

* Serve and enjoy/

Many thanks to Fisherman Dave for sharing this recipe. See more delicious trout and fish recipes on our site at 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.



  They were old, that was for sure. Their laces were frayed at the ends, and the formerly velvety-soft leather around the ankle cuffs was beginning to stiffen and crack. The rubber lugs on the soles were almost worn smooth; a few of the lacing hooks had popped off. They’d definitely seen a lot of adventures; adventures that they often reminisced about with great pride as they sat quietly on the floor of the closet in which they resided.

  Righty, as the Bossman liked to call him, loved to go traipsing through the woods on a crisp, clear morning. However, his brother Lefty preferred to relax on a boat in the middle of a tranquil lake with the water shimmering lightly from the rays of the mid-day sun. Either way, they both greatly enjoyed the smell of fresh air and the feeling of being surrounded by nature, but they always tried to convince each other that their favorite activity was the better choice. Righty would spin together exciting tales of slinking into the forest with the Bossman in the early hours of the morning until they reached his deer stand or tracking a wounded buck into the brush. Sometimes he told of the rocky slopes they’ve climbed or the cool mountain streams they’ve waded through. The stories were always thrilling and intense, but Lefty would often interject, claiming that the best parts about their adventures with the Bossman were the moments in between the exciting activities. He would then go on to explain to Righty how peaceful and calming it is to relax in the deer stand or rest next to a babbling brook nestled in between two hills. The two brothers would often get into disagreements, like the one they were in today.

  “You’re wrong, Lefty,” said Righty, exasperated to be having this conversation again. “Life is short, so it should be spent having as many adventures as possible. I can’t believe you still don’t understand this.”

  “I understand it perfectly,” Lefty replied. “I would just rather spend my time doing something that makes me happy, like sitting quietly and enjoying the great outdoors.”

  “How can you like relaxing more than exploring and experiencing new things?” Righty asked incredulously. “Maybe you just haven’t had a life-changing experience yet. I remember mine. It was the first time the Bossman took us hunting with him, and as we stood over the deer he killed, I realized that I had helped him. We had carried him through the woods to his stand, and then through the weeds and brush as we tracked the deer. I was so proud of myself, and I knew that I would never again be satisfied again with just sitting around doing nothing.”

 “I know what you mean, Righty,” answered Lefty. “I’ve had one of those life-changing experiences you mentioned. Mine came the first time the Bossman took us fishing at the lake. We sat quietly on the boat listening to the bird’s sing, with the pungent odor of fish emanating from the livewell, when I suddenly realized how peaceful it was and how much you could learn about the environment simply by stopping and observing. I think you get too caught up in trying to fill your life with excitement, Righty. You could just as easily live life to the fullest by taking a little time to sit back and enjoy everything nature has to offer.”

 “Maybe you’re right,” said Righty thoughtfully. “Maybe I should slow down once in a while. We’re getting old; we don’t have many adventures left, and I don’t want to reach the end of my life and realize I never stepped back and took a good look around me. The next time we go out, I’ll try to focus a little less on the frenzy of doing activities and a little more on relaxing and observing.”

  “Well, since you’ve agreed to compromise, I guess I could compromise, too. It would probably do me good to have a little more excitement in my life, rather than constantly relaxing and lying around.” Lefty paused and thought for a moment, and then he said, “The next adventure the Bossman takes us on, I’ll make an effort to enjoy the activities we’ll do and the places we’ll go.”

 Righty and Lefty agreed on their compromise, eager for the opportunity to live up to the promise they each made. Until then, the two boots would have to sit patiently on the floor of the closet, waiting excitedly for their next big adventure.



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HUNTIN' TIP: Make your own earth scented cover scent by using an old coffee maker. Simply fill a filter with some dirt and use distilled water to “percolate” it. It smells just like the Earth scent you buy in the store. – Ryan Andrepont

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.



  It looks like lumber prices have stabilized so we’re keeping the prices of our After The Shot Trophy Plaques the same. We’ll continue to keep an eye on things and are hoping prices fall dramatically real soon. Until then, 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.

 Trail cameras are up so pass along some pictures. We need new pics for the Candid CamShot feature and the site so pass a few along. It doesn’t cost anything. Send your pictures to mail@backwoodsbound.com.

  Always need recipes, tips, stories, and photos for upcoming issues so please take a minute to send in a few. 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



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  Here are a couple of young bucks sparing in southern Illinois last year. Sent in by Josh Burns.

Buck Fight

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  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!

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~ deer steaks or chops
~ 1 bottle ketchup
~ 3 - 5 tsp molasses
~ salt and pepper
~ onion powder
~ 6 tsp worcestershire sauce
~ 4 shots whiskey
~ tabasco sauce, optional
~ drizzle of mustard, optional

* In a large bowl, mix together the ketchup, molasses, worcestershire and whisky. Season to taste with the salt, pepper and onion powder.

* Add the tabasco and mustard to taste if desired.

* Place the meat in a dish or bowl. Cover with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

* Heat grill on medium heat.

* Add meat and grill until done. Baste often with the sauce.

* Serve and enjoy.

Thanks to Patrick Hardiman for sharing this recipe. Visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zdeer.html for more venison recipes to try.

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: The first pro game was played between the Latrobe YMCA and the Jeannette Athletic Club on August 31, 1895 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Latrobe beat Jeannette by the score of 12 – 0.


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