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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 22 - Issue 10

  Welcome to the October 2021 issue of The Bullet. Well it’s finally here, October. That means different things to different folks. Some see it as the beginning of the deer hunting season. Others see it as the month when the fall turkey season takes place. To waterfowl hunters it means they can start splashing some geese. Upland game hunters can’t wait to down some pheasants while others stalk squirrels through the woods while avid fisherman cash in on the fall feeding frenzy to put a few more fillets away for the winter. And lastly some folks see it as there’s only two months until Christmas and start their holiday shopping. So whatever your passion is go enjoy this magical month of the year when many things are happening all at once.

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: Deer Stew
~ Article: Tippy
~ Recipe: Simmered Squirrel With Bacon
~ Article: Farming For Wildlife
~ What's New
~ Candid CamShots
~ Recipe: Backwoods Bound Enchiladas


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: The baseball playoffs have begun and the World Series is coming up so we came up with this question.

What MLB teams have never won a World Series?

Bonus Question: Which team has never appeared in a World Series?

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



~ 3 lbs deer meat, cut into 1" cubes
~ flour
~ salt and pepper
~ 1/4 cup bacon grease or oil
~ 1 cup red wine
~ 2 cups beef broth
~ 1 tsp salt
~ 1/2 tsp pepper
~ 1 tsp minced garlic
~ 1/2 tsp thyme
~ 1/4 tsp tarragon
~ 2 bay leaves
~ 2 whole cloves
~ 2 carrots, sliced
~ 1 large onion, chopped
~ 2 large potatoes, cubed

* Heat the bacon grease in a large skillet.

* Season some flour to taste with salt and pepper and dredge the meat in it. Add to hot grease.

* Brown meat on all sides. Place meat in a stew pot.

* Use the red wine to deglaze the skillet then add to pot.

* Add the broth and rest of the ingredients except the potatoes. Stir well.

* Bring to a boil stirring often then reduce heat, cover and simmer 1½ hours. Add more broth or water if needed. Stir occasionally.

* Add the cubed potatoes and simmer another hour or until they and the meat are tender.

* Serve with a crusty style bread and enjoy.

Thanks go to James Ewing for sharing this recipe with us. See more deer recipes at www.backwoodsbound.com/deer.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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ARTICLE: TIPPY by David L. Falconer

  I reckon I was wanting a hunting dog for some time, but when we got Tippy she didn’t look like much more than the house dog she was supposed to be. She was a puppy, barely weaned and unlike her older sibling Dale, we were not going to keep her in the house. My grandma and grandpa always believed animals belonged outside. Dale belonged to my great-aunt and uncle and he was a playful light brown dog that my brother and I loved. So when Dale’s momma had puppies again we ended up with one.

  We named her Tippy because she had a white belly, but the rest of her was light brown all the way out to the tips of her paws and these were white. Grandpa named her and since she was going to be a yard dog, I didn’t really care.

  I was excited because we got a slightly older German Short-hair pup named Fraulein and I was looking forward to taking her hunting and shooting over her. At the age of 12, I was ready to shoot or hunt over just about anything.

  My grandpa and grandma Falconer lived out in the country and I had free roam of several hundred acres owned by them, my uncle and CA Overstreet. Mr. Overstreet’s land was posted, but Grandpa would make me call him every fall and get permission to hunt.

 Grandpa would tell me, “Son, don’t ever assume you have permission just because you did last year. No one ever gets mad about being asked permission again if they let you go hunting the first time.” So I kept up good neighborly relations and I kept Mr. Overstreet’s property from being overcrowded by squirrels, rabbits, quail, ducks and the occasional bullfrog along the sloughs.

  Before Tippy was a year old she was hunting the meadow and the fence rows for rabbits and rats. She would sit in the yard for an hour watching a mole-hill and when that mole popped his head up, she would kill him. Sometimes she would miss and have to dig, but if that mole wasn’t into marathon digging, he lost the race.

  Tippy was scared to death of guns. We would shoot clay pigeons on the meadow and she hated the guns, heading to the back of the house. If I walked out of the house with a gun, away she went.

 I knew Tippy was a good dog and hunter and I was determined to teach her to hunt with me. Now I ain’t claiming any secret to training a dog, but I know what happened and how it happened. Jerry Richardson and I took Tippy hunting with us near his place over in Cartersville. Well, she was scared to death and at the first shot of the shotguns she was gone. I mean GONE! We couldn’t find her.

 I was mad and a little ashamed of myself for not putting her on a leash. I remember telling grandma and grandpa that she wasn’t worth anything anyway cause she was gun shy. Grandpa suggested I did not take her anywhere strange again if we got her back. Some of grandpa’s suggestions were more ominous than others and I filed this one in the pay attention file that is really small in a 13 year old’s mind.

  One of my grandpa’s friends from Cartersville called us and Tippy had showed up at their house. We went and got her. She was happy to see us and I was pretty happy to see her too. We sit on the porch and I done some hugging on her and she would tuck her tail between her legs and run this little circle that was her way of saying, “Man, I am glad to see you!!”

  Well, I sit there and petted her and told her, “Tippy there has to be a way for me to show you that gun isn’t something you have to be scared of.”

  A few Saturdays later, I figured out what I was going to do. I got out Grandpa’s Browning 16 gauge and a few purple hulled #6’s for it. I loaded two in the gun and set it inside the door. Calling Tippy she came to me and I got one of grandpa’s long training leashes and a thin chain hooked together.

  Connecting the catch to her collar, I got Grandpa’s shotgun and she started cowering. Well we sit on the porch with me petting her and talking to her until she forgot about that shotgun. We heading across the back yard and crossed the gate into CA’s property.

 Tippy and I made a big circle around the strip pit and then along Cache Creek. We went up the little branch into Grandpa’s land and she was bouncing along at the end of the chain. We hadn’t seen a single rabbit or squirrel, but I knew where we would jump some rabbits. I also knew I wanted her to be bounced out before we got there.

 We crossed the old crossing on the creek that was still paved with rock from when it was the main road from Ft. Smith to Webbers Falls back in horse and wagon days. We hunted down the meandering creek among the post and red oaks, crossing back and heading toward a thicket of honeysuckle covered elms, oaks and ash. As we got close I saw Mr. Cottontail standing on his back haunches, sniffing the air as we approached.

 Tippy saw him too.

 The rabbit took off at an amble. I knelt beside Tippy and petted, telling her that was what we were looking for. I took off the leash and dropped it right there. I knew I could find it again.

 We both walked up to where the rabbit had been and she put that sniffer of hers to work. That whip-cord tail went into overdrive and I knew she was trailing that rabbit. I was moving pretty quickly to keep up when she gave a yelp and the rabbit was off and running. Little brown dog was hot on its trail. I seen the rabbit heading for the honeysuckle and I knew he would lose us both in it.

 I saw the rabbit blur through one opening, raising my shotgun toward the second and final opening and when the blur appeared, I shot once. The 16 gauge roared and I raced around to the other side of the thicket, but the rabbit hadn’t emerged. I walked back to where I’d shot at him and there he lay on the far side. Tippy was sitting beside him panting.

 She looked at me and looked at the gun and I swear I could see her saying to herself. “So THAT”S what those things are good for!”

 Tippy was a smart dog and she knew what a gun was, but she was no longer scared of them. That day started a friendship that became as close as any two humans could have. We hunted and fished and snake hunted together, going into mortal combat more than once with big thick-headed cottonmouths. We were always victorious!

 After the first time I made her stay when I crawled up on a pond to shoot ducks, she would walk beside my shoulders. She didn’t crawl, but she was short enough that she never spooked anything.

 She wanted to be there when the shooting took place, even though she would look at me like I was crazy when I tried to get her to retrieve ducks in ice cold water.

  You could touch a tree and say squirrel and she knew we were squirrel hunting. You could kick your feet in the grass and say rabbit and she knew we were rabbit hunting and she would start hitting the brush.

 You can call me a liar and I don’t really give a damn cause I seen her do it. A good friend of mine, Gerald Lovell, was at my grandparents one day and grandpa looked at Tippy and said, “Hey, there’s a squirrel in the corn!” Tippy immediately ran to the garden and ran the rogue corn-eating squirrel up a tree. Grandpa killed it for her and Gerald witnessed my four-legged friend in action.

  I have lots of stories I am going to write about Tippy and this one is just the first. She was one of my best friends and anyone that tells you dogs ain’t got a soul don’t know what they are talking about. She died when I was 28 years old at the age of 15. I cried pretty much all evening. Hell, I have a few tears in my eyes now.


FUN FACT:  ChapStick lip balm was first sold in 1884. The twin-bladed razor was introduced in 1971.

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FISHIN' TIP:  If possible try using live shad or lures that imitate them for bass this time of year. Bass like to gorge themselves on shad this time of year to prepare for the winter. – Everett Stevens

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INTERESTING QUOTE: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters to what lies within us." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 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 squirrels, cut into serving pieces
~ 1/4 lb bacon
~ flour
~ salt
~ pepper
~ 2 tbsp oil
~ 1 cup dry white wine
~ 1/2 tsp marjoram
~ 1/2 tsp rosemary
~ 1 tsp minced garlic
~ 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

* In a large skillet, cook the bacon until just crispy. Remove the bacon and drain on paper towels.

* Season some flour to taste with salt and pepper. Roll the squirrel in the flour and add to the hot oil.

* Cook until just golden brown on all sides. Remove from skillet.

* Add the rest of the ingredients to the skillet and stir well. Crumble the bacon and add.

* Add the squirrel back to the skillet covering both sides with the sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer about 20 minutes. Flip the meat once.

* Serve with your favorite sides like mashed potatoes and enjoy.

Many thanks to Karl Boser for sharing this recipe. See more delicious squirrel recipes on our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zsquir.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.



Last fall and early winter I wrote a series of articles called Are You Plotting On Me? about planting food plots on my property in southern Illinois. The plots came up pretty good and being pleased with the overall results decided to press my luck and try it again this year. So enjoy this year’s series called Farming For Wildlife.

This is the third year planting the Permanent Stand (PS) and Quad Pod (QP) plots and the second for the Ground Blind Plot (GB).

As in the past couple of years I did a soil test. Once again I sent my samples to Bio Logic labs for the analysis. They are a well-known name in the wildlife food plot industry so it stands to reason they know their stuff. I sent in my samples in late July so I’d get the results back early so I’d have enough time to gather my seeds and supplies.

Last year I applied the recommended amounts of lime and my efforts paid off as this year’s tests showed “No lime recommendation needed at this time”. Not needing any lime on the Quad Pod plot kind of surprised me because even though this would be the third year planting it, it was the first year I had done a soil test on it. I guessed at the amount of lime to apply last year and lucked out hitting it pretty much dead on putting the ph at 6.7.

Needless to say I was glad not having to spend a lot of time spreading lime and it saved me a bunch of money! All that was required was eight (40 lb.) bags of 12-12-12 fertilizer, 4 for the PS plot, 3 for the GB plot and 1 for the QP plot and thirteen (4 lb.) bags of potash. Six bags for the PS, 6 for the GB and 1 bag on the QP plot. I guess you can skip the potash but it does help in the development of a strong root system and disease resistance in plants. In other words, it’s as important as fertilizer in growing a good crop.

I sprayed the areas in early August with weed killer and they were ready to work up over the Labor Day weekend.

Since I had good results with my past seed selections I stuck with what I knew and planted Bio Logic Maximum on the GB plot. It came up real nice last year the deer absolutely loved it. It seems to mature early and carried well into our late November shotgun season.

GB Food Plot
GB Plot Planted

On the PS plot I went with the Bio Logic Green Patch again and supplanted it with some of their Deer Radish seed. They say it’s a good thing to add to existing seed mixes to add a little extra treat for the deer plus it benefits the soil with their deep roots to break up hard pan dirt and adds beneficial nutrients. It can also be planted all by itself if desired. Either way, I thought I’d give it a try.

PS Food Plot
A Deer in the Just Planted PS Plot

Up at the QP plot I went with Shot Plot once again. It seems to come up real good at this spot and figured stick with it. Also, it has a different mixture of seeds than the other two plots and having a variety of food around is something I want. I also added some of the Deer Radish seed here.

QPFood Plot
QP Plot Seeded and Rolled

Even though I had mixed feelings about it, about a week later once again installed the Bio Logic Food Plot Protector System. I kept the “ribbon/tape” from last year so it was just a matter of buying some spray-on repellent. I’m trying Deer Stopper brand this year. We’ll see how it compares to the Bio Logic brand used last year. I think the repellents keep out most of the deer keeping the plots fairly guarded but it doesn’t keep out all of them. I had pictures of deer inside the protected areas last year but once it came down the feast was on.

One thing I added this year to all three plots was planting some fescue grass seed to the ends of the plots. Just by the nature of discing up the ground you end up with a little more area than you want to plant so instead of leaving them bare and having who knows what emerge I planted good ol’ grass seed. It was cheap enough buying a couple of pounds in bulk so what the heck. Deer like the tender young grass too.

I’ll let you know how things progress in the coming months. Until then I’m hoping for some rain.



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HUNTIN' TIP:When using a grunt call for deer, try blowing two 4 second grunts followed by a short blow. Try not to call too much. – Brian Bachman

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  Here’s some good news. The price of lumber has dropped so we’ve lowered the prices on our After The Shot Trophy Plaques! It’s not down to where it was a year ago but it’s a start and just in time for hunting season! 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 and we’ve been getting some great pictures. Coyotes, raccoons, squirrels and lots of deer are being seen. We know your cameras are up too so why not share some pictures for our Candid CamShot feature. We’ll use them in the Bullet and on the site. It’s free and easy to do. Send your pictures to mail@backwoodsbound.com.

  Still needing 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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  Flynn Cox’s camera caught this coyote venturing through his property last month in southern Illinois.


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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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~ 1 package Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix
~ 2 lb's lean ground beef or ground deer
~ 2 packs of large floured tortillas
~ 3 cups water, divided
~ 2 beef bouillon cubes
~ 1 tbsp chili powder
~ 3 tbsp corn starch
~ 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
~ cooking spray

optional ingredients:
~ 1 1/2 cups canned beef broth may be used in place of the bouillon cubes and 1 1/2 cups water.
~ cubed frozen Potatoes O'Brien can be added to the meat mixture for a different taste.

* In a skillet, brown the ground beef. Drain any fat from the meat.

* Add chili seasoning mix and 1 cup water. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Set aside.

* Spray a 9x13 cake pan with the cooking spray. Place one tortilla on a plate and place 2-3 tablespoons of the meat mixture in the middle of the tortilla. Roll up and place in the cake pan seam side down.

* Repeat the process with the rest of the tortillas and the meat mixture placing them side by side in the cake pan.

* Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil and reconstitute the bouillon cubes. Place the beef broth into a clean skillet and add the chili powder. Heat over medium heat.

* Into the remaining 1/2 cup water whisk the corn starch until smooth. Add this to the chili broth stirring constantly until a thick gravy is formed.

* Pour the gravy over the filled tortillas in the cake pan.

* Cover with the cheese and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

* Let stand 5 minutes for easier serving.

* Enjoy!

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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 Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, Milwaukee Brewers and the Seattle Mariners are the teams that have not won a World Series title yet. The Mariners are the only team that has never appeared in a World Series.


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