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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 22 - Issue 12

  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and welcome to the December 2021 issue of The Bullet. Can you believe it’s December already? Hunters continue to pursue deer, rabbits, squirrels, ducks, geese and upland game. Our trapping friends are running their lines and of course everyone is gearing up to see family and friends for another historic Christmas season. And maybe it will get cold enough soon to freeze some water for our ice-fishing buddies. Whatever your passion, stay safe, healthy and happy doing it. And remember what Peter Marshall said, “May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right”.

From everyone at Backwoods Bound we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May we remember those we lost this past year in our hearts and honor their memory by our actions. May God continue to bless all of you.

Enough said. We’ve got a jammed packed issue to finish off the year so let’s get to it. Enjoy this month’s issue of The Bullet and “wear because you care”. Until next year, J. E. Burns, Editor-in-chief.


In this issue:

~ Backwoods Trivia
~ Recipe: Same Day Mallards
~ Article: The Ten Deadliest Animals In The United States
~ Recipe: Party Food
~ Article: My Series Of Unfortunate Hunts – The Year Of The Buck? – The Missouri Phase
~ What's New
~ Candid CamShots
~ Recipe: Rum Cake


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: We’re keeping it easy this month so we came up with this one. Do you know the answer?

How many railroads are there in the game of Monopoly? How many utilities?

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



~ fresh, skinned mallard breasts
~ butter for searing and frying
~ good sour dough rye bread, toasted

* Rinse breasts well and pat dry.

* Melt a good amount of butter in a skillet over medium heat.

* Add the meat and sear on both sides in the hot butter.

* Remove to cutting board and slice ¼” thick on the bias (as London broil).

* Heat more butter in the skillet and flash fry the slices to medium rare only.

* Season with salt, pepper and/or garlic salt.

* Serve on buttered rye toast points.

Thanks go to our buddy Lloyd Barnhart for sharing this recipe with us. See more duck recipes at www.backwoodsbound.com/zduck.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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  10. This ranking is a tie between alligators and sharks - Both animals account for on one or two per year. The shark deaths are mostly surfers and divers and once every decade or so a swimmer is killed. Alligators have been known to grab unsuspecting people along water’s edges in the extreme Southeastern part of the country.

  9.Bulls - Most of the two per year bull deaths are almost voluntary. Men jump on their backs and are then crushed or gored by the irate animal.

  8. Bears - Thirty deaths in the past decade or about three per year.

  7. Snakes kill about 10 people, mostly (95%) young males, per year here in the US, an estimated 100,000 worldwide. The rattlesnake is responsible for more than 90% of those deaths with the eastern diamond back leading the pack. Only one case of a fatal coral snake bite has ever been reported.

  6. Fire Ants - The exact number of deaths isn’t clear, but in 1989, 32 people died from ant stings in Texas, Florida, Louisiana and Georgia. Every year more than 9,000,000 Americans are stung by fire ants, many fatally.

 5. Dogs - Man’s best friend kill maybe 34 or more people in the U.S. However, these are dogs owned by idiots and drug dealers and growers.

  4. Bees - And wasps and hornets kill about 75 people a year from anaphylactic shock caused by allergic reaction to the venom in stings. Some who have received a swarm's quantity of stings die from kidney failure.

  3. Mosquitoes - The mosquito-borne West Nile Virus killed 119 people in the US in 2005 and continues to kill today. However, that number pales in comparison to the estimated one million plus killed by malaria in many underdeveloped countries worldwide.

  2. Bambi & Friends - Deer are responsible for more than an estimated 1.5 million deer/auto collisions, at an average cost of $3,500 in damages resulting in more 150 deaths per year in the United States. That’s over 100,000 per month or a deer/auto collision every 26 seconds. Elk, moose, big horn sheep, horses and cattle cause another 12 deaths per year.

  the number one - by far - most dangerous animal in the country is...

  1. Man - The number one far and away deadliest creature in not only the USA, but the world in general is man. That’s literally man since the male of the species is responsible for more than 95% of all human caused deaths. Men and women kill at least 15,000 persons each year in the US. The overwhelming number of which occur in urban areas usually poor, minority neighborhoods.


FUN FACT:  The first known candy canes appeared in 1670 at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The choirmaster bent all-white sugar sticks into canes to represent a shepherd’s staff and hung them on the church Christmas tree. They were then handed out to children during the long holiday church services.

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


HUNTIN' TIP:  To get rid of the very fine down left on a duck or goose after cleaning it, take a propane torch and go over the bird with it while it is lit (about 20 seconds should work for a duck). This will singe the remnants of down and make it a much cleaner bird for the oven. – Pat Hardiman

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: "Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience." – George Washington

 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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There’s going to be a lot of holiday get-togethers coming up so we pulled some of our (and your) favorite “party” food recipes from the site this month. They are easy to make and require minimum prep work so try one or all of them with family and friends. - Editor

Deer Nuggets

~ 3 lbs deer ham, cut into 2" cubes
~ 1 1/2 - 2 cups milk
~ 2 tbsp to 1/4 cup Worchestershire sauce
~ black pepper
~ salt
~ flour

* Place meat in a plastic container and cover with milk and Worchestershire sauce. Add lots of black pepper.

* Cover and let stand in refrigerator for at least 3 hours. Stir occasionally.

* Drain off milk mixture. Sprinkle to taste with salt.

* Roll in flour and deep fry in fish fryer basket until golden brown.

* Drain on paper towels.

* Serve and Enjoy!

Our thanks to Jeanie Haynie for sharing this recipe.

Cheesy Fish Snacks

~ 2 cups cooked fish. Bass, crappie or bluegill work best
~ 1 stick butter, melted
~ 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese spread (Cheese Wiz)
~ 1 green onion, finely chopped
~ 1 tsp Slap Your Mama seasoning or your favorite Cajun seasoning, optional
~ 1 package English muffins

* Bake or boil the fish until done. Once cool, flake into small pieces.

* In a mixing bowl, melt the butter in the microwave.

* Stir in the cheese spread, onion and optional seasoning.

* Stir in the fish.

* Separate the muffins halves.

* Spread the fish mixture on the muffins and bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

* Let cool for a couple of minutes. Leave whole or slice in half or fourths depending on your crowd and enjoy.

Many thanks to Captain Duffy for this recipe.

Squirrel Pizza

~ 18 – 24 squirrel legs
~ 1 large onion, chopped
~ chicken broth
~ 1 jar pizza sauce
~ 1 loaf French bread
~ garlic butter
~ 2 lb’s Monterey jack cheese, divided
~ black pepper

* Place squirrel legs in a crockpot. Add the onion and cover with chicken broth.

* Cook until tender. Remove and let cool. Once cool, remove meat from the bones.

* Cut bread in half lengthwise and spread liberally with butter.

* Sprinkle both halves with 1 lb. of the cheese. (1/2 lb. each)

* Spread on the meat and sprinkle with pepper. Spread on the sauce and then the rest of the cheese.

* Place on foil lined baking sheet and cook at 325 degrees until hot and the cheese is melted.

* Serve and enjoy.

Shared by Glenn Starkey

Spicy Raspberry Dove Poppers

~ 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.

* Drain and 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.

Submitted by Micah Greathouse.

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.



  Back in 2019 my buddy Steve Niefert invited me to come out to his place in central Missouri for the archery deer season. I saw a lot of deer those two trips but never got a shot at a Missouri deer.

  I was real excited for the 2020 season and prepared by buying a new heater for my pop-up camper, a de-cocking arrow for the crossbow along with a couple of new gadgets but at the last minute some family business came up and I was not able to go hunting the weekends I had open. Needless to say I was bound and determined to make it in 2021!

  Everything came together for me late summer and early fall and I showed up at Steve’s place the afternoon of October 1st ready for some hunting action!

  The next morning we awoke to a steady rain so we sat under the camper awning drinking coffee well past day break. Light rain fell on and off all day and finally quit mid-afternoon so we readied ourselves for an afternoon hunt.

  Instead of walking the entire way to my hunting area which consisted of going down (then back up) two hills the longest and biggest I call Heart Break Hill or Heart Attack Hill depending on your mood, I drove the truck down past my spot, turned around and parked. By the time I walked in, found a tree, climbed it and called myself hunting, a light rain had begun. It didn’t last long but the wind kept blowing causing tree pee.

  It was real cloudy so about a quarter past six it was getting kind of dark so I texted Steve that I was getting down at 6:30 and heading in. No sooner had I put the phone away the wind started blowing harder causing more tree pee. I quickly realized that it was rain coming and decided it was time to leave. I stood up to start the climbing down process, turned around and saw basically a wall of water coming toward me.

  It was on me in flash! I was quickly soaked from head to toe, my rain jacket offering me little protection. I had to keep telling myself to stay calm and take my time working the climbing stand going down. I did not want to slip, slide or fall down the wet tree.

  I made it back to camp looking like a drowned rat as did Steve.

  The next morning the weather was perfect and the deer were moving. I saw a couple of deer along the fencerow out of range. They went straight to a couple of white oak trees and feasted on acorns. A little time later a big old doe came up the hill over my right shoulder headed to the oak trees. She was a little out of range and also on my weak side so I didn’t try any stupid shots. I was kind of surprised she didn’t have a fawn with her. I figured she had had a little buck and had already run him off as momma does do in the fall.

  Back at camp I packed up and was headed for home around noon full of excitement for the next weekend.

  The weather forecast looked great for the next weekend and I anxiously waited for Friday to come.

  I arrived back at Steve’s Friday afternoon and since I had left the camper there it didn’t take me too long to get camp setup. Around 2:30 I drove down to the top of Heart Break Hill, grabbed my stuff and headed down to Doe Hill loaded up like a pack mule.

  About 4:30 something caught my eye across the fence. It was four of the biggest raccoons I’d ever seen. They went straight to the white oaks where it seemed every critter was going to feast on the acorns. They fed around a little and then came straight toward me. It was fun to watch them go about their business. To me, a big part of “hunting” is about being out in nature watching the different animals live their daily lives. Like I like to say, “I’d rather be in the woods thinking about God than being in church thinking about the woods”.

  So about 6:00 that same big doe I had seen the previous Sunday morning came up behind me again. She followed the exact path past me to the oak trees where she ate awhile then jumped the fence and headed on over the hill. Seeing this I devised a plan to ambush her.

  I picked out a tree about 30 yards out to my right at about the 2 o’clock position from my current spot. (I was facing the fence and 20 yards from it.) I decided get down a few minutes early and move my stand over there. This spot put me about 10 yards off the fence with my view parallel to it. I would be able to see down the hill to my left and only 10 yards from the path the doe had been taking. With this move she would be on my strong side offering me a good shot. The ambush was set! I only needed to arrive early the next morning and cut down a small sapling directly in front of me.

  Getting to my stand early I made short work of the sapling and was up the tree and set with plenty of time to spare. I only needed the doe to play the game by the new rules.

  Shortly before eight I heard the sound of something running in the field behind me over my right shoulder. Turning to see if the sound was cows running in the pasture I was surprised to see 2 bucks coming down the hill parallel to fence. They trotted up to the fence by the oak trees. I was even more surprised to see them walk past the acorns and jump the fence. The lead buck was the bigger of the two. He walked right out in front of me and stopped in front of a big oak tree about 17 yards away. He stood there chewing his cud.

  The other buck was a nice 6 pointer. He followed his buddy over the fence and turned in toward me stopping out to my right. He sensed something wasn’t right and looked pretty antsy. I could tell he was looking at me without directly turning his head toward me. He stomped his front leg a few times before moving around to my left where he repeated the motion. The other buck just stood there chewing away.

  The 6 came around to my left some more and then must have caught my scent. He trotted back the way he had come, right past the his buddy and stopped momentarily before heading up and over the fence and across the field.

  I turned my attention back to the other buck that was still standing in the same spot watching his pal leave. All this time I had not moved nothing but my eyes and my head slightly and was now focused on two things.

  One was this buck legal to take? There is an antler restriction in that county. Bucks have to have at least 4 points on one side. The second thing was not spooking him.

  The buck turned his head around enough for me to see that he had at least 4 points on the left side and that many on the other. I just needed to get in position for a shot. For some reason and lucky for me he turned his head around to look behind him and that instant I shifted around to my right getting into a perfect shooting position on the seat and brought the crossbow up to my shoulder aligning the scope onto him just as he turned back around.

  Through the scope I could see he was a nice buck and placed the crosshairs on him. Since he hadn’t moved his body this entire time there was just enough of his “sweet” spot that wasn’t blocked by a small tree. I aimed the best I could thinking I’d either hit him or the tree and released the safety. Steading best I could, I pulled the trigger.

  The sound of the crossbow releasing was followed by that distinct “thud” sound of the arrow hitting home.

  He jumped slightly and walked forward about 15 feet then turned to his right and kind of trotted about 30 yards. It had been awhile since I had shot a deer with an arrow and wasn’t sure how far he might go so I was determined to watch him the best I could so tracking him would be as easy as possible.

  To my surprise he turned to his right again, took a couple of steps and fell over! His legs kicked up once and then all was still. He was down! Keeping an eye on him, I excitedly texted Steve, “Buck down!”

  I filled the next 15 minutes locating my arrow in the leaves with my binoculars, eating a quick snack and making sure he didn’t get up.

  Twenty five minutes after pulling the trigger I was admiring my first deer taken in Missouri and my first ever crossbow kill! It was the first deer I had taken with archery equipment since 2003 a couple of months before my dad passed away. It was kind of a fitting tribute to him because it was his crossbow I was hunting with. He had bought the Horton the summer before he died but never got to use it.

  It was all Steve and I could do to load the buck into my truck and haul him back to camp. The buck weighed 190 pounds on the hoof. He was a big boy for sure.

First Crossbow Deer

  My hunting season was off to a great start. The question that lingered in my mind was would it continue as I was headed off to Oklahoma in two weeks for some muzzleloader hunting. That tale will be the next chapter in My Series of Unfortunate Hunts. Until then, Jim Bob.



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FISHIN' TIP: To catch bluegill in the winter you have to fish deep. Try to find spots that contain deep brush or timber. Remember to use light line and if using a bobber, use the smallest one you have. Try mealworms, crickets, earthworms and small grubs on the live bait side and small flies, jigs and soft plastic grubs on the artificial side.

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.



  Things have gotten busier in the shop as orders for our After The Shot Trophy Plaques have rolled in. Orders are coming in daily. Plaques for North Carolina, Illinois, Missouri and arrow heads have shipped out or are on the schedule. With delays in the shipping industry you need to place your order soon if you want your plaque for Christmas. 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.

  Your trail cameras are full of great pictures so why not share a couple with the rest of us? We need them 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.

  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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  Our buddy Tim Bradley sent in this great picture of a real nice Ohio buck. Taken back in October Tim says “Probably one of the nicest trail cam pics I've ever got. Not the biggest but the prettiest Washington County, Ohio deer.” Thanks for the picture Tim.

Ohio Buck

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!

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~ 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
~ 1 package yellow cake mix
~ 1 package vanilla pudding mix
~ 4 eggs
~ 1/2 cup water
~ 1/2 cup oil
~ 1/2 cup dark rum


~ 1/4 lb butter
~ 1/2 cup water
~ 1 cup sugar
~ 1/2 cup dark rum

* Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

* Grease and flour 10" tube or 12-cup Bundt pan.

* Sprinkle nuts over the bottom of the pan.

* Mix the cake mix, pudding, eggs, water, oil and 1/2 cup rum together. Pour batter over the nuts.

* Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

* While cake is cooling, melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in the water and sugar. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

* Remove from heat and stir in the rum.

* Once cake has cooled, invert over serving plate. Prick the top and drizzle and smooth glaze over the top and sides. Allow cake to absorb glaze. Repeat until glaze is used up.

* Serve and enjoy.

Many thanks to April Barkilus for this great recipe. For more great dessert recipes to try this holiday season visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zdess.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: There are four railroads in the game of Monopoly. The Reading, Short Line, B & O, and the Pennsylvania railroad. The Water Works and Electric Company are the two utilities.


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