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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 25 - Issue 2 - 3

  Welcome to the February - March 2024 issue of The Bullet. Why is this the “February – March” issue? Well, things just didn’t come together last month. We were a little late getting the February issue put together and then the e-mail system crashed. By the time we got that fixed, planned personal commitments started and once those were over it was getting late in the month I made the executive decision to hold everything until March.

There are a few things going on in the outdoors right now with fishing being at the forefront. The catch and keep trout season opened last week. Paddlefish snagging season is either happening now or will open in a week or so. Walleye seasons come to a close soon and the crappie bite is starting to pick up as the fish try to enter their pre-spawn pattern if the water continues to warm.

A few hunting opportunities are out there so you need to check in your state to see what’s happening. And folks are getting ready for the spring turkey season to open the first of April!

Enough said. Let’s get to it. Enjoy this issue of The Bullet. – J.E. Burns, Editor-in-chief.


In this issue:

~ Backwoods Trivia
~ Recipe: Slow Cooked Pheasant
~ Article: Tips For Keeping Your Hunting Camp Safe
~ Recipe: Marinara Crock Pot Duck
~ Article: Earl And The Cat
~ What's New
~ Candid CamShots
~ Article: Art Of Nature: No Hi-Tech!
~ Recipe: Honey Fried Walleye


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: This month’s question could be considered a quiz but enjoy it anyway.

How many of the first sixteen inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can you name?

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



~ 2 pheasants, debone the breasts, separate the thighs and legs
~ olive oil
~ salt and pepper
~ fresh minced garlic
~ cheese cloth
~ 1 can cream of mushroom soup
~ 1/4 cup white wine
~ 1/2 - 3/4 cup water

* Heat some olive oil in a large skillet.

* Season the pheasant to taste with the salt and pepper.

* Add to the hot oil along with some fresh garlic.

* Brown the meat on both sides. Remove and drain.

* Wrap the legs and thighs in cheese cloth. This keeps the small bones from getting into the pot while cooking.

* Pour the soup, wine and water in a crock pot. Stir together.

* Add the meat. Cook on low for 6 – 8 hours or until tender.

* Remove the meat from the pot and then remove the meat in the cheese cloth.

* Serve with mashed potatoes using the liquid in the pot for gravy.

* Enjoy.

Many thanks to Paul Bertolasi for this recipe. For more great tasting pheasant recipes go to: www.backwoodsbound.com/zpheas.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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  You’ve spent a lot of money on a piece of property you and your family and maybe a few close friends to hunt on. You’ve erected a storage shed or barn to keep your 4-wheeler, tree stands, saws, mowing equipment, etc. in so you’ll have it there when you need it so how do you make sure your stuff will be there when you get back? Although nothing is 100% theft proof, here are some tips to help secure your property and hopefully deter thieves from ruining your hunting paradise.

  * Make sure to take as many of your valuables home with you to eliminate the risk of them being stolen.

  * Make sure all your valuables are locked away. Spending a few more dollars on quality locks and dead bolts will deter thieves and vandals that much more. Though costly, installing a security system is another way to have peace of mind that your possessions are safe. It only takes a little more to go first class.

  * Place trail cameras around your “storage” area. The price of cellular trail cams have come way down the past couple of years as well as the cost of their “storage plans” You can either set them to upload pictures to your account at certain times or every time it takes a picture. A good thing about them is you’re not locked into a long term contract but can pay month to month for the plan. Also, the cameras will take and store pictures whether or not you have an account.

  * Record all serial numbers from all farm equipment, ATV’s, generators, log splitters, appliances, electronics, etc. Buy a small electric engraver and engrave distinguishing marks on all items in inconspicuous places or apply labels made from a label maker and stick them in hidden places. Keeping a record of serial numbers will help police recover stolen items. And don’t forget to mark your tree stands, ground blinds and trail cameras.

  * Take photographs of all items and keep them at home. Also take pictures of the engraved markings or labels you’ve attached to your property to help you remember what is marked and where it’s marked. Photographs can help police identify stolen items.

  * Make sure you have insurance. Keep your policy up to date and make sure it covers the stuff you own and includes ATV’s, tractors and equipment, boats or any item that may not be covered under a standard homeowner’s or renter’s policy.

  * Make friends with people who live in the area or a neighbor and ask them to keep a watch over your property. Offer them a trade like a place to ride their horses or allow them to cut hay in one of your fields, in exchange for keeping an eye on your place.

  * Post no trespassing signs at all entrances and along property lines of your land. Some states have purple paint laws but you still need to mark all of the entrances of your property.

  * Install gates at all entrances to your property and keep them locked. Criminals are less likely to steal large or heavy items, such as appliances, if they have to carry them long distances.

  * If possible, store your ATV’s, tractors and equipment, mowers, and boats inside locked sheds or barns. Then lock and secure these items inside the barn as well. Put tongue locks on trailers. Run a cable through the wheels of your 4-wheeler, mower, etc. and lock it. Kind of like locking up a bicycle. If thieves break in, having everything locked up separately may frustrate them and deter them from stealing everything.

  * Hide keys (or keep them with you) to outbuildings, gates, ATV’s, tractors, etc. If someone breaks into your house or cabin, you don’t want to provide them with easy access to everything else on your property.

 * If a break-in does occur, contact local law enforcement immediately and stay clear of the crime scene until they arrive. Moving around the crime scene and touching things may destroy critical evidence that might be valuable in the case.

  Hopefully some of these tips will help you avoid a break-in or at least slow down the bad guys and help reduce the damage.


FUN FACT:  A German shepherd named Rin Tin Tin made his movie debut in 1923 and went on to be the first animal movie star and one of the biggest movie successes of the era.

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


HUNTIN' TIP: To keep your broadheads from rusting over the off-season, apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly to them. Remember to use caution! They’re sharp for a reason.

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: “This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient and the world will follow our lead into the future!" - Adolf Hitler, 1935

 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 duck breasts
~ Worcestershire sauce
~ 3 cloves garlic, chopped
~ 1 medium onion, chopped
~ 1 medium green pepper, chopped, jalapeños can be substituted if desired
~ 1 jar marinara sauce

* Soak the duck in salt water overnight. Change water a couple of times if desired. Remove and drain.

* Polk each breast with a fork several times. Put in a large zip lock bag. Pour in about half a bottle of Worcestershire sauce. Seal and refrigerate a few hours or overnight.

* Remove the breasts and drain.

* Put the meat into a crock pot. Add the garlic, onion, pepper and marinara sauce. Stir together.

* Cook on low for 6 – 8 hours.

* Serve and enjoy.

This recipe shared by Rick Wohl. See more duck recipes on our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zduck.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.



  When I was much younger, I had a hunting companion named Earl. Earl had just drifted into my life and hung around with me for several years. He loved to hunt just about any kind of game. Squirrels, grouse, fox, but he especially loved to chase cottontails.

  Yes chase 'em! Earl was a mix beagle-basset hound. He wasn't the prettiest dog you ever saw, kinda squat legged and colored like the floor of a hickory woods in October. He had the most unpleasant voice you could imagine, especially when he chimed in with a police or fire truck siren. He could hear ‘em long before I could and always started harmonizing well before they were audible to me.

  One warm October morning, we started out in search of bushytails. When he wanted to be, Earl was very quiet, even when the leaves were dry and crunchy. This morning Earl just wasn't 'with it' and was making too much noise for us to get anywhere near those always cautious squirrels.

  As the morning wore on, the sun got warmer and warmer.

  After another hour or so, I decided that Earl's short little legs were tired so we decided to take a rest. We found a depression filled with leaves alongside a fallen oak log. After sharing a bologna sandwich, we lay back to study the tree tops.

  For whatever reason, I don't remember hearing anything, I snapped alert and sat up abruptly. My eyes were just about level with the top of the log. Not more than two feet away were a pair of the most vicious eyes I have ever had the misfortune of staring into. Caught in mid stride, with one paw still raised, was the biggest, most ferocious, evil lookin' animal this ole boy ever saw. Those yellow, glaring slit eyes seemed to be staring deep into my soul.

  The message I got was, "Go ahead, human, make a move and I'll tear your face to shreds!" The bobcat daring me to breathe was so motionless that he could have been a mounted trophy.

  Nothing moved. Not daring to even exhale and moving nothing but my eyeballs, I glanced to see if Earl was ready to spring to my rescue.

 He was still asleep! And snoring!

  I chanced to blink my eyes and in that moment, the cat virtually disappeared! Only the slight movement of a nearby bush gave an indication of his passing.

  I woke the "wonder dog" and commented on his uncanny abilities to detect wildlife. Earl yawned, licked a bologna crumb from his mouth and grudgingly stood up. He walked a few steps and turned back to give me that master-you're-always-right look.

  I swear it seemed as if I could tell from his expression what he was thinking.

 It came across as, "Hey, you know I don't do cats!"


FISHIN' TIP: George Kinkaid sent in these ice fishing tips. "A couple of good baits for catching perch and bluegill through the ice are wax worms and minnows. Bait a small ice jig with two waxworms hooked through either end and let them hang down in an upside down 'v' shape. For minnows, cut them in two and bait a small jig with either the head or the tail. And remember that fish feed up for the most part so present your bait slightly above them."

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.



  Hunting seasons are pretty much over and the cameras are coming down so why not share a photo or two with your fellow subscribers? Pictures for the Candid CamShots are always in need. Remember, any cool picture will be enjoyed so send them yours to mail@backwoodsbound.com. We look forward to seeing them!

  Need new stuff for the spring and summer issues. Recipes, stories, tips, and photos are all needed so send in what you have. Your submissions help make The Bullet fun and informative. Send everything to mail@backwoodsbound.com and thanks for your time!

  And remember to order your After The Shot Trophy Plaque now! There’s no better time to get that trophy on the wall than now. Keep in mind that we do special designs like arrowheads and shields! Visit our site for more information and to place your order.



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  This buck cruised through the Pea Patch on James Burns’ property last September.

Illinois Buck

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  I have noticed that in this so called modern world we have a Hi-Tech gadget for everything...it will do everything...and we all must have one! I believe it is called marketing or starting a trend and herding people so someone can make millions. It is thought that we cannot live without one. Is this truly to our benefit? Is it all worth our time or could we do without at least some of the trend? After all, it seems to change every few months, so we need to update and spend more money!

  Well...since the beginning of time, nature and nature's creatures have never had Hi Tech or needed it! They seem to get along very well without it...and always will! And they, after all, have been around long before us and will be here long after us.

  Look at his beautiful bald eagle, our American Symbol. It soars on high...rests in a tree...searches and finds its next meal. These things are so simple and down to basics...nothing Hi-Tech needed!


  I wonder if we got back down to basics if our lives would be simpler, less jammed with what we are supposed to do, as we are told? Would we be better off? Happier? More Content?

  Would we have more time to do as we want too, enjoy more of what we want too, and be more content within ourselves?

  Think about it. Don't be pushed into a fad, a trend, or do something because you are supposed to do it. Be happier...look, listen, learn and enjoy nature and its creatures. Nothing Hi-Tech about it! I believe you’ll be happier, better off, and more content.

  Do yourself a favor. Break the trend. Look to nature and enjoy!


** COOK IT UP!! **

  Winter is here and there’s no better way to warm up the crowd than with some hearty and delicious chili made with Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix! Our unique blend of herbs and spices makes a meal everyone will love!

  We add NO fillers or MSG so what you’re getting is chili tasting the way it was meant to taste!

 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.

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~ 4 - 6 walleye fillets, skin removed
~ 1 egg
~ 1 tsp honey
~ 1 cup coarsely crushed saltine crackers
~ 1/3 cup flour
~ 1/4 tsp pepper
~ 1/4 tsp salt
~ vegetable oil
~ honey

* In a shallow bowl, beat the egg and honey together. In another bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, flour, pepper and salt.

* Dip the fillets into the egg mixture and then dredge in crumb mixture.

* In a large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil; fry fish over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes flipping as needed to cook until golden brown and fish flakes easily with a fork.

* Drizzle with honey and serve.

* Enjoy!

See more delicious fish recipes to try 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.


ANSWER TO BACKWOODS TRIVIA: The first sixteen inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 were: Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Alan Freed, John Hammond, Buddy Holly, Robert Johnson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Phillips, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jimmie Rodgers and Jimmy Yancey.


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