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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 19 - Issue 3

  Welcome to the March 2018 issue of The Bullet. The first of March is sort of the official start to the spring fishing season. Catch and keep trout seasons have opened around the country and snagging season for sturgeon and paddlefish have either begun or will in a couple of weeks. For those of us not lucky enough to live down south, the crappie will begin to bite later this month and only get better and better. So now is the time to get your rods, reels and tackle in order.

There are a few hunting opportunities going on if you’re interested. There’s predator hunting like coyotes going on. The conservation goose seasons are going on and then we jump right into the spring turkey season in a matter of weeks.

We have a packed issue this month so let’s get to it. Enjoy issue number two hundred and nine of The Bullet. Until next month, J. E. Burns, Editor-in-chief.


In this issue:

~ Backwoods Trivia
~ Recipe: Baked Herb Trout
~ Article: Iowa Citizens Playing Key Role in Tracking Imperiled Wildlife
~ Recipe: Deer Pockets
~ Article: Memories To Remember
~ What's New
~ Article: Art Of Nature: Time Better Spent
~ Recipe: Baked Tree Rats


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: Here’s one we came across and thought it fun to pass it along. Warning: If you know the answers you’re showing your age.
On the show Gilligan’s Island, what were the Skipper and the Professor’s real names?

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



~ 2 lbs trout fillets
~ 1 tsp thyme
~ 1 tsp parsley
~ 1 tsp paprika
~ 1 1/2 tsp salt
~ 1/2 tsp pepper
~ lemon juice
~ 2 tbsp butter, melted
~ lemon slices

* Cover a baking pan with parchment paper or foil. If using foil, lightly spray with non-sick spray.

* Mix the thyme, parsley, paprika, salt and pepper together in a bowl. Add your favorite herbs if desired.

* Place the fish on the pan and sprinkle on some lemon juice.

* Spread on the melted butter.

* Sprinkle on the seasonings.

* Bake at 425 degrees for 15 – 18 minutes or until the fish flakes easy.

* Serve with lemon slices and enjoy.

Thanks to Tim Kish for this recipe. See more trout and fish recipes to enjoy this spring 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.



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  It’s 10 o’clock on a summer night along a gravel road anywhere in Iowa. In the farm pond next to the road a raucous chorus of male frogs are making themselves heard as they vie for mates. A volunteer stands clipboard in hand, ear cocked, mentally sorting out each of the calling species which are using this seemingly ordinary pond.

  Skip over to a Saturday morning by a river where another volunteer has binoculars and a spotting scope trained on the tallest tree in the vicinity. In this tree is a huge nest, home to two bald eagles and their young. A peaceful hour is spent watching one of the most spectacular birds in North America.

  Every year, all across Iowa, citizen scientists are making enormous contributions to wildlife conservation. Volunteers are trained through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring Program (VWMP).

  “The Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring Program provides an opportunity for adults who love the outdoors and wildlife to be directly involved with the conservation and monitoring of Iowa’s resources. The work done is crucial to the well-being of these species,” said Stephanie Shepherd, wildlife biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) wildlife diversity program.

  Every March and April, Iowa DNR staff travel the state leading training workshops, readying folks to collect data on some of Iowa’s critical wildlife. So what are these critical wildlife species?

  One training workshop focuses on some of Iowa’s more spectacular bird species such as bald eagles, ospreys and peregrine falcons. Volunteers are taught how to collect data on specific nesting sites around the state and submit pertinent data such as how many young birds fledge.

  “This data collection requires lots of patience and some good optics in order to watch the nest from a distance and not disturb the birds,” Shepherd said. Last year volunteers reported on more than 100 bald eagle nests across the state.

  The second survey requires a keen ear.

  Volunteers are trained to listen to and recognize the 16 species of frogs and toads in Iowa based on their breeding calls. In 2016, volunteers covered 55 survey routes which translate into roughly 400 wetland sites monitored for frog and toad activity.

  “The frog and toad surveyors are particularly special because they have to drive back country roads at night along an identified route to perform the survey. I think most feel that exploring the Iowa wilds at night is a unique experience and opportunity,” Shepherd said.

  Interested volunteers must register for and attend a training workshop. The Iowa DNR is partnering with the Iowa, Woodbury and Winnebago County conservation boards to host the following workshops.

  Anyone interested in being a Bald Eagle Nest Monitor must participate in some training March 17 in Forest City, hosted by the Winnebago County Conservation Board from 12:30 – 4:30 pm. The location will be announced soon.

  The workshop required to participate in the Frog and Toad Call Survey is April 10 at the Nature Center at Lake Iowa Park, hosted by Iowa County Conservation Board from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

  Another will be held April 12 at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center near Sioux City, hosted by Woodbury County Conservation Board from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

  There is a $5 fee to cover workshop materials.

  For more information, go to http://www.iowadnr.com/vwmp/ or e-mail vwmp@dnr.iowa.gov.

  Visit your state’s department of conservation’s web site to see about volunteer programs in your state.



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FUN FACT: In common years (non-leap years) February starts on the same day of the week as March and November. In leap years it begins on the same day as August. It also ends on the same day of the week as October does every year.

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



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HUNTIN' TIP:  You need to remember that as you head to the woods to look for shed antlers you need to make sure it is legal to do. Some states have regulations regarding shed hunting on public lands and in some states such as Utah you have to complete an on-line course and print off a certificate and carrying it with you. To find out the rules where you live you can find a link to your state’s department of conservation/natural resources at www.backwoodsbound.com/stgamedepts.html.

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 believe there’s a commonality to all humanity. We all suck." – Bill Hicks

 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.



  Winter has the country in its cold clammy grip and nothing helps shake it loose like some of that delicious chili made with Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix. Its unique blend of herbs and spices makes a great pot of chili the family will love with NO added fillers or MSG.

  Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix also makes great dishes like tostadas, enchiladas, stuffed peppers, manicotti, Mexican lasagna and a killer jambalaya. We’ve had customers also use it as a marinade for beef and deer roasts. See our collection of great recipes at www.backwoodsbound.com/zchili.html.

  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!"



~ 10 thinly sliced backstrap medallions, tenderloin works too
~ seasoning salt
~ pepper
~ 2 tbsp oil
~ 1 -2 tomatoes about the same diameter as the medallions, sliced into 10 thin slices
~ 2 – 3 slices American cheese, cut into quarters
~ 2 – 10 count cans of biscuits
~ flour
~ 1 egg, beaten
~ 1/8 cup of cold water
~ seasoning salt
~ spicy brown mustard

* Heat the oil in a skillet.

* Season the meat with seasoning salt and pepper. Add to the oil.

* Quick fry browning on both sides. Remove and drain on paper towels.

* Flour a surface and roll each biscuit out thin.

* Beat the egg and water together.

* Place a piece of meat on each biscuit. Top with a piece of cheese and a tomato slice.

* Place another biscuit on top and pinch the edges together with a fork.

* Brush the top with the egg mixture and lightly sprinkle with seasoning salt.

* Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees 11 – 13 minutes or until golden brown.

* Remove and let cool a few minutes.

* Top with a little mustard and enjoy.

Thanks to Robert Phillips for sharing in this recipe. For more delicious deer recipes to try visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zdeer.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.



  I only have two memories of fishing as a young child. The first memory, I must have been about seven or eight years old and I had gone fishing with my cousin Babe in Meander Creek, before it flows into Meander Reservoir. He was seven years older than me and living right next door to me more like a brother than a cousin. I still enjoy fishing with Babe to this day in spite of the events of that morning. I don't remember actually fishing that day or even wanting to for that matter. But I do remember walking along the narrow path that ran along the creek, examining everything that looked interesting, which was pretty much everything. I was ‘'exploring’'. I did that often as a child.

  I came across this 'rope' that ran from under a small bush, across the path and disappeared into the water. I was sure that there just had to be something valuable tied to the end of that rope. So, I reached down and grabbed it to pull it in and claim my treasure. The rope slithered thru my hands. It was a water snake. “AAWWWWWKKKKK!"

  It was my first encounter with a snake of any kind, and it was huge. It was the largest snake I have ever seen even to this day. Heck, as I recall, it had to be forty or fifty feet long and I think it had horns. I'm pretty sure it had flames coming from its nostrils too. It could have easily swallowed a cow whole much less a small child like me. I ran screaming, terrified back to where Babe was fishing. I don't know if I told him what had happened. I don't know if he even asked. To say I was traumatized would be an understatement. I can't stand snakes to this day. I avoid them like the plague. I won't even own a ‘plumbers snake' because of that incident.

  The second memory I have was pretty memorable, too. I had to be about nine or ten years old. My Uncle Gus took me fishing at McKelvey Lake in Youngstown, Ohio. McKelvey Lake is in the McGuffey and Jacobs Road area of Youngstown. Back then, it was a pretty nice little lake and a nice area to live. These days when you occasionally see an article in the Youngstown Vindicator mentioning McKelvey Lake, it most likely won’t be a fishing article. Odds are it will be about pulling a body or a stolen car or a stolen car containing a body from the water. Times have changed.

  Anyway, my Uncle Gus was quite the fisherman. He would rather be fishing than just about anything else in life. I don't know if you could say he taught me how to fish but I'm sure he taught me something that day. He even had his own personal worm pit in his backyard. I remember the evening before we went fishing we filled a coffee can with the biggest, fattest, juiciest nightcrawlers you'd ever seen in your life. I helped dig them with an old rusty pitch fork that stayed in the worm pit for that purpose.

  I can remember many summer nights walking the lawn in the dark with my Aunt Olga after a good rain, flashlight in hand picking nightcrawlers to put in that worm pit.

  She had a secret recipe for getting those worms, too. This wasn't her first rodeo. She mix dry mustard powder with warm water and applied it to the wet ground with an old sprinkling can, sometimes pouring it directly into the worm holes to get the ones that escaped her grasp and slipped into the safety of their underground bunkers. It wouldn't take more than a minute before that old worm would be squiggling and wiggling up out of that hole. I'm sure his skin was on fire. Man that was big fun! I loved being on their 'farm'.

  You see, I got to spend four or five weeks at their 'farm' every summer. My grandparents, who were raising me, called it my ''summer vacation''. In hindsight, I suspect it was more of a vacation for them than for me. But I loved it and I looked forward to it every summer. I remember once telling the father of one of my friends about my upcoming 'vacation' on the farm. He asked how big the farm was and I told him I wasn't exactly sure but I described it as being hundreds of acres.

  Well looking back now, I realize it was probably all of 3/4 of an acre or less. But heck, it had a garden that was bigger than the city lot I grew up on. It seemed enormous to me! And, they had peach trees, plum trees, cherry trees, a pear tree, raspberry bushes and grape arbors. In their garden they grew everything imaginable. They canned everything for winter use. In the evenings my Uncle Gus would take me for long walks in some nearby woods and we'd pick apples and blackberries. The next day my Aunt Olga would bake pies and serve it up with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream that evening as we watched TV. It was great. I loved going there. I always thought they were farmers.

  I found out years later that they weren't farmers they were just poor. Once a month they got something from the Government they called ‘monkey meat’. It resembled Spam and came in a five pound loaf. They got the ''Government cheese'', too. My grandparents had that same cheese but they bought theirs at the store and it was called Velveeta. We ate plenty of Government cheese and fried monkey meat sandwiches at the farm.

  We ate lots of other good stuff, too. We ate my Aunt Olga's canned peaches, pears, cherries, rhubarb, apples and she baked pies of all kinds. I had raspberries in real cream for breakfast in the morning and fresh picked cherries and ice cream at night. I don't ever remember being hungry and I was never ready to go home when my vacation was over. I never knew they were poor. Truthfully, I don't think they knew they were poor, either. Looking back, they may have been the richest people I have ever known.

  Anyway, the next day we go fishing at Liberty Lake. Now, I don't know if I received any lessons on putting worms on the hook that day or on casting that worm, hook, and softball size bobber into the water. I certainly don't remember any. I don't remember catching any fish, either. What I do remember however, is my Uncle Gus staring down in utter disbelief several times at my tiny little hands wrapped around that cork handled rod and muttering angrily under his breath about a $#@#^@!& birds nest! And there was that black fishing line that resembled sewing thread and it was everywhere. I remember looking around for that birds nest that he was obviously ''really mad'' about, but I didn't see one.

  I guess a baitcasting reel is not a good starter kit for a ten year old trying to learn how to cast. I don't remember my Uncle Gus ever taking me fishing again after that day. In fact, I don't recall ever going fishing again until well after returning from Viet Nam as a young man. Like I said earlier, I don't know if you could say he taught me how to fish but I'm sure he taught me something that day. I won’t own a baitcasting reel to this day!

  Somewhere on my journey to being the hap hazard fisherman I am today I acquired most of the knowledge that I am more than happy to share with others. The rest I looked up or made up as I went along! Most of this information is timeless. That means that there will probably never be a time when you find it useful, but, for what it's worth, there it is.




The Red River Gorge Zipline continues to be one of the most popular destinations in Kentucky! 2017 was a fabulous year and we’re looking for another great time in 2018!

The Zipline is located in the World Famous Red River Gorge about 60 miles east of Lexington in the Heart of Eastern Kentucky near the Natural Bridge State Park and Daniel Boone National Forest in Rogers, Kentucky.

There are five Zip-lines to choose from with the two highest being 350 feet tall, being the fastest, 50+ mph, and the longest at 1,200 feet and 2,000 feet. These we like to call Racing Lines!

Bring your camera or rent a GoPro from us to record your experience.

Visit our web site for all the details including information about the lodges, cabins and camping available to you.

Visit us on-line at: www.RedRiverGorgeZipline.com


FISHIN' TIP:  “Minnows are the best live bait to use to catch yellow perch. They usually take a minnow head-on so the hook can get embedded in their throats so be aware of that if you hook your minnow thru the lips or eyes. A back-hooked minnow works too but the perch can more easily steal your bait without getting hooked.” – Fred MacKinson

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.



  Spring is coming soon and we need some new recipes for the spring and early summer issues. Recipes for turkey, goose, rabbit, duck, trout, crappie, alligator, catfish, grouse, dove and well, everything is on the want list. Send your recipe to us at mail@backwoodsbound.com and thanks!

  The shop continues to be busy filling orders for our After The Shot Trophy Plaques but things have slowed just a bit and that’s a good thing as it gives us time to catch our breath after the past couple of months and give the place a good cleaning. Scraps are piled up and shavings and saw dust cover just about everything. Go to www.backwoodsbound.com/ats.html for all the information on our complete line of After The Shot Trophy Plaques. And remember we specialize in custom designs!

  Planning this springs fishing adventure? We have a link to all of the state’s departments of conservation/natural resources/wildlife on our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/stgamedepts.html to help you get all the information you’ll need to have a great trip.

  While you’ll at it, check out our Fishin’ Guides and Charter Services for listings all over the U.S., Canada and Mexico at www.backwoodsbound.com/guidesfish.html.

 And lastly, see this month’s Candid CamShots photo at www.backwoodsbound.com/funphotos2.html.



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This month’s picture comes from Phillip and Stacey Fowler of Mississippi who captured this buck on a snowy day back in January. Send your pictures to mail@backwoodsbound.com.

Georgia Does



I get up most mornings in this so called “modern world”, flip on the TV and watch the news while enjoying a cup of coffee.

It seems the news gets worse every day. Graft, corruption, murder, assault and so on are all they seem to talk about. Even the weather forecast is marginal. I’m sure these folks are doing the best they can with what they’ve got but some if it is ludicrous. I recently heard a story of someone sending 7,000 text messages in a single month.

I’m sure a lot of you folks feel the way I do so I’ll tell you a better way to start your day; Get out of bed (the good Lord willing) grab your morning coffee, leave the TV off and then look out the window to see what the weather is like and while gazing out the window look closely to see what nature and its creatures have to offer.

Nature is all around us just like this beautiful cardinal I saw in my backyard. After watching it for a while I truly felt better. My coffee tasted better and I feel I started my day with a better outlook.

So give it a try tomorrow morning or the morning after. It is time better spent! With Nature’s help you’ll start the day feeling better and will have a better attitude toward others! After all, you can always find out about the so called “modern world” later. It’s not going anywhere soon.



~ 2 – 3 whole cleaned squirrels
~ seasoning salt
~ pepper
~ 1 – 2 apples, cored and cut into segments
~ 1 can cream of mushroom soup

* Rinse the squirrels well and drain.

* Season the squirrels inside and out with the salt and pepper to taste.

* Place pieces of the apple inside the squirrels and place in a baking dish.

* Bake at 350 degrees for 1 - 2 hours or until done. Check after 1 hour for doneness. Smaller squirrels cook faster.

* Remove the apple pieces.

* Pour the soup over the squirrels and bake another 10 - 15 minutes or until the soup hot.

* Remove and let rest a minute or two.

* Cut into serving pieces and enjoy.

Our thanks to Billy Billingsley for sharing this recipe with us. For more squirrel recipes go to www.backwoodsbound.com/zsquir.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: Stranded on Gilligan’s Island was Jonas Grumby aka The Skipper and Roy Hinkley know as the Professor. And in case you didn’t know, Mary Ann’s last name was Summers and although her husband called her Lovey, Mrs. Howell’s first name was Eunice.


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