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Backwoods Bound Bullet Volume 22 - Issue 11

  Welcome to the November 2021 issue of The Bullet. Can you believe that it's November already? You know what that means, Christmas is only fifty-something days away. Well besides that, its deer season! That's right, firearm deer seasons kick off with a bang (pun intended) this month and continues on into December and even into January. Let’s all hope the weather is favorable this month for a successful deer season.

November also hails in the start of the yearly waterfowl seasons. Ducks and geese are already heading south with the largest migrations still to come. So patch up them waders, get the boat camouflaged, oil the guns and call the dogs because it's off to the field!

If deer and ducks aren't your bag (again pun intended) there are lots of other hunting opportunities. Pheasants, rabbits, squirrels, quail, chukar and coyotes are up for a chase.

And don't forget about the great fall fishing. Crappie and bass put on the feedbag just before the winter chill and fall can bring some of the best trout fishing of the year. So don't put away that rod and reel yet. Take it along on your hunting trips and if you are lucky enough to fill your tag or get your limit early in the day, go fishing in the afternoons. Beats going home early to go Christmas shopping with the wife.

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: Crock Pot Wild Turkey Breast
~ Article: Tips For A Safe Upland Game Hunt
~ Recipe: Stuffed Venison Round Steak
~ Article: Youth Season For The Record Book
~ What's New
~ Backwoods Health: Warning Signs
~ Candid CamShots
~ Recipe: Backwoods Bound Venison Queso Dip


BACKWOODS TRIVIA: This month’s question comes from John Winston. Do you know the answer?

What was the first rock ‘n’ roll album that went gold?

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



~ 1 wild turkey breast
~ salt
~ pepper
~ 1/2 stick butter, melted
~ corn starch
~ chicken broth if needed

* Season the breast to taste with salt and pepper.

* Place in crock pot. Pour butter over the top.

* Cook on low for 8 hours.

* When done, remove turkey to a platter to cool. When cool enough, remove meat from the bone and shred.

* Pour juices from crock pot into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Add a little chicken broth if needed or if more gravy is desired.

* In a small bowl, stir 2 tbsp corn starch and 2 tbsp water together. Stir into juices.

* Heat and stir until thick.

* Return meat to crock pot and stir in the gravy. If necessary, heat on high until heated through.

* Serve with noodles, mashed potatoes or rice.

* Enjoy.

Thanks go to John and Michelle Mais for sharing this recipe with us. See more turkey recipes at www.backwoodsbound.com/turkey.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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  The upland game season is upon us and hunters are taking to the field for rabbits, pheasants, quail and partridges. Here are a few reminders to help keep you safe this season no matter what you’re hunting.

  * Most if not all states require hunters to wear a solid blaze orange hat or cap, vest, coat or jacket. Check the regulations in your state before going afield. Find a link to your states DNR at http://www.backwoodsbound.com/stgamedepts.html.

 * Hunters should stay in a straight line while pushing a field. They should also stay in communication with each other and know where each other is at while hunting. There have been incidents where hunters have been in a semicircle and shooting towards one-another when accidents have happened.

  * Before heading out, talk about the hunting plan. How the hunt will take place, each hunter’s role in the hunt and where each person will be at all times.

 * Know exactly where standers will be located, especially when hunting standing corn or tall switch grass. Too often the standers get shot by the pushers as they near the end of the field and the birds begin to flush. They too need to be wearing blaze orange.

 * Make sure your gun is unloaded when crossing a fence or other obstacle to avoid it accidentally discharging.

  * Properly identify the target and what is beyond it. This will be especially important when hunting in standing corn or tall grass.

  * If hunting with a dog, never lean a loaded gun against a fence, tree, vehicle, etc. Hunting dogs are usually excited to be in the field and could knock the gun over causing it to discharge.

 * Take someone new along to help keep our hunting traditions alive.

 * Remember to have fun but stay safe. Safety is no accident.

 These tips were compiled with the help of an article from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Visit their site at http://www.iowadnr.gov for information about hunting and fishing in beautiful Iowa.


FUN FACT:  After the Civil War, poultry producers began to promote turkey as Thanksgiving food because it was more profitable than other birds at 10 cents a pound. People started painting Pilgrim dinners showing roast turkey on the table and soon a new tradition was born.

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


HUNTIN' TIP:  The use of a Butt-Out tool can making field-dressing a deer a whole lot easier. They cost less than $15 and are worth the price.

When using one, tie off the removed anus with some bright colored paracord before removing the tool. The bright color makes it easy to see when you’ve removed the entire rectum when you remove the entrails.

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: "The older I get, the better I used to be." – Connie Hawkins, pro basketball player

 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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The holidays are fast approaching so you need to order soon. 35% Off will save you a ton of money this season. Also planning ahead for upcoming birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries isn’t a bad idea.

This 35% Off sale ends on November 30th so order now! Browse our collections on our site at www.karensglabels.com! And remember we can make items from your special photographs for a small upcharge.

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~ 1 -2 lb. venison round steak
~ salt & pepper
~ 10 slices thick bacon
~ 4 carrots, peeled & grated
~ 2 stalks celery, chopped
~ 1 onion, chopped
~ 1 cup chopped parsley

* Pound steak with a tenderizer mallet on both sides. Salt & pepper to taste and place in a baking dish.

* Chop 4 of the bacon slices and place in a large bowl. Add the carrots, celery, onion, & parsley. Mix well.

* Spoon mixture on top of the steak and roll up. Secure with toothpicks.

* Place remaining bacon on top of the steak roll. Cover with foil and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

* Serve and Enjoy!

Many thanks to Katy Henke for sharing this recipe. See more delicious deer recipes on 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.



  Hunting season is upon us and youth season this weekend has resulted in a lot of new hunters venturing afield, taking deer for the first time in their lives. Walker Lovell has taken deer before. He has taken wild hogs before, but nothing except for his dad’s advice prepared him for what happened this Oklahoma Youth season here in Haskell County.

  Walker is the 7 year old son of Weston and Kristen Lovell. Weston’s hunting values is the values of a hunter who loves and respects the animal he chases and the manner in which they are taken. He is a steward of wildlife, not just someone who is there for the kill. He is teaching his sons those values, just as he was taught by his dad.

 October 16th started at 5:50 AM as Weston and Walker got up and dressed from carefully laid out clothing, Weston decided to hunt from his dad’s blind on San Bois Creek. Walker was excited and his demeanor reminded Weston of those sleepless nights he had before season started when he was Walker’s age.

 The temperature had cooled off for the night and as cool as it was at home, San Bois bottom is always 10 degrees colder than that. Think of the coldest place in Alaska at the same time of year and that is how it feels in San Bois bottom!! Parking high above the blind, father and son walked in to the blind and got seated.

  In a conversation with his little brother, Gunner, the day before, Walker and Gunner had been playing the child game of, “This is my deer” while looking at game camera pictures. Walker made his dad chuckle when he made the very honest comment that he would most likely shoot the first deer that came in with horns regardless of what they were seeing!

 Walker had been part of preparing the blind and the area they were hunting. The morning was just starting to come alive as they settled into the blind. Walker was fully prepared to take a hog or a deer, whichever showed up first.

 A fork horn buck showed up and Walker wanted to shoot it, but Weston talked him out of it. Walker had been true to his word and wanted to take the first deer to arrive, but Weston told him to hold out for a bigger buck. Shortly 6 does came in and there was two smaller bucks dogging them in the distance but didn’t come in close enough for Walker to shoot. Walker was focused on the biggest doe of the group and when she presented a good shot, his rifle roared and that big doe hit the ground.

 Excited, Walker and Weston walked to the big mature doe and Weston stood out of kicking distance and pushed on the doe with a long walking stick.

  She was dead!

 Walker helped his dad get the deer loaded, wanting to take it by his pawpaw’s house to show it to him! Gerald Lovell is one of my mentor’s and I consider him an Uncle even though there is no DNA that connects us, but he and his are family. The picture he took with his deer and Pawpaw says it all!

 This could end here. A conservation kill of a mature doe by a young hunter, but it doesn’t end there. It starts again that evening, Weston suggesting they hunt Walker’s blind behind the house and try to take a nice young eight point they had been seeing on the game camera. Walker was all for it!

 That evening father and son made their way to the blind behind the house, hoping to ambush a nice young eight point that had been a regular on the game camera. Parking the 4 wheeler among the cows, they were in the blind by 5 PM. Walker was set up and Weston was helping him watch outside.

  Nothing showed up, but the cool evening air was relaxing when they saw the big buck moving through around 6:20 PM. It was over 125 yards away and never presented a shot that was reasonable for a 7 year old. Walker has killed deer and hogs before, putting every shot behind the shoulder out to 80 yards, but Weston felt his range needed to be limited to less than 125 yards and held to it as they let the buck walk out of sight.

 Walker was disappointed, but less than 15 minutes later a young 5 point came out and gave him a broadside shot within his range. Weston assumed Walker would shoot it, but his son turned toward him and asked, “Do you think the big one will come back?”

 “Maybe,” Weston told his son and watched as his young protégé watched the little buck graze.

 After watching it for 10 or so minutes he decided to shoot it and for the first time in his life, missed a deer! Somehow, he bumped the tripod rest just as he squeezed the trigger and completely missed that deer. He missed it so far the deer just ran a short distance and started grazing again and Walker made a nice scope ring cut above his eye! Bleeding or not, Weston got him out of the blind to go check for blood. Weston and Walker didn’t see it grazing until they got close to where it had been standing and the little buck trotted off! He was unhurt!

  Double checking to make sure there was no blood, Weston told Walker they had about 15 minutes of legal shooting light left. Walker headed for the blind. Weston got in with him and started texting his wife to tell her about the hunting trip results. They had not been there for 5 minutes.

 Walker said he seen a deer coming fast and it was the big one! Unable to see the deer, Weston knew it was in a bad spot for him to be able to say anything and then Walker shot!

 The buck dropped in his tracks!

  Walker went super happy, almost tearing the blind down getting out of it to race to the buck. Weston said he walked up to the largest whitetail buck he had ever seen on the hoof. The buck green scored 183 7/8ths and easily topped the whitetails Weston himself had taken. Needless to say this young man is a hunter who understands patience pays off. It also means he will be a hunter for life!!

Big Oklahoma Buck!



Christmas is fast approaching and our selection of hand crafted, unique products make excellent gifts for your family and friends. We offer clothing and accessories, home decor, and drink tumblers in a variety of styles and sizes. See our site for our complete product line.

Go to our site at www.facebook.com/LunarCreations636 to see more pictures and videos of all of our newest projects and place your order!


FISHIN' TIP: When fishing dark murky water for bass, use a blue and black jig with a blue pork trailer on the hook. - Chris Rustermier

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.



  Deer hunting season is here and the shop is starting to get busy. Orders for Missouri, Oklahoma and Illinois plaques have come in. The price of lumber has dropped and that’s a good thing so place your order for our After The Shot Trophy Plaques soon. With delays in the shipping industry and shortages with supplies you shouldn’t wait too long. 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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   When you’re out on a hunting adventure not only should you know some basic first aid you need to know the warning signs of someone having a stroke or a heart attack. Here are some things to look for. It could save someone’s life or your own.

 For a stroke just remember F.A.S.T. What does F.A.S.T. stand for?

 F – Face drooping. Does one side of the person’s face droop or numb? Do they smile evenly?
 A – Arm weakness. Is one of their arms weak or numb? Have them raise their arms. Does one drift downward?
 S – Speech. Is their speech slurred? Can they speak or are they hard to understand? Have them repeat a simple phrase like “The grass is green.” Do they repeat it correctly?
 T – Time to get help. Call 911 and tell them “I think my friend is having a stroke”. The quicker they get help the better off they will be.

 A few warning signs of a heart attack include:

 Discomfort in the chest that lasts more than a few minutes. It could go away and come back. The pain can feel like something is squeezing your chest or putting pressure on it.

  You could have pain or discomfort in other parts of the upper body. In addition to pain in the chest you may have pain in one or both arms, the neck, back, stomach or jaw.

 If all the above wasn’t enough you may experience shortness of breath. It may occur with or without chest pain.

 And lastly you could break out into a cold sweat, experience nausea or get lightheaded.

 So stay alert if you or one of your buddies experiences any of the above symptoms. Don’t worry about being macho or looking like a fool. It’s better to error on the side of caution and get help immediately! You want to be around for the next hunting season.

 Thanks to the American Heart Association for some of this information.



  Here are a couple of bucks caught on Raul Perez’s camera back in September in southern Illinois.


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!

  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!"



~ 1 packet Backwoods Bound Chili Seasoning Mix
~ 2 lbs. ground venison
~ 1 small onion, finely chopped
~ 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
~ 2 – 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded, finely chopped
~ 1 – 8 oz. pack cream cheese, cut into cubes
~ 1 lb. shredded pepper jack cheese
~ 1 lb. shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
~ 2 – 12 oz. cans evaporated milk
~ 3 tbsp. cornstarch
~ your favorite hot sauce

* Mix the Seasoning mix with the venison and brown in a skillet. Drain. Remove half of the meat and freeze for later use.

* In a crock pot, add the meat, onion, tomatoes, peppers and cheeses.

* In a bowl, whisk the cornstarch and milk together. Pour into crock pot.

* Cover and cook on low 1 – 1 1/2 hours until the cheese is melted and smooth. Stir occasionally.

* Stir in up to a 1/4 cup of your favorite hot sauce or let folks spice up their own on their plates.

* Serve warm with your favorite tortilla chips and enjoy.

For more great dishes using our Chili Seasoning Mix, visit our site at www.backwoodsbound.com/zchili.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: Shake, Rattle & Roll by Bill Haley and the Comets was the first rock ‘n’ roll album to go gold by selling 500,000 copies


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