Rugged Rants

Valentine’s Day

If you read my Rugged Rant about Christmas and why I think it’s just a bunch of bullshit, you’ll get my Valentine’s rant without even having to read it. Same thing… just an over-commercialized farce. I’ve never been one to do something just because other people do it. To say that I often go against the grain would be an understatement. I completely ignore Valentine’s Day. That’s right… no flowers, no chocolates and no stupid stuffed animals. And, no I [Read More]

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How ‘Bout Them There Rugged Dudettes!?!?!!!

“Rugged Dudettes are just as rugged and in many cases, even MORE than the Rugged Dudes!” One thing that never surprises me is just how many rugged women there are out there! Okay, women, ladies, girls… chicks… whatever. There once was a time when very few women went hunting or fishing. These days, there are tons of women out there, hammerin’ Canada geese, slayin’ ring-necked pheasants, drillin’ whitetail deer, moose and elk with their bows and catching anything catchable with [Read More]

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Rugged Off-Grid/Homesteading

What Kind of Firewood?

“Birch is often used” Here is the easy answer… any kind as long as it’s dry. But, there’s a bit more to it than that. First things first… Green firewood is a bad thing. Green wood still has too much moisture in it and burning this stuff will cause your chimney or stove pipes to build up with creosote. And, that damn stuff can easily combust and start one hell of a fire. Burning your house down because you used [Read More]

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The Trip of a Lifetime (Or, will it be a trip to hell and back?)

Written by the Rugged Dude

The Trip of a Lifetime (Or, will it be a trip to hell and back?)
If you are possibly, sort of, kind of, maybe even thinking about booking a fishing or hunting trip to a lodge or outpost camp… or even a simple day-trip with a guide, RD’s new book is for you! Written over five years by the Rugged Dude, this 217 page book tells it like it really is. After having been on more 200 fishing or hunting trips all across Canada, RD knows what can go right on a “Trip of a Lifetime,” and what can go horribly wrong on a “trip to hell and back.” Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned veteran of Canadian fishing or hunting trips, this book could save you incredible hassle, stress and even a financial nightmare.

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Rugged Guide Certification E-Book

Written by the Rugged Dude

Rugged Guide Certification E-Book
From 2000 through 2009, I hosted and produced more than 160 episodes of my television show, “Officially Rugged with RD,” along with more than 100 full length feature videos, thirty second television commercials and promotional videos for hunting and fishing lodges and resorts. In my travels, I have hunted and fished in many regions of Canada and the United States. I’ve been to more than 150 lodges, resorts and outpost camps. I have also attended many sport shows, which includes public speaking engagements and “meet and greet” appearances. I know this industry well and I am eager to pass my knowledge along to you.

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Rugged Videos

Frontier Food With the Rugged Dude

Frontier Food with the Rugged Dude… Yes, I know it rhymes, it’s supposed to. Andy, one our ultra-rugged camera dudes first suggested “Wild Food with the Rugged Dude,” but we quickly found out there is already one or maybe even two shows with the words, “Wild Food” in the title. So, what with the frontier part? Well, a friend of mine once told me that my “frontier kitchen” looks pretty rugged. I thought that could be part of a cool, er, um, I mean… a rugged title. And, so it is.

Rugged Fishing

Big Lake – Big Lake Trout

Okay, this might be kind of a weird way to start off a story about a fishing trip, but, I’m doing it anyway. It’s about these, um, these… sausages.  That’s right, I said sausages!  The most amazing, mouth-watering, involuntary drool causing sausages known to man.  And, the only place I’ve ever seen them, is at Rusty’s Lodge in Northern Saskatchewan. Never in my life have I ever tasted sausages soooooooo good! I found out they were made locally by an [Read More]

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Rugged Hunting

Black Bears and Black Pepper… and Cayenne Pepper Too!

“This misty spray just could save your life” I’ve eaten quite a lot of black bear meat in my life. And, just like most meats, I normally season it with salt and black pepper when I’m preparing to cook it. But, when I’m in the bush and I see a bear within my immediate area, I’ll “season it” with cayenne pepper over black pepper, any day. Cayenne-based pepper spray is, in my opinion, the best line of self defense against [Read More]

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Rugged Recipes

Bannock

Now, before I get rolling here, I want to make it clear that although I think my bannock is pretty good, it pales in comparison to some I’ve tried.  I’m talking about the famous bannock that the People of the Ojibwe and Cree First Nations have been making traditionally for many, many years.  It’s really hard to beat “Koochum’s” (Ojibwe for Grandma) blueberry bannock. When I appeared on the Food Network show, Grill It, with Bobby Flay, I made blueberry bannock to go along with the venison [Read More]

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