Rugged Rants

Screaming Kids

Okay, maybe I’m just getting old.  Old and cranky… or old and shitty?  Or, am I?  Well, I recently turned 53.  Is that old?  Maybe…  But, probably not… well, to some yes and to others, no.  I saw a television commercial selling life insurance a few months ago and in it they said, “If you are between the age of 49 and 79, you qualify for the senior’s discount.”  So, I guess I’m in the “senior’s discount” category now.  According [Read More]

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Take Off to the Great White North

“Canada has too many rivers to count” Do you remember Bob & Doug McKenzie? You know those “take off, eh” dudes from back in the early 80s… They would sit around, pound down some brewskis and talk about donuts and Canadian back bacon. I thought those guys were funny as hell and I actually learned from them too. For example, never in my life had I heard anyone in Canada say, “take off, eh.” Nor, did I ever hear someone [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 Fishing

The Freighter Canoes of Webequie First Nation

“Isaiah Jacob has lived his entire life on the Winisk River and in a freighter canoe!” Since moving to Nova Scotia in 2014, I now know the thing I miss most about living in northwestern Ontario. The fishing trips… I had many great fishing trips with the “boys from up north,” as I call them, the Ojibwe. I’ve been to many of the fly-in reserves or “communities,” as we call them north of Thunder Bay and whenever I go, I [Read More]

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Rugged Hunting

Pretty Good But Not Totally Trained…

“RD, you look like a goddam idiot! “ I suppose it was my own damn fault!  I mean, what did I expect would happen if I went duck hunting with a guy who doesn’t really hunt very much.  After all, he did tell me straight up that he normally only hunts ducks one or two days each season. Warning flag… There are several things you can expect when you agree to hunt with some random guy that you met through a [Read More]

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Rugged Recipes

Sweet Carrots with Tarragon

This is one you must whip out if you ever have someone try to tell you they don’t like carrots, especially – kids!  Spoiled little brats… Use your own discretion as to how many carrots you’ll need, but I normally go with two medium to large carrots per person, because they always ask for more.  This is a great side dish for almost any wild game or chicken, beef or pork dishes.  They don’t keep that well in the fridge [Read More]

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