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Grocery Store Shoppers

I catch, shoot, snare, grow and raise as much of my food as I can, but I do buy things from the grocery store too.  After all, I can’t grow orange juice, HP sauce, dish soap or toilet paper…  And, every now and then I just gotta pound down some “wicked-hot” chicken wings.  And, I rather like shopping at the grocery store.  Most times. I believe there is a certain “grocery store shopping etiquette” that we must understand before entering the [Read More]

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My Biggest Fish!

“Lac La Ronge has enormous lake trout!” “Hey, RD, what’s the biggest fish you ever caught?” I am asked this question a lot… especially by kids. I caught this lake trout back in 2004 on Lac La Ronge in northern Saskatchewan. I caught it on a Lucky Strike Lizard dragged behind a downrigger in about 100 feet of water. That bugger fought me for about a half hour or so… and we had a tough time getting him into the [Read More]

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Rugged Off-Grid/Homesteading

Kick Those Goddam Ticks in the Ass!

I had never even heard of ticks until about 20 years ago. The first time I actually saw one, was back in about 1999, when I pulled a few off one of my dogs. But, the first time I had one of those little bastards stuck in me, would have been around 2005 or so. I was taking a shower one day and I thought, “What the hell? I had three stuck in me, so I grabbed a pair of [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

How About Something New?

“RD with an average sized Arctic grayling from the Beaulieu River in the Northwest Territories” Okay, I guess that’s kind of a stupid title for a fishing piece. Confusing maybe too. When I say “new,” I don’t mean a new type of fish that was recently discovered by a group of scientists somewhere. But, the fish I’m referring to might be something new for you… in fact, it probably would be. The Arctic grayling is something that most people simply [Read More]

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Rugged Hunting

Your First Retriever

“I got ’em, I got ’em!” So, you’ve been duck hunting for a few years now and the thought of having a dog go and get your ducks rather than you having to do all the work sounds pretty cool. Well, you will find it to be pretty cool, and the good news is – your dog will too! Retrievers such as a Labrador or the Golden just love bringing things back to us, especially, dead birds! I’ve had several [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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