Rugged Rants


Hol-yyyy shit!  I’m not sure if there is anything that pisses me off more than seeing a pile of garbage strewn about at a local fishing hole, boat launch or parking spot close to a local trout stream.  What the hell is the matter with people? Each spring, the fishing season gets rolling.  If I was to hop in my truck and go for a quick ride to the local boat launch a few weeks before then, I’d probably see a [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

Nothing Wrong With being LAZY

“Maybe I should call my sharpener Lay Z!” I don’t mind doing things the easy way… you could even call it the lazy way. Hey, I have an idea… if I ever become a famous rapper (The Rugged Rapper, dressed in full camo and wearing a pair of suspenders and hip boots), I already have my rapper name picked out – Lay Z But, sometimes the lazy way is just another way of describing the easy way. For years, I 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.

Buy it now - $12.95

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.

Buy it now - $45.00

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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

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


“RD with his “lucky” buck.” Sitting fifteen feet above the frozen ground with a stiff, November breeze smacking you in the face can make a guy appreciate things like hot coffee, long underwear and woodstoves.  It can also make a guy appreciate whitetail deer hunting. As I very slowly moved my head from side to side I noticed a quick movement to my far right.  My heart rate accelerated and I suddenly forgot how cold I was.  But, within two [Read More]

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Rugged Recipes

Moose (or venison) Stew

Okay, time to get back the basics of what I would refer to as “rugged food!”  Stew – whether you use moose, venison, grouse, rabbit or even chicken… a good stew is hard to beat.  As I type this on November 10, 2013, it’s a surprisingly cold day out there – minus 26 Celsius with the wind chill factored in.  Even though I’m sitting about fifteen feet from my woodstove, my nipples are hard just thinking about it… and my onions [Read More]

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