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Christmas

I often receive emails from people after they read my Rugged Rants.   Most times the senders are very much in favour of what I say.  They compliment me on my honestly and willingness to say what I really mean without beating around the bush.  And of course, I hear from a few people who think I’m just a loud-mouthed asshole and would love to hit me in the face with a sheet of plywood.   Today’s topic is surely to bring in [Read More]

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Random Ruggedtivity

Rugged Roy

“Rugged Roy all geared up for the hunt!” Standing in my kitchen, I was just getting ready to go out and light an ultra-rugged campfire when my phone rang. “Well, it’s got a lot miles on ‘er… it was my mom’s vehicle and she didn’t want to mess with it so she asked me to sell it for her. But, it’s in pretty decent shape.” Enter classic Jamaican accent, “Okay, mon, no big deal, everyt’ing alright, mon. I’ll come by [Read More]

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Rugged Off-Grid/Homesteading

What Are You, Chicken?

“Rhode Island Reds make good laying hens” Before I get started on why it’s so rugged (and just plain cool!) raising your own food, like chickens, ducks, rabbits and pheasants, I must come clean on something that has to do with chickens. Really clean… I mean, embarrassingly clean. Are you ready? (Oh, shit, I’m not so sure if I should do this.) Reader to The Rugged Dude >>> “Okay, RD… take a deep breath… be brave and just friggin’ say [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 Fishing

The Guide’s Shore Lunch… Put on a Performance!

“Rugged fish, rugged food!” (This article was written when I was living in Northwestern Ontario) When I dropped the very first piece of fresh-caught walleye into the hot oil, you could hear the sizzle all the way to Kalamazoo, Michigan.  You could smell it all the way to Tokyo… but I was in Manitoba.  Okay, I might be stretching it just a wee bit, but not too much. Since the early days of Canadian fishing trips, especially, fly-in fishing trips, [Read More]

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Rugged Hunting

Eighteen Feet

“Dead deer – Rugged! Earings on a dude… unrugged! (Sorry, Chris, I couldn’t stop myself!!)” Eighteen feet is around the average height of one of my tree stands.  It’s likely the typical height that most tree stand hunters hang their stands at too, especially, the whitetail deer guys.  I’ve been hunting out of trees for about thirty years now and to my amazement many of my rugged hunting buddies still have not discovered the advantages of hunting from up in [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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