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When the Rugged Dude is Away, the Animals Will Play!

Back in 2010, I built a new house way back in bush and way off the grid. The property was 35 miles outside Thunder Bay, in an area known as “Kam,” short for Kaministiquia. Somewhere near the halfway point in the building process, I had to leave town for a few weeks to teach a guide training course in Manitoba. Not that I was paranoid, but more curious to see who, if anybody, was snooping around while I was gone. [Read More]

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Rugged Off-Grid/Homesteading

Hey, What About Your Legs?

“Take care of your legs… you only have two of them!” I often see people running their chainsaws… whether in their yard, removing a downed tree or in the bush cutting some firewood. And, I am often surprised to see how little safety is gear used, sometimes not even a pair of safety glasses. Let’s go back to about 1972, or so. I was just 10 years old then and my Grampa had me using the old McCullough chainsaw, the [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.

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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

Salmon Cakes with Honey, Lemon & Dill Sauce

This recipe works great with any kind of fish, but salmon is the best, in my opinion.  You could easily swap out the fish for shrimp, lobster or crab too.  Most restaurants serve a red pepper sauce with their crab cakes and it’s really friggin’ good!  But, for this salmon cake recipe I came up with something a little different.  And, who the hell doesn’t like lemon, honey and dill? Weird people maybe… Ingredients:  Cakes 6 ounces fresh salmon (canned salmon sucks, [Read More]

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