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Oh Canada!

Whenever I meet someone from a different country like the USA, or someone from a different part of the world altogether, they often tell me that I am lucky to live Canada. I agree. We have a very small population considering the size of the place… lots of room to live. One of the best things about Canada is the remoteness that we have; the wilderness, the lakes, the rivers, the mountains… and the wildlife. Bottom line – Canada is [Read More]

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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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Bow Hunting 7 FT 400 LB BLOND BLACK BEAR FROM 5 YARDS!

Check out Rugged Dude take down this 400 pound blond black bear with a bow from 5 yards! #RUGGED Want some RUGGED hunting stories? http://ruggeddude.com/category/hunting-stories/ Rugged Hunting Tips? I have you covered. http://ruggeddude.com/category/hunting-tips/ http://ruggeddude.com/

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

Black Bears and Black Pepper… and Cayenne Pepper Too!

“This misty spray just could save your life” I’ve eaten quite a lot of black bear meat in my life. And, just like most meats, I normally season it with salt and black pepper when I’m preparing to cook it. But, when I’m in the bush and I see a bear within my immediate area, I’ll “season it” with cayenne pepper over black pepper, any day. Cayenne-based pepper spray is, in my opinion, the best line of self defense against [Read More]

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Rugged Recipes

Tomato Vegetable Soup

You know, it’s drives me mental when I see someone at the grocery store who has about ten cans of soup in their cart.  Several problems here – one, that crap is loaded with sodium, along with a bunch of other shit that’s really not good for you.  Two, it’s expensive and three it doesn’t taste nearly as good as the homemade stuff.  At the top of this page, near the end of my piece, I basically say that if you “go [Read More]

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