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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

Off the Grid – Why?

“My ultra-rugged off-grid kitchen!” “RD, why do you live off the grid?” That is a question I am often asked. My short answer is a simple one: “Because I want to.” My long answer however, has a little more detail in its delivery. I’m usually a bottom line kind of guy (especially, when I’m sitting with my goddam accountant!) so here is a quick overview of how this article is going to play out. If you live on the grid [Read More]

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The Trip of a Lifetime (Or, will it be a trip to hell and back?)

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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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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

Big Lake – Big Lake Trout

Okay, this might be kind of a weird way to start off a story about a fishing trip, but, I’m doing it anyway. It’s about these, um, these… sausages.  That’s right, I said sausages!  The most amazing, mouth-watering, involuntary drool causing sausages known to man.  And, the only place I’ve ever seen them, is at Rusty’s Lodge in Northern Saskatchewan. Never in my life have I ever tasted sausages soooooooo good! I found out they were made locally by an [Read More]

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Rugged Hunting

Lucky?

“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

Blueberry – Chocolate Sauce

Let’s use a popular meat for this application… venison chops.  Many people call them chops, but they’re actually rib steaks from the deer.  I think we sometimes say chops because they’re so small and about the size of smaller store bought pork chops.  They also look a lot like lamb chops. This is one of the dishes I grilled on the Food Network show I did back in 2009. Ingredients:  Olive oil 1 ½ cups red wine 1 cup blueberries ¼ cup chocolate [Read More]

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