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The Rugged Dude Dinner Jacket

“This is the only type of “jacket” I’ll ever need!” I do not own a suit and tie. Not even one. I don’t even own a “sports jacket.” Believe it, or not… I really don’t care. And, I will never own one either. I’ll never need one. If you ever saw me in one, you wouldn’t recognize me. I do have several Dinner Jackets, however… the Rugged Kind! And, I like them the most when they’re really broken in… “ruggedized,” [Read More]

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Rugged Off-Grid/Homesteading

My Pet Fox

Back in 2010, I started building an off-grid house, way the hell back in the woods, 35 miles west of Thunder Bay, Ontario. This was a very good hunting and fishing area and it wasn’t unusual to wake up in the morning, look out my window and see deer, moose or black bear, along with a wide assortment of smaller critters like porcupines, pine marten, coyotes, wolves and squirrels. I even saw some drunk dude wandering across my back yard [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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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

Your First Retriever

“I got ’em, I got ’em!” So, you’ve been duck hunting for a few years now and the thought of having a dog go and get your ducks rather than you having to do all the work sounds pretty cool. Well, you will find it to be pretty cool, and the good news is – your dog will too! Retrievers such as a Labrador or the Golden just love bringing things back to us, especially, dead birds! I’ve had several [Read More]

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Rugged Recipes

RD’s Classic Fish & Chips

Okay, as much as I hate to admit this, I just love deep fried fish.  I know it’s not the healthiest way to cook your food, but just like KFC… every once in a while, I just have to get that deep fried fix!  Speaking of KFC, wouldn’t it be cool if you could order a barrel of just the skin?  Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm… This recipe works well with most types of fish and of course, walleye is awesome, but I use [Read More]

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