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Ojibwe and Cree History & Culture

“Veteran guide, George Whitehead, from Webequie First Nation guiding RD” In 2014, I made a big change in my life. I moved from Thunder Bay, Ontario to Nova Scotia. I’d spent 25 years in the “Lakehead” and I sure do miss the place sometimes. (I don’t miss the goddam 40 below zero temperatures in the winter though!) The fishing and hunting is spectacular there and so are the people. One of the things I miss most is going “up north” [Read More]

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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?)

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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Rugged Fishing

Planning Your Menu

“Loading up the Otter” (This article was written when I was living in Northwestern Ontario) If you are planning a fishing trip to Canada with a tourist operator, without getting into too much detail, you have mainly two choices.  One option is to go to an “American Plan” lodge or resort where they have a cook or chef and all of your meals will be taken care of.   Or, you could go to an “outpost camp” where you’ll be on [Read More]

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Rugged Hunting

The Bait Debate

“Corn and apples on the ground, 25 yards out.” Sitting about 17 feet up in a tree sure gives me, the hunter, a great view.  It also makes it a little less likely for the deer to see me, smell me or hear me.  And, when they come in to eat the apples and corn I put there for them, they are distracted by all the free food! Since the deer is distracted, it gives me a good opportunity to [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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