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Well, I Don’t Want Pants To Fall Down

“The first pair sent to me by a viewer from Montana… full camo!” I recall a few times while doing meet and greets down in the United States when people would tell me that I remind them of Red Green. I guess… well, maybe a little bit. We’re both from Canada, we’re both half nuts and we both wear suspenders. I still find it somewhat amusing when people ask me why I wear suspenders. And, I do, pretty much all [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.

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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

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

Cream of … (you pick it) Soup!

I was in my tree stand for about 6 hours today and even though it really wasn’t all that cold for November 17, it sure was nice to get back to the house where the woodstove was still burning away, doing its job.  It also made me feel like having some soup, some nice, thick and rich creamy soup.  And… no, I didn’t get a deer.  Didn’t even see one! I hate to pee in your Cornflakes, but most times when you order cream [Read More]

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