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Clean Out Your Eyes

Clean Out Your Eyes

Sorry, I didn’t actually mean the eyes in your head… I’m talking about the eyes in your jig head. I use jigs a lot, especially, if I’m fishing for walleyes or smallmouth bass. The more expensive ones usually come from the factory with just the head painted, as opposed to the less expensive ones that are fully dipped in paint. This causes the entire jig head and the eye (where you tie on your line) to become covered in paint. [Read More]

Keep Those Old Mason Jars

Keep Those Old Mason Jars

Of course, you wouldn’t just start throwing Mason jars away.  They can be re-sterilized and use again and again.  The ones I really like have the one-piece lids.  Not true Mason jars, but they’re great for storing your spices, dry herbs and your baking ingredients. I had a hard time finding Mason jars with one-piece lids in any store, so I did some scouting around with some of my friends who don’t cook “quite as much”’ as I do.  Some [Read More]

You Get Your Water From Where?

You Get Your Water From Where?

Clean water – for free.” I’m pretty lucky. I found a great piece of property that I really like. It’s private, 2.3 kms from the road and I could actually afford it. But, the coolest part – it has a river running through it. It has a good flow, it’s clear and there is plenty of it. About three feet is the average depth. It also has brook trout swimming in it… so some of my meals come from that [Read More]

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Banana bread is fairly easy to make and even if it doesn’t turn out perfectly, it’ll still be damn good!  My mom used to make banana bread often and I remember using it for trade in the lunch room when I was a kid.  It would always yield excellent returns! And, as a bonus, banana bread is totally rugged if you eat it in a duck blind!  Do it… Ingredients:  1 cup butter or margarine 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 [Read More]

Cutting Boards

Cutting Boards

In keeping with the same principle as buying good knives, buy good quality cutting boards too.  The rule of thumb is the thicker, the better.  Thin ones tend to warp after a while.  Of course, I’m talking about wooden boards here. I almost never see good quality cutting boards in home kitchens that I visit.  Most are too small and too thin.  Spend a few bucks and get good boards, at least one.   And, buy those little rubber feet that [Read More]

Where it started

Where it started

People often ask me where this “whole rugged schtick” came from.  Believe me, I didn’t sit down one day and try to think of some crazy-ass thing that might catch on to the average Joe and Joanne, sitting on their couch watching a TV show.  And, no, an over-priced marketing agency didn’t come up with it either.  The funny thing to me is that people from all over the world, not just my home country of Canada, really latched on to “rugged.”  I once got an email [Read More]

No Smoking

No Smoking

A few years ago, me along with a couple of my staff members administered a customer satisfaction survey with 500 people, mostly from the USA. A few were from Canada, Germany, Italy and Japan. In order for someone to participate in our survey they had to have had been on at least three trips to Canada where they paid for a guide. This could be anything from a simple one day fishing trip all the way to a 14 day [Read More]

Go “Old School!”

Go Old School

“My old Twin Pipe never lets me down!” If you know anything, make that, ANYTHING, about me, you know that I like things to be as simple and as hassle-free as possible. That’s why I like crapping in my outhouse. It never gets plugged up, it never backs up and runs all over the goddam floor, I never have to make repairs to the pipes and it doesn’t use any water. Old School. I like the term, “Old School.” I [Read More]

Wait After the Shot

Wait After The Shot

You watched the deer run off and you know the area in which it ran. So, you wait the standard twenty minutes to a half hour, you get down from the tree stand and you go to look for your deer. But, you can’t find it. You’re up in your tree stand and you’ve just made a shot with your bow on a deer at twenty yards. In your mind you’re confident it was a good, clean shot and you [Read More]

What Are You, Chicken?

What Are You Chicken

“Rhode Island Reds make good laying hens” Before I get started on why it’s so rugged (and just plain cool!) raising your own food, like chickens, ducks, rabbits and pheasants, I must come clean on something that has to do with chickens. Really clean… I mean, embarrassingly clean. Are you ready? (Oh, shit, I’m not so sure if I should do this.) Reader to The Rugged Dude >>> “Okay, RD… take a deep breath… be brave and just friggin’ say [Read More]