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Keep a Second Rod Ready

Keep a Second Rod Ready

When you’re out fishing in a boat, let’s say for largemouth or smallmouth bass, keep a second rod handy (or a third if you can) and have a different type of lure tied on, ready to go. When I say different kind of lure, I mean different from the one on your main rod. Tournament fishermen often have 8 or 9 different set ups, ready for action. $100,000 could be at stake. Sometimes, you’ll get a strike, but fail to [Read More]

If Your Dog is Not Ready

If Your Dog is not Ready

Let’s say you got a Labrador retriever last year, and you got it as a puppy… great. Labs are rugged! And, this fall you want to take him out for some duck hunting with you and your hunting buddies. Warning: Unless you are hunting with very good friends who will “understand” and will be “patient” when your dog completely ruins up their hunt, leave him at home until you have him trained and he is ready. Now, if your pup [Read More]

Get Plenty of Firewood Ready!

Get Plenty of Firewood Ready!

If you’re new to outdoor cooking, you might be in for a surprise the first time you cook up a simple shore lunch.  One of those surprises might be just how much firewood you’ll need. If you’re right in the middle of the cooking part, meaning potatoes on the go, beans warming up in their can, fish in the pan, and then you realize you need more dry firewood, you might be in trouble, especially if what you started with [Read More]

Be Ready With That Camera!

Be Ready With That Camera

“Hold the fish properly and if it’s a big fish, support its back” Working as a fishing guide means you’ll be taking a lot of photos for your guests. Digital cameras are so handy… you can take a million pictures and if there are some you don’t like, get rid of them. Keep in mind that the pictures you take for your guests will be very important to them. Make sure the shot is a good one, meaning, you can [Read More]

Always Have an Extra Paddle in Your Canoe

Always Have an Extra Paddle

Right behind my house, there is a fast flowing brook which runs into a stillwater section about 40 yards from my front door. I have a canoe sitting down there and I often go out for an evening paddle… fishing rod at the ready, of course. I go alone quite often, but I still keep two paddles in the canoe with me. If I were to ever drop over the side (which I have done) I’d be in a bit [Read More]

Cut in the Shortening… the Easy Way

Cut in the Shortening… the Easy Way

Anyone who has ever made pie pastry knows that, one way or another, we must “cut” the shortening or butter into the flour before we add the liquids.  A real quick and easy way to accomplish this is by using a course cheese grater.  Put the butter or shortening in the freezer before using it, and the grater will give you small bits of shortening, the perfect size, for your pastry. It’s probably easiest to keep all of your shortening [Read More]

Your First Retriever

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 isyour 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]

Mise en Place

Mise en Place

If you go to culinary school one of the first things you’ll learn is something called, “Mise’ en Place.”  This French term, when translated roughly means “everything in place.”  Or, more to the point, “preparation.”  Most of today’s culinary terms and chef lingo are in French because the foundation for modern cooking practices originated in France many years ago.This is by far one of the most important elements to being a successful home cook, never mind a restaurant chef. Being [Read More]

Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

For some strange reason, Eggs Benedict has been known to intimidate many home cooks.  I guess it’s the thought of making the required hollandaise sauce that freaks people out.  It can be a little tricky, but it’s really not that big of deal.  There’s really only one part that’s tricky… and I’ll cover that below.   So, let’s do this… and stop buying that crap that comes in a package because just adding water to something is not cooking, it’s just assembling.  Plus, [Read More]

Choose a Camp Captain

Choose a Camp Captain

I’m not much on going to the hunting camp for two weeks with about five or six guys anymore. Been there, done it… I’m more of a solitary hunter these days. But, spending a week or two with a bunch of friends or family is a tradition that is hard to break for many people. And, the high calibre of farting, belching and ball scratching is always entertaining, to say the least. Keeping in mind that safety is always the [Read More]