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If You Can’t Kill It…

If You Can’t Kill It…

Something that really pisses me off is when I see duck hunters taking shots at birds that are clearly out of range. This is known as “sky busting.” Sure, you’d likely hit the duck at 65 yards, but all you’ll do is injure it, only to die a slow death later on. If you do this purposely, you are an asshole. If you do this unknowingly, you need to learn what 40 yards looks like from the end of your [Read More]

Wild Mallard Duck with Mushroom Risotto

Wild Mallard Duck with Mushroom Risotto

I love eating duck, especially wild duck.  Mallard is the most plentiful and the most popular, but others like the wood duck, teal, and widgeon are also excellent.  There are many other species of wild duck that are top shelf for the table.  And, with a beaver pond (and my duck blind) only 200 yards from my back door, eating duck is a common occurrence for me throughout the fall and winter. Wild duck can be dry as it’s very [Read More]

Waders or Rubber Boots

Waders or Rubber Boots

I still can’t believe that when I was kid, I used to get into a canoe or small boat wearing a pair of hip boots or chest waders and no floatation vest! Then I’d paddle off into the swamp, shotgun in hand, to look for ducks or to get to my duck blind. If I ever ended up in the water, how in the hell would I ever swim with my boots full of water? I’d sink fast! When my [Read More]

Test the Patterns on Your Shotgun

Test Pattern Your Shotgun

I recently bought a new (yes, another one) shotgun. It came with three interchangeable chokes, as do most new shotguns these days. I plan to use it for waterfowl hunting, mainly, so it’s very important that I know what the three different chokes do to the patterns, with different loads and at different ranges. The three chokes that came with the gun are full choke which gives the tightest pattern of the three, modified, giving a medium pattern and improved [Read More]

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I’m sure you’ve heard of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Well, now you’re gonna hear about… The Rugged Dude’s Theory of Ruggedtivity! Welcome to my world of all things rugged,  including but definitely NOT limited to – hunting, fishing, campfire cooking, shotguns, muddy trucks, chainsaws, log cabins, rubber boots, torn jeans, suspenders, duck calls, sharp broadheads, fried walleye, multi-tools, old canoes, warm gut piles, pike slime, dirty plaid shirts, four-wheelers, fillet knives, faded jeans, wild rice, goose decoys, tree stands, cast iron frying pans [Read More]

Silhouette Decoys

Silhouette Decoys

If you’ve been hunting ducks and geese for quite a few years, you can stop reading right now. But, if you’re new to the sport, or thinking about getting into it, you’ve likely been thinking about what type of decoys to buy. After all, hunting waterfowl over decoys is a great way to fill your bag limit. And, your dinner table! There are so many types, styles and brands of duck and goose decoys these days, so do some research. [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 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]

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]

Orientation Meeting

Orientation Meeting

This is a biggie. When your hunters or fishermen arrive in camp, it is critical that you sit down for about twenty minutes, maybe more, to discuss the details of the trip. And, I’m not talking about what time dinner is served and what time you plan to start fishing in the morning. Here are a few questions to consider and obviously each meeting will have different questions depending on what type of guiding you’re doing and where, etc. How [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]