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My Biggest Fish!

“Lac La Ronge has enormous lake trout!” “Hey, RD, what’s the biggest fish you ever caught?” I am asked this question a lot… especially by kids. I caught this lake trout back in 2004 on Lac La Ronge in northern Saskatchewan. I caught it on a Lucky Strike Lizard dragged behind a downrigger in about 100 feet of water. That bugger fought me for about a half hour or so… and we had a tough time getting him into the [Read More]

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Rugged Off-Grid/Homesteading

How to Cook on a Wood Burning Cook Stove (without going mental!)

When I think about things like living off the grid or homesteading, an old wood burning cook stove comes to mind, right away.  I couldn’t live the way I do without one. “The focus of my Ultra-Rugged kitchen!” Some of my fondest memories of when I was a kid were when I used to watch my Grandmother cooking on the old wood stove. There was something really special about coming down the stairs on the opening morning of duck season [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.

Buy it now - $45.00

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Rugged Fishing

Big Lake – Big Lake Trout

Okay, this might be kind of a weird way to start off a story about a fishing trip, but, I’m doing it anyway. It’s about these, um, these… sausages.  That’s right, I said sausages!  The most amazing, mouth-watering, involuntary drool causing sausages known to man.  And, the only place I’ve ever seen them, is at Rusty’s Lodge in Northern Saskatchewan. Never in my life have I ever tasted sausages soooooooo good! I found out they were made locally by an [Read More]

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Rugged Hunting

Eighteen Feet

“Dead deer – Rugged! Earings on a dude… unrugged! (Sorry, Chris, I couldn’t stop myself!!)” Eighteen feet is around the average height of one of my tree stands.  It’s likely the typical height that most tree stand hunters hang their stands at too, especially, the whitetail deer guys.  I’ve been hunting out of trees for about thirty years now and to my amazement many of my rugged hunting buddies still have not discovered the advantages of hunting from up in [Read More]

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Rugged Recipes

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]

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