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Murray Martin

Murray Martin

Eye On The Outdoors columnist Murray Martin is a former Ontario Conservation Officer and a long standing member of The Outdoor Writers of Canada.  Murray has a second column called My Mother's Kitchen where he share's recipes from his mother's cookbook.


Questions regarding his stories can be sent to editor@whatsupyukon.com.

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Issue: 2017-12-06, PHOTO: Lisa Martin

Art can be in the form of a pencil, paintbrush, or even a scroll saw. My husband and local artist, Murray Martin has been both an outdoor and political columnist for over half a century and his creations just keep getting bigger... more

Dec 6, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2018-02-14, PHOTO: Pixabay

I received a question on just how long you should extend the freezing time of wild, big game meat. There are lengths of time that wild meat should be in the freezer. Big game such as moose, deer, caribou and elk should be kept in freezer for no... more

Feb 14, 2018 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2018-02-07, PHOTO: Pixaby

When one walks along the rim of the autumn of one’s life, they can’t help but to look back to the yesterdays – the “good old days.” At the same time one questions if the “tomorrows” will also be filled with equal memories, when they too become the... more

Feb 7, 2018 12:00 AM Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2018-01-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

Newfoundland Oyster Soup Ingredients 1 cup milk 8 oysters more

Jan 31, 2018 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2018-01-17, PHOTO: Pixabay

As a youngster back in the 1950s, one of our responsibilities was to go out in the open fields and pick fresh mushrooms – and to know the good from the bad. There are hundreds of different kinds of mushrooms and some types contain the lethal... more

Jan 17, 2018 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-12-20, PHOTO: Pixabay

Back in the 1930s and 40s mom baked her own goodies and desserts were homespun and knowing just what was in those delightful desserts. They also tasted far better than the modern off-the-shelf desserts... more

Dec 20, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-12-20, PHOTO: courtesy of Murray Martin

Before I was married, and my wife Lisa and I moved to the Yukon, my home was built on the northern borders of the Township of Oro-Medonte, in Central Ontario, where I just happened to be the deputy mayor. It is a land of rolling hills, valleys and... more

Dec 20, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2017-12-13, PHOTO: Pixabay

In the early 1970s my brother was killed shortly before Christmas by a drunken driver. He left behind four children, one of whom was a police officer in the city they lived in, back in Ontario. I sat down and wrote the following poem. It was... more

Dec 13, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-12-13, PHOTO: Pixaby

Evolution is an amazing thing and for the beaver, it has taken millions of years. Once almost 8 feet long some thousans of years ago, now the beaver, even though it continues to grow all its life, it will be lucky if it reaches four feet in length... more

Dec 13, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2017-12-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

If you like homemade bread, then let me take you back to my mother’s kitchen, back to the 1950s. Those were the days when men never wore their hats in a building when a lady was present, when men always opened the door for a lady and never walked... more

Dec 6, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-11-29, PHOTO: Murray Martin

Picture this: an animal that lived in our waterways, here in Canada that was close to 8 feet long, big chisel teeth and could swim above and below the water line. Of course you would have had to live a few thousands of years ago. It was a beaver... more

Nov 29, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2017-11-22, PHOTO: Pixabay

Having grown up in the 1930 and 40s, I was used to homemade food such as pancakes, bread and fresh-from-the-garden homemade soups. Nothing was prepared in cans from the grocery store that had sat on the shelves for months. The only thing spread on... more

Nov 22, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-11-15, PHOTO: Murray Martin

The late 1950s and ’60s were exciting years for this young 24-year-old Conservation Officer in Ontario. My first three winters in the eastern part of the province were spent doing a life study of a bird known as the Hungarian partridge... more

Nov 15, 2017 12:00 AM Yukoners Pets

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Issue: 2017-11-08, PHOTO: Foter.com

Flemish Beef Stew Chicken Tetrazzini Cabbage Pigs and Sauerkraut Baked Pork Chops Liver Casserole Hot Pot Luck more

Nov 8, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: courtesy of Murray Martin

Bringing up a family back in the 50s and 60s was much different than the modern rush to get through life of today, which is mostly controlled by computers and a lack of one-on-one, face-to-face communication. Being brought up in the 30s, during... more

Nov 1, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-10-11, PHOTO: Larsjuh - Flickr

The way to spoil a successful hunt is to cook your harvest in the same way as you would farm raised animals. A good idea is to have a qualified butcher cut the meat up properly and follow big game cooking procedures, not in the manner that... more

Oct 11, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-10-04, PHOTO: Pixabay

Baked Fish and Vegetables 4 large mushrooms, sliced 1 cup peas 2 chopped white onions more

Oct 4, 2017 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Murray Martin

Last week I met a husband and wife in a local grocery store. The kind lady said she liked my columns on kayaking and the outdoor ventures to some amazing places, but not about hunting and killing animals. “Why do you hunt animals?” she asked. more

Sep 20, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Some people mix in wild game meat with domestic meats recipes, but to get the true taste of wild meat you simply don’t substitute wild meat on a domestic recipe. more

Jul 27, 2017 1:10 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Graphicstock

When out on a day’s fishing and you don’t catch one of those big clunkers, don’t be dismayed. You can make a great chowder with little fish too! Gary Hill, one of the very best fishing guides out of Atlin gave me his secret fish chowder recipe. more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Courtesy of Murray Martin

The other day when I was to walk into the grocery store, I stopped to allow the lady behind me to go ahead of me. Then as I walked in behind her, I took my hat off and put it in the cart. She said, “That was so very nice and I miss that.” It was a... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History