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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.  


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

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Pixabay

Thunder and lightning do not seem to be as common here in the Yukon as in southern Canada. However, lightning strikes are probably the most common cause of our forest fires. Lightning is a gigantic spark jumping between a charged cloud and the... more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Pixabay

Growing up in the 1930 and early 40s was tough times. First, there was the Great Depression, followed closely by the Second World War. For the average family, money was tough, far tougher than today and rabbits and hares often graced the supper... more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2017-04-26, Photo: Pixabay

Allow me to take you back in time to when the words of today had a great difference in meaning… Close your eyes… and go back in time… before the internet, Mac, Dreamcast, Playstation or Nintendo 64… away back, I’m talking hide and seek at dusk… more

Apr 26, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

Muffins are not only a treat, but a very healthy treat – especially when you bake them with fresh fruit. Here are some tasty muffin treats to try out. more

Apr 19, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Pixabay.com

My mother was a master cook sent down from heaven, and as she looks down upon me, I think back to the 1930 and 40s. I must come clean and admit it: I was the person always stealing those great sweet treats... more

Apr 19, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: Pixabay

Pike Chowder Supreme This will take some time, but it is time well spent. more

Mar 15, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: Pixabay

Let’s go back in time, say 60 some years ago. Potatoes in those days, in my mother’s kitchen, were an everyday vegetable and cooked in some tasty remarkable different ways. Here are some recipes for you to try. more

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

Banana bread and butter

Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Pixabay

Here are some good bread recipes from the 1950s. more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: Pixabay Photo

For those who don’t like the taste of fish, the reason is because of the lack of proper handling of the fish from the time it is caught to the minute it is served. It might come as a surprise to some, but a fish starts to deteriorate the minute... more

Feb 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: Pixabay

Allow me take you back to some 65 years to a recipe dated in my mother’s hand written book as 1951. That was a memorable year for me as I had waited patiently for years to reach 18, so I could join the Air Force without my parent’s consent... more

Feb 8, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-02-01, ILLUSTRATION: graphicstock.com

Allow me to take you back to 1950s when we cooked in a specific way. At a time when we still did not rely on canned goods and most items came fresh from the garden. The following is an example of such. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: by Murray Martin

With the hunting season upon us, it’s time for some special big game recipes. First of all, there is just about no part of a moose that you can’t eat and enjoy. What better to start with than Baked Moose Tongue. more

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM Recipes

Apples

Issue: 2016-09-29

Apple Pandowdy Ingredients: 4 cups peeled, cored and sliced apples 1 cup brown sugar ¼ cup flour more

Sep 29, 2016 12:00 AM Recipes

As a Conservation Officer in Ontario in the late 1950s through the 1960s, I patrolled the St. Lawrence River to the Quebec border. I came upon a very strange group of people between five and 90 years old. They were in search of a specific species... more

Sep 22, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Hunting - Fishing

Warbler

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The male blackpoll warbler is only about 5 and a half inches in size. These birds are known for their forage on insects: come the fall migration they will gorge themselves on insects to a point of doubling their normal weight. Come the cool winds more

May 19, 2016 12:00 AM , Yukon Hunting - Fishing

Brown Bat

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Of all creatures I have had the to opportunity to be involved with, the bat is the most interesting. The bat is also a creatures that, outside of the science world, the general public knows very little about. more

May 8, 2016 10:38 PM , , Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-03-31, PHOTO: food.com

Apple Crisp 8 medium cooking apples 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp salt 1-1/2 cups brown sugar 1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour ... more

Mar 31, 2016 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2016-03-24, PHOTO: wikipedia.com

It will not surprise many that this little planet called Earth is covered by seventy percent water. What may surprise many is that the water on this planet holds close to an estimated 17,000 different species of fish. Fish have been found in... more

Mar 24, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2016-03-17, Photo: kozzi.com

The golfing season and duck hunting season have something in common. I am convinced that if a person took up both sports their problems would be greatly magnified. I came to this monumental conclusion when I was chasing golf balls on the number... more

Mar 17, 2016 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2016-02-18, PHOTO: kozzi.com

Back in the early 1960s, I spent a couple of years banding waterfowl in one of the newly-created marshes of the hydro project in Lake St. Lawrence, just west of Cornwall, Ontario. This is when I really got the opportunity to know the many features... more

Feb 18, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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