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Step Outside columnist Larry Leigh is an avid angler, hunter and all-round outdoors person who prefers to cook what he harvests himself. He is a past president of the Canadian Wildlife Federation and retired hunter education coordinator for the Government of Yukon.


Grizzly Bear

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Sadly some human errors are fatal mistakes when bears are involved. Bears are somewhat predictable, but there are many exceptions to that rule. As a result, humans must always err on the side of caution when in bear country. more

Jul 26, 2017 1:19 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2017-07-05, PHOTO: Pixabay.com

Not too many years ago, I discovered oyster sauce during a barbecue at a friend’s house. I wasn’t sure what the new flavour was, but I really enjoyed it. I have passed on the secret to many others since then and all who have tried it rave about it. more

Jul 5, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

Just two weeks ago – and many times over the past – I’ve heard people say they saw a grizzly bear along the road or out in the wilderness. In many cases I have asked why they were sure it was a grizzly bear and all too often the only reason is... more

Jun 28, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Pixabay

Fire up the barbecue, here’s another never-fail salmon recipe. more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes 1 Comments

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Issue: 2017-06-07, PHOTO: Graphicstock

This shish kabob recipe works well, but be gentle as rough handling will cause the cooked fish pieces to break and fall off the skewer. more

Jun 7, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Tammy Beese

It’s that time of the year again, the bears are out and we need a refresher on bear spray. It isn’t magic – and definitely not the solution to all bear problems – but with a little know-how it will keep you safe in most bear encounter situations... more

May 31, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Pixabay

Many household freezers have some – or even a lot – of salmon waiting their turn on the menu. Hopefully all our salmon is wild salmon and not the farmed Atlantic Salmon that is so common in stores these days. Farmed salmon looks and sounds to be... more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Pixabay

Coyotes inhabit everywhere from Central America to the Canadian territories. Originally they resided in the west, but now they reside all across Canada including Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland since the 1980s – they crossed over when ice... more

May 3, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2017-04-26, Photo: Pixabay

I bet you can get your kids or even adult veggie haters to enjoy them done on the barbecue. Here are three simple and very tasty methods. more

Apr 26, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-03-15, Photo: Pixabay

On a recent half-day ice-fishing adventure with our son, I got to experience some of the benefits of a portable burn barrel that he has been using for the past five or six years. He puts it to use throughout the year, but spring/autumn hunts and... more

Mar 15, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: Pixabay.com

“It will take a few minutes.” Almost all the time, taking a few minutes to get a fire going is an acceptable part of the outdoor adventure. There are some semi-emergency or worse situations where we need the fire going right now and a few minutes... more

Mar 15, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2017-02-15, Photo: Pixabay

Winter is the time for socializing around the wood-stove at the cabin or just in the living room at home. We all want to be warm and welcoming, but when people “just drop by” we get nervous about what we can feed them as far as snacks and... more

Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Graphic Stock

The equipment needed to start out fishing can be very expensive and it’s really easy to spend a lot more than you need to. One of the first things a prospective angler needs to learn is that the huge rack of lures and accessories was made more to... more

Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Hunting - Fishing 1 Comments

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Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: GraphicStock

Woodstoves are still a very traditional heat source for our homes and cabins. Firewood and stoves have always been messy with chips and bark in a trail from the woodpile to the stove, but it’s the way of the north. Sadly firewood isn’t as close... more

Feb 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Lifestyle 1 Comments

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Issue: 2017-01-18, Photo: graphicstock

I feed the birds in winter because it makes me feel good to do it and the birds certainly seem to enjoy it as well. Squirrels certainly take advantage of the situation, but seem to be much less interested in the feeders that do not contain... more

Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: Meagan Deuling

I have about 15 or so cast iron pots and pans with six or seven of them in constant use. The others, too good to pass by, are kept seasoned and see occasional use. At least one fry-pan is too big for regular use, but ideal for making breakfast... more

Dec 21, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2016-10-19

Long before Teflon or other spray coatings were on your pots and pans, cast iron was easy to use and easy to clean. It’s been around for hundreds of years and although always heavy, was brought from Europe by the early settlers to North America. more

Oct 19, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink 1 Comments

This was an extreme situation, but I once pulled up to the ramp to put my boat in the water and a Zodiac owner had just pulled his inflatable out of the water and onto the ramp. He and his companion then proceeded for at least half an hour to... more

Sep 8, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

Walking

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Walking is still one of the most enjoyable and inexpensive ways to maintain a modicum of fitness. A favourite excuse is being too busy, but if you look at your schedule there are always some real time-wasters in it and that time can be used for more

May 19, 2016 12:00 AM , Yukon Active

DIY Campfire Treats for Kids

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Just building and helping to keep a fire going is great fun for kids of all ages. There is something magical about being near an open fire. A fire is even more of a happy time when incredible edibles are created even by closely supervised toddlers. more

May 12, 2016 12:00 AM , Yukon Families