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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.


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:

“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: 2017-03-15, 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


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


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: 2017-02-08, 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


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


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 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

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

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Issue: 2016-03-31,

Whether on a ski trek hike or bike trip, the mornings are chilly and the toughest part of the whole day is unzipping your sleeping bag and getting up. With a companion, we are all guilty of trying to pretend to be asleep in the hopes they will get... more

Mar 31, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2016-03-17, Photo:

All the safety rules in the world have no effect if they aren’t followed. Too many people just think, “It can’t happen to me,” and off they go, oblivious to possible danger. In recent years with our now super-powerful snow-machines, more and more... more

Mar 17, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Winter


Issue: 2016-03-10, PHOTO:

Until the mid to late 1800s, all firearms were muzzle-loaders, which, as the name implies, had to be loaded singly by pushing the components - powder, patch and projectile - down the barrel from the muzzle. This loading process made them slow to... more

Mar 10, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Hunting - Fishing


Issue: 2016-02-11, PHOTO:

If you had a good grouse harvest or are just looking for a different way to serve them, follow this easy recipe. more

Feb 11, 2016 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2016-01-21, Photo:

Winter is the busiest and most abusive time of the year for axes. They get a solid workout in the fall when we split the majority of our firewood, but all winter long they are used for making kindling as well splitting the rest of the wood. more

Jan 21, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Outside


Issue: 2015-12-17, PHOTO: wikimedia commons

Have you ever wondered why bullet holes are all over the target; or, worse, why you had a good sight-picture but the animal was poorly hit and escaped wounded? The first thing to check is your rifle and sighting system. Look for loose sights or... more

Dec 17, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Hunting - Fishing


Issue: 2015-12-10 PHOTO:

These days the word “cooler” can mean a pre-mixed alcoholic beverage, but it’s also the name of an insulated box to keep your food and drinks cool. Coolers come in various shapes, sizes and prices. A really large one seems like a good idea until... more

Dec 10, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Outside


Issue: 2015-11-26 PHOTO:

Tough or gamey meat is a real challenge for you and your family. If the first meal doesn’t come off well, you’ll have a hard sell to get them interested in the remaining 150 to 200 kilograms that remain in the freezer. What can we do to make that... more

Nov 26, 2015 12:00 AM Recipes