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Eye on the Outdoors

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.

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. Read more

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Issue: 2019-12-04, PHOTO: courtesy of Murray Martin

There is a right way and a wrong way to cook your wild meat, but there is one other thing you should know about getting the best taste possible and that is freezing storage time. Once wild meat has been left too long in the freezer the taste starts t Read more

Recipes

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Issue: 2019-11-20, PHOTO: courtesy of Murray Martin

There are many canoe paddles on the market today, made in many styles, of many materials. The key to buying one to fit you personally is appreciating the adventures you will be undertaking in your canoe. Read more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2019-11-13, PHOTO: Murray Martin

In the autumn of one's life, one often sits back in the easy chair and rehashes all the good and the bad, the indifferent and some moments I don’t care to ever disclose. Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2019-11-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

Like most, I used to just take the butterfly for granted. Like most, I never gave it a thought other than that it was nice to see one. I lived in the more northern-central part of Ontario. Read more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2019-10-23, PHOTO: Pixabay

Living the life of a conservation officer is truly a blessing. I doubt very much if any other occupation can bring you so close to the natural world. Read more

Yukon Wildlife

There is an old saying, "I can’t see for looking." That could be very true when it comes to actually seeing a "walking stick." The walking stick is a most interesting insect to study. Being from Ontario, where there are plenty of these insects, I had Read more

Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2019-10-02, PHOTO: courtesy Murray Martin

Back in the early 1970s I wrote a monthly outdoors column for an Ontario outdoors magazine. One evening, after a day spent hunting moose, we pulled the canoe up on the sandy shore of an island and started a small campfire a short distance from our... Read more

Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2019-09-04, PHOTO: Pixabay

As mentioned in last week’s column, bats across the globe have an undeserved reputation. The little brown bat that inhabits this part of the world is only one of the 2,000 kinds of bats out there. Read more

Yukon Wildlife

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PHOTO: Murray Martin

Back in the 1930s and 40s, many weird stories hung from the tails of bats—they would get tangled in your hair, they were mixed up in witchcraft, a bite from a bat would condemn you to a life married to a witch. Read more

Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2019-08-21, PHOTO: Pixabay

If it’s worth going hunting for a big game treat, then it’s worth cooking that meat in the proper way. There is a big difference between cooking domestic meat and wild game. Let’s not spoil the gift of the hunt for a misfortune in the kitchen. Read more

Recipes

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Issue: 2019-08-14, PHOTO: Murray Martin

Red squirrels are a fascinating part of the outdoor life. They also can be an intentional nuisance to your pet dog. We often watch Red, the red squirrel that inhabits our backyard, as he torments Avalanche, our Siberian husky, daily. Read more

Yukon Wildlife

How can I go out and shoot an animal? Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2019-07-24, PHOTO: Pixabay

With hunting season once again upon us, it’s time to attempt to read those hurried, scribbled-down notes of some great wild-game recipes that I have received from many of the big-game hunters I have met, or hunted with, over the years. Read more

Wild Harvest

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Issue-2019-07-10, PHOTO: Murray Martin / WUY File Photo

If I had to say which member of the bear family I mistrust the most, with little hesitation, I would say the black bear. This is backed up by an experience I had as a conservation officer at the Ottawa Sportsman show. Read more

Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2019-06-19, Pixabay

Fish management is an ever-changing science. With climate change at hand, it will present many unanswered questions about the future of fishing. Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2019-06-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

Once you cut a tree down, you can count the number of years it has stood by counting the annual rings around the stump. It might surprise many that you can get a pretty good idea how old a fish is by counting the rings on a single scale... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2019-05-29, PHOTO: Pixabay

A number of years ago, while writing outdoor columns for some Ontario newspapers, I touched on the subject of the anatomy of the sensory parts of animals and fish. After the publication hit the newstands, I walked into a coffee shop where a... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2019-04-03, PHOTO: Murray Martin

Hurlburt Enterprises is a well-known Yukon supplier of bug-killed firewood. I’ve been buying my woodstove firewood from them for years. Recently, Bob (like myself, an Ontario transplant) handed me a small package of 24 small cubes of fire starter... Read more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2019-03-27, PHOTO: Pixabay

Now that we’ve caught the fish, what do we do? Throw away the fish chain, remove the fish to a waterbox to keep the fish alive and replace it with an ice box. Keeping fish alive on a chain will cause deterioration and stress to the fish... Read more

Recipes

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Issue: 2019-01-30, PHOTO: Murray Martin

First and foremost … I have the greatest respect for all firefighters when they fight a fire—be it a house fire or a forest fire. As a conservation officer in Ontario, we were trained in fighting forest fires. It is one of the most-dangerous jobs... Read more

Yukon Summer