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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.

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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

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Issue: 2019-01-23, PHOTO: Pixabay

Each year, just as New Year’s rolls around, I place this on the front page of my new diary so when I open it and read each line, it will help me to make my way through the on coming days of another year. I pass this on to you, with hopes it will... Read more

Yukon Families

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Issue: 2018-12-12, PHOTO: Murray Martin

I will go out on a limb by saying that most people who are going into the backlands do not carry a GPS or a compass. I have written about how a wristwatch is also a compass, but lets say, regardless of these comments, that you do find yourself... Read more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2018-08-29, PHOTO: Murray Martin

The life and times of wildlife is an amazing to study; for example, did you know that a genus of beaver was once the size of a bear, and the horse was the size of a German shepherd? But, personally, other than facing a mad wolverine, I would say... Read more

Yukon Wildlife

Eye on the Outdoors

Murray Martin

It may be hard to visualize, but there was a genus of beaver the size of a black bear (and some horses were as small as German shepherds). Read more

Yukon Wildlife

Mosquito

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Mosquitoes, black flies, mites and just about every other insect alive are out there waiting for you. There are countless insect sprays, also out there for the customer to buy, that contain chemicals that can harm the skin or even worse. Read more

Yukon Outside

Murray shares some meat pie and quiche recipes

Credit: brizzle born and bred on Foter.com

When preparing to cook any wild game meat, try to remove as much of the fat as possible as this is where the game taste lingers. To reduce the game taste you can rub prepared mustard over the meat and leave it for a couple hours, then wash it off and Read more

Recipes

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Issue: 2018-07-25, PHOTO: tvol on Foter.com

Light and moist ... but never overpowering Stuffing for fish, birds or game should never be overpowering. When preparing stuffing, make it moist and fragrant. Lean meats, such as predator fish, generally tend to be dry and therefore require moist... Read more

Recipes

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Issue: 2018-07-25, PHOTO: Pixabay

One of the best-tasting meats comes from game birds. Stripping the bird of all of its bones should be your first step … and the next step, after cooking, is to enjoy... Read more

Recipes

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Issue: 2018-07-25, PHOTO: Pixabay

The first thing you should do after taking a hunter safety course is to go to the nearest shooting range and ask for help in getting to know your rifle. The rifle you choose for hunting is a debate that is never brought to a single conclusion … Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2018-07-25, PHOTO: Pixabay

Northern Pike On land we have voracious bears that will eat almost anything. In the rivers and lakes, without a doubt, the most voracious fish in North America is the northern pike. Pike are solitary fish that seldom travel with others of their... Read more

Recipes

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Issue: 2018-07-25, PHOTO: Pixabay

Trout and salmon Preparing trout for cookery: It is most important to prepare your trout royally before putting it in the pan. This is important, especially for lake trout, as they have a noticeable amount of fat along the abdomen as well as along... Read more

Recipes

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Issue: 2018-07-25, PHOTO: Edsel L on Foter.com

You don’t have to be a big-game hunter to enjoy wild meat. As a youngster, back in the 1930s and ’40s, I looked forward to a dish of rabbit. Basically, we got our cottontails with the use of a ferrite, but by age 13 we had also been trained to... Read more

Recipes

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Issue: 2018-07-25, PHOTO: Pixabay

What colour of bait is best? Most fishermen stand in front of fishing-tackle boards in the store and think, If I was a fish, I would go for that colour. Problem is, they may tell “fish tales,” but they don’t have fish vision. Fish have what is... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2018-07-11, PHOTO: Pixabay

So you think you can’t get lost ... Well, I know some experienced hunters who have spent years hunting in the backlands who have gotten lost. I have also found myself lost, but that was due to an injury and panic. You go afield without your... Read more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2018-04-25, PHOTO: Pixabay

Now that you have your moose or deer meat in the freezer, it’s time to get serious about cooking it the outdoors way, inside. Read more

Recipes

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Issue: 2018-02-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

One of the best ways to assure the very best taste of your fish is to kill it immediately after landing it. Throw away the fish chain and any containers that just hold water. Just don’t use them. Both of these sources will encourage the fish to... Read more

Recipes

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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... Read more

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... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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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... Read more

Yukon Winter

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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