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Larry Leigh

Larry Leigh

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.


Please send comments about his articles to wild@whatsupyukon.com.

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Issue: 2019-07-03, PHOTO: Pixabay

The Yukon bird since 1985, the ubiquitous raven arrives out of nowhere and disappears just as quickly. It all depends on the food supply. They are a very social bird, often seen in pairs, but also in great mobs especially in winter on a food source. Read more

Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2019-06-19, Pixabay

Pike are very common, not difficult to catch and are a delicious mild-flavoured fish. Their one big negative is that they have more bones than other fish, with those “Y” bones in a line along the thickest part of the fillet. Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2019-06-12, PHOTO: Pixabay

I’ve often wondered what it would be like to go camping, fishing, hiking or just relaxing by the fire without the abundance of biting insects that seem to enjoy the same places as we do. Read more

Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2019-06-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

Never far away, but hibernating for about six months over the winter, the bears are awake now and ravenously hungry. Actually, bears are always hungry. They have to bulk up to be ready to go to sleep in the fall. They are food processors... Read more

Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2019-05-15, PHOTO: Pixabay

Tinfoil, as it’s commonly called, is actually aluminum foil. While it’s not essential, it is a boon to the fine art of barbequing. One of the first things to understand is that it comes in various weights/thicknesses and strengths. Some of it is... Read more

Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2019-05-08, PHOTO: Pixabay

The planning had been done for the 13 participants, six students, six adults (staff and parents) and Hunter Education Coordinator, Jim Welsh. The Porter Creek Secondary School group was part of the Hunter Education’s (HEED program) annual support... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2019-04-24, PHOTO: Pixabay

Many situations need a fire, right now! It could be an emergency situation in your group, or something you come upon as you travel on the land. It may not even be a real emergency or survival situation, but it will be real soon if you don’t do... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2019-04-17, PHOTO: Wilson Hui on Foter.com

We all know that Ziploc bags are unbeatable for packaging the individual parts of your lunch, but they are far more versatile than that. Except for needing scissors or a knife to open the package, vacuum-sealing is even better than Ziploc, though... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2019-04-03, PHOTO: Pixabay

If you don’t make it fun, they won’t like it. Going out again will be unlikely. In that respect, it’s like summer fishing, only it’s cold as well as boring. Kids need to be entertained and that’s your job. They also do better if they have stuff to... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2019-03-20, PHOTO: Pixabay

A little planning and preparation can save your day in many situations. The winter bison hunts and Dempster Highway caribou hunts are true examples of the extremes in planning and preparation when it comes to snowmobile travel. Some operators, who... Read more

Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2019-03-13, PHOTO: Pixabay

From pleasure rides to bison hunts, snowmobiles have revolutionized backcountry travel in the winter. Sadly, too many people are not at all prepared for the possibility of the many life-threatening situations that can arise. Already this season... Read more

Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

These days they are referred to as a “base layer” and are usually made from some very scientific-sounding material and come with a big, obvious logo to satisfy status-seekers. “Plastic” is another name for what they are made of... Read more

Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2019-01-16, PHOTO: Pixabay

In cold weather, a head without a hat on it can lose up to 50 per cent of your body heat and some of that wasted heat could have been going to your hands and feet to keep them warm. Your fingers and toes are the parts furthest away from the heat... Read more

Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2018-12-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

A lot of folks who are new to camping would rather use one of the new(er) camp stoves that will simmer or rage and that also have an electronic igniter, so you don’t even need a match to get it going. They run on cans of butane or propane, or... Read more

Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2018-11-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

If you have a big budget and a small appetite, freeze-dried meals will work to keep you healthy on the trail. I have always found the servings too small and I’d need two of them to fill me up. They are certainly convenient and super light to carry... Read more

Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2018-11-21, PHOTO: Pixabay

It’s quite amazing how many people (if they admit it) have had a potentially near-death experience in the outdoors. It’s rarely a plane crash or a boat-sinking experience. Actually, these situations are often due to inadequate planning or mistakes... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2018-11-14, PHOTO: Pixabay

Most Yukoners like to eat fish, but sometimes people want a different taste sensation. Here are some fairly simple options to try: Read more

Recipes

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Issue: 2018-10-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

It seems we are living in an age of electronic wizardry. Every season there is a raft of new GPS and communication devices as well as night-vision, heat sensors and range-finding scopes. In the current race to get all these new gizmos, we often... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2018-09-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

Schnitzel is really delicious and fairly simple to make, but there is a bit of cleanup afterwards. It can be made with just about any kind of meat or fowl, wild or domestic. It isn’t a very common dish locally and is really delicious using some of... Read more

Recipes

Good footwear is a key factor in having an enjoyable experience when exploring the outdoors

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Unless you are one of those people who cannot go anywhere except on a Quad, then your feet are still your primary means of travel. Our feet suffer less and work longer when they are cared for and housed in proper fitting, good quality footwear. Read more

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