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.

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Issue: 2018-03-21, PHOTO: Carol (vanhookc) on

In a recent article on uses for ground meat, I intentionally left out soup so I could do this article on that topic. Burger soup is surprisingly easy to make and I am satisfied it will please even the most discriminating taste buds... more

Mar. 21, 2018 midnight Recipes

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Issue: 2018-03-07, PHOTO: Pixabay

Ground meat is certainly one of the results of just about any successful hunt and this includes birds. With a little thought, there are a number of ways to use burger besides simple, but great tasting, hamburgers. Grinding your own meat saves a... more

Mar. 07, 2018 midnight Yukon Food & Drink


Issue: 2018-02-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

Ropes are the long standing traditional way to fasten or tie things down. These days, those ratchet devices with straps and hooks have replaced knots and loops. For some of us older people, ropes are still the logical tie-down tool. I have found... more

Feb. 28, 2018 midnight Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2018-02-14, PHOTO: Pixabay

The suggestions I make here also apply to a November Dempster Highway caribou hunt, but our big winter hunt is for wood bison and certain rifle care options should be considered for this hunt in extreme cold conditions. more

Feb. 14, 2018 midnight Yukon Hunting - Fishing


Issue: 2018-02-07, PHOTO: Pixabay

Tenderloin and backstraps (striploin) get all the hype regarding being the most tender cuts off any wild game animal. They have a good reputation as they usually are tender unless they aren’t cooked properly – which is very often as many people... more

Feb. 07, 2018 midnight Yukon Hunting - Fishing


Issue: 2018-01-24, PHOTO: Pixabay

This past summer was frenzy of unwanted bear behaviour. Western/northern Canada and Alaska saw a high number of maulings and close encounters with both black and grizzly bears. In many bear encounters the likely cause can be traced back to... more

Jan. 24, 2018 midnight Yukon Hunting - Fishing


Issue: 2018-01-17, PHOTO: Pixabay

In modern times oil or kerosene burning lamps are used more as part of décor than to throw light on a situation. People nowadays run electric lights – either battery powered or using electricity – from the grid or a small generator. more

Jan. 17, 2018 midnight Yukon Lifestyle


Issue: 2017-12-20, PHOTO: thepinkpeppercorn on

After a few years of effort trying to put this plan together, the Yukon is now up and running with a “Hunters For The Hungry” type of meat sharing program. “Hunters For The Hungry” is in place in all 50 states in the United States and a similar... more

Dec. 20, 2017 midnight Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2017-11-22, PHOTO: Internet Archive Book Images via

Due to knee, back and hip problems, I haven’t slept in a tent for four to five years. It was always a great experience, sleeping on the ground on ensolite pads in small tents in remote locations. Having good equipment and being worn out from a... more

Nov. 22, 2017 midnight Yukon Hunting - Fishing


Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Pixabay

It may come as a surprise, but more people are affected by, and die from, hypothermia in summer and other seasons than in the winter. That may be due to people being more prepared and being more careful in winter. more

Sep. 20, 2017 midnight Yukon Summer

Grizzly Bear


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 a.m. Yukon Wildlife


Issue: 2017-07-05, PHOTO:

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. 05, 2017 midnight Yukon Food & Drink


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 midnight Yukon Wildlife


Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Pixabay

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

Jun. 14, 2017 midnight 1 Comments


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. 07, 2017 midnight


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 midnight Yukon Wildlife


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 midnight


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 03, 2017 midnight Yukon Wildlife


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 midnight

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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 midnight Yukon Hunting - Fishing