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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: 2018-06-27, PHOTO: Pixabay

Axes are very useful tools here in the north where campfires, bonfires and wood stoves are a big part of life. Everybody has at least one tucked away somewhere. I recently did an inventory and found that I had 11 or so, including mauls, splitters... more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2018-05-30, PHOTO: Pixabay

Even shooters in their 20s have had cartridges invented, failed to catch on, and disappeared in their lifetimes. Not so with the six I’ll mention in this short article. These cartridges are still quite popular throughout the world and that... more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2018-05-23, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

The first rule is that it has to be fun or it will fail. Yukon has a long-running pothole lake fish stocking program. There are 18 of these lakes and six or seven of them are in or near Whitehorse. Others are within a 2-hour drive. These lakes are... more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2018-05-16, PHOTO: Pixabay

My partner in life is superbly skilled in a variety of areas, but shopping and anything to do with retail is her true forté. Of course there are some areas where she knows that her expertise is limited, so she just avoids those situations... more

Yukon Local Business

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Issue: 2018-05-09, PHOTO: Pixabay

When I arrived in the Yukon in 1977, I found the fishing was unbelievable even close to home and that suited me because I really liked to fish. Now 41 years later I still enjoy angling, but I am not quite so driven to catch a lot of fish... more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2018-05-02, PHOTO: Pixabay

The classic and enduring scout motto applies everywhere in life, but especially out on the land. It is absolutely amazing how even a little preparation can get us through challenges that could be insurmountable without a bit of prep time... more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2018-04-18, PHOTO: Pixabay

It really wasn’t too many years ago that campsites could be obvious almost forever due to the accepted practices of the day. Tents were different with straight sides, sloped roof and no floor. We kept the interior dry by trenching around the tent... more

Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2018-04-11, PHOTO: Pixabay

Sadly, black bears have an undeserved reputation of not being very good to eat. A number of Yukon hunters, including me, will dispute that thought as black bear is just as delicious any other animal hunted for meat in the Yukon. As with any hunted... more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2018-03-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

People who don’t like jerky are really in the minority. In some cases it is the result of trying someone’s product that is totally unchewable or so spicy that the only flavour is the spice, not the meat. more

Beverages

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

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

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

Yukon Food & Drink

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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

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

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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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

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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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

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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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

Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2017-12-20, PHOTO: thepinkpeppercorn on Foter.com

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

Wild Harvest

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

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

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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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

Yukon Summer

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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

Yukon Wildlife