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Murray Martin

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.  Murray has a second column called My Mother's Kitchen where he share's recipes from his mother's cookbook.


Questions regarding his stories can be sent to editor@whatsupyukon.com.

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Issue: 2017-12-06, PHOTO: Lisa Martin

Art can be in the form of a pencil, paintbrush, or even a scroll saw. My husband and local artist, Murray Martin has been both an outdoor and political columnist for over half a century and his creations just keep getting bigger... Read more

Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2019-09-11, PHOTO: Pixabay

I love old-fashioned toasted raisin bread, but digging into some old recipes, I came across one for cranberry bread. Checking our cupboard, the only thing missing was the cranberries, but you could experiment with just about any berries. Read more

Recipes

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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

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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

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

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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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: 2019-06-26, PHOTO: Navin75 on Foter.com

Fish are one of the most healthy foods you could eat. Growing up in the 30s and 40s, it was a lot cheaper to put food on the table by fishing and hunting than by buying it at the grocery store. Read more

Recipes

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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: 2019-06-12, PHOTO: Pixabay

Some kids eat their meals just to get to the desserts. I can well remember when dear old Mom would tell me to eat my supper because it was good for me. Read more

Recipes

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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: 2019-05-22, PHOTO: Pixabay

Chili con carne Now we are going back in time to the 1940s, before the days of questionable, pre-cooked contents in a box. The meal of the day was chili con carne. We had a big family, so cut this one down accordingly. Try it once and you’ll be... Read more

Recipes

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Issue: 2019-05-22, PHOTO: Murray Martin

Hello Everybody, We invite you to share your photos of Yukon life. Email your high-resolution images with a description of what’s going on to editor@WhatsUpYukon.com. Read more

Yukon See It Here

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Issue: 2019-05-08, PHOTO: Pixabay

In the 86 years since I was born, I’ve been admitted to nine different hospitals from Fredericton to Vancouver and from Whitehorse to Toronto. The causes were hockey, football, boxing, aging and sometimes just stupidity... Read more

Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2019-05-01, PHOTO: Pixabay

Here are some old and mostly forgotten meals that still linger on my taste buds and I, once again, long to dig into the good ol’ days with some of these home-cooked meals... Read more

Recipes

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Issue: 2019-04-17, PHOTO: Pixabay

First of all, let’s return to the 1930s and make our pancakes in a real heavy iron pan. The pan is ready for the mixture when you can drip a couple water droplets into the pan and they retain their shape for a few seconds... Read more

Recipes

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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