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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: 2019-11-20, PHOTO: courtesy of Murray Martin

There are many canoe paddles on the market today, made in many styles, of many materials. The key to buying one to fit you personally is appreciating the adventures you will be undertaking in your canoe. Read more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2019-11-20, PHOTO: Murray Martin

Let me take you back to the 1940s when Mom did not rely on buying her salads from the local grocery stores. These were the days you knew where the products came from and mostly it was Dad's garden. Read more

Recipes

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Issue: 2019-11-13, PHOTO: Murray Martin

In the autumn of one's life, one often sits back in the easy chair and rehashes all the good and the bad, the indifferent and some moments I don’t care to ever disclose. Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2019-11-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

Like most, I used to just take the butterfly for granted. Like most, I never gave it a thought other than that it was nice to see one. I lived in the more northern-central part of Ontario. Read more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2019-11-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

If you have never actually used a fresh steamed pumpkin when baking, rather than buying cans of pumpkin, I might suggest you give it a try. It’s a little more work, but well worth the effort. Here are a few suggestions for baking pumpkin treats. Read more

Recipes

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Issue: 2019-10-23, PHOTO: Pixabay

Living the life of a conservation officer is truly a blessing. I doubt very much if any other occupation can bring you so close to the natural world. Read more

Yukon Wildlife

There is an old saying, "I can’t see for looking." That could be very true when it comes to actually seeing a "walking stick." The walking stick is a most interesting insect to study. Being from Ontario, where there are plenty of these insects, I had Read more

Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2019-10-02, PHOTO: courtesy Murray Martin

Back in the early 1970s I wrote a monthly outdoors column for an Ontario outdoors magazine. One evening, after a day spent hunting moose, we pulled the canoe up on the sandy shore of an island and started a small campfire a short distance from our... Read more

Yukon Summer

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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: 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