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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: 2020-02-12, PHOTO: wikipedia

Anyone who says they can’t make bannock hasn’t really tried. It’s super simple. Everyone has the ingredients in their pantry and should make a point to have those same ingredients in a mouse–proof container in the camping box, or at the cabin... Read more

Recipes

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Issue: 2020-01-29, PHOTO: Pixabay

One of the main ingredients of doing mindfulness successfully is to be able to focus so that your brain and body can slow and calm down allowing you to relax. Read more

Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2020-01-22, PHOTO: Pixabay

More than 35 years ago, I was taught a simple meditation routine. I did not then or now completely understand the mechanics of the routine, but I did it daily for a year or so. Read more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2020-01-15, PHOTO: Pixabay

It’s hard water fishing time again and like every other year, we will hear news of trucks, snow machines and people going through the ice. Those events can be very dangerous and costly, even if your auto insurance does cover you. Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2019-12-23, PHOTO: Pixabay

n my fairly lengthy experience dealing with kids in and about outdoor activities, I have found that they are like sponges when it comes to absorbing information. It is rare to find a child who isn’t interested in nature and the environment. Read more

Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2019-12-11, PHOTO: Pixabay

One of the more common errors made by someone young or otherwise inexperienced in selecting a knife is to buy something big (heavy) with a thick, long blade. Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2019-11-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

Different knives are for different purposes, so peeling potatoes is not as easy with a Leatherman as it is with a paring knife. If your budget allows it, I think a person who hunts and fishes needs three knives. Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

The peoples of the circumpolar regions have been keeping warm with the help of snow for thousands of years. Even today, they still use snow structures for hunt camps and emergency situations. They are probably a bit more resilient than most of us but Read more

Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2019-09-25, PHOTO: Pixabay

I frequently see trailered boats with the outboard in the “down” position. This increases the chances of  damage to the lower unit or broken prop blades from rocks thrown up by the truck or the trailer tires. If you must use the “down” position... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2019-07-24, PHOTO: Pixabay

Foul weather can wreck more than your mood when you’re out camping and hunting moose. Fortunately, there are a few simple tips and tricks that can make a huge difference in the case of unexpected events. Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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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: 2019-05-15, 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