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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: 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

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Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

These days they are referred to as a “base layer” and are usually made from some very scientific-sounding material and come with a big, obvious logo to satisfy status-seekers. “Plastic” is another name for what they are made of... Read more

Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2019-01-16, PHOTO: Pixabay

In cold weather, a head without a hat on it can lose up to 50 per cent of your body heat and some of that wasted heat could have been going to your hands and feet to keep them warm. Your fingers and toes are the parts furthest away from the heat... Read more

Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2018-12-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

A lot of folks who are new to camping would rather use one of the new(er) camp stoves that will simmer or rage and that also have an electronic igniter, so you don’t even need a match to get it going. They run on cans of butane or propane, or... Read more

Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2018-11-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

If you have a big budget and a small appetite, freeze-dried meals will work to keep you healthy on the trail. I have always found the servings too small and I’d need two of them to fill me up. They are certainly convenient and super light to carry... Read more

Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2018-11-21, PHOTO: Pixabay

It’s quite amazing how many people (if they admit it) have had a potentially near-death experience in the outdoors. It’s rarely a plane crash or a boat-sinking experience. Actually, these situations are often due to inadequate planning or mistakes... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2018-11-14, PHOTO: Pixabay

Most Yukoners like to eat fish, but sometimes people want a different taste sensation. Here are some fairly simple options to try: Read more

Recipes

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Issue: 2018-10-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

It seems we are living in an age of electronic wizardry. Every season there is a raft of new GPS and communication devices as well as night-vision, heat sensors and range-finding scopes. In the current race to get all these new gizmos, we often... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2018-09-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

Schnitzel is really delicious and fairly simple to make, but there is a bit of cleanup afterwards. It can be made with just about any kind of meat or fowl, wild or domestic. It isn’t a very common dish locally and is really delicious using some of... Read more

Recipes

Good footwear is a key factor in having an enjoyable experience when exploring the outdoors

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Unless you are one of those people who cannot go anywhere except on a Quad, then your feet are still your primary means of travel. Our feet suffer less and work longer when they are cared for and housed in proper fitting, good quality footwear. Read more

Yukon Outside

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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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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. Read 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... Read 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... Read more

Yukon Food & Drink