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Hunting the Elusive Chanterelle

I needed an experienced guide!

Finding and identifying wild edible chanterelle mushrooms can be very rewarding, but requires experience and expertise. I had the reference material, I had done the homework, but I lacked the real world experience. I jumped at the opportunity to get some time out with someone who had experience in identifying the chanterelle mushroom. Having lived in the area nearly his whole life, Ken Budaker was well equipped and familiar with picking chanterelles. I was grateful for Ken’s time and experience.  Thanks to his guidance I was rewarded with a bountiful harvest of delicious delicacies.


Chanterelle Pay Day! Our efforts were rewarded with a bounteous harvest of beautiful mushrooms

The Old Whopper Hollow Lodge.

Martin Budaker, 94 years young, built the Whopper Hollow lodge in the 1980’s. Closed now, it was once a hot spot for hunters and anglers from all over Europe and North America. Located on the serene Dungarvon River, it’s blissfully cut off from modern civilization.

Whopper Hollow Sign

A quaint hand painted sign identifying the lodge.

Ken Budaker, son of the original owner, maintains and manages the lodge now as a cottage and family retreat. Located deep in a predominantly coniferous forest it’s in an ideal location to start a hunt for wild chanterelle mushrooms!

Whopper Hollow Lodge

With 12 bedrooms, the Old Whopper Hollow Lodge makes a great family retreat! Thanks again Ken for your hospitality!

The Hunt Begins.

Unloading the troops for a mushroom hunt

Going on a mushroom hunt is a great opportunity to get the kids out to the woods.

Unloading the troops, Ken and I began searching while the kids ran amuck in the forest. Taking the kids on a mission like this is a great way to generate interest for the outdoors.

Some of our finds.

Chanterelle Patch

One of two very large patches of chanterelles we found

Larger Patch of Chaterelles

One of the other very large patches we found. In addition to a few big patches we found many other individual mushrooms and small clusters

Large Chanterelle

One of the largest we found. A beautiful specimen!

Our Day’s Adventure on YouTube

Check out my newest video offering on YouTube! Rather than trying to be an authority on mushroom identification, this video highlights the fun and adventure of searching for wild edibles.


This video is not intended to be an authority on mushroom identification! This video is a documentation of my observations only. Any wild edible, mushrooms in particular can be difficult to identify. As such, identification requires careful examination and expertise. Wrong identification could lead to sickness or even death!

A True Delicacy

Getting those chanterelles home and cleaned up was a real treat! My first successful chanterelle hunt! Ken says his favorite way to cook them up is sauteed with onions and garlic. I didn’t have any onions but I did have lots of garlic and real butter!

Examining the Chanterelles

Once we got back to the camp we examined and cleaned the chanterelles, making sure all were of the right species.

Cooking Chanterelle

Slow cooking over low heat is recommended. This will give the flavors time to blossom and for the sweet taste to develop.

Delicious Chanterelles

I love sauteed mushrooms! Any variety! But this was new, a treat, a rare delicacy! I was excited to try them for the first time!

Since then I’ve cooked up the rest. My favorite way so far is sauteed with butter, onions, garlic, shao xing cooking wine with garlic salt and onion powder and then scrambled up with eggs and cheddar cheese! Amazing! Words wont do the flavor justice!

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Flint & Steel Fire on the Dungarvon River

Hello again everyone. Ever feel like you don’t get enough practice at your traditional fire making skills? For example flint and steel fire? Join me on this backcountry adventure and let’s practice together.

flint and steel fire

Practicing flint and steel fire along the banks of the Dungarvon River.

The Majestic Dungarvon

This weekend past I was able to get some serious dirt time in the Canadian Boreal Forest. We stayed at a remote hunting camp on the Dungarvon River called The Whooper Hollow Lodge. Only accessible by four wheel drive, over severely washed out roads, it’s blissfully cut off from the rest of the world. It’s closed now but in it’s hay day it was a popular camp for hunters from all over North America to come for guided hunting and fishing in the New Brunswick bush.

Heading west from the camp, Jesse and I found a nice bank along the river to sit and chill out on for a while. A peaceful spot to make some tea and practice our bushcraft skills. This gave me an opportunity to attempt a flint and steel fire. I am still learning the technique, and I can tell it’s going to take years to perfect.

Dungarvon River

On the banks of the Dungarvon River. Famous for it’s Atlantic Salmon fishing! Cut off from regular roadways, the area is pristine and unspoiled.

Using Flint & Steel

The basic premise to flint and steel fire is using a piece of flint to shave tiny pieces of iron off the striker. The tiny filings basically rust so fast they catch fire. There are more in depth scientific ways to explain it, but honestly that’s basically it.

One thing to always think of when starting any kind of fire is advanced preparation. Especially with more difficult methods like flint and steel. You’ll want to make things as easy for yourself as possible to turn that tiny spark into a roaring fire.

Step by Step Instructions:
  1. Prepare your fire pit, kindling and fuel ahead of time.
  2. Prepare a combustible birds nest shaped tinder bundle of dried grass, cedar bark or some other dry highly flammable tinder.
  3. Prepare a brush bundle as an early kindling method for when that tinder bundle catches fire. Brush bundle could be dead fir or spruce branches or some other stiff dry brush material.
  4. Place some char material on flint piece. Holding flint at a 45 degree angle,  strike flint with steel trying to get a spark to form an ember on the char material.
  5. Nurse char ember into the bird’s nest and blow gently to form a bright hot coal.
  6. Move nearly flaming bird’s nest carefully into the brush bundle nursing the coal as you go, ensuring it doesn’t go out.
  7. Blow starting easily then getting stronger as the smoke increases until the bird’s nest erupts into full flame igniting the brush bundle.
  8. Add to fire pit, then pile on small kindling and eventually larger fuel.
  9. Don’t forget to prepare more char material for your next fire.


Striking flint with steel

With char material in place on the flint, hold flint pointed up at 45 degrees and strike down with steel.

dry grass fire starter

Using a birds nest of dry grass to hold an ember in a piece of char cloth.

brush bundle

A bundle of dry brush makes excellent kindling for your newly started fire. This bundle is dead fir and spruce branches.

char material

Preparing char material for your next flint and steel fire.

A Video Demonstration

Check out my new video where you can see this demonstrated! Enjoy beautiful scenery on the Dungarvon river, learn skills and more at Outdoor Adventurecraft on YouTube!

OneTigris Review

I was also privileged to bring you guys another OneTigris review! They sent me a beast of a pack!  Check out the video for a full review.

OneTigris Pack

Check out my new bug out/bushcraft pack from OneTigris. I love it! Thank you so much Han@OneTigris

Making Friends

Take a look at this monster. Likely one of the biggest spiders in Canada. More info can be found at…

dock spider

This guy tried to kill me! We call them wood spiders around here. But I believe they are also called dock spiders. This guy was along the river so I guess that name makes sense.

See You Soon

Well I hope you enjoyed your time on the Dungarvon River with us! It was a great day and I was glad to share it with you.

Heading home

Now to trek back to the camp. We found it easiest to just commit early to having wet feet and just walk in the river. Its a great way to stay cool too!

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Two ideal ridge line knots

Two knots that I personally love for tying up ridge lines are the anchor hitch/bend and the alpine butterfly. When combined these two knots provide an ideal high tension ridge line that doesn’t bind and can be easily untied.

Now you can use any number of knots to tie up a line but I personally use these two mainly because of the ease of untying them and I’m able to remember them… lol.

This picture shows a completed Anchor Hitch or Bend it’s also called.

anchor bend knot

The anchor hitch or bend is an ideal high friction knot

Here’s a look at the first major step and then the completed Alpine Butterfly.

Alpine Butterfly setup

The starting setup for the Alpine Butterfly as demonstrated in the video below.

complete alpine butterfly

The Alpine Butterfly when finished. Its a pretty knot actually.

First attach your line to one tree with the anchor hitch, then use the alpine butterfly to tension the line at the other tree and complete by finishing with a second anchor hitch. You can see this demonstrated in my video here…

Please forgive a few errors in terminology. The formation of the knots and demonstration were completely accurate… In a few instances however, when going “under” part of the knots, I was saying underhand. In reality when you bring your working part “over” the standing part, even if you then go “under” and through, you started by going underhand. I’m sure you can see how it can be a bit tricky to use exact term every time. I always want to be as clear as possible. I will improve and get better with each video in this series.

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Good Grief, Let’s eat!

Making a delicious meal while camping doesn’t have to be complicated. Maybe you have lots of different ingredients or maybe just a few. What really matters is sticking to a theme. For me it’s lots of smokey themes, brown sugar and BBQ flavors. Tender meats, sausages, stews, chili, and beans all are welcome fare.

When making camp meals be adventurous, no one will hold it against you. Remember, the candle light makes everything taste better.

When it comes to my camp gruel, the more variety the better! I love lots of different meats and beans. Sometimes to stretch it out, to feed more people, I will use cheap cans of tomato, vegetable, or beef n’ barley stew to expand the mix. That way the main flavors still are predominant and the filler doesn’t speak too loud. Don’t be afraid to experiment. You’d be surprised with the varieties you can come up with. Most of all have fun!

In this video we cook up some grub, cabin style! Come join us. Lots of meat and beans and chili! It was a nice night with lots of food and family. No one went to bed hungry, and we just woke up and kept right on cooking!

You like meat? Who doesn’t?! Personally I’m all about cooking over hardwood coals, and I’m a sucker for Montreal Steak spice! Just make sure with chicken and pork you cook it well done. Beef… Just wave it over the fire and it’s ready! But seriously, the only way to ruin a good steak is to over cook it… In my humble opinion.

Remember sometimes it’s the company we keep, not the food, that can make a meal.

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Eating Crow?

Join me for a relaxing walk and a little talk about hunting the common crow. Crow is a readily available survival food. Crows and Ravens can be found just about everywhere! When properly handled and prepared, crow can even be a delicacy!

This was my first try at crow hunting. Unfortunately I didn’t get one on this short trip, but we’ll get some next time! It was at least a very nice walk and I’m glad I could bring you with me!

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Emergency food Supplies

Have you ever worried about how you would get adequate nutrition in a disaster or emergency situation? You may not have access to enough food to stay alive! Check out this review of The Survival Tabs, an emergency meal replacement.

Here’s a quote from their website, “The Survival Tabs are meant to keep you alive and going for months at a time. A person can survive 4-5 months by eating The Survival Tabs exclusively. One daily serving of 12 tablets contains 240 calories, which gives the body the basic daily nourishment required when the recommended calorie intake cannot be met. The Survival Tabs eliminate the need to forage for food in situations where you are lost, stranded, or trapped”

I tried them and was impressed with their performance. I was able to put in a full days hard work relying on them as my staple food. I now keep them in my survival kits and bugout bags.

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My new Series, “Introduction to Knots”

Join me as I introduce my new series, “Introduction to Knots”. This beginner’s series is designed to help me learn and share with you a variety of simple knots. I’m really just getting started myself. I know just enough to get by. I hope to change that with this series and share some of what I learn. We can learn together!

This opening video focuses on terminology and how it applies to learning to tie more advanced knots as the series progresses. Stay tuned as the series applies itself to knots practical for use in a woodland setting.

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A Great Learning Tool!

Need a crash course in woodland survival? Join me for an inside look at Kullcraven Bushcraft’s “Lost or Stranded – Basic Survival” series! This is a no frills attached basic survival course packed into an almost 4 hour video series. Topics like gear, shelter, fire, water and rescue are covered and well demonstrated. It’s the real deal!

Whether you’re newly interested in woodland survival or an old pro, this series has something to offer everyone.

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Many Thanks!

Hi everyone, I wanted to take some time and just say thank you! Thank you all so much! Thank you to everyone on Facebook! Thank you to everyone on YouTube! Thank you especially to Steven, Tom, Wayne… you guys rock!

Each and everyone of you has made the experience of getting my channel started a good one! Without all of your support I simply wouldn’t be where I am now.

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Skills Development… an ongoing process!

Join me as I spend the night out with expert survivalist Wayne Russell from Kullcraven Bushcraft. Wayne shares skills such as how to properly construct a long fire, tips on shelter building, how to dig a gypsy well, and innovative ways to quickly purify water.

Come with us as we enjoy some good food, good times and some lovely scenery. New Brunswick is such a beautiful place.

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