Gametime Recipes: Tips on Ribs and a summer time meal

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Well Summer is here and people have taken the cooking outside. I am like every other red blooded American and love to cook on the grill. I am a propane griller and go through about 3 to 4 tanks a year.

With that said I will give you some tips on BBQing ribs, heck I am going to give you step by step on what I do.

I consider ribs the divas of the grilling meats. It needs alot of preperation and care but it will be well worth it. You can’t just throw the meat on the fire and expect them to be tender and juicey. There is about 4 hours to make these ribs awesome. 

1st is the dry rub. I like a balace with a little kick to my rub. Here is my rib rub.

1 tablespoon of : Campdog Cajun Seasoning  garlic powder/ garlic pepper/ salt/ peperika


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New Venture

Well, I have accepted a new project. It is a web channel call Pop. of Zer0. It is going to be a mockumentry about what goes bump in the night. It has a plot but no script, all adlibs around the story. The cool thing is we get the script about different ghost stories. We also will be going to real ghost towns and telling you about the history and stories behind them. A mockumentry if you will part truth, part fake, you need to do your own research to find out what is fictional. Sorta like Mikey Moore but with more facts and entertaining.

Here is a teaser

and here is the 1st episode

Now I will tell you this, Team Dirt is alive and well. Team Dirt has been scaled down with the orgianal members and basicly just me and a couple more guys. With people moving, getting better jobs the team suffered for people to better themselves. I have enjoyed editing the videos and this is just a natural step in my hobby.

Here is the writer Dennis Potvin wrote:
Just wanted to tell you about our new Facebook page/Twitter account/YouTube Channel all called POP. OF ZERO. It’s a web channel about Ghost Towns and other haunted happenings.

Population Of Zer0 (Pop. Of Zero) was created by producer-director Matt Woodbury (Team D.I.R.T.) and writer-host Dennis Potvin (Beat the Packers, Graverobbers Inc.) as a way to blend comedy and suspense in the same web program. Woodbury wanted a Blair Witch-style program, while Potvin wanted The Ghost & Mr. Chicken. The result is both funny and scary and family-friendly.

Please visit our FB page and see all our photos from visits to Michigan ghost-towns this past summer, then check out our first 15-minute episode of Haunted America, which is one of the shows we will produce on the Population of Zero channel.

It feels good to be on a project that has the same passion as me without wanting or expecting anything in return.

I hope you enjoy my new project, like I said Team Dirt is going to be around, just spearding my wings.

Drive safe!

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 November 15 in Michigan is a day everyone know, even non hunters.  400,000 gun hunters head out to the woods.  This is a thought I had As I sat quietly 20 feet closer to God.  It was just getting light as legal shooting time approached.  Right at legal light a shot was fired in the distance, then another, then another.  I sat in my stand watching 2 deer under me.  As they walked through the woods unsuspectingly more shots rang out around the area just none were mine.  As the deer left my area a though came to my mind.  Who were those people shooting, what were they shooting at?, a buck of a lifetime, a spike, a doe, did the shot run true, did they miss.  Was it the person reading this right now.  I don’t know, but what I do know is as I’ve wrote before it’s all about the…

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How to get into the outdoor industry

I get emails or direct messages from Twitter or Facebook on how to get into the “outdoor industry”.

1st I want to thank the people up front that asked me, this is more of a hobby than anything. I will tell you how I started out and some tips.

I never really put much thought into it, until I decided to blog about this.

How I got into it kinda like the seven degrees thing, I never intended to have Team D.I.R.T. or have a blog with thousand of people reading it a year, it simply just happened. It was a natural, Darwin is still wrong about evolution, I might blog about that later…

It all started when my church wanted to have an outreach. I went home and made a proposal, when the pastor read it, he offered me a 3,000 square foot warehouse space. I thought we could make it into an indoor archery range. A close friend Randy had a pipe dream of a website where hunters and fishermen could together and share things so I called him, came up with a name and Compass was born.

We started out slow but certain guys started to hang out on a regular basis. Compass was doing well. A blogger became a regular had a blog, I started to read it, it was well written and started to search for other blogs, I started to not read all the outdoor magazines because quite frankly, the blogs I was reading were better and had more information. The blogger wanted to do an honest broadhead review, I offered we could use the indoor archery range. We did the review and I started to help him out in his outdoor group, things started to evolve and asked me to be a part of the team, I accepted.

That’s when I started to blog, soon after I started to video my adventures.

The outdoor group started out well, but like many things when it started to get big. Politics, egos, the way things were going wasn’t the original vision was intended and the loss of my mother my heart wasn’t into it, I quit.

I briefly was at a project, that was getting big way to quick and fizzled because of health reason from the founder, then I had a conversation with my brother.

He said that Compass was doing well but wasn’t hitting the whole demographics and talent. Soon after politics started to corrupt the indoor archery range by people outside Compass and was forced to close, even though we were doing well.  I prayed about it and out popped Team D.I.R.T. it was a natural progression.

While all this was happening I was still blogging, filming and being connected with people in the industry, bonding, becoming friends and help to promote products that I believe in without selling myself out and sharing my faith when they asked. My brother was right…AGAIN!

I can tell you being in the outdoor industry takes more than making a Facebook page, making a deer skull logo and posting pictures of what you killed or caught. It takes time, commitment, patience, flexibility and a vision of what you want to do.

Here’s a couple of questions you need to  ask yourself:

Why to I want to do this? (commitment)

Simple enough question, if it’s for free stuff. Don’t do it, the time and energy spent is not worth it.

What is my theme? (vision)

Again, simple enough question but legitimate question. If you are doing what everyone else is what is it that are you going to set yourself apart.

Is this a short-term or long-term project? (Time)

Can you picture yourself doing this in 2 years, Doing business on vacation or during holiday breaks? This will start out as a hobby but it takes work.

Now if you are confident that you want to be in the industry here are some tips to help you.

Set a goal

Short term and long term goal, what do you think you are going to be doing in a year and 5 years, set a realistic, obtainable goal.

Be patient

What ever you do, it will take time to get followers or people noticing you. Don’t get discouraged if your numbers are low.

Concentrate on what you are good at

Whatever you decide to do, do what come natural, if you are a great hiker don’t try to act like you know about duck hunting.

Be prepared on spending some money

What ever you want to do you need to promote yourself or your company this takes money. Build a website, get a logo and spend some money on advertising.

Be professional

If you write a letter or talk to someone on the phone whatever the outcome call back or write a e mail thanking for their time.

Be consistent

What ever you do have a timeline. If you aren’t consisant people will not find your content in a timely manner.

Have fun

If you feel pressured or it isn’t what you thought it was going to be, why do it?

Things NOT to do:

Don’t back stab

Trust me my back looks like a pin cushion, but guess what, those same people or teams or either gone by the wayside or nobody is following them.

Don’t be the next Bone Collector

It’s been done, find another angle.

Don’t fall short on your commitment

If you say you’re going to do something do it. This is a very small industry, a bad reputation is the scarlet letter.

Don’t bash companies

Again, this is a small professional business, if Company A sees you bashing Company B it is extremley unprofessional and uncalled for. I do have opinions but they don’t need to be aired in a public forum.


Well, that’s about it in a nutshell. I hope this helps if you want to email me feel free. Go to and you will find me under contacts.

Drive safe!

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Merry CHRISTmas from me to you

CHRISTmas Morning here at my household, no kids but I always get up early, not for presents but a time to reflect and think about things. I am so humbled what God has given me through the year and my life. On that note I want to say Merry CHRISTmas to everyone that has supported me, this blog and Team D.I.R.T. .

Here is one of my Christmas favorite songs from one of my favorite bands. Enjoy today and God bless you!

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Awesome knife, check out the review!



Lets check out the specs on this knife.

Serrated high carbon stainless steel drop point blade is ideal for edge retention and cutting rope
Ergonomic textured rubber grip maximizes comfort and reduces slippage
Stainless steel pommel at base of handle for hammering
Emergency whistle integrated into lanyard cord

Open length: 10.0″
Blade Length: 4.8″
Weight (with sheath): 14.7 oz.
Weight (no sheath): 11.2 oz.

Fire starter ferrocerium rod locks into sheath, striker notch incorporated into back of knife blade
Nylon Sheath
Lightweight, military-grade, mildew resistant
Land to air rescue instructions
Diamond sharpener integrated into sheath for on-the-go sharpening
Priorities of survival pocket guide contains Bear’s survival essentials

I received this knife for Christmas last year. I am a avid hunter and wanted the knife because I watch all the survivor shows on tv. I love Bear Grylls show and also if you have checked out…

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Give it a rest!

When senseless violence hits the presses it’s just a matter of minutes on any social media site there’s a flooding in about gun laws, pro or against, this made me sick. I’m disappointed in my conservative brothern.

I often say the left side is ignorant. Not this time. The pro gun community pounces on it too like a dog on a dropped juicy 2 pound t-bone.

Not that the left side spewed their propaganda, they did, but I expected that.

Why? To get a one up? To prove a point? Whatever it was it was in bad taste and wasn’t the time to talk about politics.

Over 20 people lost their lives, mostly children, in a recent tragedy and you want to go on a social media site an express your political views?

Shame on you.

People need to start to think on what they post. I seen numerous posts, or copy and paste posts they didn’t even talk about the fallen or their families.

Do people honestly think that when they post something on a social media site that it will somehow change people’s minds or the way they think? I know many people who do post don’t have friends on the other side of the fence. Is it so people will reply on their post justify their views?

I don’t know but I lost a lot of respect of people I have known for a long time.

I’m not the only one that thinks this here is a liberal view:
“…and additionally, for all of you deciding that this is the perfect time to start posting either pro- OR anti-gun opinions….. STOP! Just stop for one day. This is a time to mourn the loss of children, not jump on political bandwagons. Please… for one day… give it a rest”

Here is a conservative view:
I just got the opportunity to see what was going on in the FB world today, and I must say I’m disgusted. People using today’s tragedy to defend their political beliefs, “blame it on the guns” not on the sick, evil person that did this. Then we have the “how did God let this happen” people, your ignorance is repulsive. God didn’t do this, furthermore if you don’t thank God for the good things in li
fe, you have no right to blame him for the bad. You don’t get to pick and choose when you want there to be a God. It’s called free will, look it up. So instead of using this horrific tragedy as a step up to your soap box, hug your family, kiss your kids and be thankful for every second you have with them. That is all, goodnight.

These 2 people are as far apart on the political fence as it goes and agree.

Now the media and their bloodlust.
I don’t care if your black,white liberal or conservative, with the recent unnecessary violence that happened we as a society is sick of the media and the way they conduct their business.

Morgan Freeman’s brilliant take on what happened last week :

“You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.

It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed
people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.”

Thanks for reading
God Bless.


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Deer Disappearing

“You’re going to go out and kill a poor defenseless deer…” A quote from any ignorant person that doesn’t know about deer or any kind hunting in general. I won’t get into the deer and their senses, which is 100 times better than any human, just what God gave them for camouflage would make Bill Jordan or Toxy Haas blush. Here is a video I shot:

Now for all you nonhunters and hunters, you think they are still defenseless? That’s why hunters stimulate millions and millions of dollars to the economy and spend endless hours time scouting for deer.

Drive Safe!
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Great Gift Ideas for the Hunter

Well I guess this blog is an offical annual one now since I did one last year.  Boy do I have some cool stuff for you or the hunter in your family is going to love and use in the field. My wife loves that I hunt, it is easy for her to shop, she means well and I appreiciate that she is thinking about my favorite hobby, she often times doesn’t get me something that I need. That is why I started to blog about gifts, I have found some awesome items that the hunter in your family is going to love.

Tree Stand Up

I have been using this product for a couple year now and has really made putting my ladder stand up safely and effectively here is a video on them. As long as they keep making a different model we will make a different video:

The Silent Retriever
One of the coolest and practical items I have used in a long time


PR Signature Stabilizers
I can honestly say that this item has made me a better archer.

G5 Mag Loc 5 Arrow Quiver

Randy did a freat review on this incredible product check it out here:

Walleye 101

Can’t forget about the fishing fanatics…great website for the walleye hunters, walleye 101 has everything that the marble eye maniacs could want!


I know if Santa brings these gifts to the hunter in your family that he will be happy and a better outdoorsman too.

Drive Safe!

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Deer Camp: Now and Then

Well another opening seasoning has come and gone and yet another memory filled year. Opening day of gun season here in Michigan. The memories are filled with hunting and non hunting experiences.

Some non hunting:

I cut my finger and received 7 stitches and have permanent nerve damage in that finger.

Sprained my ankle the night before and had to walk a half mile to the blind. I did bag a deer that morning!

I forgot my boots at home. Not cool well it was cold VERY cold. I washed a old blanket and wrapped them around my shoes when I went to the blind.

A buddy throwing his back out picking up his gun opening morning.

and this year.., I’ll explain later.

Some hunting:

I shot 2 deer with one shot, a button buck was behind the buck, luckily I had 2 tags!

Hitting a 9 point perfect, found a warm peace of heart and it having NO blood trail at all.

A 100 class deer a shot went over on the neighbors property and not letting me go and claim him.

a buddy misses a nice 6 pointer at 10 feet with his shotgun, the year before he dropped a doe at 120 yards with the same gun.

Now this year.

This year is no exception, my heart is heavy this year because a family member has cancer, it is in God’s hands and I know he will do what is best, but I still have my head in other places when I am in the woods, it is usually a release but this year I am bringing the problems with me.

I was already blessed with a doe during bow season and I have a great friend, Mark, that came home after 20 years and is back in the hunting game and want him to get a deer.

Both of us couldn’t go up opening morning because I was waiting on an update on my family member and Mark made an appointment to the doctors, so we decided to hunt at Green Acres, a place where I have bagged numerous deer and the land owner has no restrictions. A place where Mark can see deer and maybe get a shot at one.

Opening morning, we arrived got our sitting assignments and went to the blinds. It was about 20 minutes after shooting light and 9 or 10 shots in the distance I seen a huge spike, the antlers must have been atleast 10 inches and decided to pass on then about 20 minutes later…BANG! I know the shot came from the land owner’s blind. He came and got me and told me he shot a doe. I got out of the blind and about 20 minutes later we got the guys together and started looking.

It was a great blood trail then it looked like a EMS deer came to the woods, either patched him up or took him to the deer hospital, because the blood just stopped. We laughed about how strong the deer are in this area, bionic even, but could do anything about it, the land owner decided to call it so we went back to get our stuff ready for Deer Camp.

I started to put my hunting clothes in the bag, Mark asked “Hey have you I seen his keys.” “Nope” I answered and looked over at him. He had a blank stare, not good.

We took apart the entire truck. No keys.

We look to and from the blind. No keys.

We looked where we tracked the deer. No keys.

We searched for a good 2 1/2 hours yep you guessed it, no keys.

We decided that Mark had to take my vehicle to get a new set of keys. No worries, we had only a 2 hour drive to Deer Camp. Which I am looking forward to, I don’t get see 2 of my closest friends anymore and was looking forward on catching up and some good old fashion bantering.

Then I received a text.

It basically said that one of my closest friend, where we go to Deer Camp with had a blow up with his brother because he didn’t inform him that Mark was coming up.

I wasn’t surprised at his brothers actions, he is that kind of person but my heart sank.

Mark went up and helped us set up and repair the blinds on his own dime, my friends brother was a no show, he also hasn’t seen Mark 20 or so years, and now he has to throw his weight around was mad because he wasn’t informed?

I can go on and on about this but that is what happened in a nutshell.

I know what would happen if we would go up there, it would be a tense environment to say the least.

I decided to leave it up to Mark. When he came over I had everything packed and ready to go, I told him about the text and I could tell he was upset. So we decided not to have a tense Deer Camp and stay in town and go back to Green Acres.

My wife had some plans for a girls night at our house so we packed up my stuff and left for Marks house and to pick up something to eat.

We decided to eat at Five Guys now I don’t eat out a lot, this was my first time there. I know this isn’t a Ruttin Review but this place had the most incredible french fries in the world, a great burger, and they have Peach Sprite, my favorite soda. It was a place I will definitely come back too.

After we ate we went to his house watched a movie and went to sleep.

We went out the next morning and everyone was ribbing Mark about the keys. I seen that nice spike, again, I hope he is around next year, I thought to myself, he’d be a good addition to the wall posse.  I said there were no restrictions but I have my own standards I will not shoot any buck with 6 or fewer points unless it is injured it has already been shot. Mark seen some deer but nothing in shooting range. Even though there was no deer taken, we had fun, I got Mark back in the hunting game. I will never let someone ruin my time in the woods, it might not be what I wanted to do but it will be another memory I will not forget.

Drive Safe!

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