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Rudy’s Tales

Over the past 45 + years, NIHO President Rudy Nielsen has travelled all over beautiful British Columbia. Along the way, he’s had many exciting adventures both on and off the beaten trail.

Here in Rudy’s Tales, NIHO shares some of his best stories of life in the backwoods wilderness and in the urban jungles of BC.

Pain in the Neck

pain1When fishing, always make sure you wear a hat and a vest. I’ve seen more people with barbed hooks stuck in them, mostly in their head, from getting too close to an inattentive fly-fisherman or casting fisherman. It’s not always their fault. I remember one time when it happened to me.

My father and his best friend Ron decided to go fishing on the Crooked River in central British Columbia.We loaded all of our gear into the car,

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Never Doubt Your Compass

I have used a variety of compasses from time to time, but it was not until spring of 1960 that I used a compass every day as part of my job – that job being a compass man establishing boundaries in the forests of northern British Columbia. With a small, hand held compass, I had to be very accurate, starting out at one corner, traveling the perimeter of a square and arriving back at the same spot.

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A Camper Story

camper1This is a true story that took place some years ago. It is about three guys who decided to go elk hunting in late fall, in a camper. They took off early one morning under clear skies and with a camper stocked with enough food and beverages for five days. After driving for a full day, they arrived at their favourite hunting spot in the East Kootenays and proceeded to light a fire and set up a cozy camp.

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The Ballad of Bo-Beep

bo1I have had lots of pets in my time, but never one as unique as Bo-Beep. Bo-Beep was a Spruce Grouse that flew into my life in the early Sixties, and came along with my on some of my adventures up in Northern B.C.

When I worked for the B.C. Ministry of Forests in the 1960’s, I would practice a technique that I now know is called “slipping”. With a piece of string and a shoelace,

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