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Rudy’s Tips

How to Build a Private Lake


Over the past 45 years I have built a number of small lakes and they are much easier to build then you would imagine. But why build your own lake in the first place? Why not just buy a parcel of land on an already existing lake? I found that in all my years in the recreational real estate business one of the most frequently asked questions about a parcel of land is “has the property got any water frontage on a lake or river?”

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20 Steps to Buying Recreational Land

Rudy with another sold property

I have been buying recreational land for over 45 years. Through the years I have developed my own 20 Step System on how to buy recreational land. The following is a short version of my system.


I have talked to many people who have told me about a property they had looked at, but postponed buying it. While they were thinking about it,

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The First Cut of Profit


I have purchased hundreds of properties all over British Columbia, with various resources on them, such as timber, gravel, hay, or even peat moss. But I never buy raw land without first obtaining air photos of the property.

Air photos are the single most important source of information you could possibly have when purchasing a parcel of land. They are obtained through the BC government on BC Online. Should you not wish to order online,

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Bear Attack

Bear Attack - What would you do?

I well remember my first bear encounter when I was still a very young boy. The only bear I had ever seen prior to this encounter was a drawing in a childhood storybook in Holland. My family immigrated to Canada from Holland in the early fifties and moved to a remote hunting and fishing lodge on a lake in north-central British Columbia. My mother worked at this lodge and it was here that I was given my first job at the age of 10.

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Emergency Food Sources- How to Catch a Grouse

Grouse1What if you are in an emergency situation in the middle of nowhere, with no weapon available, and find that you need to eat something to survive? Out in the wild, there are many food sources available. All you need to do is look. While porcupine has traditionally been an old trapper standby, their numbers have steadily diminished over the past several years. The next best thing though, is the grouse. They are a common bird to find in the back country,

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Backcountry Tips- Survival Vest Component- Rope

rope1In my seven day survival vest, I carry many things, including 100 feet of thin strong nylon rope which I store in the back of my vest. Rope is very handy out into the bush. I have used it not only just for camping, but it has gotten me out of some very tight situations.

Out in the wilderness, you may not have a tent, or you may be unexpectedly caught in the woods overnight.

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What to do when you are lost

lost1It happens to the best of us. You are enjoying a marked trail, and decide to go a little further than you should into the unmarked woods. Maybe you misread a map or your compass settings, and wind up going the exact opposite way than you should. And all of a sudden, you find yourself in an unfamiliar setting, with no idea how to get home. That’s right, you’re LOST!

Hundreds of people each year get lost in British Columbia’s wilderness.

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Rudy’s Outdoor Tips

Anyone can walk into the wilderness and walk out again in two weeks. How you fare in those two weeks depends upon how prepared you are. The English used to go on safaris for months into the South African wilderness and would have 30-50 porters with them, and when camp was set they would have a table, white linen cloth, crystal glasses and a bottle of wine, and good meals. This is what we called “prepared”.

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