By: Bears Butt

I have been on an email list from Stepp Ladder Company for some time and thought it appropriate to let you all know where you can get this incredible climbing system! Check out this video!

For those of you who like to hunt out of tree stands or from up high.  Bears Butt has found a nearly perfect set of tree climbing steps just for you.  Well, your buddy too if he likes to hunt like you do.  As for me, I think I’ll just stay on the ground.

This is a rather lengthy video, but it sure shows you how easy it is to use these things.

I have emailed the inventor and will pass onto you the price of a set of these little guys!

Bears Butt

June 29, 2012

I received an email from Mr. Stepp himself today and so I decided to post up his response on here and then if you want to order steps from him, please print off the liability waiver and send it with your order to him.


The video clips on YouTube featuring Harry Vanderweide were done almost 14 years ago.  The ladders were being sold by L.L. Bean and several other retailers. But the steps were expensive to have made and liability insurance was also very costly. After about four years I decided to quit selling the ladders because it was a lot of work for a small return.
A few months ago a local businessman approached me about doing a new video and reintroducing the ladders to the market. I gave him the old videos to work with and was surprised when he posted them on YouTube. I had expected he was going to do a new one with his phone number instead of the old business number that had been disconnected long ago. Anyway, there has been quite a response and I’ve received many inquiries. I have refrained from selling the steps all these years because I did not think it wise to do so without product liability insurance. I still don’t. But several people have volunteered to sign a liability waiver if I would consider selling them a few steps. So I talked it over with my attorney and he drafted a waiver. I’ve attached a copy for your review.
For insurance purposes I’m selling the remaining inventory components, not complete ladders, so some assembly is required. The individual steps are $6.00 and the camo cords are an additional $1.00. Also included is the fid tool to do the splice and an instruction sheet. I’ll do one splice completely and another halfway so you can see how easy it is. The shipping will be parcel post, my zip code to yours. If you want quicker delivery, priority mail is an option – just more expensive. Once you’ve decided how many steps you want, email me with your shipping address and I’ll calculate a total price and email it back to you.
Print and sign the attached liability waiver and send it with bank check or money order to:

James Stepp, P.O. Box 118, South Casco, Maine 04077.

I made the first set of these steps in 1991 and have climbed hundreds of trees over the last twenty years. I’ve never used any other climbing system. Once you learn to adjust the tension correctly, it quite likely will be your favorite climbing aid too. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Best Regards,

Jim Stepp


Waiver and Release from Product Liability

I, _________________________________, hereby acknowledge that I understand the inherent risks associated with treestand hunting and that such activity may result in serious injury or death. I further acknowledge that I am aware of and understand the types of hazards and dangers, both real and hidden, involved when climbing up to and down from elevated stands. I understand that the Steppladder rungs manufactured by Jim Stepp and Sppets International, Inc. are not covered by any product liability insurance, nor have they been designed, manufactured or tested to meet any federal or state government climbing aid standards. I understand that any use of this climbing aid requires an exceptional level of attention, judgment, maturity and self-discipline, and that I must make a conscious and continual commitment to my own safety. I understand that the use of any treestand climbing equipment and the Steppladder in particular must only be done while I am secured by a fall restraint and climbing belt system.


I HEREBY RELEASE, AGREE TO HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY  James L. Stepp and Sppets International, Inc. for any and all liability for any loss, damage, injury or death to myself or to any other person or property resulting  from  the use of this equipment and I further agree to waive, and not make any claim or file any suit based  upon negligence, breach of warranty, contract or other legal theory. This release, agreement to hold harmless and to indemnify shall be binding upon me, my legal representatives, heirs, legatees and assigns as well as upon all who may be dependant upon or entitled to my services, consortium or support. Should I breach this agreement by filing any such suit or making any such claim, I will pay all attorney’s fees and costs of the released parties. I agree that this release shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maine. All disputes and matters whatsoever arising under, in connection with or incident to this agreement shall be litigated, if at all, in and before a court located in the State of Maine, USA, to the exclusion of the courts of any other state or country. If any part, article, paragraph, sentence or clause of the agreement is not enforceable, the effected provisions shall be curtailed and limited only to the extent necessary to bring it within the requirements of the law and the remainder of the agreement shall continue in full force and effect.


I VOLUNTARILY ASSUME all risks, known and unknown, of any injuries, personal or financial or of wrongful death, however caused, even if caused in part or in whole by the action, inaction or negligence of the released party named above to the fullest extent of the law. I represent that I am at least 18 years of age and I acknowledge that I have read this agreement, fully understand the potential dangers of using this product and am fully aware of the legal consequences of signing this agreement. I understand and agree that this document is legally binding and will preclude me from recovering monetary damage from the James L. Stepp, Sppets International, Inc., or Steppladder for personal injury, bodily injury, property damage, wrongful death or any other personal or financial injury sustained by me in connection with the use of this product.




Signature:_____________________________________     Date:_________________________

(Customer must be 18 years or older)

UPDATE:  APRIL 26, 2016

It appears the company has been purchased and a new manufacturer is making these steps!  Here is the URL link!  Good luck to everyone!

Bears Butt

Written on June 29th, 2012 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt

Like a lot of outdoors men I have a very tough time keeping my knife sharp.  I’m real bad about knife abuse and that doesn’t bode well for a sharp knife.  So, to help us all out I went looking for the best video I could find to help us learn how to sharpen our knives and to keep them sharp while afield.

For me, sitting around the campfire is a good time to take the old knife out and give it a good strapping to fine tune that edge.  But, I don’t always do it while sitting around the fire and so I find myself having to do something with the knife before I can take care of the deer I just shot.  The information in this video just might lend itself handy someday and I hope it helps you as well.

When all else fails I just call on my knife professional friend Magpie to do the sharpening for me!

Bears Butt

June 29, 2012

Written on June 29th, 2012 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt

Utah’s 2012 antlerless tags have been drawn and credit cards are being hit as I type.  If you put in for any of the antlerless tags make sure you have the money in your account to cover them, or the tag will be given to the next person.

The Weasel and I put in for Deseret Land and Livestock, CWMU elk.  We each had two points going into the drawing and we feel pretty confident on drawing.

If we do, it’s pretty much a done deal on filling the freezer with yummy elk meat.

Dry Dog, Magpie and Sam also put in for the same unit and I hope they draw as well.  It would be quite a show for the five of us to go and shoot our elk the same day.  That would be quite a truck full of elk!

Bears Butt

June 29, 2012

Written on June 29th, 2012 , Hunting/Fishing/Trapping Stories
By: Bears Butt

I’m always interested in mule deer bucks and I just love to look at pictures of them.  Pictures are pretty much how I get to see the really big boys anyway.  When out hunting I don’t usually get far enough off the road to be where they are and if I do get a look at one it is usually as it is running over the crest of a hill.

There is a lot of talk today about how Utah can manage our deer herds and get the buck to doe ratio up so that we might all be able to take a “keeper” type buck.  Frankly I could care less about a set of racks on the wall, I have plenty, even spikes are trophies to me.  I’ll shoot the first legal buck I see normally.

In my search for muley antler growth I came across a very interesting article written by a man named Charles Kay.  I know nothing about his back ground as I did not investigate that.  However, you might be interested in the article he wrote and is published on “”  A very interesting read and the author writes as if he knows what he is talking about.

It at least makes me think about how Utah is going about things, good or bad.

The last picture in the article looks just like a big bruiser of a buck that could easily be found in the Crawford Mountains this fall…No Grimace, Baby Boy, would either of you take a shot at this one?

Bears Butt

June 28, 2012

Written on June 28th, 2012 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt

I thought it about time for you all (ya’ll) to see this:

Bears Butt

June 27, 2012

Written on June 27th, 2012 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt

Last nights supper was “clean out the fridge” night.  We do that about once each week.  Whatever is in there is what’s for dinner.  Last night there was a bit of corned beef, some taco meat mixed with refried beans and cheese and a bit of this and a touch of that.  Kind of a weird combo of foods.  Each one is very good by itself, but will the combo be good as a group?

I have tried several different recipes and one enchilada one was horrible.  Last nights combo of Mexican and Irish was actually quite tasty together.  Tasty enough I wrote it down so as not to forget to look it up today.

I looked up Corned Beef Tacos and what to my wondering eyes did appear….a recipe for it!  Actually a lot of recipes for it.  Here is a simple one that you just might like to try.  It’s from….


  1. 1
    Cook brisket according to package directions, or cover with water in a slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 8 to 10 hours.
  2. 2
    Remove from liquid and let stand until cool enough to handle.
  3. 3
    Remove any pieces of fat and shred corned beef.
  4. 4
    To assemble tacos, fill tortillas or shells with shredded corned beef, cabbage and cheese.
  5. 5
    Top with other ingredients as desired.
Bears Butt
June 26, 2012
Written on June 26th, 2012 , Recipes
By: Bears Butt

Have you ever wondered how the pioneers doctored themselves?  When you think about it there weren’t a whole lot of doctors around back then, so they had to pretty much rely on what they knew, thought they knew or just plain figured out on their own.  Maybe something their father, mother or grandparents told them once.

Let’s see, didn’t grandma tell me that for a large cut on the head I need to wrap little Johnny’s wound with grape leaves and smack him on the butt a few times?

Where would I get grape leaves?

In the mean time little Johnny just might die.  So they would react the best they knew how and most of the time logic would win out and little Johnny would come out a winner.  Midwifes were just common folks who may have already gone through a child birth themselves and so instantly became a very knowledgeable person who could help another woman give birth.  They often times were a little older in the community and with age comes knowledge about all things medical.  That made them the go to person for help when people got sick.

So, what would you do if you were called upon in the middle of the night.  Here is a person desperately in need of help.  They are down, shivering and have a bad cough.  We must make them sweat and break the fever.  Go git me that jar in the back of the cupboard.  I’ll pour him a cup of this and he will begin to sweat almost immediately.  He will be better when the sun comes up.

Well, what is in that magic concoction in the jar at the back of the cupboard?

I found this on a website called “Pioneers”  and on that site there is a part for medicine.  I emailed the owner of the site for permission to use items from his site and he was very gracious to allow me to use it.

For SWEATING Take a lump of cow excrement as large as a hen egg from a cowpie dropped in the month of May. Wrap it in a rag and put it in a pitcher with a little sage, horsemint and other sweating herbs. This will produce a half-gallon of strong tea, but not so strong as to make the patient sick. Drink plenty to cause sweating.

I think that sometimes perhaps the cure is worse than the ailment.

Bears Butt

June 26, 2012



Written on June 26th, 2012 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt

National Log Cabin Day and National Catfish Day.

Log cabin day started back east in Michigan to celebrate the home of the era way back when.  No glass of screen on the windows, just openings.  Most did have a door however.  So a burglar could just enter through the window rather than open the door, however the shotgun over the fireplace would probably meet him post hast.

My research shows quite a lot of celebrations that surround National Log Cabin day.  Most of the celebrations were held over the weekend with craft shows, articles and plays having log cabins as the theme and of course lots of food that was common in the log cabin days.  Have you ever heard of  “hard tack”?  And did you know it is nothing more than flour and water mixed together, spread out and cut into circles about 3 inches across and then baked until it’s hard enough to use as a hockey puck?  Here you go little Johnny, I know it’s only 7 a.m., but chew on this until supper is done.

What we havin fer supper ma?  We will be having “Pease Porridge” son, now git along.

I’ve often wondered what Pease Porridge was and now I know, so I’ll share it with you.  Start with peas and mash them little suckers up until they are not identifiable as peas anymore.  Now mix in a couple of eggs, some butter and salt and pepper and mix that all up.  In your mind can you see the green mucky looking mess in the bowl?  Now transfer that mess into a dish that can stand to get real hot and also will fit inside your dutch oven.  You are going to heat that bowl up in a dutch oven that has about 1/2 inch of water in it.  Put the lid on the dutch oven and heat that baby up until the water boils and steams.  They say about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Of course the cooks back in the day didn’t have thermometers, but they were pretty dang good at figuring it was just the right amount of heat to get the job done.  After all, little Johnny is just about done with his hard tack biscuit and he will be hollerin fer food.

So when this mix is all cooked it will be like the consistency of rubbery mush.  If there is any left after eating supper, it can be sliced and fried for breakfast the next morning.  As for breakfast you would want to cook up some sort of meat like bacon or sausage to go with the fried green stuff.  I think I’ll just eat the meat and let little Johnny have my fried green stuff.  And it sure makes me NOT wonder about the little saying “Pease Porridge hot, pease porridge cold, pease porridge in the pot nine days old”.  I guess after nine days of nobody wanting to eat it you would toss it out.

Well, so much for log cabin days.  I think National Catfish Day sounds a whole lot more fun than kicking around a hockey puck and trying to gag down some pease porridge.

Enjoy your hot and windy June 25, 2012!

Bears Butt

Written on June 25th, 2012 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt

Utah will begin their coyote control payment program on July 1, 2012 and of course with any program ran by the state there are stinking rules.  Here is the site that tells you of the rules.

You will have to register to play and also take an online course.

$50 is more than a properly handled coyote fur will get you from a fur buyer and so it really is a good way to make up for some of your expenses to bag a coyote or two.

Bears Butt

June 24, 2012

Written on June 24th, 2012 , Uncategorized
By: Bears Butt

As young boys, my brother No Grimace and I found ourselves out on the back lawn in a small tent cooking some chicken.  We were hungry and thought chicken would serve us well until mom got home and made us a healthy supper.  It was summer time but I don’t recall it being really hot outside or inside the tent.

We had captured us up a candle, matches and a chicken leg.  Gathered up a tin can lid out of the burning barrel and seated the candle onto it so the wax wouldn’t mess up the grass inside the tent.  The candle lit and we were in business cooking chicken.  We held the chicken by the bone end and slowly turned it over the flame.  As a team we would take turns holding and turning the chicken bone.

We imagined how wonderful this chicken was going to taste as we watched it turn from flesh colored to more of a blackened look.  It crackled and popped and started to smell like fried chicken.

I don’t know how long we did this before we decided it must be done and I took a big bite out of the side of it.

YUK!  Waxie, bloody, nasty…spit that out sort of a taste!  No Grimace decided he didn’t want any chicken after that and didn’t take a bite!  It’s funny I like chicken to this day, but I do, it’s one of my favorites.

Now I know this is in the recipe section, but I don’t really have much of a recipe for BBQ Chicken, as you just have to put it on the BBQ grill and keep turning it.

Chicken is a fatty meat and it’s always best to cook it with the skin on when using the BBQ grill.  You can peel the skin off at the last stage of cooking if you don’t like to eat chicken skin, but most of the time I leave it on and eat it.  There is medicinal goodness in chicken skin in my humble opinion.

Anyway, a layer of fat lies between the chicken skin and the meat and this stuff takes a long, long time to cook out.  That is one way to tell when the chicken is nearly done, it stops splattering and fire flaring when it is getting close.  With that, chicken has to be baby sat while it cooks.  You have to be standing right there with it or it will catch fire and burn to a blackened mess (see message above, yuk, but the blackened mess above was from the wax candle, not the burning of the meat on the grill).  It is dangerous to leave chicken on the grill unattended as well, as the fat will drip and catch fire and actually burn the grill to a fiery molten mess if let go.  Flammables around the grill are in danger as well.

So keep turning and moving the chicken parts around and away from the flare ups that will occur during cooking.  It’s a long and arduous chore I know, but one that treats you with a wonderful meal when done.

In the last stages of cooking, the meat will stop dripping reddish pink juices when poked with a fork and you know then the chicken is nearly done.  At this point I like to get a serving bowl and squeeze some BBQ sauce in it, about 1/2 inch deep.  (Oh ya, if you are inclined to take the skin off the meat, now is the time to do that).  Then I take the chicken pieces off the grill one at a time and put it into the sauce and roll it around.  Once completely covered with sauce I put it back on the grill and grab another piece of chicken.  I do this until all the pieces of chicken are covered and back on the grill.  Then turn them over and over until the sauce is cooked adequately on the outside of the chicken pieces.  Once they are done, they all go back into the serving bowl on top of the sauce that is left and they are ready to serve and eat!

As usual the chicken pieces that go into the bowl first are really sticky with sauce, but hey!  That’s what BBQ is all about!  Just serve with a lot of paper towels and a couple more brews!

Bears Butt

June 24, 2012

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