A true story about turkey hunting in the Missouri Ozarks and how things can just go all to shit when you least expect it.
I’ve never shot a deer with a truly atypical rack. I once shot a little buck with only one antler but I figured he was born with a standard rack and had half of it knocked off in a fight. I’ve shot a few bucks with more points on one side than the other but I don’t think that’s considered atypical as far as official Boone & Crockett scoring goes.
But THIS guy has a decidedly ATYPICAL rack, what we would call deformed, like a guy with six fingers on one hand. I owe these wonderful photos to my friend Dave Zumbaugh’s trail cam. Dave lives just outside Shawnee Mission Park in eastern, Kansas where white tails practically outnumber the leaves on the trees. So Dave’s trail cam get’s a LOT of cool shots like these.
When this big Kansas whitetail buck was born The Lord told him, “Son, I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that I’m giving you a BRAIN. It’s a wonderful thing. You can use it to find food and to keep from getting shot by some redneck with a rifle or bow. And I’m giving you a PENIS, which is also a wonderful thing. It will bring you great pleasure and you can use it to propagate your species.” The little buck said, “Golly! That sounds great! But what’s the bad news?” to which The Lord answered, “I’m only giving you enough blood supply to use one of them at a time.”
You can see where this big guy hides out in the daytime. He usually comes out to play only in the daylight. But look what he’s doing. Which of God’s gifts do you think he’s using now?
A big thank you to my buddy Scott and his army of trail cams for sharing this photo with me.
Captains for clean Water is on a mission to restore and protect aquatic resources for the use and enjoyment of all. Through education and advocacy they fight to ensure that policymakers implement science-based solutions to our water quality issues.
One of the biggest barriers to fixing the problems facing Florida’s estuaries and Everglades boils down to one thing –people just don’t know about them. Captains for Clean Water works to raise awareness and advance science-based solutions to solve Florida’s water mismanagement and secure the health of our water resources, protecting our way of life for future generations.
The Florida peninsula is one of the most unique landscapes on earth. Periodically inundated in a sub-tropical setting, it features one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, the Everglades. The control of this water – draining it, redirecting it, and containing it – has been an evolving story over the last two centuries of man versus nature. It’s a story where there is no true winner unless we can find a balance that ensures the ongoing health of each.
In 2016 two fishing guides, Captains Daniel Andrews and Chris Wittman, decided they’d “had enough” of Florida’s poor water management practices devastating the estuaries they rely on. They were convinced that if everyone knew about the issues they would have been fixed long ago. The solution is known but has been delayed for decades due to lack of political will and public awareness. So they set out to change that.
They work to advance science-based solutions through efforts focused on awareness and education, empowering people to speak up for our water quality and hold elected officials accountable. Together they have united the outdoor industry, environmental groups, the business community and concerned citizens around these important issues, and are seeing more people than ever get involved in the fight for clean water. As a result, progress is happening at a record pace but we still have a long way to go. We must fight to protect these valuable resources for future generations.
Water mismanagement in Florida has led to the near collapse of three nationally-recognized estuaries. The Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers are inundated with polluted freshwater from Lake Okeechobee, causing toxic algae blooms, seagrass die-offs, and fish kills while the Everglades are starved of the natural freshwater flow they desperately need.
Send the water south. Not east, west, or underground. The solution, called Everglades restoration, was passed by Congress in 2000 in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), the roadmap to restoring the Everglades.
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Capt. Andrew Mizell is a third-generation Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he was introduced to the great outdoors at an early age. His father served in the navy, which gave Andrew the incredible opportunity to fish in numerous destinations around the world including Florida, Cuba, Bahamas, Tennessee Maryland and Maine. After his father retired Andrew set roots in Jacksonville and attended the University of North Florida.
Capt. Andrew is owner and operator of Southern Marsh Charters and General Manager of Strike-Zone Fly Fishing in Jacksonville. He has over 25 years of experience inshore fly fishing. If you want to experience a charter targeting redfish in the shallowest of waters during low tide or chase tailing redfish in northeast Florida’s unique floodtides visit the website of Southern Marsh Charters or give him a call at 850-346-0060. Andrew is a supporter of Captains for Clean Water.
I can tell you from personal experience that he will work tirelessly to put you where the fish are and do everything in his power to help you catch them.
If it seems like I’ve been doing this a long time it’s because I’ve been doing this a long time. My first cartoon about outdoor sports was published in Sports Afield…or maybe it was Field & Stream, in 1964.It was followed by a long stream of others too humorus to mention.
While eating lunch on the deck at Harp’s Pub, which is only a few thousand yards from my house, you can look straight down into the murky waters of Big Fishweir Creek. This once navigable urban waterway meanders from Jacksonville’s trendy Avondale neighborhood under the Herschel Street bridge and into the Ortega River where it joins the St. John’s River.
Kayakers, fishermen and canoeists once enjoyed the recreational opportunities of Big Fishweir but this urban waterway has become shallow and harder for wildlife and boaters to navigate due to sediment from surrounding development and storm events.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has designated Big Fishweir as an area that should be swimmable and fishable. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to start removing sediment and invasive plants in early 2021. The majority of funding for the 6.5 million dollar project is federal while about 35% is from the city of Jacksonville.