My friend Dave lives just outside Shawnee Mission Park in Shawnee, KS which is home to a huge white tail deer population. Sometimes the deer wander over onto Dave’s property to get their pictures taken.
These two ten pointers and…I think the other is a twelve… wandered right in front of Dave’s trail cam. That’s a lot of venison on the hoof.
This is my first Way Outside cartoon for Kansas Wildlife & Parks magazine. July/August 1998. If my math is right…and it sometimes isn’t…2022 will start my twenty-fourth year working with this wonderful publication.
I’m thankful that then-Editor Mike Miller took a chance on me and did something goofy and I’m blessed that when current Editor Nadia Reimer took the reins she chose to keep me on.
This magazine has made great strides since ’98 and I feel blessed to have been a part of it.
2022 will be the start of my 18th year drawing the Marsh Madness cartoon for Wildfowl magazine. I’m grateful to editor Jay Strangis for taking a chance on me. Skip Knowles followed Jay as editor and chose to keep the cartoons coming so I have Skip to thank as well.
For those of you who don’t see the magazine, here are the six 2021 Marsh Madness cartoons.
If done right, owning a duck club is an all-year job and the guys at the Lone Oak Duck Club do it right. That hot sweaty work all summer starts to pay off and by November the place is a duck cafeteria.
There’s a long season ahead, but first… the traditional night-before-opening-day bonfire.
The annual early teal season is usually a total crap shoot. At least it is at the Lone Oak Duck Club in western Missouri. Sometimes the little speedsters have come and gone before the season opens. Other times they’re still up north.
The table is setNo need to brush a blind. Just hunker down in the flooded millet before daylight, load up and wait. And make sure you bring as much industrial strength mosquito repellant as you can carry. The teal…usually blue wing… may show up or they won’t. The shooting will be over by 9 AM and you can go back to bed or do some chores around the farm.
This time the guys were in luck. Okay…a little luck anyway.
Think these two big guys will make it through hunting season? If they stay nocturnal they just might. But if they start thinking with their gonads they’ll both wind up on the wall of some guy’s mancave.
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.