This collection of hilariously true tales was gathered by Skipper Duncan, a West Texas rancher / outfitter who is also the webmaster of this site. You will find side-splitting punch lines together with ample history and inside information on ranching and hunting.
Unforgettable characters appear in almost every chapter - cow traders, an egg thief, a victim of rabies, a survivor of 7000 volts, illegal aliens and even a mortician. Inhabitants of the ranch country survive their endemic hardships with, among other things, outrageous humor and clever pranks. Such shenanigans, we learn, are similarly common to outdoor-types nationwide. Both ranch people and hunters produce belly-laughs a-plenty in these pages.
Although abundant wit dominates, there is an insightful historical overview of the changes that have come to West Texas over the past few decades and a prediction of what the future holds for whitetail deer hunting.
Comments about "Characters and Critters" from early readers:
Larry Weishuhn, author and t.v. show host: "The only thing rarer than water in that part of Texas are good writers of outdoor tales. Elmer Kelton was one of the exceptions, and now there's another, Skipper Duncan."
John Ericson - creator of "Hank, the Cowdog": "I met Skipper Duncan thirty years ago and had a feeling he would never amount to much. Sure enough, he's writing books. He's had interesting friends and earned his stories, and they're funny. If he's too tight to give you a book, buy one."
Dale Rollins, Ph.D - Texas Extension Wildlife Specialist: "Good story tellers are an endangered species these days...His anthology here comes draped in characters not unlike Ace Reid's Cowpokes, with an eye for humor like Will Rogers and a drawl like Festus."
Bob Hood - outdoor writer for several Texas publications: "Duncan's easy-to-read stories bring to front stage the personalities of some of Texas' most wanted and not-wanted characters."
Steve Hickoff, Realtree.com turkey hunting editor: Skipper Duncan is a first-rate Texas storyteller."
Jim Casada - Editor at Large for Sporting Classics; Turkey and Turkey Hunting; book author: Skipper Duncan is a natural teller of tales. Join him for a rollicking , riotous and irresistible literary journey. This is old-fashioned fireside reading at its best.
Either book - $19.95 paperback version
There are several ways to obtain these books:
1. To get a copy, calculate the total price and send your check to: Skipper Duncan, P.O. Box 60127, San Angelo, TX 76906. $19.95 + $4.25 postage and shipping = $24.20. Texas residents must add $1.65 sales tax.
2. Order from Amazon.com. Best found by searching the book section for "Skipper Duncan", "Characters and Critters," or "Tales Galore." A printed version and/or a Kindle version of both books are available on amazon.
It's a good thing I wasn't drinking a glass of milk at the time I read it . . . or milk would have shot out my nose. Great reading!! Keep writing. Perry Flippin, San Angelo, TX
You need to go into full time writing. This is a great book I'm ready for your next one!! Carroll Lineberger, Jr. Terrell, NC
We love it! Every chapter is great! You did a great job, Skipper! Please know that you are entertaining me as I read your book. Annabelle Allen, Abilene, TX
Good grief! Who knew? You are a full-fledged, genuine writer! Congratulations on a great work. I could hardly put it down until finished. I hope more people are exposed to your work. Dr. Ricky Burk, Pastor, FUMC, Boerne, TX
Finished reading your book and thoroughly enjoyed it. You should be proud! H.B. Lantz, Basye, VA
I give it two thumbs up. I don’t think I enjoyed any of the tales more so than others, they were all good. Boyd Williams, Jr., Dover, TN
I finished the book. I probably offended my hosts because I could not put it down. It was great! Clark Kilpatrick, San Angelo, TX
You have truly outdone yourself! Your book is a masterpiece. Being a quasi- student of game management, history and farming/ranching, I was captivated! Brilliant! Andy Young, Nazareth, PA
I hope you are working on the next in a series.... I think you have a distinctive style which makes your stories easy to read. Jack Schulze, Bertram, TX
Very good read. Enjoyed learning more about everything/everyone. Great stories and interesting history. Ed McFarland, Anderson, SC
After having a great Texas hunt, I sat down to read your book. Just couldn’t stop until finished. Bill Wurfel, Robbinsville, NJ
I was very impressed. I didn't know you had it in you to come up with something like that. It was great. Larry Abbott, San Angelo, TX
I couldn’t put it down - It’s great. You do have a gift for weaving a yarn. And a confession - I laughed the hardest at stories you had threatened to blacken or tear out. J.R. and Jury and Sex on the Ranch brought tears to my eyes and had me hooked, waiting for the next punch line! (I accept that that deflates your image of me as a holy man.) Kim Edlund, Austin, TX
I just finished reading your book. It was great. The tales you told in the book were very entertaining, as well as informative. Hope you have another one in you. Monte Nolen, Beeville, TX