When people hear the phrase 'roadkill' Michial Coffman, Lecompton, is someone who probably comes to mind. Coffman enjoys the noterity he gets out of making use of roadkill that provides food for himself and friends. Although he has a Roadkill Enterprises business, Coffman would rather be out in the woods hunting turkey or elk.
A pair of deer antlers frame Coffman outside his Lecompton home. Coffman manages to make use of most every part of a deer, including bones which he provides to some artists to paint.
Coffman is an accomplished hunter as well as a cook who specializes in wild game and makes use of fresh roadkill. Coffman, background right, works in his kitchen making venison tenderloins, ground venison and venison jerky using a roadkill deer from this season.
In addition to about 100 pounds of packaged venison meat in his home freezer Michial Coffman has preserved a coiled up rattlesnake. A friend contacted Coffman after running over the snake on a road.
Michial Coffman, Lecompton, is on a Kansas State Highway Patrol listing to be notified when a fresh roadkill deer is available. Coffman, who specializes in cooking wild game and calls himself a 'Chef Unusuale', cooks the meat off of some deer bones in the foreground left, and fry's a pan of breaded venison tenderloin at right. What Coffman doesn't eat himself or give to friends he gives to his dogs, using up most of the meat a deer provides.
A recent roadkill deer provided Coffman with meat to make, from from of plate to back, venison tenderloins, venison burritos and deer jerky. Bones from the deer Coffman provides to artists who paint on the white surface.
David Barnhill, Orlando, FL., left, and Jim Hail, Olathe, unload a deer at Steve's Meat Market in DeSoto. Barnhill got the deer bow hunting near La Cygne and was donating the meat at the DeSoto market where it will be processed.
Mitch Prudden, co-owner of Steve's Meat Market, DeSoto, prepares to cut and process the front half of a deer. Prudden has seen an increase in deer being brought in by hunters this year.