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Mike Pentecost’s Quest for 450 Turkeys by 50

This hardcore turkey hunter is on a quest to take 450 turkeys before he turns 50. But can he do it?

June 11, 2012

Quest for 450: Quest Complete!

Before dawn of their third day hunting in Wyoming (Who said these Merriam’s were a shoo-in?), Mike and his cameraman and outfitter were all in place in a blind they had built the day before from limbs and leaves. When they left the spot the night before, they heard a roosted bird gobbling between 150 and 200 yards away.

June 11, 2012

Quest for 450: One More Left To Go!

With only one more bird to go in Mike Pentecost’s quest to take 450 turkeys before he turns 50 on May 29, the hunter, along with his cameraman Terry Sullivan and outfitter Brad Greba of Whitetail Creek Outfitters, left Montana and crossed back into Wyoming where Brad’s operation is based.

June 01, 2012

Quest for 450: Return to Big Sky

Using the knowledge of the terrain and where the birds flew down after roosting from his failed hunt the day before, Mike Pentecost returns to the scene of the crime with the intention of starting at the road bed first where the birds had strutted around.

May 31, 2012

Quest for 450: The Search for 449

After a fun, long road trip, Mike Pentecost and Terry Sullivan arrive in Hulett, Wyo., and meet up with Brad Greba of Whitetail Creek Outfitters. On this trip, Mike was going for his final two birds with which to wrap up his quest for 450 turkeys harvested before he turns 50 and planned to hunt both Montana and Wyoming. The decision is quickly made to hit Montana first, so they drop their gear and head out to buy a license and give it a try.

May 31, 2012

Quest for 450: West Bound

Mike Pentecost and crew left Texas feeling a deep sense of gratification after taking three birds in a single day—two in Oklahoma and one in Texas—after several tough days of hunting. In the end, Rush Creek Guide Service and Danny Pierce had come through for Pentecost, who always enjoys hunting Rios with the outfitter.

May 25, 2012

Quest for 450: Death in the Afternoon

After celebrating Mike's 446th career wild turkey, Mark Scroggins, Terry Sullivan and Mike all agreed to not slow down.The men drove to a nearby high spot to glass and maybe spot some birds and there were two strutters on the edge of a field less than a mile away. The men used the terrain to hide their approach and moved in close enough to try and get them interested.

May 22, 2012

Quest for 450: Death in the Morning

Mike Pentecost and his camera crew began the day where they had started unsuccessfully on the day befor. They were confident that this time, they knew exactly which way the birds were going. They were wrong. They beat the hunters again and Mike felt as if he were starting behind the 8-ball. This hunt for Rios in Oklahoma was definitely not proceeding as planned, and Mike was beginning to feel the days tick by as the end of turkey season neared.

May 21, 2012

Quest for 450: The Gobbler Coffin

The Gobbler Coffin was an idea Mike had about giving gobblers a nice send off in a pine box like they did in the Old West. The turkey, after all, has been kind enough to come into a call and allow itself to be shot.

May 11, 2012

Quest for 450: Bird Number 445 Closes Out Alabama

The next day after taking his fifth bird of the season and 444th of his lifetime, Mike Pentecost and cameraman Terry Sullivan were back at it in the public woods of Alabama. The morning began at the same spot where they had successfully hunted the day before, but nothing was heard—something a lot of us hunters on pressured areas can relate to.

May 10, 2012

Quest for 450: 444 Goes Down in Bama

Mike Pentecost had been taking care of some business and hunting out of his public-land turkey camp that he enjoys with a group of friends every year when cameraman Terry Sullivan made it back in town and started following Mike with the camera. On Terry’s first day back, the two of them checked out a piece of National Forest that had been recently burned in a prescribed condition. In fact, it was so recent; some stumps were still smoking and burning.

May 04, 2012

Quest for 450: Turkey Camp

Each season, Woodhaven Custom Calls’ Mike Pentecost takes time out of his travels to stay right at home and hunt for several weeks. Besides just hitting some public land not far from his home in Heflin, Ala., he joins up with a group of hardcore turkey hunters who camp out in the national forest for up to two weeks each spring. Here is Mike’s thoughts on the experience in his own words:

May 01, 2012

Quest for 450: Keys to The Afternoon Hunt for 443

When Mike shot his second gobbler while hunting with Spook Spann in Tennessee, it was a late afternoon hunt, which requires a different mindset and approach than when hunting gobbling birds in the morning.

April 27, 2012

Quest for 450: 443 Falls in Tennessee

After scoring a double with his host, Spook Spann, Mike Pentecost and Spook headed out the next day in search of Mike’s 443rd bird. They quickly located five gobblers in a field, determined the direction they were heading and set up ahead of them in a spot where a tree line ran up to the pond.

April 22, 2012