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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

The 48-Hour Safari: Priorities

By John Zent, Editorial Director

July 30, 2010

The 48-Hour Safari: Not Done Yet

By John Zent, Editorial Director

July 29, 2010

The 48-Hour Safari: Horns o’ Plenty Long

By John Zent, Editorial Director

July 28, 2010

The 48-Hour Safari: Wild Beest Encounter

By John Zent, Editorial Director

July 27, 2010

The 48-Hour Safari: The Pro’s Pro

By John Zent, Editorial Director

July 26, 2010

The 48-Hour Safari: Bucking Tradition

By John Zent, Editorial DirectorAnyone who’s ever been involved in African hunting will agree on one absolute truth: It’s an experience that shouldn’t be rushed. President Teddy Roosevelt’s famous East Africa expedition of 1909-10 extended nearly 11 months, a tad lengthy even in that era of steamship travel, but not unheard of. Robert Ruark’s 1951 Horn of the Hunter safari went about 60 days, which was typical in those post-War years. Just a few decades back, 30-day jaunts were the norm, and today’s African hunts mostly run from one to three full weeks. The duration has shortened considerably, but even so, it was downright nuts when my partner, Drew Goodlin, and I arrived at highly regarded Eden Preserve in Namibia with just two days to hunt our way through a game list of more than a half dozen animals each. Mind you, we were bound to do this ethically, taking only good, mature trophy animals.

July 25, 2010

South Dakota Turkey Hunt, Day 1, 9:56 p.m.

Our camp was full of all the things a turkey hunter could wish for when we pulled in—good food, good people and plenty of dead birds.

April 30, 2010

South Dakota Turkey Hunt, Day 1, 8:22 p.m.

Day 1, 8:22 p.m.

My plane touched down in Rapid City, S.D., at around 2 p.m. and we rounded up our party to head toward Belvidere. We hustled along the highway toward our destination as the South Dakota landscape became a blur.

April 29, 2010

South Dakota Turkey Hunt, Day 1

Day 1, 9:20 a.m.

It never takes me too long to pack for a hunt. Being the creature of life's delicate balance that I am, luck bats lead-off when I'm packing for a trip.

April 27, 2010

Nebraska Doe Hunt: The Third Time

The light goes hazy and yellow. We have about an hour to sunset, and there is something in the air. Something anticipatory.

December 22, 2009

Nebraska Doe Hunt: The Princess and The..

Gentlemen readers, take note. If you want to get and keep women in the field, be cool and respect that a lady is still a lady.

December 21, 2009

Nebraska Doe Hunt: That Sinking Feeling

After a pair of unsuccessful encounters, I'm more pumped than ever to get my next shot.

December 18, 2009

Nebraska Doe Hunt: The Princess

I’ve been here for five years, I’m the managing editor of NRA InSights, and I’ve never taken a game animal.

December 17, 2009

Hurricane Season Bow Hunt, Day 1

As I’m posting this journal, some six days after I penned it, I ran across the rainfall totals from Hurricane Ida—yellow seems to mean not good.

November 19, 2009