Quest for 450: Florida Bound—Finally!

March 27, 2012

After making final preparations and enjoying a hunt with biologist friend Ryan Prince, Mike Pentecost is finally Florida bound. Mike got the camera he had ordered in operational mode and lined up the camera guy to run it. The lack of a camera has already put him a week behind in his quest to kill 11 birds this season for a lifetime total of 450 turkeys before he is 50 years old.

A Day Well Spent

March 26, 2012

Still waiting on a camera, Mike Pentecost headed out to hunt with an old school turkey hunter named Jimmy Bragg. Mr. Bragg helped Mike with advice and tips when he was first learning to turkey hunt so Mike is always happy to return the favor these days and join the older hunter in the woods to go after turkeys.

Biding Time

March 23, 2012

Still in Alabama at a time he had hoped his spring quest would have him putting gobblers on the ground in Florida, Mike Pentecost is biding his time…though he is beginning to rework his strategy. Not one to rush through a season and be done, Mike mixes plenty of hunts in with friends and then finishes up later in the season. Early season in Alabama is actually usually tougher hunting, he said. But with spring coming in so early, the turkeys are way ahead and Mike is now worried that the whole mating game of the turkeys will be done by mid-April. That means the usually still productive final weeks of the season may not be that way this year.

Quest for 450: Quest Delayed

March 22, 2012

Jammed up with no camera still on hand, Mike Pentecost’s Quest for his 450th wild turkey, which was to start in Florida this past weekend, was put on hold. That means staying in Alabama where the season has already come in at least another week, which isn’t all bad, since he can jump on things as soon as he gets the matter straight. Until then, he’s doing the next best thing. He’s hunting with some friends.

Quest for 450: Opening Day in Alabama

March 20, 2012

Spring weather has arrived much earlier than usual and from what turkey hunters are seeing firsthand from scouting is that the turkeys are well along in their springtime process for it to be only mid-March. Ordinarily Woodhaven Custom Calls owner Mike Pentecost would've been rushing out of the door on Alabama's opening day, hours before daylight, to try and get a jump on the other hunters to hit a nearby tract of public land he likes to hunt. But this year is different.

Wyoming Antelope Hunt, Day 3

November 25, 2010

As mentioned previously, and particularly where trophy-class animals are required, antelope hunts are generally of short duration. But, with a full day to spare, Henderson, myself and a couple other hunters decided to visit local attractions, including gun shops. On the way into Gillette to drop of the antelope meat, we stopped by T&T Guns & Ammo and perused the inventory. The business, which has been family-owned for 59 years, has an excellent assortment of new and used firearms, ammunition and accessories. It’s nice to see these smaller businesses succeed.

Wyoming Antelope Hunt, Day 2

November 23, 2010

By Aaron Carter, Managing Editor, AR

Wyoming Antelope Hunt, Day 1

November 19, 2010

By Aaron Carter, Managing Editor, AR

The 48-Hour Safari: Priorities

July 30, 2010

By John Zent, Editorial Director

The 48-Hour Safari: Not Done Yet

July 29, 2010

By John Zent, Editorial Director