Tuesday, July 16th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Tuesday, July 16th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

A quick chat with turkey fanatic Jeff Budz

Jeff Budz with a Merriam’s gobbler, one of the more than 500 wild turkeys he has shot in his 35-year hunting career. (Photos courtesy of Jeff Budz)

To call Jeff Budz a turkey hunting fanatic is a serious understatement. He has more than 35 years of experience hunting, guiding, writing, and filming hunts all over the world.
To Budz, who lives in Okeechobee, Fla., hunting isn’t just a hobby, it’s a way of life. He has shot more than 500 turkeys, completed 110 grand slams of all four wild turkey subspecies (Eastern, Merriam’s, Rio Grande, and Osceola), and recorded a self-guided super slam of longbeards (one in each of the 49 states with turkeys).

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