About Jim Zumbo
Jim Zumbo has two degrees in forestry and wildlife management, and worked as a forester and wildlife biologist for 15 years. He sold his first article to OUTDOOR LIFE in 1962, and has had over 2,000 articles published in all the major outdoor magazines. In 1978, Zumbo joined OUTDOOR LIFE as full-time Western editor, then Editor at large, and in 1990 was named the Hunting Editor.
Zumbo writes about a variety of subjects for OUTDOOR LIFE, including adventure, ordeal pieces, profiles of outstanding outdoorsmen, small game, upland game, waterfowl, fishing, and big game hunting. He specializes in western big game, primarily elk and mule deer.
Widely regarded as the foremost authority on North American big game hunting, Zumbo has a large readership audience. In addition to his more than 2,000 published magazine articles, Zumbo has authored 23 books, and co-authored one with Robert Elman. Some of his books include a 360-page hardcover, HUNTING AMERICA'S MULE DEER; a 260-page hardcover, HUNT ELK; CALLING ALL ELK, AMAZING VENISON RECIPES (which has been reprinted 15 times since 1995), and THE BIG GAME HUNTER'S BIBLE. He also authored and published these hardcover books, among others, TO HECK WITH ELK HUNTING, TO HECK WITH DEER HUNTING, TO HECK WITH MOOSE HUNTING, and HOW TO GET AN EASY ELK. His most recent releases are MULE DEER HUNTING, ELK HUNTING, and PORTRAITS OF ELK HUNTING. All are illustrated in full color; the latter is his long awaited work, a coffee table book on the romance of the elk hunt, which is exclusively illustrated with 200 of his photos.
Zumbo also lectures extensively, primarily on big game hunting topics. He gives elk hunting schools, seminars and clinics on big game. Zumbo helped establish the NRA's Great American Hunting Tour by appearing at the first program in l987. Since then, he has appeared in more than 90 cities, from Bangor to San Diego, with the NRA and other show producers. He has been featured in seven hunting videos, three on elk, two on mule deer, one on whitetail deer, one on bighorn sheep, and one on cooking venison. He designed his own elk call and produced an accompanying 30-minute instructional cassette tape on the use of the call. He is also known for his skills as an outdoor photographer, having had some 3,000 photos published, and winning many photo awards from various national writer organizations. Zumbo has appeared on ESPN, TNN, OUTDOOR LIFE NETWORK, and the OUTDOOR CHANNEL, demonstrating a variety of hunting tips, appearing in hunting shows, and cooking wild game. Zumbo hosted his own cooking show, "The Wild Gourmet," broadcast on the former Outdoor Life Network, and hosted his own hunting show on the Outdoor Channel, "Jim Zumbo Outdoors", since 2004.
Zumbo lives in a log home in the mountains between Cody, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park, with his wife, Madonna, and their two Labrador retrievers -- in an area he claims offers the best big game hunting in the lower 48. He routinely hunts whitetails and other game in at least 20 states each year. He also hunts Canada and Alaska extensively and has hunted abroad as well, including Africa, Europe, and South America. He has hunted deer in all 50 states, has hunted elk in every western "elk" state, and has hunted all but three Canadian provinces.
Professionally, he was chairman of the New York State Metropolitan Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, president of the Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society, a two term Board member of the Outdoor Writer's Association of America, and served two six-year terms on The Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He is a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club, served on the Board of the United States Sportsmen's Alliance, and is a member of the NRA, DU, The Second Amendment Foundation, and SCI.
Zumbo received the Outdoor Communicator Award from the National Wild Turkey Federation in 2006; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Outdoor Channel in 2011, and the Wallace Fennel Pate Award from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 2011 and the POMA/ NSSF Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award in 2014.