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 2,500 articles published in all the major outdoor magazines. He has also written 23 books on hunting and fishing.
Widely regarded as the foremost authority on North American big game hunting, Zumbo has a large readership audience. Zumbo currently writes for several magazines.
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 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 has hunted 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.
Living the Life
Professionally, he held offices in many conservation organizations including the Society of American Foresters, the Wildlife Society, the Outdoor Writer’s Association of America, the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the US Sportsmen’s Alliance. He is a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club, 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.
Zumbo lives in a log home in the Wyoming Mountains with his wife, Madonna, and their two Labrador retrievers — in an area he claims offers the best big game hunting in the lower 48.
If you’re interested in purchasing Jim’s books you can complete the below form, or send us a letter with your information to:
Wapiti Valley Publishing Company
P.O. Box 2390
Cody, WY 82414
PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL ONLY RESPOND TO INQUIRIES REGARDING ORDERS. Thank you!
OUR NEW WEBSITE
For those of you who have followed Jim over the years, you’ll notice a change to the JimZumbo.com website.
In order to devote more time to the great outdoors and everyday life in the playground of Wyoming and beyond, Jim has discontinued his blog. However, you can read his articles in Petersen’s Hunting, Game and Fish, Field Ethos, Outdoor Life and other electronic publications.