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Jim Zumbo had it made. As a renowned hunting editor with a major outdoor magazine for decades, Jim enjoyed adventures spanning from the Rocky Mountains to the plains of South Africa, meeting an amazing cast of characters along the way. Witness one man’s rise to the pinnacle of his career and how the firestorm around his blog brought it crashing down — or did it? Whether he’d meant to or not, Jim Zumbo launched an important firearms conversation in America.

Growing up in a first-generation Italian family not far from New York City, Zumbo treasured all of Jack O'Connor's stories in Outdoor Life magazine. What was the circuitous path that brought Jim full circle decades later, filling O'Connor's shoes at the very same magazine, and how did this New Yorker become one of America's favorite western cowboys?


Author of more than 20 books himself, Zumbo used his gift of storytelling in a collaboration with colleague, K.J. Houtman. Through Houtman's playful voice and intricate weaving, readers meet the man with all his quirks and foibles in an almost novel-like style. Decisions made, opportunities arose. It all came together incredibly well with dozens of books published and his own television show entitled Jim Zumbo Outdoors.


The late-night blog that kindled a firestorm is only one chapter in this saga. It wouldn't be his only regret nor his biggest. Read Zumbo and walk a mile in one old cowboy's dusty boots.


There may be surprises for even those who think they know him best.

Zumbo by K.J. Houtman with cover by Michael Tabor, graphic artist ​
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J. Wayne Fears, award-winning outdoor writer and author of Isaac

Zumbo is a major contribution to outdoor journalism, a career field looked upon with lust by thousands of hunters, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.  Author K.J. Houtman uses story telling skills to highlight the saga of one man’s journey from being an unknown Italian high school kid in New York to becoming a living legend in the outdoor industry. Houtman’s interwoven accounts of Jim Zumbo’s sometimes rocky, always interesting, climb up the outdoor ladder takes the usual perceived “glamour and fame” out of the outdoor journalism field and replaces it with the reality of hard work, near constant travel, personal sacrifices, and a major fall from grace that made the man a better man. This book is an exciting real life adventure story of how Jim Zumbo rose to the pinnacle of one of the most envied, yet difficult professions in the world.”   

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Kali Parmley, editor, outdoor writer and hunter

"As a leading writer and hunter in the outdoor industry, Jim Zumbo's story needed to be told! Houtman has allowed readers a first person glimpse into the life of a man who saw a rise to fame, a fall from grace, and a true test of resilience."

THE BUZZ ON THE BOOK

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Larry Weishuhn, Mr. Whitetail and outdoor writer and television host of Trailing the Hunter's Moon

“If K.J. Houtman’s Zumbo came with aromas it would remind you of campfire smoke, trout frying on an open fire, and steaming cowboy coffee, mixed with a dash of burned gunpowder. Zumbo takes us from life’s highs to lows and back again in the fascinating true story of Jim Zumbo. The man and the legend will leave you wanting more!” 

Bill Miller, former editer of North American Hunter magazine and

co-author of Reflections Under the Big Pine

“When the firestorm erupted, the most common question was, ‘What was he thinking?’ Zumbo is the long-awaited answer to that question, but it’s far more. Houtman gives us a poignant look at the life which sculpted the career of one of the greatest hunting communicators of the ‘golden era’ of outdoor writing.”

Hilary Dyer, editor at Grand View Outdoor Media

"Zumbo is a fascinating peek behind the curtain into the career of one of the country’s best-known outdoor writers. Jim Zumbo’s contributions to the hunting industry go so much deeper than the infamous blog and its fallout, and K.J. Houtman’s skilled storytelling pulls the reader in to discover the man behind the controversy."