After only hours in the field with him, it was clear that Budz was the most driven hunter I’d ever met. It would be tempting to dismiss him as a whack job, if it weren’t for his accomplishments. At 49, he’s registered 91 grand slams, each of which involves tagging all four subspecies of wild turkey. That’s more turkey slams than anybody in history and about 40 more than his closest living competitor. When he discovered that there was something called a super slam—killing a turkey in every state but Alaska (where they aren’t present)—he was initially crestfallen to learn that three hunters had already done it. A closer examination, however, revealed that each of the three had used guides. That, Budz realized, meant that the distinction of completing a self-guided super slam was up for grabs. So, over the course of about 15 years—much of it spent living out of his truck, poring over maps, knocking on doors, and eating Power Bars and Fig Newtons—Budz completed the feat in 2014. During one stretch, he killed 10 toms in 10 states in 12 days. He figures he averaged about three and a half hours of sleep a night.