In our Media Diet column, Zero Point Zero Production asks prominent hunters about their reading and media consumption habits. What hunting magazines are they reading? How do they get their news when they’re at home? What about when on a hunting trip? What is on their Netflix queues? The answers to all these questions, and more, lie ahead. Up next, Jay Scott. Jay lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife Jeanne. He is a professional guide in Arizona and loves fly fishing for trout, calling turkeys in the spring and hunting for all big game animals. He is an avid real estate investor and has been working at his real estate business since 1997. Jay graduated from Arizona State University in 1996 and has a very active hunting and fishing YouTube channel. He operates several blogs, including JayScottOutdoors.com, ColburnandScottOutfitters.com and GouldsTurkeyHunt.com.
Do you read a lot? What book are you reading?
I go through periods where I read a lot and then I will go six months and not read at all. I like reading books by Stuart Woods, John Sandford, Robert Parker, John Grisham and David Baldacci, to name a few. I read the Bible quite a bit and enjoy biographies. I am kind of a binge reader, according to my wife. Sometimes I will read 3-4 books in a couple of days then none for many months. I also read and research daily for my real estate business.
If you had to recommend 5 books for someone new to hunting, what would they be?
Really the only hunting books I have read were by Steven Rinella. His buffalo book was very good. He cracks me up.
What about magazines? Which ones do you read?
I read The Huntin’ Fool, Muley Crazy, Western Hunter, Elk Hunter, Forbes, Fly Fisherman, Fly Fusion and Turkey Hunting.
Which websites do you go to regularly?
FOX News, ORGHunt, Midwest Whitetail, Old Gobbler, Coues Whitetail, PGA Tour and AZ Central. I maintain my own blog, Jay Scott Outdoors, and try to post something that is hunting and fishing-related just about every day.
Is it difficult to keep up with the news while hunting?
When I am in Mexico hunting Coues deer and Gould’s turkeys, I don’t get any news at all except from my wife when I call her on the satellite phone. On most all of my other hunts, the phone service is pretty good and I try to stay up to date with the local and national news.
How else do you get news and other media? Do you use social media?
In the summer we stay in Colorado and get the local paper almost every day. As far as social media goes, I use Facebook regularly.
Do you watch TV? Which shows?
I watch quite a bit of TV. I watch the news every night before I go to bed. Some of my favorite TV shows are Deadliest Catch, Duck Dynasty, Fast and Loud, Homeland, Covert Affairs, The Good Wife and anything on The History Channel. I am fascinated by U.S. history and am somewhat of a junkie. I watch golf on the weekends to keep up with my favorite players and friends on the PGA and Champions tours.
Do you ever go to the movies?
My wife and I don’t go to the movies that much but we watch a lot of movies that we get from the library. We have recently watched Jobs, Saving Private Ryan and Something the Lord Made (it’s about a doctor from John Hopkins University and it was really good).
Fill in the blank: I’d like to see _________ answer these same questions.
Craig Steele, Darr Colburn (Colburn and Scott Outfitters) and Bill Winke (Midwest Whitetail).
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