Playing for the Edge

Whether stalking turkeys or talking turkey, Jim Baker says, "the trick is in getting them where you want them, on your terms"

"Those are armadillo tracks," says Jim Baker. "And that's a coyote turd."


A stream of well-chewed Red Man tobacco -- a replacement for his three-pack- a-day cigarette habit -- arcs expertly toward a barely visible target about four feet away. "Right there," he says. "Bull's-eye." It is the last day of 1988. In three weeks James Addison Baker III will become America's next Secretary of State.

Baker and a companion are turkey hunting on 1,366 acres of Texas scrubland about 50 miles south of San Antonio, a wild, almost barren part of the U.S. where it is easy to believe...

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