At 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds, Carson Wentz stands out in a crowd. In 2019, his fourth NFL season, the Eagles quarterback threw the ball for 4,039 yards with 27 touchdown passes and only seven interceptions for a QB rating of 93.1. This ratio is no fluke; 2019 marked the third straight year he made 20 or more passing touchdowns with 10 or fewer interceptions.
Only five other NFL quarterbacks can claim that stat. With all that success, is it any surprise that his off-field pursuits, like hunting, are successful as well?
Carson Wentz’s love of hunting, guns, and religion
Wentz grew up in North Dakota where he played football, baseball, and basketball for Century High School in Bismarck. Then, he played college football at North Dakota State University (NDSU). He fell in love with hunting as a way to escape the stresses associated with college football.
Wentz has a passion for bird hunting and enjoys chasing pheasants, ducks, and geese. The QB enjoys hunting with his golden retriever, Henley. He says that Henley gets excited and is ready to go anytime he gets up at 4 AM and starts getting his hunting gear ready.
Wentz is outspoken about his love of hunting and his religious views and makes no apologies for either. In fact, after his rookie season in 2016, Wentz gave each of his offensive linemen a $2,000 personalized Beretta shotgun and an offer to teach them how to use them safely for hunting or target shooting.
In the early days of Wentz’s Twitter account, he posted two pictures wishing Henley a happy birthday. One picture showed Henley as a young pup. Another showed her as a full-grown hunting retriever sitting behind a successful hunts’ bag limit of geese stacked neatly on the ground with the caption, “Happy 5th Birthday to Mama Henley! We’ve been through a lot in 5 years. Best dog and hunting buddy I could ask for!”
Wentz received a concerned comment saying someone in his position could offend people by posting controversial pictures. The quarterback took the opportunity to politely stand his ground.
He stated, “Appreciate that, but offensive and controversial? Two of the main things I tweet about are Jesus and hunting. That’s what I’m passionate about and that won’t ever change! When you love something, you talk about it! Stay convicted about it and don’t worry what others think!”
Carson Wentz’s A01 foundation
Wentz is proud of his faith. As a Christian, he feels he should share the blessings bestowed upon him. The AO1 (Audience of 1) foundation is a collection of individual ministries with the mission of “uplifting individuals and communities around the world by demonstrating God’s love for his people.”
Wentz Brothers Outdoors
Wentz and his older brother, Zach, have been actively posting their hunting adventures on Instagram and YouTube for the past few years. The following they’ve created captured the attention of Outdoor Sportsman and led to the creation of an original digital series hosted on OutdoorChannel.com.
Their Instagram account is still active with 505 posts and about 73,400 followers to date. CBS Sports stated, in May 2018, that the Wentz Bros Outdoors YouTube channel had 12 videos and over 153,000 views, however, now their YouTube channel is vacant, likely the videos were moved to their new endeavor.
The episodes on OutdoorChannel.com range from goose and whitetail deer hunts to chasing turkeys and walleye fishing. Other notable adventures include deer hunting in Hawaii and traveling to New Zealand to hunt Tahr, Red Stag, and Mountain Chamois.