Bowsite, Good Friends and the NA 29
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From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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One of my better archery whitetails...
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One of my better archery whitetails...
Here's my story...

#1 Whitetail Deer

November 1979 I killed my first whitetail deer with a .222 Remington. I had "dabbled" in archery throughout my youth, but never really got serious until the late 80's. I had hit/wounded a couple spot and stalk whitetails in the early '80's with my Herter's Recurve that went unrecovered but it wasn't until Christmas Day 1987 that I finally got my first archery big game kill. I got my brothers and Dad to do a walking drive around a lake bottom while I set up the ambush. The unsuspecting button buck never knew what hit him. He walked by at 5 yards and a well placed Bear Razorhead from my Bear Whitetail 2 had claimed it's first.

I always enjoyed archery growing up, but now I was hooked. And so the journey begins. Over the next 39 years over 100 whitetails would fall victim to my bow, firearms and muzzle loader. And almost 39 years to the day from November of 1979 to November of 2018 I accomplished a goal I wasn't sure I would EVER accomplish...The North American Super Slam.

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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#2 and #3 Mule Deer and Pronghorn

For the next 15 years I would chase white tails , pronghorn and an occasional mule deer around my home State of North Dakota, Montana, Alberta, and Oregon.

From: INbowdude
29-Nov-18
Congrats KotaMan!

From: yooper89
29-Nov-18
I am here for this!

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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One of many of my spring black bears.
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One of many of my spring black bears.
#4 Black Bear

In 1991 I moved back to ND after a five year stint covering California, Minnesota and Massachusetts. I had killed all of the "non draw" species in my home state and was left wanting more. Black bear would be that species. After calling a fishing guide in Sask, Canada three buddies and I booked a baited archery black bear hunt for $500 a guy. We all killed great P&Y bears that first year and it became an annual event for the next 5 years with all of us killing bears every year. Black bear continues to be a favorite spring time activity of mine.

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18
#5 Woodland Caribou #6 Canada Moose

Caribou started getting my attention in 2001. At the time Newfoundland was a bargain. I booked a hunt two years out with Moose Valley Outfitters. The day after I booked the outfitter, Dean MacDonald called back with a cancellation hunt for the current year...WITH TWO WEEKS NOTICE) The price was too good to pass up. ($1500 for archery Woodland Caribou). I passed up a P&Y bull on day one and killed this small bull at 26 yards on the second to last day. I would return to Newfoundland several times the next 10 years taking a few Woodlands and a couple Canada Moose.

From: JTreeman
29-Nov-18
Congrats man, heard around the way you got it done. I’ll look forward to the rest of this thread.

—jim

From: Bliz6
29-Nov-18
Congrats buddy! An incredible accomplishment!

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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#7 Quebec Labador Caribou

Took this bull the second to last hunt before the $&@t hit the fan with Tuttulik/Mavic Corp. Several hunters reportedly lost nearly a million dollars when they went out of biz. Some Bowsiters included.

From: Bowfreak
29-Nov-18
I'm tuned in!

From: Bou'bound
29-Nov-18
Oh this will be great keep counting.

From: Stekewood
29-Nov-18
Awesome. Congratulations. Look forward to seeing them all.

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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#8Cougar - # 9 Rocky Mountain Elk

Around 1994 a local family friend was closing in on a Super Slam. I was intrigued by his quest and his adventures, but it was a pipe dream for me to think it was possible for me to ever accomplish. In the late 90's I got side tracked by Africa. Four trips over the course of 6 years with Ken Moody Hunting Adventures put a damper on my North America pursuits. In 2010 I was reading in a magazine about a fairly new new program called a Super 10. The Super 10 is basically taking one animal from each animal group in NA. The concept sounded neat and was a realistic goal to try and accomplish. My goal initially was to accomplish a Super 10 with archery equipment. I had already taken deer, pronghorn, moose, bear, cougar, elk and caribou with archery equipment. I would only need a musk ox, mountain goat and sheep to accomplish this goal. I booked all three hunts over the course of the next three years.

From: bowhunter24
29-Nov-18
Thanks, work will be better tonight thanks to you! A great big congrats as well!

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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Muzzleloader elk from New Mexico...

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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#10Musk Ox

I booked a fall musk ox hunt with Canada North in the fall of 2011. Seeing the frozen tundra in the spring didn't really appeal to me as I live it 8 months out of the year here in ND. Fall on the tundra was beautiful. Day 2 of a wonderful adventure hunt yielded a P&Y Musk Ox. After three or four attempts/stalks, we finally caught the musk ox on a ridge and my 45 yard shot was perfect. He went 60 yards and tipped over.

From: Nick Muche
29-Nov-18
Way to go Cory! Can’t wait to see the entire thread!

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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#11Mountain Goat

Babine Outfitters advertised an early season special for mountain goats right here on Bowsite. I took them up on the deal and after killing a wolf on day one of the hunt was able to harvest an old goat on day 3 of the hunt after spending a day fogged in the tent. I would return to hunt goats with Babine a couple years later on a late October hunt and killed another great goat. Great outfit, great country.

From: Bowboy
29-Nov-18
Congrats and keep it coming!

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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Bonus Wolf...
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Bonus Wolf...

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18
#12 Mountain Caribou

The big, majestic caribou of the North had always been a dream of mine. A buddy and myself booked a hunt with Arctic Red for Sept. of 2012. While we checked our bags in at the airport the outfitter called. NWT had just received a record snow fall for this time of year. Over 2.5 feet had fallen on the hunting area and they wanted to postpone or even cancel the hunt. I told him we had already checked our bags and were on our way! After a short stay in a hotel in NWT we were flown by helicopter to the hunting area. We hiked through 2.5 feet of snow for three days when the Chinooks blew in and took virtually all of the snow in 24 hours! We ended up killing the only two bulls we saw. My buddy killed a solid 400 incher and I killed this great 370 class bull.

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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#12 Mountain Caribou

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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Before the chinooks took our snow...

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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#13 Desert Sheep

I booked my first sheep hunt as a 50th birthday present to myself. With two years to prepare for a Stone Sheep hunt in the Yukon, I wasn't quite prepared when I received the call on a cancellation Desert Sheep hunt in Sonora Mexico with Bart Lancaster. I took the cancellation hunt and killed my first sheep, a nice Desert Sheep on day 6. Lancasters have some great options for Desert Sheep in Mexico and their reputation precedes themselves. Great hunt, great people. Goal #1 complete with a Super 10. My Stone sheep hunt in the Yukon would be a bust. I would have to repeat Stone Sheep.

While trying to accomplish the Super 10, I was able to hunt a few more new species along the way. By the time I accomplished the Super 10, I came to the realization that I had actually killed 13 different species. This got my wheels turning. With 13 species down I was basically half way to the Super Slam. Time to rethink the hunting goals!

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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I don't know what happened to the Woodland and Canada Moose pics. Here they are...

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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Canada Moose
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Canada Moose
Canada Moose

From: Brotsky
29-Nov-18
So awesome Cory! Congratulations on a hell of an accomplishment! I’m gonna pour a glass in your honor to celebrate the rest of this thread!

From: Trial153
29-Nov-18
Congrats brother!

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18
#14 Brown Bear

In fall of 2013, I embarked on my third sheep hunt. I was 1 for 2 on sheep and after a near miss and a small plane crash my Dall sheep with Jonah Stewart would come to an end. I re-booked the Dall hunt for the next year and also booked a spring Brown Bear Hunt with Jonah. My guide for this hunt would be the ledgendary Roy Roth. After a week of completely destroying my body on snow shoes and a snow machine, I came home with a completely ruptured ACL, torn miniscus, broken tibia, bruises from head to toe and a great AK Brown Bear.

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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#14 Brown Bear

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18
#15 Dall Sheep

My return Dall Hunt would be short and sweet. Two days before season Jonah would drop my Guide Harold and I on a beautiful AK river bottom. After spending a night down low, we hiked to our destination the day before the opener. We spent our day glassing from the tent. Later that afternoon we spotted a band of rams several miles away. We decided to go for it and when season opened at midnight I was laying in position for the shot. At 12:06 on opening day, I had my ram.

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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#15 Dall Sheep

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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#16 Coues Deer

Coues would be a "nemesis" species for me. After two unsuccessful archery hunts with Ward's, I booked a November rifle hunt three years from the first hunt. On day 3 of the hunt I took a great old buck. I enjoyed hunting with Ward's and Steven treated me right on every hunt.

29-Nov-18
Heartfelt congratulations Cory!

Looking forward to the rest of the tale.

From: Neubauer
29-Nov-18
So cool. Thanks for sharing Cory

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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#17 Central Barren Caribou

In researching the options for CB Caribou one soon finds out the choices are limited. (Even more so today). I chose Munroe Lake Lodge in Northern Manitoba. I was again "caribou lucky" in that I hunted one of the last years the caribou repeatedly came into Manitoba. I killed two great Bulls and shared camp with another great group of guys.

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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#18 Shiras Moose

I received a broadcast text from Bowhunting Safari Consultants that they had a Southern BC Shiras Moose hunt available at a discounted price. Granted this hunt would not be for a P&Y qualifying bull as it was North across the border, none the less Super Slam and Safari Club recognize these moose as Shiras. I decided to book the hunt and had a great trip, calling in and killing a great bull.

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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#19 Roosevelt Elk

I went all out and booked Roosevelt Elk on Vancouver Island. On the first morning of the hunt I was able to stalk this Boone and Crockett bull "on the beach" at sunrise on opening day.

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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29-Nov-18
#20 Bison

taken with High Plains Adventures in Colorado...

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18

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BISON

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18
And with that, we'll take a little break for the night. Back tomorrow for the finish.

From: t-roy
29-Nov-18
Maybe she was referring to your gear/clothing testing and reviews, Cory. Those are definitely “professionally” done!

Congrats on a tremendous accomplishment!

From: HUNT MAN
29-Nov-18
Best thread on Bowsite in awhile. Thanks for posting . Looking forward to the rest!

From: drycreek
29-Nov-18
Good thread, but I call BS on the eight months of witnter in ND. When I lived there is was no more than seven and a half ! :-)

From: PAstringking
29-Nov-18
So far you have hunted with some great outfitters. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your slam.

From: Quinn @work
29-Nov-18
Thanks for posting. Awesome thread! Don't let the troll stop you from posting.

Some of us are mountain time. :)

From: kota-man
29-Nov-18
No worries Quinn. Just time for a break. Busy day at work tomorrow so not sure when I’ll “restart”, but you can bet it will get finished. ;).

From: brettpsu
30-Nov-18
Congrats Cory!

From: Scoot
30-Nov-18
Lovin this! Many congrats Cory!

From: Mad Trapper
30-Nov-18
Congrats old man!

From: otcWill
30-Nov-18
Enjoying this. Huge congrats on achieving your goal! Thanks for taking the time to post it

From: 12yards
30-Nov-18
Wow! I too killed my first archery animal in 1987. Thanks for showing me how underwhelming my hunting career has been since then. LOL. Congrats on an amazing feat!

From: Halibutman
30-Nov-18
I can tell you, the pursuit of the 29 is an "all in" endeavor. It's really a great quest. I'd reckon most guys that wind up actively pursuing it are just like you.... "huh, I've got 13 species already...."

It was great getting to be a small part of your story, and you becoming a small part of mine at the airport in Iqualuit!!!

Good luck afield this season and those to come Kota. May the weather be cooperative and the targets plentiful. Cheers!

30-Nov-18
What an accomplishment. Congrats brother. Looking forward to the rest.

From: APauls
30-Nov-18
Love it Cory!! Congratulations on completing the 29! Very very cool. Appreciate you taking the time to share you journey with us. Definitely following this thread. It is fun to enjoy the ride as you take us along. 1987 was also a special year for me as well - I was born that year ;)

From: Treeline
30-Nov-18
A boat load of fabulous experiences in awesome parts of North America! Kota, you certainly have been blessed with some great hunts and animals! Congratulations!

From: deerhunter72
30-Nov-18
Congrats on your amazing accomplishment! Truly amazing and thanks for sharing it with us. This might be silly, but which species is the hardest to kill?

30-Nov-18
In my opinion Colorado Buffalo are not part of the true 29 sorry

From: grubby
30-Nov-18
Congratulations ! You definitely deserve your success! I think you should get an award just for attempting them all!

From: SBH
30-Nov-18
What an accomplishment! Thanks for sharing. Thats just incredible.

From: OFFHNTN
30-Nov-18
YES! Been looking forward to this!!! Thank you for sharing your adventures Cory!!!

From: steff
30-Nov-18
Cory, Congrats again! Glad I was able to provide some intel along the way, and that we got to chat a little on the boat just before # 29!!! Now you can relax a little....

From: deerhaven
30-Nov-18
I knew you were getting close Cory. Congratulations!! Best part now is you get to move the goal post again and you realize there are a lot of cool animals and hunts to do

From: flyingbrass
30-Nov-18
congrats! very impressive to say the least!

From: Buffalo1
30-Nov-18
Congrats Cory. A super accomplishment.

And still got room to grow!! (You know the greatest hunting secret- “wife vacations”) !!!

From: bohuntr
30-Nov-18
Congratulations Cory! Very cool thread, I am looking forward to the rest of the story.

From: Hawkeye
30-Nov-18
Congrats Cory! Truly a world-class accomplishment! Well done buddy.

30-Nov-18
Bowsite rocks! Way to go!

From: GhostBird
30-Nov-18
Congratulations... good stuff!!!!!!

From: trkyslr
30-Nov-18
Congrats cory! Love that roosie!

30-Nov-18
Congrats !

From: Bowbender
30-Nov-18
Awesome thread. Congrats!!

From: Ron Niziolek
30-Nov-18
Congrats Cory. Looking forward to the rest.

From: huntinelk
30-Nov-18
Congrats on a huge accomplishment

From: Kurt
30-Nov-18
Congratulations Cory! Lots of hunting to get 29! Hope to get there one of these years myself!

From: Chris S
30-Nov-18
Wow congrats on a major accomplishment. I would also like to point out that the Bonus Wolf makes you a record holder of the NA30!!

From: Beav
30-Nov-18
What a great thread! Looking forward to more!!

From: kota-man
30-Nov-18
Seriously, thank you everyone. Before I move on I will address a post that I just knew was going to come sooner or later. Different organizations try to form boundary's to differentiate between the species. What is a "true" NA 29 differs between the organizations and they all have their issues including P&Y and B&C. I have taken 4 "fringe" species in my Slam.

The first "fringe" species for me was my Shiras moose. P&Y and Boone say anything North of the border is a Canadian moose. SCI and Super Slam puts the Southern BC moose in the Shiras category. I can bet you the moose don't know the difference and I can about guarantee you if you did a DNA test on my moose it would come back as a Shiras. Does that not make my Shiras a "true" Shiras? Or does SCI/SS have it right? I'm going with the fact that mine is a Shiras.

I was going to make a post on the Bison when I put it out there and assumed some smart guy might question it. SCI and SS acknowledge Colorado Bison from High Plains Adventures a Fair Chase, Super Slam Bison. I shot my Bison on public land down from Pikes Peak. The ground was accessed through a private ranch. The Bison I killed was as wild as any Bison you will find. I stalked that bull for 2 days with my bow before finally killing him with a .375 H&H. Mathewshoortphone - When you complete your slam, kill a bison that fits your "true" definition. This one fits mine. If Colorado would recognize the Bison as a game species this hunt may very well also be considered "fair chase" by Pope and Boone. But until that happens, the Colorado Bison will not be able to be entered into B&C or P&Y even though it is considered fair chase Bison by SCI and Super Slam. It looks like a Bison, smells like a Bison, tastes like a Bison and was taken on public land in a fair chase manner. "True" enough for me.

I have killed two other "fringe" species and I will address those when I get to them. In summary, I don't know what a "true" NA 29 is. I hunted and killed 29 big game animals as defined by someone. There are only two organizations recognizing this achievment. First is Super Slam, second is SCI. Are any other "NA 29's true"?

From: Scoot
30-Nov-18
There are those who love to quibble about details like you addressed above, Cory, and there are those who go out and do stuff. It's clear which category you fall in. The internet jockeys who fall in the other category can waste all kinds of internet space on that crap, but don't let it slow you down. You obviously haven't let it do that so far!

30-Nov-18
Grats on your accomplishment Cory! Love seeing it and thanks for taking the time to post it. Looking forward to the rest.

From: BigOk
30-Nov-18
Congrats on this accomplishment!!! Great thread.

From: No Mercy
30-Nov-18
Congrats my friend-glad I could tag along on a part of the journey!

From: kota-man
30-Nov-18

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#21 Polar Bear

Arctic hunts are generally "epic" for me and this one was no exception. On an arctic hunt the "kill" is usually anticlimactic. Spending 6 days in a 6x8 shack with two eskimos you just met due to a complete whiteout is something everyone of us should experience at one time or another!

I booked this hunt through Ameri-Cana Expeditions. My hunt was based out of Grise Fiord in Nunavut. Grise Fiord is the northern most settlement community in North America. Right near the top of the globe! This hunt was adventure filled from the get go.

From: BOWNUT
30-Nov-18
God bless you! Fine job.

From: Ace
30-Nov-18
I'm pretty sure that Polar Bear isn't a legit part of the NA 29 because you're obviously not wearing a Beaver Hat in that pic, and it looks like you have on Virtual Reality rainbow goggles that would clearly give you an unfair advantage, I bet that they probably let you see right through his fur to his vitals.

Congratulations on an unbelievable accomplishment!

30-Nov-18
I killed a p&y bison in bc pink Mt I live in Colorado and know where you shot that bison fenced.like I said sorry it's still not the same without am at 18 species all Archery I don't see me finishing the 29 but who knows $$

From: Drnaln
30-Nov-18
Great accomplishment & thanks for bringing us along!

From: Deertick
30-Nov-18
Several things make me say "Wow" while reading this thread.

From: kota-man
30-Nov-18

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#22 Grizzly Bear

I've always wanted to do a hunt with Lance and Niki Kronberger. (Freelance Outdoor Adventures in Alaska) Grizz would be my first, but not my last! After several days of glassing bears, it finally all came together on this really neat looking blonde grizz. It had just killed two moose calves and was enjoying his snack when we made the ambush. Unlakleet is a sportsman's paradise for grizz and moose. I truly believe some of the worlds biggest grizz and biggest moose live on the tundra around Unalakleet, AK. I ended up taking a great 65" moose with Lance this past fall and will be hunting Kodiak for Brown Bears with Lance in 2020. I was guided on both the grizz and moose hunt by none other than Bowsite's own Mark Gutsmiedl.

From: kota-man
30-Nov-18

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He is one of the prettiest mounts in my room!

From: KY EyeBow
30-Nov-18
Beautiful mount indeed!!! Nice. Thanks for taking time to post this

From: yooper89
30-Nov-18
Mathewsshootr wow thank you for your service. Maybe someday we’ll get to read your thread.

Cory, this is outstanding!

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30-Nov-18

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#23 Columbia Blacktail Deer and #24 Tule Elk

I was visiting with Zack Walton one day a few years ago about my "quest" and he asked me what I was going to do about Tule Elk. My logical choice was to try to get in with Don Martin aka "Hollywood" but he was booked three years out. Zack mentioned a guy that a guy he hunts Blacktail's with had a couple Tule Tags. I gave him a call and booked a hunt. As most of you know, Tule hunts aren't always the most challenging hunt and this one didn't stress us out too much. The tule is/was another fringe animal for me. The bull I killed was HUGE for Tule standards but was within the Tule zone of central/northern California. IMO this one definitely has some "Rosie" blood in him, but none the less it goes down as a Tule. On the first day of the hunt I was able to stalk and kill a "true" Columbia Blacktail though...:)

From: kota-man
30-Nov-18

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Columbia Blacktail

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30-Nov-18

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#25 California Bighorn

I had unsuccessfully hunted Rocky Mountain Bighorn in 2015. (I actually made a poor shot on a really nice ram and did not recover him) I already had a Cali Bighorn hunt booked as one of my "other" goals was also to shoot all 6 sheep species inhabiting NA. September of '17 I headed to British Columbia to hunt with my good friend/guide Ben Stourac. Ben and Rosie own Arcadia Outfitting along the Fraser River in Southern BC. The landscape is pristine and the area is full of wildlife. I took this great, old 12 year old warrior on day 4 of the hunt.

From: Shrewski
30-Nov-18
Awesome Kota. Looking forward to the rest. Do you have plans to redo any of the hunts/animals?

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30-Nov-18

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‘17 Yukon Moose
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‘17 Yukon Moose
#26 Ak/Yukon Moose #27 Barren Ground Caribou

2017 was a HUGE year for me. The year started with Polar Bear in April, Grizz in May Tule and Blacktail in August, Cali Bighorn in September and Moose and Caribou in October. The moose was a bonus as I had not planned on hunting them until 2018, but when this beast popped up along the trail, I couldn’t pass him up.

From: kota-man
30-Nov-18

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#27 Barren Ground Caribou

The last “fringe” animal for me. Caribou North of the Dempster Highway in the Yukon are for the most part considered Barren Ground Caribou. However there are also mountain Caribou in this area. You be the judge...Looks like a “true” Barren Ground to me!

From: kota-man
30-Nov-18
Shrewski- Yes, I have a few “redo” hunts planned. I’ve always wanted to hunt the BIG bears on Kodiak. Spring of 2020, I’ll be there. I would also like to hunt a Columbia Blacktail in Oregon. This hunt is in the works.

I had a great hunt with Tombstone Outfitters in the Yukon for the moose and Caribou. I booked Fannin sheep with them for next fall. I will be joined by a “legendary” Bowsiter on this hunt. ;). I would also like to pursue RM Bighorn sheep again. That’s about all that’s on the “radar” for now...I promised my better half I’d “slow down” a little.

From: Bou'bound
30-Nov-18
absolutely spectacular. you earned every one. great job cory

From: kota-man
30-Nov-18
#28 Stone Sheep

Stones was a tough one for me. I tried a less expensive hunt in the Yukon first, spending 17 days backpack hunting all over the Yukon. I “re-tore” my ACL on this hunt and came home seeing one ram for the whole trip. Trip #2 was to BC with Stone Mountain Safaris and what different Hunt it was. We saw 26 rams on Day 1...to be continued...

From: kota-man
30-Nov-18

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After passing several rams and a botched shot on Day 4, I was able to take this old warrior ram on Day 8. 25 days of chasing Stone Sheep was complete. Every time I go on a sheep hunt, I start out wondering what in the World have I gotten myself in to. But every time I climb to the top, it is almost euphoric. By the time I’m home from a successful sheep hunt, I’m already making arrangements for the next one. I don’t know how many more sheep hunts I have in me, but will hunt them as long as I can.

From: kota-man
30-Nov-18
#29 Sitka Blacktail

Sometime in 2016, I was again talking with my main hunting consultant “Zack” about Sitka Blacktail. Zack had done Kodiak several times with Homer Ocean Charters and thought highly of them. We talked about how neat it would be if I was chasing #29 on the boat hunt, but things would really have to go my way for that to happen. Well, things went my way and the first week of November found me boarding a plane with Mark Watkins headed to Kodiak for #29. Joining me on the hunt were the following Bowsiters: Zackman, Hollywood, Mark Watkins, Jay Stanford and John Pestorich. There were a bunch of Bowsiters getting off the boat prior to our hunt. It was great meeting up with Owl, Fuzzy, Steff, MattB, Bliz6 and Demo Bowhunter. With Mark Watkins at my side I was able to accomplish a lifelong dream...to be cont...

Our week was full of adventure, laughs, Kodiak weather and too much celebrating.

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30-Nov-18

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#29

From: Cajunarcher
30-Nov-18
Huge congrats Cory!! Love following you and pleasure to meet you in person at the sheep show.

From: Dale06
30-Nov-18
Amazing! Congratulations.

From: Shrewski
30-Nov-18
Very cool “redos” and you saved the BEST for last IMO. Love Kodiak and all of its game most of all those deer. Thanks for taking us along for most of these.

30-Nov-18
So cool. Congrats my friend!

30-Nov-18
Congrats again on completing an epic journey!!

Glad I got to follow along!

From: kota-man
30-Nov-18
Now , for the “Bowsite” and “good friends” part of the thread... I can’t even begin to list all of the great members of this “community” that I’ve had the pleasure to hunt with, or crossed paths with at some point in this journey. Not to mention the great friendships that have come from being a member of this community.

I would love to come up with a list of everyone on here that I have met (some in CRAZY unthinkable places), crossed paths with on a hunt or even shared a camp with, but the list is too large to even attempt! Kudos to Pat for coming up with this amazing platform where bunch of guys with similar interests and goals can come together and discuss Bowhunting. Thanks Pat...

From: Zackman
30-Nov-18
Spectacular Cory!! Congratulations again on a lifetime worth of adventures

30-Nov-18
Great ending to a great thread! Congratulations, Cory!

From: kota-man
30-Nov-18
Some questions that have come up:

MY Easiest Hunt: Tule Elk...My Hunt was almost too easy. BUT, I’ll take all the easy ones I get. Makes up for the tough ones.

MY Toughest Hunt: Without a doubt Stone Sheep-25 days of hiking the rockiest, steepest country I’ve ever been in. They’re hard to see and unpredictable. I have a couple buddies that WILL agree. One went 44 days another went 21 days. Killing the 4 sheep with archery gear is an incredible accomplishment. Not one I was willing to conquer. (and I had a hard enough time killing 4 with a rifle)

How many repeats? Mountain Lion 3 trips, Coues Deer 3 trips, Barren Ground Caribou twice, Stone Sheep twice, Dall Sheep twice, Bighorn Sheep twice. (Repeating Dall and Bighorn was ALL on me...Sheep fever I guess;)

From: Heat
30-Nov-18
Huge accomplishment for sure! Way to go man!

From: Nick Muche
01-Dec-18
I love it bud! Way to go and I look forward to hearing it in person!

01-Dec-18
Congratulations on an amazing adventure and accomplishment!! Thanks for sharing your story. Pete

From: bentshaft
01-Dec-18
Great thread! Congratulations!

01-Dec-18
Good stuff Cory! Grats again! Thanks for taking us along.

From: Stekewood
01-Dec-18
Congrats again. Thanks for the write up.

From: MPN
01-Dec-18
Amazing accomplishment. Thanks for sharing and congratulations.

From: pav
01-Dec-18
Congratulations Cory! Fantastic accomplishment! Appreciate the recap!

From: Bou'bound
01-Dec-18
..........but have you ever pursued the elusive Alabama whitetail, Cory?

From: Paul@thefort
01-Dec-18
Cory, I was told by a personal friend here in Colorado that just three years ago had killed all of the NA 29, of his adventures. Watching his face light up, and then watching the serious expressions also appear, the stress, and then also with some sadness, makes me appreciate the effort, time and will to accomplish such a task.

Nicely done. my best, Paul

From: Owl
01-Dec-18
Congrats Cory. It was a pleasure meeting you and the other hunters with you. Glad this quest resolved on that ship - I know it afforded you the opportunity to experience crossing the finish line with a crowd that appreciates the magnitude of the race.

From: Neubauer
01-Dec-18
Congratulations on an amazing achievement. I met you at Heart J outfitter with C. Rehor many years ago.

From: kota-man
01-Dec-18
Andrew (Neubauer) I was just trying to think of who the other Bowsiter I met with Forest and Charlie was just last night! Thanks for the reminder...Like I said, amazes me of how many guys throughout the country I’ve met in some of the most unlikely places.

Paul...I get that!

Nick...Thanks for your help along the way. Whether I needed a ride from the airport in Fairbanks or someone to kill a day with in Anchorage Nick seemed to always show up. Nick and I met on a Coues deer hunt in the AZ desert...On that hunt were Bowsiters Trkyslr, Shug, Nick, Brian and myself. Great week with a great bunch of guys. Crazy small world we live in...

From: GotBowAz
01-Dec-18
Wow, what a great read and a great accomplishment! Big congrats to you Kota, beautiful animals. What a feat!

From: LWood
01-Dec-18
Congratulations, Cory!

From: Mark Watkins
01-Dec-18
HUGE CONGRATS Cory!!!

Epic animals, storytelling and the adventure friendships that last forever!!!

Mark

From: Treeline
01-Dec-18
Congratulations on a grand adventure, Kota!

From: lewis
01-Dec-18
Congrats great job hope to meet you one day Lewis

From: Fauntleroy
01-Dec-18
Best thread of the year no doubt. Congratulations on a lifetime accomplishment. Well earned.

From: Medicinemann
01-Dec-18
Cory, Congrats!! How many were full mounted? Shoulder mounted? European skull mounts? How many of them did you eat? What was your favorite table fare?

From: sureshot
01-Dec-18
Congratulations!

From: kota-man
01-Dec-18
Jake - I try to eat everything I kill, but as you know, getting ALL of the meat home is not always feasible. I have at least tried everyone of these animals and my favorite by far is Dall Sheep...nothing finer IMO.

Only three of these are Euro mounted: RM elk, Shiras Moose and Columbia Blacktail.

All of the sheep are full body along with all of the bears, (minus the polar bear) the musk ox, mountain lion, mountain goat and the wolf. The rest are shoulder mounted along with about 20 whitetail deer, a few mulies and a few pronghorn.

From: skull
01-Dec-18
Congrats on one big accomplishment, as we know you aren’t allowed to bring back the polar bear, my question is where is the hide and the skull?

From: Destroyer350
01-Dec-18
That is awesome! Congrats!

From: midwest
01-Dec-18
Congrats Cory!

From: Matt
01-Dec-18
Congratulations Cory, sounds like there were lots of ups and downs, trials and tribulations. But ultimately sweet success.

From: wooddamon1
01-Dec-18
Wow, congrats on all the beautiful animals, adventures and friendships! Could we see a pic of all the mounts? That's gotta be incredible!

From: kota-man
01-Dec-18
Matt... I had one REALLY tough year. 2013 I believe really sticks out. The last couple years things came together better than I could have imagined.

Skull...The PB is currently stored in a taxidermy shop in BC.

I’ll try to get a couple pics of the mounts...

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01-Dec-18

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Here’s the Dall Mount...

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01-Dec-18

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California Bighorn

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01-Dec-18

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Mountain Goat

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01-Dec-18

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AK/Yukon Moose

01-Dec-18
Congrats again buddy!! Enjoyed following along!!!

From: No Mercy
01-Dec-18
Awesome Cory. Congrats again. Well done my friend!

01-Dec-18
Just Awesome man! Congrats brother.

From: Quinn @work
01-Dec-18
Thanks for posting Kota! Congrats again! That Mtn Goat mount is great.

Please post some more pics of the taxidermy you had done. Not only do I want to see em it may help get my wife off my back for all mine that she complains is too many. :) Thanks again.

From: Bigpizzaman
02-Dec-18
Congratulations again Koda! What a journey\experience! See you at one of the shows this year, drinks on me!

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02-Dec-18

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Couple more unique mounts...I did both my Coues Deer and Columbia Blacktail mounts on old Trapper Nelson Packs...

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02-Dec-18

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Brown Bear, Canada Moose and wolf all on one base...

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02-Dec-18

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Mountain Lion

From: Ambush
02-Dec-18
Heck of an accomplishment to get the NA29!! And I think a huge part of the feat is all the places you got/had to experience along the incredible journey. This continent is so huge and varied and you had to see a lot of it to get to your goal. From southern desert to Arctic circle and coast to coast. You have a lifetime achievement and a lifetime of experiences whose memories will last forever. Congratulations!

And you have enough clothes, boots and gear to outfit for twenty more Slams. lol

From: Crusader dad
02-Dec-18
Very very cool! Congrats man.

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02-Dec-18

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Ambush...I kept track of my travels on a big wall map...

From: LUNG$HOT
02-Dec-18
Wow Kota! What an amazing accomplishment. Congratulations on all the beautiful animals. That is the coolest Roosevelt Elk I’ve ever seen! Awesome color antlers.

02-Dec-18
I'm curious about your pinned map. What did you hunt at the red pin on Far East side, and what was the yellow pin, which is the most southern? Oh, and was that pin on the far SE part of the US a hunt for a monster Alabama whitetail? ;)

From: BOWUNTR
02-Dec-18
Very cool... congrats and thanks for sharing. Ed F

From: kota-man
02-Dec-18
Ok Embry....

*Far East: Newfoundland for Caribou and moose.

*Yellow most Southern: Texas Hogs and Javalina

*Furthest SE: Tennessee for hogs with Ken Moody

From: JL
02-Dec-18
Congrats and thanks for taking the time to go thru each one. You must have some serious frequent flyer miles over the years. If you haven't already done it, any thought of going beyond the 29 and targeting some of the other species out there like alligator down south, sika in Maryland, etc?

From: kota-man
02-Dec-18
JL... I’m actually about halfway through another Slam. I don’t have plans to finish another one, but who knows. About the only “other” species that really interest me are Aoudad and Black Buck, maybe Nilgai. New Zealand also has some appeal...For now, I’m going to do a few more sheep hunts for sure and I should be in line to start drawing some Western Tags soon also.

From: JB
02-Dec-18
I admire your tenacity! Thank you for sharing the story... stories!!

From: HUNT MAN
02-Dec-18
Simply amazing. Hunt

From: StickFlicker
03-Dec-18
Congratulations, and thanks for sharing your stories with us!

From: njbuck
03-Dec-18
Cory, what an amazing accomplishment! A huge congrats to you. Thank you for taking the time to sharing.

From: Fuzzy
03-Dec-18
Corey, congratulations on completing your 29! It was an honor to meet you and NICE Kodiak buck!

From: TXCO
03-Dec-18
Awesome! Congrats and thanks for sharing!

From: bwhntr
03-Dec-18
Well done! Thanks for taking us along.

03-Dec-18
Congrats Cory...........

From: iceman
03-Dec-18
Glad to have known you for the better part of these trips and being able to "tag along". Congratulations again, bud. Amazing accomplishment. Cheers!

04-Dec-18
Congrats!!!

From: Rut Nut
04-Dec-18
WOW! Congrats! Talk about adventure............................................

Thanks for taking us along. About the only way this poor PA boy is gonna get to experience that! I can't even imagine what the taxidermy cost for those hunts! ;-)

04-Dec-18
Congrats!! You were a man determined to accomplish. What a feat!

From: kota-man
04-Dec-18
There are a at least a couple posters here that are "close" to completing their archery super slams and a couple on here that have accomplished the feat already. To those that have done it "archery only" a HUGE congrats to you. Truly an amazing accomplishment. To those that are "oh so close"...Good luck on getting it done. I really wish P&Y would recognize this accomplishment as the accolades are so deserving...The commitment it takes to do this 100% archery is on another level completely to what I have done.

From: Shiras42
05-Dec-18
Congrats! I love the mount on the backpack! That is one of the coolest mounts I have seen!

05-Dec-18
"I really wish P&Y would recognize this accomplishment as the accolades are so deserving...The commitment it takes to do this 100% archery is on another level completely to what I have done."

Respectfully, I could not agree more.

From: wooddamon1
05-Dec-18
All very nice mounts, I agree the pack/deer is sweet as is the bear/moose/wolf. Congrats again!

From: Reflex
05-Dec-18
Cory, thank you for sharing as I loved being able to see the pictures from all your hunts. Congrats on your accomplishment. It is an amazing feat that I have dreamed about for a long, long time!

From: Genesis
05-Dec-18
Congratulations Cory!

From: Shug
06-Dec-18
Congratulations Cory...!!!

From: deerslayer
07-Dec-18
You have had an awesome hunting career! Thanks for the post!

From: BULELK1
08-Dec-18
With all that life can throw at a Guy, you have certainly stuck with your Goal and did Great!

Congrats man

Good luck, Robb

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