Thanks for bringing this back up. Sadly, I have not had sufficient time to comb through all the past threads. Those that I have seen have been awesome! It's great being among like minded individuals! Good to meet you in Vegas. I wish you all the luck in the World reaching your goals!
Why don't you consider coming to Colorado this year for an archery elk hunt? I would like a few Africans to round out my international group. We'll be hunting September 15th through the 23rd. You are welcome to join us!
I posted my immediate goals in the Africa Bowhunting Forum. I guess I'll save the time and cut and paste everything over here. My goals include:
1) Completion of the North American Super Slam as Chuck Adams did back in 1992. Then, the Super Slam included 27 North American big game species. Today, it includes 29. To date, I'm 17 animal species into it. This will be a mission I take to my grave. I may or may not collect all 29 members, but I would like to at least say I was there for the hunt. For that matter, I would be happy with just a quality photograph of all species within their natural habitat. In 2003, I had a reality check while investigating a stone sheep hunt. Wow, who can afford $25,000 when he has two children, both of whom need college educations (certainly not me)? My dream of collecting all 27 North American big game animals will have to wait, or at least take second priority to my children. I still pick up pennies while crossing parking lots. I sort of feel every penny counts!
2) I would like to shoot a a "good representation" of the species deer in all fifty US states. I'm currently 16 of 22. I did shoot a desert mule deer in New Mexico (would have been 17), but feral hogs found it before I did. There was nothing left but hair and a few bones.
3) As an archer, I would like to complete SCI's World hunting Award. If you are unfamiliar with this program, do look into it. It is a great way to challenge yourself (you compete only against yourself), see the world, meet new friends, and enjoy the wonderful privilege of hunting. It is also a great way to give back as a conservationist.
I assess my goals daily, weekly, monthly, and annually. By do so, I find that I continue to hone those skills necessary to achieve said goals. I know exactly where I want to be rather than wondering aimlessly without rhyme or reason.
Jaco, BRILLIANT! Do re-read the above. I was like you years ago!