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The Ovis Awards

2008: Tom Hoffman


2008 Ovis Recipients Archie Nesbitt (left center) and Tom Hoffman (right center) are flanked by GSCO board members Dale Martin and Dennis Campbell on the left and Francis Bouchard and Hugh Jacks on the right.


Tom Hoffman completed his first Grand Slam on November 28, 1985. He was only the second person to do this by bow and arrow, and was less than a month behind Archery Grand Slammer #1, Jack Frost, who had completed his Slam on October 30, 1985. Tom went on to complete a second Archery Grand Slam in 1989. Tom was the first person to complete an Archery Ovis World Slam, and did so in 2002. He has gone on to take fifteen different trophy types from the Ovis list, which includes four different argalis, two urials and even the Dagestan (Eastern) tur. Tom has twelve archery-taken North American sheep, and before he became a bow-only hunter, he even took four North American rams with a rifle - the last of those was in 1978, so he has been a purist bow hunter for a long time.

Tom completed his Archery Capra World Slam in late 2006 as only the second person to do so, and thus became the second Archery Triple Slammer. 2008 co-recipient Archie Nesbitt was the first.

A happy Tom Hoffman delivers his acceptance speech while friend and co-recipient Archie Nesbitt enjoys the moment in the background.