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The Journey Within

Waterfowl Slam

of North American Waterfowl

43 Species

The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary
Mark Peterson’s quest to hunt and harvest
the 43 different species of waterfowl.

Mark's Progress - COMPLETED

43 of 43 Waterfowl
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Diver Duck

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King Eider

Diver Duck

King Eider

Length: 20-28 inches
Wingspan: 34-40 inches
Weight: 3.45-3.68 lbs.
Hunt Location: Greenland

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Common Eider

Diver Duck

Common Eider

Length: 20–28 inches 
Wingspan: 31–43 inches
Weight: 1.8–6.7 lbs.
Hunt Location: Maine

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Mark Peterson Harlequin
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Harlequin

Diver Duck

Harlequin

Length: 15-17 inches
Wingspan: 26 inches
Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Hunt Location: Cold Bay, Alaska

After completing the upland slam in 2020, Mark Peterson decided to take on the challenge of completing the North American waterfowl slam… in one season; something most waterfowl hunters strive for in a lifetime. With the Canadian boarder still closed in the wake of Covid, he commits himself to pursuing this quest knowing that he must do it by only hunting in the U.S. and Mexico. With an already stacked deck, he kicks off the journey in October and heads for Cold Bay, AK only to get more than he bargained for.

Canvasback

Diver Duck

Canvasback

Length: 19-22 inches
Wingspan: 31-35 inches
Weight: 1.9-3.5 lbs.
Hunt Location: Florida

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Redhead Duck

Diver Duck

Redhead Duck

Length: 15 inches
Wingspan: 33 inches
Weight: 2-2.5 lbs.
Hunt Location: Mexico

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Mark Peterson Bufflehead Drake
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Bufflehead Duck

Diver Duck

Bufflehead

Length: 13-16 inches
Wingspan: 21.6 inches
Weight: .5-1.3 lbs.
Hunt Location: Cold Bay, Alaska

Mark is still in Cold Bay, Alaska with 3 more days to hunt. After getting caught in an earthquake, he now faces another threat that requires a warning shot and some yelling to fend off a much larger hunter on the water.

Lesser Scaup

Diver Duck

Lesser Scaup

Length: 15-19 inches
Wingspan: 27-31 inches
Weight: 1-2.4 lbs.
Hunt Location: Arkansas

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Mark Peterson Goldeneye drake
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Goldeneye

Diver Duck

Common Goldeneye

Length: 18-20 inches
Wingspan: 30.3-32.7 inches
Weight: 1.8-2.2 lbs.
Hunt Location: Cold Bay, Alaska

Mark is still in Cold Bay, Alaska with 3 more days to hunt. After getting caught in an earthquake, he now faces another threat that requires a warning shot and some yelling to fend off a much larger hunter on the water.

Hooded Merganser

Diver Duck

Hooded Merganser

Length: 15.8-19.3 inches
Wingspan: 23.6-26 inches
Weight: 1-2 lbs.
Hunt Location: Arkansas

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Barrow's Goldeneye

Diver Duck

Barrows Goldeneye

Length: 17–19.2 inches 
Wingspan: 27.6-28.7 inches
Weight: 1.3–2.13 lbs.
Hunt Location: Kodiak, Alaska

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Common Black Scoter

Diver Duck

Common / Black Scoter

Length: 17–21 inches 
Wingspan: 28 inches
Weight: 2.09 lbs.
Hunt Location: Kodiak, Alaska

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Common Merganser

Diver Duck

Common Merganser

Length: 23–28 inches 
Wingspan: 31-38 inches
Weight: 2-4.6 lbs.
Hunt Location: North Dakota

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Greater Scaup / Bluebill

Diver Duck

Greater Scaup / Bluebill

Length: 15-22 inches
Wingspan: 28-33 inches
Weight: 1.6-3.0 lbs.
Hunt Location: Massachusetts

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Long Tail Duck Old Squaw

Diver Duck

Long Tail Duck / Old Squaw

Length: 17.5–23.5 inches 
Wingspan: 28 inches
Weight: 1.63 lbs.
Hunt Location: Maine

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Mark Peterson Red-Breasted Merganser
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Red-breasted Merganser

Diver Duck

Red-Breasted Merganser

Length: 20-24 inches
Wingspan: 28-34 inches
Weight: 1.7-3 lbs.
Hunt Location: Cold Bay, Alaska

After completing the upland slam in 2020, Mark Peterson decided to take on the challenge of completing the North American waterfowl slam… in one season; something most waterfowl hunters strive for in a lifetime. With the Canadian boarder still closed in the wake of Covid, he commits himself to pursuing this quest knowing that he must do it by only hunting in the U.S. and Mexico. With an already stacked deck, he kicks off the journey in October and heads for Cold Bay, AK only to get more than he bargained for.

Ring-necked Duck

Diver Duck

Ring-necked Duck

Length: 15.3-18.1 inches
Wingspan: 24.4-24.8 inches
Weight: 1.1-2 lbs.
Hunt Location: Arkansas

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Surf Scoter

Diver Duck

Surf Scoter

Length: 17-19 inches
Wingspan: 29.9-30.3 inches 
Weight: 2.0-2.31 lbs.
Hunt Location: Kodiak, Alaska

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

White-winged Scoter

Diver Duck

White-winged Scoter

Length: 19-24 inches
Wingspan: 31.5 inches
Weight: 2.09-4.69 lbs.
Hunt Location: Maine

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Ruddy Duck

Diver Duck

Ruddy Duck

Length: 13.5-17 inches
Wingspan:
18.5 inches 
Weight:
1.23 lbs.
Hunt Location
: North Dakota

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

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Dabbling Duck

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Mark Peterson Mallard
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Mallard

Dabbling Duck

Mallard

Length: 20-26 inches
Wingspan: 32-39 inches
Weight: 1.6-3.5 lbs.
Hunt Location: Cold Bay, Alaska

Mark is still in Cold Bay, Alaska with 3 more days to hunt. After getting caught in an earthquake, he now faces another threat that requires a warning shot and some yelling to fend off a much larger hunter on the water.

Black Duck

Dabbling Duck

Black Duck

Length: 21-23 inches
Wingspan: 35-37 inches
Weight: 1.6-3.6 lbs.
Hunt Location: Maine

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Wood Duck

Dabbling Duck

Wood Duck

Length: 19-21 inches
Wingspan: 26-29 inches
Weight: 1-1.9 lbs.
Hunt Location: Florida

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Northern Pintail

Dabbling Duck

Northern Pintail

Length: 23–30 inches
Wingspan: 31–37 inches
Weight: 1-3 lbs.
Hunt Location: Mexico

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Gadwall

Dabbling Duck

Gadwall

Length: 18–22 inches
Wingspan: 31–35 inches
Weight: 1.8-2.2 lbs.
Hunt Location: North Dakota

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Blue-winged Teal

Dabbling Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Length: 16 inches
Wingspan: 23 inches
Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Hunt Location: Florida

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Green-winged Teal

Dabbling Duck

Green-winged Teal

Length: 12.2–15.3 inches
Wingspan: 20.5–23.2 inches
Weight: .3-1.1 lbs.
Hunt Location: Mexico

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Cinnamon Teal

Dabbling Duck

Cinnamon Teal

Length: 15.1–16.9 inches
Wingspan: 21.3–22.4 inches
Weight: .73-.88 lbs.
Hunt Location: Mexico

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Mark Peterson American Wigeon
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American Wigeon

Dabbling Duck

American Wigeon

Length: 17-23 inches
Wingspan: 30-36 inches
Weight: 1.1-2.5 lbs.
Hunt Location: Mexico

Mark is still in Cold Bay, Alaska with 3 more days to hunt. After getting caught in an earthquake, he now faces another threat that requires a warning shot and some yelling to fend off a much larger hunter on the water.

Mottled Duck

Dabbling Duck

Mottled Duck

Length: 17-24 inches
Wingspan: 31.5-34.3 inches
Weight: 1.5-2.7 lbs.
Hunt Location: Florida

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Northern Shoveler

Dabbling Duck

Northern Shoveler

Length: 19 inches 
Wingspan: 30 inches
Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Hunt Location: Mexico

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Black-Bellied Whistling Duck

Dabbling Duck

Black-Bellied Whistling Duck

Length: 17-24 inches
Wingspan: 31.5-34.3 inches
Weight: 1.5-2.7 lbs.
Hunt Location: Florida

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Dabbling Duck

Fulvous Whistling Duck

Length: 18-21 inches
Wingspan: 33.4-36.6 inches
Weight: 1.5-2.3 lbs.
Hunt Location: Mexico

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

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Goose

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Canada Goose

GooSE

Canada Goose

Length: 30-43 inches 
Wingspan: 50–73 inches
Weight: 5.7–14.3 lbs
Hunt Location: Oklahoma

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Atlantic Brant

GooSE

Atlantic Brant

Length: 22–26 inches 
Wingspan: 42–48 inches
Weight: 1.9–4.9 lbs.
Hunt Location: Rhode Island

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Mark Peterson Pacific Brant
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Pacific Brant

GooSE

Pacific Brant

Length: 22–26 inches 
Wingspan: 42–48 inches
Weight: 1.9–4.9 lbs.
Hunt Location: Cold Bay, Alaska

After completing the upland slam in 2020, Mark Peterson decided to take on the challenge of completing the North American waterfowl slam… in one season; something most waterfowl hunters strive for in a lifetime. With the Canadian boarder still closed in the wake of Covid, he commits himself to pursuing this quest knowing that he must do it by only hunting in the U.S. and Mexico. With an already stacked deck, he kicks off the journey in October and heads for Cold Bay, AK only to get more than he bargained for.

Mark Peterson Crackling Goose
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Crackling Goose

GooSE

Crackling Goose

Length: 24.8-25.6 inches
Wingspan: 42.5-43.7 inches
Weight: 3-5.2 lbs.
Hunt Location: Cold Bay, Alaska

After completing the upland slam in 2020, Mark Peterson decided to take on the challenge of completing the North American waterfowl slam… in one season; something most waterfowl hunters strive for in a lifetime. With the Canadian boarder still closed in the wake of Covid, he commits himself to pursuing this quest knowing that he must do it by only hunting in the U.S. and Mexico. With an already stacked deck, he kicks off the journey in October and heads for Cold Bay, AK only to get more than he bargained for.

White-fronted Goose

GooSE

White-fronted Goose
/ Specklebellly

Length: 25–32 inches
Wingspan: 51–65 inches
Weight: 4.4-7.5 lbs.
Hunt Location: Arkansas

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Ross's Goose

GooSE

Ross's Goose

Length: 22.6-25.2 inches
Wingspan: 44.5-45.7 inches
Weight: 2.3-3.4 lbs.
Hunt Location: Oklahoma

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Greater Snow Goose

GooSE

Greater Snow Goose

Length: 31 inches  
Wingspan: 53-65 inches
Weight: 7.1-9.9 lbs.
Hunt Location: Arkansas

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Blue Goose

GooSE

Blue Goose / Lesser Snow Goose

Length: 25-31 inches  
Wingspan: 53-65 inches
Weight: 4.5-6.0 lbs.
Hunt Location: Arkansas

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

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Other

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American Coot

Other

American Coot

Length: 13–17 inches 
Wingspan: 23–28 inches
Weight: 0.94–1.87 lbs.
Hunt Location: Mexico

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Sandhill Crane

Other

Sandhill Crane

Length: 2 ft. 7 in.–4 ft. 6 in.  
Wingspan: 5 ft. 5 in. – 7 ft. 7 in.
Weight: 8.9–10.1 lbs.
Hunt Location: Oklahoma

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

Tundra Swan

Other

Tundra Swan

Length: 47–59 inches 
Wingspan: 43-49.3 inches
Weight: 9.5–21 lbs.
Hunt Location: North Dakota

Mark Peterson embarks on his quest to complete the Waterfowl Slam of 43 waterfowl species in the series The Journey Within – A Bird Hunter’s Diary.  

TRIPLE THREAT

SUPER SLAM

of North American Big Game

29 Species