I've got a buddy of mine working on his 2nd slam. I'm sure he is in pretty elite company right now as it is. Not sure if this has ever been done before and if it has, I'm sure there's no more than a handful of people to have completed this.
Anyone know where/how I could research this further?
There are a few rifle hunters that have done it, 8, 10 or more times also.
I'd be happy just to get to 1/2 with a Desert Ram.
Ditto what Mathewsman said on the desert.
Grand Slam Club posts this info in their monthly magazine.
Grant makes a good point. I don't know of anyone else but Jake that has done them all in less than a year.
coonazz...Correct terminology is either "Grand Slam" of North American Sheep or FNAWS - Four North American Wild Sheep depending on which organization is recognizing your achievement.
To further complicate your Bighorn vs. Thinhorn you can add Fannin Sheep which are classified as Stone sheep, but actually closer to Dall sheep in DNA. The Bighorns are California, Rocky Mountain and Desert. I'd like to kill all six some day. For FNAWs or the Grand Slam, you need two of the three Bighorns and a Dall and a Stone (or Fannin). Confused yet? :)
Every now and then there is an update about a 8 or 10 year old kid that has taken there slam as well with a rifle.
Archery Sheep Slams in one year HAVE to be few and far between...
Jake - If I haven't told you so before, coming from a guy that is 2 for 5 on sheep, getting all three in one year with a bow is an amazing accomplishment.
Good luck, Robb
It only takes a few minutes to break out the phone, to make the call every night....but after chasing sheep around on the mountain all day, sometimes I was so caught up in hunt, or so tired, that I would almost forget to make the daily call. Additionally, sometimes the satellite phone would frustrate me by dropping the call, and I would have to retry a couple times before finally getting the daily update recorded (and sometimes I didn't know IF it got recorded).....and Pat's recording machine only records for about 2-3 minutes, so the call messages had to be compressed. I think that the call times varied as a function of the many other calls that Pat had received on a given day (solicitations for campaign contributions from Hiliary Clinton, interview requests from Rachel Maddow, etc)....so it was never the same.
For those of you that are considering a really interesting hunt, you might want to consider contacting Pat about doing a feature hunt. Obviously, he can't accomodate ALL requests....but I speak from experience when I tell you that being able to click on the daily reports and hear my own messages from the Polar Bear hunt, and the sheep hunts brings back memories....some of which I had forgotten.
And if I remember correctly, you killed your mountain goat somewhere in that mix didn't you?
That was a great year on bowsite, pretty amazing. Jake even drew the bighorn tag with barely enough points to even be in the draw if I recall, a sliver of a chance to do that. The planets just aligned.....
"dates are from memory..." I think I'd have em tattooed on me somewhere wid li'l sheep pictures and I don't even do tats.... =D
I think bowsite's tthomas, Mr Foss has a couple archery slams? (small "s" for the litigious out there...) or is very close. A bucket of sheep anyway for sure.