|About||Welcome to the Grand Slam Club Ovis - European Chapter. President: Giancarlo Boienti|
Grand Slam Club Ovis European Chapter is an organization of hunters/conservationists dedicated to the improvement and perpetuation of wild sheep and goat populations and wild life conservation worldwide.
The purposes and objectives of Grand Slam Club Ovis European Chapter are to:
Continue to be the established documentation and records-keeping organization for legally-taken Grand Slams of North American wild mountain sheep, Ovis World Slams of wild sheep of the world, and Capra World Slams of wild goats of the world.
Encourage the use of legally issued permits, tags, and/or licenses for the hunting of wild mountain sheep and goats.
Inform and educate people of the world about wild mountain sheep and goats.
Use financial resources received from membership dues, donations, or fund-raising events to benefit, directly or indirectly, wild mountain sheep and goats by contributing these funds to/through established state, provincial, federal, or governmental game and wildlife agencies or other nonprofit wildlife conservation organizations.
Grand Slam Club Ovis European Chapter helps its members in drawing up all documents relative to Grand Slam, Ovis World Slam and Goat World Slam, the Hunt Reports and in publishing the hunting reports on the Grand Slam and Ovis magazines, which are delivered home quarterly.
Many people in the hunting world have heard of the Grand Slam® and the Grand Slam Club™. The fact is that in March 2001 the Grand Slam Club technically became known as Grand Slam Club/Ovis™. We will get to the name change a little later, but first we will look at the history of the original Grand Slam Club.
There have been many misconceptions over the years concerning the Grand Slam Club. Most knowledgeable hunters would readily define the Grand Slam as being one each of the four different North American wild sheep, which of course are the Dall, Stone, bighorn, and desert bighorn. However, this would not be technically correct. One should also realize that all four sheep have to have been taken fair chase by an individual hunter and documented with Grand Slam Club/Ovis. A popular misconception has been to believe that those who have taken all four sheep automatically become members of some informal, almost mythical, fraternity, but such is not the case and never has been.
In April 1948, True Magazine published an article by Grancel Fitz, entitled “Grand Slam in Rams”. Nobody understood its significance until 1955, when Bob Housholder from Phoenix, Arizona, founder of the Grand Slam Club, while working as a guide for Bernard Briggs, realised that with the sheep they were hunting they would have completed a Grand Slam according to Fitz’s article. Curiosity drove him to discover how many other hunters had succeeded in this feat.
Being a freelance writer, Housholder contacted many colleagues to let them know that he was looking for hunters who would have caught the four different sheep, as described by Fitz. After a short time he compiled a list of 20 names. One of his colleagues, by the name of Jack O’Connor, was registered as number one in the Grand Slam Club because he was the first to document the four sheep with Grand Slam Club.
The Grand Slam Club was officially founded in 1956 and it became the most prestigious hunting club in the United States of America.Henc
Grand Slam Club/Ovis publishes quarterly two exclusive hunting magazines, Grand Slam and Ovis.
Grand Slam focuses on North American wild sheep and Ovis covers the rest of the world’s wild sheep and goats.
The magazines are a collection of hunting reports and wonderful photos received from hunters all over the world.
This way of communication creates a strong sense of “club belonging” and keeps you informed about what is happening in the wild sheep and goat hunting worldwide.