A new award, the Ovis, was introduced to the hunting world in
January 2002. This award is sponsored by the international hunting organization
Grand Slam Club/Ovis.
The Dall sheep is known by the scientific name Ovis dalli
dalli. The Rocky Mtn. bighorn is known as Ovis canadensis canadensis. The largest sheep in the world, the Altay argali, is Ovis ammon ammon, and the magnificent Marco Polo is Ovis ammon polii. Therefore, it should
become fairly obvious that the Ovis would have much to do with the world’s
wild mountain sheep.
The idea for the Ovis was conceived by GSCO Executive Director Dennis
Campbell. The hunting world has the Weatherby Award
and SCI’s International Hunting Award, BUT there has never been
an award directed specifically for wild sheep hunters. That is what the
The criteria for being awarded the Ovis is very simple. (1) The recipient
must be an accomplished wild sheep hunter. (2) He or she must have shown
a commitment to wild sheep conservation. (3) He or she must exemplify
highest ethical standards in hunting.
The actual bronze for this award was created by renowned scuptor Rick Taylor. Rick was
given the task of creating an award with very few guidelines. When you
see the Ovis, you might at first think it is an argali. However, a closer
examination will yield that maybe it could be an exceptional bighorn or
even an uncommon specimen of the thinhorns. The sheep is standing upon
a bronze representation of the “Great Arc” of the wild sheep
of the world. The wooden base is a beautiful, two-tiered piece of finely finished
walnut. An additional sculpted bronze
plaque with the Ovis logo is added to the front of the base and a custom engraved, double-etched bronze plates displays the recipients name and year the award was received..