GSCO and FNAWS used to work closely together, of course. But the two organizations went their separate ways in 2003, issuing statements that papered over the tensions that caused the break-up. For a while it appeared that a truce would prevail between the two organizations, with FNAWS focusing on North American sheep hunting and GSCO focusing on international sheep and goat hunting. Clearly, that truce is over now.
Reached at press time, FNAWS' Ray Lee said he had just received the lawsuit and therefore could not comment on it. However, he said it was regrettable in his view that conservation funds were going to have to be spent on lawyers. He said he believed terms such as Grand Slam and World Slam were in the public domain, and he felt sure the court would agree with him and basically throw the case out.
At press time, GSCO's Dennis Campbell was away unavailable for comment. However, his office sent us the following press release:
Grand Slam Club/OVIS (GSCO) has filed a complaint in Birming- ham's federal court against the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS) and the International Sheep Hunters Association Foundation, Inc. (ISHA). With this lawsuit, GSCO is trying........(continued)