There's a bit of interesting sheep news out of Hawaii. It will be of particular interest to hunters trying to attain a Super Slam, which involves the taking of 13 species of sheep worldwide under fair chase conditions. Seems the mouflon sheep Eugene W. C. Yap is hunting on the Big Island of Hawaii have been officially recognized as pure-strain mouflon sheep. Since Yap hunts these sheep on a huge, unfenced, 100-square-mile ranch, this means they do indeed qualify toward the Super Slam. Yap charges $2,500 for this hunt, plus a trophy fee of $1,500. It's a four-day, 1 x 1 affair all-inclusive from the town of Kona. The biologist who pronounced these sheep pure-bred is Mike Frisina, who has 30 years experience in wildlife and range management in Montana and a number of foreign countries. "These are `true' mouflon in a free-ranging environment. They provide excellent sporting opportunity for sheep hunters," Frisina is quoted as saying in a press release that crossed our desk at press time. Interested hunters can get in touch with Yap c/o South Point Safaris, Ltd.
We have a number of subscriber-written reports on Yap's hunts for various animals and all of them are positive, including one that just came in this month from subscriber A. Scott Haugen. He took a 28-inch mouflon with Yap, plus a boar, and is very pleased with the experience.