"Bob Householder oversaw the club he founded until 1989, when he suffered a stroke and was unable to continue. After much consultation, his successor (brother Bill Housholder) made the decision to turn the Grand Slam Club over to me. I became the Executive Director in January 1990.
"Although it is not necessary to have ever taken a sheep in order to be a member, one of the main activities of the GSC over the years has been to document and archive the rams taken by its membership. So far, over 1,000 Grand Slams have been officially recognized, with many more partial slams archived and waiting to be completed. The GSC publishes the quarterly Grand Slam Magazine, which covers the activities of its members and presents lots of color photos, numerous hunt reports, outfitter information, hunting tips and more.
"By 1997, it was obvious to me that the non-North American sheep hunting world deserved a publication, and for that matter an organization similar to GSC. Thus was born Ovis, Inc. A parallel to GSC in nearly every way, Ovis began producing OVIS Magazine and archiving the world sheep taken by its members. Instead of the Grand Slam, Ovis, Inc. recognized the Ovis World Slam (12 or more of the world's wild sheep). Not long ago, an additional Slam was recognized: the Capra World Slam, encompassing 12 or more of the world's wild mountain goats. This has been well received, and is now thoroughly ingrained as part of the OVIS magazine format.
"That brings me to the recent news that some Hunting Report subscribers may not know. Recently, the GSC board of directors voted to merge GSC and Ovis into a single........(continued)