Have You Ever Dreamt of Going for the Sheep Slam?
Allow me to begin by saying that I’ve never hunted sheep. I’m merely writing this from a dreamer’s point of view. Sure, I’d love to hunt sheep someday. That’s a feat in an of itself. But to hunt and kill all six to get the slam? That’s something else entirely.
Few have attempted this mission. Far fewer have accomplished it. In order to get the sheep slam, you must kill a Stone, California Bighorn, Rocky Mountain Bighorn, Dall, Fannin and Desert Bighorn sheep. Find out more by clicking through the gallery below.
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1 | Stone Sheep
The Stone sheep is found in northern British Columbia and southern portions of the Yukon. They inhabit mostly alpine and glacial regions, yet remain below the permanent snow line. They often feed in the meadows. They vary in color and are very similar to the Fannin sheep. Some even consider it to be the same subspecies. Mature rams generally weigh around 200 pounds.
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2 | California Bighorn Sheep
You can find these in California, Oregon, Washington, parts of Nevada and British Columbia. It’s smaller than the Rocky Mountain Bighorn and lives in lower altitudes in territory that isn’t as steep. It’s lighter in color and has a dark stripe that runs down the rump.
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3 | Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
The icon of sheep country. This is what most people think about when they think about sheep. Big, bad Rocky Mountain Bighorns raising up on hind legs and pile driving each other in the head. Tough stuff. These can be found all along the Rocky Mountains and into southern Alberta and British Columbia. Mature rams weigh between 200 and 300 pounds.
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4 | Dall Sheep
You’re going to have to travel to kill one of these critters. The beautiful, white Dall sheep calls Alaskan mountains, northern Yukon, northwestern British Columbia, and the Mackenzie Mountains home. Dall sheep can vary in size and weight. Horns are slenderer and longer than other subspecies of sheep.
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5 | Desert Bighorn Sheep
You’ll find the Desert Bighorn in desert mountain ranges. Hence the name. The subspecies is known for its abilities to go days without water. These can be found in California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Utah and New Mexico. They’re also found in North Baja, South Baja, Coahuila, Chihuahua and Sonora. Size varies with the habitat, but these sheep tend to be smaller than their high-mountain country cousins.
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6 | Bonus Sheep: The Fannin
This sheep subspecies comes with a little baggage. It’s argued this isn’t its own species, but a cross-breed. However, it is recognized by some as its own animal and therefore qualifies in some courts as a part of the sheep slam, or at least a substitute for one of the other subspecies.
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Photo credit: Super Slam Club