Grand Slam Club/Ovis Awards

The Legend Award Winners
The Legend Award

What makes a legend in big game hunting circles? Who can qualify? Many times it is a long-standing guide or outfitter who has helped literally hundreds achieve their mountain hunting goals. For example, Legend recipient Pete Jensen who ran the longest running guide service in the history of Yukon hunting; or Mongolian guide Adiya Tundev who has guided more international hunters to huge argalis than anyone alive. It could also be a legendary hunter, such as Legend recipient Francis Bouchard who was the first to document five Grand Slams; or Dr. Robert “Bob” Speegle who after taking his Super Slam with a rifle took up bow hunting (at age 60) and then documented his second Super Slam taken soley by the archery method. A legend award recipient has a stellar reputation and has earned the respect and recognition of the entire industry by demonstrating a lifetime commitment to big game hunting and conservation.

Legends Dick and Ethel Leedy   2014 Legends Dick and Ethel Leedy
For the first time ever, the Legend Award was presented to a husband wife team. Dick and Ethel Leedy of Pennsylvania were honored as the 2014 recipients at the 10th Anuual Hunner & Outfitter Convention in Reno, NV. Ethel was born in 1928 on a small farm in Pennsylvania. Along with her older... Click to read more
Legend Hector Cuellar   2013 Legend Hector Cuellar
Hector Cuellar was born in 1931 in Mexico City. He received a degree in chemical engineering in 1955. He and his wife Bertha have five children and eleven grandchildren. He has been extremely successful with his business of manufacturing industrial valves in Mexico, as well as other countries around... Click to read more
Legend Butch White   2012 Legend Butch White
Butch White certainly began his hunting career at an early age. He was just a youngster in 1950 when he bagged a Colorado muley. He began sheep hunting in the early 1950s as well, taking his first Dall sheep in 1954. By 1969, he had completed his Grand Slam and has a very low documentation number of... Click to read more
Legend Dr. Robert “Bob” Speegle   2010 Legend Dr. Robert “Bob” Speegle
Every single past Legend Award winner has been chosen for their specific contributions. Each has been unique in what set them apart for such status as a legend. Bob Speegle is no different. As a hunter, he is definitely not over the hill, and as a conservationist he seems to be working as hard as... Click to read more
Legend Pete Jensen   2009 Legend Pete Jensen
The 2009 Legend Award honoree was revealed at the 5th Annual Hunter & Outfitter Convention on February 21, 2009 during the Saturday evening awards banquet. For 44 years, Pete Jensen has been providing hunters with the best the Yukon has to offer — longer than any other northern outfitter in... Click to read more
Legend Adiya Tundev   2008 Legend Adiya Tundev
The name Adiya Tundev is almost synonymous with Mongolia’s argali sheep. He is by far the most famous of all the guides of Mongolia, and his participation in guiding western hunters for Mongolia’s sheep dates back almost to its inception. One thing is for sure: in the 1980s, 1990s, and up to the... Click to read more
Legend Francis Bouchard   2007 Legend Francis Bouchard
Francis X. Bouchard was born in Illinois on January 16, 1918, to Alexia Grant and Ameddie Lewis Bouchard. His mother’s uncle gave Francis his first rifle at age seven, and he began his hunting career by going after rabbits at age eight. A shotgun was added to Francis’s arsenal at age 13, and he... Click to read more
Legend Albert Cooper   2006 Legend Albert Cooper
The East Kootenay has long been home to an abundance of wildlife. Native people, trappers, packers and early explorers utilized this resource for sustenance. Eventually guide/outfitters offered their services to outdoors people for mountain climbing and hunting. One such highly respected individual... Click to read more
Legend Alex Van Bibber   2005 Legend Alex Van Bibber
Alex Van Bibber was born under a spruce tree, beside the Pelly River in the central Yukon in 1916. Alex's father, Ira Van Bibber was a native of West Virginia, and came to the Yukon over the famed Chilkoot Pass in 1898 with the rush of stampeders bound for the Klondike goldfields. Later, Ira met his... Click to read more
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