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Utah's upland game slams

Most hunters have probably heard the term "slam", which refers to harvesting a group of species in a certain time period or location. For instance, there is a Sheep Slam, which refers to harvesting all of the subspecies of wild sheep in North America, or the Turkey Slam which is harvesting all subspecies of turkeys.

The Upland Game Slam program is a partnerships between the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and multiple conservation organizations and sponsors to encourage hunters to harvest the variety of species available across the state and to help fund upland game-related projects. Each slam represents a certain accomplishment that hunters can pursue, and when successful, each will receive a collectable coin.

The slams are intended to:

  • Encourage hunters to improve their upland game identification.
  • Encourage hunters to visit a range of upland habitats throughout the state.
  • Learn more about upland game habitats and upland game behavior.
  • Increase excitement for upland game hunting.
  • Recruit new hunters, and retain current hunters.
  • Provide an avenue to raise money for upland game specific projects.
  • Increase harvest of underutilized species.
  • Create friendly competition among hunters.
Coins like these will be awarded to those who complete Utah's Upland Game Slams.

Slams

Slams are completed when a hunter harvests the following species. Hunters will receive a coin for each slam completed.

First Fur or Feather — any legal upland game species in Utah

Long Tail Limit — pheasant limit (2 rooster pheasants in a day)

Blister Slam — chukar limit (5 chukar in a day)

Mountain Slam — chukar partridge, ruffed grouse, dusky grouse (1 or more of each)

Desert Slam — gambel's quail, cottontail rabbit, jackrabbit, mourning dove (1 or more of each)

Utah Upland Game GRAND Slam*

  • California quail
  • Gambel's quail
  • chukar
  • cottontail rabbit
  • dusky grouse
  • gray partridge
  • greater sage-grouse
  • jackrabbit
  • mourning dove
  • ring-necked pheasant
  • ruffed grouse
  • sharp-tailed grouse
  • showshoe hare
  • white-tailed ptarmigan
  • wild turkey

Utah Youth Upland Game GRAND Slam**

  • Any quail (California, or Gambel's)
  • Any rabbit (white-tailed Jack, black-tailed Jack, cottontail, or snowshoe hare)
  • Any grouse (ruffed, dusky, sharp-tailed, or greater sage)
  • Any dove (mourning, white-winged, or Eurasian collared)
  • Ring-necked pheasant
  • Any partridge (chukar or gray/Hungarian)

*May accomplish in one or more years.
**Youth are persons 17 years old and younger.

How to participate

Upland Game Slam vouchers can be purchased at any license agent or on the DWR online sales system (online purchased voucher may take up to two weeks to arrive). Vouchers look similar to hunting licenses and are printed on license paper. The voucher needs to be presented at a qualifying Upland Slam location (see below) to receive a slam card. A slam card is needed to participate in the slam.

When you harvest game animals for a slam, take a picture of yourself with both your slam card and harvested animals visible. Snap shots on a phone, etc. are sufficient; there is no need to print the photos to redeem your slam. Animals for the Mountain and Desert slams may be harvested throughout the season, and they do not need to appear in the same photo. For Long Tail Limit and Blister Slams, have your daily bag limit (2 pheasant, 5 chukar) visible in one photo.

To receive a collectable coin for each slam, present a picture of your harvest, along with your hunting license and slam card at qualifying locations.

See addition directions below for redeeming Grand Slams.

Slams can be redeemed through June 30, 2015.

The cost of participating in the slam is $10 for youth (17 or younger) and $20 for adults.

General rules

  • You must have a valid hunting or combination license.
  • You need to obtain a slam card from a participating retailer before beginning each slam.
  • To complete a slam you need a photo of yourself with the slam card and harvested animals clearly visible.
  • Photos need to be presented at a DWR office or participating location to claim a prize (photos on a camera or phone are fine, printing photos is not necessary)
  • Species limit slams must be completed in a single day, a limit of the species must appear in your photo.
  • Multi species slams must be completed in a single guidebook season, all the species do not need to be in the same photo.
  • The youth and adult Grand Slams can be completed across multiple years.
  • Obtaining a slam card and participating in the slam program does not alter or exempt participants from current wildlife regulations. Participants must have an additional permit (tag) to hunt greater sage-grouse, sandhill crane, sharp-tailed grouse, band-tailed pigeon, white-tailed ptarmigan and wild turkey.

Participating locations

  • All DWR regional offices
  • Sportsman's Warehouse (Utah locations only)
  • Basin Sports (Vernal)
  • Kent's Market (Tremonton and Brigham City)

Completing a grand slam

Each award for Grand Slams will be personalized with the successful hunter's name. Since Grand Slam awards are personalized we do not have the Grand Slam awards at retail locations.

To complete your Grand Slam email, send by mail, or visit the Salt Lake DWR office with:

  • Photos with you, your quarry and slam card for all the required species (photos on a camera or phone are fine, printing photos is not necessary)
  • Your mailing address for award delivery
  • Hunter ID number
  • Contact phone or email

Send to:

  • Avery Cook
    Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
    Suite 2110
    1594 W. North Temple
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
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How the money will be spent

Money raised from the Upland game Slam will be used for specific projects on the division's upland game management areas and public lands, projects will include transplants to increase upland game distributions and habitat improvement projects.

The following list of projects will be completed with Upland game Slam money:

  • Pheasant habitat improvement on WMAs to increase survival of released roosters and increase densities of wild birds
  • Support youth recruitment and retention programs
  • Guzzler projects (repair and installation)
  • Scaled quail augmentation, with the goal of establishing a huntable population
  • Wild turkey transplants throughout the state, moving problem turkeys to areas accessible to the public

Additional projects will be added as they come available.

Where to hunt certain species

See the 2014–2015 Upland Game and Turkey Guidebook hunt tables for distribution maps and the species identification pages in the back for information on species identification and general habitat, or contact your local DWR biologist.

New slams

Each year new slams will be created to challenge hunters. Check back next year to see what slams will be available!

Sponsors

  • Central Valley Machine
  • Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Safari Club International — Utah Chapter

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