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Hunting My Pressured Elk
At this point, I reached into my pocket and got my phone out. Chris had watched me take the phone out and said, ”What the heck are you doing making a call now?” I had to break the news to him and calm him down. I told him I was looking at my ballistic charts and to hold on. At this point I was trying not to laugh. I adjusted the scope and got ready for the shot. I told Chris to plug his ear closest to me and to watch for the hit with his Minox binocs.

Hunting My Pressured Elk

The bull was hit HARD. Chris said in a very excited voice, “You nailed him.” I said back, “Hang on. I am going to put another in him just to be sure.”

A few seconds later the second shot rang out. The big bull fell to the ground and kicked a couple times. We had just started celebrating when all of a sudden he started rolling down the hill head over heels. After what seemed like forever, he stopped near the bottom of the clearing, now at least 300 yards from where he went down. Chris and I hoofed it back to the rigs and went to where I knew we had phone service. I rounded up the crew and we went to get the bull out.

When we arrived, we had a bit of trouble finding him. We knew where he was, but it was so steep that the further you went down the hill the steeper it got. My son was the first one to him and I heard a big, “HE’S HUGE!” erupt from the canyon. Upon closer inspection, both bullets had hit the bull right behind the shoulder 4 inches apart.

It was going to be a lot of work from here because it was very steep for the 1st 300 yards. My crew was up to the task and consisted of Ian Harford, who had come from the U.K. to try his hand at bear, my father, Bryce Sr., my son Cody, and my friend for 25 years, Chris Trotter. We had the pack frames with us and I had the best help you could find. So went to work quartering the elk up. After a bit we were ready for the first trip.

Ian Harford volunteered for the task at hand. Ian is a triathlete and as hardy a man as you would ever meet. He actually made it look easy. I have never seen anyone carry a quarter up a hill like that before. Needless to say, he is welcome in my camp anytime. My 16 year old son Cody took up the next quarter as I continued to work on the bull. We had to tie the bull off with rope for fear of him rolling further down the hill. The men returned for their second trips and boy, it was nice having all the great help. At this point we had decided to pack out everything to the old road, which was no small task.

After several hours we finally were at our rendezvous point. My dad had walked the game carrier in and we were ready for the first trip. Hours later we got to the truck. I am very glad to have made Ian’s acquaintance. This was his first trip to the states. I am sure he will be a lifelong friend. I would like to thank my crew for all the help. It was very special for me to have my family and friends with me to savor the moment. It is a trip I will not soon forget! My parting advice is to remember to look where others won’t…

Gear list:
7MM Ultra Mag
March Optics 5-32X52
Rivers West waterproof gear
Minox Optics
Rocky Mountain Packs
Berger Bullets
Nikon Monarch 1200 Range Finder
Wolverine boots
Harris bipod

Bryce Wells is a sponsored hunter and shooter From Sagle, Idaho. He is married to his great wife Sabrina and has two kids. His wife and kids also get in on the hunting, and enjoy long range shooting and bowhunting. Some of his sponsors include Kelbly's custom rifles, March Scopes, Minox, Rivers West, Limbsaver, Rocky Mountain Packs, Berger, Trophy Taker, Tru Glo, Sabermaxx, Wolverine, Day 6 Outdoors, Spypoint and more. You will find Bryce out each season hunting across the West. He spends at least 200 days in the field each season. Bryce has been fortunate enough to have taken many world class trophies over his career. Many consider him to be one of the best black bear hunters on the planet.

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