Paul Servey - Quest For Scarface
I started preparation for the 2015 hunting season when I received an invite from my friend Zach Owens in Idaho to go on a back country black bear spot and stock hunt. This hunt evolved into one of the most memorable hunting journeys of all time and I am excited to share my epic adventure. Preparation began in early March, reloading for my rifle and going to the range to make sure my 300 Remington Ultra Mag was driving tacks.
It was a tough four days full of blisters, sore muscles and a lot of highs and lows. We saw a few bruins just out of hibernation roaming, but none were the caliber of bears I wanted to harvest. After the four days of hunting hard we decided to go home and regroup for round two.
I could not wait to get back up to Idaho. I called Zach and we made a plan for my second trip. Zach has had great success with bear baiting in Idaho and we decided this would be my best chance in harvesting the caliber of bear I was looking for. Zach had spent countless hours researching for an area that he felt had less baiting activity and could produce some great bears. I loaded up and was on my way back up to Idaho with 700 lbs of expired bread and pastries in the bed of my truck. Zach and I found a great spot and set the bait. The sun was blazing that day and the weatherman said it was going to be a warm week. We hung scent in the trees and crossed our fingers as we hiked away from the full bait.
The bear was tucked under the bait eating the last bit of the Mountain House that I had just placed there and was only 115 yards away. The five yards I had to crawl up the hill to my rifle felt like it was a mile. My heart was pounding through my chest. I positioned myself for a shot and was wondering if it was a boar. I settled the cross hairs of my scope on the bear and waited for it to come out. In an instant the bear came whirling out from under the bait as if it had smelled or sensed something. In doing so, the bear presented a perfect broadside shot. I knew at that moment this was a big bear. As I looked at the head I could tell immediately he was a big boar. I settled the cross hairs behind his shoulder and squeezed the trigger of my 300 Ultra Mag. The 230 grain Hybrid Berger hit home and to my surprise the old bruin took off towards me then and disappeared into the pines. Within 20 seconds I heard the unmistakable sound of the old warrior’s death moan. I was overcome with emotion and knelt down at that moment to thank God for this incredible hunt and this beautiful black bear’s sacrifice.
I was so excited that I wanted to share my success with someone. I pulled out my Delorme InReach satellite device and sent the message out “Big Smokey Down!” to my family and friends. As soon as Zach received my message he left work, jumped in his vehicle and made it in record time to the trail head. When he arrived we both celebrated the amazing bear that I was fortunate enough to harvest.
I am so thankful for this amazing experience and all the help and support I received to make my dreams of harvesting my first bear come true. This was something that I have a hard time explaining in words, but it was an experience I will never forget for the rest of my life.
-- Paul Servey is known as Mountain Goat Pauly. He's a blue collar worker who loves to hunt public land over the counter tags in the Rocky Mountains. He started hunting with his family as a child and has continued to pass on his knowledge to his daughter who also enjoys the sport. Paul believes in the spirit of the wild and gives every animal the respect they deserve taught to him by his native father. Paul enjoys the sport of long range rifle, archery and muzzle loader hunting of big game animals.--
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Wow!I want to hunt with Mountain Goal Paul Servey! I've never bear hunted, but this story makes me want to get out and have an epic experience like this! Way to go! Wish you more of these stories in 2016! Happy New Year!
pauls questwhat an amazing story paul after you put in all the time and effort its awesome it all came together for you congrats
You deserve it.Nicely written story Paul, great details which only show how dedicated you are to nature with respect. If only this bear could tell his story I am sure they would amaze us, but with this Great Warrior standing in your room with all his battle scares, he will be immortalized with imagination. congratulations.
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