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A NIGHT IN THE ROCKIES
Paul Servey - Quest For Scarface

Paul Servey - Quest For Scarface

Paul Servey - Quest For Scarface
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"My heart was pounding through my chest... in an instant the bear came whirling out from under the bait as if it had smelled or sensed something"

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.

  I began assessing all of my equipment and also increased my physical training in order to be prepared for the grueling Idaho back country.  In the middle of April the day finally came to travel to Idaho.  I would be hunting with my BonedOut Productions teammates Ron Elmer and Dennis Velasquez.
We woke up at 300 AM filled with excitement to make the trek to Idaho.  We hit the road in hopes of making it to the trail head by early afternoon.  As we arrived at the trail head, I took one glance at the country we would be hunting in and thought to myself that this will be a legitimate back country bear hunt.  It was some of the steepest and most rugged country I had ever seen in Idaho.  We loaded up our packs and headed out.  It was a 6-to-7 mile journey.  We arrived at camp shortly before dusk.  We set up our tents just below the snowline and it was pretty cold!  The mornings were in the 20’s making glassing uncomfortable while waiting for that first ray of sunlight.
 
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.   

After only four days since placing my bait, I was on my way back up to Idaho in hopes that some bears were frequenting the area.  Just like a typical Rocky Mountain Spring, it turned cold and snowed in the high country.  This trip was a bust and I headed back to Utah. 
I had one final trip planned for the last week of the hunt in June.  The scary part was I would not be able to check on or refill my bait over the next three weeks before I could return.  I knew it was only a matter of time before the old bruins would sniff it out.  With only 700 lbs of bait, it would surely go fast.  
  After 23 long days I was on my way back to Idaho—solo this time-- for four days which would be my final opportunity to harvest a great Idaho black bear. On zero sleep from working a graveyard, I drove to our hunting spot.  I was excited and scared as I hiked the trail into the bait.  I was praying there was still some of it left.  To my surprise there was a little left but it was very close to being completely consumed.  I sat for seven hours the first day and did not see a single bear.  I returned to camp, ate some dinner and crashed. 
Having slept for only five hours in the last 52 hours, I was back up in the morning having coffee in hopes this would be my lucky day.  I sat on the bait for three hours and was having a lot of trouble staying awake.  I went for a small hike, glassing some clear cuts, but something kept telling me I needed to return to the bait and sit on it all day.  I decided to listen to my gut and return to my blind.  I felt like I should add something to the miniscule pile left at the bottom of the bait.  I felt my pockets and checked my gear for something to add to it.  I pulled out a Mountain House and emptied it on top of the remnants left by the unseen bears that had devoured everything.  I sat back on the hillside and sleep deprivation set in again.   I didn’t want to take a nap in fear of potentially missing a final opportunity. 
 My body and mind finally gave out and said, No more.  So I gave myself permission to just take a short nap and I was out cold within seconds.  As I awoke, not knowing how long I had been asleep, I sprung up like a rocket as if I knew something was at the bait. As I looked down the hillside, I was in complete amazement as I saw a very big black shadow that was the size of a 50 gallon drum glistening in the sun.  I was in shock as I tried to get my senses about me. 

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 gave him ten minutes before I began tracking him into the pines.  As I walked up and knelt down next to him, I knew I had harvested a real, true warrior.  This was exactly the type of bear I was hoping for.  He was perfect with a beautiful coat, a giant head and many scars all over him from fighting with other bears.  He even had a gnarly large bite mark on his face that almost took out his right eye from what was surely an earlier larger-than-life battle. Scarface seemed to be the perfect name for this old warrior.  As I rolled him over, I noticed a most unique white patch on his chest that made him look like he was wearing a tuxedo!  Wow!

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.--
 
Partnered with: BonedOut Productions, watch for the video coming out spring of 2016.
Pro Staff for: Wild West Hunts
Affiliated with: Game Gear Apparel, Mt Ops, Inergy Solar, Phone Skope and Buku Calls.

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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! Written by Brett on Sat 2 Jan 2016 3:46:46 AM GMT
pauls questwhat an amazing story paul after you put in all the time and effort its awesome it all came together for you congrats Written by kurt lawson on Thu 24 Dec 2015 3:28:15 AM GMT
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. Written by CB on Wed 23 Dec 2015 7:07:22 PM GMT
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