So, it’s nearly 3am and I’m a little tired to say the least! I’ve not long arrived at the Holiday Inn in Gaithersburg, Maryland ready for the US National Field Target Championships. I should really be in bed, and I know I’m going to regret it tomorrow!
Although I’m excited to be here, I’m already desperately missing Idaho. Not only is it one of the most breathtakingly picturesque places I’ve ever visited, and undoubtedly the most challenging hunting land I’ve ever experienced, but I’ve also discovered another kindred spirit – in fact a whole family of them!
I refer of course to world-renowned bear and North American big game hunter Bryce Wells and his family. I hadn’t met Bryce in person before my visit to Idaho, but we immediately hit it off. Not only are we both passionate about our hunting, but we have the same ‘smart ass’ sarcastic sense of humour. Neither of us had a minutes rest – just the way we like it!
I’d actually gone over to hunt bear myself, but unfortunately it didn’t work out that way. Instead I was privileged to be part of not one, but two epic elk hunting adventures. The first was Bryce’s son Cody’s first ever bull elk. The second was Bryce’s huge bull elk taken at an astounding range of 905 yards! Not only was it an incredible shot, but extracting it was an adventure in its own right.
So I may not have taken the trophy I’d travelled so far to hunt, but instead I’ve taken away something far more valuable – a lifelong friendship with a whole family of passionate hunters. I’ll be posting a photo essay soon, and a full hunt report will feature in the next issue of Sporting Rifle. Now I’m off to bed to try and get some sleep before heading to the range!