View Full Version : Finished Up My 2011 Solo Nevada Bull Hunt

12-15-2011, 08:39 PM
Well, finished up my solo late Nevada bull hunt. Had an awesome time and saw a LOT OF NICE BULLS. Preasure from other hunters and outfitters was lighter than i expected, in fact after the first week of the season i had the place to myself. Took my bull @ 630 yrds in the Piermont Creek area of the Schells. Thats when the REAL work started. Shot the bull @ 6:15 am, took some pics (taking your own pics is a real pain in the %%@!#^, but gotta do it) and got started breaking down the bull, hanging quarters, backstraps and trim, caping and cutting off the horns. Got my first load out to the truck that evening just before dark. Day two started early with pack frame loaded with quarter bags a few snacks and some water, oh i also packed a pistol in case i had to run off a kitty . 2,200 vertical feet and a few hours later i was at the meat tree and started baging up the quarters, shuttled all the quarters and my daypack down to the rock pile that i had shot from and then packed one load out to the truck. The third day started out much the same, exept for my you know what was sore and dragging. Made it to the quarter bags and daypack, then started shutteling the loads down the mountain. Got it all out a couple hours before dark. A real workout for a 53 year old young guy .

Ive hunted solo for many years now with and without my horses and i will say that this hunt was one of the most demanding on my body. The Schell range is an awesome place to hunt elk.

Thanks again to everyone on this site that took time to share info.


Bitterroot Bulls
12-15-2011, 08:44 PM
Nice story, nice bull.

A solo pack-out is a butt-kicker for sure.

12-15-2011, 08:45 PM
Great bull, and I'll tell you what, it's hard to pack a bull out of the backcountry solo. I love the great packout pics. You must not have been to far in if you were able to make multiple trips in one day. Be thankful for the cold weather in December because it's much easier to keep meat fresh than in the September bow hunts where it's blazing hot.

12-15-2011, 08:49 PM
Great story and great bull!! Congrats!! :)

12-15-2011, 08:51 PM
Dam man! That is some hard work. The love those Schells but they are steep. Taking pics on your own is a must for sure but when your packing all that out it seems like such a waste of time but when your back home and see the pics you took and what you had to do to take them is a good feeling and a great story. Great job and awesome Bull too!

12-15-2011, 08:54 PM
Now that's inspiring sir, great job! I see you were packing with a Kelty Hauler, it does a good job!


12-15-2011, 09:26 PM
Way to go man! Great bull along with what sounds like a great adventure.

Kevin Root
12-15-2011, 09:33 PM
Solo Elk hunt and packing the bull out on your back. Now that's a workout! Surely that will me a awesome memory for you packer58. Congratulations on your adventure and achievement.

12-16-2011, 08:19 AM
Congrats to you on the bull, the pack out, and the pictures so we too could enjoy in the adventure.

12-16-2011, 10:54 AM
Incredible! It is inspiring to see people that can convey the work that goes into killing a timber ghost! I am not sure if you are a Ted Nugent fan on the outdoor channel but he would be proud of you. Great job, you are a fantastic stuart of the wild! Congrats.

12-16-2011, 01:57 PM
630 yards is a heck of a poke! great job, story and bull.

12-16-2011, 04:22 PM
Congratulations on a great bull. I guess that's why everyone's busts a nut when it comes to drawing a Nevada elk tag.

12-17-2011, 11:54 AM
Congrats on your bull!

12-17-2011, 08:30 PM
Congrats. Great bull! Great story!

12-18-2011, 08:46 AM
Nice work... Great supporting pics. And everyone who has downed an elk on their own appreciates the work that is involved. Very very nice.

12-18-2011, 07:44 PM
Great bull and great story, thanks for sharing!

12-22-2011, 04:25 PM
Great bull! Very cool story and pics. Congrats!!!

Chubby Tuna
12-23-2011, 10:09 AM
Been there, done that and can feel your pain. Literally!! Well done Sir.

01-01-2012, 07:49 PM
Thanks guys,

As tuff as it got at times i would'nt trade it for the world. Maybe get lucky after the 10 year waiting period and draw it again.:D Setting on 8 elk points for Colorado, may have to cash em in, in a year or two.

01-01-2012, 09:04 PM
Great story nice bull!

01-03-2012, 11:12 AM
Great story and pics - Thanks for sharing!

12-02-2012, 09:28 PM
My taxidermist finally finished up my mount, he's not the biggest bull around but the mount turned out awesome.


Bitterroot Bulls
12-02-2012, 09:32 PM
Looks great Packer!

12-02-2012, 09:34 PM
Thanks, i read your story in the journal........good job

12-02-2012, 09:37 PM
What an adventure and a trophy to show for it!

12-03-2012, 12:43 PM
The last day when you are shuttleing quartered game down the mountain, it seems as if they day won't end but when it does it is always well worth it. Congrats packer 58. Well done!

12-03-2012, 01:52 PM
Great looking mount Packer. I would have put him on the wall too!

12-29-2012, 02:02 PM
Nice Bull congrats

Backcountry Stalker
12-29-2012, 10:16 PM
Congrats on a very nice bull....and congrats on the priceless moments :)

06-09-2013, 06:39 PM
Awesome NV bull!! I cant wait for my bull hunt, but that will be a while off.

06-12-2013, 01:01 PM
Very nice bull packer!

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06-14-2013, 11:46 AM
Great Bull and story. DIY

06-14-2013, 09:23 PM
Excellent story. You will always look back on that hunt and apreciate it more because of the hard work. I'm 50 now and loathe the day that I get to old to do it. Keep it up and good luck! fatrascal.

06-20-2013, 11:44 AM
Thanks for sharing the story and nice bull too!

06-21-2013, 06:06 PM
Awesome story, inspirational!