Wolves are a hot button issue and will likely continue to be for some time in hunting and nature circles. Once on the near brink of extinction, wolves have made an incredible comeback many regions of the United States, and some states are now allowing hunters to pursue them again. If hunters can get a tag for a big-game animal in those states, they'll often carry around a wolf license for that "just in case" moment should an unexpected visitor interrupt their hunt. In the following footage, we see what one of those moments looks like. Just as these bowhunters are trying to get a bull elk to come within range, a large pack of wolves suddenly appears, forcing the hunters to quickly adapt.
If you're looking to skip ahead to the moment where the wolves show up, you can skip the elk calling sequence and start at the 7-minute mark.
This hunt may be the very best example of making the best out of a bad situation. Obviously, it would've been better if the bull would've caved to the series of calls and closed the gap to the hunters. Perhaps the hunt was blown as soon as they were caught out in the open, as that bull seemed hesitant to begin with, but seemingly more suspicious once it noticed the human movement. However, if that didn't do it, catching a whiff of those approaching wolves surely sealed the deal on this hunt.
That looks to be a large, healthy pack, too. In fact, a pack that size is probably capable of taking down either of those elk with no issues. All those calls were like ringing the dinner bell for these predators to show up. That probably made for a tense moment when they realized how many wolves there were. At the end of the day, a little predator management is never a bad thing. The rest of the pack lives to fight and hunt another day and the hunter does not come home empty-handed.
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