Blow guns. Ever sit down with another guy and had a discussion about hunting with a blow gun?
Crazy stuff like that is one reason I enjoy talking with Tim Wells, the sometimes controversial but always interesting tele-hunter from Canton. Like his parents Dave and Rosalie, Wells, 46, is never at a loss for new ventures. If he’s not hunting, he’s usually working some angle.
His latest endeavor is too intriguing to pass unmentioned. Wells recently sold a partial interest in his Relentless Pursuit television show to Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.
One of the highest paid defensive players in the NFL, the 6-foot-6 Allen is also one big reason why the Vikings are 7-1 and being touted as Super Bowl favorites. In addition to making life miserable for quarterbacks, Allen is a passionate hunter. He met Wells through mutual friend Boomer Grigsby (above Allen at left and Wells at right in the picture below) while on a wolf hunt to Ontario last spring.
Afterwards Allen came back with Wells to Canton, where he shot a bison and speared an elk at the Wells clan’s Trophy Ridge Ranch.
“I love to hunt and he loves to hunt. I’m a little crazy and he’s a little crazy, so it worked out,” Allen said in a phone interview last week while he was in Illinois shopping with fiancee Amy Johnson, a Chicago native. “Obviously, I’m comfortable on camera and so is he, so we decided to team up and take Relentless Pursuit to the next level.”
While I’m not very keen on hunting behind high fences, Allen’s spear chuck at an elk from a tree stand was fairly impressive. Even so, I’m glad he does most of his hunting in free-range situations.
“He’s the kind of idiot who will jump out of a tree onto a bear,” Wells said. “He’s a kid in a giant’s body.”
During deer season Allen spends most Monday and Tuesday evenings after football practice in a tree stand. He has a pair of Labrador retrievers that he takes pheasant hunting. He said he really enjoys to hunt predators and bears and, along with Wells, has plans to chase alligators, alligator gar and rattlesnakes in the next year as they put together 26 shows (half of which will feature Allen).
That means extra work for Wells, who figures it takes three hours of video to produce 18 minutes worth showing on television. Not that he minds traveling to get show footage. One of his adventures this year took him to Alberta, where he shot this massive elk on Sept. 20.
Relentless Pursuit airs on The Sportsman Channel on Tuesdays at 7 a.m., Fridays at 10 p.m. and Saturdays at 5 a.m. and can be seen on Direct TV’s Channel 608.
“There’s going to be some wild hunts and we’re going to be humorous about it,” Allen said. “I watch some hunting shows and you get tired of seeing the same old whispering to the camera. We’re going to be in our loin clothes chasing some things.”
Wells said that’s some of what viewers have come to expect from his show, which has been on the air for the past 15 years. Memorable footage include Wells running toward a brown bear which he shot in the head with an arrow and an equally impressive shot of him taking a bumblebee with his bow.
“We’re a hard-core show,” he said. “I want to be the first guy on video to kill a brown bear with a spear. A lot of Indians tried it, but you don’t see them anymore. So that’s a bad sign.”
Wells also has been experimenting with using throwing stars to hunt and has proven quite adept at taking wild game with a spear. As for blow guns, Wells said he can kill a squirrel from 15 yards. “My son can shoot right through a piece of plywood,” he said.
Allen isn’t so sure. “Tim has a lot more hot air than I do, so he’s probably better than me at that right now. I’ll have to touch up on that.”