If You Liked Sole Adventure, You Will Love This

As you probably know, several years ago I started writing about my journey to become an elk hunter.  I didn’t start with a goal in mind, but gradually Sole Adventure became a place for many new and aspiring elk hunters to learn alongside me, as we pursued our elk hunting dreams.

Today I want to introduce you to a resource that is above-and-beyond anything I’ve ever done here, at Sole Adventure.  The University of Elk Hunting is quite literally the best single elk hunting resource that’s ever been produced.

If you liked anything I have done here, you will absolutely love what you will discover in the University of Elk Hunting.

This online course covers every aspect of elk hunting.  From understanding where to hunt elk, how to obtain tags, how to plan your hunt (guided vs do-it-yourself), what weapon to use, how to find elk (understanding habitat, terrain, behavior), how to call elk, how to hunt elk at different portions of the season, how to care for elk after the shot, and much more — this course truly covers it all.  There are over 120,000 words, along with more than 60 video resources, and hundreds of diagrams and other supporting media.  The University of Elk Hunting is broken up into a convenient module and chapter structure that makes it easy to progress through the entire course at your own pace, or to select just the sections that you want to learn more about.

One-year of access to the course costs $99, but Sole Adventure readers can use the coupon code ADVENTURE to save 40%, which brings the price down to just $59.

I have always reserved the space of this site to talk about things I truly believe in and support, and it is with that in mind that I can wholeheartedly recommend this online course to anyone that wants to hunt elk more effectively.  I have personally been able to contribute to this course, but more importantly I have learned a ton by going through this course myself.  I hope that you’ll take advantage of this great resource.

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There You Are

I’ll never forget my late, great-grandmother sitting on her bed many Christmas’ ago. Her mind struggled to process and comprehend the activities surrounding around her — the result of progressing Alzheimer’s.

Despite being surrounding by family that she’d loved with for decades, and being in the house she’d lived in for even longer – on this Christmas she was confused. Anxiously, she cried out,

“Where am I?”

Then, just as those of us in the room felt the sadness of the moment and began to reach out in sympathy, “Grandma Great” looked over to the other wall of the room, caught her reflection in a mirror, and then excitedly declared,

“Oh, there I am!”

Our sadness was soon relieved by the humor of the moment. And, thankfully, Grandma’s anxiety and confusion was overcome by the sudden joy of understanding where she was and who she was with. She was home. She was loved.

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That story reminds me of the way that many of us live our lives on a daily basis. Days that turn into weeks, which turn into months, which turn into years.

You see, many of us have either forgotten who we truly are. Or, maybe, we simply refuse to look in the mirror and see who, and where, we are.

Alzheimer’s isn’t our problem. But we are confused and anxious nonetheless.

We avoid the “mirror” of self-reflection because we’re afraid of what we might see. Instead, we’re voluntarily distracted by other people’s lives on Facebook and Instagram. We numb ourselves with food, drink, and all varieties of vices that bring temporary relief from the emptiness and discontent that we aches within.

We live a chaotic, hectic, and noisy life that is full of sensory overload, which desensitizes us to the quiet matters of what’s going on the inside of us at the deepest levels.

We’re “busy”. We’re tired. We mindlessly, incessantly, and endlessly swipe our fingers across a handheld screen — spending our minutes, hours, and days “living” by bytes and pixels.

Thoreau said that,

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”

That’s true of “most men”, but don’t let it be true of you.

Shut down the noise. Disconnect from the distraction. Listen to the “quiet desperation” that aches within and resolve to do something about it.

In doing so, you’ll finally be able to address the most important matters of life — your health, your relationships, the way you spend your precious and fleeting time, and more.

Stop the excuses, the distraction, the numbing.

Look in the mirror. Figure out where you are. Then determine to become what you long to be.

P.S. — I know it has been super quiet around here.  That should be changing in the coming months.  I’ve been busy taking my own medicine (as prescribed in this article), but I’ve also been working on some very cool projects.  One of those projects is something that you’ll definitely want to check out right now and that is a GIVEAWAY for a free Exo Mountain Gear pack of your choice.  It is super easy to enter — so do it.

Introducing the Hunt Backcountry Podcast!

I am excited to announce a new project that I’ve been working on with my buddy, Steve Speck, from Exo Mountain Gear. The two of us have been tossing around the idea of starting a podcast for quite some time. Well, we finally decided to commit to making it happen.

I am super excited to share this with you, the Sole Adventure reader, because this podcast will be an extension of the topics and content that I’ve been sharing through this site. And because the podcast will feature Steve, as well as many great guest interviewees that will be joining us, the level of knowledge and experience will be leaps and bounds better than anything I could ever do on my own.

Get Started

The best way to check out the podcast and make sure you don’t miss any new episodes is to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, or on SoundCloud.  (All of which offer mobile apps as well!)

Let Me Hear It (And win!)

The single most important goal that Steve and I have for this podcast is to inform and entertain anyone that has a passion to hunt the backcountry. So, with that said, I would love to hear the topics, questions, and features that you would like us to cover on the podcast.

Email your ideas and feedback to podcast@exomountaingear.com. And if you enjoy the show, please leave us a review in iTunes or on the other podcasting application that you use.

Each week we will pick someone that’s left us a great question, idea, or feedback and we’ll send that person some Exo Mountain Gear swag.  And stay tuned, because we will also be giving an Exo Mountain Gear pack away just for podcast subscribers!

Shooting Arrows & Chasin’ Tail

So you have made, or are thinking about making, a change to your bowhunting setup this year?  Maybe the new thing is a sight, a rest, a release, some new arrows, a new bow – or maybe all of the above!  If that’s true, then you to be careful that you don’t end up creating problems for yourself.  My elk hunting partner, Jerud, recently made some changes himself and re-learned an import lesson along the way.  He’s here, today, to share that lesson with you.  Here’s Jerud…

Just because you’re not hitting the dot you’re aiming for, doesn’t mean you should be quick to start adjusting your sight or tinkering with your rest.

Like most guys, I’m always looking to improve my shooting and my gear; I’ve been called OCD when it comes to such things.  But I don’t easily buy into hype and promises of the latest-and-greatest. I like to do thorough research and then decide if a new item is worth investing my money and time into trying.

Jerud Shooting his Elite Energy 35

This winter I installed Elite Archery’s rubber torqueless grip on my Energy 35. Do I have torque issues? No. I picked up the grip because I liked the idea of not holding a cold riser during late season hunts and I have a love-hate (mostly hate) relationship with gloves.

I also picked up a Scott Exxus thumb release. Before I started tweaking the other aspects of my setup to account for these changes, I started shooting and letting the arrows stick where they may. Yes, they were off the mark, but I had also made two significant changes that I, as the shooter, (not just my bow) needed to break into.

A younger me would have shot a few groups and then started adjusting my sight. Sometimes this works, but most of the time this results in me chasing my tail situation to figure out what went wrong – adjusting this, then that – and sometimes overcompensating and creating a new problem.  And that whole mess results in a massive hit to my shooting confidence.

I have the advantage of being able to shoot indoors at home, so I get to shoot a lot. This makes me very comfortable with my form and knowing when I’m on or off. So after the recent grip and release changes, I just continued flinging arrows and breaking into this new setup. It wasn’t easy and I struggled with panic a few times.

Finally, confident that I was shooting consistent – but off the mark – I put the bow in the vise and made an adjustment to my sight.

The results: center shots and complete relaxed confidence in shooting the new setup.

The point of this post, and the lesson that I re-learned recently, is if you make a change to your setup, give it time and a lot of shots before you start freaking out and changing other components of your shot or the setup. Be honest with yourself about the quantity and quality of your practice sessions. Get the consistent form down first and put the work in to maintain it.

Exo Mountain Gear Packs – What’s New for 2015

The guys at Exo Mountain Gear have made some changes to their packs for 2015.  I have had my hands on a 2015 model for a couple of months now and have been using it for training hikes.  The main concepts and design of the pack and frame are essentially the same as the 2014 model, which I used and reviewed last year.

I get that spending upwards of $500 for a pack is an investment.  And if I am recommending a product like that, I want you guys to be as informed as possible.  So for those of you considering a new pack this year, I thought I’d take the opportunity to run through some of what’s changed for 2015:

Pack Changes

Frame Changes

There is a lot about the packs in general that aren’t mentioned in these videos, so head on over to ExoMountainGear.com to learn more.