• Craig Steele

    Good post Mark.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Craig!

  • Aznealz

    Good insights, and for my money, you’re doing it right.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Neal! It will be an adventure, for sure!

  • I am so excited for you and your first elk hunt. This year I get to live vicariously through you!

    • SoleAdventure

      Just as I did with you last year, my friend. ;-)

  • Al

    I have hunted elk for over 20 years & I’m still learning. Now my son is old enough to start learning with me. That is what makes it so great!

    • SoleAdventure

      Al, I’m sure the learning never stops. Your son is lucky to have you raise him up under your wing!

  • When you stop learning, you might as well hang up the boots. I’ve elk hunted for 15 years, but with a bow for 8, and I feel far from experienced…but in the last two or three years I feel I have made strides, so there is something to the idea that it takes a good 6 or 7 years until certain things begin to really make sense and decisions start to come a little faster and easier.

    • SoleAdventure

      So maybe I’ll know a fraction of something half-legitimate by 2020 then. ;-)

  • I really enjoyed this article. How would you apply this to someone wanting to go on their first out of state whitetail hunt?

    • SoleAdventure

      Hi Scott. I think you will face similar questions with an out-of-state whitetail hunt. Do you hunt guided/semi-guided, which will most likely be on leased/owned land. Can you go DIY and hunt public ground? Can you find someone with private land that is willing to let you on, or do a temporary lease/trespass fee? In the end, it probably all comes down to your budget, timeline, and familiarity with the area.

  • Colep

    Good write up

  • Kevin D Timm

    Mark, Thanks for this – it has made my decision about going on AN elk hunt and most likely going drop camp much easier :)

    • SoleAdventure

      Glad to hear it, Kevin. I think a drop-camp is the ideal way to get started for most folks. And if you’re only going to hunt once (or maybe just a few times), it is definitely the way to go.