• Russ Martin

    Great Article Mark! And a good example of the role the proper attitude plays in enjoying the hunt. I’m planning a CO elk hunt for next year. Everything I do until then will be geared toward preparing for the hunt. It would suck to ruin it by setting the bar too high!

    • SoleAdventure

      Best of luck next year, Russ! Thanks for reading.

  • Robert Deaton

    Great post Mark. I’m almost as excited about the hunt as you are, and I can only read along…thanks for sharing.

    Best of luck

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Robert!

  • Great read! It’s fun to follow along on a first time elk hunt. It makes me remember some of the emotions and expectations I had on my first elk hunts. The thrill of an elk hunt never gets old! In my opinion, a DIY public lands elk is a trophy regardless of the antler size… just make sure it is a legal CO bull (4 points on one side or 5 inch brow tine)

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Emily! I will gladly “hunt like a girl” if I end up with the same results that you’ve experienced. ;-)

  • Awesome read, Mark. Love seeing the excitement and intrigue. Are you going to be picking up an either sex tag? I wish you the best and cannot wait to read more. September will be here before you know it!

    • SoleAdventure

      Yep, I’ll definitely be going with an either-sex tag. I would love to be able to tag a bull, but when it comes down to it I would consider a hard-earned cow a trophy. I have to keep reminding myself what a challenge this is when you are going in blind and doing everything on your own, especially the first time!

  • Bill Howard

    I’m anticipating this hunt following you and Will as much as anything this year Mark. I also envision another trophy shot similar to Al’s last year! May not be there with you physically, but I will be in spirit!

    • SoleAdventure

      We appreciate it, Bill! I tell you what…it will be inspiring to know that there are other folks around the country rooting for us. I’m sure that will be a huge factor in helping us pick ourselves up during the rough moments.

  • Aznealz

    Very nicely stated. I’m also reminded of all the anticipation, and some doubt, that accompanied my first bow elk hunt. I still get the same feelings as I plan my own AZ elk hunt right now. ¡Buena suerte!

    • SoleAdventure

      I’m sure the anticipation and doubt will never fully go away. Actually, I hope it never does!

  • Elk hunting = cocaine for sportsmen. If you are fortunate enough to hear a bull bugle or scream at close range, you will never be able to stop. I wish you well – you are heading in to it with an awesome mindset. I grew up hunting elk, but remember vividly the day I became an archery elk hunter…called a mature bull into 23 yards, and while standing broadside, he turned his head toward me and screamed up the mountain at me. I lost it. I remember the flare of his nostrils, the drip of the moisture off his lower lip, and the heaving of his chest. The scream felt like it was in my face. I missed that elk, but that hunt changed me forever.

    • SoleAdventure

      Hours of preparation, hundreds of dollars spent in getting there, the sweat exerted to reach the mountain…it would all be worth it just to have a an experience like yours. I sure hope I get to see/hear a bull elk bugle like that!

  • rufe

    Good luck to you. I recommend you take a look at the ELK NUT Outdoors for calling information. I thought they were great.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks for the heads up, Rufe. I’ve actually been going through Paul’s stuff for a while now, and I have found it to be a great resources. As a new elk hunter it can be a bit overwhelming at times, but overall I’ve found it to be very valuable information.