• Awesome post from Al! You have a great series of elk articles going on Mark and I’m already looking forward to the next one!

    • SoleAdventure

      I appreciate it, Ben. I’m having a ton of fun putting all of this together and sharing what I am learning, so naturally I’m looking forward to the next post, too.

      • He forgot to add that killing an elk was something he did right!

  • Great post! I plan to get out there in the next couple years and try for one myself.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Danny! Commit to making that trip happen, and start preparing now – you’ll be glad you did!

    • Thanks, Danny. I hope to read about your success when you get out there after elk!

  • Great post Al! Lots of good info. You nailed it buddy.

  • Philip Peterson

    Great write up Al, and an awesome addition to this series. Allot can be learned from those that have been there done that and learned from their own mistakes. The water is a big one that time of year, at least I have found. It is usually warmer, and slugging up and down mountains, water is a premium. I started carrying a water filter in my pack just for that, I have run out to many times in the past, no more.

    • Thanks, Philip. I am honored to be a part of this series! I did have a water filter on me Philip, but my issue was that the stream was down the steepest part of the mountain. I went through over a gallon and then drank the rest of what Eddy brought me. Having the filter did me no good at that point. I just had to hoof it outta there. Mind over matter.

  • Tucker

    Great post. Was the SPOT Messenger better than renting a SAT phone? Did you use a decoy? Planning and getting ready for my first hunt to CO this fall too. I’m reading everything about elk I can. Thanks a lot…

    • SoleAdventure

      Hi Tucker, this is Mark from Sole Adventure. My buddy Al wrote this post and I’ll get him to chime in. I’ve had good luck with a SPOT on my hunts. It isn’t “better” than a sat phone – it’s different. The SPOT doesn’t provide two-way communication, whereas a phone obviously does. A SPOT is easier for quick check-ins, to allow other to see your location and/or track your progress, and is better for long-duration duress signals in case of an emergency. Best of luck on your elk hunt this fall. If you’re looking to read all you can, then be sure to check out my collection of elk hunting articles at: http://soleadventure.com/elk/

      • Tucker

        I have Mark, I’m the one from Louisville that contacted you last year when you said you were hunting elk in KY. A SAT phone is about $125/two weeks and extra weight, with the messenger it’s $100/yr membership. I already picked up a SPOT reduced at BestBuy. I’ve read everything you wrote…thank you.