• DeerLab

    Thanks for sharing as well as putting this site together. I’m heading out to Idaho this year for my first Elk bowhunt and I can’t wait. I really liked the “1-inch-per-ten-yards-rule” and the nine inch “worst case” scenario. Being accurate is fairly easy in the backyard but having a big elk come in huffing and puffing, outside of doing the same just trying to get close, is a whole different story.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks! Best of luck in Idaho this year! Let me know how it goes.

  • Patch

    Mark, what are your thoughts on a frontal shot at say 20 yards or less? This is a very controversial shot, and just would like your thoughts. I myself would take the shot if all things were right. 20 yards or less, elk relaxed, little to no wind, confident in my shooting.

    • SoleAdventure

      Great question, Patch! The frontal shot is risky, but I think it is a legitimate shot for someone that is familiar with elk anatomy and confident/skilled with their arrow placement. And as you’ve mentioned, the conditions need to be just right. Personally, as a new elk hunter I would be very hesitant to take the shot, but I can’t rule it out completely.

  • Good article Mark! I like the thought and research put behind this. Thanks!

  • Tim Hill

    I practice at pretty long distances somewhere around 60 or 70 yards. And allot. But I don’t have many intentions of shooting an animal that far. However the reasoning is. Closer shots become easier. This year I’m planning on my first elk hunt so I ‘m seriously gonna consider the 60 or 70 yards shot an actual possibility. With the size of the vitals getting bigger with the target I believe ill be fine.