• SoleAdventure

    Thanks, Randy! I may be shopping for freezers if I am lucky enough to harvest elk in CO and KY.

  • Mark Kenyon

    Haha it’s your lucky year! You’re gonna have one full freezer!

    • SoleAdventure

      I sure hope so!

  • Wow – congrats! Stars are aligning for you, my friend. I don’t know how the elk behave for winters in KY, but if anything like here, I would suggest holding off for the late hunt. Around here the elk bunch up in the winter in herds of 50-100 or more, and if a guy can get the wind in his favor and figure out where their feeding and bedding areas are, he’s got it made. But October would be good, too – better weather, and cow elk being the social creatures they are, are likely to come in to cow calls still. Either way, what an awesome experience!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Tom. I may just split my efforts into two smaller trips – 1 at the opener, and another in the late season if I’m not successful on the first go’round.

      • Chefbowpro

        The folks up in Ky tell me the earlier the better! The thing that stinks is Archery Elk and Muzzleloader are open same weekend in October, so I will deer hunt first then Elk hunt during the week:)

  • Aznealz

    Nicely done sir. I’m very aware of my own donation track record with AZGFD. It’s good too see someone work the odds and win. Interestingly, the KY elk are transplanted reintroductions from AZ herds some years ago. Good luck!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thank you, Neal! I hope that the AZ draw turns your way soon.

  • Super stoked you stuck with it and decided to do both hunts. Not only will you have some great experiences, but you will hopefully have some meat to show for it, too. Now you just might have to dip into the kids college fund to get all of the meat back home, but it’s all good! Good luck, Mark!

    • SoleAdventure

      My kids are young, and college is a long ways off, right? ;-) Ha ha! I’m hoping to fill the freezer…and then some!

  • Allan K.

    Congratulations! I was lucky also and drew a KY Bull Elk Tag, still deciding how I’m going to tackle it! After doing some extensive mapping and calculations, you’re right about the key to public land, drawing the right unit, with plenty of public access can really help your odds.

    • SoleAdventure

      Allan, if it is possible, you might consider a guide for a bull hunt. I know it may cost a fair amount, but the bull elk tag is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Either way, best of luck, and don’t hesitate to bounce any ideas my way.

  • Mark! This is awesome – perfect timing! I had a friend stationed in KY who saw an elk for the first time while deer hunting last year. Awesome to see we may have some elk opportunities opening up here on the east coast. As a georgia boy, I’ll have to say I’m extremely interested in hearing about this KY trip. Looking forward to the updates.

    • SoleAdventure

      All of the elk are in southeast KY, so it wouldn’t be a bad drive for you at all. The entry process for tags is pretty straightforward, but let me know if you have any questions. Was your friend on public land? If so, tell him to e-mail me. ;-)

      • Aaron Farley

        I’m not sure where he was hunting. I know he was stationed at Fort Knox, but I’ll try to find out where he was hunting.

  • Metalmanjim

    Congratulations Mark, I have been a yearly contributor also and this is my lucky year. I drew a cow tag for the first gun season. I drew the South at Large area and look to be hunting near Whitesburg. I also drew a Colorado mule deer tag for the middle of October hunt, area 751. The locals near Durango say the elk are coming down early this year. Should make for an interesting season in the woods.

    • SoleAdventure

      It sounds like you’re going to have a heck of a season, Jim! I’m also headed to the southern zone for my KY elk hunt, but I’ll be in the Straight Creek LEA. Good luck this year…stay in touch and let me know how it all goes.

  • Chefbowpro

    I will be in the same area with a cow archery tag! 2 deer tags my video equipment for self filming and as little else as possible. Come on Oct 18th!

  • Tom WATERS

    So how did your hunt go? I was just notified that I won an archery cow tag for this season. I have only hunted whitetails so far, but I’m stoked for the opportunity. How about a follow up blog post re: what you learned in KY?