• TheWilltoHunt

    Great write up buddy! Loved it! Can’t wait to see it all unfold!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Will! It’ll be interesting to see how this season turns out.

  • Aznealz

    Honest insights and maybe even more honest pragmaticism. The magic doesn’t always happen out there but our drive, prep and knowledge go far to help. You’re doing all the right stuff.

    • SoleAdventure

      I sure hope I am, Neal. Give me a chance and I’ll be ready!

  • J Parkes

    The challenges are real, go as prepared as possible.

    Each day is experience, learn from every experience that day, Hunt like a predator.

    • SoleAdventure

      Great advice, thanks!

  • Al Quackenbush

    Honest article, Mark. We are all unprepared for something new like this. I know I was! Think of it like driving to a new place. There is always a little anxiety until you get there. Then it’s game on for the fun! I am sure that if you go in without any high expectation but to have a great hunt and hopefully kill an elk, then you will have a great time. I can’t wait to hear more!

    • SoleAdventure

      That’s my exact mindset, Al. I know this trip will be great, because I know what I’m getting into. I expect the challenge, the downtimes, and the hardships, but that is part of what will make the experience so rewarding.

  • PushingWildLimits

    Mark, I remember that exact feeling a few years ago. Stay focused but remember to have FUN with it all.

    • SoleAdventure

      That is the one thing that I’m guaranteed to experience!

  • Tom Sorenson

    Great read. Nobody knows all there is to know – wild animals are unpredictable creatures because they have to be in order to survive. All we can do is learn as much as we can and apply ourselves the best we can. It’s for that reason that I think the mental training of hunting – and backcountry hunting in particular – is as important, and perhaps more important, than physical training. The mental drain can be exhausting and supremely discouraging if we’re not careful.

    • SoleAdventure

      I agree, Tom! It is far too easy too overlook the mental stick-to-it-ness that is required for hunting.

  • This is so true. BELIEVING its possible I could take an elk is the hardest part of the hunt for me when I’m out there. I often succumb to “There are no elk here, there’s no way it will happen anyway.” Literally right in the middle of thinking this on an evening hunt, I heard a 6×6 bull scraping a tree at 100 yards. He got away eventually, but we put an awesome hunt on him. It reminded me that the mental game of keeping hope is the hardest stuff of hunting.

    • SoleAdventure

      That is tough, Sam. I am better than I used to be in that regard (thanks to whitetail hunting), but I still struggle. Nothing like spending 12 hours tied to a tree without seeing a deer, then suddenly having a shot at a buck just before last night. That’ll test, and teach, you some patience.

  • Mark, really appreciate this article. I used to think some guys were just lucky (and there are a few of those) but in reality it really boils down to the quote you shared: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” I’ve had lucky moments I have blown because I was to surprised to react. I have since turned my focus on envisioning scenarios as I progress through the hunt. This has me “more in the game” and ready to react when luck occurs. Combine with this with a solid dose of preparation and I hope it helps to somewhat counterbalance all the areas where I am lacking… ;)

    • SoleAdventure

      Good thoughts, Matt. You’re right – you have to be on your game and ready to respond when the chance comes your way. Experience pays big dividends in that situation.