• Ben Adams

    Great post, Mark! I’m going to save this one for when I draw an AR elk tag!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Ben! I hope you draw that tag soon!

  • Aznealz

    Yep. If it didn’t seem like work hunting and hucking up and down mountains, it will when there’s a bull on the ground. All good stuff to consider BEFORE the magic happens. I’ve witnessed a couple of guys who got in deep, into backcountry, and over their head, with a successful kill and no real idea of what to do next. Thanks Mark.

    • SoleAdventure

      You nailed it. I think too many guys focus on the hunt and what to do to kill an elk, but don’t think enough about what to do AFTER the elk is down.

  • I love this post. There are far too many people who don’t think about what to do after the kill. The other thing to consider is if you are packing the proper stuff with you so that when you do shoot, track, and find the elk you don’t have to return back to camp to get the items necessary to take care of the animal if you are setting up base camp. All too often people forget to take with them the proper items to take care of the animal and have to hike back to camp or the truck to get the right stuff. I know for me here in Idaho it can get really warm the first of September and if you shoot an elk in the mid morning you have to hurry before it sits in the sun or the heat for too long. Great write up!

    • SoleAdventure

      You’re exactly right, Dustin! I’ve put together a “kill kit” (review coming), that has everything I need to after-the-kill duties, and this kit is something that I’ll always have with me when I’m hunting.

  • Phil

    I love this quote “Rotten meat doesn’t just ruin future dinners; it disgraces the majestic animal that deserves every ounce of respect.” Very well said. A failure to plan is a plan to fail.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks! ;-)

  • The FlyFishing Bowhunter

    I have never even dreamed of hunting Elk, but these post are some of my favorite! I can’t wait to read about your success this fall! Now I am going to have to start planning my elk hunt!!!

    • SoleAdventure

      Start dreaming, my friend! That’s how this all started for me.

  • 365Whitetail

    Talk about sinking the arrow in the eleven ring… Having harvested a couple elk and experienced firsthand the work that is involved, you are dead on. Another great post, Mark! Hope you score big on your first elk hunt.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thank you, Randy! I hope that I get a chance to experience the “work” of the hunt!

  • DoubleA

    Great posts, thanks. A piece about boning elk out using the gutless method would fit nicely with this topic; it not only saves time, but saves packing out 30-40# of bone. Make sure to check your state’s regs about evidence of sex as some states require it to be attached. Here in WY,
    it just has to accompany the meat.

  • Doug Graver

    Right on Mark. way to speak the truth and bring reality to the hunt. looking forward to your posts on this topic.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thank you, Doug!

  • SoDakElk

    I know this might be a very rookie question to ask but what is the difference between a external frame pack and an internal frame pack. And how do you load the meat onto them?