• 365Whitetail

    Love how your passion and enthusiasm come through in these articles. You’re going to do great, Mark. Make it happen!!!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Randy. I’ll certainly do everything that I can!

  • Rob McConnell

    My favorite is an adaptation of Alec Baldwin’s scene in Glengarry Glen Ross –

    “ABC… A: Always, B: Be, C: Glassing”

    ok ok, it doesn’t exactly fit, but the intensity does the trick!

    Great article Mark, I am in the same boat as you, this is my first year bowhunting, First year backpacking in. Season starts day after tomorrow. CANT WAIT.

    • SoleAdventure

      Best of luck, Rob! I can’t wait to hear how it goes for you.

  • DeerLab

    Great points. Love the line “Memories, meat and experience are far better trophies than antlers.” It’s so easy to get away from that after watching all the shows but you are so right.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, DL! It is VERY easy to forget what really matters.

  • Doug Graver

    As the old saying goes, “you can’t get lucky sitting in camp.” Great write up Mark. Two weeks tomorrow and I’m also heading for the back country. Super stoked!

    • SoleAdventure

      I can’t wait to hear about your trip, Doug!

  • Jess DeLo

    I cannot wait for your elk hunt! Love reading about all your pre-hunt preparations and following you through the learning experience. I’m applying as much as I can to my first whitetail archery season, and storing it all in the vault for my own future elk tour!

    • SoleAdventure

      That’s awesome, Jess. I didn’t realize it was your first season – how exciting! You’ll do great.

  • Glenn

    I too have enjoyed the passion and enthusiasm in your articles….not only am I totally inexperienced, I very often have no idea what you are talking about but I still enjoy it!!!
    Some amateur thoughts about being out in the middle of nowhere hunting for elk:
    1. I have not seen you review or discuss need for a “rear view” mirror ? (think similar to those some bicyclists wear) Would hate for you to be intent and determined on “glassing” in front of you while that big ELK strolls behind you ….or worse yet that hungry bear sneaking up on YOU from behind!!
    2. Make sure you have a great radio !! You will be hunting in the middle of football season….you must keep up on the college and pro football games…GO RAMS !! and M-I-Z Z-O-U
    I have other thoughts to share but do not want to anger your well educated , experienced followers …..
    BEST OF LUCK MARK!!! Can’t wait to read and hear the updates after your hunt….will be proud of your efforts regardless.
    Uncle Glenn

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Uncle Glenn! I’ll be sure to fire up a steak or you when I get back. :-)

  • Al

    You wrote this years ago but I still don’t agree with you and your need to kill any elk. I am a proponent of passing up on cows and raghorns. We aren’t starving and the tribe doesn’t need the meat. If the harvest is all that matters then I am glad I am not that hunter. It’s okay to harvest lesser animals but it is s lot more fun trying to get past them for a mature bull. I hunt for fun not an imagined need to put meat on the table. I say that and yet I am poor enough too work 3 different jobs. YMMV

  • jeremy huffman

    Just started planning a diy elk hunt for next fall. It’ll be my first elk hunt. Greatly appreciate you sharing your experiences. It’s a huge help.