• Barry L.

    And that, in a nut shell, is elk hunting!! Gotta love the highs and lows!! And how quickly it can change from one, to tbe other!

    • SoleAdventure

      You’re right, Barry. If it wasn’t so frustrating and unpredictable, it also wouldn’t be so amazing!

  • Retired2Hunt

    Thanks for sharing your story and pics! That is exactly how I became hooked on elk hunting as much as (maybe more) deer hunting.

    • SoleAdventure

      I’m hooked for life!

  • COBowhunter

    Looks like you had some great Elk hunts this year!

    • SoleAdventure

      We did. Lots of ups and downs, but the difficulty of this year is going to make the success even sweeter when it comes (next year!).

      • COBowhunter

        Yeah, I hear ya.. Was one of those years for me too.. Next time you plan to hunt CO, look me up, I live up in the high country and always looking for good people to hunt with..

  • Mike Dwyer

    I have loved reading about your Kentucky adventures Mark. Hope you make it back sometime. I haven’t put in for the elk draw in a few years but this makes me want to try again.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Mike. You should absolutely start entering the draw again. It’s worth a shot for $10!

      • Mike Dwyer

        I can only imagine the funny stories from Eastern Kentucky. I have spent a lot of time there over the years and ‘colorful’ is a nice way to describe the locals.

        • SoleAdventure

          Yeah, that’s a good way to put it. ;-)

  • Aznealz

    I’m reminded of an elk hunt coupla years ago. Bull came into our camp screaming at about 1:30 a.m. We didn’t know if he was about to shred our tent, and us, or what. I unzipped the side window and saw him about 20 feet off. He turned at the sound of the zipper, bugles again and slowly walked out. Elk hunting is unforgettable. Thanks for memories.

    • SoleAdventure

      Cool story! Memories are the whole reason I started writing about my hunting, which is what started this whole thing. Sole Adventure was never meant to become what it has, but I’m grateful that it did. :-)

      • Aznealz

        Me too. Keep writing amigo!

  • Man, that bull at 43 yards will be forever etched in your memory bank! Good stuff and a successful hunt on so many levels. Such gorgeous country too. For a guy like me from the Pacific Northwest, hunting elk amongst the hardwoods would be a cool experience!

    • SoleAdventure

      It was pretty wild to hunt elk in both CO and KY this year; they’re vastly different!

  • Wesley Levy

    I can not tell you how many times i’ve been out hunting elk and never seen anything, or the number of times that I’ve been within shooting distance of a huge bull elk standing broadside to me and only had a cow tag.
    Nice pics – better luck next time. I just went out and got 1 white tail, and will be starting up elk hunting in december in wyoming. I cant wait.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Wesley. Congrats on the whitetail and good luck in Wyoming next month. Let me know how it goes…I would love to see some pics.

  • Mike Schnitzer

    Just read about both your elk hunts. Thanks for taking the time and writing such detailed stories. I will be going on my first elk hunt this September in Colorado and am reading as much as possible. Thanks again and look forward to reading some more.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Mike! Please let me know how your hunt goes. And don’t hesitate to reach out if there’s anything I can do to help your planning.

  • Dylan Jones

    I have drawn the same tag this year. It was my fifth year applying. I live in Florida and know nothing of elk hunting. Can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing your experience. Any tips are welcomed.

  • Thanks for sharing your story! I’ll be in CO next September too looking for my first elk! You’re an inspiration!