• 365Whitetail

    Great article, Mark! Of course my favorite part is the stickers. Yes, life is good. Best of luck as you head into elk country.

  • Al Quackenbush

    Excellent tips and the stickers are great. Our families are similar in that way. My daughter gave me two stickers. One for my bow case and one for my glasses case. Best of luck in CO!!

  • I love the stickers. I will have to try this for my two year old daughter. Thank you for the article.

  • Wilson

    Great thoughts Mark. I’m leaving next week for the third year of southern Colorado elk hunting in a row. The mental grind in the mountains is tough especially on a DIY hunt. Embrace the suck is great advice because if you are heading home and there was no “suck” is probably wasn’t much of a hunt. Spotting a bugling bull erases a lot of the bad times though. Good luck out there!

  • John Swaringen

    Excellent post Mark. This is one of the things that I enjoy most about hunting. I’ve learned that it’s not a matter of whether or not the deer/hog/turkey/… has my name on it but that God created all these beautiful things to enjoy and spending time alone with him in a treestand, or with some friend in a blind is not so much about the quarry but the hunt.

  • Gauge

    Great post! With all my prep of “run lift shoot” I have done this year, I am not prepared to leave my little boy for 10 days. This is my first trip west with a kid involved. I am at a loss now that I am scheduled to leave Saturday for New Mexico and leaving my buddy. I will try the sticker on the quiver from my two year old. His sister is due Oct. 13th. I hope to get them both an ivory, so staying focused is a must.

  • Kyle Hankey

    Another good one Mark!

  • Rob

    “Look around…”
    So true. I did that this year. After 15 long, non hunting years, I was finally back out there. I had gone off solo from my partners for a 6’ish hour jaunt to see what I could see. Not much, really. But, while waiting for my buddies to come get me, I sat quietly listening to the woods. Nothing man made. Chipmunks, wind through the trees, and a quiet serenity that one cannot fully explain. It is something you have to experience for yourself. I missed one opening day and came home empty handed but, it is one of my best trips ever.

  • hunt_birdz

    Very good article…i think i’ll incorperate the stickers, may have my wife pick one out too. thanks for the idea.