• ChrisB

    Great story! jumping that bull must have been instant heart-pounding. I feel like I am tagging along. Keep it up!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks for tagging along, Chris!

  • Arizona Wanderings

    Excellent read. Looking forward to the next two parts.

    Ben

    • SoleAdventure

      I appreciate, Ben.

      (I think I have lied…I’m pretty sure there’s going to need to be 6 parts.)

  • Jerud Earnest

    Wow this makes it sound like I knew what I was doing!

    • SoleAdventure

      Just wait ’til part 5! You’ll sound brilliant.

  • Julio Jimenez-juanz

    Great story Mark!! Keep them coming!!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Julio! The next installment should be up on Monday.

  • IAHunter

    Keep’em coming Mark, enjoy reading.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thank you!

  • Aznealz

    Beautiful! Jumping game, big game, is both exhilarating and frustrating for me. I always replay the moments before to see what I would have done differently. Keep it coming Mark.

    • SoleAdventure

      Yup, there’s always a lesson to be learned, or at least a reflection worth making in those situations. Excitement AND experience is offered.

  • Man this is exciting! Thanks for manning up my morning!

  • Jake Huff

    Since you were running into so many hunters, did you consider packing up camp and moving deeper in?

    • SoleAdventure

      Yes and no. Seeing camps doesn’t necessarily scare me off. Many people hunt very near their camp (not venturing more than 1 mile away.) If that’s the case, then we can leave our camp where it is and hunt deeper, but not necessarily move camp deeper. Breaking down and moving camp is time and effort (then there’s logistics like finding another good spot with cover, water, etc.)…hunting deeper from camp is less of an “investment”. The other good side to leaving camp put is that all of the disturbances of “camp life” is centralized. At this point we had seen and ran into other hunters, but we hadn’t “exhausted” all of the areas that could be hunted around us. If we could find pockets where hunters weren’t hunting, then chances are, we could find elk. As you’ll soon ready, that’s exactly what happened…

  • Retired2Hunt

    Great story Mark. I’m looking forward to the final chapter. I had 5 different bulls calling to me during the same week but swirling winds were my downfall. Now another 50 weeks until my next elk hunt! Thank goodness for SW Ohio Whitetails!

    • SoleAdventure

      Those winds sure do make things tough! You have to pay attention to them at all times, but even when you are – they’ll switch without warning. I’m counting down the weeks as well!

  • Ramiro Rodriguez

    If I may ask, how much weight did you guys have to haul in the packs once the bull was de-boned?

    • SoleAdventure

      There was at least 260lbs of meat/antler to split between the both of us. I’ll have more details on the packout in a post that’s coming next week.

  • Ramiro Rodriguez

    Since I just moved to CO from TX, and I am new to Elk hunting, next year will be my 1st time hunting Elk, but what can be done with Elk meat? Having hunted white tail before, I know sausage is popular, hamburger patties, chorizo (similar to sausage), but what else can be done?

    • SoleAdventure

      I didn’t get any sausage made. My elk meat was all cut into steaks and roasts, and the rest ground. You can use elk in any recipe that you would for whitetail. It can also be used in “normal” recipes, as a replacement for beef, but you might have to adjust some of the cooking technique in terms of temperature and things. Elk is much leaner that store-bought beef.