• aaughenbaugh

    Hunts like this are by far my favorite. Over the several years, I have found myself spending more and more time walking the woods and simpling hunting. Brings the feeling of the hunter’s soul. Congrats on a great hunt.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thank you!

  • Al Quackenbush

    Loved reading this. Congratulations Mark! These are the things many of our new hunters need to understand. Some days you just go out and go with your gut. Great job!

    • SoleAdventure

      Yup! With all of the “tactics” that are out there, it’s easy to neglect instinct.

  • Great post Mark. While we are fans of trail cameras (wink, wink) there’s definitely something special and pure about hunting with less. Thanks for sharing and great photo with your son.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks! I still like my cameras. ;-)

  • Aznealz

    Less is More. Again. This was good to read. We all are guilty of overanalyzing, and over-technology dependence sometimes.

    • SoleAdventure

      Yes! After the hours I put into the stand I was starting to feel the paralysis of analysis, so I had to hit “reset”. I’m glad it worked out.

  • Chuck Herron

    Great article, Mark! Unfortunately, reading the woods is rapidly becoming a lost art because of the increased reliance on technology. I learned to hunt from my grandfather, so I try to hunt like he used to as much as I can. He’s been gone for a number of years now, but every time I take his Model 70 .270 to the woods after deer or elk, I feel like I’m keeping his tradition alive.

    • SoleAdventure

      I’m right there with you, Chuck. Keep the tradition alive!

  • Tyler Dominguez

    That’s awesome, congratulations Mark.

    • SoleAdventure

      Appreciate it, Tyler.

  • Kevin Jones

    I couldn’t agree more with this… Good job Mark

  • Tom Ryle

    Sweet! Congrats on a fine deer and a special memory with your Grandpa’s rifle. With all the gadgetry and information overload these days, it is nice to get back to basics and enjoy the simplicity and, dare I say, tranquility of the hunt. Back in the day when I was globetrotting with my bow, camera gear, etc. I remember longing for the simplicity of hunting the local blacktails I grew up with. Nothing fancy. No tripods, cameras, boom mics, pole saws, decoys and the like; just a typical cold and rainy late fall day where I could sneak around in amongst the ferns with hopes of filling a single deer tag. And I can’t wait to do that again after Thanksgiving.

    • JT

      I too love this style of hunting. No technology needed just your primal instincts and a rather modern invention, the rifle. No high tech smell neutralizing machine or stealth wear impregnated with carbon fiber to make you invisible.

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  • Joelmolokai

    “I didn’t have a bunch of fancy gear. Sometimes the simplest hunts are the best ones.” And all God’s people say Amen. I know of a couple of hunters who carry on themselves (over $7000 worth) the latest and greatest gear and yet to have harvest an animal. I always enjoy reading your articles. Keep it coming.

    • Aznealz

      Yep, Yep. Sometimes simple is best.

    • SoleAdventure

      I’ve been guilty of being like your friends at times. Good gear can make a big difference (merino comes to mind, for example), but the “latest and greatest” of everything is overkill and often a waste money.