Coming into 2013 I posted about heading to Colorado on my first elk hunt and how I’d always made excuses for not going in the past. I made a commitment to myself, my friends and my readers. Then I made an excuse. Well, the money just wasn’t there after getting nailed with some absurd medical bills. Luck would have it though that Mark of SoleAdventure.com, who I had planned to hunt with in Colorado, got amazingly lucky and drew a Archery Cow Elk Tag in Kentucky. So while I’m not actually hunting and it’s not Colorado I’m still heading out on my first elk hunt!
This won’t be an extreme backcountry hunt at high elevation and crazy weather. It’s going to be a lot of fun though. What is pretty crazy is the location is almost exactly equidistant for Mark and me. We’ll be arriving late on the 23rd and hunting through the 27th. In the excitement leading up to this hunt I’ve had a few people question me as to why I’d bother driving just shy of 8 hours and sleeping in the woods for 5 days when I won’t even be hunting. I really don’t have much of an answer. If that’s your question then you just don’t get it. I’ve dreamed of elk hunting for a long time and to even be part of what could be Mark’s first successful elk hunt is reason enough to go. I’ve known Mark for going on 3 years and this will be the first time we’ll meet in person. It’s crazy how many people I’ve met through this website and the associated social media an how many of them have become my good friends. So this hunt will be a good time regardless. A new development is our buddy Jerud will be joining us as well. The more the merrier! So Mark, the pressures on, now you have an audience!
Unless this is your first time visiting the site you know I love my hunting and camping gear. I’ll have a few items I’ll be testing out and many items that have made a permanent home in my gear setup. I’ll be taking my new KUIU Tiburon Pants and Shirt. As it looks right now the temperature should be pretty mild with 30′s at night and 60′s during the day. The Tiburon should be great for covering ground without working up a big sweat. Although, I can be kind of a wimp in the cold so I’ll also have my KUIU Guide Pants and Jacket. The last of the KUIU products will be the bino harness. It’s the most comfortable bino harness that I’ve used. I’ve been using it on my whitetail hunts but this will be a great test to see how it holds up. I’ll also be carrying some new technology with me, the Magellan eXplorist 350H. It’s a nice little GPS unit loaded with hunting specific features down to state GMU’s. Aside from that I added Minus 33 boxers and t-shirt. You just can’t beat merino wool when it comes to keeping you comfortable and less stinky. I’ll have some other wool layers, unfortunately PolarMax discontinued them, but regardless they’re great. I’m not sure which tent I’ll be in but I’ll be relying on my Teton Sports Tracker sleeping bag to keep me warm at night and my Klymit Static V to keep my comfy.
We’ll have pretty decent access in the property so we will be able to hunt relatively close to the truck so we won’t be tied to only what fits in our packs. The biggest plus there for me is REAL FOOD! Granted I do enjoy Mountain House meals, but fresh venison on a grill definitely wins out. Hunting close to the truck also means we don’t really have to stress about weight and space. I enjoy planning out my gear but being able to basically drive up to a decent area throw camp out of the truck and hunt hard is great. Carrying less weight means covering more ground easier. Hopefully we end up carrying out some heavy elk quarters!
What this all boils down to is I’m finally going elk hunting even if it isn’t Colorado and even if I’m not the one carrying the bow. I’m pretty excited to spend a few days off the grid with good friends and hopefully good hunting.