For those who took the time to complete the survey, thank you! Your insight and responses were incredibly helpful for sure. Here are a few of the results:
There were several hundred responses that had detailed concerns about the course, so I’m going to try to answer as many of those as I can here:
Yes, cost is a concern, and it should be. I don’t take lightly the fact that I am selling a product and asking someone (you) to pay me for it. It is a hard thing to do, and when that product includes a part of me and my experiences, I struggle with how to put a price on it, and how to ask others to pay a price for it. However, I am 100% confident that for $99, the online course provides a wealth of information regarding elk hunting and it is worth far more. With a discount code to save $40 off that price (see below), there is no question that it is well worth the money.
Now, that doesn’t minimize the fact that $59 is still $59, but I talked to a first time hunter last week who said he had already spent $2500 on elk hunting gear and didn’t have anything left to spend on the course. I encouraged him to consider how much his new $1000 bow and his new $300 boots were going to contribute to him filling his elk tag without any knowledge or prior experiences in elk hunting, and the light bulb came on. He said, “I never thought of myself as an integral part of success. I guess spending $60 to make ME a better elk hunter is a far better investment than spending thousands hoping my gear will bring me success.” And I agreed wholeheartedly.
Here is what he said just 3 days into the online course: “There is a wealth of knowledge in this course! I can’t believe how much confidence I have gained just 3 days into the course. None of the gear I bought this summer brought me confidence, only buyer’s remorse. With the online course, there is no buyer’s remorse, and I cannot wait to put this information (and my new gear) to use in 2 months. Thank you so much for not only providing all this information, but for giving me hope that I can be successful as an elk hunter. Your encouragement throughout the course alone is worth the cost!”
Seriously, if you’re looking for an advantage and a way to tip the balance of success over to your side this fall, there is no greater place to start than with yourself. Gear is important, but it’s nowhere near as important as you. You are the most valuable piece of gear you’ll take into the elk woods this fall, and an investment of $59 (a tank of gas) in you is minimal when compared to the rewards that will come from the investment.
So, here is a discount code to sway you to sign up….use code SURVEY40 when you sign up and get enrolled for just $59. Click Here to Sign Up: https://www.elk101.com/product/university-of-elk-hunting-online-course/
Time is another legitimate concern. Believe me, I know how precious and rare time can be. As a husband and father of three young children, time can be hard to find. Add in running a full-time construction company and trying to keep up with over 6 million visits on Elk101.com each year, and time becomes something many of us only dream about. But that is why I set up the online course the way I did. Rather than having it be a time-sensitive or formal course, I structured it so you could go through it at your pace, with the ability to jump ahead to sections you are more interested in, or go back and review content that stuck out to you when you went through it the first time.
Is it going to take some time to go through and properly digest? Yes, absolutely. But with access to the content for a full year, you can hit the topics that you are most interested in now, then come back after season and review what worked or what didn’t work. Plus, if you sign up now, you’ll still have access at this time next year, so you’ll be able to get a refresher on the content just before elk season next year as well!
I’m hunting with an experienced friend/I’m hunting with an outfitter, so I don’t need the information…
While it is true that hunting with someone who has experience (whether a friend or a guide) will shorten the learning curve and lead you closer to success, there are still multiple elements of elk hunting that are completely up to you. I will tell you that if you take the time and make the effort to learn as much as you can about elk hunting before you go, your friend/guide will be grateful, and your chances of being successful will go up even more. Rather than relying on them to create your success, you can take control and play a more active role in the outcome of your hunt. Even when you have someone with experience standing right beside you, you will still be required to make decisions and take actions on your own, and having the knowledge and confidence to do so will absolutely increase your success. In fact, I have had several outfitters contact me and let me know that they are requiring their clients to go through the course before they come hunting this fall!
I have the University of Elk Hunting DVD/I’ve been to your seminars, and I’m not sure how different the Online Course is?
The Online Course goes into way more detail than the UEH DVD. It also covers several more topics that weren’t covered at all in the DVD. Additionally, the format for the content is much better, as I’m able to incorporate written text to explain some details, images and diagrams to explain others, and new videos to illustrate the topics that are best covered by video.
In a nutshell, I’d say if the DVD was a freshman level college credit, the online course is more of a 400-level course…seriously, there is no comparison between the level of information covered in the online course and the DVD (or magazine articles or seminars, for that matter). The DVD gave you 2 hours of me talking about a handful of elk hunting topics. The Online Course brings you 120,000 words of written text (the average length of a best-selling novel is 60,000 words), plus 60+ video components illustrating and demonstrating vital elk hunting content, and hundreds of diagrams and images. It is truly the most comprehensive and complete resource for elk hunters.
I haven’t really looked into it/I’m waiting to see some reviews from other customers…
And if you want to see what other customers are saying about the course, you can read through the 60+ reviews they have left here:
Here is one of the latest reviews from Timothy (verified owner): “I refrained from writing a review until I had read through the material a couple times. I have been hunting elk now for 29 years and have had some good success, not at first but gradually getting better each year until I was confident enough in my approach that each time I go out I expect to be successful. All I can say is that I wish I had access to the information that you have shared with the world years ago! Everyone from a first timer coming out to hunt elk and a seasoned elk veteran can learn something from this course.”
This course seems to be aimed just for beginners…
Read the review above… 🙂 Seriously though, every level of elk hunter will be able to find something in this course that will make them better. For a beginner, it is definitely going to be a home run in getting them up to speed and ready for their first elk hunt. However, I feel the elk hunter who has been hunting a few times and has experienced marginal or no success on previous hunts will benefit the most from this course. If you’ve been elk hunting for 30 years and kill an elk every time you step into the woods, it might not be what you need. But then again, I am still learning after 30+ years of elk hunting, and I hope I never get to a point where I stop learning. In no way am I saying that I can teach everyone something about elk hunting, but if I share a couple things that add to what you already know and give you an even greater advantage, there is real value there for sure.
All the info in the course seems tailored to archery hunters (calling and hunting the rut)…
While it is true that my preferred elk hunting style is hunting the rut, I knew when I undertook this endeavor that the majority of elk hunters might not fall into this category. So, I created the most comprehensive and complete elk hunting resource aimed at increasing knowledge, confidence, and success, regardless of weapon, season, location, or hunting style.
I would say that 75% of the course covers general elk hunting topics that aren’t weapon/season specific (planning, scouting, fitness, gear, general elk knowledge, common challenges, tracking, field dressing, packing, etc.), and is incredibly valuable to any elk hunter, regardless of weapon. The remaining 25% might lean a little more toward “rut” hunting with topics like setting up, calling, etc. However, even within those categories, there are multiple later-season topics that are tailored towards rifle or late-season archery hunting (non-calling tactics, locating elk, glassing, etc.).
OK, hopefully those responses help in clarifying some of the concerns you might have had regarding the University of Elk Hunting Online Course. Unfortunately, I can’t create more time or money for you. But, I have created what I feel is a pretty good resource on elk hunting, and if you’re able to sacrifice a little time and money to get signed up, I am confident you will gain more than enough to consider it a worthwhile investment.
If you’re ready to get signed up, click the link below, and be sure to use code ‘SURVEY40‘ when you checkout to save $40 off the price of the course: