bull elk
A bull elk in Yellowstone National Park. Wikipedia

Who taught you to hunt? Was it a parent or a grandparent? Maybe it was an older sibling or a close family friend.

Most of us were lucky enough to learn the outdoors from a mentor who spent countless hours coaching us in the field. To celebrate that tradition of sharing experience and know-how with new generations of hunters, Outdoor Life created its latest Grand Slam Adventure.


If you’ve got a mentor in mind, or you’re teaching a beginning hunter yourself, OL wants to send you on the hunt of a lifetime. All you have to do is tell us how you introduced a hunter to the sport, or tell us who trained you. If your essay is selected, you and your hunting partner will win a trip to New Mexico for a trophy elk hunt this November.

The hunt will take place at the Vermejo Park Ranch in northeast New Mexico, where free-ranging herds of 8,000 wapiti roam some 585,000 acres of the nation’s best elk habitat. The all-inclusive hunt will take place Nov. 6-10 this fall. The contest is open to individuals 10 years of age or older, and at least one hunter of the two-person team must be 21 years of age or older.

In addition to the hunt, lodging, and transportation at Vermejo Park Ranch, both winners will receive one each of the following prizes:

-Hawke Frontier ED 8×43 Open Hinge Black Binoculars
-Hawke Endurance 30 SF 4-16×50
-$250 Sportsman’s Warehouse gift card
-Nesika rifle

There’s less than a week left until the August 15 deadline, and we want to hear from you! So get to work on those essays. For more details, and to enter the New Mexico Elk Grand Slam contest, fill out our entry form here.

To learn more about our Grand Slam Adventure series and to read about past winners, click here.