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How To: Load Your Pack for Backpack Hunting

How To: Load Your Pack for Backpack Hunting

Many hunters like to talk about the gear they bring on their hunts. The true gear nerds, like us, may even obsess over carefully-calculated spreadsheets that account for every item that enters their pack. (You can get a copy of our gear list spreadsheet.) Once you know WHAT to pack, don't overlook HOW to pack and WHERE to store each item that you bring. Consistency in the "how" and "where" will make a big difference in the comfort of your load, as well as in the efficiency of how you hunt...

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Planning a Mountain Goat Hunt — Where to Hunt as a Non-Resident

Planning a Mountain Goat Hunt — Where to Hunt as a Non-Resident

Unless you are a resident of Alaska or British Columbia, opportunities to hunt mountain goats are not easy to come by. In fact, it has been said that there are not many goat hunting experts in the Lower 48, simply because so few hunters have the opportunity to gain experience with goats on multiple hunts. If you, like me, are a resident of the Lower 48 states, this article will explain where and how you can hunt mountain goats...

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SEAK Adventure — Mark's Mountain Goat Hunt Series

SEAK Adventure — Mark's Mountain Goat Hunt Series

The ink just dried, but my heart is still racing. With the contract signed, I am officially going on a Mountain Goat hunt in the fall of 2022. I have nearly ten months to plan, train, practice, and dream. Yet, these ten months are not the beginning — they are the final days in a pursuit that began decades ago...

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How To Shoot With Your Pack & Trekking Poles While Rifle Hunting

How To Shoot With Your Pack & Trekking Poles While Rifle Hunting

When it isn't possible to get prone or find natural shooting support in the field, we use our pack and trekking poles to build rock-solid shooting positions. In this video, Mark demonstrates how to use an Exo Mtn Gear pack and his trekking poles (equipped with Wiser Precision Quick-StiX adapters) to shoot from sitting and kneeling positions...

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Our 2021 "Gear of the Year" Picks

Our 2021 "Gear of the Year" Picks

Like most backcountry hunters, we are passionate about the gear we use. At the end of each year, we like to highlight some of the favorite gear we have used for hunts throughout the year and discuss why those particular items made a difference for us personally. Here is our favorite gear from 2021...

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4 Ways to Carry a Rifle on Your EXO Pack

4 Ways to Carry a Rifle on Your EXO Pack

There are four primary ways to carry a rifle on the K3 Pack Systems. In this video, we demonstrate two options using our K3 Rifle Carrier accessory, and two options that use the built-in pockets and compression straps of the K3 Packs — no accessories needed...

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Exo K3 4800 Recognized by Outside Magazine

Exo K3 4800 Recognized by Outside Magazine

We were thrilled to have the K3 4800 Pack System be recognized in Outside magazine's Winter Buyer's Guide, selected as the pack for The Best Winter Camping Gear of 2022...

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Hunting with a Suppressor — What I've Learned...

Hunting with a Suppressor — What I've Learned...

Having hunted with a suppressor for a couple of years — including shooting suppressed on several successful hunts, and also firing hundreds of suppressed rounds in practice — here is what I have learned about using a suppressor for hunting...

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3 Ways to Break Your Hunting Slump

3 Ways to Break Your Hunting Slump

What if you still haven’t notched a tag after a few hunts? Or even a few seasons? What if the freezer hasn’t had wild game meat in it for years? You have to finally accept the reality that you’re in a hunting slump. Here are three things I did to break my own hunting slump...

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Avoid Hunting Paralysis by Over-Analysis — Make Better Decisions & Take More Action on Your Next Hunt

Avoid Hunting Paralysis by Over-Analysis — Make Better Decisions & Take More Action on Your Next Hunt

Is it possible to maximize every day you have in the backcountry by quickly and confidently making choices without agonizing over the potential pros and cons of each one? I believe it is, but it’s going to take some forethought. Here is how I battle against "paralysis by analysis" during my hunts...

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