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The First Shot Counts — Bowhunting Practice Done Right

The First Shot Counts — Bowhunting Practice Done Right

The hunt rarely gives us second chances. We get one shot and one shot only. So, it’s on us to make good on these opportunities. As bowhunters, our shooting preparation for the hunt should mirror that reality. Even in practice, have the mindset that only the first shot counts. Here is how to practice properly for your next archery hunt...

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Is A Solo Backpack Hunt Right For You?

Is A Solo Backpack Hunt Right For You?

There are a lot of variables and added layers of difficulty that come with solo hunting in the backcountry. The questions you may consider include — Is solo hunting actually a good idea? Is it worth it? And is it right for you? I believe a strong case can be made that solo hunting is, in fact, a good idea IF you...

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Pre-Season Hunting Prep on Limited Time

Pre-Season Hunting Prep on Limited Time

Since becoming a Father, I’ve gained a new perspective about pre-season hunting prep on limited time. Here are some tips that have helped me make the most of every spare minute leading up to opening day, and how I use that time to become a better hunter while still giving my best time and effort to work and family

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My First Idaho Spring Bear Hunt, Part 2 — What I Learned

My First Idaho Spring Bear Hunt, Part 2 — What I Learned

I recently returned from my very first Idaho spring bear hunt. This was a hunt that I shared my plans for previously and that I was looking forward to more than most, as I am a bear hunter through and through. In short, it was incredible. I spent 9 days solo bear hunting and backpacking through some of the most rugged country in the Lower 48. Bears were spotted, stalks were made, and shots were taken. However, no bears came home with me on this trip. In the end, I just flat-out missed. A bummer to say the least, but...

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5 Low-Cost, High-Energy Foods for Backpacking and Hunting

5 Low-Cost, High-Energy Foods for Backpacking and Hunting

Consider ditching the expensive, pre-packaged performance foods and using your own creations to easily (and cheaply!) fuel for backpack hunts. Here are five high-energy foods that are absolute rocket fuel on the mountain. The best part is, you likely have all of the ingredients already.

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Less Confusion, More Action — 3 Simple Strategies to Hunt Public Land Elk

Less Confusion, More Action — 3 Simple Strategies to Hunt Public Land Elk

The internet is full of elk hunting advice on tactics, calling strategies, shooting tips, and gear. With so much information readily available, it is easy to get overwhelmed or stuck in "paralysis by analysis.” Let's clarify the confusion and focus on 3 simple strategies to effectively hunt on public land.

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2021 Death Hike Recap: Fly-In, Hike-Out Adventure in the Frank Church Wilderness

2021 Death Hike Recap: Fly-In, Hike-Out Adventure in the Frank Church Wilderness

The 2021 Death Hike began with a flight into a remote airstrip, deep in Idaho's Frank Church "River of No Return" Wilderness. Two groups landed at two different airstrips, and upon waving goodbye to the Cessna planes, each group had the goal of hiking out of the wilderness over the next 48 hours.

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Find Hunting Spots That Hold More Animals... and Fewer Hunters

Find Hunting Spots That Hold More Animals... and Fewer Hunters

With more hunters venturing deeper into the backcountry these days, the behavior of animals in certain times and places has also changed. And the behavior of successful hunters needs to adapt accordingly. Here are three ways you can find more animals (and encounter fewer hunters) on your next hunt.

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The Right (and Wrong!) Way to Load Your Pack with Meat and Antlers

The Right (and Wrong!) Way to Load Your Pack with Meat and Antlers

Your hunt just ended, but the real work is just beginning. If you are packing the animal out on your back, you must load the meat and antlers properly to get the most comfort out of your pack system. This article explains the right way to load your pack and dramatically improve your experience with heavy loads.

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Pack Fitting Gone Wrong — How to Correct Common Mistakes

Pack Fitting Gone Wrong — How to Correct Common Mistakes

All Exo pack systems feature the adjustability you need to fit your unique body shape and size. In this article we will take a look at several photos from real Exo customers and highlight the areas where their pack was adjusted improperly or could be improved upon for optimal fit, performance, and comfort.

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