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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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When Have You Gone Too Far On A Backcountry Hunt?

When Have You Gone Too Far On A Backcountry Hunt?

The more time you spend hunting the backcountry, the more confidence you will build. With the confidence to go where the screaming bugles or monster bucks lead you, you may find yourself deep in the backcountry. But is there a distance where you’ve crossed the line from an epic adventure to pure foolishness?

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Get Your Bow Ready for the Backcountry — How to Prevent Issues with Archery Equipment

Get Your Bow Ready for the Backcountry — How to Prevent Issues with Archery Equipment

Failing to prepare your bow for the backcountry increases the odds that you'll fail to fill your tag. In addition to preparing our minds and bodies for a tough backcountry hunt, we must also make sure our bows are also ready for the demands of a backpack hunt. Here is how I get my bow ready for the backcountry...

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FREE Backpack Hunting Gear List Template (Spreadsheet)

FREE Backpack Hunting Gear List Template (Spreadsheet)

Over the years, we have used a simple gear list template to plan all of our hunts. No matter what, when, or where you'll be hunting, this free gear list will help you plan, prepare, and pack for your hunt. Download your free gear list template (spreadsheet) and create your custom gear list today...

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5 Reasons You Can't Kill An Elk With Your Bow

5 Reasons You Can't Kill An Elk With Your Bow

With success rates for common public land archery hunts hovering around 10%, bowhunting elk is a pursuit that is not for the faint of heart or the half-committed hunter. Here are 5 tips to help you become a part of the successful 10%, and not among the other 90% of elk hunters that don't fill a tag...

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10 Lessons for the Beginning Backpack Hunter

10 Lessons for the Beginning Backpack Hunter

While newer hunters “don’t know what they don’t know”, experienced hunters often know more than they may be able to communicate effectively. This gap between the experienced and the beginner is something we explore in this episode covering “What I wish I knew when I started” lessons.

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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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