Exo Mtn Gear Blog

Our 2020 “Gear of the Year” Picks

Like most backcountry hunters, we love good gear. As they have done the past couple of years, Steve & Mark revealed their "gear of the year" selections on the Hunt Backcountry Podcast. Check out their list...

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Semi-Custom, Suppressed Hunting Rifle — Mark's Upgraded Tikka, Part 2

In my previous article, I detailed how I upgraded my factory Tikka T3x, turning it into a "semi-custom" rile that I absolutely love. If you want the "build list" details of what I upgraded, and why, be sure to read Part 1. I concluded that article by mentioning I had re-barreled my Tikka with a Proof pre-fit carbon barrel — in part, because of my incoming Thunderbeast Ultra 7 Suppressor. Now that I have had a chance to break the barrel in, do some load development for it, and also shoot the suppressor, I wanted to share what I have learned...

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How The Average Hunter Can Take Better Field Photos

In a world where most of our population is much more familiar with buildings rather than mountains, it's a pretty special thing to be a hunter. We're exposed to a whole different world that receives far fewer eyes than that of the city. Whether it's a stunning view of vast wilderness or the bull elk you've finally punched that tag on, capturing these moments is special. Taking photos in the field extends the life of the hunt and helps preserve the adventure past that of what is memory. The thing is, we only get so many shots at this —...

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Why I'm Not A Trophy Hunter. Or A Meat Hunter...

Two widespread categorizations of hunters are that of the "trophy hunter" and the "meat hunter". Some hunters gladly self-identify as one or the other. Many hunters would say that they are both. Some would say they are neither. The idea that you have to be a meat hunter or a trophy hunter is a false dichotomy. Like nearly all this-or-that categorizations, there is little room left for nuance, complexity, and mystery. You don't have to ascribe to any label or be a certain type of hunter. That said, if I were to choose a label for myself, I would ascribe...

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