Exo Journal

Safe Packout Practices — Minimize Risk & Injury with Heavy Packs

Safe Packout Practices — Minimize Risk & Injury with Heavy Packs

The hunt was a success. But now you are miles from your vehicle with more than a 100lbs, or maybe several-hundred pounds, to pack out. With heavy packs and difficult terrain, there is a lot of work ahead. Let’s discuss a few safe pack out practices to follow, which can minimize the risk of injury when coming out heavy…

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10 Day Dall Sheep Hunt Gear List — What's In My Pack?

10 Day Dall Sheep Hunt Gear List — What's In My Pack?

Just hours before leaving for Alaska, Steve Speck shares the full gear list he is packing for his 10-day backpack Dall Sheep hunt. Steve is using the Exo Mtn Gear K3 3200 Pack System for this hunt and has a total pack weight of 43 pounds. Watch Steve go through every item in this "What's In My Pack?" video...

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Plan for Performance in the Backcountry

Plan for Performance in the Backcountry

Anyone going on a backpack hunt does some level of planning and preparation. Most hunters do some hiking, practice with their weapon, pack some gear, grab some food and go hunt. That’s general planning and preparation. It’s average. But if you want to have the best experience possible, you need to plan for performance. Here are some tips to get you started...

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The Best (and Budget) Clothes for Backpack Hunting

The Best (and Budget) Clothes for Backpack Hunting

There is no shortage of high-end, high-performance technical hunting apparel these days. You can get a piece of clothing for every hunt you can imagine. Regardless of the specific season or species, there’s a piece of clothing for it. That’s great. Until it isn’t. Here's how to decide what clothing is truly needed...

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Backpack Hunting & The Truth About Going in Deep

Backpack Hunting & The Truth About Going in Deep

Many hunters love the idea of hiking deep in the wilderness to experience a hunt of their dreams. But you don't have to pack-in 10+ miles deep into the backcountry to find success, or to experience and adventurous backpack hunt. Let's consider the reality of packing-in deep...

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How to Prevent Life From Ruining Your Hunt

How to Prevent Life From Ruining Your Hunt

I was two days into an archery elk hunt in Arizona. As I sat under the tree, I questioned all of my life choices leading up to this moment. What was supposed to be an epic two-week hunt was ruined by choices and circumstances leading up to hunting season. Learn from the mistakes I made that ruined my hunt...

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Life-Changing Lessons from The Exo Death Hike

Life-Changing Lessons from The Exo Death Hike

The phrase “life changing” is cliché, but that is the only way I know how to describe what it has been like to participate in the Exo Death Hike over the years. If I had not participated in these events, I would not be the man that I am today. Here are the 6 biggest lessons I have learned in 6 Death Hikes...

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Film Your Hunts, Even If You Don't Want to Be Famous. Here's Why & How...

Film Your Hunts, Even If You Don't Want to Be Famous. Here's Why & How...

Even if you don't have any ambition of becoming famous on YouTube or securing a television show, you should consider filming your hunts. By capturing the amazing experiences you get to have outdoors, you can relive the moments and share them with family and friends. Here's how to get started...

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The Best Way to Tune Your Bow (Paper, Walk-Back, French, Bare Shaft, or... ?)

The Best Way to Tune Your Bow (Paper, Walk-Back, French, Bare Shaft, or... ?)

An arrow flying out of a properly tuned bow is imperative for accuracy, consistency, effective broadhead flight, and even to maximize penetration on animals. All of these things are high on the list of importance for bowhunting. So which tuning method is the best one to achieve perfect arrow flight for bowhunters?...

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The Essential Gear That Never Leaves My Hunting Pack

The Essential Gear That Never Leaves My Hunting Pack

Each hunt is a unique adventure. Just as seasons, animals, and conditions change — the gear and preparations you make for each hunt should also change. But what are the essential items that never change? What specific things should you carry on every hunt? That answer will vary for everyone, but here is what I carry...

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