Exo Journal — Archery & Bowhunting

Post-Hunt: Archery Elk in Colorado — Lessons Learned, Gear Highlights, and More...

Post-Hunt: Archery Elk in Colorado — Lessons Learned, Gear Highlights, and More...

Fresh off of an archery elk hunt in Colorado, Mark shares the notes he made during the hunt about the events experienced, lessons learned, and thoughts encountered throughout the hunt. He also shares his gear highlights, full gear list, and info on making DIY dehydrated meals for backpack hunts...

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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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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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Wandering Bow-Hiker to Successful Bowhunter — 5 Things You Need To Do

Wandering Bow-Hiker to Successful Bowhunter — 5 Things You Need To Do

The challenges of bowhunting can lead one to doubt. If you're in a slump and struggling to fill your tag, it may feel like you're doing nothing more than taking your bow on nature walks. I have been there before and I know what that feels like. Here is how I battled my way back to becoming a successful bow hunter...

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Bowhunting Is A Long, Hard Road. Embrace The Challenge.

Bowhunting Is A Long, Hard Road. Embrace The Challenge.

Bowhunting is an art. You can't expect to pick up a brush for the first time and paint the Mona Lisa. Stick figures are more like it. As a newer bowhunter, you're going to fail most of the time — and that's ok. After a rough start, you just need a lot of persistence and patience, and you'll make things happen...

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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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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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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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