Exo Journal — Archery & Bowhunting

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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Bowhunting Tips for Anyone Struggling or Just Starting

Bowhunting Tips for Anyone Struggling or Just Starting

The number of setbacks and roadblocks that a bowhunter encounters in their pursuit can often make the idea of success feel out of reach. This is especially true for beginning bowhunters. To help anyone that is struggling or just starting with bowhunting, here are some practical tips that will undoubtedly help bring you closer to success.

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The Highs and Lows of a Week-Long Elk Hunting Adventure

The Highs and Lows of a Week-Long Elk Hunting Adventure

I drew for a New Mexico archery elk tag in March 2015. It was my first elk tag. I worked my tail off in the gym, at the range, and in my garage bow shop, determined to hike into the mountains a predator. It took over 5 months of preparation and a full workweek of high-country hiking, with several tough lessons learned on the job to accomplish the goal...

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