Exo Journal — Hunt Planning

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 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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Going on Hunts Just to Help — Is It Worth Your Time When You Don't Have a Tag?

Going on Hunts Just to Help — Is It Worth Your Time When You Don't Have a Tag?

Should you sacrifice time where you could be hunting for yourself to go on a friend's hunt with him? I mean, with time being such a valuable commodity for most of us, are there good reasons (other than being a nice guy) to dedicate some of your time in the field to help your buddies? I would argue an emphatic "yes" to that question, and in no particular order, here are some of my reasons for saying so…

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Going Guided — How To Select A Hunting Outfitter

Going Guided — How To Select A Hunting Outfitter

Choosing a hunting outfitter isn't easy. Especially since a guided hunt means that you are investing a good chunk of your hard-earned change. With limited time, limited money, and unlimited hopes for your hunt, what outfitter do you choose to help you make your dream hunt come true? It begins by asking these questions.

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How To: Use A Basecamp for Better Backcountry Hunting

How To: Use A Basecamp for Better Backcountry Hunting

We are hunters that love to backpack deep into the backcountry, but there are times that a basecamp is an invaluable aspect of our hunts. Most backcountry hunters invest a lot of time and effort to carefully plan every item that goes into their pack for backcountry hunts, but it isn't as common for hunters to think critically about how they put together their basecamp. This article will help you consider how to plan and execute an effective basecamp for your next hunting adventure...

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How To: Load Your Pack for Backpack Hunting

How To: Load Your Pack for Backpack Hunting

Many hunters like to talk about the gear they bring on their hunts. The true gear nerds, like us, may even obsess over carefully-calculated spreadsheets that account for every item that enters their pack. (You can get a copy of our gear list spreadsheet.) Once you know WHAT to pack, don't overlook HOW to pack and WHERE to store each item that you bring. Consistency in the "how" and "where" will make a big difference in the comfort of your load, as well as in the efficiency of how you hunt...

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Planning a Mountain Goat Hunt — Where to Hunt as a Non-Resident

Planning a Mountain Goat Hunt — Where to Hunt as a Non-Resident

Unless you are a resident of Alaska or British Columbia, opportunities to hunt mountain goats are not easy to come by. In fact, it has been said that there are not many goat hunting experts in the Lower 48, simply because so few hunters have the opportunity to gain experience with goats on multiple hunts. If you, like me, are a resident of the Lower 48 states, this article will explain where and how you can hunt mountain goats...

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SEAK Adventure — Mark's Mountain Goat Hunt Series

SEAK Adventure — Mark's Mountain Goat Hunt Series

The ink just dried, but my heart is still racing. With the contract signed, I am officially going on a Mountain Goat hunt in the fall of 2022. I have nearly ten months to plan, train, practice, and dream. Yet, these ten months are not the beginning — they are the final days in a pursuit that began decades ago...

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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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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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