Exo Journal — Hunt Planning

Mountain Goat Hunt Gear List & Lessons Learned In Alaska

Mountain Goat Hunt Gear List & Lessons Learned In Alaska

Having just returned from a challenging but successful Mountain Goat hunt in Southeast Alaska, I want to share my full gear list, talk about some higher-level themes related to gear for a hunt like this, and then share some newer or notable gear that stood out to me from this hunt...

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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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Boring Backpack Foods & The Importance of Variety Over Perfection

Boring Backpack Foods & The Importance of Variety Over Perfection

It isn't enough to have the right amount of calories or the perfect macros for your next backpack hunt. If you fail to consider the psychological impact of food, you will be vulnerable to a problem where we have the calories we need in our packs, but can’t actually consume the foods as we should. Let's fix that...

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How To — Fly With a Rifle (and Gear) For Your Next Hunt

How To — Fly With a Rifle (and Gear) For Your Next Hunt

Flying with firearms isn't as difficult as you may think it is. There are some very specific rules to follow, and I have also learned some helpful strategies for transporting rifles, handguns, and other hunting gear in checked baggage. Here are the things that I have found helpful when flying for hunts...

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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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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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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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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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