Exo Journal — Hunt Planning

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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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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10 Lessons for the Beginning Backpack Hunter

10 Lessons for the Beginning Backpack Hunter

While newer hunters “don’t know what they don’t know”, experienced hunters often know more than they may be able to communicate effectively. This gap between the experienced and the beginner is something we explore in this episode covering “What I wish I knew when I started” lessons.

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Is A Solo Backpack Hunt Right For You?

Is A Solo Backpack Hunt Right For You?

There are a lot of variables and added layers of difficulty that come with solo hunting in the backcountry. The questions you may consider include — Is solo hunting actually a good idea? Is it worth it? And is it right for you? I believe a strong case can be made that solo hunting is, in fact, a good idea IF you...

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Pre-Season Hunting Prep on Limited Time

Pre-Season Hunting Prep on Limited Time

Since becoming a Father, I’ve gained a new perspective about pre-season hunting prep on limited time. Here are some tips that have helped me make the most of every spare minute leading up to opening day, and how I use that time to become a better hunter while still giving my best time and effort to work and family

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My First Idaho Spring Bear Hunt, Part 2 — What I Learned

My First Idaho Spring Bear Hunt, Part 2 — What I Learned

I recently returned from my very first Idaho spring bear hunt. This was a hunt that I shared my plans for previously and that I was looking forward to more than most, as I am a bear hunter through and through. In short, it was incredible. I spent 9 days solo bear hunting and backpacking through some of the most rugged country in the Lower 48. Bears were spotted, stalks were made, and shots were taken. However, no bears came home with me on this trip. In the end, I just flat-out missed. A bummer to say the least, but...

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5 Low-Cost, High-Energy Foods for Backpacking and Hunting

5 Low-Cost, High-Energy Foods for Backpacking and Hunting

Consider ditching the expensive, pre-packaged performance foods and using your own creations to easily (and cheaply!) fuel for backpack hunts. Here are five high-energy foods that are absolute rocket fuel on the mountain. The best part is, you likely have all of the ingredients already.

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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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Find Hunting Spots That Hold More Animals... and Fewer Hunters

Find Hunting Spots That Hold More Animals... and Fewer Hunters

With more hunters venturing deeper into the backcountry these days, the behavior of animals in certain times and places has also changed. And the behavior of successful hunters needs to adapt accordingly. Here are three ways you can find more animals (and encounter fewer hunters) on your next hunt.

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