Exo Journal — Hunting Gear

Backpacking Packs vs Hunting Packs — Differences & Considerations

Backpacking Packs vs Hunting Packs — Differences & Considerations

What are the differences between regular backpacking packs and packs that are purpose-built for hunting? Can you hunt with a regular backpacking pack? Is a meat-hauling hunting pack too heavy to backpack with? Let's look at the differences between modern hunting pack systems and the general backpacking packs...

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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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Our 2021 "Gear of the Year" Picks

Our 2021 "Gear of the Year" Picks

Like most backcountry hunters, we are passionate about the gear we use. At the end of each year, we like to highlight some of the favorite gear we have used for hunts throughout the year and discuss why those particular items made a difference for us personally. Here is our favorite gear from 2021...

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4 Ways to Carry a Rifle on Your EXO Pack

4 Ways to Carry a Rifle on Your EXO Pack

There are four primary ways to carry a rifle on the K3 Pack Systems. In this video, we demonstrate two options using our K3 Rifle Carrier accessory, and two options that use the built-in pockets and compression straps of the K3 Packs — no accessories needed...

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Hunting with a Suppressor — What I've Learned...

Hunting with a Suppressor — What I've Learned...

Having hunted with a suppressor for a couple of years — including shooting suppressed on several successful hunts, and also firing hundreds of suppressed rounds in practice — here is what I have learned about using a suppressor for hunting...

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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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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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2021 Death Hike Recap: Fly-In, Hike-Out Adventure in the Frank Church Wilderness

2021 Death Hike Recap: Fly-In, Hike-Out Adventure in the Frank Church Wilderness

The 2021 Death Hike began with a flight into a remote airstrip, deep in Idaho's Frank Church "River of No Return" Wilderness. Two groups landed at two different airstrips, and upon waving goodbye to the Cessna planes, each group had the goal of hiking out of the wilderness over the next 48 hours.

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