Exo Journal — Hunting Gear

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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The Right (and Wrong!) Way to Load Your Pack with Meat and Antlers

The Right (and Wrong!) Way to Load Your Pack with Meat and Antlers

Your hunt just ended, but the real work is just beginning. If you are packing the animal out on your back, you must load the meat and antlers properly to get the most comfort out of your pack system. This article explains the right way to load your pack and dramatically improve your experience with heavy loads.

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Pack Fitting Gone Wrong — How to Correct Common Mistakes

Pack Fitting Gone Wrong — How to Correct Common Mistakes

All Exo pack systems feature the adjustability you need to fit your unique body shape and size. In this article we will take a look at several photos from real Exo customers and highlight the areas where their pack was adjusted improperly or could be improved upon for optimal fit, performance, and comfort.

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Pack Systems and Saddle Setup for Whitetail Hang-and-Hunts

Pack Systems and Saddle Setup for Whitetail Hang-and-Hunts

Exo Mtn Gear Pack Systems are built for the backcountry, but also work great for mobile whitetail hunters that are carrying treestand or saddle-hunting setups into hard-to-reach "honey holes" on public land or to new places on "the back 40". Here is one customer's story of how his pack for western elk hunting also became a critical component of his whitetail hunting setup.

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