Exo Journal — Mindset

Backpack Hunting & The Truth About Going in Deep

Backpack Hunting & The Truth About Going in Deep

Many hunters love the idea of hiking deep in the wilderness to experience a hunt of their dreams. But you don't have to pack-in 10+ miles deep into the backcountry to find success, or to experience and adventurous backpack hunt. Let's consider the reality of packing-in deep...

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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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Life-Changing Lessons from The Exo Death Hike

Life-Changing Lessons from The Exo Death Hike

The phrase “life changing” is cliché, but that is the only way I know how to describe what it has been like to participate in the Exo Death Hike over the years. If I had not participated in these events, I would not be the man that I am today. Here are the 6 biggest lessons I have learned in 6 Death Hikes...

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Wandering Bow-Hiker to Successful Bowhunter — 5 Things You Need To Do

Wandering Bow-Hiker to Successful Bowhunter — 5 Things You Need To Do

The challenges of bowhunting can lead one to doubt. If you're in a slump and struggling to fill your tag, it may feel like you're doing nothing more than taking your bow on nature walks. I have been there before and I know what that feels like. Here is how I battled my way back to becoming a successful bow hunter...

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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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Bowhunting Is A Long, Hard Road. Embrace The Challenge.

Bowhunting Is A Long, Hard Road. Embrace The Challenge.

Bowhunting is an art. You can't expect to pick up a brush for the first time and paint the Mona Lisa. Stick figures are more like it. As a newer bowhunter, you're going to fail most of the time — and that's ok. After a rough start, you just need a lot of persistence and patience, and you'll make things happen...

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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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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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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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