Exo Journal — Rifle Hunting

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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Essential Reloading Gear for the Precision Rifle Hunter

Essential Reloading Gear for the Precision Rifle Hunter

Have you been curious about getting into reloading or "handloading" for your hunting rifle, but been too confused or overwhelmed to get started? I've been there! This article will explain the essential gear you need to get started building accurate and precise ammunition for your hunting rifle on a modest budget.

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Hunting Lethality — How Do Animals Die?

Hunting Lethality — How Do Animals Die?

Whether hunting with a bow or a rifle, it is our responsibility as hunters to be effective and efficient in killing the animals we pursue. More than just placing a projectile "in the vitals" — we should understand the animal's physiology and the different ways that the impact of a bullet or broadhead can be fatal.

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Why I Chose 6.5 Creedmoor Over 6.5 PRC for a Custom Hunting Rifle

Why I Chose 6.5 Creedmoor Over 6.5 PRC for a Custom Hunting Rifle

Now that we have the 6.5 PRC, why in the world would a hunter even consider the 6.5 Creedmoor? Since the 6.5 PRC is bigger, faster, newer, and "cooler" (for now) than the Creedmoor, isn't it the obvious choice for hunters these days?

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Semi-Custom, Suppressed Hunting Rifle — Mark's Upgraded Tikka, Part 2

Semi-Custom, Suppressed Hunting Rifle — Mark's Upgraded Tikka, Part 2

How is Mark's upgraded, semi-custom Tikka shooting with it's Proof Research pre-fit carbon barrel, a Thunderbeast Ultra 7 Suppressor, and custom-loaded Hammer Hunter bullets? The results speak for themselves...

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How To Start Hunting With A Muzzleloader

How To Start Hunting With A Muzzleloader

If considering hunting with a muzzleloader, the variety of different muzzleloaders, bullets, scopes, powders, and other accessories probably looks overwhelming at first glance. Where do you even begin? What gear is essential for hunting with a muzzleloader? What’s legal to use in this state, but illegal to hunt with in another state? I wrote this article to give you some specific recommendations on the gear you’ll need to get started hunting with a muzzleloader.

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Why You Should Start Hunting With A Muzzleloader

Why You Should Start Hunting With A Muzzleloader

Muzzleloaders offer some very real advantages to hunters that really make them worth considering. In this article, I’ll go over some of the advantages of hunting with a muzzleloader and why you should consider going afield with one.

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5 Cartridges to Consider for Hunting Mule Deer

5 Cartridges to Consider for Hunting Mule Deer

if you’re looking for a new rifle for hunting mule deer, these five cartridges provide a combination of good accuracy, a relatively flat trajectory, good resistance to wind drift, and hard-hitting performance at extended range — which is what mule deer hunters need...

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DIY Backcountry Hunting Rifle Build — Mark's Upgraded Tikka

DIY Backcountry Hunting Rifle Build — Mark's Upgraded Tikka

We released the "Building a Backcountry Rifle" series through the Hunt Backcountry Podcast and covered the topics of rifle selection, caliber/cartridge selection, projectile selection, scope selection, and even shooting tips. Here is the rifle I built, based on what I learned in that series.

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5 Cartridges to Consider for Elk Hunting

5 Cartridges to Consider for Elk Hunting

Elk, especially mature bulls, are incredibly large and tough creatures. As a point of comparison, it’s not unusual for a big bull to weigh 3-4x as much as a big-bodied whitetail or mule deer. Stories also abound of poorly hit elk running into the next zip code with no signs of slowing down. For this reason, hunters going afield after elk with a rifle should be adequately armed. With all that in mind, my goal with this article is to provide you with a couple of good recommendations on selecting the right caliber for hunting elk.

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