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How To Make Coffee Pour-Over Packs for Backpacking and Camping

How To Make Coffee Pour-Over Packs for Backpacking and Camping

My favorite way to enjoy coffee in the backcountry is to make do-it-yourself pour over packs with freshly ground coffee from home. Learn how to make better coffee on your next backpacking adventure with these DIY coffee packs.

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Arrow Weight vs Arrow Speed — Is A Heavy, Light, or Balanced Arrow the Best for Bowhunting?

Arrow Weight vs Arrow Speed — Is A Heavy, Light, or Balanced Arrow the Best for Bowhunting?

One of the constant games of tug-and-war in the bowhunting world is the theories on arrow speed and arrow weight. With extreme opinions on either side of the debate, it can be confusing to sift through the opinion and determine what's a fad and what is logic. So, let’s do it. Let’s lay down the skinny on arrow weight vs. arrow speed. Hopefully, at the end of this article, your sifting will be reduced to a minimum.

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Billy or Nanny? — How to Identify Mountain Goats

Billy or Nanny? — How to Identify Mountain Goats

Judging mountain goats in the wild requires knowledge, experience, and patience. Both male mountain goats (Billies) and females (Nannies) have horns of similar shapes, sizes, and characteristics. At first glance, or to the uneducated, many mountain goats of either sex may look alike. But there are many differences...

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A Better Breakfast for Backpacking and Hunting (Easy DIY Recipe)

A Better Breakfast for Backpacking and Hunting (Easy DIY Recipe)

If you are burned out on the countless bars, instant oatmeals, or other common breakfast options for backpacking, then you are in the right place. The recipe that we're sharing today is packed with quality calories and can be easily adapted to your preferences. This breakfast will fuel you for many mountain miles...

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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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Going Guided — How To Select A Hunting Outfitter

Going Guided — How To Select A Hunting Outfitter

Choosing a hunting outfitter isn't easy. Especially since a guided hunt means that you are investing a good chunk of your hard-earned change. With limited time, limited money, and unlimited hopes for your hunt, what outfitter do you choose to help you make your dream hunt come true? It begins by asking these questions.

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On Hunting, Mountain Goats, Comfort & Complacency

On Hunting, Mountain Goats, Comfort & Complacency

As hunters, we should be developing an ever-increasing respect and admiration for the animals we pursue and the places we get to explore. Become a confident hunter. Becoming comfortable in the wild. But to never become complacent about those wild places, wild animals, and the respect required to hunt them well...

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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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Planning a Mountain Goat Hunt — Where to Hunt as a Non-Resident

Planning a Mountain Goat Hunt — Where to Hunt as a Non-Resident

Unless you are a resident of Alaska or British Columbia, opportunities to hunt mountain goats are not easy to come by. In fact, it has been said that there are not many goat hunting experts in the Lower 48, simply because so few hunters have the opportunity to gain experience with goats on multiple hunts. If you, like me, are a resident of the Lower 48 states, this article will explain where and how you can hunt mountain goats...

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