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Backpacking, Like Hunting and Shooting, Takes Practice

Backpacking, Like Hunting and Shooting, Takes Practice

If all your prep work goes into shooting and fitness without paying any attention to practicing the skills required to backpack, then you’re neglecting half of the skills required for backpack hunting. How many times throughout the year do you focus purely on your efficiency in backpacking?

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How To Get An Elk Tag (or two!) Every Year

How To Get An Elk Tag (or two!) Every Year

I am not an expert when it comes to drawing elk tags, but you can bet that I will have at least a couple of elk tags in my pocket every fall. In this article, I am going to attempt to give you my approach to applying for and seeking out elk tags through draws and over-the-counter opportunities. I hope this information helps unfold some of the mysteries behind getting into the elk draw game, so that you can set yourself up with a long-term plan that works for you and your budget.

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Solo Hunting in the Backcountry

Solo Hunting in the Backcountry

Solo hunting the backcountry is definitely not for everyone, but with proper forethought, coupled with a sound mind, it can be one of the most rewarding ways to hunt. Here is what you need to know about solo hunting in the backcountry...

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How to Plan an Out-of-State Backpack Hunt

How to Plan an Out-of-State Backpack Hunt

The possibility of hunting out of state is becoming a reality for more and more folks.  When I was younger, I thought I would never be able to do something like that.  I remember thinking how it must be such a hassle and way out of my price range.  In reality, however, an out of state hunt is totally doable for the blue-collar hunter.  Doing the hunt as a backpack-style trip only adds to the level of adventure.  That was actually how I pulled off my very first out of state hunt.  Since then, the idea of doing it on...

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3 Free Ways to Lighten Your Pack

3 Free Ways to Lighten Your Pack

Reducing your pack weight doesn’t need to be a complicated and expensive exercise.  Here are three easy methods for reducing your weight immediately without making a single purchase…

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Finding A Hunting Partner — Choose Wisely

Finding A Hunting Partner — Choose Wisely

I have paid a great deal of attention to what makes a good hunting partner and how to go about choosing one. Here are some of the key things you should consider in a hunting partnership...

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Western Hunting Packs for the Whitetail Hunter

Western Hunting Packs for the Whitetail Hunter

Frame packs aren’t just for the western hunter anymore. Backpacks marketed to the whitetail hunter are convenient for organization and taking everything we need into the stand, but lack one major feature — effectively carrying a treestand. Exo Mtn Gear packs solve that problem...

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Backcountry to the Backyard — Thoughts on Balancing Family and Hunting

Backcountry to the Backyard — Thoughts on Balancing Family and Hunting

I don’t think I am the only one that wrestles with balancing the backcountry and family life.  I have tried my best to balance these things, and I am always striving to do better. My addiction isn’t going anywhere and neither is life at home. So here is how I handle it...

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How To Start Backpack Hunting

How To Start Backpack Hunting

Gaining the knowledge of just backpacking, not to mention the gear side of things, took quite a while to acquire in its own right.  What I want to do here, is lay down a platform that can help you get started in backpack hunting if that is something you have been considering.

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Mental Battles of Hunting the Backcountry

Mental Battles of Hunting the Backcountry

The mental game of backcountry hunting, and just hunting in general, can really be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. The ability to grind through tough situations is going to be what either sends you back up the mountain after that elk, or sends you back to the truck to head home. Let’s take a look at a few bumps in the road that we all might encounter from time to time.

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