Exo Journal

The Psychology of a Hunting Partnership

The Psychology of a Hunting Partnership

Delving into the psychology of choosing partners for adventure, be it backcountry hunting or otherwise, there are important considerations to be made if you desire to have healthy, functional and enjoyable experiences.

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Food Is Fuel — Sustained Energy for the Backcountry Hunter

Food Is Fuel — Sustained Energy for the Backcountry Hunter

You’ve trained all year, did all your research, drew your tag, and have the latest gear — it’s finally time to leave civilization behind for that backcountry hunt.  As you strap your pack on at the trail head you’ve got just enough food provisions to last for the duration of your hunt.  How much thought did you put into what you packed to fuel your body during this rigorous and non-stop adventure?  Did you just order the run of mill freeze dried backpacking meal and call it good, or did you actually consider what your body needs for a week...

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Why You Should Consider Backpack Hunting

Why You Should Consider Backpack Hunting

The thought of hiking into a wilderness area with nothing but a backpack, bow, and a whole lot of hope truly did consume my thoughts for some time.  No vehicles, no people, and a rugged but simple way of hunting was something that I knew I had to experience in the future.  Finally, after much day dreaming and probably annoying my wife with way too many adventure/bowhunting stories, I decided that I NEEDED to try this backpack hunting thing out.  I am so glad that I did and I would like to share with you why I think YOU should...

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Become More Fit In Less Time — Interval Training for Hunters

Become More Fit In Less Time — Interval Training for Hunters

In this article my goal is to share some of the interval training that I employ on my athletes and give you some options to choose from when preparing your body for demands of your upcoming hunting season. The basic logic behind interval training is that it offers big dividends in a short amount of time. You’re giving up volume for intensity, or simply put — you’re exerting more effort in less time. Since all of us have to make sacrifices to train, this interval option bodes well, because you can literally suffer for a few minutes and make significant...

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Hunt Your Own Hunt

Hunt Your Own Hunt

Spend any amount of time around a long-distance hiker and you’ll likely hear the phrase, “hike your own hike.”  For these extreme individuals who rack up twenty to thirty miles per day for months on end, the idea of “hiking your own hike” serves as a reminder to focus on making their hike uniquely their own, and to not compare themselves to others on the trail.  I can’t help but think how the same mantra can apply to how we approach our hunts.

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3500 or 5500 — Which one should I choose?

3500 or 5500 — Which one should I choose?

Deciding between the 3500 or 5500 can be a tough choice and we get this question almost daily.  As a general rule our recommendation is if your average hunt is 5 days or less go with the 3500.  If you consistently do 5+ day plus hunts then you will be better suited with the 5500. But there is more to consider...

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How to Attach the Weapon Carrier for Quick Access to Your Rifle

Attaching the Weapon Carrier to hold your rifle takes only a matter of seconds. The Weapon Carrier will allow you to customize the position and height of your rifle — keeping it accessible when you need it quickly, or out of the way when you don't need to access it.

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How to Attach the Weapon Carrier to Your Exo Pack

Attaching the Weapon Carrier to hold your bow or rifle takes only a matter of seconds. To keep things simple and clean, we use the same ladder-lock buckle that the bottom webbing straps are attached to. You simply lace the bow carrier webbing through the same path as the pack webbing, set the height you want the carrier to ride at and you are done. Once you drop the bow in you can secure it over the limb with the locking buckle and your good to go.

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How To Clean Your Exo Mountain Gear Backpack

How To Clean Your Exo Mountain Gear Backpack

Hopefully, by the end of a hunting season your backpack needs a good cleaning. It is important to remove dirt, debris, and blood from the pack to keep it functioning at its best. But don’t feel like you have to wait until the end of the season to clean your pack. It is best to clean your pack after each animal you pack out, as well as before your hunting season starts — especially if you’ve been training in your pack leading up to opening day. Here is a step-by-step walkthrough of the exact process we use to clean our...

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