Our 2018 “Gear of the Year” Picks
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Hunters love gear. Backcountry hunters, even more so. And we, at Exo Mtn Gear, are no exception. Although we have most of our gear lists dialed and aren’t necessarily always … Read More

Tag-Team Sheep Dream, Part 2 — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 153
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There is a story behind every sheep hunt. These stories typically involve remote and rugged locations, challenging conditions, and additional elements of difficulty that tests the hunter’s limits. This sheep … Read More

Tag-Team Sheep Dream, Part 1 — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 152
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There is a story behind every sheep hunt. These stories typically involve remote and rugged locations, challenging conditions, and additional elements of difficulty that tests the hunter’s limits. This sheep … Read More

Excuses Are The Enemy — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 151
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We all have excuses. More accurately, we all make excuses. But those excuses are just that — something we make. Something we control. Something we can overcome. In the latest … Read More

Family, Fitness, and Elk Hunting — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 150
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This week, in lieu of the Monday Minute, we have a full-length episode with Dan Staton of ElkShape.com. Mark and Dan discuss the topic of balancing family and hunting, and … Read More

Failure Is Not Fatal — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 149
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You have waited 5 years to draw a coveted Arizona archery elk tag. You have more than two weeks to hunt. You have spent time and scouted the area. Your … Read More

Factory Rifle Upgrades vs Full Custom Builds — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 148
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We are back with the crew from Snowy Mountain Rifles to talk more about upgrading a factory rifle vs building a custom rifle. Our first podcast with them, Episode 128, covered … Read More

Hunting Mountain Whitetail and Going West — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 147
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Steve Flores hunts whitetail in Appalachian mountains of the Eastern US and has also transitioned into hunting elk in the west. We talk with Steve about traditional whitetail tactics, as … Read More

Killing Bulls in Wolf Country — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 146
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Tyler Boschma and Exo Mtn Gear co-founder, Steve Speck, share their recent experiences hunting elk in the midst of wolf activity. Hear about Steve accidentally calling-in and being surrounded by … Read More

Gear List for Filming and Photographing Backcountry Hunts
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Jordan Riley (@jordansriley) of Captured Creative shares the videography and photography gear in his Exo Mountain Gear 3500 pack to capture content during hunts.  Taylor’s Gear List Pack: Exo … Read More

Gear List for Hunting Whitetails from a Treestand
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Taylor Kollman (@taylor_kollman) of Captured Creative shares the gear he packs in his Exo Mountain Gear 2000 pack for a day in the treestand, hunting whitetail deer.  Taylor’s Gear … Read More

Fixed vs Folder vs Replaceable Hunting Knives — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 145
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In this week’s show we speak with Troy from Benchmade Knives about the pros and cons of choosing a fixed-blade, folding, or replaceable blade knife. Then we dive deep into … Read More

Gear List for a Backpack Rifle Deer Hunt in the Midwest
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Mark Huelsing shares the gear he packs for a 3-day rifle deer hunt in the Midwest, during November. This is a good example of how gear changes throughout the seasons, … Read More

Elk Hunting Gear for a 20 Day Hunt — Jake Saenz’s List
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Jake Saenz of Atomic Athlete shares the gear he packs for a 20-day elk hunting trip in Colorado. Jake’s setup is different than most; he packs-in and establishes a backcountry … Read More

First Year Elk Hunting Success — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 144
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Highs and lows. Mistakes made. Lessons learned. And a bit of good fortune. We dive into these aspects of Tim Connor’s first elk hunt. His story is real, and familiar. … Read More

Understanding Mountain Weather Patterns — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 143
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Just a couple of days ago Steve was hunting highcountry mule deer and spent a frigid, snowy night on the mountain…in August. Other days, it was 80s and sunny. Mountain … Read More

Roosevelt vs Rocky Mountain Elk, And How to Hunt Both — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 142
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What are some of the differences between Roosevelt Elk and Rocky Mountain Elk, and how do tactics both differ and stay the same when hunting these elk sub-species? We cover … Read More

Mule Deer Scouting Trip — Bobby Petit of @PNWild
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Bobby Petit of PNWild shares the gear he packs for mule deer scouting trips in the Pacific Northwest. Bobby uses the Exo Mtn Gear 5500. 

A Quick Overnight Scouting Trip — Jeff Roberts of @PNWild
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Jeff Roberts of PNWild shares the gear he packs for a quick overnight trip into Washington’s high country for scouting and hunting. Jeff uses the Exo Mtn Gear 5500. 

High Country Mule Deer — Zack Ellis of @PNWild
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Zack Ellis of PNWild shares the gear he packs for high country mule deer scouting and hunting. Zack uses the Exo Mtn Gear 5500 in First Lite Fusion camouflage. 

Do You Ever Outgrow the Basics? — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 141
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Have you ever looked around at other hunter’s success and wondered what their secret was? How did they become so successful? How did they fill so many tags? How did … Read More

Altitude Sickness: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 140
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What is altitude sickness? How can it be prevented? Do over-the-counter medications and supplements work? How can you tell the difference between serious illness and acute symptoms? If acute mountain … Read More

When It Doesn’t Go Right — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 139
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In this week’s #HuntBackcountry podcast we speak with Aaron Van Woerkom of Muley Freak about the lessons he has learned from hunts gone wrong. Among other things, we discuss a … Read More

Elk Hunting Gear for Fast-and-Light Day Hunts — Corey Jacobsen’s List
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Corey Jacobsen of Elk101.com shares the gear he packs for “fast and light” elk hunting. Corey isn’t packing for multi-day overnight trips and uses the Exo Mtn Gear 2000 Pack … Read More

The Elk Nut Returns — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 138
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Paul “the Elk Nut” Medel has been on the #HuntBackcountry Podcast a few times before (#36, #37, #93), and he’s back again to share some last-minute advice for everyone heading … Read More

Mark Huelsing’s 18-pound Gear List for Multiday Backpack Hunts
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Mark Huelsing of Exo Mountain Gear shares the gear he packs for backpack-style elk hunting in September archery seasons. Mark uses the 3500 Pack System and has a base pack … Read More

Elk Hunting Lessons Learned the Hard Way — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 137
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I have read, listened to, and watched a lot of content about elk hunting tactics, strategies, etc. But in this podcast I learned some new tactics and perspectives that I … Read More

Elk Hunting Gear List for Beginners — What Would We Change?
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In what specific ways do new backcountry hunters tend to carry more gear than they need? Where is the greatest opportunity to simplify and lighten the load? We see it … Read More

Overnight Scouting Trip Gear List — Paul Servey’s Setup
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Paul Servey (@MountainGoatPauly) shares the gear he packs into the high country for overnight scouting trips. Paul uses the 5500 Pack System for all of his scouting and hunting.  … Read More

Backpack Hunting in Arizona — Josh Kirchner’s Gear List
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Josh Kirchner from Dialed-In Hunter shares the gear he packs for backpack-style hunting in his home state of Arizona. Josh uses the 3500 Pack System and has a base weight … Read More

Solo Hunting in the Backcountry: What you need to know… — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 135
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Heading into the backcountry all on your own presents a unique set of challenges…and benefits. Whether you hunt solo by choice, or by necessity — because you can’t find someone … Read More

Using Online Scouting for an Out-of-State Elk Hunt
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You have yourself an out-of-state elk tag and you cannot put boots on the ground until the hunt starts. What do you do? This is the exact situation I am … Read More

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A Recap of the 2018 Exo Death Hike
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Mark explains how he prepared for and packed for the 3 days, 90+ miles, and 21,000’ of climbing… This was the fourth year that Exo Mtn Gear co-founders, Steve Speck … Read More

How to Hike Heavy — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 132
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As backcountry hunters, we depend on hiking to move us into, through, and out of the backcountry. We do this movement with a load on our backs — whether that’s … Read More

How to Take Action and Protect Public Lands
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As a hunter, angler and American citizen, I am an owner of our vast public lands and waters and, therefore, must take responsibility for their management and preservation. Long before … Read More

Team Hunting with Top Priority — The Hunter’s Gear for a 3-4 Day Backcountry Hunt
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Garrett Bowen of Top Priority Hunting runs through the backcountry hunting and filming gear he packs in his Exo 5500 Pack System when he is the hunter on the team … Read More

It’s Not Too Late To Start Hunting — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 131
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Eric Voris didn’t grow up as a hunter. He wasn’t exposed to hunting until later in life. As some of you can imagine, and some of you intimately know, becoming … Read More

The Highs and Lows of a Week-Long Elk Hunting Adventure
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Since the first time I laid eyes on the New Mexican Rockies, the mountains have called to me. That first encounter happened when I was twelve-years-old, heading into the Santa … Read More

Team Hunting with Top Priority — The Cameraman’s Gear for a 3-4 Day Backcountry Hunt
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Justin Nelson of Top Priority Hunting runs through the backcountry hunting and filming gear he packs in his Exo 5500 Pack System when acting as the cameraman on 3-4 day … Read More

Selecting a Sleeping Bag or Quilt for Warmth and Comfort — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 130
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How do you select “the one” right sleeping system for your needs? Should you choose a quilt or a sleeping bag? Down or synthetic? What’s the ideal temperature rating? And … Read More

Trent Lowe’s Gear List for a 3-5 Day Elk Hunt
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Trent Lowe of 3T Outdoors (@3toutdoors) runs through the gear he packs in his Exo 3500 Pack System for a 3-5 day elk hunt in Utah. Trent’s total pack weight … Read More

5 Exercises to Train for Backcountry Hunting
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I have been training for backcountry hunting for several years now, and I have tried several different programs and approaches over that time. If there’s one thing I have learned … Read More

The Anatomy of Rifle Scopes with Leupold Optics — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 129
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Have you ever wondered how, exactly, a rifle scope works? With adjustable magnification ranges, numerous reticle options, as well as precise and repeatable adjustments on a micro-scale, rifle scopes are … Read More

8 Elk Hunting Lessons Learned the Hard Way
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I have spent six years hunting elk on public land. I have learned new lessons on every trip, brought home new experiences each time, and thankfully, I also tagged-out 4 … Read More

Should You Build A Custom Rifle? — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 128
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Factory, fully custom, or something in between? On the episode we talk with the crew from Snowy Mountain Rifles about the differences between factory rifles, customized factory rifles, and fully … Read More

Jeff Lusk’s Gear List for a 3-Day Spring Bear Hunt
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Jeff Lusk (@jefflusky) runs through the gear he packs in his Exo 3500 Pack System for a 3-Day backcountry bear hunt. Jeff’s total pack weight with this gear is 23.6lbs. … Read More

Developing Killer Confidence — A Key to Hunting Success
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From the time we are born, we are learning. Our first breath is our first triumph as a human. The start of it all. A long journey ahead. All we … Read More

How onX Maps Has Changed the Game — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 127
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In this episode we speak with Zach Sandau from onX Maps to better understand how we can use onX Maps before, during, and after the hunt. And we talk specifically … Read More

Backcountry Navigation Tips From onX Maps
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The team from onX Maps loves to get out from behind the screens they use to build their digital products and explore the backcountry. We wanted to learn some tips … Read More

Backpacking, Like Hunting and Shooting, Takes Practice
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When was the last time you practiced your marksmanship? If you’re like most hunters, you’re probably shooting your weapon at least once a week. Why? Because you know efficiency and … Read More

How to Make Do-It-Yourself Dehydrated Meals — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 126
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Packing food for backcountry adventures usually means relying on a bunch of pre-packaged options. And although the quality of packaged food offered on the market has never been better, preparing … Read More

Bowhunting on the Big Screen — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 125
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The Full Draw Film Tour is an event to see bowhunting on the big screen. But more than just films, the FDFT is a great opportunity to connect with like-minded … Read More

How to Attach a Holster to Your Exo Mtn Gear Pack System
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The Exo Mountain Gear hip belt features 1.5” webbing, which can accommodate a wide variety of holster types and sizes for many pistols. Most holsters that can fit on a … Read More

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

Food to Fuel Backcountry Performance — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 124
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There are many things to consider when choosing foods for backcountry hunts. Most often, foods are selected because of how they taste, how convenient they are to find and prepare, … Read More

Critical Factors of Broadhead Flight — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 123
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In our previous episode we discussed Critical Factors of Broadhead Performance, in this show we are looking at Critical Factors of Broadhead Flight. Our guest for this discussion is Darin … Read More

Critical Factors of Broadhead Performance — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 122
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A broadhead is the physical point of contact between the bowhunter and the animal being hunted. This point of contact is critical, so broadhead selection should be considered critically. With … Read More

Solo Hunting in the Backcountry
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As I hiked into my camp for the January archery deer hunt here in Arizona, my mind raced with anticipation of the unknown. Would I see anyone else? Not likely. … Read More

Grizzly Bear Survival and Defense Tactics — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 121
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How should one defend themselves in a grizzly bear encounter? Better yet, how should they avoid that encounter in the first place. And in a defense scenario, should they use … Read More

Hunting the Hunter — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 120
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Wolf hunting. It can be a hotly debated topic. There are a lot of opinions out there, many of which are very strongly held. In this episode we discuss the … Read More

How to Hunt Alaska (On Budget!) — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 119
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Does a do-it-yourself hunt in Alaska seem possible? Do you have the money, time, and knowledge? If you answered “no” to any of those questions, this show will make you … Read More

Advice From The Solo Hunter — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 118
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The Solo Hunter, Tim Burnett, joins us on this episode. The topics we cover with Tim are far-ranging, and move well beyond what you might expect. We collected numerous listener … Read More

A Dream, A Plan, A Trophy — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 117
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Two buddies from Arkansa travel to the high country of Colorado in search of Mule Deer. They have never hunted the mountains, never hunted Mule Deer, and never been on … Read More

How to Plan an Out-of-State Backpack Hunt
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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 … Read More

Mindset, Confidence, and Discipline — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 116
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Our guest for this episode is Kenton Clairmont from Train to Hunt. Our discussion is about much more than hunting, though. We dive deeper and discuss mindset, confidence, and discipline, … Read More

No Bait, Just Bears. Black Bear Hunting Tactics — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 115
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Our guest on this episode is Douglas Boze, author of “The Ultimate Guide to Black Bear Hunting” and “No Bait, Just Bears: Black Bear Hunting Tactics“. We speak with Doug … Read More

Talking Turkey with Scott Ellis — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 114
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There are numerous similarities between hunting turkey and elk. First and foremost, they’re both a ton of fun. If you haven’t yet gotten into hunting the wild turkey, we hope … Read More

It Took Many Years, and It Was Worth It! — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 113
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Our guest tonight, Mark Gassner, is one of you. He’s a regular guy who loves to hunt, but also has to deal with the responsibilities of work, family, and life … Read More

The Right & Wrong Way to Use Vehicles for Hunting — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 112
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Our guest on this episode is Scott Bodle, a Wildlife Biologist and Forest Protection Officer with the US Forest Service. We draw on Scott’s expertise to understand how vehicles can … Read More

Getting Wild in the Northwest — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 111
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The crew from Pacific North Wild joins us on this episode to talk about hunting the Northwest. Hear about their wild adventures hunting elk in the state of Washington, why … Read More

Rocky Mountain Bighorn…It Takes A Team — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 110
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Our guest, Justin Shaffer, is an Army Ranger Sniper, a hunting guide, a taxidermist, and somehow still managed to fill a seemingly countless number of tags in 2017 — including … Read More

New Gear from ATA, Simplicity, and Answers to Your Questions — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 109
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Steve and Mark are back from the ATA (Archery Trade Association) Show, where they got a chance to shoot all of the new bows for 2018 and see the latest … Read More

I Killed My First Bull, Thanks To This Show — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 108
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We’ve always wanted this show to be about you, the listener, and connecting you guys with valuable guests. It is not about us — we are simply the “men in … Read More

What I Learned Hiking 2,650 Miles — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 107
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We are all constantly trying to improve. We learn from each and every day spent in the field, pursuing what we love. Imagine if you could take several consecutive months … Read More

3 Free Ways to Lighten Your Pack
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Outside of purchasing something new, no one really talks about how to effectively drop your overall pack weight.  I had the pleasure of hiking over 2000 miles of the Pacific … Read More

Food for Off Grid Adventures — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 105
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We are always looking to ensure that we properly fuel our bodies for the physical demands of backcountry hunts. Nutrition is clearly a critical element of performance, but we also … Read More

I Was Rescued By Helicopter, A Listener Story — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 104
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“It will never happen to me.” That’s what most of us think. But all it takes is one wrong step. One careless move. One thing to go wrong. And then, … Read More

$200 vs $2,000 — What makes an optic great? — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 103
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What makes an optic great? What are the differences between a $200 dollar optic and a $2,000 optic? And what about all of those terms and numbers — objective, exit … Read More

Exo Elk Hunt Featured on the #LandOfTheFree Project
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Exo Mountain Gear co-owners, Steve Speck and Lenny Nelson, hunted public land bulls in the Colorado backcountry this past fall. The guys from Pure Elevation Productions and Born & Raised … Read More

Finding A Hunting Partner — Choose Wisely
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I have been fortunate enough to have some great hunting partners over the years; and I haven’t had to look far to find them. Growing up, it was always my … Read More

Stealth, Stalking, and Shooting Lessons from a Special Operator — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 102
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Our guest for this episode, Eddie Edmondson, is a 20+ year veteran of Special Operations in the United States military. Eddie continues to work as a trainer and shooting instructor, while … Read More

Build Your Best Bow Sight — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 101
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Dustin Wardell from Black Gold Bow Sights joins us to discuss all aspects of selecting or building the best bow sight for your needs. We cover pin selection (number of … Read More

Giveaway Celebration for Episode 100 of the Hunt Backcountry Podcast
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We want to celebrate Episode 100 of the podcast by thanking you — our listeners. We are giving away an Exo Mountain Gear 3500 pack system and many of our previous podcasts guests have also … Read More

Laughs & Lessons from Colorado — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 99
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If you caught Episode 95, you heard about a 5-state, 45-day elk hunting project that the Born and Raised Outdoors crew embarked upon this fall. Well, they are back, and … Read More

Long-Range Hunting: Why, What, and How — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 98
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This episode on Long-Range Hunting is a continuation of our Building a Backcountry Rifle series. Our guest is the President of Gunwerks, Aaron Davidson. Aaron helps us understand why some hunters pursue … Read More

Ryan Cleckner Answers Your Rifle Questions — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 97
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Ryan Cleckner returns to answer your rifle-related questions. This is Ryan’s third appearance on the show. His previous two episodes were part of our Building a Backcountry Rifle series from … Read More

Stories from September — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 96
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Mark, Steve, and Lenny return to the podcast to share their stories from September. You’ll hear the good, bad, and ugly from their elk and mule deer hunts in Idaho … Read More

5 States, 45 Days, How many elk tags filled? — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 95
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What would it be like to experience 45 days of back-to-back elk hunts in Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, and Montana. You’re about to find out. This epic adventure is happening … Read More

Steve & Lenny’s Alaskan Caribou Adventure — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 94
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Steve and Lenny just returned from their first Caribou hunt in Alaska and tell us all about their trip. Learn what worked well, what didn’t, and what they would do … Read More

Last-Minute Elk Hunting Advice from the “Elk Nut” — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 93
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Paul “the Elk Nut” Medel returns to share some last-minute advice that might help you fill your elk tag in the coming weeks.  Paul was previously a guest way back … Read More

Learn the Language of Elk — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 92
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Sometimes you call at a bull and he comes charging-in, giving you a shot opportunity. Sometimes that happens, but not often enough. Other times our calls go without a response. … Read More

Solving Common Elk Hunting Scenarios — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 91
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You called a bull towards you, but he wouldn’t come close enough — what could you have done better? The elk are quiet, what should you do? When should you … Read More

The Best Backpacking Stoves for Backcountry Hunting — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 90
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What is the best stove system for backcountry hunting? Mark and Steve take a look at several good options, comparing them, highlighting their pros and cons, and giving you the … Read More

The Best Headlamps for Hunting — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 89
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This episode is unlike anything we have ever done before.  Steve and I have been testing a handful of headlamps for a few months now, and in this show we … Read More

Taxidermy Tips for Your Next Trophy — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 88
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How can you ensure that you get the best result possible when it comes time to mount your trophy harvest?  We answer that very question in this episode of the Hunt … Read More

The Cure for Target Panic with Joel Turner — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 87
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There are three kinds of archers and bowhunters — those that have experienced target panic, those that will experience target panic, and liars. Mark and Steve have each battled target … Read More

Speedgoat Success with Joe Jacks of TightSpot Quivers — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 86
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The discussion in this episode was so much fun!  Our guest, Joe Jacks, runs TightSpot Quivers and is a passionate big game archery hunter. We talk a bit about Joe’s … Read More

Recapping the Exo Death Hike — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 85
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The 2017 Exo Death Hike was a success! Twenty guys completed just shy of 40 miles through some beautiful Idaho high country. Although the terrain was rough, the trail was … Read More

Fix Your Food with Heather Kelly of Heather’s Choice — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 84
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Heather Kelly, owner of Heather’s Choice adventure meals, returns to the Hunt Backcountry podcast to answer an array of questions about nutrition and performance. Heads up: discount below! As a … Read More

Limited Release Exo Mountain Gear 3500 in Cipher Camouflage
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  We are no longer accepting orders for Cipher packs.  Thank you to everyone that ordered — we look forward to delivering your packs in mid-August! Frequently Asked Questions… Why the … Read More

Brian Barney on Hunting Hawaii, Curing Target Panic, and more — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 83
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Brian Barney joined us last summer for two great episodes (#42 & #43) on Finding Your Next Honey Hole.  Be sure to check those episodes out, as they are incredibly … Read More

Lessons From A Deer & Elk Biologist — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 82
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Our guest, Craig White, is the Coordinator of Deer & Elk Programs for Idaho Fish & Game.  We ask Craig your questions, including: How to start a career in wildlife. … Read More

Hunting with Pack Goats — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 81
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Hunting with goats?  Yes, goats.  Pack goats are more than just helpful for carrying a load.  As you will hear, they can even be valuable hunting partners from a strategic … Read More

Muley Freak’s Erik Van Woerkom — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 80
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Erik Van Weorkom of Muley Freak joins us in a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from building a brand to hunting Sitka Blacktail. We discuss the pros and cons of … Read More

Corey Jacobsen’s Advice for 3 Types of Elk Hunters — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 79
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You learn a lot about elk hunting when you do it for several decades and make a living that’s all about it.  But what about us?  You and me?  What … Read More

Western Hunting Packs for the Whitetail Hunter?
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Learn how whitetail hunter and videographer, Wade James, uses his Exo Mountain Gear pack as a solution for hauling treestands and camera equipment for whitetail hunting… Frame packs aren’t just for … Read More

Practice Suffering — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 78
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Our lives are dominated by convenience and ease. Nearly every product we are marketed and every service we are sold has the intention of making our lives easier in some … Read More

Navy SEAL, Rorke Denver, Explains Grit and Hunting — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 77
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Author, actor, and Navy SEAL Commander, Rorke Denver, has discovered that backcountry hunting is one of the best activities that military veterans can engage in.  We discuss that topic and … Read More

How to Stop Abusing Venison with Hank Shaw — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 76
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Our guest for his episode, Hank Shaw, has said that, “Venison may or may not be the most popular game meat, but it is definitely the most abused.”  We discuss … Read More

First Lite’s Ryan Callaghan — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 75
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You might know Ryan as a part of the First Lite crew. You might know him as a guest on Steven Rinella’s show, Meat Eater. You might know him because … Read More

Beginner Basics Q&A, Part 3 — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 74
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There are no stupid questions. And, hopefully, there are no stupid answers in this Part 3 Q&A episode of the Hunt Backcountry podcast. Mark and Steve tackle a variety of listener … Read More

Building A Backcountry Rifle — Shoot Like A Sniper, Part 2 — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 73
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We are back for Part 2 with Ryan Cleckner!  (Listen to Part 1) In this episode, we answer the questions of: What are the easiest and cheapest improvements that can … Read More

Giveaway! Long Range Shooting Handbook by Ryan Cleckner
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We are giving away 10 copies of Ryan Cleckner’s Long Range Shooting Handbook.  Enter below and be sure to check out our two-part podcast interview with Ryan… Listen to Part … Read More

Building A Backcountry Rifle — Shoot Like A Sniper, Part 1 — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 72
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We have a special guest AND a special GIVEAWAY in this episode. Our guest is former special operations sniper, Ryan Cleckner. Our first conversation with Ryan was so helpful and … Read More

Building A Backcountry Rifle — Scope Selection — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 71
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Scope selection is an extremely import aspect of any rifle build. In this episode of our “Building A Backcountry Rifle” series we speak with Mark Boardman of Vortex Optics to … Read More

Building A Backcountry Rifle — Bullet Selection — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 70
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We all strive to end our hunts with a clean, one-shot kill.  And when it comes to hunting with a rifle, the bullet is what impacts the animal to create … Read More

Building A Backcountry Rifle — Caliber Selection — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 69
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In this, the second episode of our “Building A Backcountry Rifle” series, we discuss the topic of caliber/cartridge selection with Joseph von Benedikt. Joseph is an editor and writer for numerous … Read More

New for 2017 from Exo Mountain Gear — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 68
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In this episode Mark is joined by Exo Mountain Gear co-founders, Steve Speck and Lenny Nelson, to discuss new Exo pack updates for 2017.  You will not only hear what is new, … Read More

Building A Backcountry Rifle — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 67
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We are kicking off a brand new series: “Building A Backcountry Rifle”. In this series we have dedicated episodes on the various aspects of putting together a rifle package for … Read More

Analyzing The Ideal Hunting Arrow — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 66
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There are many factors in arrow selection. How do attributes such as spine (static and dynamic), weight, straightness, diameter, materials (carbon, aluminum, hybrids), all come together to make the ideal … Read More

Introducing Ranger Green
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We have some announcements for 2017 that we can’t share yet, but one change we did want to let you know about is a new color option: Ranger Green. This … Read More

Your Show, Your Story — Elk Hunting in Colorado — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 65
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On this episode of the Hunt Backcountry podcast we interview Matt Gray.  Haven’t heard of Matt?  That’s because he is a regular guy, probably a lot like you.  A husband, a … Read More

Beginner Basics Q&A, Part 2 — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 64
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There are no stupid questions. And, hopefully, there are no stupid answers in this Part 2 Q&A episode of the Hunt Backcountry podcast. Mark and Steve tackle a variety of … Read More

Backcountry to the Backyard — Thoughts on Balancing Family and Hunting
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The laundry is piling up, my wife won’t stop talking about all of the weird documentaries she’s been watching while I’ve been away, and my grass is a foot tall. … Read More

Beginner Basics Q&A, Part I — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 63
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There are no stupid questions.  And, hopefully, there are no stupid answers in this Q&A episode of the Hunt Backcountry podcast.  Mark, Steve, and Lenny tackle a variety of listener … Read More

Become A Mountain Athlete with Coach Rob Shaul — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 62
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It isn’t about looking good.  It isn’t about impressing someone in the gym.  Rob Shaul’s experience-backed training philosophy is about forging mountain athletes that can perform when it matters, where it matters (in the … Read More

Hunt, Harvest, Health with Ryan Lampers — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 61
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In this timely New Years episode of the Hunt Backcountry Podcast, we speak with Ryan Lampers, aka @SthealthyHunter.  Ryan is a dedicated do-it-yourself hunter that has been pursuing wildlife in … Read More

The Mountain Project with Chase Christopher — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 60
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From hunting Aoudad in Texas and Brown Bears in Kodiak, to discussing how to balance adventure and fatherhood, and raise pack goats — in this episode we have a fun … Read More

How To Hunt Giant Bull Elk in Arizona with Dan Adler — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 59
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Arizona is the “Land of Giants” when it comes to elk.  In this episode we discuss how you — yes, YOU! — can get an opportunity to hunt this place where … Read More

DIY Backpacking Meals, Late-Season Deer Tactics, Public Land Grab — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 58
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We cover a variety of topics in this episode with guest, Brad Brooks, or Argali Outdoors.  Our discussion ranges from late-season deer hunting tactics, to do-it-yourself dehydrated backpacking meals, to … Read More

Head-to-Head Spotting Scope Review — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 57
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What if you could get your hands on the best spotting scopes from Swarovski, Leica, Zeiss, and Vortex — spending a couple months testing each of those models side-by-side in … Read More

Hunting from Hollywood with Wes Siler | Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 56
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Wes Siler has been called a “Professional Wildman” that made a living testing motorcycles and fast cars.  As a writer, Wes has been published in Wired, GQ, Rolling Stone, Jalopnik, and Playboy. So … Read More

Late-Season, Post-Rut Elk Tactics with Mark Kayser — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 55
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When it comes to elk hunting, September gets all of the attention.  But just because the most vocal and intense action tends to occur during that period, doesn’t mean that … Read More

Going Guided: Essential Information To Get You Started — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 54
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Many hunters are proud do-it-yourself guys that scout and hunt public lands on mostly general season tags — working hard for every opportunity and even harder for every punched tag.  We know … Read More

Next-Level Backpacking with “Adventurer of the Year” Andrew Skurka — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 53
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Andrew Skurka is an accomplished adventure athlete, speaker, guide, and writer. He is most well known for his solo long-distance backpacking trips, notably the 4,700-mile 6-month Alaska-Yukon Expedition, the 6,875-mile 7-month … Read More

How To Start Backpack Hunting
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I remember when I was younger, the thought of backpack hunting sounded ridiculous to me.  Obviously, this was because of my lack of education on the matter.  I distinctly recall … Read More

Lenny’s Last Day Cliche (And His Surprising New Elk Tactic) — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 52
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Exo Mountain Gear co-founder, Lenny Nelson, spent a good portion of September chasing elk around the Idaho backcountry with the Pure Elevation crew.  Many bulls were encountered, and many close calls … Read More

Mark’s Buzzer-Beater Bull — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 51
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It came down to the last hours of daylight on the last day of a week-long hunt, but Mark was able to kill his first bull this year.  In this episode … Read More

Uniting For Conservation with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 50
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The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has a vision to: “Guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish by uniting and amplifying our partners’ voices to strengthen federal policy and … Read More

Mental Battles of Hunting the Backcountry — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 49
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“We have all been shooting our bows relentlessly in preparation for that moment we have been dreaming about all year. That moment when time stands still and the only thing … Read More

Mental Battles of Hunting the Backcountry
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The upcoming seasons are right around the bend.  We have all been shooting our bows relentlessly in preparation for that moment we have been dreaming about all year.  That moment when … Read More

Steve’s Success on Opening Day — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 48
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For the third year straight, Steve Speck killed a solid mule deer on opening day of archery season.  In this episode, Steve shares the story of his 2016 Idaho mule deer hunt … Read More

How To Load, Adjust, and Fit Your Hunting Pack — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 47
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In this episode Mark and Steve discuss the topics of loading, adjusting, and fitting your hunting pack for optimal comfort and performance.  Common questions are answered.  Common techniques are explained. … Read More

How To Save Your Meat From The Heat — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 46
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You are miles-back and you just arrowed the animal that you have been hunting for days-on-end.  As the adrenaline and elation begin to subside, you quickly realize how much work you … Read More

Northwest Blacktail Secrets with Tom Ryle — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 45
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The Blacktail deer is incredibly elusive.  The especially thick forests of the Northwest make hunting this stealthy animal extremely difficult, and incredibly rewarding.  In this episode, we speak with a native … Read More

The Psychology of a Hunting Partnership
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In the 1960s, there was a popular though somewhat controversial idea amongst psychologists that sibling order expressed tremendous influence upon social structure and relationship functions. For example, younger brothers of … Read More

A Death Hike: There’s Only One Way Out — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 44
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You are dropped off in the expansive Frank Church Wilderness. The plane that brought you here is now gone and there is only one way out. You hike, and hike, … Read More

Find Your Next Honey Hole (Part 2) — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 43
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Brian Barney is a hard-working, do-it-yourself man that has dedicated himself to hunting the West. He has years of experience hunting trophy mule deer, elk, bears, and antelope, and he … Read More

Find Your Next Honey Hole (Part 1) — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 42
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Brian Barney is a hard-working, do-it-yourself man that has dedicated himself to hunting the West.  He has years of experience hunting trophy mule deer, elk, bears, and antelope, and he … Read More

Food Is Fuel — Sustained Energy for the Backcountry Hunter
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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 … Read More

Why You Should Consider Backpack Hunting
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I can remember reading literature from the likes of Cameron Hanes, Dwight Schuh, and a whole library of magazine articles that all had to do with backpack hunting.  Reading these … Read More

Do-It-Yourself Bow Setup & Tuning — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 41
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And we’re back! In this episode, Mark & Steve open the Pandora’s Box of bow setup and tuning. You’ll learn the steps that Mark & Steve walk through as they … Read More

Become More Fit In Less Time — Interval Training for Hunters
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It is an exciting time of year! We all have a clear idea as to where we are hunting this fall and motivation is palpable. There is so much planning … Read More

How Diet Affects Hunting Performance — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 40
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Heather Kelly is an evolutionary sports nutritionist and certified psychology of eating coach. She is the owner/operator of OPENutrition and the creator of Heather’s Choice backcountry meals.  In this episode … Read More

Hunt Your Own Hunt
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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 … Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Elk Hunting — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 39
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Corey Jacobsen’s new University of Elk Hunting online resource contains everything you need to know about elk hunting.  In this podcast episode, Mark speaks with Corey about this new resource.  Use … Read More

Part 2: “Talk Elk” with Paul the “Elk Nut” Medel — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 37
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First, before we get to the show, a BIG announcement — we’re giving away an Exo Mountain Gear pack system!  Be sure to visit the giveaway page to enter today.  And … Read More

Don’t Just Call, “Talk Elk” with Paul the “Elk Nut” Medel — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 36
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First, before we get to the show, a BIG announcement — we’re giving away an Exo Mountain Gear pack system!  Be sure to visit the giveaway page to enter today. … Read More

Life at Full Draw with Kody Kellom of the Full Draw Film Tour — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 35
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Kody Kellom of the Full Draw Film Tour and Born and Raised Outdoors joins us to talk about the 2016 Film Tour.  We also learn what it takes to make … Read More

20lb Pack Weight for Multi-Day Hunts? That can’t be right! — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 34
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In this episode, Steve and Mark discuss the new “What’s In Your Pack?” video series and address specific questions that viewers raised after seeing Steve’s pack list for September Mule Deer hunting … Read More

The Northwest Mountain Challenge — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 33
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The Northwest Mountain Challenge is back and better than ever for 2016! This year’s events will held in Idaho (Tamarack), Washington (Stevens Pass), and Oregon (Hoodoo). Learn more about what … Read More

The New Era of GPS with onXmaps — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 32
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Maps are maps…until you add the capabilities of onXmaps. Now you not only have a base map, you have hunting boundaries, public land boundaries, private land boundaries with landowner information, … Read More

“What’s in your pack w/ Steve Speck” an Exo Mountain Gear video series
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Take a look at our latest project, a video series that will cover multiple hunters and what they pack with them on thier western backcountry hunting adventures.  The first episode … Read More

What You Need To Know To Kill A Big Bruin — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 31
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This timely episode is packed with information to help you on your spring bear hunts.  Our guest, Russ Meyer, shares his secrets on how he find, hunts, and kills BIG … Read More

How to Find Success Hunting Solo with Travis Nowotny — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 30
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Travis Nowotny kills more big game animals in one year than many of us kill in five years.  In this episode, we speak with Travis about finding success in the … Read More

Remote Pursuits in Alaska with Matt Wymer — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 29
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Matt Wymer of RemotePursuits.com grew up hunting in Washington state, but has spent the last 10 years living in and hunting in Alaska.  We speak with Matt about the differences … Read More

Skills for the Backcountry & Traditional Archery with Clay Hayes — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 27
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Clay Hayes is an outdoors renaissance man of sorts. His skills are honed in the backcountry, allowing him to survive — even thrive — in harsh conditions. Clay partnered with … Read More

New Exo Products, Hunter Survey Results, Western Hunting Expo — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 26
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In this “UNCUT” episode, Mark, Steve, and Lenny announce some new Exo products that will be coming soon.  They also discuss the recent Western Hunting Expo, as well as the … Read More

Sneak peak! Our new 2000ci bag coming soon…
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Here is a little sneak peak of our 2000ci bag coming late spring / early summer. Here are some of the highlights: – 4lbs 2oz with the frame! – Front … Read More

Ground Hunting Strategies with ASAT’s Ben Guttormson, Part 2 — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 25
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In Part 2 of our discussion with ASAT’s Ben Guttormson, we continue to speak about specific strategies and tips for hunting from the ground. Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe via Stitcher | Listen / Download … Read More

Ground Hunting Strategies with ASAT’s Ben Guttormson, Part 1 — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 24
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ASAT’s Ben Guttormson is a wealth of knowledge. Ben spends countless days in the field hunting numerous species each year. In this episode, we speak with Ben about specific strategies … Read More

First Lite’s New Hunting Apparel for 2016 — Hunt Backcountry Episode 23
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In this episode, Mark joins First Lite’s co-founder, Kenton Carruth. They discuss First Lite’s new gear for 2016, as well as some history of the company. Download | Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe via … Read More

Wolf Hunting with Jason Wright — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 22
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Wolf hunting is a controversial topic that tends to bring up a lot of emotions from advocates for, and against, the issue.  In this episode Jason Wright — a wolf … Read More

UNCUT: Best Bow of the ATA Show, New for Exo in 2016, BHA Winner — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 21
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Mark and Steve are back from ATA Show and have an “uncut” discussion about a variety of topics. Who’s the Backcountry Hunters giveaway winner? What’s the best new bow in … Read More

Cut the Crap: No B.S. Nutrition Advice from Dan Staton of ElkShape.com — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 20
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To hunt hard, to hunt effectively, one must be physically and mentally prepared for the harsh demands of the backcountry.  Physical training is critical, but you can’t out-work a crappy … Read More

How To Select A Hunting Bow with Matt Davis of Hoyt Archery — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 19
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In this episode of The Hunt Backcountry Podcast we speak with Matt Davis of Hoyt Archery and discuss what a bowhunter should look for when they’re selecting a new bow — from … Read More

Techniques to Kill the Best Buck of Your Life with Robby Denning — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 18
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Robby Denning joins us again in Episode 18 to talk about some very specific tactics that can help you take the best mule deer buck of your life. Download | Subscribe in … Read More

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers: Fighting For You — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 17
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In this episode, we speak with Land Tawney, Executive Directory of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA). Download | Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe via Stitcher | Listen on Sound Cloud BHA is an organization that was started … Read More

The Most Successful Hunter I Know — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 16
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In this episode, we speak with Russ Meyer. Russ is, as Steve puts it, “the most successful hunter I know.” So we talk to Russ about what it takes to … Read More

Hunting Boot Selection and Fit Advice from the Experts at Lathrop & Sons — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 15
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James and Stephen Latrop have over 50 years of specialized foot-care training. Combine that with the fact that they are DIY hunters and outdoorsmen, and you can see why we … Read More

200” of Heartbreak with Brady Miller of goHUNT.com — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 14
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In this episode of the Hunt Backcountry Podcast we talk with Brady Miller of goHUNT.com. We catch up on Brady’s hunting season, including the heartbreaking story of a GIANT mule … Read More

How to Take the Best Buck of Your Life with Robby Denning — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 13
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Robby Denning started hunting mule deer in the late 1970’s, only missing one season in 35 years.  At 25, he gave up the pursuit of all other big-game to focus … Read More

Everything Elk with Corey Jacobsen — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 12
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Corey Jacobsen is an 8-time World Champion elk call, a magazine publisher and editor, and the founder of Elk101.com. More importantly, Corey is a down to earth, passionate elk hunter … Read More

Joseph Skinner of Veil Camo, Designer of First Lite Fusion — Hunt Backcountry Podcast Episode 11
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Download | Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe via Stitcher | Listen on Sound Cloud Joseph Skinner is the founder of Veil Camo.  Chances are, you’ve seen Joe’s work as First Lite’s … Read More

3500 vs: 5500; which one?
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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 … Read More

Attaching the Weapon Carrier to hold your rifle
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Attaching the Weapon Carrier to hold your Rifle takes only a matter of seconds.  To attach the Carrier to hold your rifle you use the same Ladder lock that holds the webbing … Read More

Attaching the Weapon Carrier to hold your bow
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Attaching the Weapon Carrier to hold your bow takes only a matter of seconds.  Keeping things simple and clean we use the same ladder lock buckle that the bottom webbing … Read More

New Accessory- Bow / Rifle Carrier
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We just put up the Bow / Rifle carrier on the website and they are shipping daily.  We wanted to design a very simple to use but effective accessory that … Read More

How to attach the Meat Shelf and Load Panel
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The Meat Shelf and Load Panel attach the exact same way to our frame panel.  The only difference between the two is that the meat shelf then attaches to the … Read More

Exo Mountain Gear 2015 Pack System Overview video:
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2015 Exo Mountain Gear Pack Overview from Exo Mountain Gear on Vimeo.

How to Clean your Exo Mountain Gear Backpack
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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 … Read More

3500 Coyote Brown and Multicam packs in stock!!!
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Stock and shipping update: We have 3500 Coyote Brown and Multicam packs in stock now and shipping for any new orders.  Hurry as they will go fast and the next … Read More

Video: Properly fitting your Exo Mountain Gear pack
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UPDATE:  Here is the updated fitting video covering the 2016 and 2017 K² frame.      Older post: Lenny and I just got back from a quick high country deer … Read More

Exo Mountain Gear; Proud sponsor of the Full Draw Film Tour
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Both Lenny and I are proud to be a sponsor of the Full Draw Film Tour again this year.  The FDFT5 is a one of a kind experience and if … Read More

Exo Mountain Gear Shipping update and Podcast
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Shipping Update: We have been shipping packs on a pretty much weekly basis and are catching up faster than we thought we would.  If you haven’t heard from us we … Read More

2015 Exo Mountain Gear Update
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It is crazy how fast time flies by, here it is just over one year from when we started selling packs last year.  Lenny and I truly want to thank … Read More

2014 Photo Contest Winners
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Congratulations to the winners for our 2014 Photo Contest.  To enter this year’s photo contest send your field photos to photos@exomountaingear.com. The Winners 1st Place – Scott Scharf 2nd Place … Read More

Video: Loading an Exo 3500 with Gear, Meat, Cape and Horns
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Here’s a quick video showing how to load up an Exo 3500 out in the field. I had 45lbs of gear in the bag, 55lbs of boned out meat and … Read More

Where Have You Been? Share Your Photos & Win!
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Where have you been with your Exo Mountain Gear pack this fall? Don’t forget to share your adventures with us and enter our photo and testimonial contest. We have had … Read More

Load testing the Exo Skeleton Frame with 250lbs…
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We have been asked a handful of times what the load rating was on the Skeleton frame;  my response has always been “whatever your legs can carry” and really that’s … Read More

Exo Mountain Gear Status Update
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First off, Lenny and I want to truly thank everyone who has purchased a pack from us this year. The feedback and support from our customers has been amazing. We love … Read More

Development of the Titanium Skeleton Frame
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In Lenny and I’s opinion we think that a pack begins and ends with the suspension (frame, shoulder harness and hipbelt) this is the single  most important aspect of a … Read More

Weight distribution
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Lenny and I have no problem admitting that when we started this project we had no technical background or experience in designing a pack.   What we did have was years … Read More

Choosing the name.. Exo
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When choosing a name for the company, Lenny and I literally went through hundreds  of ideas.  We wanted something to be short, sweet, easy to pronounce, and most importantly it … Read More

A few of the first customer reviews…
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Production on the revised shoulder harnesses is going well, they’ll be ready and shipping this Friday.  We did ship out a few packs to some guys who were needing them … Read More

Coyote Brown 3500’s sold out….
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Last night we sold out of the initial run on the Coyote Brown 3500’s.  Good news is the production is going really well so we have more scheduled to be … Read More

Poll: which size for the larger bag?
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We have started working on the larger bag that will be shipping this summer so we wanted to get everyone’s opinion on what size they want for a large expedition … Read More

Color vote?
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We are getting really close to putting in our orders for fabric and have it narrowed down to four colors: Coyote Brown, Foliage Green, ASAT and Multicam.  We are going … Read More

Field Photo & Testimonial Contest
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How’s your Exo pack performing?  Have a story to share?  We would love to hear it. Have a photo from the field? We would love to see it! Send your field … Read More

Our findings on hipbelts and lumbar pads…
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Over the last year Lenny and I tested a seemingly endless combination of hipbelt and lumbar pad configurations.  Between sizing, foam, foam thickness, foam density and overall stiffness the variables … Read More

Video: Load-Testing with 150lbs of Sand
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By far the biggest request we have received so far is how does the pack handle heavy loads with our Titanium Skeleton frame that flexes.  Part of the beauty of … Read More