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The Hunt Backcountry Podcast

English, Sports, 1 season, 628 episodes, 12 hours, 12 minutes
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Backcountry hunters talking backcountry hunting. Join us for lively discussion on a variety of topics related to backcountry, big game hunting. We'll be talking tactics, sharing lessons learned, swapping stories, interviewing individuals from the hunting industry, and getting into the nitty-gritty of our gear lists and bow/rifle setups. Contact us at anytime with your questions or feedback by emailing us: podcast@exomountaingear. Thanks for listening! — Mark & Steve
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466 | The Best Hunting Boot (Isn't What You Think It Is) — The Experience Project

Having the right footwear is the most important gear decision you can make as a backcountry hunter. And it is also one of the most difficult pieces of gear to get right. In this in-depth conversation, Steve & Mark discuss what they have learned over the past decade+, as they have hiked and hunted in dozens of footwear brands, models, and styles, over thousands of miles, in many states, and through all seasons and conditions. What they have learned is that much of the common wisdom about ‘the best boot for hunting’ is dead wrong... VIDEO & MORE INFO: https://the-experience-project.com/the-best-hunting-boot-is-wrong/ Subscribe via Email: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Questions / Feedback for The Experience Project: [email protected] Questions / Feedback for the podcast in general: [email protected]
6/12/20241 hour, 53 minutes, 17 seconds
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465 | The Experience Project

Welcome to The Experience Project. In this episode, Steve & Mark explain the vision for The Experience Project and how it will change the podcast over the next several months. The Hunt Backcountry Podcast isn't changing permanently, and we will continue to include listener stories, industry guests, and more types of episodes in the future, but The Experience Project will take over the podcast as a focused series for the next few months. In addition to the podcast, The Experience Project will include a new website, new video content, new hunt films, and more. Stay tuned for the full launch of The Experience Project. If you want to make sure you don't miss it, sign up at https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Have questions, feedback, or ideas? Send them to: [email protected] Search or browse the podcast archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
6/5/202433 minutes, 50 seconds
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MM 225 | The Experience of Backpack Hunting

Join Steve and Mark for an unscripted discussion about the Experience of Backpack Hunting. Why they do it. What it means to them. And why it is such a valuable pursuit. Although this conversation isn't filled with tangible takeaways, we hope it inspires you to get out and experience an adventure unlike any other. EMAIL YOUR QUESTION — [email protected] LEAVE A MESSAGE — https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
6/3/202438 minutes, 38 seconds
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464 | Aziak Equipment, Ultralight Tripods, and More with Rydell Reinbold

As a trained engineer and experienced outdoorsman, Rydell Reinbold often modified the gear he used for hunting. Then he started designing and producing his own gear, for his own needs. And, eventually, he founded Aziak Equipment to share his work with other hunters. Today, Rydell is the owner, designer, and sole operator at Aziak. We speak with Rydell about the Aziak backstory, his current products, and the future of Aziak. We discuss his current ultralight tripod and head, the limitations of ultralight tripods, the balance of weight vs features, and much more. Connect with Aziak: - https://www.aziakequipment.com/ - https://www.instagram.com/aziakequipment/ - https://www.facebook.com/aziakequipment Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/29/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 40 seconds
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MM 224 | Ultralight vs Comfort & Other Deep Gear Thoughts

Steve & Mark answer your listener-submitted questions on this Monday Minute episode. They discuss choosing ultralight vs choosing comfort, the best (and worst) ways to save pack weight, how to spend money on gear upgrades, selecting a quilt, and some deeper or more philosophical thoughts on the debatable importance of gear in general. NEWSLETTER — https://exomtngear.com/newsletter EMAIL YOUR QUESTION — [email protected] LEAVE A MESSAGE — https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/27/202442 minutes, 31 seconds
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463 | John Barklow on Innovation, Skills, Priorities, and More...

We welcome John Barklow back to the Hunt Backcountry Podcast. This is a wide-ranging conversation that answers some of your listener questions and goes into some unexpected topics. We discuss... - Bowhunting Cape Buffalo in Africa. - Recovering from injury and surgery and injury as an aging mountain hunter. - Where has innovation in technical hunting apparel slowed or stalled? And where is it advancing? - How environmental regulation and legislation will change the performance of rain gear. - How technology is being used to improve the performance of natural down fibers. - How to prioritize your budget to get the most for your money on high-end hunting clothing. - Gear vs Capabilities, and knowing how to use gear to its fullest potential. - Why you shouldn’t believe marketing, or John Barklow, and should test gear for yourself. - Why asking for the “best” gear recommendation isn’t the most helpful question. - Embracing what you don’t know and enjoying the process of learning. - John’s tentless sleep system for archery season. - John’s upcoming course and eventual book on “Survival for the Modern Hunter” John's Previous Podcast: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/395 Connect with John: - https://knowledgefromstorms.com - https://www.instagram.com/jbarklow/ - https://sitkagear.com Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/22/20241 hour, 16 minutes, 48 seconds
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MM 223 | Headlamps, Rifle Tools, and "Clean" Food

Steve & Mark answer your listener-submitted questions on this Monday Minute episode. They discuss the upcoming Experience Project, Mark's headlamp, tools to fix issues with a rifle in the backcountry, and using "clean" food to fuel performance on long hikes. Resources mentioned in this episode: - Fenix HM50R v2.0: https://amzn.to/4dJGbag - 16340 USB-C Battery: https://www.fenixlighting.com/products/fenix-arb-l16-800up-built-in-usb-c-rechargeable-battery - Death Hike Food: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/2024-death-hike EMAIL YOUR QUESTION — [email protected] LEAVE A MESSAGE — https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/20/202426 minutes, 11 seconds
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462 | Backpacking Light & Hunting with Ryan Jordan

Ryan Jordan is a backpacker, hunter, engineer, researcher, and the Founder & Owner of Backpacking Light. We speak with Ryan about the benefits of a lighter total pack weight for backcountry hunting, the barriers and misconceptions about "going light", the differences between gear for a lightweight backpacker and the backcountry hunter, and a whole lot more. FREE RESOURCES FROM BACKPACKING LIGHT: https://backpackinglight.com/hunt/ Ryan and his team put together some free resources specifically for our podcast audience, which you can find at the link above. If you sign up, you will receive those free resources, a discount on BPL membership and courses, and future BPL emails with articles on gear, skills, technology, and more. Of course, you can unsubscribe from BPL at any time if you do not find their information helpful. Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/15/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 37 seconds
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MM 222 | Sitka vs First Lite vs ???, Glassing vs Moving, & Pillow Hacks

Steve & Mark answer your listener-submitted questions on this Monday Minute episode. They discuss "when to stay and when to go" on difficult hunts, how to keep your pillow in place when using a quilt instead of a sleeping bag, what is going on with hunting clothing brands changing their gear so often, and which clothing brands would be recommended to try. EMAIL YOUR QUESTION — [email protected] LEAVE A MESSAGE — https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/13/202432 minutes
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461 | How to Thrive on Mountain Hunts (with Ben Reynolds)

Serious mountain pursuits are demanding. Physically, mentally, and even emotionally. And as you gain experience and build confidence, you can push to new levels of adventure. Experienced mountain hunter and all-around adventurer, Ben Reynolds joins us on today's podcast to talk about 5 attributes that he feels are critical for the mountain hunter... - Mental Preparation - Confidence - Optimization - Choices - Decisive Action These are attributes that Ben has developed over a decade of high-level activity in the mountains. In this conversation, we discuss each of these attributes, interwoven with examples from Ben's last hunting season, which included successful do-it-yourself solo sheep hunts for both Dall Sheep and Rocky Mountain Bighorn. Ben's Previous Podcast Episode: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/408 Connect with Ben on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/b_reynolds_ak/ Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/8/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 6 seconds
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MM 221 | A Listener's "Death Hike" Story

Instead of answering listener-submitted questions on this Monday Minute, we get a listener of the show on to today's podcast and ask them some questions. Patrick joins us to tell us about his recent experience putting together and completing his own version of a Death Hike. You'll hear about how he made his route, how he trained, how the hike went, what he learned, and what he hopes to accomplish in the future. DIY Electrolyte Mix — https://www.v2pnutrition.com/single-post/diy-electrolyte-mix-for-training-in-the-backcountry EMAIL YOUR QUESTION — [email protected] LEAVE A MESSAGE — https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/6/202429 minutes, 45 seconds
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460 | A 12-year-old's Alaskan Dall Sheep Hunt

Today's episode tells the story of a special father-and-son hunt for Caleb, and his son, Clayten. This past fall, when Clayten was just 12-years-old, he was able to kill his first Dall Sheep in Alaska's Wrangell Mountains. Not only is this a cool story, it is a great insight into hunting with youth. No matter the age of the hunter, or the species being pursued, there are lessons that can be learned about how to get youth involved in hunting as you listen to Clayten share his unique perspective on hunting in this podcast. Clayten's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@AlaskanHooligans Caleb's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/caleb_trailboss Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/1/20241 hour, 26 minutes, 17 seconds
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MM 220 | How Steep Is Too Steep? Plus bear scouting, footwear choices, and more...

Steve & Mark answer your listener-submitted questions on this Monday Minute episode. They discuss when steep slopes are too steep, how to select a camp location when hunting near the top of the mountain, more follow-up on footwear from the Death Hike (and the use of trail running shoes for hunting), and how bear scouting and hunting is affected by the presence of elk and deer. EMAIL YOUR QUESTION — [email protected] LEAVE A MESSAGE — https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/29/202436 minutes, 40 seconds
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459 | Colorado Bighorn Sheep Hunt (A Listener Story)

"I won the hunting lottery yesterday and saw I was a sole tag winner for a ram tag in a unit here in Colorado. I never thought it would happen!" That is part of an email that we received from a podcast listener, Joe. Now, after the hunt, Joe joins us on the show to discuss how he prepared for this hunt. What he learned during the hunt. And how the ultimate success of harvesting his ram came to be. This episode is both entertaining, and also informational for anyone who is planning a hunt that is for a new species, or in a new place. Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/24/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 19 seconds
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MM 219 | Exo Warehouse Sale, Golf Tournament, & Listener Questions

Steve, Mark, & Jakey share some exciting announcements on upcoming Exo-related events, and also answer your listener questions about Death Hike gear, in-person events, getting sponsored in the hunting industry, create comfort gear items for the backcountry, and more. Links mentioned in this episode: - Golf Tournament: jake(at)exomtngear.com - Exo Warehouse Sale: https://forms.gle/x35kpJTVnMsmNNdy6 - Voltaren Pain Gel: https://amzn.to/3UoqJst - HydroFlask Trail Series Bottle: https://amzn.to/3Uq9pU3
4/22/202434 minutes, 23 seconds
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458 | 2024 Death Hike Recap (Part 2)

Join Mark & Steve as they interview four participants of this year's Death Hike, to find out what each of them took away from the experience. Be sure to also listen to Episode 457 where Steve & Mark recap the plan for the 2024 Death Hike in the Grand Canyon, how they prepared, and ultimately, how the adventure unfolded. Video, Photo, Gear Links, & More: exomtngear.com/2024-death-hike Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/17/20241 hour, 59 minutes, 41 seconds
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457 | 2024 Death Hike Recap (Part 1)

Join Mark & Steve as they recap their 2024 Death Hike in the Grand Canyon. Hear about the plan for the hike, how they prepared, and ultimately, how the adventure unfolded. Be sure to listen to Episode 458 to hear from 4 other participants of this year's Death Hike, and what they took away from the experience. Video, Photo, Gear Links, & More: https://exomtngear.com/2024-death-hike Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/17/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 21 seconds
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MM 218 | Electronics vs Ethics, Bear Skinning, & Tough Feet

Steve & Mark are back from the Death Hike and resume answering your listener questions on this Monday Minute podcast episode. They discuss the ethics of electronic rangefinder and scope systems, advice on skinning black bears, and how to toughen up your feet for the backcountry. Links mentioned in this episode: - Exo Newsletter: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter - Bear Skinning Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or0VwjDIr1A - Ethical Dilemma of a Bad Hit: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/the-hunting-ethics-of-a-bad-hit SHARE PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/15/202435 minutes, 34 seconds
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456 | A DIY Bison Hunt in Alaska

Can you imagine taking snowmobiles hundreds of miles into the Alaskan wilderness and hunting bison? That would be the adventure of a lifetime! And that's the story that we get to hear about today. Kris and Mark join us to tell the story of their recent do-it-yourself Bison hunt in Alaska, which they completed with their friend Hunter. Mark's Previous Podcast: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/335 Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/10/20241 hour, 32 minutes, 43 seconds
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455 | Hunt With Health, For A Lifetime (Part 2)

John Zombro of The Lifetime Athlete returns to the show, to answer your listener-submitted questions about Hunting with Health for a Lifetime. We discuss building good habits, balancing joint health with training progression, how to develop a strategy to train throughout the year without getting burned out or injured, the best way to train when you only have 30 minutes a day, and more... John's Previous Episode: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/411 Lifetime Athlete: https://thelifetimeathlete.com/ Exo Newsletter: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/5/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 49 seconds
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454 | Hunting & Human Performance with Dr. Andy Galpin

Our guest on this episode, Dr. Andy Galpin, is a Human Performance scientist with a PhD in Human Bioenergetics, the Co-Director of the Center for Sport Performance, a tenured full Professor at California State University, and he has worked with elite athletes across the UFC, MLB, NBA, PGA, NFL, Boxing, Olympics, and Military/Special Forces... ...AND HE IS A HUNTER. We speak with Andy to answer listener-submitted questions that combine his professional research with his practical experience as a hunter. Topics include... - The health benefits of extended trips into the backcountry - Training, nutrition, and supplementation strategies for hunting at higher elevations - The absolute importance of your daily habits - Why increasing your VO2 Max is one of the best things you can do for both performance and longevity - How to know if the metrics from wearable devices (such as smartwatches) are reliable and beneficial - Why exercise science is continually changing - How to prioritize endurance vs strength - And more... RESOURCES - https://www.andygalpin.com/ - https://www.instagram.com/drandygalpin/ - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe3R2e3zYxWwIhMKV36Qhkw Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/3/20241 hour, 19 minutes, 12 seconds
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MM 217 | Spring Bear Qs & Final Death Hike Prep

In the final podcast before their annual Death Hike, Steve and Mark chat briefly about the last-minute forecast, the decisions they are making, and how they are feeling. They then answer listener-submitted questions about upcoming spring bear hunts, including game bags for bears, cross-contamination of trichinosis, timing to hunt spring bears for peak activity, and more... SHARE PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/1/202423 minutes, 54 seconds
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453 | Your Suppressor Questions Answered

"What questions do you have about selecting, purchasing, owning, and hunting with a suppressor?" That is what we asked our followers on Instagram. And we answer those listener-submitted questions today with Brandon Maddox, CEO of Silencer Central. We discuss current ATF wait times, including why some suppressors have been getting approvals in just a few days. We explain the pros and cons of using a Trust to purchase your suppressor. We explore if caliber-specific suppressors perform better than others, and a whole lot more... Helpful Links... - What Mark Learned About Suppressors for Hunting: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/hunting-with-a-suppressor-lessons-learned - Brandon's Previous Podcast Appearance: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/333 - SilencerCentral: https://www.silencercentral.com/ - ATF Wait Times: https://www.silencercentral.com/nfa-status/ Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/29/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 16 seconds
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452 | Colorado Parks & Wildlife (Your Questions, Misconceptions, and More...)

If you are interested in hunting big game in Colorado in 2024, or beyond, this episode is for you. We speak with John and Brandon from Colorado Parks & Wildlife. In this conversation, we answer your listener-submitted questions about CO's application season, the future of over-the-counter (OTC) hunting opportunities, the reintroduction of wolves in CO, and more. Helpful CPW Links... - https://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/hunt.aspx - https://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/BigGame.aspx - https://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/pages/commission.aspx - https://www.youtube.com/@ColoradoParksandWildlife/videos Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/27/20241 hour, 27 minutes, 25 seconds
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MM 216 | Boots, Bow, & Rifles

In this Monday Minute episode, Steve & Mark answer listener questions about footwear for the Death Hike, their boot choice for early season archery elk hunting, how to find a quality used bow, and where to spend your budget on a rifle and optic combination... Links for items/resources mentioned in this episode... - Altra Timp: https://www.altrarunning.com/shop/men/mens-timp-5-al0a85pe - Topo Mtn Racer: https://www.topoathletic.com/mens-mtn-racer-3 - SuperFeet Hike Cushion: https://amzn.to/3PDhEt3 - SuperFeet Hike Support: https://amzn.to/4ctqwLI - Injinji Liner Sock: https://www.injinji.com/shop/liner.html - Mark's Tikka Build, Part 1 (2020): https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/diy-custom-tikka-rifle - Mark's Tikka Build, Part 2 (2020): https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/suppressed-tikka-update SHARE PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/25/202428 minutes, 57 seconds
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MM 215 | Questions with a Kodiak Guide

Our friend, Nolan Cook, is a hunting and fishing guide based on Kodiak Island, Alaska. He joins us on the podcast to answer some listener-submitted questions about hunting Kodiak brown bears, but we also chat about other topics in this informal bonus episode. Connect with Nolan: https://www.instagram.com/nolancook13 SHARE A PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/22/202428 minutes, 29 seconds
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451 | Will Shooting NRL Hunter Matches Help Your Hunting?

Will shooting an NRL Hunter match help you become a more effective hunter? Or are these matches all about competition that doesn't replicate hunting? We answer these questions, and many more, with the founder of the NRL Hunter series, Travis Ishida. Travis explains what it is like to attend and participate in an NRL Hunter match, discusses the rules for the competition, and also explains that you don't have to follow all of the regulations if you don't want to shoot competitively at an NRL Hunter match. Whether you want to compete in NRL Hunter, or are interested in using a match as non-competitive practice to learn about yourself as a shooter and hunter, you will hear how participating in an NRL Hunter event can benefit you. https://nrlhunter.org/ https://www.instagram.com/nrlhunter/ https://www.youtube.com/@NationalRifleLeague Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/20/202454 minutes, 38 seconds
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MM 214 | Sleeping Pad Warmth, DIY Dehydrated Meals, and More...

In this Monday Minute episode, Steve & Mark answer listener questions about the warmth and performance of sleeping pads, making your own dehydrated meals for the backcountry, and more... Links mentioned in this episode: - The Experience Project: https://forms.gle/LAGVLqKauPv8hrKz7 - DIY Dehydrated Meals Podcast: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/126 - DIY Dehydrated Guide: https://www.v2pnutrition.com/dehydration-guide - Backpacking Chef: https://backpackingchef.com/ - Mark's Chili Mac: https://www.southyourmouth.com/2014/08/chili-mac.html - Sleeping Pad Podcast: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/405 - "Behind the Gear" from Therm-a-Rest: https://www.thermarest.com/blog/behind-the-gear-xlite-xtherm-nxt/ - How Thermal Insulation Works: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/stay-warm-with-thermal-insulation/ SHARE PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/18/202435 minutes, 14 seconds
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450 | Montana Mountain Goat Hunt (A Listener Story)

Any opportunity to hunt mountain goats is unique. They are fascinating animals that live in amazing terrain. For today's guest, Colter, the idea of drawing a mountain goat tag in his home state of Montana was a dream. And that dream came true. Colter joins us to share the story of his hunt, how he prepared for it, what he learned about mountain goats throughout the process, and some of the unique details that made this hunt so special. Whether you are passionate about mountain goats in particular, want to hear a cool story about big game conservation, or just take away some knowledge that can help you on any mountain hunt — there is something in this story for you. Photos from Colter's Hunt: https://www.instagram.com/p/CySLcquMKfQ/ Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/13/20241 hour, 14 minutes, 9 seconds
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MM 213 | The Experience Project (+ 10 Years of Exo)

We are launching something NEW! Tune in to hear Steve and Mark share their vision for The Experience Project. Help us make The Experience Project the best that it can be. Share your feedback and ideas with us... https://forms.gle/YB6zDTDBKJa3ESwD9 To get more insight into the name for this project, read this article that Mark wrote many years ago, about being an "Experience Hunter"... https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/experience-hunter Email Newsletter: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter YouTube Channel: https://youtube.com/exomountaingear Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/11/202440 minutes, 10 seconds
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449 | Sheep Hunting Gear List + Q&A

In this episode, Mark runs solo to answer your questions about gear from his Dall Sheep hunt in Alaska. In addition to answering those specific listener questions, Mark has also published a "What's In My Pack?" video for all of the gear he took on this hunt. You can find that video, the full gear list spreadsheet, and more at the links below. QUESTIONS answered on this podcast... - What did you think of the Sitka Dewpoint rain gear that you used on your sheep hunt, compared to the First Lite Omen rain gear that you used on your mountain goat hunt? - What spotting scope did you use for the sheep hunt and would you recommend it? - What were the details of the sleep system used on your sheep hunt? - I heard you talk about "glacier travel" when I listened to your sheep hunt story. Is that common for sheep hunts? Can you talk more about what that is like? - Overall, how would you compare your sheep hunt and your mountain goat hunt in terms of terrain, difficulty, etc. - How were the water sources on your sheep hunt? What filtration system did you use? - What was your rifle setup? Caliber, scope, etc? - What model of Hilleberg tent were you using that got taken out by the wind? Looks like maybe the Niak? RESOURCES mentioned in this episode... - Sheep Hunting Gear List & Video: https://exomtngear.com/sheep-gear - Sheep Hunt Story: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/424 - Mark's Rifle Build: https://exomtngear.com/perfect-rifle - Hilleberg Tips for High Winds: https://youtu.be/3eFAyKMz314 Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/6/202433 minutes, 42 seconds
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MM 212 | Your Qs on Sleep Systems, Drying-Out, & Training

In this Monday Minute episode, Steve & Mark answer listener questions about sleeping yourself dry in a down sleeping bag, thoughts on new center-zip sleeping bag/quilt hybrid designs, a new rifle scope from Maven Optics, how to assess new gear, the value of buying used gear, the intentionality and sacrifices required for training, the value of "mini-events", and much more... Links mentioned in this episode: - Maven RS 1.2 Rifle Scope: https://mavenbuilt.com/products/rs1-2-2-5-15x44-ffp - "Don't Die Cold & Wet" by John Barklow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUjR3VSEFOg - PEAX Solace Sleeping Bag: https://www.peaxequipment.com/products/solace-15-sleeping-bag - Exo Mtn Gear YouTube: https://youtube.com/exomountaingear - Email Newsletter: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter SHARE PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/4/202435 minutes, 20 seconds
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448 | After the Hunt — Montana Deer & Elk Combo

We continue the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. Today, we are speaking Zak, who completed a guided elk hunt in Montana, which was a family trip with his father and uncle. As an adult-onset hunter from the east coast, this was Zak's first western hunt — it was a fulfilling experience where he learned a lot and found success. We discuss the story, the lessons, and the takeaways. Zak's "Before the Hunt" Episode: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/419 Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/28/20241 hour, 1 minute, 22 seconds
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MM 211 | Choosing Elk vs Deer. Using 6.5 Creedmoor for Elk. And more...

In this Monday Minute episode, Steve & Mark answer listener questions about choosing to prioritize your hunting focus on specific species (in this case, elk vs deer) versus trying to 'do it all' at once. They also answer a listener's question about using the 6.5 Creedmoor for elk hunting. Additionally, they chat about changes to the podcast, updates on this year's Death Hike, and some new things coming from Exo Mtn Gear. Links mentioned in this episode: - Backwards Thinking & Ballistics: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/393 - Exo Mtn Gear on YouTube: https://youtube.com/exomountaingear - Email Newsletter: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter SHARE PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: exomtngear.com/podcast
2/26/202430 minutes, 10 seconds
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447 | Confidence, Consistency, and Choices in Gear with Jay Nichol

Jay Nichol of Mindful Hunter returns to the podcast to discuss his 2023 season, and the lessons he has learned about confidence, consistency, and choices in gear. We also discuss his expanded hunting gear review platform, his new apparel company, and a whole lot more. - Jay's Prior Podcast Appearance: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/349 - Independent Pack Review, Part 1: https://youtu.be/FdkN_rAeSx0 - Independent Pack Review, Part 2: https://youtu.be/ZuTKzIr8kS0 - Mindful Hunter: https://www.mindfulhunter.com/ - Mindful Reviews: https://www.mindful-reviews.com/ - Forged In The Backcountry: https://forgedinthebackcountry.com/ - Jay's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mindful_hunter/ Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/23/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 41 seconds
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446 | Frank Church Bighorn Sheep Hunt of a Lifetime

After drawing a once-in-a-lifetime Bighorn Sheep tag in Idaho, and having an amazing experience on the hunt, Jason joins us on the podcast to tell the whole story, the lessons learned, and what this experience meant to him. When you combine a place as epic as the Frank Church Wilderness with an animal as majestic as sheep, and get to experience both of those things with the closest people in your life, you have a recipe for an amazing adventure. Hunt Photos & Video — https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/frank-church-big-horn-sheep-hunt Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/21/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 22 seconds
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MM 210 | What We Saw (and Heard) at Hunt Expo. Plus thoughts on bow length and stability.

We are back from Hunt Expo and are answering your listener questions, including questions about what we experienced at Hunt Expo, the best new products we saw there, our thoughts on bow length and stability, and more... Links mentioned in this episode: - Wiser Precision Bino Clamp: https://www.wiserprecision.com/products/ba-7-sparrow-bino-adapter - Wiser Precision Ball Head (Sneak Peek): https://www.instagram.com/p/C3a_owRPpVA/ - Rokstok Rifle Stock: https://www.unknownmunitions.com/product-category/rifle-parts/stock-chassis/rokstok/ - Handheld Archery Release Holster: https://ivoryholsters.com/product/robin-hood-release-holster/ - Forged In The Backcountry Apparel: https://forgedinthebackcountry.com/ - First Hunt Foundation: https://firsthuntfoundation.org/ SHARE PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/20/202431 minutes, 51 seconds
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445 | Late-Season Trophy Elk Hunt in MT (A Listener Story)

This is a great conversation on the realities of hunting late-season elk, how dealing with variable weather can change the course of a hunt, the importance of logistics and details, how trophy opportunity can change the pressure of a hunt, and a whole lot more. Rob joins us to tell the story of his 2023 late-season Montana elk hunt. While the hunt ended with a beautiful 350+ bull, it took a lot more work and persistence than Rob imagined it would. Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/14/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 55 seconds
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MM 209 | Narrow Your Focus, Choose a Sleeping Bag or Quilt, and Convert Your Lid

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions on this Monday Minute podcast episode. They discuss how to get started hunting, how to choose a sleep bag or quilt (especially for big guys), and why you can convert an Exo Lid into a fanny pack, but they don't recommend it. Sleeping Bag vs Quilt Podcast — https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/130 Come see us at Hunt Expo — https://huntexpo.com/ Get a special show discount at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show when you visit the Born & Raised Outdoors or PNWild booth — https://thesportshows.com/shows/pacific-northwest/show-information/ SHARE PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/12/202428 minutes, 10 seconds
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444 | Death Hike Lessons with Kyle Kamp of Valley to Peak Nutrition

Today we are releasing a bonus episode, which we originally recorded with our friend, Kyle Kamp, for his show, the Valley to Peak Nutrition Podcast. Kyle interviewed Mark & Steve about some of the lessons they have learned doing Death Hikes over the years. This whole conversation was conceived because of a recent comment that Steve made on a Monday Minute episode, when he mentioned something along the lines of... "I am not sure that we can make a truly hard Death Hike again, because we have learned so many lessons on how to manage mistakes, which makes even hard hikes easier." Kyle heard that comment and wanted to hear more about what those mistakes and lessons are. And that is what we discuss in this episode. Links from this episode: - Life-Changing Lessons from the Exo Death Hike: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/life-changing-lessons-from-the-exo-death-hike - Mark's 2022 Death Hike Gear & Food List: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ktD2BI58oecrtndyijw0J2B1-fMDhTEzvqbzNDuJQ24/edit#gid=448741633 - Kyle's 2022 Death Hike Gear & Food List: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1WInsPcXXnJfflLVaJfTj0qtW_Cp493FWRi0epeRWe_8/edit#gid=448741633 Connect with Kyle: - Website: https://www.v2pnutrition.com - Podcast: https://www.v2pnutrition.com/podcast - Instagram: https://instagram.com/v2pnutrition - Email Sign-up: https://www.v2pnutrition.com/prepandrecovery Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/9/202458 minutes, 46 seconds
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443 | Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (Your Questions, Misconceptions, and More...)

If you are interested in hunting big game in Montana in 2024, or beyond, this episode is for you. We speak with Greg and Emily from Montana Fish, Parks & Wildlife, to get an update on the status of deer, elk, and grizzly bears in Montana. The state's "It's Up To Us" hunter ethics campaign. The differences between Montana's bonus points and preference points for their hunting applications, and much more. Resources for this episode... - https://fwp.mt.gov/hunt - https://fwp.mt.gov/ItsUpToUs - https://fwp.mt.gov/buyandapply/hunting-licenses - https://fwp.mt.gov/binaries/content/assets/fwp/conservation/elk/elk-management-plan/region-3-elk-plan.pdf Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/7/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 1 second
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MM 208 | Custom Rifles Aren't More Accurate? Pack Lid as a Fanny Pack. Sleep gear for Alaska.

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions on this Monday Minute podcast episode. They discuss the real advantages of a custom rifle, compared to a factory rifle. How to choose a sleep system based on the location, conditions, and logistics of a hunt. Why they don't make the K4 Lid into a fanny pack. And more... Exo Golf Tournament — July 12, 2024. More info to come! Come see us at Hunt Expo — https://huntexpo.com/ Get a special show discount at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show when you visit the Born & Raised Outdoors or PNWild booth — https://www.thesportshows.com/shows/pacific-northwest/show-information/ Custom rifle review, Tikka upgrades, and more... See all of the links at — https://exomtngear.com/perfect-rifle SHARE PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/5/202434 minutes, 49 seconds
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442 | Idaho Fish & Game (Your Questions, Misconceptions, and More...)

If you are interested in hunting big game in Idaho in 2024, or beyond, this episode is for you. We speak Toby Boudreau, Deer and Elk Coordinator for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, to get an update on the status of deer, elk, wolves, black bear, and grizzly bear in Idaho. A recap of the recent non-resident tag general sale, information on the use of e-bikes, and a whole lot more. Resources for this episode... - Idaho Fish & Game: https://idfg.idaho.gov/ - Idaho Hunt Planner: https://idfg.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntPlanner/ - Idaho Big Game Seasons & Rules: https://idfg.idaho.gov/rules/big-game - Idaho Harvest Statistics: https://idfg.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner/stats/ - Idaho State of Deer & Elk: https://idfg.idaho.gov/stateofdeerandelk Toby's Previous Episodes... - On Wolves & Wolf Hunting: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/215 - On Tag Sales & Big Game Management in Idaho: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/382 Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/31/20241 hour, 14 minutes, 23 seconds
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MM 207 | Made in the USA...or not? Plus, tarp vs rain gear for spring bear.

After returning from SHOT Show, Steve & Mark talk about what it means to be made in the USA, clarify comments about ridiculously expensive sheep tags, share one listener's testing and results of the new Flextail Zero Pump (https://www.flextail.com/products/zero-pump), and answer a listener question about investing in a tarp or rain gear for a spring bear hunt. SHARE PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/29/202433 minutes, 19 seconds
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441 | New Mexico Game & Fish (Your Questions, Misconceptions, and More...)

If you are interested in hunting big game in New Mexico in 2024, or beyond, this episode is for you. We speak directly with the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish to understand how to hunt in New Mexico, and also answer your listener-submitted questions about their application process, updates on species, changes in regulations, and more. Resources for this episode... - New Mexico Department of Game & Fish: https://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/ - Historical Harvest Report: https://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/hunting/harvest-reporting-information/ - Draw Odds Report: https://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/hunting/applications-and-draw-information/how-new-mexico-draw-works/ - Hunter Education: https://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/ - Employment: https://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/enforcement/career-advancement/ Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/24/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 16 seconds
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MM 206 | Q&A From a Hotel Room in Vegas

While traveling between Sheep Show and SHOT Show, Steve, Mark & Jake record a podcast to answer your questions. This is definitely a much different episode than most. SHARE PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/22/202447 minutes, 5 seconds
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440 | Arizona Game & Fish (Your Questions, Misconceptions, and More...)

If you are interested in hunting big game in Arizona in 2024, or beyond, this episode is for you. We speak directly with the Arizona Game & Fish Department to understand how to hunt in Arizona, and also answer your listener-submitted questions about their point system, that status of their deer herd, how they set quotas and use adaptive management strategies, and more. Resources for this episode... - Arizona Game & Fish Department: https://www.azgfd.com/ - How The Draw Works: https://www.azgfd.com/hunting/hunt-draw-and-licenses/big-game-draw/bonus-point-process/ - Hunt Guidelines & Recommendations: https://www.azgfd.com/hunting/regulations/hunt-guidelines-process/ - Mule Deer Working Group: https://wafwa.org/committees-working-groups/mule-deer-working-group/ - Understanding Mule Deer and Antler Point Restrictions: https://wafwa.org/wpdm-package/fact-sheet-6-understanding-mule-deer-and-antler-point-restrictions/ - Managing Hunting for Opportunity or Mature Bucks: https://wafwa.org/wpdm-package/fact-sheet-24-managing-hunting-for-opportunity-or-mature-bucks/ Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/17/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 5 seconds
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MM 205 | ATA Show Recap, See Exo Next Month, Your Questions on Gear

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions, talk about Mark's recent experience at the ATA Show, discuss where you can see Exo in the following months, and chat about the current podcast series with state wildlife departments. Items mentioned in this show... - Exo Newsletter: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter - Xpedition XLite Bows: https://www.xpeditionarchery.com/collections/xlite - Wild Tech Game Grip: https://amzn.to/3O5lISa - NILCH'i Wind Checker: https://www.nilchi.com/ - Painted Arrow Phone Mount: https://www.paintedarrowoutdoors.com/collections/compound-bow-magnet-phone-mounts - New Annihilator Broadhead: https://www.instagram.com/p/C2AVt3oOTJC/ - Katadyn BeFree Filter: https://amzn.to/3U1kTNX - Hydrapak 42mm Filter Kit: https://amzn.to/3RTNeTI - Hydrapak 28mm Filter: https://amzn.to/3SjZSgj SHARE PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/15/202439 minutes, 31 seconds
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439 | After the Hunt — DIY Moose in Alaska

We continue the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. Today, we are speaking Bryan, who completed a DIY moose hunt in Alaska this past fall. We hear how the hunt went, the lessons they learned, and how they plan to hunt AK again in the future. Bryan's Videos Moose Hunt Videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAZj2eiUZ1-IFXsRRoYOPtwinUpvoq3e4 Bryan's "Before the Hunt" Episode: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/422 Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/12/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 53 seconds
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438 | Wyoming Game & Fish (Your Questions, Misconceptions, and More...)

If you are interested in hunting big game in Wyoming in 2024, or beyond, this episode is for you. We speak directly with the Wyoming Game & Fish department to understand how to hunt in Wyoming, and also answer your listener-submitted questions about point creep, herd population and health, hunting in grizzly country, migration research, and more. Wyoming Game & Fish: https://wgfd.wyo.gov/ WY Hunt Planner: https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Hunting/Hunt-Planner Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: exomtngear.com/podcast
1/10/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 42 seconds
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MM 204 | New for K4 in 2024? 10x, 12x, (or 8x) for NL Pures?

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions on this Monday Minute podcast episode. They discuss what new changes/additions may be coming to the K4 Pack lineup for 2024, if vacuum sealing game bags is worth it, and how to choose magnification (8x, 10x, or 12x) when purchasing new binos. SHARE PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/8/202424 minutes, 28 seconds
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MM 203 | The Best of 2023 + What's New for 2024

Steve & Mark recap the best of 2023 and reveal some new plans for 2024. They recap the best-selling Exo products of 2023, the most-downloaded podcasts of 2023, and the most-watched Exo videos of 2023... THE BEST OF 2023 — https://exomtngear.com/2023 You'll also hear about plans for new content, new hunts, new events, a new Death Hike, and more for 2024. SHARE PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/1/202439 minutes, 37 seconds
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437 | Get Tougher in 2024 (with Dustin Diefenderfer of Mtn Tough)

Whether you consider yourself a 'resolutions' person or not, the new year is a perfect time to reflect on where you have been, and to make some goals for where you want to go. No matter where you are coming from, Mtn Tough has some great training for your mind and body, to make you a tougher and more capable hunter (and human!) in 2024. In this conversation with Dustin Diefenderfer, founder of Mtn Tough, we discuss training, recovery, habits, mindset, and more. MTN TOUGH TRIAL: https://mtntough.com/ Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
12/27/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 3 seconds
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A $10,000 Christmas Surprise (Thank You!)

Merry Christmas from all of us at Exo Mtn Gear! As a thank you to everyone who supported the launch of our new K4 Pack Systems this year, we wanted to give away some of our favorite hunting gear. We took everyone who purchased a K4 Pack this year, drew random names, and gave away some great prizes that are worth a total of around $10,000 SEE THE PRIZES & WINNERS — https://exomtngear.com/christmas Please support the companies that contributed to this great giveaway.
12/24/20233 minutes, 23 seconds
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436 | Hunting Blue Sheep in Nepal (A Listener Story...)

Today's guest, Adam, reached out to us about a very unique hunt he went on earlier this year, in Nepal for Blue Sheep. We knew that this hunt involved very big mountains and a unique species of sheep, but that's about it. We were excited to discuss this hunt with Adam — to hear about the adventure and learn more about this unique hunt. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did. Photos from Adam's Hunt: https://rokslide.com/forums/threads/november-23-himalayan-blue-sheep-story.337291/ Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
12/20/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 20 seconds
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MM 202 | Don't Waste the Winter (And more...)

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions on this Monday Minute podcast episode. They discuss how to not "waste the winter" and what they do during the winter to stay productive and motivated, to not regress before the next hunting season. They also discuss what they do, specifically, to stay "in it" on tough solo hunts. And if "smart rangefinders" that create waypoints are something that they use. SHARE PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
12/18/202325 minutes, 45 seconds
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435 | onX Hunt Features, Mistakes, & Ethics with Dylan Dowson

We have been using onX Maps for many years. First, using the state-specific chips on a handheld Garmin GPS, and then using the phone-based onX Hunt app. While the features and capabilities of onX have grown tremendously, we haven't personally kept up to date enough to take advantage of all that onX can do for us these days. In today's conversation with onX's Dylan Dowson, we wanted to learn more about the capabilities we're not using in onX. Dylan shares the specific new features that he finds most helpful for backcountry hunting, some of the common mistakes that onX users make, and how onX thinks about advancing technology and hunting ethics. onX HUNT — https://onxmaps.com/hunt Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
12/13/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 2 seconds
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MM 201 | Death Hike Planning, Gear of the Year Follow-Up, & Hunting Alaska

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions on this Monday Minute podcast episode. They discuss the trade-off of hunting Alaska, even if it means not hunting your normal seasons and species. They answer follow-up questions from their recent Gear of the Year podcast. And they provide some guidance on planning your own Death Hike. Mapping Apps to Consider: - https://onxmaps.com/hunt - https://caltopo.com/ - https://fatmap.com/ - https://www.gaiagps.com/ - https://www.basemap.com/ - https://www.backcountrynavigator.com/ - https://store.avenza.com/pages/app-features - https://www.google.com/earth/about/versions/ PhoneSkope & Multi-Lens Setup: https://phoneskope.com/dual-lens-smartphone-cameras-part-2/ SHARE PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
12/11/202331 minutes, 47 seconds
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434 | Our Favorite Hunting Gear of 2023

At the end of each year, we like to look back and highlight some of the specific gear that made a difference on our hunts that year. We don't necessarily highlight gear that is newly released this year, or even "new to us". Any gear that made a difference on our hunts in this year is something we may highlight. In this episode, Steve & Mark highlight their "gear of the year" picks for 2023. https://exomtngear.com/gear-of-the-year At the link above you'll find our 2023 gear selections, links to previous years' gear selections, and YOUR (listener) gear suggestions for 2023. Contact Us: [email protected] Leave A Message: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
12/6/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 23 seconds
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MM 200 | Holiday & New Year Nutrition Strategies with Kyle Kamp

It is an interesting time of year to think about nutrition, fitness, and our habits. With most hunting seasons wrapping up and plenty of holiday festivities on going, a lot of folks may find themselves heading into January looking to make some changes and new goals for the new year. Today we are joined by registered dietician, owner of Valley to Peak Nutrition, and our good friend, Kyle Kamp. Kyle shares some simple strategies for navigating the holidays, the best way to make (and achieve) goals for the new year, and much more. In a far left-turn from nutrition, we even talk about the best base layers for hunting. CONNECT WITH KYLE... - https://www.v2pnutrition.com/ - https://www.instagram.com/v2pnutrition/ - NEW Foundations+ Program: https://www.v2pnutrition.com/challenge-page/foundations_plus SHARE PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
12/4/20231 hour, 23 seconds
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433 | After the Hunt — Colorado Archery Elk

We are back with a new "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series for 2023, featuring hunters just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt this fall, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear about how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. In today's episode, we speak with two buddies, Matt and Steve, who went to Colorado during archery season to hunt elk for the first time. We discuss how the hunt went, the lessons they learned, the gear they used, and much more. The "Before the Hunt" Episode with Matt & Steve: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/418 LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/29/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 49 seconds
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MM 199 | Post-Season To Do List

Steve & Mark chat through the things they do after the end of hunting season, so that they are as prepared as possible for next year's hunts. SHARE YOUR "GEAR OF THE YEAR" or PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/27/202315 minutes, 19 seconds
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432 | After the Hunt — Her First Backpack Hunt

We are back with a new "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series for 2023, featuring hunters just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt this fall, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear about how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. In today's episode, we speak with brother and sister, Logan and Brittany. Logan joined us in the "before" episode to tell us about his plans to take his sister, Brittany, on her very first backpack hunt this fall. Logan and Brittany join us for this conversation to share how the hunt went, what lessons they each learned, and how this experience changed Brittany. The "Before the Hunt" Episode with Logan: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/420 EXO SALE — https://exomtngear.com/ LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/22/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 49 seconds
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MM 198 | Exo Sale Starts NOW. Plus, Jake's whitetail hunting story and lessons learned.

There is only one sale a year at Exo Mtn Gear, and it starts NOW. Save 10% site-wide for a limited-time... https://exomtngear.com/ In today's podcast, Mark & Jake recap Jake's recent whitetail hunt, which was his first time hunting whitetails and hunting from a treestand. Jake shares the story of his success, the lessons he learned, and they also discuss packs for whitetail hunting. SHARE YOUR "GEAR OF THE YEAR" or PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: http://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/20/202347 minutes, 31 seconds
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431 | After the Hunt — Idaho Mountain Goat

We are back with a new "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series for 2023, featuring hunters just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt this fall, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear about how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. In today's episode we speak with Josh, who is an Idaho resident that drew a mountain goat tag in his home state. In this episode, Josh tells the hunt story, the lessons he learned, and much more. Josh's "Before the Hunt" Episode 421: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/421 LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/15/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 26 seconds
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MM 197 | Back from Kodiak, Wolves & Elk, Late-Season Archery

Steve & Mark recap their trip to Kodiak and answer your questions about wolves and elk interactions, shooting a bow in cold weather, objective suppressor reviews, and more. Some Exo news coming SOON that you don't want to miss! Get notified... https://exomtngear.com/newsletter SHARE YOUR "GEAR OF THE YEAR" or PODCAST QUESTION — [email protected] or https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/13/202332 minutes, 33 seconds
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MM 196 | Poor Pack Fit, Suppressor Comparisons, Whitetail Hunting, & Sub-Freezing Water Strategies

Steve & Mark (and Jake!!) answer your questions about managing water in sub-freezing temps, comparing lightweight suppressors for hunting, and more. They also discuss Jake's upcoming whitetail hunt, which is his first time hunting from a treestand. Finally, they share some examples of poor pack fit, and how to fix them... PACK FITTING MISTAKES — BEFORE & AFTER EXAMPLES: https://exomtngear.com/fitfix SHARE YOUR QUESTION — https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/6/202329 minutes, 53 seconds
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430 | Gabriel Saindon of Ivory Holsters on Elk Hunting, Death Hikes, and Holsters

Gabriel from Ivory Holsters joins us to discuss his recent archery elk hunt, his experience with Death Hikes and how they have helped his hunting, the pistol holsters that he makes for hunting packs, and much more. EMG Pack Holster: https://ivoryholsters.com/exo Ivory Holsters on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ivoryholsters/ LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/1/20231 hour, 45 minutes, 40 seconds
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MM 195 | Youth Success, Flat vs Steep Packouts, Bino Digiscoping

Steve & Mark answer your questions about digiscoping with binoculars, packing heavy loads on steeper and shorter routes vs flatter and longer routes, how the x32 objective EL Range binos stack up against the x42 objective binos, and what bullet mark used on his recent elk hunt. Mark's Lessons & Reflections From His Elk Hunt: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/idaho-rifle-elk-deer-hunt-recap SHARE YOUR QUESTION — https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
10/30/202339 minutes, 2 seconds
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429 | Our Rifle Elk (and Deer) Hunt Recap

Steve & Mark recap their recent rifle elk and deer hunt in Idaho. They had some struggles, found some success, and encountered some things that gave them new experiences. They share the story, what they learned, what they did right/wrong, and share some thoughts on stand-out gear from the trip. Gear List & Lessons Learned — https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/idaho-rifle-elk-deer-hunt-recap ASK A QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
10/25/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 11 seconds
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MM 194 | Elk Success, Arrow Building, Pack Cleaning, & More...

Steve & Mark answer your questions about post-hunt pack cleaning, the purpose of load-lifters on pack frames, if getting "into the weeds" and building your own arrows is worth it, and more... LINKS FOR THIS EPISODE: - PACK MISTAKES: https://exomtngear.com/mistakes - FRAME HEIGHT SELECTION: https://exomtngear.com/sizing SHARE YOUR QUESTION — https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
10/23/202332 minutes, 18 seconds
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428 | 3 Weeks of Elk Hunting — 1 Elk & Zero Bugles

It took 3 weeks of hard hunting for Graydon to fill his elk tag this past September. During that time, he didn't hear a single bugle or find fresh sign to speak of. In hearing his story, it sounded like there was an alien abduction of all elk in the units that he hunted. But, finally, one chance encounter led to him filling his tag in an unlikely way. This is a wild story of patience and persistence from a new elk hunter. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
10/11/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 7 seconds
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MM 193 | onX vs GoHunt Maps, Hunt Like It Is 1980, Charity Events, and More...

Steve & Mark answer your questions about onX vs GoHunt for mapping in the field, and ballistic rangefinders (handheld vs binos). They also discuss modern hunting gear, a listener's campaign to raise money for Wounded Warriors, and the chance of an Exo charity golf tournament next year... LINKS FOR THIS EPISODE: - DONATE to the Wounded Warrior Fundraiser: https://communityfundraising.woundedwarriorproject.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.personalCampaign&participantID=14410 - Campfire in the Canadian Rockies: https://www.boone-crockett.org/camp-fires-canadian-rockies - onX New Feature Overview: https://youtu.be/6GrgJweGO3Y?si=juNumPx1xz2nlQ-1 SHARE YOUR QUESTION — https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
10/9/202331 minutes, 29 seconds
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427 | After Archery, Before Rifle — A Listener's Elk Hunting Story

Caleb Buck joins us to share his experience hunting elk over the past several years, and how he plans to apply that knowledge to a different type of elk hunt happening later this year. Caleb has spent time hunting cow elk with a bow, but now has a late-season rifle tag for bull elk. What has Caleb learned as a newer elk hunter with some success? How will Caleb's previous experience help him for this rifle tag? We talk about these questions, and more... LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
10/4/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 46 seconds
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MM 192 | Archery vs Rifle Elk, Mark's Rifle Review, Boot Failures, & Stabilized Binos

Steve & Mark discuss some of the lessons they learned in September, Mark's custom rifle review, boot failures and bad customer service, and also answer your listener questions on clothing for archery vs rifle elk season, shooting support, mattresses, boot failures, image-stabilizing binos, and more... LINKS FOR THIS EPISODE: - Mark's Custom Rifle Review: https://exomtngear.com/perfect-rifle - How to Shoot From Trekking Poles: https://exomtngear.com/shooting-from-pack - Jetboil Fuel Transfer Device: https://amzn.to/48CXyab - Wiser Precision Quick-StiX: https://sandsarchery.com/products/wiser-precision-quick-stix - Aziak Backcountry Lite Tripod: https://sandsarchery.com/products/aziak-backcountry-lite-tripod - SIG ZULU6 HDX Image-Stabilizing Binos: https://www.sigsauer.com/zulu6-hdx.html SHARE YOUR QUESTION — https:// speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
10/2/20231 hour, 5 seconds
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426 | Follow Her Arrow (with Jessica Byers)

In this wide-ranging conversation with Jessica Byers we discuss what it is like to be a female in the hunting industry, how to get girls started hunting, mindset for making the shot under pressure, misconceptions about hunting in Africa, the best hunting gear for women, and a whole lot more. Whether you are a guy or gal, an new hunter or a seasoned veteran, there is something in this conversation that you will learn from and/or be inspired by. Connect with Jessica: - https://www.instagram.com/followherarrow/ - https://followherarrow.com/ Huntin' Fool: https://huntinfool.com/ K4 EXS Packs for Women: https://exomtngear.com/exs LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
9/27/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 52 seconds
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MM 191 | Elk Hunting Confidence & Would You Rather?...

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions on building elk hunting confidence, a "Would you rather?" sleeping scenario, and also recap Steve's recent week of elk hunting in Idaho with the guys from Born & Raised Outdoors. SHARE YOUR QUESTION or "WOULD YOU RATHER?..." — https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
9/25/202323 minutes, 44 seconds
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425 | Hunting Parnerships — How & Why to Forge Them

This conversation was originally recorded for The Lifetime Athlete Podcast, hosted by John Zombro. Mark and Steve joined John on his podcast to discuss hunting partnerships — how they are formed, how they are kept, and why they are so valuable for the backcountry hunter. The Lifetime Athlete Podcast: https://thelifetimeathlete.com/podcast/ John's Interview on the Hunt Backcountry Podcast: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/411 View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
9/20/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 22 seconds
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MM 190 | Elk Season Update & Ramblings on Waterproof Socks, Optics, and Being A Wuss

Steve & Mark are back with a Monday Minute episode to answer your listener questions on the best method to carry/access your phone while hunting, how to thank a sacrificial hunting partner, and more. They also talk about Steve's recent elk hunt, what he learned, and how is adapting his elk hunting strategy going in to this week. Additionally, they get into ramblings on optics, rangefinders, boots, and waterproof socks. SHARE YOUR QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
9/18/202344 minutes, 7 seconds
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424 | Mark's Sheep Hunt Story

Mark is back from Alaska with a story to tell. In this episode he shares the story of his recent backpack Dall Sheep hunt, which he completed with his friend and guide, Mark Rowenhorst of Limitless Alaska Guiding. Mark joins Steve to tell the story of the hunt, which included a lot of challenges, setbacks, and eventual success. SHARE YOUR QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Links for this episode: - Mark Rowenhorst Podcast: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/335 - Limitless Alaska Guiding: https://www.instagram.com/limitlessalaskaguiding/ View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
9/13/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 14 seconds
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423 | Before the Hunt — Idaho Elk & Deer

We are back with a new "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series for 2023, featuring hunters just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt this fall, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear about how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. In today's episode, we speak with Bradley, who is hunting elk and deer in Idaho this fall. Bradley is a new hunter that has had some success with mule deer, but is still working towards his first successful elk hunt. In this episode we discuss what Bradley has learned from his previous elk and deer hunts, how he is applying those lessons to this fall's hunts, and how his mindset has changed during that time. LEAVE A MESSAGE: http://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
9/11/20231 hour, 31 seconds
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422 | Before the Hunt — DIY Moose in Alaska

We are back with a new "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series for 2023, featuring hunters just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt this fall, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear about how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. In today's episode, we speak with Brian, who is headed to Alaska with some buddies for a do-it-yourself moose hunt. In this conversation, we learn about how they planned this hunt, the logistical challenges, the hunting strategy, the costs involved, and much more. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
9/8/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 9 seconds
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421 | Before the Hunt — Idaho Mountain Goat

We are back with a new "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series for 2023, featuring hunters just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt this fall, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear about how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. In today's episode we speak with Josh, who is an Idaho resident that drew a mountain goat tag in his home state. Josh joins us to tell us how he has been preparing for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and to ask us his questions about hunting mountain goats. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/30/202345 minutes, 36 seconds
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420 | Before the Hunt — Her First Backpack Hunt

We are back with a new "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series for 2023, featuring hunters just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt this fall, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear about how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. In today's episode we speak with Logan, who is taking his sister on her very first backpack hunt this fall. Logan joins us to talk about how he is helping his sister prepare, the questions she has had, and much more. This is a very helpful episode for new hunters, and for experienced hunters who want to share the hunting experience with others. After the hunt, Logan and his sister will join us to share about their hunt experience. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/23/202349 minutes, 44 seconds
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MM 189 | Wet Wipes, Elk Decoys, Kowa Binos, and more...

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions about hunting solo elk with decoys, adding DWR treatment to help waterproof packs, why they have recommended Kowa spotting scopes but no Kowa binos, and when weight and space-saving strategies can go too far. Resources mentioned in this episdoe: - Rain Gear Podcast: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/345 - Solo Elk Podcast with Corey Jacobsen: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/mm-188 - Optics from S&S Archery: https://sandsarchery.com/collections/hunting-optics SHARE YOUR QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/21/202330 minutes, 8 seconds
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419 | Before the Hunt — Montana Deer & Elk Combo

We are back with a new "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series for 2023, featuring hunters just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt this fall, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear about how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. In today's episode we speak with Zak, who is an adult-onset hunter from the east coast that is headed to Montana for a deer and elk combination hunt in Montana this fall. We discuss Zak's planning process for this hunt, how his family is helping him in this journey, the questions he has for us, his new 7mm PRC, and much more. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/18/202357 minutes, 53 seconds
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418 | Before the Hunt — Colorado Archery Elk

We are back with a new "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series for 2023, featuring hunters just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt this fall, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear about how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. In today's episode we speak with two buddies, Matt and Steve, who are from Kansas and are going to Colorado to hunt elk for the first time. We talk about how they have planned this hunt, the questions they have, what gear they will be using, how their experience hunting in the midwest may or may not help them on this western hunt, and much more. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/16/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 14 seconds
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MM 188 | How To Find, Call, & Kill Elk with Corey Jacobsen

Corey Jacobsen joins us to answer your listener questions (and ours) about finding, calling, and killing elk. We cover elk call selection, how to find elk in dark timber, how to "seal the deal" on bulls in bow-range, and more. August Giveaway Ends Today! — https://exomtngear.com/podcast Corey's Elk Call Comparison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKqGDwZ-Oa0 Subscribe to Elk101 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@Elk101 SHARE YOUR QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/14/202342 minutes, 46 seconds
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417 | Travel Tips for Out-of-State Hunts

After living and hunting in Idaho and Montana, Eli moved to the east coast. Now that he will have to travel out-of-state to hunt the mountain west, he is wondering how to do that most effectively. After sending in some questions to us about how to travel for out-of-state hunts, Mark invited Eli to hop on a call and chat through those topics, allowing Eli to ask his questions, and allowing Mark to share the tips and tricks that he has learned about traveling for out-of-state hunts. In this podcast, you get to hear that call between Eli and Mark. Mark's Article, "How to Fly with a Rifle (and Gear) for Your Next Hunt" — https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/how-to-fly-with-a-hunting-rifle ENTER THE AUGUST GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/podcast LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected]
8/11/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 33 seconds
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416 | Backcountry First Aid — Knowledge, Skills, and Supplies

Living in the backcountry can be dangerous — especially for hunters. In addition to hiking in treacherous terrain and encountering difficult weather conditions, backcountry hunters deal with the potential of unintended harm from firearms, broadheads, knives, and more. As an emergency room physician, trainer of specialized military medics, and a backcountry hunter himself, Dr. Jesse Mix has the education, training, and first-hand experience to help backcountry hunters prepare for the medical-related risks associated with pursuing wild game in wild places. He joins us on this podcast to help equip you with some of the knowledge, skills, and supplies you need to be prepared for the assessment and treatment of medical-related incidents in the backcountry. Resources & Reference Guide for this episode: https://exomtngear.com/march-paws Enter the August Giveaway: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected]
8/9/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 27 seconds
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MM 187 | Pack meat upside down? How many rifle rounds to carry in the backcountry?

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions about packing meat upside down on your pack, how many rifle rounds to bring on a backcountry hunt, the new K4 Rifle Carrier, pre-season pack washing, and more... RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE... - August Giveaway: https://exomtngear.com/podcast - K4 Rifle Carrier: https://exomtngear.com/rifle - Backpack Hunting Webinar: https://exomtngear.com/masterclass - How to Load Meat & Antlers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJZdVAXyHRg SHARE YOUR QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/7/202328 minutes, 41 seconds
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415 | After the Hunt — An Adventure in New Zealand

We continue the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. Today, we are speaking with Erik and Jason after their hunting trip to New Zealand. You will hear about the multiple species they were able to hunt, the lessons they learned, how the terrain of New Zealand compared to their expectations, and more. Erik and Jason's "Before the Hunt" Episode: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/400 ENTER THE AUGUST GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/podcast LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected]
8/4/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 21 seconds
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414 | How To Shoot Your Rifle From A Tripod — Part 2 with Michael from RRS

Being able to effectively shoot your rifle from a tripod is a skill that will make you a more effective hunter — especially if you hunt in variable terrain. But shooting from a rifle isn't as easy as you may think. It does take some knowledge, technique, and practice. In today's podcast, we speak with Michael from Really Right Stuff and he shares some extremely helpful wisdom about shooting with a tripod. We discuss how to shoot from various positions (prone, seated, kneeling, standing), how to transition from glassing to shooting with your tripod, how to use your tripod for unconventional support, and much more. AUGUST GIVEAWAY — https://exomtngear.com/podcast Connect with Michael and RRS: - Website: https://rrssoar.com - Instagram: https://instagram.com/rrssoar - Previous Podcast: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/391 LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/2/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 6 seconds
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MM 186 | Don't Be A Boob, New K4 Rifle Carrier, Nightly Nitty-Gritty

Steve & Mark announce the new K4 Rifle Carrier and also answer your listener questions about nightly routines while backpacking, trekking poles, why they only use the Garmin InReach Mini, and more... RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE... - K4 Rifle Carrier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgxsz1XfaUY - Backpack Hunting Webinar: https://onxmaps.zoom.us/webinar/register/2316886541812/WN_axrrUvEwT12oO3mlNnSJIA#/registration SHARE YOUR QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
7/31/202351 minutes, 26 seconds
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413 | Custom Rifle Misconceptions with AllTerra Arms

The world of custom and semi-custom rifles can be overwhelming. With seemingly endless options (cartridges, components, bullets, builders, etc), how do you make good decisions when upgrading or building a rifle? And from a high level, what are some of the most popular misconceptions about precision rifles for hunting? We dive into these questions, and more, with Drew and Todd from AllTerra Arms. We talk about what a custom rifle is (and isn't), why high-end rifles cost what they do, why speed isn't everything, if modern cartridges are truly better than what's been out there for decades, and if the capabilities of a rifle make a more capable hunter. CONNECT WITH ALLTERRA... - https://allterraarms.com/ - https://www.instagram.com/allterraarms - https://www.youtube.com/@allterraarms6943 ENTER THE JULY GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/podcast LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected]
7/28/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 59 seconds
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412 | Backpack Hunt Breakdown — Goat, Bear, & Caribou

The Backpack Hunt Breakdown is a new series for July of 2023. Each week we will have a new episode in this series, featuring a new guest and a different backpack-style hunt. For each of these conversations, we use the following categories to break down the hunt and understand what led to the eventual success of the hunt... - PLANNING (the tag and hunt opportunity, scouting for animals/country/access, specific gear choices, etc) - MANAGING (your time and energy, when to stay or move, using terrain to your advantage, etc) - LIVING (water, food, clothing, shelter, comfort, and survivability in the backcountry) - HUNTING (locating the game, the stalk/approach, the shot opportunity, post-shot tracking, etc) - PACKING (pack out strategy and capabilities, meat care, etc) For this week's episode, we are joined by Scott Reidy from British Columbia. Scott and a good friend did a fly-in, backpack-style hunt with a handful of tags that they could fill. And fill tags is what they did. On this hunt, they successfully harvested two caribou, a mountain goat, and a grizzly bear. All of this success required a lot of hard work — especially after the tags were filled. Tune-in to hear how they managed it all. ENTER THE JULY GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/podcast LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected]
7/26/20231 hour, 1 minute, 45 seconds
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MM 185 | Embarrassing Questions, Trophy Expectations, and More...

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions on the topics of expectations for a once-in-a-lifetime hunt, preventing and dealing with stinky boots, embarrassing fear of the backcountry, calling elk during rifle season, and more... RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE... - Steve's Backpack Elk Hunting Gear Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7W9Dbhg70k - Gear List Spreadsheet Template: https://exomtngear.com/gearlist - Water Filtration Podcast Discussion: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/mm-184 ENTER THE JULY GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/podcast SHARE YOUR QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
7/24/202340 minutes, 40 seconds
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411 | Hunt With Health, For A Lifetime

How do you become and/or stay healthy in a way that will allow you to hunt into the later decades of life? If your goal is to be a life-long hunter with minimal physical limitations, this conversation is for you. Our guest, John Zombro of The Lifetime Athlete, shares some excellent advice and a high-level framework of what it takes to hunt with health for a lifetime. CONNECT WITH JOHN: https://thelifetimeathlete.com/ ENTER THE JULY GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/podcast LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected]
7/21/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 52 seconds
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410 | Backpack Hunt Breakdown — Mule Deer

The Backpack Hunt Breakdown is a new series for July of 2023. Each week we will have a new episode in this series, featuring a new guest and a different backpack-style hunt. For each of these conversations, we use the following categories to break down the hunt and understand what led to the eventual success of the hunt... - PLANNING (the tag and hunt opportunity, scouting for animals/country/access, specific gear choices, etc) - MANAGING (your time and energy, when to stay or move, using terrain to your advantage, etc) - LIVING (water, food, clothing, shelter, comfort, and survivability in the backcountry) - HUNTING (locating the game, the stalk/approach, the shot opportunity, post-shot tracking, etc) - PACKING (pack out strategy and capabilities, meat care, etc) For this week's episode, our friend Dioni Amuchastegui joins us to share a story from one of his most challenging and rewarding mule deer hunts. Dioni is no stranger to big bucks or difficult hunts, but this hunt paired those things together in an adventure that is full of lessons for us to learn from as we breakdown this backpack hunt. ENTER THE JULY GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/podcast LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected]
7/19/20231 hour, 44 seconds
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MM 184 | Solo Gear Q&A

Mark answers gear-related questions from listeners, covering water filtration, digiscoping adapters, shelter comparisons, puffy jackets, suppressors, knives, rifle scope mounts, and more... RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE... - K4 Nalgene Holder: https://exomtngear.com/nalgene - Hydrapak Seeker: https://amzn.to/3JTbzGc - Hydrapak Filter: https://amzn.to/3rzk1DV - Katadyn BeFree Filter: https://amzn.to/44nkrvZ - Ollin Digiscoping: https://ollin.co/ - Durston X-Mid 1 Pro: https://durstongear.com/product/x-mid-pro-1 - Gossamer Gear The One: https://www.gossamergear.com/products/the-one - Canis Alps Down Jacket: https://www.canisathlete.com/products/alps-hooded-down-jacket - Stellar Equipment Down Jacket: https://www.stellarequipment.com/product/m-ultralight-down-hood2-olivegreen/ - Argali Knives: https://argalioutdoors.com/collections/knives - DMT Dia-Fold (non-guided) Sharpener: https://amzn.to/3K08XpU - WorkSharp (guided) Field Sharpeners: https://amzn.to/3OfbO0K, https://amzn.to/3OidJSa - Get Your Bow Ready for the Backcountry: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/get-your-bow-ready-for-the-backcountry - DNZ Game Reaper Scope Mount: https://amzn.to/44tpaw6 - Chili Mac Recipe: https://www.southyourmouth.com/2014/08/chili-mac.html ENTER THE JULY GIVEAWAY — https://exomtngear.com/podcast SHARE YOUR QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
7/17/202350 minutes, 11 seconds
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409 | 2023 Death Hike Recap

WARNING — While we normally keep our show family-friendly, there are a few curse words used in this episode. Additional warning (a cheesy one) — This episode should challenge your comfort zone and may inspire you to do something like you've never done before. Mark & Steve are joined by four of the participants of the 2023 Exo Death Hike, to share their stories, experiences, and lessons learned from an adventure that was unlike any other. Two of the guests on this episode, Dan (https://www.instagram.com/dansolsman/) & Justin (https://www.instagram.com/jdk4387/), were the only two finishers of this year's Death Hike. The other two guests, Jory and Jeff, were first-time Death Hike participants. Previous Death Hike content... - Life-Changing Lessons from the Death Hike: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/lif…he-exo-death-hike - 2022 Death Hike Recap: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/351 - 2021 Death Hike Recap: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/279, exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/280 - 2019 Death Hike Recap: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/178 - 2018 Death Hike Recap: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/133 - 2017 Death Hike Recap: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/085 - 2016 Death Hike Recap: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/044 ENTER THE JULY GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/podcast LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected]
7/14/20231 hour, 42 minutes, 20 seconds
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408 | Backpack Hunt Breakdown — Solo Sheep

The Backpack Hunt Breakdown is a new series for July of 2023. Each week we will have a new episode in this series, featuring a new guest and a different backpack-style hunt. For each of these conversations, we use the following categories to break down the hunt and understand what led to the eventual success of the hunt... - PLANNING (the tag and hunt opportunity, scouting for animals/country/access, specific gear choices, etc) - MANAGING (your time and energy, when to stay or move, using terrain to your advantage, etc) - LIVING (water, food, clothing, shelter, comfort, and survivability in the backcountry) - HUNTING (locating the game, the stalk/approach, the shot opportunity, post-shot tracking, etc) - PACKING (pack out strategy and capabilities, meat care, etc) For this week's episode, Ben Reynolds joins us to breakdown a solo sheep hunt that he completed in his home state of Alaska. Hunting sheep in Alaska is tough...doing it solo is tougher...dealing with the adversity of hunting in the late sheep season brings next-level challenges. Learn how Ben completed a solo backpack hunt that was truly an adventure and achievement of a lifetime. BEN'S GEAR LIST: https://lighterpack.com/r/70gsbt ENTER THE JULY GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/podcast LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected]
7/12/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 56 seconds
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MM 183 | Hunting Notes, Tarps for Glassing, Taller Nalgenes

Mark & Steve answer listener questions about how they take and use notes after their hunts, what suggestions they have for versatile tarps (glassing, cooking, meat sheet, etc), using the taller Nalgene Silo bottles in the K4 Nalgene Holder, and more. RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE... - K4 Nalgene Holder: https://exomtngear.com/nalgene - Hydrapak Seeker: https://amzn.to/3D55X7J - Hydrapak Filter: https://amzn.to/44xeRqZ - Nalgene Silo: https://amzn.to/3rhq2oJ - Z Packs Tarps: https://zpacks.com/collections/tarps ENTER THE JULY GIVEAWAY — https://exomtngear.com/podcast SHARE YOUR QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
7/10/202323 minutes, 8 seconds
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407 | Before the 2023 Exo Death Hike

Steve & Mark discuss this year's Death Hike just hours before it begins. They cover the plan and route for this year, what training has looked like, what gear is (and isn't!) be used, and much more. We will be back next week with a post-hike recap. Previous Death Hike content... - Life-Changing Lessons from the Death Hike: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/life-changing-lessons-from-the-exo-death-hike - 2022 Death Hike Recap: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/351 - 2021 Death Hike Recap: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/279, https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/280 - 2019 Death Hike Recap: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/178 - 2018 Death Hike Recap: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/133 - 2017 Death Hike Recap: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/085 - 2016 Death Hike Recap: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/044 ENTER THE JULY GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/podcast LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected]
7/7/202333 minutes, 21 seconds
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406 | Backpack Hunt Breakdown — Solo Elk

The Backpack Hunt Breakdown is a new series for July of 2023. Each week we will have a new episode in this series, featuring a new guest and a different backpack-style hunt. For each of these conversations, we use the following categories to break down the hunt and understand what led to the eventual success of the hunt... - PLANNING (the tag and hunt opportunity, scouting for animals/country/access, specific gear choices, etc) - MANAGING (your time and energy, when to stay or move, using terrain to your advantage, etc) - LIVING (water, food, clothing, shelter, comfort, and survivability in the backcountry) - HUNTING (locating the game, the stalk/approach, the shot opportunity, post-shot tracking, etc) - PACKING (pack out strategy and capabilities, meat care, etc) In this first episode, Mark & Steve breakdown Steve's solo elk hunt from this past fall. There are always challenges on a solo elk hunt, but the conditions that Steve faced on this particular hunt presented even more variables to contend with. Tune in and learn from Steve's experience. ENTER THE JULY GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/podcast LEAVE A MESSAGE: speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or https://[email protected]
7/5/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 42 seconds
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MM 182 | July Giveaway & Your Mule Deer Qs Answered

Mark is joined by Dioni Amuchastegui, who is a Mule Deer fanatic and a good friend of Exo. Dioni joins us to answer your listener questions on Mule Deer strategies and how this past winter may impact future hunts. For more in-depth discussions on hunting Mule Deer, check out the previous podcast series, How to Hunt Mule Deer (Episodes 232 through 239), including Dioni's featured episode (234) on Locating Mule Deer. ENTER THE GIVEAWAY — https://exomtngear.com/podcast Outdoor Vitals Ventus: https://outdoorvitals.com/products/ventus-hoodie SHARE YOUR QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
7/3/202324 minutes, 18 seconds
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FF 04 | Jake's 5 Questions with Jeff Bloomquist

On this Final Friday episode, Jake sits down with Jeff Bloomquist. Jeff has been on the Hunt Backcountry Podcast a couple of times before and is a long-time friend of Exo. Jeff has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to bowhunting elk and has a lot of information to share on how to be successful and how he got to that point of success. Amongst some off-topic conversations, here are the questions Jake asked Jeff... - 1) How did you get out and hunt as much as you could when you were in your 20's? And now? - 2) How do you manage your time when you are hunting? Now and then? - 3) Did you do much training when you were younger? Has that changed over time? - 4) Being a successful hunter, what would you say your biggest weakness is while out hunting? - 5) What is one piece of advice you could give listeners (younger/older) who are looking to increase success? Resources mentioned in the episode... - Expert Roundtable Series (Episodes 295-299) - Reverse Engineering with Jeff Bloomquist (Episode 352) Share your question: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
6/30/202346 minutes, 51 seconds
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405 | Sleeping Pad Selection, Misconceptions, and More...

Maybe you have been let down by an uncomfortable, cold, or deflated sleeping pad in the backcountry. If you have, you know that you never want to experience that again. Can an inflatable sleeping bag be comfortable, warm, and durable? How do you select the right one? In today's podcast, we have a deep-dive discussion on inflatable sleeping pads with Brandon Bowers, the Product Manager at Therm-a-Rest. This conversation will explain sleeping pad design and materials. A sleeping pad's warmth, as measured in "R-Value", and what that really means. Some misconceptions about sleeping pads, tips and tricks for using inflatable sleeping pads, and more. Therm-a-Rest NXT: https://www.thermarest.com/search?q=nxt SIG GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/podcast LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected]
6/28/202357 minutes, 11 seconds
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MM 181 | Corey Jacobsen on Elk Calling Setups

If you have ever wanted a visual, play-by-play breakdown of actual elk calling setups to help you become a more successful elk caller, the new "In the Zone" video series is what you have been looking for! Steve & Mark are joined by 11-time World Elk Calling Champion, Corey Jacobsen, to talk about the new "In The Zone" video series. In this podcast conversation, they break down the hunt that was covered in the latest In The Zone video... "In The Zone" Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyR9lKb3nJs Elk101 YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@Elk101 SIG ZULU6 BINO GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/podcast SHARE YOUR QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
6/26/202346 minutes, 41 seconds
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404 | Archery Accuracy — Help vs Hype

Although we have years of experience bowhunting, shooting archery events, testing archery products, and tuning our bows, we have been a bit "out of touch" and haven't stayed up to date with everything that has been happening in the archery world for the past handful of years. Realizing this, we wanted to speak with someone who is current on all things archery. In our latest podcast with hunter, shooter, and professional archery tech, Kellen Morgan, we discuss what is new, relevant, exciting, and over-hyped for bowhunters these days. Connect with Kellen... - https://www.youtube.com/@InsideOutPrecision - https://instagram.com/inside_out_precision - https://g4archery.com/ SIG GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/podcast LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected]
6/21/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 43 seconds
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MM 180 | New Products, Old Podcasts, & Your Questions Answered

Mark & Steve answer listener questions about managing electronics and battery power on extended hunts, water storage and filtration, when they use dry bags for their packs, and where to find old podcast episodes that are "missing" in some podcast apps. They also discuss some new K4 products that were just released... RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE... - K4 2200 Pack System: https://exomtngear.com/2200 - K4 Crib Load Panel: https://exomtngear.com/crib - K4 InReach Mini Holder: https://exomtngear.com/inreach - K4 Dry Bag Liner: https://exomtngear.com/drybag - Old Podcast Episodes: https://exomtngear.com/podcast - Moose Hunting Podcast: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/009 SIG ZULU6 BINO GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/podcast SHARE YOUR QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected]
6/19/202342 minutes, 50 seconds
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403 | Partner Tactics & Communication for Effective Elk Hunting

There is a lot of elk hunting advice about calling. And even how to effectively setup when there are two guys in a caller-and-shooter scenario. But when you are hunting with someone, how do you effectively work together as a team? How do you communicate? How do you plan, execute, and be able to adapt when the plan changes? How does the caller know if they should keep calling? How does the shooter let the caller know when to stay, move, change their calls, or go silent? Today's podcast with Jake Saenz is all about effective partnerships and communication for elk hunters. ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Free Training Plan: https://exomtngear.com/train Jake's Article — "8 Elk Hunting Lessons Learned the Hard Way" — https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/8-elk-hunting-lessons-learned-the-hard-way Jake's Previous Podcasts... - https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/106 - https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/137 - https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/mm-25 LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected]
6/14/202353 minutes, 9 seconds
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MM 179 | Watch Mark's Mountain Goat Hunt (Plus Q&A)

Mark from Exo Mtn Gear and the Hunt Backcountry Podcast is joined by his friend and hunting guide, Mark Rowenhorst, of Limitless Alaska Guiding. They talk about their goat hunt from this past fall, the film that was just released of this hunt, and listener questions regarding hunting mountain goats in Alaska. WATCH THE FILM — https://ExoMtnGear.com/Goat Additional Resources... - Post-Hunt Podcast: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/373 - Mark Rowenhorst's Guide Story: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/335 - Limitless Alaska Guiding: https://www.instagram.com/limitlessalaskaguiding/ SHARE YOUR QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
6/12/202335 minutes, 56 seconds
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FF 03 | Jake's 5 Questions with Steve Speck

The Final Friday podcast is back! In this episode (and future episodes), Jake interviews individuals who we consider to be very skilled and successful hunters. He will be asking each of the podcast's guests the same 5 questions that will benefit listeners who are in similar shoes as Jake. Jake is joined by Steve Speck and they briefly discuss Steve's background when he was 18 through 25 years old and then dove right into the questions (below) and went down a few "worm-holes"... 1) When you were younger, how did you find the time to hunt as much as you possibly could? 2) Do you find yourself as time efficient in the woods as you are in the Exo office? How did your efficiency change from when you were younger to now? 3) Was training for hunts ever on your radar when you were in your 20's and how has that changed now? 4) What type of advice would you give listeners who are looking to increase their success in the field? 5) Even with being a very successful hunter, what would you say your biggest weakness is while out hunting? Share your question: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
6/9/202351 minutes, 35 seconds
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402 | After the Hunt — Caleb's Spring Bear Adventure

Today's episode is another "After" podcast from the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Caleb first joined us in Episode 397 (https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/397), to tell us about his plan for going all-in on Western hunting, beginning with a trip to hunt bears this spring in Idaho. Today, he tells us about the success and struggles of the trip, what lessons he learned, what gear did and didn't work well, and how he will adapt his plan for the next bear hunt. ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/podcast LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected]
6/7/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 59 seconds
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June 2023 Giveaway with SIG SAUER

We are giving away the all-new ZULU6 HDX Image-Stabilizing binoculars from Sig Sauer. Tune in to this episode to hear about this giveaway and hear more about the ZULU6 HDX and other new optics coming from Sig Sauer. Enter the Giveaway: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Explore the ZULU6 HDX: https://www.sigsauer.com/zulu6-hdx.html
6/2/202335 minutes, 27 seconds
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MM 178 | After Our Bear Hunt (Plus, Dinosaur Legos)

After returning from the mountains for a spring bear hunt, Steve & Mark recaps the ups-and-downs of the hunt, and also share their thoughts on some of the new gear they used for this trip. (Be sure to tune-in for a bonus segment on Dinosaur Legos.) Resources mentioned in this episode... - Alpine Ranch Meals: https://alpineranch.net/ - Chili Mac Recipe: https://www.southyourmouth.com/2014/08/chili-mac.html - Half-Gallon Zip-Loc Bags: https://amzn.to/3WEq4T8 - 10 Day Sheep Packing Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhGoT3QqmkM - Jetboil Stash: https://amzn.to/3qlvKpm - Sitting Pad: https://amzn.to/3OFDD2W - Hydrapak Filter: https://amzn.to/3WDfXhC - Revic BR4: https://www.revicoptics.com/br4-rangefinder - Outdoor Vitals Fortius 1P: https://outdoorvitals.com/products/fortius-1p-ultralight-trekking-pole-backpacking-tent SHARE YOUR QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/30/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 2 seconds
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MM 177 | Before Our Bear Hunt (Your Questions)

As Steve & Mark head into the mountains for a spring bear hunt, they chat about the plan for the hunt and also answer your listener questions on spotting scopes, tripods, dehydrated meals, and more. Resources mentioned in this episode... - Spotting Scope Comparison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbtGgKQnz0Y - Swarovski ATS 65 25-50: https://sandsarchery.com/products/swarovski-ats-25-50wx65-hd-spotting-scope - Carbon Fiber Center Tube for Slik 624/634: https://amzn.to/3MHUCAa - Carbon Fiber Handle for Sirui VA-5: https://www.aziakequipment.com/product-page/carbonhandle SHARE YOUR QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/22/202324 minutes, 32 seconds
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401 | Backpacking for Bucks in California (A Listener Story)

Cameron joins us to share the story of his successful backpack deer hunt from this past fall. Hunting his home state of California, Cameron had to overcome low deer density, pressure from hunters and outdoor recreationists, and more. Beyond the story of the hunt itself, Cameron shares some helpful insights from the success and struggles of his hunting journey over the years. ASK US A QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/17/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 54 seconds
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MM 176 | Gear Insurance, Cartridge Comparison, Sheep Prep

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions, including a follow-up about cooking dehydrated for freeze-dried meals in Zip-Loc bags, a free tool to find and compare rifle cartridges for your hunting goals, how to prepare for a sheep hunt, the best shelter choice for Alaska, and insuring your investment hunting gear against theft. Resources mentioned in this episode... - "A Wild Winter Sheep Hunt" Podcast: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/396 - Free Training Program: https://exomtngear.com/train - "Backwards Thinking & Ballistics" Podcast: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/393 - Cartridge Selection & Comparison Tool: http://www.hagueandsons.com/what-cartridge-should-you-be-shooting/ - Firearm, Optic, & Gear Insurance: https://www.easterninsurance.com/insurance-quotes/personal-insurance/historic-firearms & https://collectinsure.com/guns/ - K4 PACK SYSTEMS: https://exomtngear.com/K4 SHARE YOUR QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/15/202329 minutes, 30 seconds
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400 | Before the Hunt — An Adventure in New Zealand

We continue the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. Today, we are speaking Erik and Jason — two friends that are headed to New Zealand. They will be hunting numerous species in New Zealand, as well as spending some time exploring the country with the families. In this conversation we learn about their planning and preparation for the trip, what they are expecting out of the experience, and much more. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/10/202355 minutes, 1 second
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MM 175 | Basecamp vs Spike Camp, Better Than Jetboil?, Bad Backs and Packs

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions about camping styles for elk hunting, if they have found a backpacking stove better than Jetboil, how to backpack and adjust your pack if you have a bad back, and more. Resources mentioned in this episode: - "BASE, SPIKE, OR BIVY?" Podcast: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/217 - MTN Gear Bipods: https://www.mtngear.us/product/bipod - Spartan ARCA Adapter: https://javelinbipod.com/products/classic-arca-adapter Share your question: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast K4 PACK SYSTEMS — exomtngear.com/K4
5/8/202326 minutes, 7 seconds
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399 | Solo Buffalo Hunt in Alaska (A Listener Story)

Curt joins us to tell the story of his solo buffalo hunt on an Alaskan island, which he completed this past fall. This is obviously a very unique hunting opportunity and experience. The hunt story is not only entertaining, there are also lessons to be learned from Curt's experience. Curt's Previous Episode: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/257 ASK US A QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/3/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 50 seconds
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FF 02 | Jake's Rifle Build, Hunt Apps & Plans, and the Future of Final Friday

Jakey is back! We finally had a chance to record the second episode of our new "Final Friday" series. Jake is joined by Mark to recap what they've been up to this past month and chat about the recent trip Jake made out to hang out Mark and his family, Hushin's "Brush for Bucks" event, Jake's rifle build, hunting plans for this 2023 season, future plans for the Final Friday Podcast, and more! Resources mentioned in this episode: - Brush For Bucks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBmqi__0RIU - Savage 110 Ultralight 6.5 PRC: https://www.savagearms.com/content?p=firearms&a=product_summary&s=57577 - Berger 140 gr. Elite Hunter: https://bergerbullets.com/product/6-5-mm-140-grain-elite-hunter/ - Patriot Valley Arms Jet Blast: https://patriotvalleyarms.com/jet-blast-muzzle-brake/ - XLR Element 4.0 Magnesium Chassis: https://xlrindustries.com/products/element_4-0_magnesium_chassis - Huntin' Fool: https://www.huntinfool.com/ - Mtn Gear Bipod: https://www.mtngear.us/product/bipod - Podcast of Steve and Mark's 2022 Bear Hunt: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/343 Share your question: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast K4 PACK SYSTEMS — https://exomtngear.com/K4
4/28/202339 minutes, 21 seconds
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398 | Elk Struggles, Surprises, and Success (A Listener Story)

Tanner joins us to tell the story of his elk hunt from this past fall. For his first elk season, Tanner was able to hunt archery and rifle seasons for elk in Montana. His experience involved a lot of ups and downs, lessons learned, and ultimately some luck that led to his success on his first elk hunt. ASK US A QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/26/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 17 seconds
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397 | Before the Hunt — Caleb's Spring Bear Adventure

We continue the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. Today, we are speaking with Caleb about his upcoming spring bear hunt in Idaho. As a regular guy from Texas, Caleb got some exposure to western hunting, then made some big life changes to allow him to start hunting the mountains. We discuss that background and then chat about the plan for his first western hunt, the upcoming spring bear adventure in Idaho. Answering Caleb's previous questions on a Monday Minute episode: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/mm-171 LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/19/202350 minutes, 54 seconds
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MM 174 | Exo for Whitetail, Our Favorite Game Meal, Bivy for Condensation Protection

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions about their favorite wild game to eat and how they like to prepare it, how to use an Exo pack for whitetail hunting with a saddle or treestand, if a bivy is worth using inside of a tent, and their comparison of the NXS vs NX8 rifle scopes from Nightforce. Resources mentioned in this episode... - Meat Care Podcasts: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/046, https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/341, https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/mm-09 - Saddle Hunting Pack Setup: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/packs-for-saddle-hunting - Podcast with Nightforce: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/375 - Nightforce NXS Compact: https://www.nightforceoptics.com/riflescopes/nxs/nxs-25-10x42-compact/ Share your question: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast K4 PACK SYSTEMS — https://exomtngear.com/K4
4/17/202329 minutes, 18 seconds
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396 | A Wild Winter Sheep Hunt

After 15 years, today's guest drew a coveted archery Bighorn Sheep tag in his home province of Alberta, Canada. As an outfitter, guide, and pilot, Nick knew a bit about what he was up against for this unique hunting opportunity. It wasn't going to be easy, but it was guaranteed to be an adventure. Nick joins us to share the story of the hunt. And as you listen to Nick's experience, you can certainly learn some things to apply to your future adventures in the mountains. Nick's Outfitting Operation: https://www.mistyriveroutfitters.com/ ASK US A QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/12/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 25 seconds
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MM 173 | Durable Puffy Jackets, Solids & Safety, Gear Storage in Load Shelf

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions about puffy jackets and durability, solid clothing colors and hunting safety, gaining more storage space in your pack by using the meat shelf for food or gear, and more... Resources mentioned in this episode... - Canis Alps Down Jacket: https://www.canisathlete.com/products/alps-hooded-down-jacket - K4 Nalgene Holder: https://exomtngear.com/nalgene Share your question: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast K4 PACK SYSTEMS — https://exomtngear.com/K4
4/10/202327 minutes, 36 seconds
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395 | Going Deep with John Barklow

In this episode, we are "going deep" with John Barklow from Sitka Gear. This conversation will equip you to make better decisions in your selection of clothing (no matter the brand) for backcountry pursuits. We also discuss how to use different types of clothing layers effectively, how to combine layers efficiently, and some of the mistakes to avoid in the field. If you want to take a deep-dive on the technology and application of apparel for hunting (again, regardless of brand), this is a conversation that you will certainly enjoy and learn from. Resources mentioned in this episode... - John's Newsletter: https://knowledgefromstorms.com/ - John's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jbarklow/ - The new Sitka Mountain Evo Jacket: https://www.sitkagear.com/collection/mountain-evo - The Best (and Budget!) Clothes for Backpack Hunting: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/best-budget-hunting-clothes Mark's 3 Favorite Sitka Pieces - Ascent Pant: https://www.sitkagear.com/products/ascent-pant/pyrite - Core Lightweight Hoody: https://www.sitkagear.com/products/core-light-weight-hoody/woodsmoke - Ambient Hoody: https://www.sitkagear.com/products/ambient-hoody/optifade-open-country ASK US A QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/5/20231 hour, 21 minutes
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MM 172 | Fly or Drive for a Solo Hunt? Shooting with Kids. K4 Order Updates.

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions, including the pros and cons of flying vs driving for a solo out-of-state hunt, how to get started shooting rifles with kids and preparing them to hunt, and why all K4 packs don't include a horseshoe zipper and a bladder tube holder. Resources mentioned in this episode... - Rokslide Thread on K4 Packs: https://rokslide.com/forums/threads/exo-mountain-k4.279017/ - Bladder Tube Clips: https://amzn.to/3zsTyIV - Rokslide Thread on .223 for Hunting: https://rokslide.com/forums/threads/223-for-bear-deer-elk-and-moose.130488/ K4 PACK SYSTEMS — https://exomtngear.com/K4 Share your question: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/3/202321 minutes, 56 seconds
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MM 171 | Finally, K4 is here! (Plus Spring Hunting Q&A)

We have officially launched our all-new K4 Packs & Accessories: https://exomtngear.com/k4 Thank you to everyone that has followed this journey and shared so many good questions about K4 over the past couple of months. After chatting about the K4 launch, Steve and Mark dive in to some questions/topics about hunting in the Spring, including: rain gear, puffy jackets, ticks, tripods, scouting, and Steve's 70's Disco thermals. Resources mentioned in this episode: - https://exomtngear.com/K4 - Disco Tights: https://www.brynjeusa.com/product/unisex-longs-inlay/ - Tickless Ultrasonic Tick Repeller: https://amzn.to/42L7kUL - Wiser Precision 3rd Leg: https://www.wiserprecision.com/products/third-leg - Wiser Precision Nighthawk: https://www.wiserprecision.com/products/nighthawk Share your question: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/28/202327 minutes, 27 seconds
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394 | What Keeps A Ballistics Expert Up At Night? (with Hornady's Jayden Quinlan)

There is a dizzying amount of information online about rifles, bullets, and ballistics. And while you can find an answer for nearly every question, that doesn't mean we have all of the real and definitive answers. Even a trained, experienced, professional ballistician — such as Hornady's Jayden Quinlan — has questions that keep him up night. Today, we speak with Jayden about those mysteries, and also dive into some practical examples of the things that do and don't matter for your shooting and reloading. Jayden's Previous Episode: Hunting Lethality — How Do Animals Die? https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/267 Hornady's Podcast: https://www.hornady.com/podcast LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/22/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 15 seconds
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MM 170 | Which Tent? Which Unit? Which K4 Frame Size?

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions — discussing how to select the right shelter for your hunt, how to narrow-down areas to hunt, and how to select proper sizing for K4 Pack Systems. K4 Size Selection: https://exomtngear.com/sizing K4 Updates & Giveaway: exomtngear.com/K4 Share your question: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/20/202330 minutes, 17 seconds
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393 | Backwards Thinking & Ballistics (with Hornady's Seth Swerczik)

When it comes to rifles, calibers, and cartridges for hunting, many assume that bigger and faster is always better. After all, you can't "kill something too dead", right? But where is the point of diminishing returns? If you find what is "enough", then what are the downsides of chasing more than that? Recoil and shootability? Cost of ammunition, components, and barrel life? What else? Mark & Steve are joined by Seth Swerczek from Hornady to discuss these topics, and more. As you will hear, sometimes the best way to think about ballistics (and caliber/cartridge choice) is to "think backwards". Hornady's Podcast: https://www.hornady.com/podcast LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/15/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 28 seconds
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MM 169 | Spring Bears & Snow, Spotting with Rifle Scope, and More...

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions — discussing snow pack and spring bear hunting, using a rifle scope to spot or check animals, pack frame height and head clearance, and "What's in my pack?" videos. Resources mentioned in this episode... - K4 Packs "Behind the Design" —https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/k4-pack-systems-behind-the-design - Bear Hunting Podcasts — https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/334, https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/115 - e-Scouting for Spring Bear — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt38bciCE2s - Exo Mtn Gear YouTube — https://youtube.com/exomountaingear - Steve's Sheep Packing Video — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhGoT3QqmkM Share your question: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] K4 Updates & Giveaway: https://exomtngear.com/K4 View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/13/202331 minutes, 12 seconds
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392 | Solo Elk Success at 60 Years Old (A Listener Story)

At just 60-years-young, Curtis continues to hunt hard. He is normally a listener of the podcast, but today he joins us as the guest — to tell us a story from his muzzleloader elk hunt this past fall. We discuss... - Why he continues to hunt elk solo - How he trains to be able to hunt the backcountry in his 60s - How he stays motivated to hunt when the conditions are tough - Simple ways he tracks and patterns elk when they are tough to find - What led to him making a big mistake with a knife and how he cared for the injury - Why he didn't seek immediate medical attention after a pretty serious wound - How his home and family life contribute to his hunting - And much more! Resources mentioned in this episode... - Error Precursors PDF: https://training.lbl.gov/ehs/training/assets/docs/Error-Precursors.pdf - Mike Prevost Podcast: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/230 LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/8/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 59 seconds
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MM 168 | Where to Carry Your InReach, Plus more K4 (and K5?!) Q&A

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions — discussing the best place to carry your InReach (and why it matters), what body type works best in the K4 Frame, what we are working on for K5, and how material choices affect breathability, sweat, and chafing. Share your question: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] K4 Updates & Giveaway: https://exomtngear.com/K4 View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/6/202334 minutes, 12 seconds
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FF 01 | Introducing "Final Friday"

Welcome to an all new segment on the Hunt Backcountry Podcast called "Final Friday". This series will be hosted by none other than the infamous Jakey Poo, aka Jake Havlicek. This series will give a look at what's going on behind the scenes at Exo, with the goal of keeping the conversation informal and not having a set goal to accomplish — just a few Exo employees talking into a microphone. In this first episode, Jake and Mark discuss a variety of topics, including: - Show-Season Shenanigans - Fitness challenge among (most of) the Exo employees - Behind the Scenes of the latest K4 updates - The 2023 Death Hike - Continuous growth in all areas of life Share Your Feedback & Questions: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/3/202350 minutes, 35 seconds
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391 | Tripods for Glassing & Shooting — Part 1 with Michael from RRS

Who knew that there was so much to know about tripods? In today's podcast with Michael from Really Right Stuff, we talk about tripod selection for the hunter that wants to use a tripod for both glassing and shooting. Although this episode is packed with helpful information, it only scratches the surface of this topic. As you listen to this conversation, think about the questions you have and let us know what you want to hear more about. Michael has graciously agreed to do a follow-up episode with us to answer your questions about tripod selection, tripod setup, tripod techniques, and more... LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] RRS SOAR: https://rrssoar.com/ Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/1/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 25 seconds
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MM 167 | Danger vs Discomfort, SOS Cost, K4 Q&A

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions. They discuss... - How much did Kyle's helicopter rescue cost? (Kyle SOS and rescue story is in Episode 389) - Does the wider K4 Hipbelt cause any pinching or limit mobility? - Where is the line between staying tough and staying safe when solo hunting in difficult conditions? - How is the K4 Load Shelf accessed, and how does it function compared to K3 Packs? - What are some book recommendations for hunting, training, mindset, and becoming a better man in general? (See the links below for some suggestions from Mark.) - What does the "K" in K4 stand for? - How do you change the frame height on the K4 Frame? K4 Updates & Giveaway: https://exomtngear.com/K4 // Mark's Reading Recommendations // There is a lot of variety in this list. Also, there are a lot of good "classics" and currently "popular" books that hunters may like, which Mark did not include, such as those from O'Connor, Rinella, Goggins, Hanes, etc. The goal of this list is to share books that Mark has found helpful on a variety of topics — from hunting, to business, to personal development, to history, and more... - Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones (https://amzn.to/3EEjKDt) - The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living (https://amzn.to/3IPdiMw) - Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World (https://amzn.to/3J00G5n) - Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (https://amzn.to/3StXQIE) - Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It (https://amzn.to/41sfGA3) - Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life (https://amzn.to/3IwwvBh) - Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen (https://amzn.to/3ImfmKg) - Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West (https://amzn.to/3YZPsDq) - The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be (https://amzn.to/3YQypUd) - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: 30th Anniversary Edition (https://amzn.to/3ZlUGt1) - Move Devotional: A Guide for Men to Get Up and Go Forward (https://amzn.to/3Su6Ld7) - A Beast the Color of Winter: The Mountain Goat Observed (https://amzn.to/3Sznxb6) - Life on the Rocks: A Portrait of the American Mountain Goat (https://amzn.to/3knYDP1) - An Archer's Inner Life: A Collection of Essays on the Wood Bow (https://amzn.to/3YXigMB) - Hunting Big Mule Deer: How to Take the Best Buck of Your Life (https://amzn.to/3KAsdLB) - Long Range Shooting Handbook: Complete Beginner's Guide to Long Range Shooting (https://amzn.to/3m6NVwA) - Becoming a Backpack Hunter: A Beginner's Guide to Hunting the Backcountry (https://amzn.to/41sEeJo) - Vintage Hunting Album: A Photographic Collection of Days Gone By (https://amzn.to/3ECz3fQ) - A Hunter's Heart: Honest Essays on Blood Sport (https://amzn.to/3xOmeeD) - Campfires in the Canadian Rockies (https://www.boone-crockett.org/camp-fires-canadian-rockies) Share your question: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/27/202342 minutes, 37 seconds
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390 | Shared Success on Backcountry Bulls

Our guests, Josh & Dan, tell us a story of shared success on backcountry bull elk. The hunting collaboration between Josh and Dan formed in a unique way (hot yoga?!?!), and although they have different levels of hunting experience, they have forged an effective hunting partnership. In this podcast, we hear about the story of their last elk season, but also about how they have learned to hunt together well. Josh's Previous Episode: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/329 PACK SYSTEM GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/k4 LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/22/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 33 seconds
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MM 166 | Unscripted with Luke Carrick

Instead of a Q&A Monday Minute episode, we are sharing an unscripted conversation hunter, guide, and hunting photographer, Luke Carrick (https://www.instagram.com/carrick.luke/). We hear about Luke's adventures — including spending 30+ consecutive days solo in the mountains to scout for sheep, his school that trains hunters for the backcountry, his work documenting sheep hunts on Tiburon Island, and much more. LEAVE A MESSAGE or question for a future Monday Minute episode: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry OR [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/20/202352 minutes, 17 seconds
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389 | Solo Hunter, Shattered Ankle, SOS, & Helicopter Rescue

Our guest, Kyle, tells his story of falling while solo hunting, hitting SOS on his Garmin InReach, and being rescued by helicopter. As a listener of this podcast, Kyle had heard similar rescue stories before and he knew some of what to expect after hitting SOS. Hear Kyle's whole story, the lessons hear learned, and how he found redemption in the backcountry. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/15/202353 minutes, 22 seconds
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MM 165 | K4 Pack System Q&A (Part 2)

Steve & Mark answer your questions about the all-new K4 Pack Systems releasing in March. They discuss: - Why should I switch to Exo and the new K4 Pack System? - Should I pull the trigger on a used K3 to save money, or just go all-out on the new K4? - How large are the full-length side pockets on K4 Bags? What size spotting scope can they fit? - What is the best holster for the K4 Hipbelt? Isn't it bad to have the weight of a pistol hanging on the hipbelt? - How is the stiffness and "feel" of the K4 Frame compared to previous Exo frames? Did the change from Titanium to Carbon Fiber change the stiffness significantly? K4 Updates & Giveaway: https://exomtngear.com/K4 Share your question: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/13/202346 minutes, 43 seconds
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388 | Rifle Chassis Comparison — XLR Element vs MDT HNT26

When it comes to folding rifle chassis that are purpose-built for the weight-conscious backpack hunter, there are two primary options — The XLR Element 4.0 and the MDT HNT26. In this episode, Mark shares his personal experience with both of these chassis and makes ten comparisons to help you choose between them. MARK'S ARTICLE & PHOTOS: https://exomtngear.com/chassis XLR Element: https://xlrindustries.com/products/element_4-0_magnesium_chassis MDT HNT26: https://mdttac.com/hnt26-chassis-system/ LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/8/202339 minutes, 46 seconds
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MM 164 | No Off Season — Training & Nutrition

If you are looking for simple, practical, and applicable knowledge on training and nutrition before your next hunting season, this episode is for you. Mark joins Kyle from Valley to Peak Nutrition to talk about off-season training and nutrition strategies. Kyle's Podcast: https://www.v2pnutrition.com/podcast FREE Training & Nutrition Guides: - https://exomtngear.com/nutrition - https://exomtngear.com/train K4 Pack System Giveaway: https://exomtngear.com/K4 Ask Us A Question: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/6/202350 minutes, 46 seconds
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387 | Why I Went Guided — Arizona Elk Hunt

After drawing an Arizona elk tag that surprised him, our guest, Brent, shares why he ultimately decided to hire a guide for the hunt. Having never been on a guided hunt, Brent shares what he learned about the experience, how he selected his outfitter, how the hunt went down, and ultimately if he was glad that he decided to go guided. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/1/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 8 seconds
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MM 163 | K4 Pack System Q&A (Part 1)

After announcing the all-new K4 Pack Systems last week, Steve & Mark answer your questions about K4 Packs in today's Q&A. They discuss: - What K4 options will be available at Hunt Expo this week? - Is anything from K4 compatible with K2/K3? - Why did you make K4 bags larger than K3 bags? - Is K4 lighter than K3? - Is there a waterproof option for K4 packs? K4 Updates & Giveaway: https://exomtngear.com/K4 Share your question: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/30/202337 minutes, 40 seconds
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386 | All-New K4 Pack Systems — Coming Soon

We can finally talk about it! After 3+ years in development, all-new K4 Pack Systems are launching this Spring. In this conversation, Steve & Mark talk about the origins of K4, what they learned over the past several years of development on K4, and what is to come with K4 Packs this year. K4 Updates & Giveaway — https://exomtngear.com/K4 Ask us a question about K4 — https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry
1/25/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 10 seconds
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385 | After the Hunt — Elk Season...Is This THE Year?

Today's episode is another "After" podcast from the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Justin first joined us in Episode 362 (https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/362), to tell us about his plan as he went into his third season hunting elk, and the continued pursuit to kill his first elk. Today, he tells us how his elk season went. His fall involved numerous unexpected surprises, new challenges, and success that he didn't originally plan for. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/23/202358 minutes, 17 seconds
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384 | After the Hunt — Adak Island Alaskan Adventure

Today's episode is another "After" podcast from the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Dylan first joined us in Episode 361 (https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/361), to tell us about a hunt he was planning with his father, Brad, for an adventure on Adak Island, Alaska. In today's episode, Dylan and Brad join us to tell us all about their experience, the success they had, the lessons they learned, and more. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/18/202355 minutes, 45 seconds
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MM 162 | Unscripted with Chris Way

Instead of a Q&A Monday Minute episode, Mark has an unscripted conversation with shooter and critical-thinker, Chris Way. They discuss a variety of topics around rifle shooting and practical practice and assessment for hunters. Resources mentioned in this episode: - Chris' Previous Episode: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/275 - The Rifle Kraft Drill: https://riflekraft.com/ - Chris' Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gunaroundthesun/ LEAVE A MESSAGE or question for a future Monday Minute episode: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry OR [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/16/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 9 seconds
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383 | After the Hunt — Zoe's Very First Hunt

Today's episode is another "After" podcast from the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Our guest, Zoe, joined us in Episode 366 (https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/366), as we learned about the journey leading up to Zoe's first-ever hunt. As a brand new hunter, Zoe has a great perspective to share. In the weeks and months leading up to her hunt, she had some amazing opportunities to gain first-hand experience. We talk about that, as well as how her hunt went, what she learned, and what she sees as the future of her hunting journey. Whether you are a new or experienced hunter, there is something for you to take away from this conversation with Zoe. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/11/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 49 seconds
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MM 161 | Silencer Central Experience, Bivy Setups, Shooting Off Tripods, & Tracking Hikes

Mark runs solo on this Monday Minute to answer questions on suppressors and his experience using Silencer Central. He also answers a listener question on how he tracks his training hikes, including how he uses his Garmin watch and sync's that with Strava. Mark also discusses the use of the VA-5 tripod head for shooting a rifle, and why it isn't ideal. Finally, he discusses why he chose the Katabatic Gear Pinon bivy, and when he uses that bivy instead of other shelter options. Resources mentioned in this episode... - Podcast with Silencer Central: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/333 - Podcast with Thunderbeast Suppressors: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/203 - Mark's Article on Suppressors for Hunting: https://exomtngear.com/suppressors - PEW Science: https://pewscience.com/ - Connecting Garmin & Strava: https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/articles/216918057-Garmin-and-Strava - Katabatic Gear Bivy: https://katabaticgear.com/products/pinon-bivy - Gossamer Gear Tarp: https://www.gossamergear.com/collections/shelters-sleeping-pads/products/twinn-tarp LEAVE A MESSAGE or question for a future Monday Minute episode: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry OR [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/9/202339 minutes, 33 seconds
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382 | Tag Sales, Big Game Management, and more with Idaho Fish & Game

This is a wide-ranging conversation with Toby Boudreau, Deer & Elk Coordinator for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. We discuss Idaho's recent non-resident tag sale, why Idaho doesn't have a preference/bonus point system, how Idaho's elk and deer tag allocations are managed, the status of CWD in Idaho, the latest information on Idaho's wolf populations, and much more. Toby's previous appearance on the Hunt Backcountry Podcast, "Wolves and Wolf Hunting" — https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/215 LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/4/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 22 seconds
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MM 160 | "Pro" vs Public, True Cost of Hunting Gear, Archery at 85 Yards

On this Monday Minute episode, Steve & Mark answer your listener questions. Today's topics include "Pro Staff" vs everyday hunters, and the value of influencers for Exo Mtn Gear. A listener asks about the true cost of hunting gear, and what to do when it feels like good gear is out of reach. One bowhunter asks about bow sight setup, how many pins are ideal, and is there any reason to shoot your bow at 85-yards (or further). Come see us next week, January 12-14, at the Sheep Show in Reno, NV — https://www.wildsheepfoundation.org/convention Budget-friendly gear lists, recommendations, and podcasts on the topic — https://exomtngear.com/search?q=budget LEAVE A MESSAGE or question for a future Monday Minute episode: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry OR [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/2/202328 minutes, 37 seconds
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MM 159 | Nominate a MIL Member, Stay Active This Winter, Quick Rifle Support

On this Monday Minute episode, Steve & Mark answer your listener questions. But first, they tell you about a generous, anonymous donor, who wants to gift an Exo Mtn Gear K3 4800 Pack System to a military member for Christmas. Know of a deserving military service member (active or veteran) that could use a good pack? Send an email nomination to [email protected] before December 22, 2022. Include the nominee's name, contact information, and a brief explanation telling us why you are nominating them. $10,000 Giveaway — https://exomtngear.com/giveaway — Enter BEFORE this Friday, 12/23/2022 Resources mentioned in this episode: - Realistic Dry-Fire Practice: https://exomtngear.com/dryfire - Rifle Shooting Technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV4Z-R7NNXs LEAVE A MESSAGE or question for a future Monday Minute episode: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry OR [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
12/19/202218 minutes, 26 seconds
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381 | Engineered Gear from New Zealand's Rugged Mountains

As an engineer and mountain hunter, Matt Vincent is always looking for ways to improve his gear. Lighter, stronger, more efficient. That pursuit led Matt to design and produce his own gear, which he sells via MTNGear.us (and MtnGear.nz) We speak with Matt about his life in New Zealand, the hunting opportunities there, and how his personal pursuits in NZ's rugged mountains lead to his products — including the MTNStick and the MTNGear Bipod. https://www.mtngear.us/ https://www.mtngear.nz/ $10,000 Independent Gear Giveaway — https://exomtngear.com/giveaway — Enter before December 23, 2022 LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
12/14/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 47 seconds
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MM 158 | Idaho Elk Tags & Strategy, Bipod vs Shooting Sticks, Exo Bag Design

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions on this Monday Minute episode. They discuss Idaho's recent non-resident tag sale, the best strategy for two hunters each filling their elk tags on the same hunt, when to choose a bipod or shooting sticks for a rifle hunt, and why there isn't a horseshoe zipper on every Exo bag design. $10,000 Giveaway — https://exomtngear.com/giveaway — Enter before December 23, 2022 More links mentioned in this episode... - https://www.wiserprecision.com/products/quick-stix - https://www.mtngear.us/product/bipod - https://idfg.idaho.gov/contact LEAVE A MESSAGE or question for a future Monday Minute episode: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry OR [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
12/12/202232 minutes, 33 seconds
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380 | After the Hunt — Texas to Idaho for Elk

Today's episode is another "After" podcast from the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Our guest, Taylor, joined us in Episode 358, as he was making plans for his first elk hunt in Idaho. Taylor's plans for the hunt changed after that podcast, which you will hear about. We also detail the hunt story, the lessons Taylor learned, and why he is better equipped for success next year. Listen in and you will find some valuable lessons as well! $10,000 Independent Gear Giveaway — https://exomtngear.com/giveaway — Enter before December 23, 2022 LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
12/7/202251 minutes, 1 second
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$10,000 Giveaway to Highlight Independent Outdoor Companies

At a time when corporations and investment groups are overtaking small companies, and the algorithms of social media giants are making it harder for small businesses to communicate with customers, we want to highlight independent brands in the outdoors and hunting industry. Join our $10,000 Gear Giveaway to support independent companies that we know, trust, and believe are worthy of your support. THE GIVEAWAY — https://exomtngear.com/giveaway
12/5/202217 minutes, 39 seconds
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379 | Unconventional Success (A Listener Story...)

After an unconventional start to his big game hunting experience, Jim had some unconventional hunting success this past fall. Jim, who is a listener of the show and an everyday hunter from Tennessee, joins us on this episode to share the story of his Montana elk and mule deer hunt from this past fall. This unconventional success story is entertaining, informational, and inspiring. LEAVE A MESSAGE: http://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/30/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 7 seconds
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MM 156 | Young Kid, Big Buck. Giveaway Coming. Best Hunting Show.

Mark and Steve are joined by co-co-Host, Jakey. They tell the story of Jake's mule deer season, his younger brother's big buck, and what Jake learned on this coveted tag. Before they all get to work catching up from Exo's recent once-a-year sale, they also answer listener questions about the best hunting show. No, not a TV show, but the best in-person show or "expo" to attend for big game hunters. Don't miss the BIG giveaway launching next week. Sign-up to become an Exo Insider to get notified when it launches: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter LEAVE A MESSAGE or question for a future Monday Minute episode: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry OR [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/28/202222 minutes, 17 seconds
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20% OFF at Exo Mtn Gear Starts NOW

20% OFF for a limited-time. All Exo Mtn Gear packs, accessories, and logo gear is on sale. That also includes Hunt Backcountry Podcast logo gear! SAVE NOW: https://exomtngear.com/sale We will be back to regular podcasts next week. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!
11/21/20222 minutes, 31 seconds
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378 | After the Hunt — Rookies Hunting Fall Bear in NM

Today's episode is another "After" podcast from the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Our guest, Jeff, joined us in Episode 365, before joined a group of guys to hunt bears in New Mexico. Their hunt did not go according to plan, but they learned some extremely valuable lessons from their experience — and in this episode, you can learn from those lessons and experiences. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/16/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 26 seconds
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MM 154 | 7PRC vs 7SAUM, Spotting Scope Review, Active Insulation Mid-Layers

Save 20% on all Exo Mtn Gear purchases — SALE BEGINS 11/21/22. Limited-time and limited quantities. Sign-up to get notified when the sale begins... EXO SALE NOTIFICATION: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter On this solo Monday Minute, Mark answers your listener questions. Topics include Swarovski's new compact spotting scopes (ATC and STC), and how they compare to the rest of the best spotters on the market. Watch the spotting scope review and comparison video with Steve Speck and Rob McConnell from S&S Archery... VIDEO REVIEW — Swarovski STC vs The Field: https://youtu.be/EbtGgKQnz0Y Mark also discusses Active Insulation mid-layers, including Sitka's new Ambient collection, and how that piece compares and performs against similar mid-layers, including grid fleece, and also other "breathable" insulation layers, such as those using 3DeFX insulation (Kuiu Kenai, Outdoor Vitals Ventus, Patagonia Nano, etc). Note: Mark mixed-up the Katana and Kenai names when referencing Kuiu pieces in this podcast. More on the Sitka Ambient: https://sitkagear.com/ambient Mark also discusses the new 7mm PRC rifle cartridge and how it compares to his hunting cartridge of choice, the 7SAUM, as well as how the PRC stacks up against contenders like the 7mm Remington Magnum and the 28 Nosler. More on the 7 PRC: https://www.hornady.com/7prc Share your question for a future Monday Minute episode: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry OR [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/14/202240 minutes, 19 seconds
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377 | The Best Gear We Used in 2022

Like most backcountry hunters, we are passionate about the gear we use. At the end of each year, we like to highlight some of the favorite gear we have used for hunts throughout the year and discuss why those particular items made a difference for us personally. In this episode, Steve & Mark share the best gear they used in 2022. Visit https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/2022-gear-of-the-year to view all of the gear discussed in today's episode, as well as to see previous Gear of the Year selections for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Share your question or suggestion for the show: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry OR [email protected] Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/9/202247 minutes, 30 seconds
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MM 153 | Exo Sale, Reloading, Clothing & Sleeping, Steve's Solo Elk

Steve & Mark answer listener-submitted questions about upcoming Exo sales, pack fabrics, whether to hunt elk or bear for a first-time western hunter, if clothing should be considered part of a sleep system, and questions on reloading for precision rifles. They also talk about Steve's recent solo elk hunt and packing-out meat with a dirt bike. Get details on the Exo sale coming later this month: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Share your question about reloading (or anything else): https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry OR [email protected] Previous podcasts and an article about reloading: - https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/213 - https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/221 - https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/reloading-gear-for-precision-hunting Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/7/202232 minutes, 10 seconds
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376 | After the Hunt — Early Rifle Mule Deer in Colorado

Today's episode is another "After" podcast from the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Our guest, Ryan, joined us in Episode 359, before he and two of his buddies from Wisconsin headed into the high country of Colorado to hunt Mule Deer this past September. In this conversation with Ryan we hear the hunt story, lessons learned, and much more. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/2/202249 minutes, 59 seconds
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MM 152 | We're Not Paid, Steve's Buck, Cold-Weather Boots

Steve & Mark talk about Steve's recent Mule Deer hunt, why they don't take any money from sponsors or affiliates for the podcast, and how they deal with insulated boots for cold weather and late-season hunts. ASK A QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry OR [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
10/31/202223 minutes, 54 seconds
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375 | Rugged Rifle Scopes for Hunting with Nightforce Optics

After independently choosing to use Nightforce scopes, Steve and Mark wanted to chat with the Nightforce crew to learn more about the company's history, what is behind their tagline of "Rugged. Reliable. Repeatable.", and to answer your listener questions about riflescopes. Whether you are looking to learn more about Nightforce rifle scopes in particular, or want to understand more about the design, manufacturing, and function of rifle scopes in general, you will enjoy this conversation. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
10/26/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 46 seconds
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MM 151 | Lessons from Failure, Mental Toughness, Best Water Filter

Steve & Mark recount their recent Idaho elk hunt and connect their experience to a listener question about developing mental toughness. How do you stay positive and keep hunting hard when the weather, animals, and other elements of the hunt don't go your way? They also talk about their choice in water filter systems between the Sawyer Squeeze, Katadyn BeFree, and Platypus Quickdraw. - Katadyn BeFree: https://amzn.to/3CZkotz - Hydrapak Seeker Water Storage: https://amzn.to/3TxDwGi (Compatible with the BeFree filter.) - Sawyer Fast-Fill Adapter: https://amzn.to/3spu0ZS (Compatible with the BeFree filter.) ASK A QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry OR [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
10/24/202229 minutes, 41 seconds
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374 | After the Hunt — Dall Sheep in the Brooks Range

Today's episode is the first "After" podcast from the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Our guest, Joseph, joined us in Episode 364, before he went on his Dall Sheep hunt in the Brooks Range of Alaska. In today's conversation, Joseph shares the hunt story, lessons learned, and much more. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
10/19/202258 minutes, 48 seconds
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373 | Mark's Mountain Goat Adventure in Alaska

Having just returned from a challenging but successful Mountain Goat hunt in Southeast Alaska, Mark joins Steve to tell the entire story on this podcast episode. As you will hear, this hunt was quite an adventure, with a lot of ups-and-downs over nine days. See photos from the hunt, get Mark's complete gear list, read some of his lessons-learned, and see the new and notable gear that Mark used... https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/alaska-mountain-goat-hunting-gear-list The Hunt Crew: - Mark Huelsing: https://instagram.com/markthefark/ - Mark Rowenhorst: https://www.instagram.com/limitlessalaskaguiding/ - Tyler Boschma: https://www.instagram.com/tyler_boschma/ - Justin Nelson: https://www.instagram.com/toppriorityhunting/ LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
10/12/20221 hour, 26 minutes, 56 seconds
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MM 150 | Answering Your Questions About Mark's Rifle

Mark answers listener questions about his custom rifle build, which he initially discussed in Episode 370, and also documented in this article: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/custom-hunting-rifle-build In this episode, Mark answers questions on the total cost of the rifle, the recoil of shooting a lightweight magnum rifle, spotting impacts, the speeds and maximum effective range of the rifle, the benefits of short barrels, how to configure ballistics for different environments, and more. ASK A QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry OR [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
10/10/202235 minutes, 54 seconds
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372 | Lone Goat, Part 2 with Shane Vander Giessen

In the previous episode, Shane told us about his 2021 mountain goat hunt in his home state of Washington. In this episode, Shane is fresh off of his 2022 mountain goat hunt in Southeast Alaska. He harvested a beautiful B&C billy with his bow, dealt with 5-inches of rain in a single day, and learned some lessons throughout the adventure. Tune-in to hear the whole story. Connect with Shane: https://www.instagram.com/lonegoatmedia/ LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
10/5/202259 minutes, 57 seconds
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371 | Lone Goat, Part 1 with Shane Vander Giessen

Shane Vander Giessen has been fascinated with Mountain Goats from a young age. After decades of dreaming for an opportunity, he finally, and fortunately, got the chance to hunt them. What unfolded was a wild adventures; which is often the case when hunting mountain goats. Tune in to hear why Shane is fascinated with the species and what made his pursuit of his first goat so special. Next week, you'll hear about another long-shot opportunity that came Shane's way as he hunted mountain goats in Alaska just a few short weeks ago. Connect with Shane: https://www.instagram.com/lonegoatmedia/ LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
9/28/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 56 seconds
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370 | My Custom Rifle — What I Built, What I Learned...

Mark takes a deep-dive into the custom rifle that he built a couple of years ago. What did he build, what did he change, how has it performed, and what did he learn along the way? To see this rifle, read more about his experience with it, and get links to all of the components, go to: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/custom-hunting-rifle-build ASK A QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry OR [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
9/21/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 12 seconds
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369 | Preserving Memories with Monarch Taxidermy, Part 2

Taxidermy shouldn't be an afterthought in your hunting plans. In this second episode of our two-part conversation with Stuart Farnsworth of Monarch Taxidermy, we talk about caping tips, field care for your trophy, how to select a form/post for your mount, how to care for velvet, how to get your finished work from the taxidermist, and more. Connect with Monarch Taxidermy: - Website: https://monarchtaxidermyinc.com/ - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/monarchtaxidermy/ LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
9/21/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 21 seconds
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MM 149 | Fix Your Feet, Keeping the Family Happy, Too Much Hunting Advice

Steve & Mark are back to answer your listener questions on this Monday Minute episode. They discuss how they balance a happy family life and extended hunting trips, what to do when you have too much advice or conflicting advice for your hunt, the best way to prevent and treat blisters and other issues with your feet, and Mark's upcoming mountain goat hunt in Southeast Alaska. LEAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE SHOW: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry PODCAST ARCHIVE: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Become an Exo Insider: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected]
9/19/202240 minutes, 36 seconds
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368 | Preserving Memories with Monarch Taxidermy, Part 1

Taxidermy shouldn't be an afterthought in your hunting plans. This podcast with Monarch Taxidermy will help you understand how to work with a taxidermist to preserve your memories of special hunts. We discuss how to transport your trophy to a taxidermist — especially when you are hunting in remote locations (such as Alaska), or if you are looking to use a taxidermist that isn't local to you. Next week, in Part 2 of our conversation with Stuart from Monarch Taxidermy, we will talk about how to work with a taxidermist that isn't local to you, how to select a form/post for your mount, how to get your finished work from the taxidermist, and also answer listener questions that were submitted from Instagram. Connect with Monarch Taxidermy: - Website: https://monarchtaxidermyinc.com/ - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/monarchtaxidermy/ LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
9/14/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 39 seconds
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MM 148 | Elk Strategy, Pack Positioning, Pain Prevention, Headlamp Use

Steve & Mark are back to answer your listener questions on this Monday Minute episode. They discuss pack dry bags, elk hunting strategies, the use of headlamps and alerting game, pack weight distribution, pain prevention and stretching/mobility in the backcountry, and more... LEAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE SHOW: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry PODCAST ARCHIVE: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Become an Exo Insider: exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected]
9/12/202239 minutes, 9 seconds
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367 | Backpacking for Whitetails with Nathan Killen

An episode about Eastern Whitetails on the Hunt Backcountry Podcast?...Yes! Our guest, Nathan Killen, is an extremely successful whitetail hunter, specifically targeting mature bucks in the big timber. Nathan uses backpacking to get him into hunting areas that many whitetail hunters overlook, or are simply not willing to hike into. In this conversation we hear about Nathan's strategy on finding and targeting mature bucks, how he executes backpack hunts in overlooked areas, and much more. Connect with Nathan: https://www.instagram.com/mtn_huntr/ Connect with Aaron: https://www.instagram.com/rnfarley/ LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
9/7/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 20 seconds
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366 | Before the Hunt — Zoe's Very First Hunt

We continue the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt this fall, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear about how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. Today, we are speaking with Zoe about her very first hunt. As a brand new hunter, Zoe had some great questions about meat care and processing in the field, understanding elk, checking the wind, getting necessary gear, and more. LEAVE A MESSAGE: speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: exomtngear.com/podcast
9/5/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 51 seconds
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365 | Before the Hunt — Rookies Hunting Fall Bear in NM

We continue the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt this fall, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear about how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. Today, we are speaking with Jeff about an upcoming trip to New Mexico to hunt bears this fall. Jeff and a group of guys are all pretty new to hunting in general, and new to backcountry bear hunting in particular. We speak with Jeff about how he's been planning this hunt, e-scouting, gathering gear, and putting together the logistics required to pull this trip off. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
9/2/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 22 seconds
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364 | Before the Hunt — Dall Sheep in the Brooks Range

We continue the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt this fall, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear about how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. Today, we are speaking with Joseph about his Dall Sheep hunt in the Brooks Range of Alaska. As a regular guy from Kansas, Joseph has dreamt of pursuing sheep in Alaska, and now it is becoming a reality. How did he find his outfitter/guide? How did he prepare? What is he unsure of as he heads into this adventure? We answer these questions, and more. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/29/202259 minutes, 45 seconds
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363 | Q&A from Steve's Dall Sheep Hunt

Tyler Boschma joins us to follow-up on Steve's recent Dall Sheep hunt. We hear about Tyler's perspective on the hunt, as the guide, and also chat through listener Q&A about the hunt. Topics covered include the stress of hunting, spotting scopes, bullet performance, rain gear, how to afford a sheep hunt, and much more... LEAVE A MESSGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/29/202248 minutes, 45 seconds
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362 | Before the Hunt — Elk Season...Is This THE Year?

We continue the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt this fall, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear about how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. Today, we are speaking with Justin about his third season hunting elk, and the continued pursuit to kill his first elk. Justin has such a great perspective on the journey of becoming an elk hunter, how the pursuit has helped him in other areas of life, why the struggle is worth it, and much more. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/26/202257 minutes, 39 seconds
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361 | Before the Hunt — Adak Island Alaskan Adventure

We continue the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt this fall, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear about how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. Today, we are speaking with Dylan about an upcoming adventure on Adak Island, Alaska. Dylan and his father are headed up to the island this fall and in this conversation, we talk about unique the challenges of hunting Adak, how they are preparing, the logistics involved in a trip like this, and more. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/24/202238 minutes, 54 seconds
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360 | Post Hunt: Steve's 13-Year-Old Dall Sheep from Alaska

Steve is back from Alaska after a tough, but successful hunt for Dall Sheep. Steve hunted with his good friend, and guide, Tyler Boschma. They dealt with delays, setbacks, mistakes, weather, and eventually harvested a gorgeous 13-year-old Dall Sheep. In this conversation, Steve and Mark share the story. Have questions for a follow-up podcast about this hunt?... LEAVE A MESSGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/22/20221 hour, 1 minute, 10 seconds
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359 | Before the Hunt — Early Rifle Mule Deer in Colorado

We continue the "Before & After the Hunt" podcast series with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Throughout this series, we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt this fall, and then we will have a follow-up episode after their hunt to hear about how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. Today, we are speaking with Ryan from Wisconsin. He is headed to Colorado for an early rifle Mule Deer hunt this September. We speak with Ryan about his preparation, training, gear, and what questions he has for us about his hunt. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/19/202236 minutes, 33 seconds
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358 | Before the Hunt — Solo Elk & Bear in Idaho

We are kicking-off a brand new series of "Before & After the Hunt" episodes with people just like YOU... listeners of the podcast. Over the course of this series we will be speaking with everyday hunters as they plan and prepare for a specific hunt this fall, and then we will have follow-up episode after their hunt to hear about how the hunt unfolded, the lessons they learned, and more. Today, we are speaking with Taylor from Texas. He is headed on his first elk (and bear!) hunt in Idaho this September. Not only is this Taylor's first western hunt, it is his first hunt with a compound bow. We talk about Taylor's preparation, training, gear, and what questions he has for us about his hunt. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/17/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 13 seconds
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MM 147 | Jakey Returns. Bow Setups. Flying with Rifles. #InMyExo Giveaway, and more...

On this week's Monday Minute Q&A episode Mark is joined by Exo's favorite little brother, Jakey. They discuss Jake's bow setup for 2022, what the Exo in-store experience is like, new gear that they are excited to use this year, packs for women, tips for flying with firearms and hunting gear, and a new Exo giveaway... Resources mentioned in this episode: - #InMyExo Giveaway: https://www.instagram.com/p/CguuSxDv7uw/ - EXS Packs for Women: https://exomtngear.com/exs - How to Fly with a Rifle (and Gear) for Your Next Hunt: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/how-to-fly-with-a-hunting-rifle - The Best & Budget Clothing for Hunting: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/best-budget-hunting-clothes - XO Skin Boxers: https://www.xoskin.us/Trail-Running/30-XOUNDERWEAR-Liner-Shorts-34-with-2-Way-Stretch-XO-Waist-Band/ - Black Gold Bow Sight from S&S Archery: https://sandsarchery.com/collections/black-gold-sights/products/backcountry-pro-hunter LEAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE SHOW: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry PODCAST ARCHIVE: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Become an Exo Insider: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected]
8/15/202251 minutes, 31 seconds
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357 | An Unbiased Review of Rangefinding Binoculars

After spending thousands of dollars to purchase and test binoculars, a listener of the show joins us to share his findings. Our guest, Will, specifically set out to determine if he wanted a range-finding binocular, or if he would stick with separate rangefinders and binos. Once he settled on an all-in-one unit, he compared all of the best options on the market. What are the pros and cons of each model he tested, and which one did he end up keeping to hunt with this year? Tune in to find out... LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/10/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 42 seconds
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MM 146 | Just Before a 10 Day Sheep Hunt in Alaska

Just before they leave for Alaska, Steve and Tyler chat with Mark about their Dall Sheep hunt that is happening this week. They discuss their previous sheep hunt in 2020, the changes they're making for this year, the strategy, gear, logistics, and more. STEVE'S COMPLETE GEAR LIST: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/10-day-sheep-hunt-gear-list LEAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE SHOW: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry PODCAST ARCHIVE: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Become an Exo Insider: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/8/202257 minutes, 26 seconds
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356 | Reverse-Engineering Success with Anthony Oberti

The difference between notching your tag or going home empty-handed from a hunt is usually determined by a few decisions or important moments. It is often only with hindsight that the outcome of the hunt can be understood by analyzing the decisive moments that led to the outcome — for good, or for bad. Every episode in this Reverse-Engineering Hunting Success podcast series will feature a conversation with an experienced hunter and dissect a successful hunt, looking back to understand or "reverse engineer" the key decisions or other decisive moments that led to their success. On this episode of our Reverse-Engineering Success series we speak with Anthony Oberti. He shares the story of an elk hunt that involved unexpected challenges, mistakes made, and eventual success. What are the key things that he did right, and how did he recover from some of the things he should have done differently? Tune-in to find out... LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/3/202250 minutes, 21 seconds
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MM 145 | Sheep Hunt Comparison, Exo Production Process, Best Place for InReach

Steve and Mark answer your listener questions. Being just one week out from Steve's Dall Sheep hunt in Alaska, they answer a listener question comparing Steve's previous sheep hunting experiences for Dall in Alaska and Bighorn in Idaho. Next, they answer a question about the people, processes, tools, and prototyping involved in developing and producing Exo Mtn Gear packs. They also discuss making your own dehydrated meals for the backcountry and share some resources to get you started... - https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/126 - https://www.backpackingchef.com/ - https://www.v2pnutrition.com/dehydration-guide Finally, they talk about the Garmin InReach and why where you carry it matters. LEAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE SHOW: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry PODCAST ARCHIVE: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Become an Exo Insider: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/1/202237 minutes, 3 seconds
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355 | Reverse-Engineering Success with Adam Janke

The difference between notching your tag or going home empty-handed from a hunt is usually determined by a few decisions or important moments. It is often only with hindsight that the outcome of the hunt can be understood by analyzing the decisive moments that led to the outcome — for good, or for bad. Every episode in this Reverse-Engineering Hunting Success podcast series will feature a conversation with an experienced hunter and dissect a successful hunt, looking back to understand or "reverse engineer" the key decisions or other decisive moments that led to their success. On this episode of our Reverse-Engineering Success series we speak with Adam Janke from Beyond the Kill and the Journal of Mountain Hunting. Adam shares the story of a successful Mountain Goat hunt in BC that involved some unexpected turns and key decisions that led to the final moments of success. BEYOND THE KILL: https://beyondthekill.net/ LEAVE A MESSAGE: speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: exomtngear.com/podcast
7/27/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 27 seconds
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354 | Reverse-Engineering Success with Brian ("BMack") McElrea

The difference between notching your tag or going home empty-handed from a hunt is usually determined by a few decisions or important moments. It is often only with hindsight that the outcome of the hunt can be understood by analyzing the decisive moments that led to the outcome — for good, or for bad. Every episode in this Reverse-Engineering Hunting Success podcast series will feature a conversation with an experienced hunter and dissect a successful hunt, looking back to understand or "reverse engineer" the key decisions or other decisive moments that led to their success. On this episode of our Reverse-Engineering Success series we speak with Brian ("BMack") McElrea about a Wyoming archery elk hunt. As you will hear, this story is filled with ups, downs, and unexpected turns. WATCH THE HUNT: - https://youtu.be/Uj_IAVbKaQg - https://youtu.be/zM4huXyWJbg CONNECT WITH HUSH - https://gethushin.com/ - https://www.youtube.com/gethushin - https://www.instagram.com/gethushin/ LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
7/20/202259 minutes, 7 seconds
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MM 144 | Your Elk Hunting Questions, Answered by Kody Kellom

Mark is joined by Kody Kellom of Born & Raised Outdoors to answer your listener questions on all things elk hunting. They discuss optics for archery elk hunting, helping new elk hunters catch "the elk bug", what is and isn't a "raghorn" bull, cross-over tactics for midwestern guys that want to learn to hunt elk, making the most of the mid-day on slow elk hunts, and the best advice for new or first-time elk hunters. ELK WEEK from Born & Raised Outdoors: https://bit.ly/ELK_WEEK LEAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE SHOW: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Contact Us: [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
7/18/202234 minutes, 4 seconds
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353 | Reverse-Engineering Success with Garth Jenson

The difference between notching your tag or going home empty-handed from a hunt is usually determined by a few decisions or important moments. It is often only with hindsight that the outcome of the hunt can be understood by analyzing the decisive moments that led to the outcome — for good, or for bad. Every episode in this Reverse-Engineering Hunting Success podcast series will feature a conversation with an experienced hunter and dissect a successful hunt, looking back to understand or "reverse engineer" the key decisions or other decisive moments that led to their success. On the latest episode of our Reverse-Engineering Success series we speak with Garth Jenson about a multi-year quest with a specific buck in Garth's home state of Utah. This story features lessons on bouncing-back from setbacks, balancing patience and aggressiveness, tracking and stalking mule deer, executing good shots with archery equipment, and more... LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
7/13/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 59 seconds
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352 | Reverse-Engineering Success with Jeff Bloomquist

The difference between notching your tag or going home empty-handed from a hunt is usually determined by a few decisions or important moments. It is often only with hindsight that the outcome of the hunt can be understood by analyzing the decisive moments that led to the outcome — for good, or for bad. Reverse-Engineering Hunting Success is a new series on the Hunt Backcountry Podcast for the month of July. Each week we will speak with an experienced hunter and dissect a particular successful hunt, looking back to understand or "reverse engineer" the key decisions or other decisive moments that led to their success. On this week's episode, we speak with Jeff Bloomquist about a solo elk hunt where Jeff killed a 327" bull with his bow during an epic rut fest. But as you will hear, the hunt wasn't without mistakes or challenges. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
7/6/202255 minutes, 42 seconds
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MM 143 | Pack Training, Death Hike Q&A, Understanding Success

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions from their recent Death Hike, talk about using Exo Packs for weighted pack training, and announce an upcoming podcast series on Reverse-Engineering Success. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Contact Us: [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
7/5/202228 minutes, 55 seconds
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351 | 2022 Death Hike Recap

We are back from the 2022 Exo Death Hike — the first-ever Death Hike in Alaska. In this episode, Steve & Mark recap the hike, including what went well and what didn't. And it doesn't take long for things to NOT go according to the plan! MARK'S DEATH HIKE GEAR LIST & LESSONS LEARNED: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/life-changing-lessons-from-the-exo-death-hike **NEW** HUNT BACKCOUNTRY HAT: https://exomtngear.com/collections/logo-gear/products/hunt-backcountry-hat-1 LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
6/29/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 16 seconds
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350 | Lions, and Trad Bows, and Bears — Oh My!

A new hunter and listener of the show, Patrick, embarks upon a solo backcountry adventure and encounters more than he imagined. From a close encounter with a lion that had a deer in its jaws, to harvesting a black bear with a trad bow, this hunt was certainly one to remember. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
6/22/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 5 seconds
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MM 142 | Road Access, Two Tags at Once, Frame Extensions

Steve & Mark answer listener questions, including: When do you use the frame extensions on Exo packs? How do you know if roads are open in your hunting unit and when is it worth it to bring an ATV? What is the best range to zero your hunting rifle? Should I hunt deer and elk at the same time, or just focus on one or the other? LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Resources mentioned in this episode: - June Giveaway for Exo Insiders: https://exomtngear.com/june-gear - Frame Extensions: https://bit.ly/K3Extn - USFS MVUM: https://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv/ohv_maps.shtml Contact Us: [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
6/20/202230 minutes, 17 seconds
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349 | He Spent $5,000 to Review Hunting Packs?

At Exo Mtn Gear, we are advocates for objectivity and transparency. One of the reasons we don't have podcast advertisers is so that we can share our objective opinions about the gear we use. Our goal is to always share information on gear that is based on experience, not influenced by other motives. Our guest in this episode, Jay from the Mindful Hunter, spent $5,000 of his own money to purchase, test, and compare high-end hunting packs. Before his pack review, we weren't familiar with Jay or his work through Mindful Hunter. But after seeing Jay's pack review, and all of the effort he put into the careful analysis of the packs, we wanted to learn more. Jay joins us to talk about the pack review, tribalism in the hunting industry, his plans for future gear review projects, and much more... Resources mentioned in this episode... - Pack Review, Part 1: https://youtu.be/FdkN_rAeSx0 - Pack Review, Part 2: https://youtu.be/ZuTKzIr8kS0 - Mindful Hunter Website: https://www.mindfulhunter.com/ - Mindful Hunter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mindful_hunter/ LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
6/17/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 2 seconds
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348 | Post Hunt: Father-Son Adventure in Alaska

As soon as we got this email, we knew we had to hear the whole story... "My father and I hunted the Brooks Range and had an unforgettable experience. Miles of hiking, steep climbs, wild weather, and being pinned down by sheep. After passing 18 sub-legal rams, I found mine and was able to sneak into 50 yds and harvest him in his bed. My Dad did not let me show him up and took a cranker of a caribou. The best part of the entire trip was that I was able to experience it with my Dad — the one who introduced me to hunting, and has been my main hunting partner since I tagged along with him at 6 years old. He actually won this sheep hunt and gave it to me! What an example of a loving father who wants his children and grandchildren to experience some of the things he has." Today, we get to hear the whole story from a listener of the podcast, Brian. As you listen to Brian recap the adventure, we know you will be inspired to pursue that adventure you have been dreaming of, and/or take the next step in sharing a memory-making adventure with those you love. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
6/15/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 19 seconds
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MM 141 | Wind Switched, Now What? Plus, Pack Fit Assessment and Essential Clothing

Steve & Mark answer listener questions, including: What should you do when you are setup on an elk and the wind switches? How do you properly test and assess pack fit before you commit? What one clothing piece should a new hunter invest in? LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Resources mentioned in this episode: - June Giveaway for Exo Insiders: https://exomtngear.com/june-gear - Fix Your Pack Fit: https://exomtngear.com/fitfix - Budget Grid Fleece: https://amzn.to/3xqhCLl Contact Us: [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
6/13/202223 minutes, 54 seconds
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347 | Eat Smarter, Hunt Better. Understanding Food as Fuel.

Your truck won't run with an empty tank. And it also won't run well, or for long, or the wrong type of fuel. The same is true of you. To perform your best, you need to fuel properly. But what does that mean? With an overwhelming amount of nutrition information on the internet and countless "performance" products being marketed to us, how do you cut through the fluff and get solid nutrition information and recommendations on what really matters? Kyle Kamp with Valley to Peak Nutrition is the guy we go to for all things nutrition. For years, Kyle has helped us prepare for our annual Death Hikes, our extended backcountry hunts, and even for day-to-day life. In this episode, Kyle and Mark discuss what's changed in the past several years since they began working together, what changes they have made to the updated (and FREE!) Backcountry Fuel Guide, and more... FREE Backcountry Fuel Guide: https://exomtngear.com/nutrition More resources from Kyle and V2P: - Website: https://v2pnutrition.com - Podcast: https://v2pnutrition.com/podcast - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/v2pnutrition LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: exomtngear.com/podcast
6/10/202256 minutes, 9 seconds
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346 | Successful Elk Hunters Do This, Not That...

With decades of experience as a hunter, guide, and outfitter, Cliff Gray has hunted more elk than many of us could ever experience in a lifetime. His time as a guide and outfitter has allowed him to see the common mistakes that elk hunters make, and how the consistently-successful hunters make success happen. In this conversation, Cliff shares some of the ways that struggling elk hunters can find more consistent success on public land elk hunts. Connect with Cliff... - Website: https://pursuitwithcliff.com/ - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/CliffGray - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Cliffgry/ LEAVE US A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Contact Us: [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
6/8/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 35 seconds
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MM 140 | Handling Our Fame, Hunter Ethics, Books for Elk Hunters

Steve & Mark answer listener questions about the K3 Crib Load Panel, what their family thinks of their podcasting popularity, the ethics of encountering other hunters in the backcountry, and the best resources to learn more about elk hunting. LEAVE US A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Resources mentioned in this episode: - June Giveaway for Exo Insiders: https://exomtngear.com/june-gear - Gear That Never Leaves My Pack: https://exomtngear.com/alwayscarry - SuperFeet Trailblazer: https://www.superfeet.com/en-us/trailblazer-comfort - K3 Crib Load Panel: https://exomtngear.com/k3crib - Video: Load Quarters & Boned-Out Meat: https://exomtngear.com/pages/how-to#gallery-6 - Robby Denning's Book on Mule Deer: https://amzn.to/3Ngh6WK SAVE $20 on the University of Elk Hunting Online course with discount code “EXO20” at https://www.elk101.com/onlinecourse Contact Us: [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: exomtngear.com/podcast
6/6/202233 minutes, 11 seconds
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345 | How Rain Gear Works. And Why, Sometimes, It Doesn't.

Rain gear. You may not need it, or it may save your hunt. You can spend fifty bucks or hundreds of dollars. Some pieces weigh a few ounces, while other pieces weigh a couple of pounds. Company X has proprietary technology with miraculous claims, while Company Y claims its membrane is better. So what do you do? How do you select rain gear? Well, it begins with understanding how rain gear works — and why, sometimes, it doesn't. To help us dig deeper than the marketing messages we, as consumers, see about rain gear, we turned to a technical textile expert, Marcel Geser of Development Never Stops. Marcel's work with DNS has won over 25 coveted ISPO awards, which are given to the most innovative products in the sports and outdoor space. He has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world, including recent work with hunting apparel company Canis (https://canisathlete.com/). LEAVE US A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Contact Us: [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
6/1/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 39 seconds
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344 | Play Your Part (with Howl For Wildlife)

If you care about the future of hunting and wildlife, you should care about this podcast episode. We are joined by Charlie from Howl for Wildlife to talk about why individual action (by YOU!) is so important. And how your action (and our collective unity as hunters) can make positive changes and provide lasting protections for the good of wild animals, wild places, and the rights of sportsmen. Connect with Howl for Wildlife: - https://www.howlforwildlife.org/ - https://www.instagram.com/howl_org/ Contact Us: [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/25/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 55 seconds
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MM 139 | Q&A About Our Bear Hunt

Steve & Mark answer your questions about their recent bear hunt. Topics include the ticks they encountered, the optics they used, the shot placement on their bears, and more. They also answer why they use Cordura on Exo Mtn Gear packs and not something waterproof. LISTENER HUNT SERIES (Before & After): Contact [email protected] LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Resources mentioned in this episode... - Exo Dry Bag Liner: https://exomtngear.com/k3drybag - 6.5 Creedmoor vs 6.5 PRC: https://exomtngear.com/6point5 View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/23/202227 minutes, 10 seconds
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343 | ONE DAY DOUBLE — Recapping Our Spring Bear Hunt

Steve & Mark recently filled both of their bear tags on the first evening of what was meant to be a 4-day backpack hunt. In this episode, they discuss the hunt story, lessons learned along the way, and more. ASK YOUR QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Contact Us: [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: exomtngear.com/podcast
5/18/202248 minutes, 22 seconds
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342 | Unscripted This-vs-That Gear Chat

Mark and Emory have an unscripted, informal conversation and chat through a variety of topics. They talk about Emory's position that quilts are the most over-rated piece of backpacking gear, and Mark talks about why he LOVES his quilt. They also debate fleece vs merino for mid-layers, down vs synthetic for insulation, and more. Most importantly, they discuss the "traps" of gear, the importance of figuring out what works for YOU, and the sunk-cost fallacy of continuing to use gear that doesn't actually work, and why getting to a place where you're not focused on gear is the best place to be. LEAVE US A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Emory's Course, "Learn How to Backpack" — https://www.learnhowtobackpack.com/ Connect with Emory... - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emory_by_land/ - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/EmoryByLand/videos - Podcast: https://wavve.link/By-Land-Podcast - Website: https://byland.co/ Contact Us: [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/11/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 57 seconds
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MM 138 | Trekking Pole Technique, Listener Pro-Tip, Traveling with Suppressors

Steve & Mark answer your listener questions on a variety of topics. We discuss the use of trekking poles for training, the use of poles while hunting, how to manage trekking poles and weapon access, what is required to legally travel and hunt with a suppressor, the benefits and use of Exo's frame-height extensions on the K3 Frame, and some last-minute advice for a new backpack hunter. LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Resources mentioned in this episode... - Frame Extension Video: https://bit.ly/K3Extn - How to use Trekking Poles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXXRp-yvLeM - Quick-Access with Exo Rifle Carrier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGfqwvkgP5s - Traveling with a Suppressor: https://www.silencercentral.com/blog/traveling-with-a-suppressor-silencer-central/ - Podcasts on Suppressors: https://exomtngear.com/search?q=suppressor Email Us: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/10/202239 minutes, 56 seconds
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341 | Meat Care & Preparation, Hunting Alaska, Rifles, and More...

Gun writer and podcaster, Joseph von Benedikt, makes his fourth appearance on the podcast to talk about a variety of topics. We discuss Joseph's wet-aging process for venison and his favorite way to prepare and cook wild game. We learn about his experience hunting Kodiak from a boat this past fall. And, of course, we dive into some rifle-related topics, including vintage firearms, and what bullet Mark should use for his upcoming mountain goat hunt. LEAVE US A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Connect with Joseph on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/backcountryhuntingpodcast/, or via email: [email protected] Contact Us: [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/4/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 51 seconds
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MM 137 | Weighted Pack Training, Spring Ticks, Spotting Bears

On this Monday Minute episode, Steve & Mark answer listener questions on weighted pack training, dealing with ticks on spring hunts, how to spot more bears, why mechanical broadheads may not penetrate, and more... ASK YOUR QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Resources mentioned in this episode... - Corner Crossing Ruling: https://wyofile.com/jury-finds-four-corner-crossing-hunters-not-guilty-of-trespass/ - Compressing an Exo Pack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBmi5MtiVG0 - Free Training Plan Info: https://exomtngear.com/train and the plan PDF: https://bit.ly/ExoTrainingPlan - Permethrin Clothing Spray: https://amzn.to/3kyrYme - Bear Hunting Tactics Podcast: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/334 Email Us: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/2/202246 minutes, 23 seconds
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MM 136 | Solo Q&A with Mark

Mark goes solo to answer frequent listener questions on topics and gear that he has personal experience with... - Why did you build a 7SAUM instead of a 28 Nosler, 280 Ackley Improved, or 7mm RemMag? - Should left-handed shooters use left-handed bolt action rifles, or is using a right-handed bolt gun ok? What left-handed bolt action would you recommend? - What should I do if I really want to hunt mountain goats but live in a state where there are no goat hunting opportunities? - What as your experience been with your Katabatic Quilt? Is the temperature rating accurate? Have you used it below that rated temperature? - And numerous questions related to Mark's use of "The One" tent from Gossamer Gear, as well as the Arcteryx Atom LT jacket. Resourced mentioned in this show... - Non-Resident Goat Hunts: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/where-to-hunt-mountain-goats - Mark's Tikka Build: https://exomtngear.com/tikka - Katabatic Alsek Quilt: https://katabaticgear.com/products/alsek-ultralight-quilt - Gossamer Gear “The One”: https://www.gossamergear.com/products/the-one - Arcteryx Atom LT: https://arcteryx.com/us/en/shop/mens/atom-lt-hoody LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Email Us: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/29/202236 minutes, 34 seconds
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340 | Custom Rifle Actions with Defiance Machine

This episode is all about rifle actions. We are joined by Mike Lee from Defiance Machine to understand how rifle actions are made, the differences between factory and custom rifle actions, how the action affects accuracy in a rifle system, the difference between tolerance and clearance, the best coatings for actions, Defiance's best action for backcountry hunters, and much more. LEAVE US A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Connect with Defiance Machine... - Website: https://defiancemachine.com/ - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/defiancemachine/ - Email: [email protected] - Call: 406-756-2727 Contact Us: [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/27/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 14 seconds
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MM 135 | Budget Clothing, Lighted Nocks, Navigation Pro Tip, and More...

On this Monday Minute episode, Steve & Mark answer listener questions on pack selection, budget hunting clothes, how to plan an out-of-state hunt, the pros/cons of lighted nocks and mechanical broadheads, and more... LEAVE A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Resources mentioned in this episode... - Uno Card Game for Backpacking: https://amzn.to/39gcRLU - Exo Pack Volume Comparison Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_VKnXgRFwY - Listener Story Podcast Episodes: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/tagged/listener-story - TSS Episode 12: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/tss-12 - Wrangler Outdoor Pants: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Wrangler-Men-s-Outdoor-Zip-Cargo-Pant/853164485 - Condor Grid Fleece: https://amzn.to/3vwcN1R - How to Plan an Out-of-State Hunt: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/how-to-plan-an-out-of-state-backpack-hunt - "Becoming A Backpack Hunter" Book: https://amzn.to/2ZIlN5s - Podcast on Tags, Draws, and Point Systems: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/269 - Idaho's Changes on Lighted Nocks & Mechanical Broadheads: https://idfg.idaho.gov/press/2022-big-game-seasons-and-rules-now-available Email Us: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/25/202244 minutes, 15 seconds
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339 | Big Adventures Down South with Stephen West

When you hear about hunting in Texas, you may think of fenced private lands, feeders, and box blinds. But there are some big adventures to be had in the deep south. In this episode, Stephen West joins us to talk about his work as a guide in Texas and Mexico. Whether it is chasing Aoudad in West Texas, Carmen deer in the Chinati Mountains, or Mule Deer in Sonora, Stephen is a year-round guide that lives for adventure. Stephen's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephen__west/ West of Texas TV: https://www.thesportsmanchannel.com/show/west-of-texas/81973 Desert Safaris: http://www.desertsafaris.net/ ASK US A QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Contact Us: [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/20/202258 minutes, 26 seconds
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MM 134 | Draw vs OTC Elk, Bow Repair, No More Prana Pants?

On today's Monday Minute episode, we answer your listener questions: - Are the new Prana Zion pants as good as the old ones? - What is the best do-it-all Exo pack? - Is Mark using a down or synthetic sleeping bag for his mountain goat hunt in Southeast Alaska? - What are the differences between controlled vs over-the-counter elk hunts in Idaho? - What are the best tools and materials to have available for backcountry bow repair? LEAVE US A MESSAGE: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry $100 OFF EXO BLEMISH PACKS: https://exomtngear.com/blemish Resources mentioned in this episode... - onX Article on Corner Crossing: https://www.onxmaps.com/onx-access-initiatives/corner-crossing-report - Enlightened Equipment Synthetic Quilts: https://enlightenedequipment.com/synthetic/ - Synthetic Sleeping Bags: https://www.sitkagear.com/products/kelvin-aerolite-30-sleeping-bag/lead, https://www.nemoequipment.com/products/forte-mens, https://www.mountainhardwear.com/search?q=lamina - Get Your Bow Ready for the Backcountry: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/get-your-bow-ready-for-the-backcountry - Nock On Archery How-To: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7R4NIWF5Ns Email Us: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/18/202234 minutes, 27 seconds
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338 | Post Hunt: I Killed My First Elk, Then Pushed SOS

"Success in filling a tag does not mean a successful hunt: A first time elk hunter's highs, lows, and valuable survival and hunting lessons." That was the subject of an email we received this past fall. Upon reading that email from a podcast listener, Matthew, we knew we had to share his story. And that's what we are doing in this episode. The lessons that Matthew learned on this hunt are things that we can all learn from. ASK US A QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Contact Us: [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/13/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 33 seconds
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MM 133 | Elk Arrow Weight, How to Ruin Your Pack, New Gear We're Testing

We announce a limited Exo sale launching this week and then answer your listener questions on arrow weight for elk hunting, how to clean your pack, the new gear we are testing, and more... Sign-up to get notified when the Fusion Blemish sale starts this week: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter LEAVE A QUESTION, WIN A KNIFE?... https://exomtngear.com/knifegiveaway Resources mentioned in this episode: - Pack Damage Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cb_aTUbpJl9/ - Article on Arrow Weight vs Arrow Speed: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/arrow-weight-vs-arrow-speed - Deep-Dive Podcasts on Arrows, Broadheads, and related topics: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/066, https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/122, https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/123, https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/236 - Draw Deadlines: https://www.huntinfool.com/resources/draw-deadlines - Podcasts on Preference Points, Application Strategy, and more: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/269, https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/326 - Scoped Action Cover: http://thunderbirdlongrange.com/store/p65/Skinner%27s_Scoped_Action_Wrap.html - Tecnica Boots: https://www.blizzard-tecnica.com/us/en/men/hiking - Tecnica Podcast: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/179 - Canis Gear: https://canisathlete.com/ Ask A Question: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Email Us: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/11/202230 minutes, 59 seconds
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337 | How Rangefinders Work. And Why, Sometimes, They Don't.

If you've looked at laser rangefinders recently, you've probably been overwhelmed by the options. And, perhaps, confused at the massive difference in prices. Or maybe you have a rangefinder that you don't understand. Sometimes it works great and other times it won't give you a reading no matter how hard you try. Our guest in this episode is Jake Love from SIG Optics. He shares his insider knowledge with us to explain how rangefinders work. And why, sometimes, they don't work as expected. We discuss the different types of devices, features, settings, applications, and more. We talk through what separates a $200 rangefinder from a $2,000 rangefinder. The differences in handheld rangefinders vs range-finding binoculars. And much more... https://www.sigsauer.com/electro-optics/rangefinders.html ASK US A QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/6/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 56 seconds
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MM 132 | Creek-Crossing Strategy, High-Output Clothing for Cold-Weather, Packing Bear Hides

We answer your listener questions on: The best way to cross creeks while hunting, the best layering strategies for high-output activities in cold weather, the best way to pack a bear hide, and more... LEAVE A QUESTION, WIN A KNIFE?... https://exomtngear.com/knifegiveaway Resources Mentioned In This Show... - Bivy Talk: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/mm-125 - Cape/Hide Packing Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kleuzOaGhvE - Arc'teryx Atom LT: https://amzn.to/3DE5DMO Ask A Question: speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Email Us: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: exomtngear.com/podcast
4/4/202235 minutes, 4 seconds
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336 | Exo Knife Giveaway and Q&A with Chris Reeve Knives

We built a limited-edition knife with our neighbor and world-class knife make, Chris Reeve Knives. You cannot buy this knife, but you can win one at: https://exomtngear.com/knifegiveaway. Enter before May 1st, 2022! In this episode we're joined by Tim Reeve to answer your questions about knives. We discuss steel types, knife sizes, blade angles, sharpening tips, and more. ENTER TO WIN: https://exomtngear.com/knifegiveaway Chris Reeve Knives: https://chrisreeve.com/ Contact Us: [email protected] Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
4/1/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 25 seconds
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335 | Iowa Farm Boy to Alaskan Guide & Outfitter - Mark Rowenhorst

Mark Rowenhorst is the owner/operator of Limitless Alaska Guiding. Podcast host, Mark Huelsing, will be hunting mountain goats in Alaska with Limitless this fall. In this episode, they discuss Mark's history, how he became a guide in Alaska, what it is like to hunt mountain goats in Southeast Alaska, and much more. Follow Mark Huelsing's journey as he documents this upcoming mountain hunt: https://ExoMtnGear.com/SEAK Connect with Mark Rowenhorst & Limitless Alaska: - Email: [email protected] - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/limitlessalaskaguiding/ - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/limitlessalaska/ ASK US A QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/30/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 6 seconds
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MM 131 | Camo vs Solids, DIY Breakfast, Taxidermy Pro Tip, First Sheep Hunt

We answer your listener questions on camouflage versus solids for hunting, the use of SIG's BDX system for scopes and rangefinders, how to fly with an Exo pack, and tips for a first-time sheep hunter. We also share a "pro tip" from a taxidermist, as well as a DIY breakfast recipe for your next backcountry adventure. Ask us a question: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Resourced mentioned in this episode: - SIG KILO 3000 BDX: https://www.sigsauer.com/kilo3000bdx-10x42-mm.html - Sea to Summit Duffle: https://seatosummit.com/products/sea-to-summit-duffle-bag - Advice for Guided Hunts: https://exomtngear.com/guided - DIY Breakfast Recipe: https://exomtngear.com/diybreakfast Email Us: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/28/202234 minutes, 57 seconds
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334 | Answering Your Bear Hunting Questions

Douglas Boze is a passionate bear hunter and author of some great books on bear hunting. He joins us on this podcast to answer your questions about bear hunting, including — What are the differences between hunting black bears in the fall and the spring? What should new bear hunters know? What should you look for when e-scouting for black bears? What is the best way to skin and care for bear hides in the field? What are the best ways to prepare bear meat? And much more... Share your question for the show: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry Doug's Book —The Ultimate Guide to Black Bear Hunting — https://amzn.to/34IwOJg Doug's Book — No Bait, Just Bears — https://amzn.to/37kYKDV Doug's Previous Podcast: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/115 Doug's Predator Calling App: https://ultimatepredatorcalls.com/ Doug's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bozeandbears/ Howl for Wildlife: https://www.howlforwildlife.org/ More information on Washington's Spring Bear Closure: https://www.themeateater.com/conservation/wildlife-management/spring-bear-hunting-season-shut-down-again-in-washington-state Contact Us: [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/23/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 6 seconds
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MM 130 | Answering Your Calls

We're answering your listener calls. Leave us your audio question or message for a future show at: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry. All audio messages received before May 1st will be entered to win a custom, limited-edition Exo Mtn Gear + Chris Reeves knife. Resources mentioned in this show... - SpeakPipe: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry - Arcade Belts: https://amzn.to/3aEIGuw - Before & After Pack Fit: https://exomtngear.com/fitfix - Exo's 30 Day Trial Period: https://exomtngear.com/warranty Email Us: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/21/202226 minutes, 6 seconds
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333 | Buying a Suppressor is Easier (and Faster) Than Ever

If you've been interested in a suppressor, but have been overwhelmed by the process involved to get one, there's good news. Not only has the process for legally obtaining a suppressor changed recently, but there are full-service providers to guide you in every step of the process. Today, we are speaking with Brandon Maddox from Silencer Central to discuss what's new with suppressor approvals — including how the wait times for approvals will be reduced, how Silencer Central can help you with everything from purchase a suppressor, to getting your barrel threaded, to guiding you through the approval process, to shipping your suppressor straight to your door. Mark's experience hunting with a suppressor: https://exomtngear.com/suppressors Watch — How To Buy A Silencer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EleeYFJYHdA Silencer Central: https://www.silencercentral.com/ ASK US A QUESTION: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry or [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/16/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 38 seconds
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MM 129 | Call Us! Plus, Budget Gear, Archery Tactics for Rifle Hunters, and More...

Steve & Mark answer your questions about transitioning from rifle hunting to archery hunting, the necessity of gaiters, budget gear, puffy jackets, and more... SHARE YOUR QUESTION via SpeakPipe: https://speakpipe.com/huntbackcountry RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE... - Kryptek Pack Pre-Orders: https://exomtngear.com/kryptek - Steve & Mark's Budget Gear: https://exomtngear.com/budgetgear - Decathlon Budget Puffy Jackets: https://www.decathlon.com/collections/hiking-down-jackets - LL Bean Down Jackets: https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/515023?page=mens-down-jackets&csp=f&bc=514963&start=1&viewCount=48&nav=ln-514963 - Puffy Jacket Comparison Spreadsheet: https://www.reddit.com/r/Ultralight/comments/eltmdc/midweight_down_jacket_spreadsheet_belay_jacket/ Email Us: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: exomtngear.com/podcast
3/14/202229 minutes, 17 seconds
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332 | Misconceptions About Guides & Guided Hunts

Colton Heward is both a do-it-yourself hunter and a professional hunting guide. He joins us on this episode to talk about the misconceptions that many hunters have about guided hunts, what life is like as a hunting guide, what makes a good hunter/client on a guided hunt, and much more... Read Mark's article: "Going Guided — How To Select A Hunting Outfitter": https://exomtngear.com/guided Connect with Colton Heward: https://www.instagram.com/muleycrazy89/ Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact us to share your question or topic suggestion for the podcast: [email protected]
3/9/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 55 seconds
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MM 128 | Budget Rain Gear, Sharper Knives, Dry-Fire Practice

Steve & Mark talk about the criteria you should consider when selecting rain gear. They also discuss new gear they've tried recently for knife sharpening and dry-fire shooting practice. Rain Gear Selection Criteria... - Expected Exposure - Required Durability - Budget - Activity Level - Discretion — Noise & Color - Packability — Weight & Bulk Resources mentioned in this episode... - Knive Giveaway: https://www.instagram.com/p/CanPez3PM2Q/ - WorkSharp Precision Adjust Elite: https://amzn.to/37ecxfL - DFAT by DST Precision: http://www.dstprecision.net/ - Marmot Precip: https://amzn.to/3MyIyiO - Outdoor Research Helium: https://amzn.to/3Mx9rDJ Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/7/202229 minutes, 16 seconds
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331 | A Portrait of the American Mountain Goat

"During three decades of field studies of North America's large mammals, the environmental and logistical challenges of none — not deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, or bears — compared with those I encountered learning about the mountain goat. The chasms and ramparts, the remoteness and weather are both physically and mentally taxing. Other field biologists have discovered the same, some under the harshest of conditions or across expanses of time." This quote comes from the book, "Life on the Rocks: A Portrait of the American Mountain Goat," written by today's podcast guest, Bruce L. Smith. Bruce has spent countless hours, days, weeks, and months studying mountain goats over his decades-long career. In today's episode, we speak with Bruce about the majestic mountain goat, to learn more about their history, habitat, behavior, and future conservation. Read Mark's latest SEAK Adventure article: "On Hunting, Mountain Goats, Comfort & Complacency": https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/on-hunting-mountain-goats-comfort-complacency "Life on the Rocks" Book: https://amzn.to/3FVczpe Bruce's Other Books: https://amzn.to/3hqFRkW Bruce's Website: http://brucesmithwildlife.com/ Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact us to share your question or topic suggestion for the podcast: [email protected]
3/2/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 39 seconds
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MM 127 | Exo Pro Staff, My First Time _____, Your Gear Questions

Steve & Mark recap show season, discuss Exo Mtn Gear's Pro Staff, talk about a new "I remember my first time..." series coming to the podcast, share a listener-submitted tip about water filtration, and answer listener gear questions about tents for Alaska, the best budget tripod head, and more... Resources mentioned in this episode: - Kodiak Video, Part 1: https://youtu.be/PyKOWpAEX3g - Kodiak Video, Part 2: https://youtu.be/ZkFJWVGTdbo (Releasing evening of 02/28/22) - XLR Chassis: https://xlrindustries.com/products/element_4-0_magnesium_chassis - Range Meal Bar: https://rangemealbar.com/ - Katadyn Backpacking Filter: https://amzn.to/35bCPyz - Katadyn Basecamp Filter: https://amzn.to/3M9HNfx - Sirui VA-5 Video Head: https://sandsarchery.com/collections/lightweight-tripods/products/sirui-va-5-video-head - Wiser Precision Nighthawk Pan Head: https://sandsarchery.com/collections/lightweight-tripods/products/wiser-precision-ph-170-nighthawk-ultralight-pan-head - Slik 624 Carbon Fiber Tripod: https://sandsarchery.com/collections/lightweight-tripods/products/slik-624-pro-cf-professional-carbon-fiber-tripod Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/28/202235 minutes, 31 seconds
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330 | Shane Wise of Wiser Precision

Shooter, hunter, entrepreneur, and all-around good dude, Shane Wise, joins us to talk about how he started hunting (it is pretty hilarious), as well as how he started his business, Wiser Precision (https://www.WiserPrecision.com/). Although we have been using Wiser Precision's Quick-StiX system for a couple of years now, we didn't know the man behind the product. In this conversation, we learn more about Shane's background and business. We discuss hunting, shooting, glassing, entrepreneurship, and more... Search the Podcast Archive: exomtngear.com/podcast Contact us to share your question or topic suggestion for the podcast: [email protected]
2/23/202255 minutes, 54 seconds
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MM 126 | Listener Q&A from Steve's Truck

Steve and Mark answer listener questions as they drive between the Hunt Expo and the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show. Topics include the film of their recent Kodiak hunt, must-have rifle accessories, water filtration for basecamp hunts, holster options for brown bear country, and new insulation jackets that they have tested this past fall. Resources mentioned in this show: - K3 Cartridge Insert: https://exomtngear.com/products/k3-hipbelt-pouch-cartridge-insert - Mark's Shooting Position Video: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/rifle-shooting-with-hunting-pack - Short-Action Precision Two Round Holder: https://www.shortactionprecision.com/products/sap-two-round-holder - Wiser Precision Quick-StiX: wiserprecision.com/collections/quick-stix-system - Ivory Pack Holster: https://exomtngear.com/holster - Razco Gear Holster: https://www.razcogear.com/online-store-1/Bino-Harness-Holster-Gen-2-p303565375 - Platypus GravityWorks: https://amzn.to/36aHG2V - Katadyn Gravity BeFree: https://amzn.to/3JA5ZWB - Outdoor Vitals NovaUL and Ventus: https://outdoorvitals.com/collections/new-jackets Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/15/202226 minutes, 36 seconds
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329 | Better Basecamp, Better 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 podcast will help you consider how to plan and execute an effective basecamp for your next hunting adventure. Our friend Josh Kuntz joins us to share the best basecamp lessons he has learned in many years of hunting and thoughtful analysis. Basecamp Blog Article: https://exomtngear.com/basecamps Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
2/9/20221 hour, 10 minutes
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MM 125 | Jake Roasts Us, Women's Packs, Bivy Sacks, Softshells, and More…

Steve & Mark are joined by the show's co-co-host, Jakey-poo. They discuss women's pack systems, bivy sacks, softshells, show season, and plenty of reasons that Mark & Steve are getting old. Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/7/202240 minutes, 53 seconds
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328 | Skills, Mindset & Gear to Survive in the Wild

As modern hunters, we have access to all kinds of technology and gear that are beneficial. But what about the knowledge and skills needed to survive and thrive in the backcountry? What skills did our ancestors have that we lack? We explore some of these topics with our guest, Joel van der Loon. Joel is a survival expert that has been featured on History Channel's series, Alone. He also teaches survival, hunting, and outdoor skills courses, which you can learn more about at: https://bushsurvivaltraining.com/ We also talk about the importance of mindset while solo in the wilderness. The best tools and strategies for starting fires in difficult conditions. And much more. Share your question for Joel's follow-up interview with us by emailing: [email protected] Joel's Review of the K3 4800 Pack System: https://youtu.be/dNsKGZdyDx8 Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
2/2/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 5 seconds
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MM 124 | Death Hike, Assessing Hunting Pressure, and More...

Steve & Mark think through the listener question: "How much pressure is too much hunting pressure?" They also answer a listener question about do-it-all shelters, and choosing between the K3 3200 and K3 4800 pack systems. In addition to listener questions, they reveal the plans for the 2022 Death Hike in Alaska and where you can visit them and see Exo Mtn Gear this month. Resources mentioned in this episode: - Podcast with Dave: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/268 - Hunt Expo: https://huntexpo.com/ - PNW Sportsmen's Show: https://www.thesportshows.com/shows/pacific-northwest/ Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/31/202234 minutes, 28 seconds
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327 | Post Hunt: Solo Moose Adventure in Alaska

Dropped-off alone, deep in the remote Alaskan wilderness. A listener of the podcast, Jake, joins us today to share an amazing moose hunting adventure story. We hear about the unexpected way this hunt unfolded, the challenges of killing and caring for a moose while solo, and much more. Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
1/26/202247 minutes, 38 seconds
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MM 123 | Solo in Grizzly Country, Choosing Between Hunts, Early Rifle Elk

While on COVID quarantine, Mark chats with Tyler Boschma to answer listener questions about hunting solo in Grizzly country, how to spend your time wisely when you have two different hunting opportunities that occur at the same time, and if September rifle elk hunts are potentially too good to be true. Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/24/202234 minutes, 39 seconds
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326 | New Hunting Regulations & Draw Changes for 2022

Jerrod Lile of the Huntin Fool joins us to outline what’s new for 2022 when it comes to hunting regulations, tag opportunities, and the draw process for western states. We discuss changes in non-resident tag allocations, trail camera bans, and much more. Our previous episode with Jerrod, “Tag Draws, Preference Points, and Hunting Opportunity” can be found here: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/269 Free Resources from the Huntin Fool… - Draw Deadlines: https://www.huntinfool.com/resources/draw-deadlines - Draw Cost Calculator: https://www.huntinfool.com/license-application-service/cost-calculator Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
1/19/20221 hour, 51 seconds
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325 | Post Hunt: A Father-Daughter Sheep Adventure

This story has it all... Challenge & Adventure, the Exploration of Personal Limits, Dealing with the Unexpected, Making Memories with Family & Friends, as well as both Inspirational & Practical Wisdom. Tune in to hear about the Father-Daughter sheep adventure that Steve & Jessica got to share this past fall. Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected] Exo Mtn Gear Instagram: https://instagram.com/huntbackcountry
1/12/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 9 seconds
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MM 122 | Why Exo Doesn't ________.

Will Exo ever make hunting clothing? How come Exo doesn't offer a bino harness? Does Exo have plans to make a pack rain cover? Can you make a hipbelt-mounted Nalgene holder for my Exo pack? Will Exo make a pack for whitetail hunting in the future? These are common questions. And we love that people want to see more from Exo Mtn Gear. That said, the answer to many of these questions is, "no." That answer often surprises people. After all... Shouldn't Exo want to sell more products? In this episode, Steve & Mark talk about Exo's business model, why they're focused on staying small, and what products you can expect from them in the future. Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/10/202230 minutes, 35 seconds
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324 | Post Hunt: One Man, One Bow, One Bull (A Listener Story)

Jared set out from Missouri, by himself, to arrow a bull elk in Colorado. He accomplished that mission, and today we discuss how he made it happen, what challenges he faced along the way, and what lessons you can learn from his experience. Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
1/5/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 28 seconds
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MM 121 | The ONE Thing in 2022

Happy New Year! Join Steve & Mark on this Monday Minute episode as they discuss the "one thing" in 2022 that you should consider (and share!). They also talk about their hunting plans for 2022, where they (Exo Mtn Gear) will be in person soon, how they choose boots for cold weather, and more. Mentioned in this episode... - Share your ONE THING: [email protected] - Get updates from Mark's new article series: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter - Hunt Expo: https://huntexpo.com/ - PNW Sportsmen's Show: https://www.thesportshows.com/shows/pacific-northwest/ Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
1/3/202239 minutes, 54 seconds
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323 | Rethinking Firearm Storage & Security

How do you store and secure your hunting rifles? Is the "safe" that you're using actually providing the protection that you think it is? Having personally wrestled with these questions, we were interested to explore some ideas and products that offered alternative solutions, and honestly, an entirely different way of thinking about firearm storage and security. We are joined by Tom Kubinec of SecureIt Gun Storage to learn more about the firearm storage industry, common misconceptions about gun safes, and why SecureIt takes a different approach than most companies when it comes to offering solutions for storage and security. Learn more about SecureIt: https://www.secureitgunstorage.com/ Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
12/17/202157 minutes, 24 seconds
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322 | Will Work to Hunt (A Listener Story...)

A listener of the podcast, Matthew, joins us to share the story of how he turned free work into a free elk hunt. Matthew volunteered his time and energy to an Outfitter in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness, and when he earned the right to hunt the Wilderness for himself, he killed his first elk. Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
12/15/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 40 seconds
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MM 120 | Are We Sponsored? How to Handle the End of Hunting Season?

Steve & Mark answer listener questions, including: Are our gear reviews sponsored? What is the best rain gear for Kodiak? What do they do at the end of hunting season? What was their best memory and most important lesson learned this past year? And more... Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
12/13/202134 minutes, 13 seconds
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321 | The Best Gear We Used in 2021

Like most backcountry hunters, we are passionate about the gear we use. At the end of each year, we like to highlight some of the favorite gear we have used for hunts throughout the year and discuss why those particular items made a difference for us personally. In this episode, Steve & Mark share the best gear they used in 2021... Gear of the Year: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/2021-gear-of-the-year Exo Experience Giveaway: https://exomtngear.com/experience Share your question or suggestion for the show: [email protected] Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
12/8/202149 minutes, 56 seconds
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320 | Our Kodiak Blacktail Hunt, Pt 2 (Q&A)

We answer YOUR questions about our recent Sitka Blacktail hunt on Kodiak Island. In this episode, Steve, Mark, and Jake chat through a wide variety of questions that were submitted, including: - What time of year to hunt Kodiak. - Going DIY vs Guide. - Hunting with a rifle or a bow. - The best dates to hunt the rut. And many, many more... Listent to Part 1: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/318 Foxtail Lodge: www.kodiakalaskafishinglodge.com/ Share your question or suggestion for the show: [email protected] Search the Podcast Archive: exomtngear.com/podcast
12/6/202150 minutes, 54 seconds
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319 | Tracking Big Woods Bucks with Hal Blood

This episode is all about tracking deer. Our guest, Hal Blood, is an expert tracker from the "Big Woods" of Maine. If you're not familiar with the hunting culture of Maine's Big Woods, we discuss that, and learn tracking tips from Hal that will help you — no matter what species you are hunting, or where you may be attempting to track them. Most of the tracking discussion is focused on late-season hunts when snow is on the ground, but even if that specific context doesn't apply to your hunts, you will still learn a lot about tracking techniques and animal behavior. Resources from Hal Blood... - Book — Hunting Big Woods Bucks: Secrets of Tracking and Stalking Whitetails — https://amzn.to/3o4otXg - Website — https://www.bigwoodsbucks.com/ - Podcast — https://www.bigwoodsbucks.com/podcast - YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/user/bigwoodsbucks1 EXO EXPERIENCE GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/experience Share your question or suggestion for the show: [email protected] Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
12/1/20211 hour, 24 minutes, 33 seconds
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318 | Our Kodiak Blacktail Hunt, Pt 1 (15% OFF EXO)

Starting NOW (11/22/21), and for a limited-time while supplies last, you can save 15% OFF site-wide on all Exo Mtn Gear products for our once-a-year sale: https://ExoMtnGear.com We're back from Kodiak! In this show, Steve, Mark, and Jake recap their recent Sitka Blacktail deer hunt. They share some of the many stories from the trip. All-in-all, 8 guys were on the hunt, 14 bucks were killed, and time was also spent fishing and duck hunting. Foxtail Lodge: https://www.kodiakalaskafishinglodge.com/ Share your question or suggestion for the show: [email protected] Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/22/20211 hour, 20 minutes, 20 seconds
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317 | Elk Hunting as Top Priority

Justin & Garret of Top Priority Hunting join us to talk about their elk hunt from this fall, the lessons they've learned as archery elk hunters that started pursuing elk with a rifle, the differences and similarities of hunting elk in September vs October, and much more. Whether you hunt elk with a bow, rifle, or both, you'll enjoy this episode. NOTE! — The "Guess the Score" Giveaway mentioned in this episode has been put on hold, due to a last-minute change of plans. We will follow-up with a new giveaway opportunity on the Top Priority Instagram as soon as possible, so please still check out their profile below... Top Priority Instagram: https://instagram.com/toppriorityhunting Top Priority YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TopPriorityHunting EXO EXPERIENCE GIVEAWAY: https://exomtngear.com/experience Share your question or suggestion for the show: [email protected] Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/17/20211 hour, 20 minutes, 33 seconds
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MM 119 | Q&A on Rifles, Suppressors, and Related Topics

Mark answers a bunch of listener questions that have come in on rifles, cartridges, suppressors, and related topics. Topics include: rifle shooting positions, scope selection and comparisons, why he changed from the 30-06, why he built a 7 SAUM, what suppressor length is best, and much more. Resources mentioned in this episode: - Shooting Position Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV4Z-R7NNXs - Mark's 6.5 Creedmoor: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/creedmoor-vs-prc - Mark's Tikka Build: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/diy-custom-tikka-rifle, https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/suppressed-tikka-update - What to know about suppressors for hunting: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/hunting-with-a-suppressor-lessons-learned Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/15/202135 minutes, 36 seconds
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316 | American Gear Guide, The Value of Hunting, A Non-Typical Bull

Matt Mullins joins the podcast to talk about the American Gear Guide, his diverse experience in the outdoors and how that relates to hunting, and to share the story of his recent elk hunt where he killed his first archery bull — a non-typical giant in Utah. Whether you want to learn more about supporting American Made gear, some thoughts on the deeper meaning of hunting and connecting with non-hunters, or just hear a great elk hunting story — you'll enjoy this episode. American Gear Guide - https://americangearguide.com/ - https://www.instagram.com/americangearguide/ SHARE YOUR EXO EXPERIENCE: https://exomtngear.com/experience Share your question or suggestion for the show: [email protected] Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/10/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 4 seconds
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MM 118 | Heading to Kodiak

Steve, Mark & Jake are heading to Kodiak, Alaska. In advance of that hunt, they answer some of your questions about hunting Blacktail in Kodiak, dealing with bears, rifle vs bowhunting, optics, and more. We'll recap this hunt in a follow-up podcast, so be sure to let us know if you have questions about this hunt: [email protected] EXO EXPERIENCE CONTEST: https://exomtngear.com/experience Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/8/202130 minutes, 17 seconds
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315 | Post Hunt: A Big Goat in BIG Country

Mountain Goats are fascinating animals that live in wildly big and adventurous country. The pursuit of a goat will often take you to places you've never been; maybe places you've seen from afar, but never stepped foot in, or found hand-holds in. Lee Ricks joins us to talk about his Mountain Goat hunt from this past fall in Montana. We discuss the story, the uniqueness of the hunt, the lessons learned, and more. We also chat with Lee about his passion for the blued-steel and walnut stocks of rifles from decades past. Learn more about Less, see his goat, and check out his rifle restorations: https://www.instagram.com/mt.stockmaker/ SHARE YOUR EXO EXPERIENCE: https://exomtngear.com/experience Share your question or suggestion for the show: [email protected] Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
11/3/202159 minutes, 47 seconds
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314 | Post Hunt: JvB's Unforgettable Bighorn Experience

Joseph von Benedikt joins us to talk about an unforgettable sheep hunt that he experienced this past summer. This was a truly unique hunt, and you'll hear how the opportunity came about, how Joseph prepared on very short notice, how the hunt went down, and much more. If you're familiar with Joseph, you know he is incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about rifles, so we had to we had to ask him some rifle-related questions while we were chatting as well. SHARE YOUR EXO EXPERIENCE: https://exomtngear.com/experience Connect with Joseph on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/josephvonbenedikt/) or via Email ([email protected]) Share your question or suggestion for the show: [email protected] Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
10/27/20211 hour, 22 minutes, 21 seconds
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313 | We Doubled On Elk...Again (The Story & Your Questions)

Steve & Mark just wrapped-up their rifle elk hunt and share the story on today's podcast. They also answer your questions about this hunt, including rifle setups, bullet performance, new packs and gear they tested, and much more. SHARE YOUR EXO EXPERIENCE: https://exomtngear.com/experience Have a question about this hunt? Let us know... [email protected] Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
10/20/20211 hour, 31 minutes, 45 seconds
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312 | Bow vs Rifle for Elk Hunting (Plus, Dream Hunts, and much more...)

The guys from Born & Raised Outdoors interview Steve and Mark about their experience hunting elk with bow vs rifles. They discuss the differences, what they've learned chasing elk with both weapons, how both styles of hunting complement one another, and much more. SHARE YOUR EXO EXPERIENCE: https://exomtngear.com/experience Born & Raised Audio Experience Podcast: https://bornandraisedoutdoors.com/pages/podcast Have a question about this hunt? Let us know... [email protected] Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
10/13/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 49 seconds
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MM 117 | Opening Day Success, Rifle Scopes, Cold-Weather Gloves

We're back with a Monday Minute episode to answer your questions and hear a recent hunting story. We cover glove options for cold-weather hunts, what rifle scopes we're running these days, and much more... EXO EXPERIENCE CONTEST: https://ExoMtnGear.com/Experience Items mentioned in this episode... - Katabatic Quilt: https://katabaticgear.com/collections/quilts - Ragg Wool Gloves: https://amzn.to/3veEbRL - SIG KILO8K-ABS Rangefinder: https://www.sigsauer.com/kilo8k-abs.html - WeatherFlow Meter: https://weatherflow.com/weather-meter-for-shooting/ - Quick-StiX Shooting Sticks: https://www.wiserprecision.com/products/quick-stix Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
10/11/202133 minutes, 45 seconds
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311 | Post Hunt: Steve's Sheep from the Frank Church Wilderness

Steve is back from the Frank Church Wilderness after a successful Bighorn Sheep hunt. On that hunt, Steve was joined by his good friend Tyler Boschma, and together they notched Steve's once-in-a-lifetime Idaho Bighorn tag, then proceeded to complete the 21-mile packout to an airstrip, allowing them to get flown out of the wilderness. Steve and Tyler (now known together as "Aerosmith") share the ups-and-downs of the hunt, discuss the challenges of hunting in "The Frank", provide the play-by-play leading up to the shot opportunity, and much more. Have a question about this hunt? Let us know... [email protected] SHARE YOUR EXO EXPERIENCE: https://exomtngear.com/experience Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
9/29/20211 hour, 1 minute, 45 seconds
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310 | A Warm Winter Hunt for Javelina & Deer

Expand your hunting opportunity and head south this winter to hunt javelina (and deer!). If you are looking to expand your hunting horizons, a winter trip to the Southwest could be just what you're looking for. In this conversation we hear about the hunting opportunities for Javelina, how to acquire tags and plan your trip, how to e-scout, and what tactics you should use when hunting Javelina. SHARE YOUR EXO EXPERIENCE: https://exomtngear.com/experience. This month, in September of 2021, the Exo Experience prizes are from Spartan Precision: javelinbipod.com Connect with John McAdams at https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/ Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
9/22/202152 minutes, 21 seconds
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309 | Post Hunt: Wife, Mother, & Archery Elk Hunter

She's a wife, mother, and archery elk hunter. Kimber and her husband, Richard, join us to talk about their recent archery elk hunt in Idaho. In addition to hearing the hunting story and what they learned from this hunt, we also speak with Kimber about her perspective as a female that hunts the backcountry. SHARE YOUR EXO EXPERIENCE: https://exomtngear.com/experience. This month, in September of 2021, the Exo Experience prizes are from Spartan Precision: https://javelinbipod.com Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
9/15/20211 hour, 8 minutes
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308 | Post Hunt: High Country Archery Mule Deer with Josh Kirchner

Mark has an unscripted conversation with Josh Kirchner (@dialedinhunter) about Josh's recent weeklong high country archery mule deer hunt in Utah. You'll hear the highs and lows of the story, the lessons learned, the perspective of bringing along someone that is new to high country mule deer hunting, and much more... SHARE YOUR EXO EXPERIENCE: https://exomtngear.com/experience. This month, in September of 2021, the Exo Experience prizes are from Spartan Precision: https://javelinbipod.com Josh's Book, "Becoming A Backpack Hunter": https://amzn.to/2ZIlN5s Josh's Website: http://dialedinhunter.com/ Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
9/8/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 27 seconds
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MM 116 | Splitting & Cooking Meals, Steve's Sheep Report, Late-Season Shelters

We answer your questions about cooking dehydrated and freeze-dried meals in the backcountry. We hear about Steve's first trip into the Frank for his Bighorn Sheep hunt. And we discuss shelter choices for late-season hunts, including some of the pros/cons of a stove tent. EXO EXPERIENCE CONTEST: https://ExoMtnGear.com/Experience Resourced mentioned in this show: - Ziploc freezer bags: https://amzn.to/3920DTT - Resealable foil pouch food bags: https://amzn.to/3zWZLvq Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
9/7/202135 minutes, 54 seconds
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307 | "Perseverance" — A Listener's Elk Hunting Story

A listener of the podcast, Matt, joins us to share the story of his 2020 elk hunt. Despite many challenges leading up to, and throughout the hunt, Matt persevered on a tough solo hunt and found success. We break down the pre-hunt planning, how Matt adapted through challenges, what the actual hunt taught him, and what he learned after filling his elk tag while solo hunting. SHARE YOUR EXO EXPERIENCE: https://exomtngear.com/experience This month, in September of 2021, the Exo Experience prizes are from Spartan Precision: https://javelinbipod.com Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
9/1/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 44 seconds
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MM 115 | The Exo Experience (A contest, and more...)

For all of us at Exo, the experience is the most important part of the hunt. The experience may be the thrill of an elk bugling, the stalking of an unknowing mule deer, an epic sunrise from a mountain vista, the challenge of pushing through difficult conditions and testing your limits, a heavy pack-out at the end of a successful hunt, and even all of the pre-planning that happens leading up to a backcountry adventure. Join us in the Exo Experience contest by sharing the favorite moments of your hunt... https://ExoMtnGear.com/Experience - - - - - On this episode, Steve & Mark also talk about Steve's upcoming Bighorn Sheep hunt, and answer your listener questions on... - Getting over failure and setbacks. - Dealing with the mental struggle and guilt of leaving family for hunts. - If it's too late to start bowhunting at mid-life. - - - - - Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/30/202135 minutes, 12 seconds
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306 | Rob Gearing of Spartan Precision

We thoroughly enjoyed Rob's previous appearance on the podcast and had to get him back for more. In his first episode with us (https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/177), Rob discussed his history as a mountaineer and how he confronted risk, fear, and discomfort. In this conversation, we learn more about Rob's background as a mountaineer, how that background influenced his product design philosophy, the unique benefits of Spartan's product offerings, and some practical tips for shooting in the mountains. *** EXO EXPERIENCE GIVEAWAY *** Visit https://ExoMtnGear.com/Experience for your chance to win some gear from Spartan Precision in the month of September 2021. Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
8/25/202155 minutes, 44 seconds
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MM 114 | How To Get Under A Heavy Pack, How Heavy Is Too Heavy?, and More...

Steve and Mark answer your listener questions on how to best use and load your pack for upcoming hunts. We talk about techniques to get under a heavy pack and get on your feet, the importance of how you load and organize your pack with gear, and how heavy is too heavy for a multi-day hunt. Resources mentioned in this show: - https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/how-to-load-your-hunting-pack - https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/free-hunting-gear-list-spreadsheet Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/23/202130 minutes, 17 seconds
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305 | The Elk Nut — Paul Medel talks Age, Calling, Pressure, and More...

One of our favorite guests, Paul the "Elk Nut" Medel, returns to talk about hunting at his age (66), how he trains to hunt elk at his age, how elk hunters should deal with hunting pressure, what elk hunters get wrong on calling, and much more. If you want to hear more from Paul, check out these previous episodes: - https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/036 - https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/037 - https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/093 - https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/138 Get the ElkNut Mobile App: - Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/elknut/id1231479425?mt=8 - Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appforceus.elknut&hl=en Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
8/18/20211 hour, 43 minutes, 1 second
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MM 113 | Pack Training Stinks, Elk Week Giveaway, UL Pan Head

Jake joins Mark & Steve to answer listener questions about pre-season pack training with your hunting pack, some weight-saving options for tripod pan heads, traveling with meat, and more. ELK WEEK Giveaway launches tonight (08/16) on the Born & Raised YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/BROYouTube Resources mentioned in this episode... - https://www.wiserprecision.com/products/nighthawk - https://sandsarchery.com/collections/lightweight-tripods - https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/254 Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
8/16/202127 minutes, 39 seconds
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304 | ELK WEEK: Everything Elk Q&A

We wrap-up ELK WEEK 2021 with Kody and Trent from Born & Raised Outdoors, as we answer your questions for an "Everything Elk" Q&A session. The ELK WEEK Video & Giveaway launches Monday, August 16, on the Born & Raised Outdoors YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/BROYouTube Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
8/13/202144 minutes, 12 seconds
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303 | ELK WEEK: How to use thermals, cover country, and use your limited time...

Welcome to ELK WEEK! This is the fourth of five episodes where we answer your elk hunting questions. Steve and Mark sit down with Kody and Trent from Born & Raised Outdoors to tackle the most important and most common elk hunting questions that we have received from you all. In this episode, we talk about how to use thermals, cover country, and make the best use of your limited time in the elk woods. We talk about how to plan your day while elk hunting. If you should select your calling locations based on the conditions. How to work smarter, not just harder, while covering country. And much more. To enter the ELK WEEK giveaway and see the Born & Raised ELK WEEK video (launching 08/16/2021), sign-up to become an Exo Insider... https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Born & Raised Outdoors YouTube: https://bit.ly/BROYouTube Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
8/12/202135 minutes, 28 seconds
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302 | ELK WEEK: How to deal with hunting pressure and still fill your elk tag...

Welcome to ELK WEEK! This is the third of five episodes where we answer your elk hunting questions. Steve and Mark sit down with Kody and Trent from Born & Raised Outdoors to tackle the most important and most common elk hunting questions that we have received from you all. In this third episode, we talk about how to deal with hunting pressure while elk hunting. We answer your questions about hunting pressure, including... Do you change calling tactics with pressured elk? How much hunting pressure is too much? Can you use hunting pressure to your advantage? To enter the ELK WEEK giveaway and see the Born & Raised ELK WEEK video (launching 08/16/2021), sign-up to become an Exo Insider... https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Born & Raised Outdoors YouTube: https://bit.ly/BROYouTube Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
8/11/202130 minutes, 41 seconds
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301 | ELK WEEK: How to hunt elk with a partner, or in a group...

Welcome to ELK WEEK! This is the second of five episodes where we answer your elk hunting questions. Steve and Mark sit down with Kody and Trent from Born & Raised Outdoors to tackle the most important and most common elk hunting questions that we have received from you all. In this second episode, we talk about how to hunt elk effectively with a partner or in a group. This conversation will give you tips for caller-and-shooter setups, how to communicate with your hunting partner in the presence of elk, when to split larger groups of hunters into separate groups, and much more. To enter the ELK WEEK giveaway and see the Born & Raised ELK WEEK video (launching 08/16/2021), sign-up to become an Exo Insider... https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Born & Raised Outdoors YouTube: https://bit.ly/BROYouTube Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
8/10/202122 minutes, 27 seconds
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300 | ELK WEEK: How to know if you're on the right track...

Welcome to ELK WEEK! This is the first of five episodes where we answer your elk hunting questions. Steve and Mark sit down with Kody and Trent from Born & Raised Outdoors to tackle the most important and most common elk hunting questions that we have received from you all. In this first episode, we talk about how to know if you're on the right track as an elk hunter. If you are a struggling elk hunter with limited, inconsistent, or non-existent success in the elk woods, this episode is for you. To enter the ELK WEEK giveaway and see the Born & Raised ELK WEEK video (launching 08/16/2021), sign-up to become an Exo Insider... https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Born & Raised Outdoors: https://bornandraisedoutdoors.com/ Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
8/9/202124 minutes, 4 seconds
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299 | Expert Roundtable: Game-Changing Gear

What gear truly matters to you and makes the biggest difference in your hunting? If you had a limited budget and were starting all over as a hunter, where would you focus your spending? We answer these questions in the final installment of our 5-part Expert Roundtable series. Roundtable Guests: Jeff Bloomquist, Darin Cooper (https://rentoutdoorgear.com/), Billy Molls (https://billymollsadventures.com/), Charlie Perry, and Steve Speck (https://exomtngear.com) Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Become an Exo Insider: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected]
8/6/202138 minutes, 15 seconds
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298 | Expert Roundtable: Mistakes That Made Me Better

We ask our panel of guests, What lessons have you learned the hard way? Is there a specific story where you made a mistake that you commonly refer back to, or have learned from in a way that changes how you have hunted ever since? This is Part 4 of the 5-part Expert Roundtable series. Be sure to tune in to the previous episodes, and also look for the next and final episode to complete this series. Roundtable Guests: Jeff Bloomquist, Darin Cooper (https://rentoutdoorgear.com/), Billy Molls (https://billymollsadventures.com/), Charlie Perry, and Steve Speck (https://exomtngear.com) Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Become an Exo Insider: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected]
8/5/202126 minutes, 46 seconds
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297 | Expert Roundtable: The Key to Consistency

What is the key to consistency in hunting? For hunters that continue to find success on more hunts than not, what do they attribute that success to? If they were to boil it all down, does their consistency come from their pre-season planning and scouting, their knowledge of animal behavior and hunting techniques, their hunting instincts, or something else? Those are the questions we ask our expert roundtable in today's episode. This is Part 3 of the 5-part Expert Roundtable series. Be sure to tune in to the previous episodes on The Final Moment Mindset and Unconventional Wisdom, and also Subscribe to receive the rest of the episodes in this series. Roundtable Guests: Jeff Bloomquist, Darin Cooper (https://rentoutdoorgear.com/), Billy Molls (https://billymollsadventures.com/), Charlie Perry, and Steve Speck (https://exomtngear.com) Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Become an Exo Insider: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected]
8/4/202145 minutes, 29 seconds
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296 | Expert Roundtable: Unconventional Wisdom & Tactics

What are some hunting tactics or strategies that you use, which may seem counterintuitive, go against conventional wisdom, or be undervalued in common hunting advice? Or, what are some animal patterns and behaviors that you observe which seem to go against common thought patterns that hunters have? What do you do, or how do you hunt, differently than hunters may expect? Those are the questions we ask our expert roundtable in today's episode. This is Part 2 of the 5-part Expert Roundtable series. If you haven't yet, be sure to listen to Part 1 (Episode 295) and then join us in the next Episode (297) as we talk about Keys to Consistency. Roundtable Guests: Jeff Bloomquist, Darin Cooper (https://rentoutdoorgear.com/), Billy Molls (https://billymollsadventures.com/), Charlie Perry, and Steve Speck (https://exomtngear.com) Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Become an Exo Insider: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected]
8/3/202144 minutes, 23 seconds
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295 | Expert Roundtable: The Final Moment Mindset

When the hunt really becomes a hunt and you're in the final moments before a shot opportunity, what is your "Final Moment Mindset"? We answer this question with 5 expert hunters to understand how they effectively perform in the final, and most important, moments of a hunt. This episode is the first of five episodes in our Expert Roundtable series. In the next episode (296), we will ask our roundtable guests about any unconventional wisdom or tactics that they practice in the field. Roundtable Guests: Jeff Bloomquist, Darin Cooper (https://rentoutdoorgear.com/), Billy Molls (https://billymollsadventures.com/), Charlie Perry, and Steve Speck (https://exomtngear.com). Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Become an Exo Insider: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected]
8/2/202156 minutes, 19 seconds
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MM 112 | Live with Born & Raised Outdoors

Steve and Mark sit down with Kody and Trent from Born & Raised Outdoors. The BRO crew shares their secrets to consistency in the elk woods, what lessons they've learned the hard way, and much more. We also share some exciting news about new podcasts, videos, and giveaways to be released in the coming weeks before opening day. Born & Raised Outdoors: https://bornandraisedoutdoors.com/ Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Become an Exo Insider: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected]
7/30/202130 minutes, 41 seconds
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294 | Seven Years of Struggle — A Listener Story

You've invested plenty of time, energy, and money into elk hunting, but what do you have to show for it? If you're a struggling elk hunter, you're not alone. On this episode, we're joined by a listener of the podcast that shares his multi-year journey of elk hunting. We discuss what he's learned along the way and what keeps him going in the midst of the struggle and setbacks. There is a lot to learn and take away from this conversation, including practical tips, a helpful mindset, and some advice for what you should and shouldn't do on your next elk hunt. Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Become an Exo Insider: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected]
7/28/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 50 seconds
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MM 111 | Creedmoor vs PRC, Bow Temperature, Backcountry Power, and More...

Steve & Mark answer listener questions, including... Why did they chose 6.5 Creedmoor over 6.5 PRC? What affects will extreme temperatures have on your bow? How much power is needed to recharge electronics in the backcountry? Do they ever use ice axes instead of trekking poles? And how long could they survive in the wilderness on their own? Mark's Article on 6.5 Creedmoor vs 6.5 PRC: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/creedmoor-vs-prc Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
7/26/202119 minutes, 46 seconds
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293 | All About Glassing — Optics Gear, Strategies, and Skills

In this episode, we are joined by our buddy, JD Ponciano. As a hunter, guide, and experienced professional in the optics industry, JD has a wealth of knowledge on optics. He has both intimate knowledge of glassing gear, as well as extensive first-hand knowledge of putting optics to use in the field. We speak with JD about everything from optics selection, to glassing strategies, to optics support and accessories. Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Become an Exo Insider: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected]
7/21/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 57 seconds
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292 | Our Complete Gear List for Backcountry Hunting (6 Years Later...)

Six years ago, on Episode 004, Steve and Mark went line-by-line through their gear lists and discussed what they packed for backpack hunts. In this episode, they revisit their gear list and compare it to what they packed back then. They not only discuss the gear that's changed, but also how their mindset has changed in certain ways. FREE Backpack Hunting Gear List Template (Spreadsheet) — If you want a resource to help you plan easier and pack smarter, get our gear list template... https://ExoMtnGear.com/GearList Search the Podcast Archive: exomtngear.com/podcast Become an Exo Insider: exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected]
7/14/20211 hour, 29 minutes, 7 seconds
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MM 110 | Gear You Don't Need, Hunting Burnout, Bow Care in the Backcountry

We answer your listener questions on bow storage and care in the backcountry, dealing with burn-out or stress as hunting season approaches, and what gear shouldn't be in your pack. What gear did you used to pack that you no longer bring? Let us know... [email protected] Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
7/12/202130 minutes, 7 seconds
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291 | Shelter Design & Selection for Backpack Hunting

As a backcountry hunter, it is critical to select a shelter that meets your needs, accommodates your preferences, and is built to withstand what nature may throw at you. In this episode, we are joined by Henry Shires of TarpTent to discuss shelter design and selection for backpack hunting. We not only cover some of the unique design elements of TarpTent shelters, but we also speak about shelter design and selection in general. The questions we answer on this episode include... - What are the differences between a general backpacking tent, and a tent that is suited specifically for backcountry hunting? - What are the differences between shelter materials, such as the pros and cons of choosing between Sil-Nylon and Dyneema shelters? - Why does condensation happen? How can you prevent it? And how should you deal with condensation when it does occur? - How should hunters choose between freestanding and non-freestanding shelters? - How can you find a shelter that maximizes usable space while also keeping the overall footprint and profile of the shelter to a minimum? Resources mention in this episode... - https://www.TarpTent.com/ -[Video] How to Minimize Condensation in Your Tent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCQuY_lAL1Y Search the Podcast Archive: exomtngear.com/podcast Become an Exo Insider: exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected]
7/7/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 7 seconds
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MM 109 | Gear List Spreadsheet, Custom Nalgene Lid, To Upgrade or Not?

Steve & Mark answer listener questions on this Monday Minute show. Questions on topics covered include a new Nalgene lid option that allows you to run a drinking tube from the bottle, how to be a useful member of a new hunting camp, using a spreadsheet template to manage your gear list, when to upgrade your bow or other gear, and if flagging tape is worth packing. Resources mentioned in this episode... - Nalgene Lid: https://www.hardsidehydration.com/ - Lighter Pack: https://lighterpack.com/ - Exo Insider Newsletter: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
7/5/202129 minutes, 23 seconds
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290 | What I Wish I Knew When I Started Backcountry Hunting

Many experienced and knowledgeable hunters often forget what it is like to be a beginner. A lesson they learned through experience in years past is now something they do by instinct, rather than forethought. Given that their knowledge is now ingrained into their subconscious, they can easily overlook the pieces of wisdom that would benefit newer hunters. While newer hunters “don’t know what they don’t know”, experienced hunters often know more than they may be able to communicate effectively. This gap between the experienced and the beginner is something we encouraged listeners of the Hunt Backcountry Podcast to reflect on, and then share their “What I wish I knew when I started” lessons with us. Today, we share those lessons from you, the listeners... Search the Podcast Archive: exomtngear.com/podcast Become an Exo Insider: exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected]
6/30/202144 minutes, 30 seconds
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MM 108 | Elk Packers, Pulleys, Rifle Slings, Playing the Wind

On this Monday Minute episode, Mark & Steve answer listener questions that include... - How far away can elk "wind" you? - How to find and hire a packer to get your meat out of the backcountry? - What is a good pulley system to use for processing and hanging meat on solo hunts? - Should you use a rifle sling, and if so, how do you select the best one? - Do we have any experience with Intermittent Fasting, and do we feel it is a benefit to hunting? Resources mentioned in this show... - Exo Insider: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter - The First Shot Counts (Bowhunting Practice Done Right): https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/the-first-shot-counts - Pack-a-Pull Backcountry Pulley System: https://packapull.com/ - DIY Block and Tackle Setup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSCNfts3wkE - Figure 9 Carabiners: https://amzn.to/3d7ecUj - Rifle Sling: https://amzn.to/3zDGqjj - Podcast with Nick Sabo: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/282 - Rifle Elk Hunt Recap Podcast: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/256 - Zero App for Fasting: https://www.zerofasting.com/ - Free Backcountry Nutrition Guide: https://exomtngear.com/nutrition Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
6/28/202135 minutes, 8 seconds
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289 | Backcountry Drinking Water — Risks & Treatment

As backcountry hunters, we rely upon natural water sources for life-giving hydration on multi-day expeditions into remote locations. We all know we "should" filter these water sources, but sometimes we may drink straight from the source. This brings up some questions... How does water become contaminated in remote locations? What are the risks of drinking untreated water in wilderness locations? What are the different types of water treatment methods (filtration, chemicals, UV, etc), and are they all equally effective? We answer these questions, and MANY more, in this podcast episode with Dr. Vincent Hill. Vince is the Chief of the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch for the CDC. In addition to this fantastic conversation, be sure to check out these resources from Dr. Hill... - https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2020/preparing-international-travelers/water-disinfection - https://www.wemjournal.org/article/S1080-6032(19)30116-4/fulltext Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Become an Exo Insider: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected]
6/23/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 13 seconds
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MM 107 | Archery vs Rifle Elk, Side Sleeping, Droughts & Fires

Mark & Steve help a listener think through choosing between an archery vs rifle elk hunt for this fall. They then answer questions on how to get and stay comfortable while sleeping on a backpack hunt, specifically for side-sleepers. They also discuss how to monitor wildfires for upcoming hunts, as well as how to adapt elk hunting strategies based on fires, and for very dry conditions in general. Wildfire Tracking: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ Share your question for the show: [email protected] View & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
6/21/202130 minutes, 34 seconds
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288 | Hunt Elk By Yourself — Here's How...

Considering a solo elk hunt? Whether you enjoy hunting all on your own, or you just can't find a hunting partner, it is possible to be a successful solo elk hunter. It takes work. And a lot of it. In this episode, we are joined by two experienced solo elk hunters, Tyler Boschma and Nathan Jones. We discuss answers to YOUR questions about solo elk hunting, including... How to get started if you have limited hunting experience? How do you manage the fear or other mental challenges of being solo? What safety precautions should the solo hunter take? What elk hunting strategies should the solo hunter use? How should you set up and call elk when you're by yourself? What is the best way to break down an elk when you're all alone? How many trips does it take to pack out an elk by yourself? And much more... Nathan Jones joined us previously for our Expert Roundtable Series, which are episodes 181-185. Tyler Boschma has joined us on several previous episodes, including Episode 146 about hunting elk in wolf country. Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Become an Exo Insider: https://exomtngear.com/newsletter Contact Us: [email protected]
6/16/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 10 seconds
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MM 106 | Reloading, Suppressors, CrossFit, and More...

Mark goes solo and answers listener questions on reloading, suppress, CrossFit training, and more. He covers chronographs for shooting and reloading, including the MagnetoSpeed and LabRadar. He outlines the simple process of load development for Hammer Bullets. He shares his experience with suppressor covers and if they are necessary. Then he talks about his experience with CrossFit and if he feels it is good training for hunting. Finally, he shares some of his story with elk hunting, writing, and Sole Adventure. Resources mentioned in this show: - LabRadar: https://mylabradar.com/ - Magneto Speed Mount from Wiser Precision https://www.wiserprecision.com/products/chrono-mount - Hammer Bullets Podcasts: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/227 and https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/mm-89 - Rauch Precision Suppressor Cover: https://www.rauchprecision.com/suppressor-wraps - Free Training Plan: https://exomtngear.com/train Browse & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
6/14/202135 minutes, 18 seconds
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287 | Scouting for Success with Justin Crossley

Justin Crossley joins us to talk about his scouting strategy for out-of-state hunts. We talk about e-scouting, how to plan a scouting trip to a new area, how to make the best use of time, glassing strategies, and much more. No matter what species you're hunting, and if you are scouting digitally or with boots on the ground, you will certainly learn something from this episode. Connect with Justin... - https://www.rokslide.com/author/justin/ - https://www.instagram.com/crossley0102/ View and Search all Episodes: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
6/9/202152 minutes, 36 seconds
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MM 105 | Summer Events, Shooting with Your Pack On, Fixing Hot Feet

Steve and Mark talk about events happening this summer that you don't want to miss. Why you may miss the bullseye when shooting your bow with a pack on. How to properly load your pack for pre-season summer training. The pros and cons of using the pack's meat shelf for extra gear and food storage on backpack hunts. And a potential cure for sweaty feet and blisters. Resources shared in this show: - NW Mtn Challenge: https://nwmountainchallenge.com/ - Full Draw Film Tour: https://www.fulldrawfilmtour.com/ - Foot Antiperspirant: https://amzn.to/3pSvOXx Share your question for a future Monday Minute show: [email protected] Search or browse all podcast episodes: https://exomtngear.com/podcast
6/7/202126 minutes, 39 seconds
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286 | Staying Comfortable is Dangerous with Michael Easter

Backcountry hunting is a pursuit that goes against our "progressively sheltered, sterile, temperature-controlled, overfed, underchallenged, and safety-netted lives." Tune in to hear about the dangers of comfort, how hunting can be the antithesis to constant comfort, and what science says is wrong with our modern, comfortable, first-world lives. Our guest is Michael Easter, author of The Comfort Crisis. Purchase The Comfort Crisis: https://amzn.to/3i67Mbd Connect with Michael: https://eastermichael.com/ More Podcasts: https://ExoMtnGear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
6/2/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 53 seconds
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MM 104 | NEW Podcast Archive (Plus, Bears & Binos)

New Podcast Archive! Easily find previous episodes of the show by visiting https://ExoMtnGear.com/podcast and browsing shows by category or searching by keyword. We also announce the winners of the May giveaway, discuss the recent Exo Bear Camp, geek-out on optics, and much more... Gear mentioned on this episode: - https://sandsarchery.com/products/swarovski-10x42-el-range-ta-binocular - https://www.zeiss.com/consumer-products/us/hunting/binoculars/victory-rf/victory-rf-10x42.html - https://www.sigsauer.com/zulu9-15x56-mm-hdx.html - https://www.sigsauer.com/zulu6-16x42-mm.html - https://www.reallyrightstuff.com/Cinch-LR-Polymer-Molded - https://www.firstlite.com/products/corrugate-foundry-pant Contact us: [email protected]
5/28/202137 minutes, 13 seconds
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285 | Unscripted with Brad Brooks of Argali Outdoors

Brad Brooks of Argali Outdoors joins us to chat about a 6-week Alaskan adventure he has planned for this coming fall, what's new from Argali Outdoors in 2021, and much more. Brad's upcoming hunt in Alaska will include Sitka Blacktail, Caribou, and Moose — all with his bow. Learn why he put this trip together, the logistical challenges he's facing, and much more. Argali Outdoors: https://argalioutdoors.com/ Brad's Previous Episode: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/podcast/058 All Podcast Episodes: https://exomtngear.com/podcast Contact Us: [email protected]
5/26/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 4 seconds
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284 | A Scientific Study of Backcountry Hunting

What does the science say about the physical demands of backcountry hunting? Dr. Robert Coker has studied, analyzed, and published his findings on this question and related topics. Join this conversation with Dr. Coker to learn more about the research and how his findings can help you as a hunter. "The Energy Requirements and Metabolic Benefits of Wilderness Hunting in Alaska" — https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6236107/ More of Dr. Coker's Published Research — https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=dksqDwIAAAAJ MAY 2021 GIVEAWAY... Enter by leaving a podcast review, sharing the show on Instagram and tagging @HuntBackcountry, or emailing us with your hunting question or topic suggestion to [email protected]. Any and all of those actions will earn you a chance to win a $250 gift card from Exo Mtn Gear... https://exomtngear.com/podcast
5/19/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 15 seconds
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MM 103 | Sheep Surpise, Spring Bear, Solo Elk & More...

Steve and Mark share some good news — both about future hunts, as well as the future (and history) of the podcast. They also chat trough some listener questions about solo elk hunting, packing-out elk, camp strategies for backcountry hunts, and more. MAY 2021 GIVEAWAY... Enter by leaving a podcast review, sharing the show on Instagram and tagging @HuntBackcountry, or emailing us with your hunting question or topic suggestion to [email protected]. Any and all of those actions will earn you a chance to win a $250 gift card from Exo Mtn Gear... exomtngear.com/ Resources Mentioned: - Episode 176 | Solo Elk Hunting Success - Episode 217 | Elk Hunting Camp Styles — Base, Spike, or Bivy - https://www.rocketcitychiropractic.com/10-piriformis-stretches-to-get-rid-of-sciatica-hip-and-lower-back-pain https://exomtngear.com/
5/17/202129 minutes, 16 seconds
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283 | Looking Back and Moving Forward with Matt Starley

As hunters move forward with new equipment, technologies, opportunities, and challenges, it is helpful to look back. As we think about our hunting today, it is helpful to think about the hunting opportunities of tomorrow, and for the next generation. These ideas are just some of the underlying current to our conversation with our guest on this episode, Matt Starley of Rogue Wild Productions (https://www.instagram.com/roguewild/). We talk about having 3-generations on the same hunt, the value of documenting hunts, Matt's transition to traditional archery, some of the challenges and changes in hunting opportunities, and much more. Rogue Wild Film: https://youtu.be/r4YkTAlDrdI MAY 2021 GIVEAWAY... Enter by leaving a podcast review, sharing the show on Instagram and tagging @HuntBackcountry, or emailing us with your hunting question or topic suggestion to [email protected]. Any and all of those actions will earn you a chance to win a $250 gift card from Exo Mtn Gear... https://exomtngear.com/
5/12/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 23 seconds
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MM 102 | The Minivan of Hunting Apparel, How to Find Primers, and Bow Sight Follow-up

Steve & Mark answer listener-submitted questions about the role of softshell jackets (the "minivan of hunting apparel"), how to find primers and other reloading components or ammunition in the current market, and also discuss a few follow-up questions about bow sights after last week's Monday Minute episode on the topic. The Reloading Discord: https://discord.com/invite/reloading (More info/instructions: https://www.rokslide.com/forums/threads/natchez-huge-primer-dump.200208/page-2) MAY 2021 GIVEAWAY... Enter by leaving a podcast review, sharing the show on Instagram and tagging @HuntBackcountry, or emailing us with your hunting question or topic suggestion to [email protected]. Any and all of those actions will earn you a chance to win a $250 gift card from Exo Mtn Gear... exomtngear.com/
5/10/202128 minutes, 43 seconds
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282 | Nick Sabo on Stalking Mule Deer, Shooting in the Wind, and Lessons from Old-Timers

Nick Sabo (https://www.instagram.com/nsabo380/) is a veteran, firefighter, and well-rounded hunter and shooter. We speak with Nick about a variety of topics, including what he learned from an old-time hunter in Alaska, how he hunts big Mule Deer bucks in the Dakotas, how he shoots effectively in the wind, and much more. MAY 2021 GIVEAWAY... Enter by leaving a podcast review, sharing the show on Instagram and tagging @HuntBackcountry, or emailing us with your hunting question or topic suggestion to [email protected]. Any and all of those actions will earn you a chance to win a $250 gift card from Exo Mtn Gear... https://exomtngear.com/
5/5/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 39 seconds
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MM 101 | Jake is Fired, Tent Stoves, Long-Distance Bow Sight Setup

We're back with a Monday Minute episode, including a bonus behind-the-scenes segment with Jake. We then dive into listener questions about tent stoves, shelter choices, bow sight setup, and more. Share your question: [email protected] Heather Kelly's Founder Speaker Series: https://founderspeakerseries.mykajabi.com/sales-page https://exomtngear.com/
5/3/202144 minutes, 23 seconds
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281 | Failure Before Success

From hunting turkeys in the South, to hunting big muleys in the Dakotas, to hunting the vast wilderness of Alaska, our guest on the latest Hunt Backcountry Podcast, David (https://www.instagram.com/mustache_memoirs/), has some stories and lessons to share. We love learning from everyday, hard-working hunters that have a variety of experiences to share. If you feel the same way, you'll love this episode! In addition to some great hunting stories and gear chat, we talk about how failure is an important and necessary step towards true success. And much more! MAY 2021 GIVEAWAY... Enter by leaving a podcast review, sharing the show on Instagram and tagging @HuntBackcountry, or emailing us with your hunting question or topic suggestion to [email protected]. Any and all of those actions will earn you a chance to win a $250 gift card from Exo Mtn Gear... https://exomtngear.com/
4/28/202158 minutes, 36 seconds
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280 | 2021 Death Hike Recap, Part 2

In this episode, we continue the recap of our "Death Hike" adventure in Idaho's Frank Church Wilderness. We interview six participants from the hike to hear more about their unique experience on the trip, what they learned, how the tripped helped them as hunters, as more. - BRYAN (https://www.instagram.com/comtnhunter/) - DIONI (https://www.instagram.com/wild_idaho/) - AJ (https://www.instagram.com/208archery/) - JAKE (https://www.instagram.com/jake.havlicek/) - ANTHONY (https://www.instagram.com/anthonyoberti/) - JUSTIN (https://www.instagram.com/jdk4387/) Have a question?... [email protected] https://exomtngear.com/
4/26/20212 hours, 19 seconds
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279 | 2021 Death Hike Recap, Part 1

We are back from our "Death Hike" adventure in Idaho's Frank Church Wilderness. In this episode, Steve and Mark recap the trip — telling some stories, sharing lessons-learned, and much more. Have a question?... [email protected] https://exomtngear.com/
4/19/20211 hour, 28 minutes, 15 seconds
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278 | Newly Updated — Free Backcountry Hunting Training Plan

Updated for 2021, we have v2 our free Backcountry Hunting Training Plan, put together by our friends at Atomic Athlete. Jake from Atomic joins Mark on this brief podcast to discuss how the training plan has been received over the past several years, and what changes are made for the updated v2 plan. New to the plan?... Get it for free: https://exomtngear.com/train Received the plan previously?... We will be sending you the new plan directly via email. https://exomtngear.com/ https://atomic-athlete.com
4/7/202120 minutes, 55 seconds
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MM 100 | Death Hike Farewell, 2-on-1 Guided Hunts, Spring Bear Intel

In the final Monday Minute before the 2021 Death Hike, Steve and Mark cover some final preparation for the hike, as well as answer listener questions on hunting 2-on-1 with a guide, and using spring bear hunts to scout for elk. Connect with us: [email protected] https://exomtngear.com/
4/5/202122 minutes, 5 seconds
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277 | Hunting Trophy Experiences with Brad Carter

Brad Carter of Altitude Outdoors joins us to tell the story of his sheep hunt, how things didn't work out as planned, and what he learned along the way. Whether you hunt sheep or not, there are many things you can learn from the story of this hunt and we are excited to share it with you. Connect with Brad... - https://altitudeoutdoors.com/ - https://www.instagram.com/bcarter307/ Connect with us... - [email protected] - https://exomtngear.com/podcast
3/31/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 38 seconds
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MM 99 | Pranks with Jake, Archery Practice, Skull Care

Jake is back and joins Steve & Mark to answer listener questions. But first, we discuss the "big smelly surprise" that Jake recently received for his 21st birthday. Share your question for the show: [email protected] https://exomtngear.com/
3/29/202133 minutes, 10 seconds
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276 | Unscripted with Kyle Kamp

Kyle Kamp joins Mark for an unscripted discussion. Being that Kyle is a nutritionist, Mark couldn't help but ask some nutrition and backcountry food-related questions, but they also talk more deeply about habits and discipline in general. They also discuss Kyle's journey as a new big game hunter, the best way to learn from experienced hunters, how to ask simple questions, and much more... Free Backcountry Fuel Guide: https://exomtngear.com/nutrition Connect with Kyle: https://v2pnutrition.com/ Contact us: [email protected] https://exomtngear.com/ Simple Overnight Oats... - Mix equal parts Old Fashion Oats and Milk of your choice. (Mark uses 3/4c oats and 3/4 unsweetened almond milk) - Add scoop of protein powder (Mark uses https://amzn.to/3chna1d) - Shake oats, powder, and milk together - Refrigerate overnight - In the morning, just before eating, add toppings or mix-ins of your choice. (Mark add a small amount protein granola and peanut butter, but other good options are fruit, nuts/seeds, etc) - Mix and enjoy
3/24/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 44 seconds
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MM 98 | Antlers First or Last? One-Trip or Not? Custom Scope Turret or RF Binos?

Steve and Mark answer several listener questions about processing and packing-out elk. They discuss packing the antlers first or last, when to use a bone saw, how to remove the inner tenderloins when using the gutless method, and how to develop a pack-out plan. They also answer another question about scope choices and custom turrets vs range-finding binoculars. Share your question: [email protected] https://exomtngear.com/
3/22/202132 minutes, 25 seconds
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275 | Your True Accuracy and Shooting Standards with Chris Way

Chris Way is a well-rounded adventurer, explorer, climber, shooter, and much more. Recently, Chris developed a specific target and shooting drill to assess his true accuracy capabilities with a rifle and also track his shooting performance and improvement over time. While he developed this protocol for his needs as a precision rifle competitor, the protocol is extremely relevant to us, as hunters. Tune in to hear more about how you can shoot this drill, assess your true accuracy, and track your performance leading up to your next hunt. Best of all, this protocol is accessible to everyone and only requires a 100-yard range and a simple paper target you can print at home. Learn more: https://riflekraft.com/ Connect with Chris: http://instagram.com/gunaroundthesun/ Contact us: [email protected] https://ExoMtnGear.com/
3/17/20211 hour, 27 minutes, 1 second
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MM 97 | Humbled by Hunts, Dehydrating Meals, Ultralight Optics Support,

Steve & Mark answer listener questions on ultralight optics support (tripods and monopods), follow-up feedback from last week's budget spotting scope topic, and share some stories from hunts that humbled them. They also briefly chat about DIY Dehydrated meals, which was covered in-depth on Episode 129. Connect with us: [email protected] Ultralight Optics Support... - https://tricerusa.com - https://kestrelglassingsystems.com/ - https://www.wiserprecision.com/
3/15/202130 minutes, 34 seconds
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274 | Essential Reloading Gear for the Precision Rifle Hunter

Have you been curious about getting into reloading for your hunting rifle, but been too confused or overwhelmed to get started? We've been there! Tune-in as Mark chats with aspiring reloader, Kyle, and shares advice on how to get setup with reloading gear on a modest budget. Mark and Kyle share the same goal of keeping their reloading process simple, while still achieving great precision. Want more info on the ideas and gear discussed in this show, check out this article: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/article/reloading-gear-for-precision-hunting Contact us: [email protected]
3/10/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 50 seconds
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MM 96 | Pack Hacks, Budget Spotter Issues, Binos for Rifle Hunting

Steve & Mark answer listener questions about "pack hacks", recommendations for budget spotting scopes, comparisons on NL Pure and EL Range TA binos from Swarovski, other range-finding binocular options for rifle hunting, and hauling moose quarters. Share your question for the show: [email protected] https://exomtngear.com/
3/8/202133 minutes, 19 seconds
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273 | Behind the Scenes at Exo — Q&A

Jake takes over as host of the podcast and interviews Steve & Mark with your questions about Exo Mtn Gear. Aside from talking about the company, they also answer some fun questions that were submitted, such as their worse backcountry poop experience, who is "the big spoon" when they share a tent, and more. They ran out of time, so Jake will be back on a future Monday Minute to ask more of the fun questions you guys submitted. PS — There is a BIG surprise at the end! https://exomtngear.com/
3/3/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 35 seconds
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272 | Behind the Scenes at Exo with Jake Havlicek

We continue our Behind the Scenes at Exo Mtn Gear podcast series with Jake Havlicek. As a teenager, Jake started building packs part-time in the summer. Now, several years later, Jake is a full-time employee and an integral part of the Exo team. We discuss Jake's journey working at Exo, his growth as a hunter, and much more. In tomorrow's episode (#273), Jake takes over as host of the podcast, so tune back in to hear him interview Steve and Mark. https://exomtngear.com
3/2/202153 minutes, 49 seconds
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271 | Behind the Scenes at Exo with Patrick Kelly

Patrick and his wife sold everything they owned, left the Northeast, and headed West without a specific place or plan in mind. Months later, they settled in Boise, Idaho. Patrick walked into Exo HQ and began building packs part-time. Here we are, a few years later, and Patrick is an integral part of the Exo Mtn Gear family. Tune in to hear more about Patrick's story traveling the US, his work at Exo Mtn Gear, and his recent mountain goat hunt. https://exomtngear.com/
3/1/202159 minutes, 33 seconds
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270 | Alaskan Guide & Pilot, Dwayne Magnusson

Our guest in this episode, Dwayne Magnusson, is an outfitter, guide, and pilot in Alaska. As owner and operator of Magnusson Alaskan Outfitters, Dwayne has vast experience hunting and flying in Alaska for a multitude of species. This past fall, Steve hunted with Dwayne on his sheep hunt. We speak with Dwayne about his experience, the lessons he has learned, what he sees hunters get right (and wrong!) when it comes to hunting in the mountains, and much more. Contact Dwayne: https://huntmao.com/ Connect with us: [email protected]
2/24/202159 minutes, 25 seconds
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MM 95 | Hunting Socialism. Issues with Fixed-Blades. What you don’t know.

Steve & Mark answer listener questions about broadhead flight, the issue of "not knowing what you don't know", and why Steve said that socialism is now a part of hunting. As always, these informal episodes are meant to answer your questions, so send us your ideas and feedback to [email protected]
2/22/202134 minutes, 18 seconds
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269 | Tag Draws, Preference Points, and Hunting Opportunity

It is the time of year where many of us are starting to apply for tags in various states. Some of us have a tried-and-true strategy that include spreadsheets of our points for each state and species, while others of us are still scratching our heads and trying to figure out how to make our way through each state's confusing maze of rules for tag applications, points, deadlines, and fine-print. Whether you are a seasoned player in the game of points and draws or a first-time hunter just looking for a place to start, there's something for you in this podcast episode with Jerrod Lile of Huntin Fool. We can't answer every question on every species and every state in this podcast, but we do discuss a TON of helpful information about different states, their application and point systems, and how to develop an application strategy for YOUR unique hunting goals. Draw Deadlines: https://www.huntinfool.com/resources/draw-deadlines Draw Cost Calculator: https://www.huntinfool.com/license-application-service/cost-calculator Connect with us: [email protected]
2/17/202157 minutes, 43 seconds
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MM 94 | Archery Q&A and Cold-Weather Hiking

Steve & Mark answer several listener questions on archery and bowhunting-related topics that cover bow-sight pin size and selection, arrow selection and setup, and broadhead performance on game. They also chat a bit about their cold-weather hiking from the weekend. SHARE YOUR QUESTION: [email protected] Learn More and Shop Logo Gear: https://exomtngear.com/podcast