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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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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 Hunti…
 
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 produc…
 
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 Hunti…
 
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 Hunti…
 
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 sl…
 
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 Hunti…
 
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 se…
 
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/huntbackcountryContact Us: podcast@exomtngear.comPodcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast…
 
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…
 
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 podcast@exomtnge…
 
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…
 
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 Hu…
 
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 l…
 
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/huntbackcountryResources mentioned in this episode:- June Giveaway for …
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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/huntbackcountryResources mentioned in this episode:- June Giveaway…
 
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 b…
 
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 anim…
 
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 podcast@exomtngear.comLEAVE A MESSAGE: …
 
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/huntbackcountryContact Us: podcast@exomtngear.comPodcast Episode Archive: exomtngear.com/podcast…
 
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, the…
 
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-min…
 
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 to…
 
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/huntbackcountryResources mentioned in this episode...- Corner Crossing Ruling: https://wyofile.c…
 
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 recomme…
 
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 back…
 
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/huntbackcountryResources mentioned in this episode...- Uno Card Game for Backpacking: https://a…
 
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 D…
 
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 a…
 
"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 lesso…
 
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/newsletterLEAVE A QUESTION, WIN A KNIFE?... https://exomtngear.com/k…
 
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 Lov…
 
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/knifegiveawayResources Mentioned In This Show...- Bivy Talk: https://exomtngear.com/blogs/pod…
 
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, sha…
 
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 …
 
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://speakp…
 
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? Wh…
 
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-…
 
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 …
 
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/huntbackcountryRESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE...- Kryptek Pack Pre-Orders: https://exomtngear.com/kryptek- Steve & Mark's Budget …
 
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 O…
 
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 & BulkResources men…
 
"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. Oth…
 
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, P…
 
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 behin…
 
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.Resour…
 
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 toge…
 
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: podcast@exomtngear.comView & Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast…
 
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 His…
 
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