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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

The Hunt Backcountry Podcast


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    $10,000 Giveaway to Highlight Independent Outdoor Companies

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 17:39


    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

    379 | Unconventional Success (A Listener Story...)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 78:07


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    MM 156 | Young Kid, Big Buck. Giveaway Coming. Best Hunting Show.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 22:17


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    20% OFF at Exo Mtn Gear Starts NOW

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 2:31


    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!

    378 | After the Hunt — Rookies Hunting Fall Bear in NM

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 77:26


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    MM 154 | 7PRC vs 7SAUM, Spotting Scope Review, Active Insulation Mid-Layers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 40:19


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    377 | The Best Gear We Used in 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 47:30


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Search the Podcast Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    MM 153 | Exo Sale, Reloading, Clothing & Sleeping, Steve's Solo Elk

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 32:10


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com 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

    376 | After the Hunt — Early Rifle Mule Deer in Colorado

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 49:59


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    MM 152 | We're Not Paid, Steve's Buck, Cold-Weather Boots

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 23:54


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    375 | Rugged Rifle Scopes for Hunting with Nightforce Optics

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 67:46


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    MM 151 | Lessons from Failure, Mental Toughness, Best Water Filter

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 29:41


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    374 | Before the Hunt — Dall Sheep in the Brooks Range

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 58:48


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    373 | Mark's Mountain Goat Adventure in Alaska

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 86:56


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    MM 150 | Answering Your Questions About Mark's Rifle

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 35:54


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    372 | Lone Goat, Part 2 with Shane Vander Giessen

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 59:57


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    371 | Lone Goat, Part 1 with Shane Vander Giessen

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 66:56


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    370 | My Custom Rifle — What I Built, What I Learned...

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 70:12


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    369 | Preserving Memories with Monarch Taxidermy, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 77:21


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    MM 149 | Fix Your Feet, Keeping the Family Happy, Too Much Hunting Advice

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 40:36


    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: podcast@exomtngear.com

    368 | Preserving Memories with Monarch Taxidermy, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 71:39


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    MM 148 | Elk Strategy, Pack Positioning, Pain Prevention, Headlamp Use

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 39:09


    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: podcast@exomtngear.com

    367 | Backpacking for Whitetails with Nathan Killen

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 64:20


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    366 | Before the Hunt — Zoe's Very First Hunt

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 74:51


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: exomtngear.com/podcast

    365 | Before the Hunt — Rookies Hunting Fall Bear in NM

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 64:22


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    364 | Before the Hunt — Dall Sheep in the Brooks Range

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 59:45


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    363 | Q&A from Steve's Dall Sheep Hunt

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 48:45


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    362 | Before the Hunt — Elk Season...Is This THE Year?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 57:39


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    361 | Before the Hunt — Adak Island Alaskan Adventure

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 38:54


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    360 | Post Hunt: Steve's 13-Year-Old Dall Sheep from Alaska

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 61:10


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    359 | Before the Hunt — Early Rifle Mule Deer in Colorado

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 36:33


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    358 | Before the Hunt — Solo Elk & Bear in Idaho

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 63:13


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    147 | Jakey Returns. Bow Setups. Flying with Rifles. #InMyExo Giveaway, and more...

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 51:31


    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: podcast@exomtngear.com

    357 | An Unbiased Review of Rangefinding Binoculars

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 68:42


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    MM 146 | Just Before a 10 Day Sheep Hunt in Alaska

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 57:26


    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: podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    356 | Reverse-Engineering Success with Anthony Oberti

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 50:21


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    MM 145 | Sheep Hunt Comparison, Exo Production Process, Best Place for InReach

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 37:03


    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: podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    355 | Reverse-Engineering Success with Adam Janke

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 65:27


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: exomtngear.com/podcast

    354 | Reverse-Engineering Success with Brian ("BMack") McElrea

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 59:07


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    MM 144 | Your Elk Hunting Questions, Answered by Kody Kellom

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 34:04


    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: podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    353 | Reverse-Engineering Success with Garth Jenson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 67:59


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    352 | Reverse-Engineering Success with Jeff Bloomquist

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 55:42


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    MM 143 | Pack Training, Death Hike Q&A, Understanding Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 28:55


    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: podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    351 | 2022 Death Hike Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 67:16


    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 or podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    350 | Lions, and Trad Bows, and Bears — Oh My!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 74:05


    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@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    MM 142 | Road Access, Two Tags at Once, Frame Extensions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 30:17


    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: podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    349 | He Spent $5,000 to Review Hunting Packs?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 77:02


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    348 | Post Hunt: Father-Son Adventure in Alaska

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 67:19


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    MM 141 | Wind Switched, Now What? Plus, Pack Fit Assessment and Essential Clothing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 23:54


    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: podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

    347 | Eat Smarter, Hunt Better. Understanding Food as Fuel.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 56:09


    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 podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: exomtngear.com/podcast

    346 | Successful Elk Hunters Do This, Not That...

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 71:35


    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: podcast@exomtngear.com Podcast Episode Archive: https://exomtngear.com/podcast

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