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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.

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.
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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.




104 | I Was Rescued By Helicopter, A Listener Story

"It will never happen to me." That's what most of us think. But all it takes is one wrong step. One careless move. One thing to go wrong. And then, you are in trouble. You are miles-deep into the backcountry. You are severely injured, maybe immobile. What do you do then? In this episode we hear the story from one of you — our listeners. What happened to Steve Wolfe? How did he respond when he found himself immobilized in the mountains? How did such a simple hunt, turn into a serious...

Duration: 00:57:42

103 | $200 vs $2,000 — What makes an optic great?

What makes an optic great? What are the differences between a $200 dollar optic and a $2,000 optic? And what about all of those terms and numbers — objective, exit pupil, field-of-view, eye relief, interpupillary distance — what does all of that mean, and how does it affect us, as hunters? Our guest for this episode, Colby Kroff, helps us understand the anatomy of optics, what details and specifications matter to hunters, and how to best use and care for optics. If you want to learn more...

Duration: 01:13:35

102 | Stealth, Stalking, and Shooting Lessons from a Special Operator

Our guest for this episode, Eddie Edmondson, is a 20+ year veteran of Special Operations in the United States military. Eddie continues to work as a trainer and shooting instructor, while also pursuing his passion of big game hunting. Eddie's combined experience in the military and in hunting endeavors has given him incredible insight that he shares with us on this episode, as we discuss topics like stealth, stalking, shooting, mindset, and much more. Also, don't forget to enter the 100th...

Duration: 01:09:59

101 | Building Your Best Bow Sight

Dustin Wardell from Black Gold Bow Sights joins us to discuss all aspects of selecting or building the best bow sight for your needs. We cover pin selection (number of pins, color of pins, size of pins, etc), discuss the pros and cons of choosing a fixed vs a moveable bow sight, the advantages and disadvantages of micro-adjust, and so much more. If you want to learn more about bow sights, this deep-dive discussion is just for you! Also, don't forget to enter the 100th Episode Giveaway to...

Duration: 01:02:52

100 | Giveaway Celebration

We want to celebrate Episode 100 of the podcast by thanking you — our listeners. We are giving away an Exo Mountain Gear 3500 pack system and many of our previous podcasts guests have also stepped-up to offer you more than a dozen additional prizes. Listen to the show to get all of the details and complete the giveaway entry form at Winners will be selected on December 1, 2017.

Duration: 00:40:35

099 | Laughs & Lessons From Colorado

If you caught Episode 95, you heard about a 5-state, 45-day elk hunting project that the Born and Raised Outdoors crew embarked upon this fall. Well, they are back, and in this episode, they join us to recap their Colorado elk hunt with Exo Mountain Gear co-founders, Steve and Lenny, as well as Jason and Tyler from Pure Elevation Productions. We always try to bring value in each and every episode we publish, and there are certainly many insightful lessons shared in this one, but there is...

Duration: 01:33:33

098 | Long-Range Hunting: Why, What, and How

This episode on Long-Range Hunting is a continuation of our Building a Backcountry Rifle series. Our guest is the President of Gunwerks, Aaron Davidson. Aaron helps us understand why some hunters pursue long-range hunting, what misconceptions exists around the idea of long-range hunting, and for those of you interested — he helps us understand the gear and skills necessary to begin a journey in pursuing effective long-range shooting. Steve and I learned a lot in this discussion, and I'm...

Duration: 01:13:00

096 | Stories from September

Mark, Steve, and Lenny return to the podcast to share their stories from September. You'll hear the good, bad, and ugly from their elk and mule deer hunts in Idaho and Colorado. Tactics, strategies, and gear that worked well, as well as what didn't work. We hope you had a great September and would love to hear about it, so be sure to share your stories and field photos with us. Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast and catch the 100th Episode giveaway coming soon......

Duration: 01:14:56

095 | 5 States, 45 Days, How many elk tags filled?

What would it be like to experience 45 days of back-to-back elk hunts in Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, and Montana. You're about to find out. This epic adventure is happening right now and will be filmed and released beginning November 1st on the Born and Raised Outdoors YouTube channel. We chatted with Kody and Trent from the BRO crew before they started this hunting marathon to hear how they've prepared for it, how they'll pull it off, and why they're documenting every step of the...

Duration: 00:57:27

094 | Alaskan Caribou Adventure

Steve and Lenny just returned from their first Caribou hunt in Alaska and tell us all about their trip. Learn what worked well, what didn’t, and what they would do differently next time. More than just lessons learned, we also hear some great stories — such as why they slept in a shipping container, how caribou were shot out from under them, and how Lenny ended up face-down in a river. We hope your September is going well! Be sure to share your field photos and hunting stories with us by...

Duration: 01:18:04

093 | Last-Minute Elk Hunting Advice from the "Elk Nut"

Paul “the Elk Nut” Medel returns to share some last-minute advice that might help you fill your elk tag in the coming weeks. Paul was previously a guest way back on Episode 36, which has been one of our most popular shows. Paul has a decades-long track record of successfully killing bulls on public land with over-the-counter tags. Paul encounters the same situations and problems that you and I do on these tough hunts. This episode is a special opportunity to hear some of what has made Paul...

Duration: 01:24:51

092 | Learn the Language of Elk with Chris Roe

Sometimes you call at a bull and he comes charging-in, giving you a shot opportunity. Sometimes that happens, but not often enough. Other times our calls go without a response. Or, worse yet, our calls seem to have a negative effect on the elk we are after. Why is that? Do we really sound that bad? Maybe that answer isn’t in how we sounded, but what we “said” to the elk. Maybe our call meant something we didn’t intend. Think about it, elk don’t make noise for no reason. They are...

Duration: 01:17:25

091 | Solving Common Elk Hunting Scenarios

You called a bull towards you, but he couldn’t come close enough — what could you have done better? The elk are quiet, what should you do? When should you cow call, when should you bugle? You’ve been hunting the area for a while without much luck — should you move on or stick it out? What calling strategies and setups can you do when hunting solo? These are some questions, from you, that we answer in the episode of the Hunt Backcountry podcast with our guest, Corey Jacobsen. Our single...

Duration: 00:58:52

090 | The Best Stove System for Backcountry Hunting

What is the best stove system for backcountry hunting? Mark and Steve take a look at several good options, comparing them, highlighting their pros and cons, and giving you the information you need to make an informed decision. If you enjoy this type of gear talk, be sure that you also catch Episode 89, where Mark and Steve take the same approach to selecting the right headlamp for backcountry hunting. As always, you can find more information and all #HuntBackcountry podcast episodes at...

Duration: 01:06:52

089 | The Best Headlamps for Hunting

This episode is unlike anything we have ever done before. Steve and I have been testing a handful of headlamps for a few months now, and in this show we dive deep into our review and comparisons of each model. While each headlamp has its pros and cons, there were some that were clearly better than others. And although some headlamps might be good general lights, the backcountry hunter has specific needs — some of the models we tested excelled at meeting these requirements, while others...

Duration: 01:05:06

088 | Taxidermy Tips for Your Next Trophy

How can you ensure that you get the best result possible when it comes time to mount your trophy harvest? We answer that very question in this episode of the Hunt Backcountry Podcast with our guest, Casey Higley, of Wild River Taxidermy. Casey is not only an award-winning taxidermist with decades of experience, he is also a passionate backcountry hunter that understands how to best care of an animal in the backcountry and prepare that trophy for a trip to the taxidermist. Casey shares...

Duration: 00:57:35

087 | The Cure for Target Panic with Joel Turner

There are three kinds of archers and bowhunters — those that have experienced target panic, those that will experience target panic, and liars. Mark and Steve have each battled target panic and have had varying levels of success overcoming it. In this episode, Mark and Steve discuss the topic of target panic with Joel Tuner of Iron Mind Hunting. As a SWAT sniper, successful competitive archer and dedicated bowhunter, Joel has broken down the shooting process to its fundamental components...

Duration: 01:17:27

086 | Speedgoat Success with Joe Jacks of TightSpot Quivers

The discussion in this episode was so much fun! Our guest, Joe Jacks, runs TightSpot Quivers and is a passionate big game archery hunter. We talk a bit about Joe’s roots in hunting and with TightSpot, then we take a deep dive into archery antelope hunting. Joe has been chasing “speed goats” for years and has some amazing stories and tactics to share. Learn more about the podcast, find previous episodes, and subscribe to future episodes at

Duration: 01:09:54

085 | Recapping the Exo Death Hike

The 2017 Exo Death Hike was a success! Twenty guys completed just shy of 40 miles through some beautiful Idaho high country. Although the terrain was rough, the trail was good for much of the hike, which meant that this year’s hike wasn’t as torturous as last year’s. It was far from a “walk in the park” though, and every man had plenty of opportunity to test his physical and mental strength. In this #HuntBackcountry episode, Mark and Steve are joined by fellow Death Hiker and backcountry...

Duration: 00:56:16

084 | Fix Your Food with Heather Kelly

Heather Kelly, owner of Heather’s Choice adventure meals, returns to the Hunt Backcountry podcast to answer an array of questions about nutrition and performance. (Heads up: discount below!) As a trained nutritionist, experienced athlete, and backcountry adventurer, Heather is uniquely equipped to discuss specific nutrition aspects of our pursuit — backcountry hunting. Making food choices for a hunting trip, however, is one thing; having a proper diet for the other 300+ days a year is even...

Duration: 01:18:00

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