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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.




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

083 | Brian Barney on Hunting Hawaii, Curing Target Panic, and more...

Brian Barney joined us last summer for two great episodes (#42 & #43) on Finding Your Next Honey Hole. Be sure to check those episodes out, as they are incredibly helpful in this current time of pre-season scouting. Brian returns in this episode with some great stories and helpful lessons from the past year. We discuss Brian’s new podcast, Eastman’s Elevated, his recent hunting adventures in Hawaii (and the idea of a “meat purse”), how he learned from two misses, yet had the confidence to...

Duration: 01:23:25

082 | Lessons From A Deer & Elk Biologist

Our guest, Craig White, is the Coordinator of Deer & Elk Programs for Idaho Fish & Game. We ask Craig your questions, including: How to start a career in wildlife. How to best use F&G resources and wildlife biologists as a wan to plan/prepare for your hunt. Advice for non-residents that want to hunt in Idaho. Thoughts on lottery vs point systems for tag acquisition in Idaho. An overall outlook for deer and elk hunting seasons in 2017. And much more. Subscribe to receive future episodes, or...

Duration: 01:21:05

081 | Hunting with Pack Goats

Hunting with goats? Yes, goats. Pack goats are more than just helpful for carrying a load. As you will hear, they can even be valuable hunting partners from a strategic perspective. Unlike horses, which are often left in camp, pack goats can hunt right by your side. In fact, when Mark killed his bull in 2016 there were several goats just yards away. In this episode, Mark is joined again by Clay Hayes (previously on Episode 27) to discuss their experiences hunting with pack goats. Whether...

Duration: 01:04:46

080 | Muley Freak's Erik Van Woerkom

Erik Van Weorkom of Muley Freak joins us in a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from building a brand to hunting Sitka Blacktail. We discuss the pros and cons of social media from a personal and professional perspective, several aspects of the hunting “industry”, and then dive into a wild DIY Alaskan adventure story. Learn more or subscribe at

Duration: 00:56:43

079 | Corey Jacobsen's Advice for 3 Types of Elk Hunters

You learn a lot about elk hunting when you do it for several decades and make a living that’s all about it. But what about us? You and me? What specific things should we focus on at our current “stage” as an elk hunter (or even as an aspiring elk hunter)? In this episode, the man with decades of knowledge, Corey Jacobsen of, breaks down what three different types of elk hunters should focus on to make the most of their elk hunts. Additionally, we also speak with Corey about the...

Duration: 01:10:37

078 | Practice Suffering

Our lives are dominated by convenience and ease. Nearly every product we are marketed and every service we are sold has the intention of making our lives easier in some way. There is a limit to the benefits of living this privileged life, and over that limit is what Theodore Roosevelt called, “A life of slothful ease.” To improve — at hunting and at life — we must be intentional about embracing some level of suffering. Steel becomes strong by suffering through the heat of fires; it is...

Duration: 01:01:08

077 | Navy SEAL, Rorke Denver, Explains Grit and Hunting

Author, actor, and Navy SEAL Commander, Rorke Denver, has discovered that backcountry hunting is one of the best activities that military veterans can engage in. We discuss that topic and much more, including why grit or mindset is critical to hunting success. Rorke helps us apply the lessons he has learned as a SEAL to our lives, becoming more resilient and successful in hunting To learn more about Rorke or about the Hunt Backcountry Podcast, please visit...

Duration: 00:59:29

075 | First Lite's Ryan Callaghan

You might know Ryan as a part of the First Lite crew. You might know him as a guest on Steven Rinella's show, Meat Eater. You might know him because his mustache is legendary. We speak with Ryan about a variety of topics in this episode, including a breakdown of the new gear and new camouflage pattern from First Lite in 2017, we also learn about Ryan's most memorable moments and important lessons learned from this past hunting season. And, of course, this episode wouldn't be as valuable as...

Duration: 01:03:21

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