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Hunting Insights

Whether you’re heading to the Far North for a hunt of lifetime, or you’ve drawn a coveted tag in your home state, learn hunting tips from the experts at KUIU.

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How To Decoy Pressured Birds

Whether it’s the first of the season or the last, no haphazard effort or loose attention to detail is going to put birds in your spread. Here are some strategies to pull more ducks into your spread.

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Late Season Whitetails

Learn about proven tactics during the late season that are based around evening

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Top-Five DIY Bow Tuning Tools & Tactics

Nearly every common tuning issue with compound bows, like an unleveled sight and poor arrow flight can be diagnosed and remedied with these tools and tactics.

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Top-Five Turkey Hunting Gear Picks

Watch as KUIU’s Kevin Wilkerson explains his layering system for spring turkey hunting in variable temperatures and weather.

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Two for Two

Read about Justin Shaffer’s and Kevin Wilkerson’s recent Coues deer hunt in Sonora Mexico where they both take Boone & Crockett Class bucks.

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Post Rut Strategies for Giant Whitetails

Whether you're archery or rifle hunting whitetail deer, learn about post-rut hunting tactics, strategies, and opportunities that other stages of the rut do not.

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Five Tips Leading to Pre-Rut Whitetail Success

Read on to learn pre-rut tactics for harvesting a mature whitetail.

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No Offseason: Hunt Preparation of Guides and Outfitters

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with three KUIU exclusive guides from our Guide and Outfitters program to discuss preseason prep.

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No Offseason

A 101 for some, and a refresher to others, we’ve put together our top-five habits of getting your mind, body, and gear in mountain shape for days one through 365 of the upcoming seasons.

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6 Elk Hunting Fundamentals for a Successful Hunt

Hunting elk requires more than just having the right equipment—it requires proper planning and preparation as well. The elk hunting veterans at KUIU have compiled their best tips and tricks for a first-time elk hunt.

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Get Your Hunting Rifle Steady

Learn to build a stable position and get your hunting rifle steady using gear you’re already packing.

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E-Scouting Strategies to Maximize Hunting Success

Learn how to scout online and prepare yourself for any hunt this year.

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Top 7 Hunting Gear Tips

Learn tips on traveling with your bow or rifle, headlamps, optics, and must-have items to keep in your pack. 

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Mountain Training – 6-day Workout

This 6-day workout will make your time on the mountain much more enjoyable and successful.

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Top 5 Whitetail Deer Hunting Camo Gear Picks

The needs of a whitetail hunter are as diverse as the areas the deer call home. From Alberta to Mexico, Oregon to Maine, and throughout the heart of the Midwest, whitetail deer and all its sub-species span most of North America.

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Mountain Goat Hunting 101: Tips, Tactics & Gear

Sporting long shaggy coats and sleek black horns, they live in the most unforgiving territories, rightfully earning the title: Kings of the Mountain. Read on to learn more about hunting Mounting Goats.

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Food for the Hunt

For the hunts when everything you need to survive is on your back, we asked a group of experts what their favorite meals are and why.

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Gould's Turkey Hunt: the Least Known Subspecies

Gould’s can be found in plentiful populations in the mountains of northern Mexico in the states of Sonora, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Durango, Zacatecas, Nayarit, Jalisco and Coahuila.

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7 Core Tips for a Successful Mule Deer Hunt

Turning up a mature mule deer buck on public land may be one of the toughest hunts out there. We sat down with expert mule deer hunting veterans, AJ Kissell and Randy Ulmer, as well as our in-house team of hunters for some mule deer hunting tips.

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Strong or Light?

Greg McHale walks us through his off-season training plan including his adventure racing past.

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4 Tips to Make Hunting With Kids a Success

After years of hunting and filling your own tags, now it's your turn to inspire the next generation of hunters.

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Top 10 Binocular Tips From Industry Experts

Proper glassing technique is something that can truly improve your hunting success.

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Brendan Burns on Selecting Sheep Hunts

In this archived live broadcast from KUIU's inaugural Mountain Academy event on June 23rd, 2018, KUIU's Brendan Burns gives a seminar summarizing the landscape of sheep hunting.

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Preparing for the Cold Weather Hunt

Perhaps nothing has changed the game for cold weather hunting than ultralight gear. Learn to leverage the advantages for your next hunt.

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11 Tips for Spring Bear Hunting

Spring bear season is here, so we asked our in-house bear experts for some of their best tips.

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6 Tips for Better Smartphone Photography

If you're looking to photograph your entire hunt and get the most out of your smartphone camera, this is for you. Here are some simple, yet helpful tips to taking better images in-the-field with your phone.

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Allen Bolen - How To Pitch Your Tent

Allen Bolen covers tips and tactics for setting up a floorless shelter.

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Allen Bolen - Where To Pitch Your Tent

Allen Bolen covers where you should pitch your tent and have to best minimize condensation in a single wall shelter.

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Brendan Packs a Trophy

Brendan takes you through how to attach a sheep skull to your pack.

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How To Get Water on a Sheep Hunt

Hydration is crucial for any hunt, but you also need to make sure you are drinking clean water or your hunt may have to end early. See how Jason and his guides stay hydrated while chasing sheep where water is scarce.

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How To Judge a Ram

Brendan give a quick in field tutorial on how to field judge a ram for size and age.

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Jason Hairston on Preparing for a Sheep Hunt

In this archived live broadcast from KUIU's inaugural Mountain Academy event on June 23rd, 2018, KUIU founder Jason Hairston gives a seminar on preparing for a sheep hunt.

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Jay Scott On Glassing and Optics

In this archived live broadcast from KUIU's inaugural Mountain Academy event on June 23rd, 2018, Jay Scott gives a seminar on improving your glassing technique.

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Top 12 Turkey Hunting Gear Picks for the Active Hunter

If you're looking for the best turkey hunting camo clothing and gear to use this season, look no further than this comprehensive guide from the experts at KUIU.

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Platypus Bladder - Full tutorial

Here is a quick tutorial on where to put your water bladder in KUIU's pack systems and accessories.

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13 Tips & Tactics for Better Spring Turkey Hunting

Learn about Jay Scott's relentless turkey hunting process and what it takes to get birds on the ground.

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Ten Tips for Mountain Proofing Your Hunting Bow

Learn the extra measures you can take to ensure your hunting bow never lets you down.

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The Hunting Tradition

There are so many milestones across the hunter’s life. As the hunting season winds down and the holidays kick off, we at KUIU thought it was the perfect time to take a moment to reflect on what inspires us to get outside throughout the year.

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Top Off-Season Hunts

Instead of counting down days until fall, take advantage of these opportunities to hunt year-round with options to fit every budget and skillset.

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Western States Hunt Application 101

If you’ve ever dreamed of hunting western big game, it’s possible without breaking the bank. Learn the application processes, the points game, and the online resources that will get you on your next hunt.

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7 Tips for Shed Antler Hunting in Mountain Regions

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Proper Hunting Pack Organization

Five tips on how to organize your hunting pack for optimal weight distribution, comfort, and balance.

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Zip-Off Bottoms - Base Layers

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Top-5 Pre-Game Whitetail Deer Hunting Tips 

Read on to get the pre-season scouting and set-up tactics to avoid the hard lessons whitetails serve up regularly.

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Pre-Season Whitetail Deer Hunting Prep

Harvesting mature whitetails consistently requires a method of planning and preparation throughout the entire year—leaving no stone unturned. Read on to learn more.

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Best Water Filtration, Treatment, & Purification Methods for Back Country Hunting

Taking the time to treat your water in the back country or on any hunt is vital to maintaining your health. Learn about the proven methods in this article.

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Nutrition for Mountain Hunting – Eating on the Go

Learn about Greg McHale’s high-energy, healthy, and packable snacks that keep him fueled.

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