Backpack Hunting in Dry Conditions – How to Do It
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by Joshua Kirchner
1w ago
Water is life. For a backpack hunter, there are few things as exciting as finding a reliable water source from which you can nourish yourself off the beaten path. Without water, we simply cannot survive out there. This poses a problem for those of us who live/hunt in dry climates. What do you do when backpack hunting in dry conditions? How do you do it? As a resident of Arizona for the past 20+ years and an avid backpack hunter for the past 10+ years, these are questions I am all too familiar with. Whether it was me asking them or others asking me for guidance around them. The solution to all ..read more
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After Season Arrow Setup Report 2023/2024
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by Joshua Kirchner
2w ago
2023 had no shortage of gear changes for me. I’m always looking for ways to solidify my system even more. The only way to do that is to try out new things. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. During the 2023 season, I was reminded of the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” My arrow setup is now what it once was instead of something totally new. My Setup Arrow – Victory VAP TKO I’ve ventured out of my comfort zone the last few years and tinkered with some new arrow setups. I’ve tried heavy arrows, midweight arrows, high-mod carbon arrows, low-mod carbon arrows, etc. From in the ..read more
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Rangefinder Tips – Alternative Uses Besides Ranging Animals
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by Joshua Kirchner
1M ago
Back before I ever had my very first rangefinder, my perception of them was always that they existed for one to range an animal to get an accurate distance to aim for the shot. And while they absolutely own that space in terms of use, there are other ways that I have found to effectively use rangefinders to make me a more efficient hunter. 2 in particular to be exact. Planning Stalks The first AHA moment I had with rangefinders many years ago was when I realized I could use them to help plan my stalks in the field. Planning a stalk and navigating over to an animal is one thing. Knowing where ..read more
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Goals for the New Year – 2024 Edition
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by Joshua Kirchner
1M ago
It’s that time of year. When people are making New Year’s Resolutions and building their aspirations for the coming 12 months. Right after hunting season and the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it feels like the right time for a fresh start. I get it, and I’m no exception. I’ve got aspirations of my own, and because this is my blog, I’m going to share some thoughts I’ve had on the New Year and the goals I have in my sights. Finish My Book That’s right. I haven’t been too chatty about this, but for the last few years, I’ve been working on another book. Writing a book is a huge undertaking ..read more
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Arizona Bear Hunting – IMPRINTED – New Film
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by Joshua Kirchner
1M ago
Arizona bear hunting is something that I fell in love with many years ago. From the beginning I was hooked. I remember sitting at a water hole, not knowing what I was doing in the least, and having a bear stroll by me. A few years later I’d get my first Arizona bear and the fire inside would burn even brighter. This past October I returned back to the area I got my first bear in and was greeted with a flood of emotions, as well as made new memories. The film of this hunt is called Imprinted, and I am so thrilled to share it with you below. Imprinted documents not only my hunt, but a good frien ..read more
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2023 Hunting Season – A Look Back
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by Joshua Kirchner
2M ago
At each start of a new year, I always feel like I am rich with time. A whole 365 days is ahead with a long list of adventure hunts planned. And each year it blows my mind how fast those 365 days fly by. So quick that sometimes it’s hard to appreciate things in the moment as they happen. In light of that, I’m going to treat this as a reflection post. One that takes a look back on the 2023 hunting season. January Archery Deer The first hunt of the year was right in my home state of Arizona. January archery deer is one of my most cherished hunts of the year. A group of friends and I packed into ..read more
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The Secret to Bowhunting Coues Deer – Rutting Bucks
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by Joshua Kirchner
2M ago
Right now, I’m sitting under a blanket downstairs in front of a Christmas tree. It’s my favorite time of year. Not only do I cherish these times spent at home with family, but right after the fact, I’ll be heading into the field with my bow. Bowhunting coues deer during the month of January is like a second Christmas to me. People come from all over the country to try and pursue these beautiful little deer with their bows and escape the relentless bite of winter. As alluring as the gray ghost is, it’s no secret they are tough to get an arrow into. The animal is “on 11” at all times so sneakin ..read more
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New Bear Film in the Works
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by Joshua Kirchner
2M ago
I can’t believe it’s already December. Where does the time go? I’ve been doing my best to soak up the time with family and enjoy the holidays. Hope you’ve been doing the same. Along with that, I’ve been working on something I’m extremely excited to share with you all. It’s a new bear film called Imprinted and it documents my 2023 Fall Bear Season in Arizona. Fall Bear in Arizona is a hunt that I cut my teeth on. For that reason, it is one of the most cherished hunts I do. Not only am I a bear nerd, but it has honestly become a basking session of nostalgia for me. So many memories from past hun ..read more
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Bowhunting Mindset – 2023 Takeaways
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by Joshua Kirchner
2M ago
If I’ve learned one thing about bowhunting, it’s that mindset is huge. The technical aspects of it all are important, but if your mental game is off, none of that matters. The 2023 archery season was one of those seasons that served as a reminder of all of this. My backpack may not have been heavy throughout much of it, but my mind sure was. The takeaways were monumental for me and I want to share this shift in my bowhunting mindset with you here. Clear Head Going into my first hunt of the Fall, my head was anything but clear. I thought it would be ok, but it wasn’t. It caused me to think too ..read more
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New Mule Deer Film – Perspective – An Archery Mule Deer Story
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by Joshua Kirchner
2M ago
High country mule deer hunting with my bow is something that I have really grown to be passionate about. It always takes me into the gnarliest places both in terms of ruggedness and looks. This past 2023 early season was one for the books. Now, I know that is a cliche way of describing something, but to me, it really was. It served up not only adventure and good hunting, but a healthy amount of perspective that I needed in my life. Hence the title of this film that I am so excited to share with you. Perspective is a film that documents my 2023 archery mule deer season. It spans across two diff ..read more
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