Aram von Benedikt, writer for Outdoor Life

Aram von Benedikt



  • Enjoys writing about hunting in remote wilderness places.
  • Previous work experience: Western big-game outfitting and guiding, teaching bowmaking, and building presentation-grade Golden Age muzzleloaders.
  • Interests: hunting wilderness elk, old mule deer bucks, and every other kind of big game. Also traditional cowboying, raising good kids, horsemanship, and primitive skills.
  • Expertise includes horse packing, navigating, survival, finding and calling elk, glassing and stalking mule deer, and tracking big game.



Aram von Benedikt is one of Outdoor Life’s western writers. He has no formal credentials as a writer, only the authenticism born of a life spent in the backcountry and a library of 3,000 books.

More from Aram von Benedikt

A young hunter watches for deer as he walks across the desert.

A Son’s First Solo Hunt, and a Father’s Lesson in Letting Him Go

Hunting the Grey Ghost: Stalking Arizona Coues Deer

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Best New Ammo from SHOT Show 2023

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11 Ways to Start Preparing for Your Fall Elk Hunt in the Offseason

Backcountry Gear: How to Adjust Your Hunting Pack

Hunting Basics: Three Keys for Finding Game to Hunt

Elk Hunting Tips: An Introduction to Cow and Bull Calls

How to Tie Knots: The Butterfly Knot

Scouting Tips: How to Set Up Public Land Trail Cameras for Better Photos

Guided Hunts: How Much Should You Tip Your Hunting Guide?

DIY Backcountry Hunt: How to Plan and Execute Your Public-Land Adventure

Going Primitive: A Record-Book Longbow Buck and Flintlock Bull Elk

Backcountry Backup: 7 Items to Pack in a Pocket Fishing Kit