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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 07-24-2018, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Backpack/gear you carry

Hey everyone, this is only my third season coming up and unfortunately the first where I'm going to have to venture on to public land. My concern is that I am going to have to walk in much further distances than I am used to, and I'm wondering what kind of backpack/hiking pack or other way you all get your stuff in and out of the woods.

Right now I have a small cheap backpack with basically one two openings, one big one small. So it makes it tough to organize everything and limits what I can carry (due to size). I've been hunting in the woods behind my house, so I've been able to come back in after the shot, drop off my bag, go back out with a cart or straps to drag the deer back.

So I'm hoping for some suggestions or pictures of your 'rigs' for ideas on how to best carry everything without being too cumbersome or overweight. Do most people just use a regular backpack? What about 'hiking' style packs with frames?

Anything you think most people don't carry that I should consider bringing? Usually I have:

Small snack
At least 2 knives - Havalon Piranta and a Morakniv Companion or a Buck 192
Orange trail marking tape
TP - so far used for marking blood trails instead of its designed use
Latex or Nitrile gloves
Bag for trash/bloody stuff
Small DEET spray
Small bag of basic first aid stuff - bug bites, bandaids, wraps, gauze
Zip tie or two
One or two packs of hand warmers/toe warmers depending on season

So not a ton but I'm not far from home right now.

I'd like to get a decent pair of binoculars, hand-held gps, and a laser range finder to add to this. Any other suggestions welcomed.
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post #2 of 55 (permalink) Old 07-24-2018, 09:15 AM
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If I'm hiking a lot, I like to have an extra pair of dry socks.
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post #3 of 55 (permalink) Old 07-24-2018, 09:17 AM
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All day tree stand sets:

Archery back pack: Extra Jeep key, Head lamp, small powerful flash light, earth scent wafers, grunt call, small field dress kit, knife, pull up rope, safe T vest, tree belt, range finder, flask of water, 2 protein snack bars, drag rope, 2 empty trash bags-emergency waders etc., thin orange vest, zip tie for tag, wind detectors and phone.

Gun/flintlock: Switch range finder for binoculars and flintlock needs.

I have a backpack with waterfowl camo; however, the deer have not noticed in my 15+ years of its use. I always put every thing in the same pockets all the time so I don't have to search for anything in total darkness. I keep this back pack which is in good shape because it has many pockets as now the back packs I see now have webbing on the sides...totally worthless for my needs.

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post #4 of 55 (permalink) Old 07-24-2018, 10:54 AM
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Depends on how I am hunting and where I am hunting. I have 3 packs that I use on a yearly basis.

1. Early season archery pack
2. Mid size pack
3. Larger pack for all day hunts

My early season pack is small and light. I typically carry only the essentials as I am not hunting far from the truck if I need to run back for something larger.

My mid size pack I'll typically carry a little more. However, this pack is more designed to carry a beanie, gloves and my arctic shield boot covers for early November bow hunts.

Large pack - typically only gets used when I go to Potter Co. in rifle season where I do all day sits and hikes. On these hunts I carry a Tenzing TZ 3000. I will carry more things as I am now miles away from any roads or my vehicle. I will carry what would be needed for an emergency overnight stay in the wilderness. Things like a lighter, first aid, heat blanket, extra pack of food, etc. I read a lot of articles of guys out west on what they carrier and what to use to remove weight. I started using a Jetboil a few years ago. Even though this adds weight as you need to carry extra water to boil its SO NICE to have a hot meal in 20 degree weather. A GPS is a must. Might be my most expensive item in my pack and it really never gets used. However, if I ever need it in a situation I'll be glad I spent the money.

Like anything else to each their own. I love these posts because it always helps me out and gives me ideas to improve on my stuff as well. So thank you for posting this.
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post #5 of 55 (permalink) Old 07-24-2018, 11:46 AM
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If it doesn't fit in my pockets,I don't carry it along.
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post #6 of 55 (permalink) Old 07-24-2018, 11:58 AM
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Treestand pack is a Cabelas fleece fanny pack. Knife, pull up rope, folding saw, grunt tube, flashlight, water, food, rock climbing harness, and tether. Usually a rangefinder and rarely, binos. It gets bungeed to my stand along with extra layers of clothes. I keep the frame pack and game bags in my truck and go back and get it to pack a deer out.

Saddle hunting setup and my general use daypack is a new Mystery Ranch Popup 28. That pack is awesome, so versatile. Pretty much the same kit, except I can pack a deer out in one trip.
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post #7 of 55 (permalink) Old 07-24-2018, 12:35 PM
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Hunting in PA I only take what I can carry in my pockets. One thing that would be a good thing to throw in your kit is spare batteries. 3 AAs fit nicely in a 35mm film canister, although those canisters are harder to come by these days. Having spare batteries has saved the day (or I guess I should say night) for me more than once.
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post #8 of 55 (permalink) Old 07-24-2018, 01:14 PM
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Who makes camo waterproof packs????
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post #9 of 55 (permalink) Old 07-24-2018, 02:06 PM
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All depends where and what I'm hunting. Contents could vary widely.

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post #10 of 55 (permalink) Old 07-24-2018, 04:47 PM
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I know Tenzing and Sitka have waterproof covers for their packs. My Tenzing has one built in at the bottom in a zippered pouch. Have used in multiple snow storms and has worked great.

I have had some cheap packs for years but I do really enjoy my higher end ones a lot more. Like anything else, take care of it and it'll last you forever.
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