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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-14-2012, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Deer Hunting.....Lightening the Load

When I started out hunting I basically took with me the bare essentials. I don't think I carried anything that I didn't actually use or would use if I took a deer. The last few years it seems the list of 'stuff' I take into the woods for deer hunting gets larger and it's almost comical to compare it to what I used to carry with me.

I'm really starting to ask myself if I really need all of this and if my hunting would be more enjoyable with a simpler approach once again. Sometimes it can seem that the need to have everything to cover any situation that pops up can blur the line between obsession and enjoyment.

So I guess my question is this. With all of the gadgets and technologies available today, what is the bare minimum you would feel comfortable carrying into the woods with you all season to hunt deer for all day hunts?
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post #2 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-14-2012, 05:05 PM
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Re: Deer Hunting.....Lightening the Load

I went through something similiar about 7 years ago.

Sold my compound and learned to shoot a recurve. Both simpler and lighter.

Quite taking non essentials like calls, binoculars, hatchet?, and basically downsized to get rid of my back pack.

Also started to use loc on stands to limit using my climber and even hunting off the ground from time to time.

Basically I have my bow and quiver, grunt call, bow hanger, a rope, and a knife.

It is much more enjoyable now.


The deer didn't disappear.... the 250,000 guys who used to walk around and make the deer move did.
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Re: Deer Hunting.....Lightening the Load

I am one of those that hits the woods with a backpack full of stuff that I might need or want. I would feel naked without the extra ten pounds on my back.

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Re: Deer Hunting.....Lightening the Load

I carry my rifle, shells, rope, and a knife. I carry less with me usually than I did years ago.
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post #5 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-14-2012, 11:10 PM
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<span style="font-weight: bold"> I carry my rifle, 3 extra shells, knife, drag rope, a small thermo's of coffee, and two sandwiches....Most days depending on the weather....</span>
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I have a small pack. water,tp, binos, one call, a knife, buck bomb,buck urine, and scent killer.
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Re: Deer Hunting.....Lightening the Load

I carry: (In rifle season)

Rifle
Climbing treestand
AA Mag Light
A small day pack with:

Knife
Small folding saw.
Rope
A drag harness.
Zip ties.
A small first aid kit.
A very small roll of TP.
Two clips (one for the rifle and one extra.)
A plastic holder with 10 shells.
Sandwiches.
Cookies.
A couple of apples.
Gatorade.
A couple of handkerchiefs.
Extra gloves and hat.
A cell phone.
A walkie talkie.

Not much I'd give up there. I walk in a mile and stay all day. Don't want to be heading back to the truck for anything. In archery, I travel considerably lighter.
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post #8 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-14-2012, 11:43 PM
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Re: Deer Hunting.....Lightening the Load

By the time I stopped hunting with a rifle I carried more crap than a trooper in the 82 Airborne jumped into France with on 6 June. Now that I switched to a longbow I carry: the bow, a knife, 4 arrows, drag rope, water, cell phone and a small first aid pack.

Good night Chesty, wherever you are......
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post #9 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 12:19 AM
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I do 99% of my PA hunting now in 5C on small parcels usually 15-20 acres so usually I am rarely more than a couple hundred yards from the truck so I take as little as possible and if only hunting a couple hours the bare necessities. Funny I have a friend I hunt with and he always takes a full pack - even if hunting his own property as though he was staying for days. No matter where he is on the property it is no more than 250 yards to the house - comical in a way but we can't break him of it. I try to hunt elk each fall with bow when I can draw a tag. Since most of the day is walking - lighter is better - decent fanny pack with some food, water, knives, first aid and such works well.
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Re: Deer Hunting.....Lightening the Load

It can vary for me from rifle a few extra shells. drag rope, map, gps and compass, paper towels and TP. To at times if it is going to be cold and I am going to stay out for the day. i have a small backpack stove, and a small fuel cell a can of soup and the ability to have some fresh coffee. i can sit or hunker down, fire up the stove and food and still keep an eye out.
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