Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Hunting pack load out

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Jed Gitchel 18-Sep-23
Supernaut 18-Sep-23
Jed Gitchel 18-Sep-23
Maclean 18-Sep-23
Jed Gitchel 18-Sep-23
Supernaut 18-Sep-23
Skeets 18-Sep-23
Scoop 18-Sep-23
Maclean 18-Sep-23
RonP 19-Sep-23
GUTPILEPA 19-Sep-23
Jed Gitchel 19-Sep-23
PEARL DRUMS 19-Sep-23
Supernaut 19-Sep-23
PEARL DRUMS 19-Sep-23
Nemophilist 20-Sep-23
Nemophilist 20-Sep-23
Corax_latrans 21-Sep-23
Bigdog 21 21-Sep-23
Old3Toe 21-Sep-23
Slick 21-Sep-23
MCNSC 21-Sep-23
Bigdog 21 21-Sep-23
tobywon 21-Sep-23
4FINGER 22-Sep-23
Maclean 22-Sep-23
charley 22-Sep-23
CoyoteJohn 23-Sep-23
2Wild Bill 23-Sep-23
Jed Gitchel 23-Sep-23
GUTPILEPA 23-Sep-23
Tom McCool 23-Sep-23
Nemophilist 25-Sep-23
From: Jed Gitchel
Date: 18-Sep-23

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What is your hunting pack load out? Assuming we aren't hunting by the truck. What is worth carrying into the game lands? Here's what I carry save two items are missing. Bottle of water and small stainless mug.

From: Supernaut
Date: 18-Sep-23




Jed could you please give us a run down of your gear my friend?

I can make a few things out in your pic. but a few I can't.

From: Jed Gitchel
Date: 18-Sep-23




Compass, first aid kit with ace bandage and zip ties. 6'x6' tarp two lighter's, pocket knife,hand saw , emergency blanket, headlamp, flashlight, hand warmers, granola bar and two tea bags. Water bottle and stainless cup missing from picture. This is 4#s of gear .Sorry for the picture quality I'm still getting the hang of the picture resizer

From: Maclean
Date: 18-Sep-23




Jed, what are you packing meat with when it all comes together and you have a deer or elk down 3 miles from the truck?

From: Jed Gitchel
Date: 18-Sep-23




I'm a Michigan deer hunter....... with a game cart in the truck. When last I looked it isn't lawful in Michigan to debone or quarter a animal in the field. That said I hear your point loud and clear.

From: Supernaut
Date: 18-Sep-23




Great gear list Jed! It looks like you got your bases covered for a great hunt.

Thanks for the run down. It's always interesting and useful to hear what others carry or don't in my opinion.

From: Skeets
Date: 18-Sep-23




You might need parachute cord for a drag rope. I also have plastic bags for the liver and heart. And nitrile gloves for field dressing. I even use vet gloves that go up to armpits with nitrile gloves over them nowadays.

From: Scoop Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 18-Sep-23




Skeeter had my comment, too. Cordage (paracord, small rope, bankline) comes in handy in many ways. But you know that and I would bet you have some in your pants or coat pocket. I find a large silk bandana good for a neck wrap, rough water debris filter, sling and many other uses.

Knowledge is good; and so is experience. A stub of a candle was in my “archery” belt bag for a few early decades. It was used a couple of times to get a stubborn broadhead out of tree, and once to get a fire going in heavy snow. I got away from carrying one over years but have gone back to it.

On old Australian who has tramped and hiked in a lot of the world said if he could have only two items on his person always, they would be a Bic lighter and one of those Mylar survival poncho/vests with a hood. He felt wet and cold killed you the quickest. If he could have a third item, it would be a knife.

Thanks for sharing what is in your kit. It makes for great thought and discussion.

From: Maclean
Date: 18-Sep-23




Thanks Jed, I carry a similar pack load. I use a breakaway backpack so I can pack meat on my back. I'd like to use a cart but the terrain I hunt doesn't allow it. I'm in the mountains of central Idaho and hunt elk and deer in steep rocky country with lots of blow down. Fish and Game allows quartering and/or deboning in the field because that's the only way to get it out, even with pack animals.

From: RonP
Date: 19-Sep-23




wyoming saw game bags paper towels/tp first aid kit rope/cord, extra batteries, and fire starter packable rain gear knife (i carry a leatherman on my belt) head lamp compass ribbon license & tag water, food, snacks

depending on the time of year and where i am hunting, i will also include a hat, neck gaiter, gloves, a packable puffy jacket, and extra ammo when gun hunting.

From: GUTPILEPA
Date: 19-Sep-23




Good job JEB that’s pretty much what I carry

From: Jed Gitchel
Date: 19-Sep-23




How about you guys what do you carry in the woods?

From: PEARL DRUMS
Date: 19-Sep-23




Bow hook, 10' of small cord, two head lights, a spare tab, latex gloves, TP, extra baggies for used gloves and a water bottle.

From: Supernaut
Date: 19-Sep-23




No pic but here is what is normally in my pack for a bow hunt. I will add that I bow hunt within a mile walk of my truck or my house 99.9% of the time. I usually strap my pack to my portable tree stand and carry everything that way. If I'm hunting on the ground I might switch out for a fanny pack depending on weather and how long I plan on being out.

Headlamp Hand held flashlight toilet paper water protein bar small first aid kit knife zip loc baggie (for heart) zip ties skeeter spray when it's warm

I always have my cell phone and a pocket knife on me as well.

Things can come or go out of the pack depending on temperature and time of season. Sometimes a vest or hoodie gets thrown in along with a grunt call.

From: PEARL DRUMS
Date: 19-Sep-23




And a folding Gerber saw

From: Nemophilist
Date: 20-Sep-23

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My daypack contains:

Drag rope, two flashlights, bow pull up line, binoculars, waterproof fletching cover, extra shooting glove, hunting license, fixed blade mora knife with built in ferro rod, field dressing kit, bow hanger, camo gloves, two small plastic bags, gatorade or orange juice, a couple pieces of fruit, toilet paper, emergency poncho, compass, small first aid kit, two bic lighters. And a small bottle of unscented bleach for purifying water.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 20-Sep-23




Also a broadhead sharpening file.

From: Corax_latrans
Date: 21-Sep-23

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Food for A Day. 4,000 calories or so. 3 liters of water.

Can’t Hunt when you’re gassed.

Losing a few pounds anyway…

From: Bigdog 21
Date: 21-Sep-23




Sorry but my first time in Wyoming second trip came across fresh mt.lion track in snow that was not there before. I could smell the blood on pants all at once. So after that a handgun are rifle.it was a nervous trip back out almost dark.

From: Old3Toe
Date: 21-Sep-23




Whenever hunting from the truck, say a mile or less, likely I’m just gonna grab my bow, quiver, and go light-n-fast for a morning or evening hunt in moderate weather. That said, for all day sits or excursions covering distance and elevation as they generally do out west, then I’ll have my lumbar pack… which is still fast and pretty light, but more better when appropriate.

Basic contents are: 2 liters (Nalgene bottles) water, purifier, 2 gamebags, knife, sharpener, pen, tag, zip tie, nitrile gloves, compass, map, pliers, 1st aid kit, umbrella, sunblock, 25’ paracorrd, food ration, lighter & tinder, headlamp, extra batteries, compact magnifying/reading glasses, binoculars, extra socks.

From: Slick
Date: 21-Sep-23




I carry a small pack with an extra string shot in.Water rope small first aid kit,some kind of breakfast bars.Two knives and gloves and always have a phone,i like to go light.

From: MCNSC
Date: 21-Sep-23




I carry most of the same , I don’t carry a first aid kit but I need to get one , your post got me to thinking about it. Always getting cuts and scrapes , once cut my finger on a broadhead while putt an arrow back in my quiver.

Another item I’ve been thinking about is a whistle , just finished reading the book Lost In The Wild , one guy singled his rescuers with a whistle, he was too weak to yell loudly.

Good post.

From: Bigdog 21
Date: 21-Sep-23




I must be old lol. No waterproof maps, compass, flare gun. I know a phone but when I need it it needs charged lol.

From: tobywon
Date: 21-Sep-23




Nemo mentioned toilet paper. I keep a small partial roll in a small ziplock bag. Can double as fire starter as well. I have a match holder with whistle at the ends as well tucked in the middle of the roll too if ever needed.

From: 4FINGER
Date: 22-Sep-23

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Last Load Out... As You all know...every hunt is different and things can change in an instant for Good or Bad haha...I usually carry WAYYYYYY more than I ever would need for 99% of the time...But...its that 1% that I worry about lol...It must be that "Boy Scout Motto" drilled into my head as a youngster :)... Jed your Pack items appear to be plenty for what you describe as your Load Out... Thanks for the reminder to know our areas and limitations and Our readiness for situations that may or not arise... Best of Hunting to All...Keep Safe...4finger

From: Maclean
Date: 22-Sep-23




Awesome pic 4finger! Nice bull! Mac

From: charley
Date: 22-Sep-23




Two tabs, drag rope, 25' paracord, compass, lighter, spare knife, extra pair of gloves, burnt cork, plastic bag for heart and liver, a couple small bungee cords(handy for straping gear to a climber or a tree) and a little toilet paper(handy for marking blood trails and...well you know what).I never carry food or water ever. Northeast whitetail hunting isn't that dehydrating and hungry dogs hunt harder;)

From: CoyoteJohn
Date: 23-Sep-23




- Small trauma kit (including splint and tourniquet) - Snuff can survival kit (fishing line, weight, hook, fire starting materials) - 4x9 camo net - 6x8 rain tarp - Small air mattress - Hammock with mosquito net - 20ft of paracord - 30ft of braided rope with a carabiner - 1.5" pulley - Cheap machete - Bone/limb saw - Diamond sharpener - Skinning knife - Finnish fishing knife - Shemagh - Parka - Hand warmers - Stick on body warmers - Large-fitting overalls - Fleece balaclava - Stainless steel thermos - Folding camp skillet - Multiple calls - String wax - Spare string - Extra broadhead - Blunt points - Nitrile gloves - Two headlamps w/ extra batteries - 6000 lumin flashlight with extra battery - Extra pistol magazine

I hunt "near" my vehicle, but I'll often camp if I'm planning to be out for a couple days. I also go much deeper in than most people. I know a lot of folks will argue that this is too much gear, but I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Besides, I enjoy doing physically demanding things. "Rucking" included.

From: 2Wild Bill
Date: 23-Sep-23




LOL,"You might need parachute cord for a drag rope."

If you can drag it with paracord, you might as well pick it up and carry it.

A 15' to 20' piece of 5/8" rope will serve you better. You would do well to practice some loop knots before get out there and then wonder how.

From: Jed Gitchel
Date: 23-Sep-23

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Here's a tip I learned from my brother in law. Cheetos are extremely flammable and a great way to get a fire going quick.

From: GUTPILEPA
Date: 23-Sep-23




That’s to funny Jed

From: Tom McCool
Date: 23-Sep-23




All good stuff recommended. I would encourage folks to consider and learn how to use a tourniquet; not much time to improvise when really really need it NOW.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 25-Sep-23




Good thread.





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