What to Bring Backpack Hunting

Backpack hunting brings an entirely new element of adventure to the outdoors. For those looking to hunt with a little more solitude, living in the backcountry during a hunt is a sure fire way to have a good time earn stories to last a lifetime.

If you’re a seasoned hunter but new to backpacking, there are a few things you need to know right off the bat that will help you minimize frustrations and even pain.

  1. Be conscious of not overpacking. We as hunters are used to having backups to backups and solutions to every situation we might find. Extra gear means extra weight and unlike common backpackers who come out much lighter than when they went in, hunters fully intend on coming out FAR heavier.

  2. You must be prepared to process your game in the field right away rather than going to the truck for tools. As such, there are certain things you’ll need to get the job done safely.

  3. Be efficient with everything you have on you. The more you’re having to dig through your gear to find what you need the less you’re looking up to see the game you’re hunting. Organize your gear and leave it be.

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Backpack hunting is a beast of an adventure so do yourself a favor and be prepared both mentally and physically. Having the right gear puts your mind at ease so you can focus on the hunt.

As always, if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

*This list is tailored toward the backpack hunter who is planning on hiking in, setting up a base camp, and hunting out from it each day.



A NOTE TO THE READER: When it comes to what to wear on a hunt, everyone has their own specific needs based on time of year, style of hunt, terrain, and personal preferences. By no means is this section meant to be the end-all-be all list of what you NEED to wear, but rather just a suggestion for where to start if you’re intending on living out of a backpack. Everything I do is based on layers in order to create the most comfortable and functional system. If it’s warmer out, bring a lighter variation of what’s below, if it’s colder, bring a warmer variation.

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