The Backpack Hunting Gear List

Backpack hunting is a beast of an adventure. Knowing you have the gear you need puts your mind at ease so you can focus on the hunt.

Listed below is a gear list of everything you’ll need for a successful backcountry backpack hunt. Some item include links to items I personally use and believe in.



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  • Backpack

  • Tent

  • Sleeping Bag

  • Sleeping Pad

  • Ground Sheet

  • Cook System

  • Pack Liner


  • Game Bags

  • License and Tag

  • Game Processing Kit (knives, para cord, gloves, etc.)

  • Weapon of Choice

  • Ammunition or Arrows

  • Optics


  • Base Layer (top/bottom)

  • Pants

  • Mid Layer

  • Insulation Layer

  • Rain Shell

  • Underwear

  • Socks

  • Hat/Beanie

  • Gloves

  • Boots


  • Food (meals/snacks)

  • Food Bag/Storage

  • Zip Lok Trash Bag

  • Water Filter

  • Primary Water Bladder/Bottle

  • Secondary Water Bottle (collapsible)


  • Trekking Poles

  • Primary Navigation: GPS

  • Secondary Navigation: Map and Compass

  • Head Lamp

  • Organizational Bags

  • Power Bank (electronics charging)

    • Appropriate cables

  • First Aid

  • Hygiene Kit

  • Medications

  • Possibles Kit

    • Small Multitool

    • Duct Tape

    • Fire Starter

    • Blister Prevention


  • Pillow

  • Pack Liner

  • Neck Gaiter

  • Camp Shoes

  • Gaiters

  • Sit Pad

  • Camera


Final Thoughts and Advice

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

Do NOT Overpack

  • We as hunters are used to having backups to backups and solutions to every situation we might find ourselves in. 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.

Prepare to FIELD PROCESS Your Game

  • 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.

Efficiency is KING on a Backpack Hunt

  • Be efficient with your gear. The more you’re having to dig through your gear to find what you’re looking for, need the less you’re looking for that buck of a lifetime. Organize your gear for the day and leave it be.

By Land,

Emory Wanger