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Are backpacks important for hunting? What is the best way to pack your meat when hunting?
One quite exciting thing about hunting is how it stimulates our basic survival instincts; how it takes us closer to the fundamentally human nature of depending on our dexterity for survival. It is more than get one’s kill. It’s a game that requires a great deal of practice and tactical patience.
It is also not about how hard one hits, but about the precision with which one hits, such that one makes a fast kill and does not cause the game to suffer; and this is where having the right backpack and having the right amount of gear in it comes in.
The best hunting backpacks combines the functionality of being a backpack with making the hunting experience optimal.
Being a hunting backpack, it should have enough space to allow you to store essentials and carry the meat after a kill. It should as well have useful pockets for the riffle, bow and arrows that will enable you to keep or reach for the gears smoothly and swiftly, altogether enhancing the hunting experience.
And when not being used for hunting, a hunting backpack should serve its core function well; when not being used for hunting, hunting back should be suitable as a backpack to carry stuff to other places, for instance, short weekend trips.
So what makes a good hunting backpack? Being a hunter, here are the key features I think hunters should look for in considering a hunting backpack to be good.
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Which is The Best Hunting Backpack?
So which hunting backpack is the best, and why? Straight to the point, I find ALPS OutdoorZ Extreme Hybrid X to be the best.
Of course, making this selection wasn’t easy as there were many backpacks with great designs to choose from. But the ALPS OutdoorZ Extreme Hybrid X bag stands out because of its excellent features, quality, design, and fair price.
Here are the features of the Alps Outdoorz extreme hybrid bag:
- Moderate space and size: 27,000 cubic inches of space and 4 pounds weight, enough for a day’s hunting trip or overnight camping.
- Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 4 inches
- Organizational front pocket that keeps gear at fingertips
- Quiver holder: located on each side of the pack and designed to make the arrows easy to reach.
- Dropdown weapon holder to hold gun or bow when not in use
- Built-in rain cover
- Padded waist belt with two pockets and ability to accommodate clip-style holsters
- Real tree edge camouflage pattern
- Spacious and has enough room for all gears and essentials.
- Highly durable hunting backpack
- Well-padded and comfortable
- High-quality silent zippers
- Rain cover that keeps gear safe
- Fair price
- Removable hip belt
- Lightweight, compact design
- Individual opening for the hydration bladder
- Real tree camouflage design that blends well with the surrounding
- Some hunters may consider the backpack too small
- Some belief the strap clip is weak
How to Choose the Best Hunting Backpacks
The hunting backpack should contain all necessary features that make it fully functional as a hunting backpack such as hydration bladder, sufficient carrying space, bow holder, and other gear pockets. And these features should be designed in a way that optimizes the hunting experience.
A hydration bladder is prioritized because dehydration is deadly, so a good bow hunting backpack should contain a hydration bladder or at least be designed to accommodate one that you can buy.
Carrying space is a feature that can vary depending on the hunter’s preference; for a while, some hunters go hunting with everything they need and space to hold their intended kill, others prefer to hunt light and as such go hunting only with the basic.
Bow holder or riffle holder holds the bow or rifle in place when it is not in use, and
Gear pocket is also essential in a hunting backpack. You need a handful of gears when hunting, and you need them in the right positions such that you can reach for them quickly and swiftly.
The best hunting backpacks not only contain the above features, but they include them in a design that makes them all easy to use and easy to reach, all enhancing the bowhunting experience.
Like space, weight is also a feature that depends on individual preference, depending on how light each hunter likes to hunt.
But basically, the best hunting backpacks are designed such that one gets the more carrying space from as little weight as possible.
A good hunting backpack should also be designed to last, with quality material that prevents ripping and quality zippers that are silent and do not break easily.
Alongside the above features, the best hunting backpacks have an ergonomic design that makes them comfortable to use and a compact design that makes them easy to carry.
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Eberlestock Battleship Pack – Best Hunting Backpack with Bow Holder
Eberlestock is a great brand when it comes to bow hunting backpacks. It contains 12 pockets, which can be used to organize and keep hunting gear and personal clothes.
In the middle of the straps of the backpack contains side pockets that open up like wings, Your bow or any other things can be securely attached in this “wings”.On the side of the backpack are big inner pockets that you can use to store either water bladders or a tripod.
Outside clips are present which can be expanded, making a large space that you can be used to make hauling meat easier.
- Large storage capacity
- Expanded clips for hauling meat
SITKA Mountain Hauler 4000 Framed Expandable Hunting Pack
A SITKA gear Bivy is a special backpack that is used for light hunting. The number of pockets has been reduced to decrease the weight of the backpack. Sitka is known for their lightweight bags, and the Hauler 4000 is no exception.
It’s made of high-quality materials and straps, making it durable and strong. With the bigger compartments, you can easily haul your meat through the woods.
The Sitka mountain hauler 4000 framed expandable hunting backpack is one of the best hunting backpacks in the market. It has one of my favorite features as well: Access to the main pocket through the sides.
- High strength
- No rifle carry
Tenzing Choice Hunting Daypack
The Tenzing Choice Hunting Daypack was designed for comfortability by creating a non-deteriorating comfort-stretch waistband with the perfect fit for the user. What an incredible feat!
This hunting bow backpack has a soft, silent rip-stop strength panel that soundproofs the noise from the accessing gear while moving.
Also, the side-mount quiver attachment easily permits access and keeps the arrows close to the user, while removing additional weight from the bow.
The distinguishing features about Tenzing choice hunting daypack include Breathable mesh back pad, a six organization pockets, fold-out bow and gun, fold-out rain cover and more.
- A soft, silent tricot fabric-covered robic rip-stop strength panels to Quiet any noise from accessing gear thereby maximizing the full concentration of the user.
- A spacious 500 inches sized bag with six organization pockets.
- Firm backrest with plastic additional Aluminum bar, thereby providing stability.
- Durability and sturdy.
- Small Zippered organizers in front of the backpack.
- The rain cover is causing inconvenience when unzipping the compartment.
Badlands Superday Hunting Backpack, Bow, Rifle, and Pistol Compatible
This Hunting Backpack is one of the best, and it’s referred to as the Ultimate Hunting DayPack. The Badlands Superday Hunting Backpack Provides maximum space with a dimension of 21×16×11 inches for the packing of everything needed for an excellent Hunting Experience.
It also has in it a built-in rifle boot, two side pistol holders, and five compression straps that give multiple options for gear attachment.
The Superday was also designed to fit into different sizes and shapes of human form due to its extensible quality and has a load lifter straps that transfer weight from shoulders to the hips.
Surprisingly! This backpack also has a Lifetime Warranty, any damage done to it will be replaced for free by the manufacturer.
- Ease of Carriage
- Large Space capacity
- Good zipper
- Quite Expensive.
ALPS OutdoorZ Dark Timber Hunting Day Pack
This Hunting Bag was designed with a comfortability and functionality in mind. It has a large front pocket, the main pocket, an organizational front pocket and a quiver holder to the side which places the arrows conveniently within arm’s reach, due to this, it enhances the comfort of the user.
The camouflage design placed on the backpack also makes it easy to blend into the environment without being discovered, thereby enhancing safety.
The bag also has a hydration opening system used in quenching thirst.
Stability is ensured with the help of the internal aluminium frame when walking on uneven ground.
- Has a design that fits different types of bows.
- This backpack provides enough room for all needed gear.
- The padded back and waist belt make it comfortable to carry the backpack.
- Has a detachable belt.
- Some Hunters consider the straps not well fitted.
Tenzing TZ PP15 Back country Hunting and Hiking Pack with Rain fly
This hunting backpack was made to meets the needs of the user. It has a size dimension of 28.2 x 15.2 x 7.2 inches. It has different expanded pockets and compartments placed in a compact vertical design, which can be loaded up with all the gear required for hunting.
Its specialized features include the Fold-out bow and gun carrying boot, 21 Total compartments and pockets, 3 Specialized zip pockets, Expandable breathable meat compartment, 5 Horizontal compression straps to secure the load, four vertical compression straps to secure the load and a 3-litre hydration system.
- Ease of Carriage
- Inadequate attachment in the front compartment
ALPS OutdoorZ Traverse EPS Hunting Pack
The Traverse is one of the most suitable hunting backpacks for hauling meat, the reason being that it has an extra 1200 cubic storage capacity just for meat. And also provides a large storage capacity of 3200 cubics, in which all essential gear can be placed into.
The hunting backpack possesses a strap that can contain a bow and gun. There is also a holster on the bottom where the tip of the gun and the bow can be attached to, to prevent it from shaking and dropping. This backpack has a waist belt as well, which will help you to carry the load. On the waist belt, you will find a holster where a second gun can be kept.
- Large storage capacity
- Can be used for a multi-day Hunt
SAS Archery Recurve Takedown Bow Backpack with Arrow Tube
This backpack has a dimension of 29” ×18” ×9” and has two large handy zippered pouches in the front leave plenty of room for accessories!
The distinguishing features of this backpack are Two Large Front Pouches with Total Three Zipped Pockets; Extra Three Pockets Inside The Pouches for All Your Accessories, Soft Inner Material for Best Protection from Scratches, Arrow Tube Holder for protection.
RUPUMPACK Military Tactical Backpack Hydration Backpacks Army MOLLE Bag 3 Day Rucksack Outdoor Hiking School Daypack 33L
The Military tactical backpack, army molle bag can be used for not just hunting, it can also be used for a range back, camping backpack and generally for outdoor activities.
With a capacity of 35L, extra pockets for phone and the MOLLE system, all you need for your hunt can be easily fitted into just one backpack
- MOLLE system
- Durable and reliable
- No drainage hole in case water pours into the backpack
Can You Wash Game Bags?
Game bags are an essential part of your hunting kit; they keep your meat clean after hunting. And in the process, they take on a lot of blood and dirt. Should game bags then be thrown away after use? Well, it is way possible to reuse game bags and get plenty of years of service out of them.
Here is how to wash a game bag after use:
- After removing the meat from the game bag, soak it in a 5-gallon bucket full of water with Dawn dish soap, Borax, or any laundry detergent that you have on hand.
- Let it soak for a while, then rub it a few times with your hands and wring it out, then spray it down with a hose. Repeat this process several times depending on how soiled the bag(s) is
- Spread the bag outside and let it dry slightly before taking it to the laundry room
- Toss the bag(s) in the laundry machine and clean then in hot water with some bleach and any fragrance-free laundry detergent
- Run it through the washer twice, then rinse it and place them in the dryer
- From the dryer, place them back outside till they are thoroughly dried.
Note: it’s a good idea to run the washer with plain water afterwards to clean it.
How Do You Clean a Hunting Pack?
You clean your hunting pack almost the same way you tend a regular backpack.
Here’s a guideline you can follow
- Open all the zippers in your hunting backpack
- Shake the bag off. Turning sideways and downwards as you shake off, so the bag is empty
- Soak in a bathtub or a large sink
- Add detergent and scrub where necessary
- Hang out to dry
Note: Do not wash your backpack in a washing machine
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Use Any Backpack for Hunting?
Yes, you can use an everyday backpack for hunting. However, most bags are not built for use in the wild and as such would not be as effective as using a pack specially designed for hunting.
What Should I Keep in My Hunting Backpack?
Here’s a list of some items you can include in your hunting backpack. You can add or remove from the list as you deem fit
1 Snacks and water packs
4 Rubber gloves
7 Parachute cord
8 Sharpening steel
10 First Aid kit
What is The Purpose of The Waist Belt?
The waist belt takes the pressure off your shoulders. The weight of the backpack is more evenly distributed with the aid of the waist belt.
We do hope that this review helps in choosing the best hunting backpack for your next hunt.