A smaller backpack (under 3000 cubic inches) is suitable for a day trip. The longer you plan to stay in field or time of year will dictate the size of the backpack you'll need. If you’re backpack camping or planning to pack out a load of meat, bring a bag that has plenty of storage and/or has a frame strong enough for the weight.
Place your backpack flat on the ground facing up. You’ll want to pack the bottom of the pack with midweight items like clothes or sleeping bag. The middle back (the section closest to your back) should have the heaviest items like a spotting scope and hydration bladder. The top and front of the pack is where everything light should live - light & small items that you need easy access to. Packing in this manner will provide an optimal center of gravity and more comfortable backpacking.
Yes, as hunters we need to be prepared for a variety of situations. Weather, injury, standard all day pursuits and a successful hunt require a lot of gear to be carried without a pack. Bringing the essentials to properly take care of yourself for a long day or a down animal is extremely important for going out into the field.
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