What to Pack for Your Backpack Hunt

ChrisMcCotter 2013 gearHunters looking to venture into the backcountry by backpack are sometimes lost when it comes to knowing what to pack, and what to leave at home.  Thankfully there are plenty of BHA members with experience hunting by backpack - members like Chris McCotter of Arizona, who prepared the backpack packing list below for his 2013 archery mule deer hunt in Colorado's Wimenuche Wilderness

 

This packing list is good guide for eight days of hard-core big game wilderness hunting.  We hope this will help you on your next backcountry backpack hunting adventure.

 

  Take Ounces Weights
Badlands 4500 X 125 125
Trekking Poles x 24.6 24.6
Head lamp 1 X 4.6 4.6
Head lamp 2 X 2.5 2.5
GPS w/cover X 7.5 7.5
FRS radio X 6.8 6.8
Video Camera Canon     15.3
Dig. Camera Olympus X 17.7 17.7
       
Range Finder Nikon X   8.3
Leupold Binos w/harness     26.7
Swarovski 15x56 w/mount     54.9
Swarovski 10x42 w/harness X   28
       
Slik Pro Mini tripod w/mount X 37 37
Slik Pro tripod 300D     56
       
fleece Ski Cap X 1.3 1.3
fleece head band     1
UA cold gear gloves X 1.5  
leather gloves     4.9
wool gloves X 2.8 2.8
Bandana X 1 1
       
Under Armor Cold Gear Pants     7.8
Under Armor Cold Gear Shirt     9.4
Socks 2-liner 1-hiking X 6.4 6.4
DuoFold Long Slv Shirt     7.6
Long Sleeve Kings camo poly     10.6
Spare Jockeys X 2.4 2.4
DryPlus Rain jacket X 16.2 16.2
Hardwoods Camo Rain Jacket     31
Green fleece Sportsmans jacket     21.8
Max 1 Rain Jacket     27
Max 1 Rain pants     15.9
UA cold gear 1/4 zip X 16.3 16.3
UA cold gear vest X 11.2 11.2
Dry Plus parka Packable     8.4
Dry Plus rain pants packabe X 6.6 6.6
Sitka 90% jacket X 21.6 21.6
UA Cold Gear Jacket     29.6
       
Bivy Sack     30.9
Aarongs tent only X 40.4 40.4
Aarons tent pole only weight X 14.2 14.2
Kelty Tent 2-man     48.3
Tent poles/spikes     20.8
Slumber Jack Sleeping bag     51.3
Mtn Hardware sleeping bag X 50.7 50.7
Sleeping pad - air X 22 22
Sleeping pad - Z-lite     15.7
       
stove/cookware     18.4
fuel 1 can     11.8
Titanium spoon X 1 1
Stove only     6.8
Bowl metal     3.1
Bowl plastic - yellow X 1.3 1.3
Pot/Lid     7.6
Blue cup X 1.8 1.8
Coleman Propane     16.4
       
Misc bag *see below for contents X 16.1 16.1
Baby wipes - non scent X 1 1
Gatorade bottle full, Small size X 16 16
water 100oz blatter X 100 100
Spare water blatter 70oz X 3.4 3.4
Water purify drops X    
game bags -cheese cloth X 1 1
bungee cords X 1 1
Sun Glasses X 1  
predator calls     3.7
       
Total Ounces Before food :   583.9 Ounces
Total Ounces of food :   235.6 Ounces
Pack weight W/ food:   819.5 Ounces
Pack Weight in Lbs :   51.2 LBS
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