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    Posted: 23 July 2016 at 17:06
I have a big backpack that has a compartment for
packing boned out meat and enough room for stuff to
last a few days.

I am thinking I need a good day pack for carrying a
jacket some food and maybe a spotting scope etc.

I have been looking at packs in the 1200 cubic inch
range. Is this big enough? or maybe too big?

What do you use? and how do you like it? Anything to
look for or something I don't want?

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Wing;

I just use a rucksack, about 1 cubic foot capacity at the
most. Usually I put in a few granola bars, jacket, T.P.,
bottle of water, a pelvis saw, and some cord, that's about
it. Possibly a map if I don't know the area well, and
another pair of socks in case I have to go into a creek.
But that's pretty rare.

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Being right handed I have found a single over the left shoulder pack the
thing that fits my day pack needs. I don't like shooting off a pack strap. I
also sling my rifle on my right side and don't like the double strap with
the gun/pack. Most of these packs have a belt across the waist to help
distribute weight but I don't use it unless I'm loaded pretty heavy. As far
as extra jacket or clothes I have straps that hold it externally. The inside
is where I'd have rope, knives, food, extra gloves, ammo, spotter,hand
warmers,swipe,etc. the outside has a pouch for a water bottle. Single
strap is also quicker to dismount such as to use for a rifle rest. For
some reason it's hard to find left shoulder packs but they are out there.


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Thanks guys. I will check out both suggestions.

deaddog, do you know how big your pack is?

One cubic foot is 1728 cubic inches, so maybe 1200
cubic inches is too small for a day pack? I guess if
you could attach a jacket and a water bottle outside
it would help.

Have any of you tried a hydration bladder? It seems
like a good idea, but I would probably not dry it out
at the end of season and it would be pretty nasty by
the next season.

Thanks guys and keep your ideas coming.

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What I've found very useful, is quiet fabric. I've used same one for 25+yrs, camo fleece with outside pocket and small, main compartment. It used to have compression lacing, long since gone, but good idea. Was designed as bowhunter's pack and small enough, not to interfere with drawing bow.

Closest thing I see now, badlands mine is maybe a bit bigger and without bladder.

Friend has badlands day Tim used it on mountain goat hunt, couple years ago. He was able to bring head/hide out in one trip, meat next trip on full framed meat pack. It's on large side for daypack, to me, but compresses fairly well.

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Thanks Robert,

I will look at them too. The Badlands Ultra is one I
have been looking at. If it compresses I think it
might be a good choice.

I have also been looking at the Tenzing TZ 2220. It is
a little bigger than I think I would need, but it gets
really good reviews.

I would rather buy one and do like Robert and be happy
with it for the next 25 years than buy another one
next year.

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Depending of state color restrictions, a hunter orange for rifle season makes sense. Another friend has similar pack, is hunter orange fleece type material. His is too large for my purposes and he often leaves his in truck, because of size or he loads too much in it.

To me, a daypack should be small enough and packed light enough, that you always have it on. There has been many, who leave fully equipped day pack in truck, when they encounter a game animal and a quick looksee, becomes survival situation.

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I don't know how big mine is. If you start trying to carry more than it
should the single strap will become ungainly. As you recall out first year
mulie hunting I pulled out a compact chair and mono pod out of my
pack while perched on the side of a pretty steep mountain. It was no
issue for me. All you had was contained in your pockets.


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Wing;

I'd say 1200 - 1500 cubic inches should be just right.
But, that depends on how much stuff you want to pack along.
Make up a list of what you do want in the pack, gather it
up & see how big a pile of stuff you have. What does it
weigh? Don't go for a wish list, only what you need.

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DD,
Now that you mention it, I do remember that. I don't
remember your pack only having one shoulder strap.

I also remember our time away from the truck being a
couple hours. I am thinking about those Antelope that
you saw from camp the following year. That probably
would have been a several hour hike and if we shot one
we could have been gone from camp long enough to maybe
eat a sandwich or at least a granola bar and drink
some water. Also, packing out some of the animal would
beat dragging it out.

I'm also hoping to spend a lot of time in the Black
Hills still hunting Whitetail this september with my
bow. I can get a few miles from the pickup. I am
thinking a pack to carry my stuff and some animal
parts out.

That's why I am starting to think a little bigger pack
that compresses into a smaller pack.

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I have a couple of "day" packs. one with two straps and two with the single sling type. These are handy to get on and off quickly as DD said.
Important to have the fabric be a type that is Quiet....and water resistant at least. Outside pockets for items needed to get to often when on the move....gps, camera, water etc. Binos around the neck, maybe on one of those harness things to keep them from flopping around.
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I have used daypacks for quite a while and have found that no daypack meet all my needs. Some times I need bigger packs some times smaller packs. It all depends on what I am doing, time of the year, weather etc. That is why I have a number of good quality packs. With that said I have stumbled on a different idea that works much better for me. A couple years ago I got a ebelstock F1 pack frame to pack out animals and found it works real well for everything. It is just a narrow "L" shaped frame with compression ties downs. To use as a day pack I just put my gear in a dry bag and strap it on. I can adjust the size of the dry bag to what I need, small, medium, large, or extra large. They all strap on in 30 seconds and the frame makes carrying them very easily. If I am going to a mountain lake to go fishing I can strap on a small cooler and a small dry bag, if I am going on a over night or two I can stuff everything I need I a large dry bag and go. If I am hunting and get an animal it usually involves multiple trips so I can just leave the dry bag and pack a quarter or half off the mountain.

If I would have discovered this years ago I would not have bought any of the normal daypacks I have. It is something to consider that is a little out of the norm for packs.
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Lot of years ago, we used surplus pack boards. We would wear two, strapped together and tie other gear on. You would hang quarter on it, carry it part way and go back for second one, while you rested. You could shuttle it out pretty quick that way. I still remember how uncomfortable they were and how much tougher you had to be. I still have couple more modern meat frames, from 25+yrs ago, but view them as last option now.
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One option I like that the Tenzing TZ2220 has is a
boot and straps for a rifle or bow. I am thinking that
after taking an animal that would free up a hand for
carrying a quarter of meat. If one quarter was in or
strapped on the pack that would get the animal out in
2 trips.

I have a frame pack that I would leave back at the
pickup and would get it when I get the first load out
then I could put 2 deer sized quarters on it for the
second trip out.

The more I look at them a hydration bladder is
sounding like a better idea. Most of them hold 3
liters of water and you could carry 2 more bottles of
water in side pockets. I drink a lot of water when I
am hiking. I don't think I would have too much.

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My pack is identical to Dog's. We've compared.

Like Dog I use my single sling pack all the time,
birding, scouting, fishing, even picnic with
grandkids, and once in court.

I find the larger your pack the more sh%t get into it
and it gets heavier.

I have a heavy pack. I hunt with my small pack. On a
kill I take my rifle and small pack out to the truck
and walk in again with heavy pack (no rifle, no coat)
to drag.

If smart when I get the sling pack and rifle to the
truck (like my black bear this May) I often find
'help' for the drag. Because of the weight, I must
take the rifle out without the kill. I use to carry
the rifle and pack 100 yards, then walk back and drag
to the rifle/pack. Getting to the truck and stripping
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I use a pack that was made by a company called BlackHawk. It was issued to me 17 years ago while in the USN. That brand is still around and still supplying many of the specop units today. Very well made and come in a variety of styles. The basic 3-day pack which is what I have, has a pocket in the back designed to hold/carry a camelback water vessel with a port on top to pass through the drinking tube. The website for these shows pics of packs stuffed, so they kinda look over sized. Here's mine with some overnite stuff in it:





With a large main compartment, medium, and small separate zippered sections , and plenty of outside attachment points, you can do a lot with these packs. I sometimes roll up large outer garments and strap on the outside too when I carry a full load. Most often though, it's not even half full, and I can simply sling it over one shoulder.

Also makes a great carryon for flying. Easily carrys a laptop, change of shorts and sox, shaving kit (less sharps), book, and tickets with lots of room to spare. Fits under the seat or in the overhead no sweat.

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I ended up getting the Tenzing 2220. It compresses well
and has enough room for about anything I need a day pack
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Looks like it will work well.
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