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What do you carry in your day pack?

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The thing I worry about more than anything is water. I
drink a lot of water every day at work. If I am hiking
I really drink a lot of water. I am thinking I would
like to have a hydration bladder that holds either 2
or 3 liters and a one liter bottle of water on each
side of my pack in the pockets made for them.

I think I will have to pace myself so I don't run out
of water before noon.

Also water is heavy.

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I often hunt by myself, so I plan on at least 3 days, to week, before I'm missed. You need at least 1/2 gallon to gallon a day, water's about 8lbs a gallon. You can't carry enough water, you need way to treat it. Iodine is easiest, water filtration bottle is probably best currently. No matter how you treat water, water flavoring, makes it taste better. Either the little packs, meant for single bottle of water or drops meant for case of bottles, would be worth while.

Remember, in a survival situation, you can go without water, for max of three days. Food for min of week, to max of month and you don't want to eat, unless you have water.

If you can count on being missed, within day, you need only to worry about comfort. I've considered PLB and if I still hunted backcountry, would probably get one.
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Please excuse my ignorance, but what is a PLB?

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It's a Public Library Book. If you get lost, sit down and
read, let them find you. Don't give the rescuers a moving
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Pastrami , Limburger, and bacon sammich....in case you get hungry and also the smell of the pastrami breathe can be smelled for miles!


...oh yeah! thats gonna hurt!
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I don't get far enough into back country to warrant a
PLB.

A lot of the places I hunt doesn't even have trees.

I do hunt in the black hills and the Big horn
mountains. The chance of getting lost isn't the
biggest concern but I have gotten into bad weather a
few times and can see where an accident or twisted
ankle could happen making the time it takes to get out
a lot longer.

I could even see knocking down a deer or elk shortly
before dark and I am thinking that with some kind of
shelter I wouldn't mind getting the animal quartered
and setting up a makeshift camp and walking out the
next morning in the daylight. Especially if it was a
couple hour hike back to the truck.

In that case, A public library book and a
pastrami,Limburger and bacon sammich would be nice to
have.

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I don't carry anything with me. All I have is an empty pack to take the game out in. You guys are all doing it all wrong. I will tell you how to do it. I take most of the stuff other people do I just don't take it in my pack.... I have conned(convinced) the kids... now the grand kids that it is an honor to carry the pack with all the supplies in it and the one carrying the pack also gets the privilege of first shot on any animal we see. I have never told them that I would give them first shot anyway and that I carry all the stuff when they are not there, so they are happy to lug all the stuff wherever we go and if I ask to help they refuse because they want first shot... It works pretty well....
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That sounds like a pretty good plan.

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I usually go light because I'm typically hunting in areas I'm familiar with
and would be able to walk out of in the dark. The time of year tends to
vary some items needed, so I don't always take everything.
Early Fall:
Fanny pack and bellows shirt/pants pockets
Always have
Kbar size knife, and ittybitty knife
Short length of string for tying closed anus when field dressing
Red lense flash lights, big'un and little'un
Compass
Length of paracord with one end tyed in a loop, other end secured to
center of hikery stick, used to drag out deer.
Little ziplock bag of wet-ones, latex rubber gloves, TP
Extra ammo, wallet with licences, truck keys.
Couple chem-lights
One of those handheld butane mosquito repelant machines with extra
consumables.
Headnet, camy hat, gloves, face cover.
Lense paper
Binos
Some surveyer's orange tape
Empty plastic wtr bottle taped up to be quite, to pee in.
Full wter bottle
Something to eat
Phone
Cold weather gets a few changes:
Mosquito stuff is left home
Add extra sox
Add warm-up pocket warmers/toe warmers.
Change to warm cammy gloves and orange hat.

All that stuff above easily goes into the fanny pack. If i'm huntin away
from home in cold weather, I add a day pack with extra food, firemaking
stuff, extra layers of clothes, maybe gortex top/bottoms too.
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I take just a half of a water bottle, and usually bring
most of it back.

40 years ago I got all knives over 4 oz out of my
hunting pack...I'm only staying one day, not camping
for 2 weeks.

Pack rule...keep it light!
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Im with you bear, the lighter the better in my book. I adjust it really,
according to the situation. My list above is what i generally carry for
deer. An afternoon walk about for squirrel will get xtra ammo, and
maybe a knife and light. The phone goes everywhere nowadays. On
the otherhand, if i were making a day trip into unknown territory a ways
from civilization, roads, and cell phone coverage, I think harder about
what I carry in with me. Especially in cold weather!
Most of what I carry, I expect to actually use. Some is for contengency
though. For example, I carry a big knife to cut through the rib cage
when field dressing, and the littke knife for that delicate work around
the rear. Some guys roll their eyes when they see i'm
carrying a standard compass while hunting in areas I could walk out of
in the dark. What they're missing is how handy a compass can be
when one takes a shot at game way out there in non-descript terrain,
needs to find a downed animal they can no longer see. Taking a fix
with a compass, combined with knowledge of the range to target is
mighty helpfull where everything looks the same, like in a growed up
cut-down.

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I carry two small plastic compasses anytime I hunt.
For exactly what you say.

I'm on my 3rd GPS (they do die). Any place I hunt
that I can't see the truck, the GPS is with me.

Hiking 10 days ago, I ran across two excited ladies on
horse back. Young attractive 65 year old. They were
lost. didn't know where they where or where their
horse trailers were parked....women!

They kept saying their GPS didn't work. laugh. My
GPS was working fine, but as usual in that area , no
cell service.

I gave them a map with an X for where they were, some
directions toward the closest town.

I tried but failed to get them to understand...they
didn't have a real GPS. Just a cell phone app. And
that doesn't work unless you have Verison with you.
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They were riding two very good gps, horses know where the trailer, camp, or barn is.
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Thanks Goatlocker for the suggestions.

In my part of the world, I can walk 20 miles and look
back and see my pickup. I do carry a GPS though. It has
a program that tells me if I am on public or private
land.

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