Hunting Backpacks and You

July 2, 2012 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Backpack Tips

As every loyal hunter knows, it is essential to have good hunting backpacks with you when you go on any hunting trip, especially long trips.  The fastest way to ruin a potentially great hunting expedition is to wear poorly constructed hunting backpacks.  And of course, it’s important to have a relatively attractive pack, even though most of the animals won’t even notice.

Most of the hunting backpacks today are made by companies that are very aware of the major concerns for hunters when considering what kind of hunting backpacks to purchase.  For example, most hunting backpacks now have padded shoulder straps to keep the straps from digging into your shoulders while you are hiking through those long wilderness trails.  They also can have padded hip straps because the packs are designed to focus most of their weight on your hips.  Without the additional padding, the weight of the pack could cause a lot of pain on your hips as you walk.

Another fantastic advantage to newer hunting backpacks is the adjustable suspension on the packs.  The frame of most hunting backpacks is designed to be adjusted to fit your body properly.  An exact fit of a pack will prevent back and shoulder pain during your hunting trip.  The frame of some packs can be used to carry meat or hide back to your hunting camp with you.  This makes it slightly easier for you to transport your kill.

As for the appearance of hunting backpacks, the most important aspect is not the pattern of the fabric.  There are, of course, many different camouflage patterns available, but there is a more important part to be concerned about when considering which pack to buy.  You want to be certain that there is a large, very clear neon orange colored strip on the pack that will ensure that you are visible to other hunters.  This will keep you safe when you are maneuvering in the woods.

Some of the newest hunting backpacks on the market now offer special extra pockets for smaller pieces of gear.  And unless you’ve been out in the wilderness and found yourself without an easy access pocket for your map or first aid kit, you may not realize how important these extra pockets are.  Things like compasses and ammunition – an, unfortunately, even your rain gear – can vanish into the bottom of the large pockets in your pack, never to be found until you completely unpack once you reach your camp site.  Small side pockets and easy to reach mesh pockets make this problem disappear.