i've had a cabelas alaskan guide model framepack for a long time. it's not a bad pack. it's heavy, there's a lot of things on it i don't use. so i modified it. i studied engineering in college, but i had a PE in redneck engineering by the time i was in highschool.
here's the evolution of my frame pack. i took tubing cutters and made a tripod swivel out of the extendible top bar. i took off the freighter pod bottom. i cut out the rainfly, i cut half the straps(including the ones for the soft pack part) and took a lot of padding out,
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...