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,
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
There are a couple ways...