After carrying it all day it will really start to get heavy and it seems to make my hands sore as the trup goes on. I use a sling to carry the bow in and out in the dark, gives my hands and arms a rest. I have also used the sling if I need to climb a steep hill or something. I too have a pack you can strap it to and it works grteat for getting your hands free.
I have a badlands 2800 which has the Bow holder incorporated. Hands free is great for hiking and climbing but not so great if there is an elk that surprises you on the trail. I guess I will carry it as much as possible. Use the pack for night hikes or steep climbs.
The odds are if a elk surprises you on the trail and you are not ready with a arrow out of the quiver and ready to shoot it isn't going to matter. Once he or she sees that you are not a part of the surrounding area they are going to be gone.
I am NOT an expert. But I'm too cheap to pay for anyone else to do the job (local shop wanted $200 to tan my coyote hide). I've used this recipe for rabbit hides, deer hides, a moose skin, and a coyote pelt. I've adapted this recipe from one I found online. Feel free to use it but use this tip at your own risk and comply with all local laws wherever you are. When butchering: Cool the hide as soon as you can get it off the animal. Remove the hide form the...