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.
There's no doubt that a quality photo from a hunt or a special harvest we have made adds immensely to the memories of that hunt that we take from that day forward. Having a picture framed sitting on our desk at work, mantel at home or stuck on a dresser in our bedroom can take us back to that special time and place in an instant and that's something very special. Some hunters enjoy a mount hanging on a wall, and all the memories it keeps inside it's furry or feathered exterior. Some don't...