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Location: Kamloops, BC
Joined: 12/09/2008
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Duffel Bag to Back Pack - What equipement I really used

This was my first year hunting, and I had prepared really well. Too well. I had collected items and equipement all spring and summer and ended up with a big duffel bag full of loot I thought forsure I'd be needing. It weighed about 60 pounds. Today, the last day of hunting in Kamloops, I had just a backpack with 10 pounds of equipement. The outfitters have so much cool stuff, catering to every thought of what a guy might need in the bush. After I thought I'd need all this stuff, a lot of it is still in the wrap, brand new. I gained a lot of experience this season so I know the difference between what I really need, and what I really dont need-but is cool. All those gadgets add up quick!
So now I have a good sense of what is practical when hunting.

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Location: California
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Duffel Bag to Back Pack - What equipement I really used

Ha! Welcome to my world. I allways overpack on a hunting trip. My wife complains I take more junk just for a day at the range than I do on a ten day vacation cruise.

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Location: West Carleton, Ottawa, Canada
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Duffel Bag to Back Pack - What equipement I really used

You can always leave it in the tent/truck or hanging from a tree if you don't end up needing it....but you can't always go home and get it if you end up needing it.

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Location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
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Duffel Bag to Back Pack - What equipement I really used

Other than survival gear, my practice is to lay everything out after the hunt and remove (after careful consideration) any thing I did not use. I too, tend to over pack!

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Location: Kamloops, BC
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Duffel Bag to Back Pack - What equipement I really used

Yes, I did the same after each time as well. Slowly I realized what I was using, going to use and probably not going to use. My pack is now perfect for what I need. Of course, the axe, chainsaw,shovel, rope, tarp etc is always in the truck. Since I live a 1/2 hour away from most places I go, anything I dont have, a quick call to my friends will get me what I may need. What I would like to get is a portable winch that runs on a gas motor. I saw them at Costco, but they dont have them anymore. That would be cool for almost any predicament.

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Location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
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Duffel Bag to Back Pack - What equipement I really used

The chain saw winch is really cool. Another hunter used his to help us get unstuck from muck on a dry lake bed a couple of years ago. We then found one in Cabela's Bargin Barn and bought it for $399. Have not had an occasion to use it since then.

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