On Saturday, I spent over an hour trying on hunting backpacks at Sportsmans Warehouse. I mostly tried various Badlands packs. I liked the 2200 and 2800, but, unfortunately, I was too scrawny for the waist belt. I found some smaller packs where the waist belt fit, but I felt they were either a bit smaller than I wanted or I did not like the pocket/feature configuration. Very frustrating! I did not realize how complicated it is to find the hunting pack you want. I am still trying to figure out what I want out of a pack, but here is what I think so far.
Camo (no particular pattern, but do plan on using it during archery season), size on the larger end of the daypack spectrum, internal frame, hydration system, be able to attach a bow and rifle.
I also like the idea of having an attached pull-out orange flap for rifle season or hauling out after a successful hunt. Pocket-wise, I want atleast one big pocket, mostly for holding extra layers, and then several medium-sized pockets that accomodate range finders, binoculars, knives, etc. I do not want the millions of flat, tiny pockets that some packs had. For the life of me, I could not figure out what you would use all those tiny flat pockets for.
I am only 5'7" and a bit of a lightweight. If anybody can help direct or focus my search, I would appreciate it.