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Help With Backpack List

I was wondering if you guys could look over my backpack list for me and see if I need to + or - anything. Heading out next month for my first mule deer hunt. This will just be for hike in day hunts and some items will be divided between the two of us.

Water
Food
GPS
Camera
Batteries
Gun-Sling
Ammo
Rope
Tarp
Flashlight
Game Bags
Gambrel
Binos
Spotting Scope
Towels-Wipes
TP
Shooting Sticks
Bipod
Cleaning Rod
Multi-Tool
Map
Tag-Zip Ties
Knives
Gloves
Coat
Socks
Scent Blocker
Lighter-Matches
First-Aid
Two-Way Radios
Range Finder
Saw
Hatchet
Compass
Trash Bags
Orange-Hat-Vest
ID-License
Ink Pen
Scope Cover
Head Lamp
Butt-Out
Calls
Zip Lock Bags
Hand Sanitizer
Stocking Cap
Rain Coat
Orange Tape

I will be using the Cabela's Alaskan Outfitter Pack.

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If you are just packing in

If you are just packing in for the day and returning to vehicles at night you might be able to get rid of some items. I just went for 3 days and the packs get heavy with all items. I usually carry almost a gallon of water in my pack for the day which adds weight. Just a few suggestions from me.

If you have game bags, do you need zip lock and trash bags? Do you really need a gambrel? Do you need a hatchet(lots of weight)? If you have a bipod do you need shooting sticks?

I would try to minimize everything you can. My pack was 45lbs going in on day one, but I had a tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, water filter, cook stove, gas for stove, pan to cook in. Along with almost everything else you listed. I was struggling the first 2 hours. I had to set up camp and drop all the extra weight to get around the next 2 days.

Good luck with the hunt.

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What about a cell phone for

What about a cell phone for emergency call if something happens? Not sure if you will have cell service or not.

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If this is just for a day

If this is just for a day hike I would personally get rid of over half of your list.

Water= yes, at least 1-2 quarts depending on how far you plan on going                                      

Food, GPS, camera, go without saying.  What kind of batteries?  If the ones in your camera and GPS are charged they should last you the length of the hunt.

Gun sling should be on the rifle and not in your pack.  Ammo?  What is in your rifle+1 box as a just in case.

Rope=No, instead take 100' of paracord

Gamebags, you reallty don't need gamebags for a day trip.  If you have to you can hang your deer in a tree and come back the next day to retrieve him.

 

Tarp= What do you need a tarp for on a day trip? 

Flashlight, Replace with a headlamp+extra batteries, they are smaller and lighter and easier to use than a flashlight if you are packing other things.

Gamble, forget it.  Too much extra weight.  If you have to you can use a tree limb just as easy.

Forget the spotting scope and use your binoculars.  A spotting scope usually requires a tripod and just adds more weight.

TP and Wipes, figure out what you would use in a day or two days and pack them indivudually in zip lock bags.  You don't need a full roll or a whole box of wipes.

Ceaning rod?  You can pick up a compact cleaning kit that fits in the palm of your hand or even better yet a Bore Snake in the proper caliber.

Multi tool, it goes everywhere with me.  With a multi tool you should only really need one extra knife.

Paper map goes without saying even if you are not familiar with the area even if you have maps on your GPS. 

Tag-Zip Ties,  See paracord

Shooting stick, what are those?  Learn how to shoot and use what is available.  Trees, fences, rocks, prone posistion, or sitting posistion all work just as well.

Bipod, see shooting sticks.

Gloves, go without saying + extra pair.

Coat, depends on the weather.  I can usually get by with just a sweatshirt for a day hike even durring the colder months.

Socks?  How bad do your feet sweat?  Are you planning on crossing any streams?  You can always take them off to dry if you need to. 

Sent blocker, never use it and I don't worry about it during a rifle hunt.

Lighter/matches YES + a magniesum stick

A small first aid kit is handy but not one that contains the kitchen sink.  I get buy with paper towls or a large guaze pad and electrical tape.  The tape can also be used for other things.

Two Way Radios, it depends.  If you are not familiar with the area and plan on seperating from your hunting buddy they can help. 

Range finder, No.  Learn how to tell ranges with your eyes.  If you have never hunted in the large mountains it might help.

Saw, NO.  I have a small one on my multitool and have used it to quarter a elk.

You don't need a hatchet.

Compas, Yes

Trash Bags, one or two small ones 13 gallon size.

Orange hat and vest, should be on you not in your pack + extra vest in you pack.

ID/license, in your wallet

Forget the ink pen and replace it with a dull pencil or a perminate ink such as a Sharpie.

Scope cover should be on your scope or use Butler Creek flip up lens covers.

Head Lamp, see flashlight

Butt-out, that is what you knife is for.  What do you think that hunters used for 1000's of years before the butt-out came out.

Calls, mule deer do not respond to calls like whitetail do.  Also you will not be hunting them during the rut.

Zip Lock bags, Why? 

Hand Sanitizer, see zip lock bags.

Stocking cap, depends on the weather. 

Rain Coat, see stocking cap.

Orange tape, it works for you to find your way back to camp but pick up the pieces that you leave.  I get tired of following someones elses trail picking up the tape that they leave.

 

Hope this helps a little. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Totally agree with Critter.

Totally agree with Critter. By the way, what is a Butt-out? Is it a tool?

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It is a plastic tool that

It is a plastic tool that they came out with to help remove the butt.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Hunters-Specialties-Butt-Out174-2-Tool/74...

A couple of things that I forgot to add,

Water purification tablets

Sanitary gloves, either a heavy nitrate type or vinyl ones, a couple of pairs should do you.

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I used the gutless method on

I used the gutless method on my mule deer Sunday. No butt reamer needed. No way I was getting him out whole from 12,000 ft over 3 miles in. Sunglasses and sunscreen may also help. but just added weight.

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Even if I bone out my animals

Even if I bone out my animals I'll clean them first and usually move the body away from the gut pile.  This gives me extra time to work on the meat along with giving the flies and hornets something to chew on besides me and the meat. 

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I was throwing the bees and

I was throwing the bees and flies globs of fat to keep them away. It didn't work very well.

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Critter has detailed it best

Critter has detailed it best - take heed and eliminate as much weight as possible.  And good luck!  We await your story and pics!

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Thanks a lot critter. That's

Thanks a lot critter. That's very helpful. The reason I like the butt-out tool is you can pull out there intestine and tie it in a knot so when you pull it back thru it doesn't get crap everywhere. I don't like getting crap or piss on my meat. As for the extra socks my buddy likes to talk to much and I may have to use them on him. Orange tape is for tying on the deer if we get one down for safety. You never know what kind of yahoos will be hunting around you. I know some guys that shot an elk once and while they were getting there gear out to quarter him another hunter shot the downed elk thinking it was just bedded down. Better be safe than sorry. Thanks again guys.

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