It really depends on what I am doing. For example, if I'm in an area thats really accessible such as hunting white tail where the area is wide open, I just carry my fanny pack, or nothing but my knives. Most of the time one can just drive up to your white tail and throw it on the truck.
Now, I just filled my goat tag this past weekend. I took my frame pack instead of using a big bag attached, I used my fanny pack attached to the frame. In my fanny pack, I have big game socks for meat, my carving kit, led flash light, sharpner, napkins for #2, 1 bottle of the new gaterade drink, 2 snickers protien bars--not the sick tasting card board bars but the good stuff w/ 20+ grams of protein, camcorder and digital camera, binocs round my neck, and rifle. The framepack I just bought from BiMart and it worked WELL. For this hunt, I left at 7am, shot my goat around 10am, got back to my truck at 4pm, so it was an all day thing when I was out, if there weren't rocky cliffs I would have been done earlier ;-) And I do this for Elk hunts, I go deep down into a canyon I want to make sure I have everything--so I dont have to go back to truck. It also helps to work out a little too
Pretty similar to Rezhunter, I carry knives, game bags, a mini mag light and a small lightweight head lamp, two Metabolic Drive protein bars, two granola bars, string, elk calls, rangefinder, extra jacket if needed, water, a couple of cig. lighters, Bino's around my neck. That way if I decide to stay all day and darkness falls I'm covered.
It seems everyone prefers different protien bars, I myself prefer the muscle milk brand, vanilla toffee. The only thing I would add is a gps. Also it seems like most of the new packs all have the built in hydration bladders, i love having mine. Its always right there next to you. Just food for thought.
You can pack a couple sandwiches, chips and so on, but if you've put everything in your pack, well my lil' fanny pack on my frame isn't that big so I dont have room for sandwiches/chips. Any type of nutrition bar will do fine, its so compact, and it is packed with the vitamins, calories, energy, carbs, protein that fuels your muscles--it really picks you up in a long pack and keeps you going thru out the day. My buddy is old school, he says, "My grandpa always said we wait to eat until everythings done!" That is why I'm still working hard, and ready to go for another, while their tired and I end up driving at the end of the day while their napping. Them snicker bars are called Marathon bars, again dont buy the big card board tasting ones, buy the ones that actually have chocolate around the outside, dem are good,.
There is something about the look and feel of a bolt action rifle with a walnut stock that pleases me. Call me old fashioned, but the character of the rifle I choose to own is equally as important to me as how that rifle performs.
I’ll be the first to admit that the lack of weight in a carbon fiber stock is awfully nice when chasing elk in high country and that any synthetic could help a bit when mother natured decides to rain on your parade. My own preference, however, is to...