View Full Version : What's in your pack?

September 6, 2001, 12:40 PM
Just as a way of seeing the different ways people approach a day of hunting, I wonder what you put in your daypack or carry with you on a normal hunting day? Sometimes it seems to me like I've got to much junk in the pack but it has all been used at one time or another. My list, roughly in order of frequency of use:
1. Foam pad to sit on.
2. Water bottle.
3. Parachute cord.
4. Mini mag flashlight, sometimes a Pelican light too.
5. Depending on weather, gloves, bug net, disposable hand warmers, etc.
6. Book.
7. Small and medium size fix blade knife. (Small folder always in pocket)
8. Extra ammo.
9. Surveyors tape.
10. Binocular.
11. Compass.
12. Matches and lighter.

September 6, 2001, 01:16 PM
1. Surveyors tape
2. Coffee
3. Ammo
4. Small binoculars
5. Twisty Ties
6. Knife
7. Drag kit
8. Zippo
9. Jerky
10. 100mph Tape
11. Ripcord
12. Surefire 6P

Art Eatman
September 6, 2001, 01:21 PM
No non-skid bum-wipe?

:D, Art

Robert the41MagFan
September 6, 2001, 01:25 PM
tree stand, locks and harness
Camo-Tex 3-D shell
thermal underwear
clothes to match the weather of the day
sleeping bag
head gear
extra pair of gloves and socks
2 flashlights
2 knives (one is a multi-tool)
Camel Pack (water)
small snack
orange tape
plastic bag
wipes/paper towels
game bag
cow caller
small first aid kit
small survival kit
hunting license and ID

Total weight is about 70 to 80 pounds.

Average hike is about 1 mile.

September 6, 2001, 01:35 PM
It looks like a lot of us think along the same lines, or at least have had similiar experiences out in the woods.

maglight and light sticks
2 compass and a map of the area
TP and paper towels
plastic bags, cheese cloth, folding saw, several knives
binoculars, cell phone
pad and pencil, paper back book
bright pink plastic tape to mark a trail
matches or lighter, tender
space blanket, rain poncho
small first aid kit
water, food (high energy bars)
bug gloves, hood, spray
extra ammo for whatever guns I am taking
change of socks, shirt
length of parachute cord

September 6, 2001, 05:14 PM
Do you use the light sticks with the "lantern holder" (I don't know what to call it) they sell or just the stick? I ask this because the only time I tried one it was not bright enough if it was behind me and in my eyes when held in front.

Art Eatman
September 6, 2001, 10:57 PM
Walkin' huntin': Maybe half a box of spare ammo. 3-1/2" folding hunter knife. Toilet paper--it'll help locate a dead deer when you come back for him, as well as the usual use. 15' of light rope. Sling for throwing rocks in canyons. Depending on the weather, maybe a daypack to carry my outer layers of clothing. Walking at 30 degrees at daylight ain't the same as 80 or 90 degrees at 2PM.

Sitting or stand hunting: Extra ammo, paperback book, canteen, same knife, rope and toilet paper. Maybe even an old blanket to wrap around my feet, early and late. Camo face net, sometimes. Old WW II aircraft seat pad, if it's rocky country.

I try to keep it simple and light.

:), Art

September 7, 2001, 12:13 PM
Well, depends on what season we're talking about. Recently bought a Mossy Oak backpack on sale at Wally World, so here's what's generally been in it.

Camo Raincoat
Compass (and Map)
Waterproof Matches and Butane Lighter
Spare Skinning Knife (Spyderco Wegner)
Swiss Army Knife (the Rucksack model)
Streamlight Scorpion, Spare Batteries
Ammo of some sort
Binoculars (small)
Bug Spray
Some Nylon Rope
Small First Aid kit
Garbage Bags
Wipes of some sort
Colored Tape (Hot Pink or Orange)

Like Art, I try to keep things simple and small, but there are a few good ideas in this thread I may have to consider. Thanks for contributing to the weight of my pack!!!

September 7, 2001, 03:50 PM
1. Extra ammunition for primary
2. Extra ammo for pistol
3. Surveyors tape
4. 4 MREs
5. Compass
6. Map
7. Olive drab poncho
8. Face paint
9. Paracord
10. Skinning knife
11. Bow saw
12. Matches
13. Small first aid kit
14. Non-side Particle removal system(toilet paper)
15. Water
16. Pork rinds (snack)
17. Extra socks
18. Battery operated short-wave radio transmitter receiver
(perfectly good for calling in an air strike)
19. Binocs

September 8, 2001, 01:36 AM

Couple Snickers bars
Some TP
Pistol + spare ammo

All in pockets or belt, no pack. Guess I pack light. :)

September 8, 2001, 07:03 AM
I hunt within 1000 yds of the house so I carry a knife, my gun & pistol fully loaded, a drag line , 1st aid kit, and plastic gloves and 2 plastic bags for the heart and liver.

September 8, 2001, 09:45 AM
I usually take :
extra ammo (pistol and rifle)
apples or bannanas
cell fon
hankerchief (sp)
blaze orange ass-pad
chewin' tabaccy
mini-mag lite

Gator, what do you use to call in the air-strikes on? And what kind of range does it have?


Keith Rogan
September 8, 2001, 10:10 AM
I was surprised to see only one person carrying a space blanket. These things really do work to hold in heat and the large ones can even be made into an emergency pup tent. I carry two. I actually slept in one once, and was quite warm.

Art Eatman
September 8, 2001, 03:51 PM
Keith: Circumstance. If I were hunting where for some reason it's possible to be caught out overnight, I'd add water, some sort of food, and a space blanket (or two) to my list.

(If I wuz gonna poach in the next-door state park, I'd have my backpack and some garbage bags, 'cause I'd butcher out that sucker right on the spot. :D )


September 9, 2001, 06:57 AM
(I typically hunt on land owned by Spartacuses' family, in GA, so I'm not worried about getting caught out in 0' weather or blizzards!)

P bottle :D (usually stand hunting)

Last year, I was trying to reduced load, and only carried a two-cell Maglite with me. Wouldn't you know it- twice a whole herd of wild pigs surrounded me as night fell. The Maglite was just too weak to pick them out. I'll be bringing my SureFire 6P back with me this year!

Bud Helms
September 9, 2001, 09:44 AM
For a typical half day hunt ...

rifle w/5 rounds
revolver - loaded
knives - 1 folder, 1 fixed
2 pc collapsible sharpener
550 cord - 20 ft (for dragging)
strikin' paper
small flash light
poncho - on really windy or rainy days

Keith Rogan
September 9, 2001, 12:31 PM

I tend to forget that not all hunting is done six miles off some abandoned logging road!
In your cases, I'd chuck the space blankets and bring a snake bite kit and a cell phone. And perhaps a bottle of fine bourbon just in case I get a busy signal.....

A hunting joke.

911 recording:

Hunter: "911? My hunting partner is dead, so never mind the ambulance and just send a hearse out here."

Dispatch: "Are you sure he's dead?"

Hunter: "Oh sure, he clutched his chest, rolled his eyes back and fell over."

Dispatch: "Well... let's just make sure he's really dead before we write him off, shall we?"

A pause followed by a muffled gun shot.

Hunter: "OK, now what?"

Art Eatman
September 9, 2001, 02:10 PM
Yeah, the "Now what?" is a real killer...

Back when I lived near Austin, I just walked back to my woods, got into a tree stand, and sat. Generally in the mornings the most useful item was a blanket to wrap around my legs. I did some stalking, but there was more success in "just sittin'".

Shoot the deer, gut the deer, walk to the house for the jeep.

At Terlingua, I make a walking circle of anywhere from three or four on up to (The Record!) 24 miles. Well, 24 was Then; six or eight is the max, Now. Depends on mood or attitude. It's common for the temperature to be below freezing at daylight, and climb to the eighties during the middle of the day. So, travelling light is The Rule. Most likely, any deer killed will not be all that far from 4WD picking-up.

But I still say that toilet paper is the most important item.

:), Art

September 9, 2001, 11:36 PM
Deer call, nasal spray (for allergies), cough medicine (usually need it during hunting season), pistol in my holster (just in case I run into the PETA folks), extra bullets (in case dam Yankees invade again while I'm out huntin'), buck knife (for field dressing if I have to), flashlight (because I get there early or leave late), EXTRA PAIR OF SOCKS, canteen sometimes (water or Gatorade), rope, wet wipes, and warm gloves.

September 10, 2001, 08:39 AM

I threw in the shortwave thing just to see if anyone paying attention. :D I used to bring along a 2 meter (range depend on battery power and weather conditions) in case things go very very badly.

A long time ago my dad and I were fishing and a radio saved us from being stuck at sea for days.

Since then I've never gone hunting/fishing without the ability to make contact with civilization. (Usually my wife's cell phone these days. I just turn it off so she won't call me about picking up a gallon of milk on the way home.)

Last year a friend of mine was hunting with his brother. His brother broke his leg. His police radio helped get him out of there in a hurry.


Art Eatman
September 10, 2001, 11:20 AM
I have a fairly extensive first-aid kit at hunt camp, which includes some fairly stout pain-killers. When I asked my doctor for a prescription, he looked a bit puzzled and asked why. I told him that if he was hunting with me, and broke a leg, I didn't want to listen to him scream for the two hours of driving time over rough jeep trails to the pavement.

He wrote just really, really fast.

:), Art

Al Thompson
September 10, 2001, 08:00 PM
Art - see Keith's post.......... :p

Art Eatman
September 11, 2001, 08:02 AM
Giz, cell phones won't work, back in the Solitario country. (That's why I like being there.)

I keep telling folks that GPS doesn't work back there, either. :D Some of them even believe me! :D :D


September 11, 2001, 02:43 PM
My daypack contains:

fire starting kit
rubber gloves
small DMT sharpener
extra ammo
small first aid kit

That and what I wear, hook onto my belt, or sling over my shoulder is all I need. I try to keep the weight to a minimum.

September 12, 2001, 10:42 PM
I can't believe you guys all forgot the most important item of all. You need a big, premium cigar to light up in celebration after bagging that big trophy buck. Make mine a Partagas #10.

September 16, 2001, 03:21 PM
I carry a
-Arrows if I'm with bow, 10 round with rifle
-Two knife, one skinnning, one leatherman
-one buck grunt/moose call/elk bugle depending on what I'm hunting.
-and in winter/remote hunting I carry a blanket

I keep it light, and simple.


January 27, 2005, 02:29 PM
Typically, in the steep hills of the Ozarks in Mark Twain Nat'l Forest, I try and stay simple and lightweight.

On a typical handgun deer hunt, I carry:

pistol with full mag and holster
1-2 spare mags
extremely large, sharp folding knife
about 10-20 feet of thick rope (for dragging/hanging deer)
deer tags :)
walkie talkie for calling back to camp or "home base"
blaze orange


January 28, 2005, 01:51 AM
This time of year, pretty much the only things left in season are varmints, and so I usually only go for half a day. I carry:
~25 rounds (5 in rifle, 20 in cartrige belt)
2-way radio
6-in combat knife
Snack bars
Facemask (for wind)
Predator call
Blaze orange

This can all be either strapped to me, or carried in a fanny pack. If I am after deer, then add these to the preceding list:
Additional 20 rounds (I am always afraid of running out of ammo)
BB pistol
A gazillion BBs
At least 10 CO2 cartriges
Extra clothing
More prepackaged food
50 feet each of chord and rope

This is placed in an external-frame pack (the frame can be used to haul out the deer, or half of it at a time).

January 28, 2005, 08:43 PM
-knives of various sizes and styles (big one i made myself, gerber gator, swiss army knife, crap knife for crap work)
-Hatchet and hammer for field dressing
-habitat certificate
-spare gloves usually
thats about it more or less i dont go very far and i know the terrain so i dont take a survival kit with me

January 30, 2005, 12:37 AM
just about the same stuff that has been mentioned here already.
Flashlight, poncho, snacks, water, knive, cellphone, ammo, rope,
gloves, RUBBER gloves (actually the latex ones), I hate getting my
hands all bloody.
The one thing I have started carrying the last few
years is one of those single-use disposable cameras. They are
about 5 bucks at Wal Mart.
If I am lucky enough to get a deer, or turkey, or whatever, I like
to get a couple of pics of it right where it went down. And you never
know, you might need a picture to back up your story about the one
that got away.


January 30, 2005, 12:44 AM
10 rounds extra 30/30
25 feet dragging rope
.5 gallons water
bug dope

handgun, knife are on my belt. Spotting scope has been forbidden by husband as it leads to total blocking out of hunting in pursuit of bird identification. :rolleyes:

Arizona Fusilier
January 30, 2005, 07:52 PM
Here's what's in mine:

binoculars (when they are not around my neck)
spare ammo (what's left in the box most of the time)
drag kit (includes rope/cord)
dressing kit (game bag, gloves)
large hunting knife
small folding knife
small game saw
two quarts water (minumum)
snack (vienna sausages or the like)
"british scarf" (that's what we called it in the 82nd; it's a small camo net looking thing that you can use for a drag, personal camouflage, etc.)
Sweater (probably after taking it off from the early AM)

I used to wear military LBE with butt pack, but the first time I had to deal with a deer I graduated to a small backpack/daypack fast.

I usually make it back to camp around lunch, so I can refill with water. If it looks like the game plan for the day won't allow that, I carry more. I recently got a hydration-capable pack, and with this additional capacity, I can carry close to a gallon of water. Even though I hunt (mostly) in the desert, it's usualy the cooler months, so I can get by with two canteens. My friends will go out with only one, regardless of the temperature, and I have to say that drives me nuts.

January 30, 2005, 10:16 PM
double tap!

January 30, 2005, 10:17 PM
OK, here goes, what is actually in my pack:

17 ounce plastic bottle of water
Knife sharpener stone
24 inches of string
Single use camera in its sealed container
Copy of Erica Jong's "Fear of Flying"
Two 3x5 file cards
Pair of 7 inch heavy duty side cutters for cutting briers

I usually keep a small flashlight in it, but I had to go outside tonight so 'borrowed' it. The pack itself is an old gas mask bag and it has room for the above plu 2 apples and some peanut butter crackers.

February 3, 2005, 08:33 PM
I guess I killed the thread with that Erica Jong book. But what the hey, I'd never gotten around to reading it before and it can double as TP. :p

February 3, 2005, 10:10 PM
my dad just won a handheld GPS so ill be extending my hunting trips a bit i might carry some more water and things like that along with the new GPS