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Basic Hunter's Day Pack
I was wondering what you all thought about this pack from LL Bean? I'm hoping to get my pack by tomorrow(November 2, 2011) in time for hunting season. When I get back from hunting, I'll give my opinion about the pack.
Its a Basic Hunter's Day Pack for $49.00 in Hunter Orange color. llbean.com
LL Bean now offers free shipping and its permanent. If you want something really fast then you have to pay for shipping.
For 50 bucks, Im not that impressed. I paid 35 for a pack with a little chair from the local farm supply store(Fleet Farm) last year. a Fieldline i think it was. Jst a day pack for scents, binocs, some ammo and calls. I usually go pret minimalist when I go hunting, thoug.If you plan on stayin out more than a day, you'll want someting bigger. Where are you hunting?
For a day pack I use a Orange and black Jagermeister day hiking pack. It is very basic and I paid no more than $30 for it.
There is a hole up top for headphones that I cut a little wider to allow for my hydration blatter tube.
Inside I keep the following:
Extra pair of gloves
Compass + small map of area
Flashlight + extra batteries
Headlamp + extra batteries
Standard first aid kit with some pain meds
Firekit (2 Bic lighters*Ferro rod*waterproof tinder*Water/Windproof matches)
Emergency Thermal Blanket
Extra knife (Kershaw folder)
Old Cellphone + extra battery
Little food (Apple*Jerky*Candy*Almonds)
50ft Paracord 550
20ft of Camo utilty rope
Roll of orange tape
Extra ammunition (20 rounds)
Extra pair of wool socks
A few 2 gallon ziplock bags
Probably don't need all of that but better to be prepared.
Mine is a High Sierra,about the same, got it from the thrift store for $4.98
I'd add some dried fruit and a jar of peanut butter.
Here is my $.02
I like BPS and their products a lot. For the price range you are interested in I would look at the one in the attachment. THere are a lot of other much better and much crappier packs avail. I'm sure many of the other posters have good success with the cheapy packs but IMO I only get to hunt 4-6 days a year and when I do finally get out and do what I love doing I want to be sure I have the best equipment I can afford. I dont want my limited time in the woods to be compromised by buying chitty gear. If that means spending $150+ on a pack then so be it. But if you are normal then I would look at this one.
I typically use a day pack when I go hunting, and try to carry enough extra supplies for a day hunt to turn into an overnight stay...I've had it happen before, when I first started hunting, and that night in the woods was a long one without any kind of supplies.
My pack is a Kelty Tongass. About 1000-1100 cubic inches with a rifle/bow holder that makes the hike in far simpler. Inside I keep...
Inclement weather gear
Jacket. (This one is actually lashed to the outside.)
Overnight just in case gear
5x7 ultralight tarp
Adventure medical emergency bivy
Aquamira frontier pro straw filter
Optimus Terra .6L pot with plastic cup and cleaning supplies inside.
XL50 Mag light with 2 spare sets of batteries
Tikka Petzl headlamp and spare batteries
General hunting gear
Camera (Typically the 24 shot disposable kind, in case it gets wet)
Reflective twist ties. (To prevent having to use the previous set of gear...)
Spare ammo (20 rounds of .243 in an ammo wallet, or five rounds of 12 gauge 00 in a similar wallet depending on the laws of the area I'm hunting)
Food. (Mainstay 2400, trail mix, sandwich)
Water. (2L hydration bladder)
Game processing gear
Canvas game bags
Hatchet. (Sheathed, fed through a strap on the outside of the pack)
10' utility rope (For hauling game out of the woods in the bag.)
4 1 gallon zip lock bags
This in addition to the knife that I wear on my belt, a cold steel trail master. The entire thing weighs about 20#, with a bit more during the deepest parts of winter when I get out the heavy jacket with liner. My typical method of operation is to walk into the woods and find a place to settle down at the base of a tree within about 35-50 yards of a heavily used game trail and wait, so I'm not going to be climbing trees with this pack!
I'd highly recommend the pack if you're looking for one. Be sure to look around online...you can get it for the same price as the LL Bean pack, if you're interested in such. It carries the perfect amount for me while preventing me from carrying everything that I probably would otherwise.
I prefer my day packs to have a removable hip belt, but if that pack fits your needs then it was a great pick!
Here is what I lug around for school and everyday outings.
Mine is all black though, no green or white to catch the eye.
I use this bag and love it. I all so use it for fishing, works great when your on
the river. I'm not a fan of the fishing vests.
I keep my pack light in a day hunt or I have a base camp.
Extra Ammo or Bow gear
Small First Aid Kit
Extra Hat depends on weather
Extra Hunters Orange Vest, for use on the animal when packing
it out of the woods. I don't want to be mistaken for a deer.
I wear layers when I Hunt.
Light Weight Pants and Shirt
Weather Gear when as needed
Looks decent for the price, but if you're stillhunting, the lack of water-bottle pouches on the sides could be a nuisance. Also doesn't say if it's hydration compatible. If you're just walking with it to your spot to sit however, should fit the bill nicely.