Hunting Packs for the Serious Hunter
By Brodie Swisher
Sep 20, 2007 – 6:02:12 AM
think at one time or another most of us have daydreamed about hunting trips in
remote areas that require us to hoof it deep into the backcountry in search of
that tucked away spot where the game animals have experienced very little human
contact, if any.
This month I want to
encourage you to reach those destinations as we look at a line of backpacks
that will get you ? and all your gear ? anywhere you want to go.
never forget my first hunting trip for elk in the vast forest lands found in
the state of
The hunt was my first backpack hunting
My hunting partner and I would
hike in as far as need be and would be gone for eight or nine days.
It sounded great!
That is until the fear of the unknown sunk
It has been said that fear is the
reason for over-packing your pack.
of not having enough food, clothing, gear, etc.
I was a classic example.
I was a
walking sporting goods store!
had no idea where we?d end up setting up camp, but by the time we found that
perfect spot, we had hiked well over six miles.
I was exhausted before the hunt ever got started.
I swore to myself that day that I would never
again tackle such a trip without the proper gear.
And a quality pack would be the first on my
search for the ultimate hunting pack led me across a company by the name of
Blacks Creek Guide Gear.
I knew very quickly these guys had put an
unbelievable amount of research and testing into their line of packs.
Their craftsmanship is second to none and
unlike many other hunting packs, Blacks Creek packs are designed for the
A couple of the packs
I?ll cover in this issue are the Jim Horn Signature Series Alaskan pack, the
Jim Shockey Signature Series Yukon pack, and the Double Bull Wild Thing
Jim Horn Alaskan pack is a pioneer in the line of expandable packs.
It is roomy, rugged, and offers a variety of
features to meet whatever needs you may encounter on the trail.
Big game hunter, Michael Batease says, ?The
Jim Horn Signature Series pack handled the job like none other.
We pushed the pack to its limits to find its
breaking point, but none were ever found.
The total weight for all four quarters of one of the bulls was 200
Two of us packed out that bull
in two trips using the Jim Horn Signature Series packs.
The first trip was with the hind quarters
The second was with the front
quarters and the loose meat.
trip, the weight was between 60-75 pounds of meat.
I found that you were able to walk upright
and not hunched over like you do with many pack frames.
The shoulder straps fit snugly and
comfortably around your shoulders and stay in that position.?
few of the Alaskan pack features include: expanding quarter pocket,
coat-carrying bungee, adjustable shoulder straps and waist belt, H20
compatible, covered zippers, spotting scope pocket, bow carrier, rifle carrier,
hunter orange pack cover, 3000 cubic inches; expands to 4000 cubic inches, and
is available in Mossy Oak Breakup or Realtree Max 1 camo.
|Jim Horn ALASKAN
straps and waist belt
Hunter orange pack
3000 cubic inches;
expands to 4000 cubic inches
Available in Mossy
Oak Breakup and Real Tree Max 1
Shockey annually travels across the globe in some of the most adverse
conditions known to the hunter.
be prepared for the worst of conditions and to have adequate gear for survival
with him when he hikes deep into the backcountry.
pack was designed for such hunts. The Jim Shockey Signature Series Yukon pack
is likely one of the largest capacity packs found anywhere.
Its monstrous 6500 cubic inches of storage
space will no doubt get you and all your gear deep into the wilds of your hunting
Yukon is a frame-style pack with features
including: separated sleeping bag compartment, swing-away side pockets with
storage for guns, tripods, or quad chairs, constructed from 1000-denier
Cordura, built-in aluminum shelf, adjustable suspension, and is accented with
|Jim Shockey YUKON Frame Pack
Yukon Frame Pack
aluminum frame pack
pockets with storage for guns, tripods, or quad chairs
for a proper fit
the last couple years, I?ve developed somewhat of an obsession for hunting at
eye-level with the game I pursue with the aid of pop-up style ground
The Double Bull ground blind has
totally revolutionized the way I bowhunt.
I?ll admit, when I hoof it deep into the back side of my hunting
property, getting all my gear and blind can be somewhat of a hassle.
The Wild Thing pack changes everything.
This past fall I took off deep into the
timber with my bow, Matrix blind, tripod, video camera, chair, and decoys.
No sweat?okay, maybe a little, but the fact
is, I got all my gear to my hunting spot without back-breaking effort.
Wild Thing pack features Predator Deception camo, and is designed to carry the
blind close and comfortably to your back.
The pack adjusts up and down for the blind length as well as for your
Other features include:
organizer panels for all your calls, accessories, etc.
(Panels come off and hang inside the blind
for organization), bow carrying pocket, and a 2.5 liter H20 bladder.
After spending the last year hiking miles
upon miles of rough terrain in pursuit of deer, turkey, and the occasional
coyote, I?ve found the Wild Thing pack to be worth its weight in gold.
Check it out.
matter where your travels and hunting trips lead you, the folks at Blacks Creek
Guide Gear have the perfect pack to meet your every need.
Their packs are made of the highest quality
materials and craftsmanship.
Just serious packs for
So wait no longer for
that backpack hunting trip of lifetime.
Strap on a pack and hit the trail in search of untapped lands deep in
the heart of God?s country.
|Double Bull’s WILD THING
The ultimate blind- carrying backpack
Coming in 2007: the Cameraman Attachment!
- Comes in
Predator Deception camo
to carry the blind comfortably; close to your back
- Adjusts up
and down for blind length as well as for your body length
panels for all your calls. Panels come off and hang inside the blind for
carrying pocket on one of the organizer panels
- Can be
used as just a pack frame or with one or both panels
- 2.5 liter
Blacks Creek?s complete line of packs at:
or call toll free
You can also check out the
Double Bull Wild Thing pack at www.doublebullarchery.com
Swisher is a world champion game caller and outdoor writer that finds great joy
in traveling across the country to sling arrows at unsuspecting critters. Check
out his website at
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