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Another thread reminded me how much I love my Eberlestock Just One backpack for Western hunting.  I thought I would start a thread to see what is in use by members of the OT.

This is my pack:

http://www.eberlestock.com/Just One.htm

It is a great design.  It compresses small enough to be good daypack, and expands large enough to carry my backpacking camp, hunting gear, and an entire boned out mule deer in one load.  The single best feature is the backscabbard for your rifle ... hands free hiking, but still at the ready.

What do you use?
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Very nice, Matt.  I usually use a small back back or fanny pack.

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I have a eberlestock Gun Slinger 2.  They make a real nice pack.
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I just use a small field and stream backpack. A buddy of mine has a Badlands backpack that is really nice, but it also came with a pretty nice pricetag.
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A green and black North Face backpack that doubled as book bag for school, now dedicated hunting / gear pack.  I just got my Dad a Maxpedition Condor II, it's tough as nails feeling and I'm very happy with the purchase, even if it did take like 3 months for it to come in.   Checked out the Eberlestock packs in the process, if I lived more Westerly I think that'd be a great way to go. 

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Depends on the hunting I'm doing.  When I'm hunting deer or elk I have a pack frame that I strap a fanny pack onto.  When I'm antler hunting I have military pack that has about 100 tie downs and that works well for strapping antlers on.
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I mostly deer hunt so just a cheap camo pack fills my needs, I have one that I use for just morning hunts, and the one I use the most is a cheap camo budwieser backpack that my wife won at a lucky buck contest a couple years ago and has more room for junk, to help get me through a full day of hunting.
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I have a small day pack made by Camelback that I use.
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I can't help myself, I tried, but I HAVE to do it...
 
I usually use a .458 Lott.  It will halt a backpack in its tracks...
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

I can't help myself, I tried, but I HAVE to do it...
 
I usually use a .458 Lott.  It will halt a backpack in its tracks...
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When hunting from a stand or blind, I use Cabelas Whitetail day pack. If I'm doing alot of walking, which I usually do or if I'm on a paid hunt, I use the Nimrod pack system. Both are great packs in my opinion. The Nimrod is a modular system and can be tailored to the hunt.
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Picked up a Beretta for my son to give as a Christmas gift and it's actually a pretty nice one.  Can't seem to find the model anywhere.
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I use a small remington backpack I picked up at walmart, works great for my needs.
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  I've got 3.  A freighter frame w/moose bag;Cabela's Whitetail Day pack;and,the one I use most,an old Fieldline Turkey Hunter fannie pack that I've modified over the yrs to work for me(suspenders,straps,foam seat). 
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This was my first and last post here.

 

 

 

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I use a Mystery Ranch Crewcab for my general hunting pack. 

If I need a frame, I use a Rocky Mountain Rhino take down frame.  Collapses down to the size of a loaf of bread, and only weighs 3 pounds.  Great for trips where space is limited, but you want a frame pack.
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As an update to this thread. I have added the Kuiu Icon 6000 to my pack collection. I like the Kuiu much better for serious backpacking due to the superior suspension compared to the Eberle. I still like the Just One for day/horseback hunting though.

Wapiti1, the Crew Cab is another of the fine top-shelf hunting packs.
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I use a crew cab as well. 1997 Chevy 2500. A might heavy at 6500 LBS, but it'll carry anything! Other than that, if it doesn't fit in my coat pockets, it stays in the truck.
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Bitterroot,

Is the Kuiu up to hauling elk quarters?  I looked at their setup a year or so ago, and wasn't sure how it would handle 70-80 pounds of meat.  As a general pack, I really liked the lightweight setup.  I haven't seen one in person, though. 

I have been very happy with my Crewcab.  3 years, 3 elk, and it still looks brand new. 

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I haven't used it with an elk quarter yet, but I have had 80 pounds plus in it. It feels like it can handle a lot more. I know it was designed with sheep hunters in mind. The goal was to get an entire boned sheep and trophy out along with an entire camp.

Last year the elk quarters were in the J104.

This year I will find out how it does with a really heavy load.

I also really like the look of the Kifaru Duplex and Timberline series for lightweight packs that haul heavy loads.
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I took a long look at the Kifaru Longhunter Hauler and would have bought it.  However, my wife saved me the trouble when my crewcab showed up under the christmas tree. 

Hope that you get to put that Kuiu to work this fall. 
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Originally posted by Wapiti1 Wapiti1 wrote:


Hope that you get to put that Kuiu to work this fall. 
No need to hope, friend.  It WILL get done.
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Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

Originally posted by Wapiti1 Wapiti1 wrote:


Hope that you get to put that Kuiu to work this fall. 
No need to hope, friend.  It WILL get done.
No elk tag for me this year. But hopefully I can draw a mulie tag!
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