Packing Out

How to Choose an Elk Hunting Pack

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Packing OutYour pack is one of the most important pieces of gear you can invest in for your hunt. Being such an important piece of gear, as new hunters, we want to be able to make a solid, educated decision. However, with the staggering amounts of backcountry pack brands and models, selecting a pack for your hunt can be a pretty significant task. Not all of us are located somewhere that we’re able to visit manufacturers or stores where we can try on these packs and find out what works. So, what to do? Check out the article below from Elk101.com on choosing a backpack for your elk hunt.

Elk101.com: Choosing an Elk Hunting Backpack

by Jeff Skousen

As I get into the full swing of summer scouting and start to finalize my gear for the upcoming hunts, I wanted to share some of the research I did, and some of the most important factors I considered in choosing a backpack for hunting elk this fall.

For the past several years, I’ve been using the original EXO Mountain Gear 5500 pack. Prior to that, I used a Kuiu Icon Pro 5200, and before that, a couple of different Eberlestock packs (Blue Widow and J104). At the ATA show earlier this year, I looked at several different packs from all the major manufacturers including Eberlestock, Badlands, Kuiu, Mystery Ranch, Kifaru, Sitka Gear, and EXO Mountain Gear.

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