From the whitetail woods to the haunts of alpine elk, we’ve found the packs you need to get the job done right

by the Shoot On staff

Every hunt requires a different set of needs when it comes to gear. Whether you’re whitetail hunting or spending days deep in the backcountry, choosing a pack is a personal preference that will make or break a hunt. Let’s face it, why wouldn’t we want to spend money on a piece of gear that will make our life considerably easier and our hunting adventure more successful?

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a hunting pack, such as the type of hunt, location, duration, and your budget. Next, you want to look at the overall carry capacity, weight of the pack, and function. You want a pack that will be comfortable, durable, and will fit you (this is important for long-haul or heavy load trips).

From day packs to meat haulers, we’ve compiled the best packs to fit any hunt.

Best for Treestand Hunting: Tenzing Hangtime Day Pack

Designed specifically for treestand hunting, the Tenzing Hangtime day pack holds every piece of gear you’d need for a day afield. A rigid EVA-molded shell allows the pack to keep its shape when hanging from the tree or your stand. The 750 cu-in main compartment offers one-hand access from the front or top of the pack. Specialized pockets throughout the pack hold optics, game calls, a cell phone…you name it. Other features include external MOLLE attachments, three horizontal compression straps to secure the load, two quiver attachment points for ambidextrous use, ultra-soft and quiet fabric, and it is H2O compatible. MSRP: $219.99

Best for Elk Hunting: Eberlestock M5 RMEF Team Elk Pack

When you’re heading west on a multi-day hunt, the Eberlestock M5 RMEF Team elk pack is for you. In addition to its large 2,600 cu-in capacity, this pack has unique features such as a fold-away rifle scabbard, built-in bow carrier, Intex-II aluminum frame, dual full-depth spotting scope and hydration pockets, and grapple compression straps. The weight of this pack is evenly distributed and comes with adjustable shoulder and waist straps that can fit most. Additionally, the integrated meat shelf allows you to comfortable haul your harvest. MSRP: $349.00

Best Day Pack: KUIU Venture 1800

The Venture 1800 is the first stand-alone day pack from KUIU. It is ideal for short day hunts or ultralight bivouacs. The internal aluminum and polycarbonate frame keeps the pack light while providing support and structure. Durable Cordura fabric uses ripstop technology that will keep gear protected in the field. Key features include a hydration holder system, adjustable and removeable waist belt, built-in waist belt pockets, two side Stuffit pockets, three internal stretch mesh pockets, and is compatible for both gun and bow hunting. MSRP: $189.99

Best Meat Hauling Pack: ALPS Outdoors Commander X

The ALPS OutdoorZ Commander X pack is made specifically for meat hauling. When you’re hauling meat with your own two feet, you want a pack designed to carry that heavy load in comfort. The lashing system incorporates a compressed wing system and lower shelf to secure loads to the frame. The frame is made of dual aluminum stays with a channeled high-density polyethylene frame. Other features include an adjustable molded foam suspension, 1680D ballistic nylon fabric, and Hypalon to add strength. If you’re looking for a complete system, they also offer the Commander X + Pack. MSRP: $249.99

Best Waterproof Pack: Kifaru International Muskeg

If you’re looking for a pack you can take rain or shine without having to mess with a cover, the Kifaru Muskeg is the way to go. The Muskeg is made from a laminated fabric called X-Pac. It provides better waterproof performance compared to the DWR-treated Cordura. The bag has a fold-over lid and a waterproof zip side access offset from the center of the bag. Slender pockets on the exterior can fit a tripod or trekking poles. The front of the bag can hold two belt pouches or a spotting scope pocket and has a covered sleeve pocket for flatter pieces of gear, such as a cell phone. Added features include a meat shelf and water bladder sleeve. The interior measures 2800 cu-in. The frame is sold separately. Made in America. MSRP: $363 (bag only)

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