Top 10 Essentials for a Backpack Hunt

Top 10 Essentials for a Backpack Hunt

Any hunt calls for the right gear. Without it, you aren’t going to be comfortable, safe, and successful. However, the gear you need for one hunt might be different from the gear you’d need for another. Today, we’re going to take a look at the gear you should grab before you go on your next backpack hunt. This is one of the most intense forms of hunting you can take on, so it’s important that you pack the right gear.

The Right Backpack

This is the most obvious piece of gear you need and it’s crucial that you choose the right backpack. The wrong one might end up breaking when you need it most or not holding all of your other gear. Not everyone needs the same backpack, though. You’ll want to consider the size relative to the length of your hunt and the game you’re after. Additionally, you’ll want a bag that’s sized to your body with good suspension.

Weapon and Ammo

Whether you hunt with a bow or gun, you’ll need to make sure that you have it and plenty of ammo. Remember, if you’re going on a multi-day hunt, you’ll probably need more ammo than if you were just camping out in a tree stand for a day.

You’ll also want to make sure that you have anything else you need. For instance, any optics or barrels that would be an important upgrade should be on your gear list.

Choose the Right Clothes

You need to make sure that you have the right clothes for the environment you’re in too. Backpack hunting is often longer and more physically taxing than a standard hunting trip. So, you need to carefully research both the climate and weather of where you’re going and dress appropriately. A few good ideas to bring include;

  • A base layer
  • A mid-layer
  • Insulation layer
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    Rain shell
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Game Bags

When you’re out on any hunt, you don’t want to end your celebration of catch by wondering how you’re going to carry your game with you. That’s why you need to bring game bags with you. These are broken down into sizes and they help you neatly and efficiently carry what you’ve caught. These are particularly important when you’re backpack hunting because you’re likely going to have to carry your game longer distances.

Camping Gear

Camping gear is essential when you’re backpack hunting. This includes items like a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, a ground sheet, and items to cook with. This will allow you to rest your head somewhere comfortable, safe, and warm when you’re done hunting for the day. Without this gear, you’ll find that you’ll have to end your hunting trip much earlier than you hoped.


Just like any other hunting or camping trip, you’ll want to bring plenty of food. This should include food that you can cook for breakfast and dinner at your base camp as well as food you can eat during the day. It’s a good idea to lean towards non-perishables and freeze-dried camp meals. Trail mix, granola bars, and jerky are great choices for a midday snack.


Fresh water is one of your body’s most basic needs. So, make sure to pack some with you. You can carry a water bladder or individual water bottles with you. In addition, you’ll want to bring a way to purify water. This can include methods like purifying filters or iodine tablets.

First Aid Kit

It’s always best to be prepared for the worst. A fully-stocked first-aid kit should be one of the first things you pack with you’re getting ready for a trip but it can seem confusing as to what you should include in that kit. Luckily, The Red Cross has a handy guide to help you out. You should also make sure you know how to use everything in the kit before you go too!

Hygiene Products

Not having any hygiene products is a quick way to make any long outdoor adventure miserable pretty fast. You’ll want to pack the basics like toilet paper, deodorant, soap, wipes, toothpaste, and a toothbrush. While it won’t do the job of a full shower, it’ll keep you feeling fresh and clean after long days of heavy physical exertion.

Bag for Trash

This is a simple one that’s easy to overlook. When you’re out hunting for the day, you might create trash like a stray plastic water bottle or granola bar wrapper. Any good hunter wants to protect the ecosystem they hunt in and the best way to erase your footprint is to keep a handy gallon-bag for trash.

With gear like this packed, you’ll be prepared for a fun and successful backpack hunting excursion.

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Hey there, I'm Lisa, founder and editor in chief here at Recreation Space. We found fitness through recreational activities. And we want to share it with you. We believe in empowering people with knowledge to make smarter, healthier choices in their lives.

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