How to Load Your Pack for a Backcountry Archery Deer Hunt
Bottom: Lightweight GearThe bottom of the pack is for the light stuff like your sleeping bag, pad, and clothes. Packing light on the bottom avoids the feeling of your pack is pulling you down at the waist and shoulders.
Core: Heavy Gear
As you move up the core of your pack, start increasing weight. Camp shoes, stove/fuel, water filter, food, kill kit, and your shelter are primary items to pack in the core. Your water bladder will be here too close to your back. Fortunately, most packs have a dedicated bladder hanger in this spot.
Top/Lid: EssentialsThe uppermost part of your pack is an excellent spot for essential items. Toiletries, first aid supplies, snacks, jacket, phone charger, headlamp, firestarter, and calls are great items to pack up high in your bag and/or lid.
A lot of packs have a stretchy pocket on the very back of the bag. Remember, this is the furthest point from your center of gravity. The best thing to do here is put very light items you’ll need often like a puffy jacket, gloves, and/or neck gaiter.
Some Other Cardinal Rules
- Choose the correct capacity for the job and don’t overpack.
- Densest and heaviest gear toward your back and between your shoulder blades.
- Use all those compression straps to bring the weight into your center of gravity and to keep gear from slopping around.
- Put high-use items where accessible.
Stuff sacks or compression bags help you organize and keep things where they belong.
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