Over the last few decades I’ve had a lot of backpacks and I seem to keep buying them, always looking for Nirvana. Realistically I only need one good one however I do a lot of hunting and hiking. Some are better suited to long hikes when you want to go light yet others can pack more gear when you want to do more. Then some work better where its flat, others work better in brush, it goes on and on.
Then there is deer and elk hunting. The one in the picture is a Horn Hunter deer hunting backpack but it carries all my gear and has a rifle sling that doubles for the Gold Bug as a backup unit or bedrock sniper. And I can toss on a shovel and pick too and only have the Minelab in my hands and if I really wanted to compact I could fit that too. This is a rigid pack with great hip/belt support and a bit of the heavy side compared to others.
Then there are my CamelBak’s, perfect for day detecting trips where I want to hike a lot and get the job done. All I normally have on a hunt is my detector, a 45 pistol of some kind, either my Glock 45 auto or Ruger 45 Long Colt, my SPOT GPS, a good Leatherman type multi-tool, at least a gallon of water, some extra ammo, a rain poncho, emergency foil blanket, energy type foods, Benadryl, loupe, extra batteries, sample bags, camera, fire starter, scoop, crevice tool, poke and perhaps a few other items.
Right now I have about a dozen backpacks, ones with frames, without and even an old 1970’s Boy Scout backpack. Wonder how many other things I collect without ever putting that perspective on it? As always, Good Luck and Happy Hunting!