Best Backcountry Hunting Packs in 2023
ALPS OutdoorZ Pursuit, Realtree Edge
Badlands 2200 Camouflage Hunting Pack and Meat Hauler - Bow, Rifle, and Pistol Compatible, Approach FX, 2200 Cubic Inches
- Fully loaded - the 2200 covers all the bases with a built-in meat shelf, internal scope and tripod pockets, and a zippered rear entry panel for quick access to your gear; dwr-treated, waterproof fabric offers scent suppression and resists moisture, dirt, and blood
- Comfortable Carry - thermomold Suspension utilizes molded foam so ergonomically Advanced that it virtually matches every contour of the human form; t-6 aircraft aluminum internal frame and load lifter straps transfer weight to your hips to reduce fatigue
- Approach fox Camo - groundbreaking concealment technology meets a darker color palette to render hunters virtually invisible; designed for the midwest or eastern hunter, as well as late-season western hunters, this dark woods Camo adapts to your surroundings and the current lighting
- Rifle & pistol compatible - 2200 features an integrated rifle boot and built-in hipbelt pistol holders; compression straps give you loads of options for gear attachment; compatible with 2-liter hydration systems and the Badlands bow boot (sold separately) to attach in place of rifle boot
- Unconditional lifetime - our packs are built to withstand the toughest conditions hunters might endure; if your pack ever gets damaged, Badlands will fix it for free, forever, no matter who’s at fault; contact Badlands for more details; weight: 5 lb 15 oz; Dimensions: 19 x 17 x 9 inches; main compartment volume: 1980 ci (32. 4 L); total volume: 2250 ci (36. 9 L); 8 pockets
Badlands Vario Modular Hunting Backpack, Backcountry Game Bag, Blaze
- VARIO MODULAR PACK SYSTEM - Mix and match parts to build your ideal hunting backpack; Whether you’re a fast & light hunter in need of a meat hauler, or a multi-day slayer camping deep in the backcountry, the Vario has options for you
- BACKCOUNTRY GAME BAG OPTION - The Vario Game Bag is the perfect solution for keeping your meat protected and your pack clean; It’s compatible with every Vario configuration, including the Day Bag and Frame, individually
- LIGHTWEIGHT & BREATHABLE - High-quality nylon construction is breathable, protective, and durable to keep everything fresh on that long hike back to the truck; Game Bag only adds 6 oz to your total pack weight
- MAX UTILITY - Stain resistant & fully washable material allows for easy cleanup; Red daisy chain allows for further gear attachment and more connection points to stabilize your load
- LIFETIME WARRANTY - Badlands offers an Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee for all of their packs; If any damage occurs, no matter who caused it, Badlands will replace your pack for free, forever
ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Pack Bag Only, Briar
- Nylon rip stop fabric with rifle holder and top loading spindrift collar
- Two side accessory hinged pockets, main, front and spotting scope pocket
- Fully equipped with H2O pocket/port, lower door access, internal horizontal divider and webbing loops for lashing
- NOTE: Our Commander Pack Bag Only does not include the Commander Freighter Frame (sold separately)
- Weight: 2 lbs. 3 oz. , Capacity: 5, 250 cu. in
Allen Backcountry Quarter Bags / Meat Bags for Hunting - 4-Pack, Heavy Duty, Reusable, Drawstring, 2-Sizes, 20" x 30"
- Designed with only the toughest, roughest users in mind
- Recommended for most high-country game
- Lightweight, premium quality game bags
- 20" x 30", Pack of 4
- Washable and reusable
Badlands Dash Camouflage Day Pack for Hunting - Bow, Rifle, and Pistol Compatible
- ULTRALIGHT - Born when Badlands redesigned the iconic Ultra Day for speed and agility; Made with durable Ripstop Nylon, the Dash offers an internal Delron flex frame, load distributing flex rods, and an ergonomic reverse-tighten waist belt for comfort
- VENTILATED - The Dash is the smallest Badlands hunting backpack with Hypervent Suspension, a system that allows high volumes of air to pass between you and your pack to keep you cool, dry, and comfortable
- STEALTHY - Badlands' tactical 'Approach' camo is engineered to make you practically undetectable; Blends seamlessly into a wide range of habitats; Just as good for scouting as it is for every stalk of the season
- VERSATILE - Features an integrated rifle boot and built-in pistol holder, also bow compatible; Compression straps and a hideaway daisy chain give many options for gear attachment; Compatible with 3-liter hydration systems
- TECHNICAL SPECS - Weighs 3 lb 12 oz (1.7 kg) and measures 19 x 15 x 8 inches; Main compartment has a volume of 1260 cubic inches (20.6 L); Total volume is 1940 cubic inches (31.8 L); 4 pockets
Badlands Superday Camouflage Hunting Backpack - Rifle and Pistol Compatible, Approach FX
- THE ULTIMATE HUNTING DAYPACK - The Superday packs everything you need for a day hunt and then some; Convenient pocket placement so you can focus without distraction; Weight limit: you’ll max out before the pack does
- RIFLE & PISTOL COMPATIBLE - The Superday features a built-in rifle boot, two side pistol holders, and 5 compression straps that give you loads of options for gear attachment; Compatible with 2-liter hydration systems; Bow boot available for separate purchase
- COMFORTABLE CARRY - ThermoMold Suspension utilizes molded foam so ergonomically advanced that it virtually matches every contour of the human form; This daypack includes load lifter straps that transfer weight from your shoulders to your hips
- DISAPPEARING ACT - Approach FX uses the same groundbreaking concealment technology as its predecessor, but features a darker color palette; Designed for the Midwest or Eastern hunter, as well as late-season Western hunters, this dark woods camo adapts to your surroundings AND the current lighting
- LIFETIME WARRANTY - Any damage, Badlands will replace it for free, forever; Weighs 3 lb 15 oz (1.8 kg) and measures 21 x 16 x 11 inches; Main compartment has a volume of 1440 cubic inches (23.6 L); Total volume is 1950 cubic inches (32 L); 7 pockets
Heather's Choice, African Peanut Stew, Backcountry Dinner, Wholesome, Allergen-Friendly Dehydrated Food for Backpacking, Camping, Hunting and Travel (Pack of 5)
- LIGHTWEIGHT, HEALTHY, PACKABLE DINNER - A delicious meal in a bag that’s free of gluten, soy, dairy, eggs and tree nuts.
- JUST ADD HOT WATER - Add hot water, wait 20 minutes, and it's ready to eat straight out of the package. Perfect for an evening under the stars or a long day of travel.
- LOADED WITH SUPERFOODS - 430 calories per serving (more than 105 calories per ounce), made with a boatload of vegetables and real peanut butter.
- GREAT FOR HIKING & HUNTING - Real food, will travel. Great for backpacking, hiking, hunting, traveling, or any time you need a quick, healthy snack!
- MADE (WITH LOVE) IN ALASKA - Packed with high-quality ingredients to keep you feeling healthy and energized while you’re on the road. Enjoy a hot, delicious meal on your next adventure.
ALPS OutdoorZ Falcon Hunting Pack
- Vented back allows maximum air flow to keep you cool
- Carries a gun or bow securely, waist belt accommodates clip-style holsters
- Dual-directional frame helps support heavy loads with comfort
- Equipped with H20 port/pocket, side mesh pockets, webbing loops for lashing and blaze orange rain cover
- Weight: 4 lbs. 7 oz. , Capacity: 41L/2, 500 cu. in. , Camo Pattern: Realtree Edge
King's Camo Mountain Top 2200 Backpack, Desert Shadow
- Padded Mesh Air Flow System with Internal Frame Support
- Top Loader with Roll Top Closure
- Front Zip Access for Dual Entry into Main Compartment
- Additional Front Zip Compartment
- Side Padded Protection Flaps with Straps and Elastic Pockets
Job Hunting Tips from a Professsional Recruiter to Get an Edge on the Competition
This article offers practical and insightful advice for job-seekers from the perspective of a professional recruiter and career counselor.
As a professional career counselor and professional recruiter, a.k.a. "headhunter;" I have over 10 years experience in helping people to make very important decisions in their lives. The overwhelming question I'm getting these days is not "If I take this job, will they pay for my relocation expenses?" but rather "I'll take any job, and am more than happy to relocate my expenses." Sheesh! That is quite a change from just 6-8 months ago. People are now more than ever seeking the comfort of the crystal ball that is the internet, that glowing screen into which they hopefully peer each and every night until their brain turns to pudding as they try to shift through the endless piles and links of loosly related information in an effort to get "noticed."
What to get noticed? Then STOP doing what everybody else is doing. Not only is it annoying to the folks that get your resume from 4 different sources each week, but it's downright ineffective. Now I'm the first to understand that 80% of people do not call up 1-800-headhunter when they get pink-slipped, but it's time to start taking actions that will separate you from the masses. For example, let's say that you are a top-level executive architect that specializes in multi-housing projects at a national level. Are you going to apply to the same position as an intern architect that specializes in church rennovations? In a word, maybe. But you shouldn't. Desperate times make people do goofy things. Don't discount yourself--employers are not looking for bargains, they are looking for a good fit and the best value for their companies.
But like I tell anyone who has a superior skillset that is feeling lost in the crowd, stop playing in the same sandbox as everyone else--with so much dust being kicked up at that level, NO ONE will ever see you, let alone interview you. If someone is shopping for a new BMW, do they look in the used car section? No, and you have to have faith that although you might have fewer "buyers" at a higher level, you must stay above the fray so that they can find you when needed. Stop attacking your own value prop--if you are worth 75K a year, stop suggesting that you would take a job that pays 50K. That's not logical and it won't land you an interview.
So yes, "overqualified" is a legitimate reason for getting the cold shoulder, but not for the reasons you think. What employer wants to hire someone to do a job they could perform in their sleep while they take a healthy pay cut for the privilege? Just how long will they stay there when the market improves? I'll tell you--not long. Employers would rather hire from the even deeper pool of folks that would be pleased as punch to make 50K. My point here is to pour your energies into opportunites that you are actually a decent match for. Get out there without overexposing your name. If you must post a resume online--at least get your name out of circulation. Make it a blind resume that has your contact information on it. If you are without a job, your anonymity might be the last leverage you have. Trust me, there is nothing that gets a potential employer more excited that knowing she's getting the "scoop" on an unknown candidate that fits her needs. It's your anonymity that arouses interest, at least as long as your resume is solid. But if that person has your name already clogging the company database...well, you just might be tossed in the desperate file. Confusing? At first, but you'll come around. Below are some addition thoughts that will keep you motivated to keep your seach going.
Number one: Don't let your resume become like a weight-loss poster stapled to a telephone pole. Sure, lot's of passers-by may look at it, but how many give it a second look? Don't park your resume on the internet and just leave it there week after week hoping for a "bite." You'll look desperate, and that is one adjective you don't want describing you when it comes time to negotiate a salary. My advice--get out from behind the computer and start hitting the bricks. When your walk into a prospective business, don't get hung up on whether or not you get an interview. Your goal should be to get information--such as the hiring authority's name. Exchange pleasantries and create an opportunity for yourself. At the very least you can follow up later and send your resume to the right person and not the gatekeeper. This takes work, but you've been working a lot for free lately right? So get out there--the net is not working for you so make your own luck.
Number two: Stop monkeying around with your resume "format." Any stop wasting money having someone else monkey with it, either. Either it has good content in it or it doesn't. It looks fine--unless you are trying for a job in a graphics department, the format templates on MS Word are sufficient. Trust me when I tell you--I've seen thousands of resumes and yes some look better than others but that is not what I'm looking for. Rememer the whole "lipstick on a pig" thing? I'm looking at two main things: Duration you have spent at each job and a logical progression of skills. If you've had 4 jobs in the last 5 years, then you have some explaining to do.
Number three: Do yourself a favor and get out from behind the computer. The internet is a means to an end, and that's it. I can't email a resume any better than anyone else, but that is not my objective as a recruiter and nor should it be yours. Your objective is to tell your story, to get a conversation started with the actual person that will be making the decisions. That is NOT the secretary, the HR person, or the friendly old fella that "used to work there back in the last century"--unless his name is on the door that is.
Now go pull out your most comfortable walking shoes and hit the bricks. Don't worry about locking up, that coffee you made is plenty strong the protect the house.