10 Best Pack Frames For Hunting

Updated on: September 2023

Best Pack Frames For Hunting in 2023

ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Frame Only

ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Frame Only
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2023

Stansport Deluxe Freighter Aluminum Pack Frame - Black

Stansport Deluxe Freighter Aluminum Pack Frame - Black
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2023
  • Ergonomically designed aluminum frame pack for hauling heavy loads when camping or hunting
  • Fully padded and adjustable suspension system with cervical neck pad for hiking comfort
  • Padded hip belt with multiple attachment points
  • Fold down freighter shelf ideal for supporting and hauling heavy loads
  • 75-pound weight capacity; one-year warranty against defects

Allen Rock Canyon External Hunting Pack Frame Tan

Allen Rock Canyon External Hunting Pack Frame Tan
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2023
  • Adjustable pack frame lets you pack out your gear or harvest easily
  • Sturdy aluminum frame with folding shelf for extra support
  • Lashing points help secure heavy loads
  • Foam padded waist belt and shoulder straps
  • Cool mesh backing helps keep you comfortable

TETON Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack; High-Performance Backpack for Backpacking, Hiking, Camping; Hunter Green

TETON Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack; High-Performance Backpack for Backpacking, Hiking, Camping; Hunter Green
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2023
  • NOT YOUR BASIC BACKPACK: Continues to be the top selling internal frame backpack on Amazon at a great price for all the included features
  • VERSATILE QUICK TRIP PACK: Perfect backpack for men, woman and youth; best for 3-5-day backpacking trips; 3400 cubic inches (65 L) capacity; weighs 5 pounds (2.3 kg)
  • COMFORT YOU CAN CUSTOMIZE: Multi-position torso adjustment fits wide range of body sizes; Durable open-cell foam lumbar pad and molded channels provide maximum airflow and balance
  • TRUSTED QUALITY: Hiking backpack with hundreds of verified 5-star reviews testifying to the quality and design; sleeping bag compartment, compression straps, and exterior pockets for strategic packing
  • TETON SPORTS PROMISE: Reach out to our AMAZING product support team if you have any questions or concerns; YOU CAN COUNT ON US to get you taken care of and back OUTDOORS with TETON Sports

Hogue Hunting Grip S&W J Frame Round Butt Rubber Monogrip

Hogue Hunting Grip S&W J Frame Round Butt Rubber Monogrip
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2023
  • HOGUE Rubber GRIP 60000
  • fits S&W J Frame Round Butt Rubber Monogrip
  • Remove the old handle and install the supplied bracket on the bottom of the frame creating the grip easier to screw into place.

ALPS OutdoorZ Traverse EPS, Realtree MAX-1 XT

ALPS OutdoorZ Traverse EPS, Realtree MAX-1 XT
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2023
  • Carry heavy loads with expandable 1, 200 cu. in. section, unique H-frame design and extension lashing straps
  • Drop down pocket and front zippered 'wing pockets' allow you to secure your weapon or other gear
  • Enjoy the padded shoulder harness, padded spotting scope pocket with tripod sleeve holder and waist belt with two easy access pockets
  • Includes a clip-style holster compatible waist belt, H20 pocket/port and blaze orange rain cover
  • Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz. , Capacity: 74L/4, 500 cu. in. Camo Pattern: Real tree MAX-1 XT

ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Lite

ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Lite
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2023
  • Unique lashing system secures meat for long haul
  • Smaller profile, lightweight aluminum frame and padded shoulder straps allows for comfortable movement
  • Padded waist belt can accommodate clip-style holsters so you can securely carry a hand gun
  • Fully equipped with 3 extension lashing straps, mesh back band, adjustable shoulder harness and organizational wing pockets
  • Weight: 4 lbs. 11 oz. , Torso Range: 17" - 23"

ALPS OutdoorZ Extreme Commander X Frame Pack-Coyote Brown

ALPS OutdoorZ Extreme Commander X Frame Pack-Coyote Brown
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2023
  • Dual aluminum stays with channeled high density polyethylene frame
  • Adjustable molded foam suspension paired with Lycra shoulder straps for added comfort
  • 1680D Nylon Ballistic and Robic Nylon fabrics for unmatched strength
  • Fully equipped with adjustable torso range, extension lashing straps, compression straps and H2O pocket/port
  • Torso Range: 17" - 21", Weight: 5 lbs. 3 oz.; NOTE: ALPS OutdoorZ Extreme Pack Bag sold separately

Cruiser Accessories 19656 Hunting License Plate Frame, Matte Black/Orange w/fastener cap

Cruiser Accessories 19656 Hunting License Plate Frame, Matte Black/Orange w/fastener cap
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2023
  • This frame is molded and designed to show the detail of an authentic gun with scope and bullets, the pivoting fastener caps have epoxy stickers containing one deer and one elk in the cross hairs of a scope
  • This durable zinc die cast metal frame is matte black powder coated, the scope is detachable and the outline of orange is hand-painted To finish the look an ABS plastic black fastener cap has been added
  • Designed to fit all standard 6x12 inch novelty/license plates
  • Includes one (1) frame, two (2) set screws for gun and one (1) black fastener cap with a plastic cap retainer
  • User friendly and easy to install, see back of package for installation instructions

King's Camo Mountain Top 2200 Backpack, Desert Shadow

King's Camo Mountain Top 2200 Backpack, Desert Shadow
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2023
  • 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

Why I Hunt

A list of reasons ranging from practical to magical in support of the sport of hunting.

We all have our reasons to hunt. As a species we hunted probably first for food, and shortly thereafter for clothing. There are other reasons, or more reasons (to hunt), as well, especially since most of us can deal with the `food' part at the local grocery store, and the `clothing' part at the mall, or online. Here are my reasons to hunt. Some may overlap with yours, some may not, and you may have other reasons. And by the time you read this some of my reasons might have changed; but here they are.

1. Exercise. My regular job is a desk job. Ughhhh. So my first reason (also known as an `excuse') to hunt - is for exercise. And so I pick a hill, or a place where I won't stand still, and I get the heart and lungs working. I love it. Hunting to get exercise may not be the most effective way to get food, but it's definitely an enjoyable way to get exercise, and it's effective (at getting exercise), especially if I pick a big, steep hill. And if I go on a long, demanding hunt, with food, shelter, warmth, and other stuff all having to be carried on my back - I get in some good exercise and lose some weight.

2. To Get Away. Sometimes I just need to get away. Work can be stressful. Relationships can be draining. And I need to just `reset'. In this regard I like hunting spots that are close to where I live, so I get away more often. I grab my gun and go. Bigger, longer trips away give me a bigger reset - and, unless perhaps in excess - I come back a better person.

3. To Explore. I like to explore. While hunting territory that I am familiar with is the most productive - I also like hunting new territory. Sometimes I'll put in for controlled hunts in areas that I am not familiar with. It's also one reason I sign up for depredation hunts. Depredation hunts put me in contact with new landowners, and put my feet on new land. In my opinion a hunting license is not just a license to hunt - it is a license to explore.

4. To Test New Theories. I like to try new things, or old things new ways. `Push the envelope'. Perhaps something I learned hunting wild turkey is applicable to geese, or something I learned hunting deer is applicable to ... (fill in the blank). Or, perhaps something I learned in another area of life is applicable to my hunting aspect of life. I am an engineer, and sometimes I can apply my `engineering' (physics, math, etc.) to figure something out in hunting (bullet trajectory, calorie consumption, etc.). And, in reverse. I confess, I have learned things about life while hunting that I was unable to, or refused to, learn elsewhere (in school or church).

5. To Test New Equipment. Enough said.

6. For Great Adventure. While hunting often involves little more than grabbing gun and ammo after work and `going for a walk', sometimes I hunt to take on great adventure. I will dream and plan a hunt that will demand a lot of me, both physically, and mentally. It may involve risk, but it will also result in stories I can tell others. In great adventures I find out more about myself, and others, and God. And I will find out if my hunting buddy is indeed as serious about hunting as he, or she says he, or she, is. I like to hunt to test ME.

7. For the Bounty. Properly cared for wild game meat can be premium table fair. So I hunt to eat. Some of it can be pretty expensive table fair, after adding up all the costs - so I don't pull this off as my only reason - but it definitely is a good reason.

8. For the Beauty, the Mystery, and the Magic. Hunting by necessity gets us outdoors - away from the pavement, the glass, the office space, the traffic, the noise. And we find ourselves in the beauty of nature. We find ourselves in an environment less directly affected by man and all his devices. A world more natural, filled with beauty simple to complex. Generally hunting seasons are in the autumn, with splendid arrays of golden sunshine, sunrise and sunsets, and leaves turning of every color imaginable. Gone is the pounding heat of summer, giving way to the crispy cold of autumn mornings, and the gentler warmth of sunny fall afternoons. Nearly unmatched is the brilliant dress of colors on the Ringneck pheasant as he steps boldly in the open to look around. I hunt to take in the beauty of the outdoors and the wildlife.

As the season progresses we sense the hint, or warning, of approaching winter and cold weather. We can also be observers of the marvel of the wildlife rut, migration, and the pairing to reproduce. I hunt to see the mystery of these things.

Some aspects of `civilized' life are so mechanical, so planned, so paid for. Some aspects of the hunt may also be mechanical, planned, and paid for. But there is also a magic about the hunt, and being outdoors, and in nature. Sometimes what happens on a hunt is truly unplanned, and can only unfold by some bigger magic. Sometimes I can sense it minutes, hours, even days in advance. Something magical is going to happen. Then, as though scheduled, it does. I love to hunt because it can be so magical.

9. For the Relationships (Friendships). Much hunting I do alone. However, outings can be a great time of building or maintaining relationships, whether friend or family. I have found over the years that for some reason some things that might otherwise go forever unsaid, come out easily while climbing a mountain, or around a camp fire. Some conversation `topics', especially really personal ones, require a change in environment, and a hunt might just provide that change.

10. For Our Animals. One of the great joys of hunting, and thus another reason to hunt, is to be with my animals. Hunting can be an opportunity to be with and work with our stock animals, gun dogs, or hounds. Watching a gun dog lock onto the trail of a bird just adds to the magic. Our animals can be great companions. And I would rather watch my water dog get wet than me.

11. For the Trophies. Right now in life I need the meat more than something else hanging on the wall, so while I would like to get a trophy, I generally take something else, first. But sometimes I pass on something to get something bigger. And someday I'll pass on everything except the biggest. In reality most of us probably hunt along a continuum between the extremes of `only for' meat and `only for' the trophy.

12. For the Pictures, and the Stories, and Plain Ol' Fun. I can't sit around and tell hunting stories if I don't have any - so I hunt. I can't show people animals and pictures hanging on my wall if I don't have anything to hang, or show - so I hunt. And while my audience may be far less interested in hearing my stories as I am in telling them - I love telling my stories - so I hunt. Plus, hunting is fun - that's "Why I hunt."

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