Did you know that people began hunting over 2 million years ago? And despite all the technological advances since, we still do it. It’s just instinctual.
Backcountry hunting is a wonderful way to experience nature. Typically, this type of hunting involves hiking into the deep wilderness for days on end. If this is you, you’re a serious hunter who only intends to return when you’ve caught your prey!
Being outdoors for so long requires advanced preparation that’ll require convenient transport. In this article, we’ve put together a list of the most useful ones — packs you’ll love.
Things to Take into Consideration When Choosing a Backcountry Hunting Backpack
The right hunting backpack is a multi-functional, invaluable item that can carry extreme weights and hold all necessary hunting gear and even prey.
Before choosing one you’ll need to decide on how much time you’d like to spend hunting. For one-day hunting, it’s better to choose a smaller pack — a good carrying capacity is about 2500 cubic inches. It allows you to store enough tools for a single day.
If you’re going to hunt overnight or even longer, you’ll need a multi-day pack — between 4000 and 6000 cubic inches of storage space. Larger packs could be heavy, so it’s also important to consider the distance that you’re planning to cover while hunting.
To make a selection easier, we’ve listed ten of the best backcountry hunting backpacks.
- VERSATILE QUICK TRIP PACK: Just right for youth and adults for light backpacking trips; best for 2-4-day adventures; 3400 cubic inches (55 L) capacity; weighs 4.5 pounds (2 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 comfort and airflow
- 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
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- NOT YOUR BASIC BACKPACK: Continues to be the top selling internal frame backpack on Amazon at a great price for all the included features; Backpack for men and women. Waist Belt- Adjustable 26 - 60 inches. Torso Length- Adjustable 15 - 19.5 inch
- Anti-Gravity suspension - feels like you are carrying less weight than is in your pack
- Adjustable harness and Fit-on-the-Fly hipbelt to dial in perfect fit
- Front stretch mesh pocket for quick storage of rain gear or extra layers
- Removable floating top lid with dual zippered pockets and web attachment points
- Internal hydration reservoir sleeve accommodates up to a 3L reservoir (sold separately)
- Made of durable Nylon Rip stop fabric, giving you a long-lasting use in the harshest weather environments
- Organize your gear in one of the many pockets: two side accessory hinged pockets, main, front and spotting scope pocket
- Keep your essentials close with accommodation for clip-style holster, drop-down rifle pocket and hydration pocket and port
- Detach your bag and use the frame to haul out meat with a unique, secure lashing system
- Total Weight: 7 lbs. 5 oz. , Bag Weight: 2 lbs. 3 oz. , Size: 5250³
- MATERIAL- 50L. Water-resistant 600D polyester. YKK Zipper and YKK Buckle. Rain cover included.
- MOLLE WEBBING- This internal backpack can hang on small items, or for attaching additional tactical pouches or gear.
- QUICKLY ACCESS- The internal frame backpack has large zipped access at front that can quickly access to the main compartment,opend as a luggage.
- SUITS- The hiking backpack is well used as 3 day assault pack for hiking,trekking,camping,climbing,traveling.
- DURABLE & MULTIFUNCTIONAL- This molle backpack with chest straps to cope with the weight so that it's well used as a 3 day assault pack,bug out bag,survival backpack,army backpack,trekking backpack or day pack. This backpack is a nice choice for Gift!
- 【ALWAYS KEEP YOUR ITEMS DRY】Our waterproof backpack is made of water resistant material. Futhermore, we also give away a rain cover. It is putted in the little pocket under the backpack. So it is no doubt that all your things will keep dry during rain. Just take this outdoor backpack, no matter the weather.
- 【MULTI COMPARTMENTS and STRAPS FOR HIKING】For passionate hikers or trekkers, we equipe this hiking backpack with hydration system, whistle and many compression straps. So it is perfect as a hiking daypack or travel backpack. Make everyone easy to carry all essentials such as keys, hiking gear, camera, notebook, water bottles, small sleeping bag. You can use it in many activities. Carry it for hiking, traveling, camping, mountain climbing, fishing, cycling, school or college.
- 【ROOMY(40 Liters) and COMFORTABLE】The capacity of our backpack is 40L, which has 4 compartments with zipper, 1 laptop compartment(for 16in laptop), 2 side pockets and 2 hip pockets. It meets size requirements for most airlines. Padded back filled soft mesh material, so you will sweat less on the back and never feel tired.
- 【LIGHTWEIGHT and DURABLE FOR DAILY USE】This backpack is made with high quality tear material, provides extra strength and long-lasting performance with the lightest weight possible. There are many colors of our backpack, that fit women as well as men. You can also just choose it as a daypack for daily life.
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- 【Lightweight & Ergonomic Design】 Perfect for any hunting trip; this backpack offers a 3400 cubic inches (55 L) capacity and weighs 6.0lb (3.3 kg). The adjustable shoulder & sternum strap make fitting the backpack to your personal size a cinch. The ergonomic design along with the Soft and Thick Padding offer pressure reduction and makes long walks through the woods much easier on your body.
- 【Breathable & Comfortable】 Nothing is worse than a backpack that holds moisture and causes you to sweat. The breathable fabric on our Backpack helps keep the backpack dry and scent free.Innovative shoulder-grip design provides cushioned comfort .
- 【Multi-Use】 Specs (Dimensions) are 28” x 15” x 12”. Our bag can be used with your rifle, bow, or pistol. TideWe hunting backpack features a two-in-one carrier for your bow or rifle. The top front pocket consist of three main storage spaces to keep your gear organized and ready. It also has a small front pocket with inner compartments maximizing your storage options. Large hunting backpack with multi compartments packs everything you need for a day or 2-3 days outdoor hunting journey.
- 【Durable】 High performance fabric delivers incredible durability. Reinforced carry strap keep you focus on hunting trip. TideWe day backpack also offers super strong steel carbon frame to secure small and large loads.
- 【User-Friendly Design】 This framed hunting backpack is compatible with 2 or 3-liter hydration systems, keeping you hydrated for those long walks in the woods. This also makes it perfect for long hikes . The premium soundless fabric will assist you in remaining undetected while hunting and the waterproof rain cover is perfect for keeping all of your gear dry in case you get caught in the rain. Main pack can detach from frame, allowing you to use the backpack freely.
- Dual aluminum frame with shelf can be utilized independently for better meat-hauling capabilities
- Frame features shelf and compressed wing-style pockets, allowing you to haul small and large loads
- 1680D nylon ballistic and robin nylon fabrics for unmatched strength paired with Lycra shoulder straps for added comfort
- Fully equipped with rifle and bow drop-down, rain cover, anti-sway straps, clip-style holster accommodation and H2O pocket/port
- Total Weight: 6 lbs. 3 oz. , Pack Weight: 1 lb. 13 oz. , Frame Weight: 4 lbs. 5 oz. , Capacity: 45L/2750 in³
- 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
- VENTILATED FOR COMFORT - With Badlands' AirTrack technology, we build channels into the foam suspension so air can effectively pass between your body and your pack. In addition, we use a breathable mesh over the foam as another layer of comfort and ventilation.
- ULTRALIGHT - Weighing in at a mere 1 lb 9 oz, the Scout won’t slow you down. This lightweight day pack is anything but a lightweight, however, offering 630 cubic inches of cargo room, multiple compression straps and lash points, plus super-durable Aramid bartacking at every stress point.
- KXO-32 FABRIC - After 31 attempts at creating the ultimate hunting fabric, we nearly gave up. Turns out 32 tries was the charm. Badlands' KXO-32 fabric is tough, waterproof, incredibly quiet, and lightweight, too. But we didn't stop there with the Scout. Badlands' C6 Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment doesn't allow moisture to seep into fabrics. Water beads and rolls off, keeping your gear dry, longer.
- RESERVOIR INCLUDED - The Scout comes with a 3-liter hydration reservoir that is extra durable, leak-proof, and fully reversible for easy cleaning. The wide mouth slide-top opening makes filling up faster and easier.
- APPROACH CAMO - A carefully constructed and neutral color palette allows the Approach pattern to adapt to your surroundings AND the current lighting conditions. Changing light will no longer dictate whether or not you stay hidden when it matters most.
- 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