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    • runamuck
      Post count: 34

      I shake with both fear and anticipation for the answers to this question: what does one take hunting in either their day pack/ruck? I ask cause I am looking to develop the best all around general pack I can for my students in Hunters ed. With this focus remember too, that many of my students are only going to fish, or in some cases only be hikers. They are all welcome in my regard so please as I respect their choices please respect theirs.

      Here is the issue I was trained to take no less than 5-7days supplies, (i.e. only live off of these) and included should be resources for extended survival. My pack sits at 78lbs lol and this is not for the average person. My issue is that I can’t bring my self to scale the weight down, and for me 78lbs is not heavy all though I know it is beyond the scope of most.

      Please helps me 😆 thanks.

    • FUBAR
      Post count: 252

      78 pounds?:shock: Quite a load there.
      OK for backpacking I’ll try to rundown my pack. I always use 3 pairs of socks (rotate often to keep feet dry), change of clothes for around camp and ssleeping, camp sandles, small camp towel, first aid kit, toiletrees, headlamp, small stove, 1 pot and cup, spork, lighter/matches, bugdope, sunblock, tent, sleeping bag, pad, rope, some duct tape, knife, water bottles, food, rain gear. I’m sure I am forgetting stuff.
      Remember to tell them to forget bringing the cotton clothes

    • David Petersen
      Post count: 2749

      Muck — I am a bit confused by your question. In the first paragraph you ask about day pack contents, then in the second you speak of a major, long-term load. Specifically, are you asking what we would suggest that folks carry in a day pack for hunting or fishing or hiking, with no overnight stay planned? Or what? My own day pack for elk hunting averages 25 pounds but that includes a lot of field-dressing and hunting-specific stuff a hiker or angler wouldn’t need. ???? dp

    • runamuck
      Post count: 34

      I’m sorry I’m looking for each individual does. I get asked everything from how to pack for a simple a morning hike to advanced 7+ day backpack trips and everything in between. It can be for hunting, fishing or just a hiking. I’m getting a few students who have never been outdoors and have no intention of hunting. Their goal is to learn how to be safe while out in the wilderness. I have two separate pack builds, one for the desert and one for the woods, but both are heavy packs for the average person and are built for the terrain and types of hunts that I do. Ultimately what I hope to do is make a handout with three to four different types of packs with some general variations for geography that I can handout to students and their parents so that they have a guide to reference as they build their own packs for whatever it is that they enjoy doing in the wilds. I can do it now but its always better to get other input because none of us are omnipotent and I know everyone has great little tricks that they have learned over the years. Hope this helps to clarify.


    • Mark Turton
      Post count: 759

      Hi Erik, from your posts these students will be of varying ages possibly with parents have you considered a prearranged campsite for a weekend something like the scouts use.
      They can then go on predetermined routes possibly with an overnight stop individually or in small groups, this would give you an opportunity to ensure they are prepared and know where to start looking if they don’t return as expected. And the confidence to know that if something goes wrong they are not alone.
      Consider contacting the Forest Services they may have a suitable site.

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