• Ben

    I am for sure an over-packer! I can remember when my Dad used to take me hunting when I was a kid, we took a gun and put our bullets in our pocket and that was it! Now it seems like I am going on a weekend visit somewhere.

    • SoleAdventure

      I can definitely relate, Ben. Hopefully we can both learn where that fine line of “just enough” is.

  • Excellent post! I am looking forward to Part II already. I know in my case I am the ‘safety packer’ amongst all of my buddies. I am one of the only ones with a First Aid Kit, SPOT locator and other items.  Most of my friends think I am crazy for packing 45 lbs for a day hunt, but in the high desert of SoCal it can reach 90-100 degrees by 11 AM. When you consider a gallon and a half or water, my pro camera, etc. the weight can add up. Can’t wait for the follow up!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Al! I have often been that ‘safety packer’ as well, and it has saved myself (and friends) a few times. A FAK, SPOT, and other types of emergency items may be necessary, depending on the trip. I can relate to the water and camera gear as well. It hasn’t been unheard of for my to load down my Badlands 2800 for just a day trip. It seems ridiculous to do so, but it has happened.

  • I definitely used to over pack but hunting more often got me to trim that down to Binos, Knife, 2 Flashlights (small), Knife, Camera w/ 2 Lenses, 2 Pair Medical Gloves. Weather might make me add extra gloves, facemask, waterproof layer. Depending on length I’ll add water/food

    Great Post! Looking forward to Part II!

    • SoleAdventure

      That is a pretty good list, Will. Is there a a reason you have two knives and two lights? Still, nice and simple. Lugging my DLSR and lenses is a pain, but it is also a requirement for those of us that are capturing our hunts to share with others.

      • Only carry one knife just managed to type it twice . .  oops. . .  I have a head lamp and a handheld so they take up little space and if one gets wet or dies on me I’m not wandering in the dark!

        • SoleAdventure

          Ahh, that makes sense. I definitely can’t blame you for having two light sources. I think that is one “extra” that can be easily justified.

    • huntography

      Great post to make everyone think about what matters……Yes, even I carry too much stuff…..and Will, yeah, he’s like a walking Cabela’s – You”l see in the DeerTour Documentary ;)

      • SoleAdventure

        Ha ha, I see that will has been outed! (I can’t wait to see the new season of DeerTour!)

        • I didn’t have that much crap, it was just a few different calls in one of the pouches that you could see LOL. But I did get rid of a bunch of stuff later in the season when I got my new pack!

  • SoleAdventure


  • Great post Mark! I am in the same boat as far as being an over-packer but have been limiting what I pack more and more to just the bare essentials that I absolutely need. Of course the way I pack depends on the type of trip I am on but learning from my dad who is a bit more on the worrisome side, I have been packing a little less here and there on the different trips. I’m looking forward to part II that’s for sure!

  • Will’s comment reminded me of why I carry two light sources. Two years ago I was a quarter mile into bear and mountain lion country and headed out at dark from my stand. Go to turn on my headlamp and nothing happened. Talk about my heart sinking! I was more than thankful to have my flashlight in the pack, but with every step I thought I would see eyes. Frightening not to have your headlamp work.

    • SoleAdventure

      Al, that could have been bad. Like I mentioned to Will, I think that having two light sources is a justifiable ‘extra’ in many situations, and especially in yours. I am curious…is there anything else that you pack multiples of?

  • Erin M.

    I have my layers  (I sit in a stand), a granola bar, gum, hand and toe warmers (it gets cold just sitting in the woods in Maine) 2 bullets in the gun, 1 in my pocket, my dad (who has the knife on him) and that’s it.  We spend about 10 hours a day in the woods but are also 5 minutes from home and head home for lunch.

    • SoleAdventure

      Hi Erin,

      I would say that is a pretty basic list. I have also found that hunting from a stand requires some extras…especially layers. (That is awesome that you hunt with your Dad!)


  • Timothy Brass

    Great Post!  I especially like your reference to the need for all the technology and included a link to this article here:  http://www.backcountryhunters.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=86&Itemid=116

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Tim! I will be sure to head over and check it out!