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Shooting friendly daypack

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Gathering' started by okcaveman, Dec 22, 2016.

  1. okcaveman

    okcaveman Scout Bushclass I

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    So, I'm starting to get better about taking a little gear/water with me while hunting, but I'm having an issue with my camelbak that when I shoulder my rifle, the straps get in the way and I have to shoulder it farther out on my shoulder than I care for.
    Do any of you have a backpack that the cut of the straps is shooting friendly?

    I'd rather stay around $100 give or take, and I'm looking for something around 1000 CI but that's not set in stone either.


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    I think Hill People Gear Tarahumara may work. I sold mine but as I recall it was sling friendly
     
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    I'm less concerned with it being sling friendly, as not being in the way when I shoulder the rifle to shoot. I have looked at those before though and they look nice!

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    I don't drink out of anybody's bladder and prefer just a water bottle. I also prefer a sling pack so there is not a strap over my right shoulder. The sling pack limits how much weight you can carry, but I consider that a good thing, less is better. I've been using the sling pack for several years now and still prefer it. There are lots of them available, I tend to stay with the smaller ones. I started with simple book bags because that was what was available, but now days the selection is a lot better. Maxpidition even has a couple.
     
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    Gander has a pack that a segment unrolls and if a rifle case. About 200 bucks. I'd imagine they designed it shooting friendly. But I just drop my pack, if I need to shoot. Maybe use an LBE and but pack when wandering from camp for a stalk hunt?
     
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    I think the HPG harness would also be fine for shouldering your rifle. The sling bag may be good also
     
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    I'll look into the hpg a bit more. Iv used a sling pack before, and while they will do the job, I'm looking for something that I can carry a bit more with. Thinking along the lines of a full day of woods bumming and squirrel hunting

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    Why not cut your straps off and sew on and leather straps? Or modify your favorite pack to fit your needs.
     
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    I have an old gas mask or bread or something bag with a single sling-over-the-shoulder strap that I use as my hunting bag, for that very reason. I don't carry much in it, though. I think I paid something like $5 for it at an army surplus store back in the 90s.
     
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    I use a butt pack &/or a haversack & bedroll depending on how long I'll be out.
    Any shoulder strap goes across my non shooting shoulder.
     
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    I used a fanny pack for a while...but lately is hard on my back these days...
    Those $4 buck Finn gas mask bag allows me to put the whole fanny pack in the bag....then carry it as a sling pack on left shoulder.

    I just carry a T-bottle for coffee....and a water bottle or two....don't need a lot of water for a day hunt....and don't like the weight.
    If I need more....there is a life straw in the pack.
     
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    I carry just a cheap Wally WorldWorld knapsack. Filled with water bottles, hearing protection, gutting knife, first aid kitkit, hunting license, binos and whatever else a man could need. I never have any trouble with the straps when I shoot because I shoot off my bag from the prone position. When I carry my rifle I carry it in front. I am a walk short, shoot long type of hunter.
     
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    I do like the looks of that eberlestock sawed off.
    Iv tried the fanny pack route as well, but I'm really looking for something that I can carry a bit more with without that awkward feeling a heavy fanny pack gives me.
    And as far as cutting the straps off my camelbak, It's a great bag when I'm not planning on shooting so I hate to butch it up


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    Thanks for all the responses guys. A couple factory packs I hadnt considered that I need to lookin to for sure

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    A lot of hunters seem to like the "X" series. I have several of their packs but not one of those.

    Their "F" series is modular and you can build on it. Here are some things that I wrote about it:
    2016 Eberlestock Packs
    Input please on Eberlstock halftrack
    You can get their products cheaper than what is shown on their website.
     
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    Thanks Harper! I really do like what I see.

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    kifaru gunbearer......hint

    nothing faster, and the universal is adaptable to most packs. all the weight is on your hips and no pesky sliding slings.
     
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    Eberlestock Gunrunner is a great pack. Before that I was using a 5.11 Rush 12 with their Rush Tier Rifle Sleeve.
    I like the Eberlestock better, just due to the fact I can draw my rifle from my pack without removing the pack.

    ETA: If you already have a molle equipped pack. Give the Rush Tier Sleeve a try. They can be had cheap on Amazon.
     
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    On my most recent trips chasing small game I've used the Maxped Sitka. It stays out of the way pretty good when I'm carrying and more importantly when I shoulder my rifle. I never thought I would like a sling bag. But for shorter day trips it's great.
     
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    Have you tried a vest, either a traditional styled modern vest with load support or a modified tactical type vest, either would meet your needs and be under your cost point. You can even get some of the "turkey" vests that have an attached seat cushion and support. They work really well
     
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    I use the HPG Umlindi for 1-3 days with stuff tied on the outside and a Kifaru E&E for a day pack. Both work fine when shooting. I sometimes wear a HPG chest pack with the E&E if I need a little more room or am toting a handgun.

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    I only shoot evil daypacks not friendly ones... :confused:

    I really like my single sling backpack like the one pictured below though I don't recall the make, and it's out in my man-cave and I'm too lazy to go outside and check. It has a separate zipped section for a water bladder with an opening to feed your water line out of.
    [​IMG]
     
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    For hunting I really like to go fanny pack style. The military issue ones or ones made for hunting work well. A water bottle pouch or canteen fits nicely on the side straps. Bags on sides are in the way and anything on my shoulder gets in my way when hunting.
     
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    I've been using a Maxpedition Jumbo S-type Versipack for a few years with good results.
     

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