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Best backpacks for saddle hunting?

dbeeler

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Why are so many people strapping their sticks to their pack instead of just carrying them in their hand? That means you have to take your pack off when you get to the tree and unhook them before you can start climbing. Am I missing something?
 

Hall17

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Why are so many people strapping their sticks to their pack instead of just carrying them in their hand? That means you have to take your pack off when you get to the tree and unhook them before you can start climbing. Am I missing something?
I always strapped them to my pack when I did used sticks. I guess I never thought about carrying them in. It also gave me a free hand and they didn't sway back and forth if they were slung over my shoulder. I use some WE steps now and still take my pack off at the tree. Guess it carried over from the treestand days maybe? Is there a reason you don't like taking your pack off at the tree?
 

GeoFish

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Why are so many people strapping their sticks to their pack instead of just carrying them in their hand? That means you have to take your pack off when you get to the tree and unhook them before you can start climbing. Am I missing something?
When I use sticks I pack them. The only thing I want in my hands is my bow. I have shot several deer going into and back from my stand, and there are several I let walk. When the bucks start chasing does anything can happen.
 

okccj

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I've been saddle hunting for 13 years and during that time I've tried so many packs. For me, the best packs are lumbar packs and specifically the Kifaru Hellcat. Perfect size for the amount of gear I take and the ability to strap my platform and/or a jacket to it is handy. I don't use sticks and obviously I don't pack a deer out with this. Instead I keep a military surplus frame pack in my truck and if a shoot a deer I'm more than happy to go back to my truck to grab either the frame pack or my jett sled.
 

Plebe

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Why are so many people strapping their sticks to their pack instead of just carrying them in their hand? That means you have to take your pack off when you get to the tree and unhook them before you can start climbing. Am I missing something?
I have to take my pack off to change into my hunting clothes anyway.

Unless using carbon fiber sticks, hands might get cold carrying them. Also, some just aren't that comfortable in hand. You can sling them, but that has draw backs too.

Carrying Timber Ninja C1s makes sense to me as an option if you can carry your weapon on your pack...they weigh about as much as a bow and less than a scoped rifle. Not cold in hand, composite steps less likely to impale you in a fall than some others.

Terrain, distance, and vegetation are factors that will impact what works best.
 
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