Must-Have Hunting Packs for 2023

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posted on March 23, 2023
Must Have Hunting Packs 2023 Lead

In need of a new hunting pack? When it comes to choosing the right one for your next adventure, the choices can quickly become overwhelming. We've got you covered.

Browning Gannett 5500 hunting pack.

Browning Gannett 5500 Pack
If you are looking for a pack that can tote multiple days’ worth of gear and equipment into the backcountry and get you back out with the addition of a deboned elk, the fully adjustable Gannett 5500 is for you. Features include 5,500 cubic inches of storage space, a lightweight, detachable carbon-fiber frame, a large meat shelf, bow/rifle carrier, a rain fly, and the expandability to “overstuff” the pack, should you dare. MSRP: $399.99; browning.com.

ALPS OutdoorZ Elite Frame and Pack System for hunting.

ALPS OutdoorZ Elite Frame and Pack System
ALPS started with the Elite Frame, made from a high-performance thermoplastic composite weighing only 3 pounds, 10 ounces, and, alone, it’s a meat- and cape-hauling machine. Attach either the Elite 1800 (shown) or Elite 3800 pack, and you’ve got a serious hunting system with the adjustability, compression straps and load lifters that success demands. MSRP: $249.99-$449.99; alpsoutdoorz.com.

SJK Carbine 2500 hunting pack.

SJK Carbine 2500 Backpack
Not too big and certainly not too small, the Carbine 2500 Backpack from SJK fits right into the “Goldilocks zone” for a multi-use hunting pack. With 2,500 cubic inches of storage space, there’s ample room for your hunting gear and snacks, and a stowable carry system holds your rifle or bow. A compression flap provides a way to haul meat or extra gear. Available in Kryptek Highlander camo. MSRP: $199.95; sjkgear.com.

Mystery Ranch Treehouse hunting pack.

Mystery Ranch Treehouse Pack
Available in 20- and 38-liter sizes, the Treehouse pack was designed specifically for treestand whitetail hunters. Made with a water-resistant and ultra-quiet nylon-backed fuzzy polyester shell, the Treehouse, in either size, sports a top-load access system with a deep lid that doubles as a gear shelf. Sleeves and pockets keep the interior organized, and an integrated tree strap secures the pack to your tree. MSRP: $229-$299; mysteryranch.com.

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Ledlenser MH8 Outdoor Headlamp and Powercase.

Ledlenser MH8 Outdoor Headlamp and Powercase
The MH8 headlamp delivers up to 600 lumens of white light and also sports green, red and blue LEDs. It boasts a focus wheel to change from spotlight to flood. Remove the light from the head strap and clip it to your clothing or use as a handheld. It’s rechargeable but will also take an alkaline battery, and it is compatible with the Powercase—a charging system, carry case and portable power bank all in one. Versatile is an understatement. MSRP: $124.90; ledlenserusa.com.

OKC Rat-3 Caper hunting knife.

OKC Rat-3 Caper
Built to hunt and made to last a lifetime of it, the Rat-3 Caper starts with a super-sharp, 3-inch caping blade made from tough, phosphate-coated 1075 carbon steel. To that, OKC added a near-indestructible Rat-3 Micarta handle. At 8.25 inches in total length, this fixed blade is the perfect size for belt carry or to ride in your pack, and it comes with a low-profile, molded leather sheath. MSRP: $91.95; ontarioknife.com.

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