If you want to kill ducks and geese, you’re inevitably going to get wet. It’s just part of the package. If you’re getting wet, your favorite gear is, too. And while most of a waterfowl hunter’s favorite tools are perfectly capable of functioning no matter the conditions, it’s nice to be able keep things dry when required.
At the 2015 SHOT Show, Signature Products Group (SPG)—an official licensee of products for Browning—introduced a number of hunting packs. The one that caught my eye: the Browning Billy 1700RT Lumbar Hunting Pack, which boasts 1,700 cubic inches of storage space, handles heavy loads with ease and weighs a mere 2.5 pounds. Here are four things you need to know.
Browning Packs have done well since first hitting the market last year—they received our Golden Bullseye Award for Gear of the Year, after all—and the brand seems intent on upping the ante for 2016. The first new introduction was announced this week in the Buck1700, a lightweight pack designed specifically for the tree stand hunter.
Recently I spent some time with Jay Robert, a man who has a spent a lifetime hunting in the steep mountains and been a pack designer for a lot of years. He currently designs packs for Tenzing, a company that incorporates latest high-tech materials and design features for mountaineering. As someone who has hunted out of a backpack a lot, believe me when I tell you these new bags are worth a look.