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#5620723 - 02/25/15 07:01 PM tac vest/chest rig/battle belt etc for night hunting?
ccreyeder Offline
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Registered: 08/07/11
Posts: 295
Loc: San Antonio, Tx
SO, the story goes.. "back in the day, when I used to be a day hunter... lol..

used to be, all I would take with me was my rifle, and maybe some binoculars. Now that I am doing more night hunting, sometimes 2-3x/week.. I'm finding myself taking or needing? more "stuff"

Rifle, extra mag, flashlight, thermal monocular, extra batteries, more batteries, laser pointer to point out to my co-hunters what direction I am looking, video cam, shooting sticks, chewing tobacco, cell phone, 6 pack of beer ( I jest lol), cords, allen wrenches, hearing protection, pistol.... you get the picture....

Currently, my "rig" is old BDU pants, and a old hiking vest that I dug out of the closet. It works, but my pockets are bulging and I clink and clank when I walk...

I was considering getting something that I could organize better. I originally thought of a tac vest, but thinking that might be too hot in the summer nights. Thought about a chest rig, but I need more pouches than mag holders. Recently, been considering getting a "battle belt" that I can put my own combination of pouches and maybe something for an extra mag...

Any of you night hunters use anything like this and, if so, any suggestions?

Heck, I might just stick with the hiking vest since I have been bitten by the thermal bug and am talking myself into a major upgrade (think $$ lol) in my thermal gear..

Thanks in advance for the suggestions!

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#5620753 - 02/25/15 07:11 PM Re: tac vest/chest rig/battle belt etc for night hunting? [Re: ccreyeder]
hdfireman Offline
Tracker

Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 719
Loc: Flower Mound
I use a battle belt from US Grunt Gear. Made in the USA and quality is outstanding. They have many pouches to choose from that will fit your needs. The reason I like the belt is because it's easy to take off and put on. I can be in and out of the truck a lot so it's nice. If you leave the rear open it will allow you to drive with it. On mine I carry 2 rifle mags, pistol mag, flashlight, pistol, knife and a medical pouch
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#5621261 - 02/25/15 11:18 PM Re: tac vest/chest rig/battle belt etc for night hunting? [Re: ccreyeder]
Ramsey Offline
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Registered: 12/12/11
Posts: 10452
Loc: Grayson County
I hunt at night and cant imagine why you need so much gear. I take an ar 10 w thermal, extra batteries, monopole, headlight. In my backpack which I leave in truck, extra ammo, led spotlight, water and sanDwich. I do take a small mouth yote call.
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#5621341 - 02/26/15 06:13 AM Re: tac vest/chest rig/battle belt etc for night hunting? [Re: ccreyeder]
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Registered: 02/28/10
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I use one. I pack a first aid kit, extra mag, elbow length rubber gloves,knife,leatherman,flashlight,TP, ear plugs, cell phone. I removed the pistol holster as I wear that on my leather belt. The bag contains a foxpro.
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#5621410 - 02/26/15 07:25 AM Re: tac vest/chest rig/battle belt etc for night hunting? [Re: ccreyeder]
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Registered: 05/18/11
Posts: 4172
Loc: Forestburg, Montague Cnty, TX
Since it is for night hunting, I like to wear darker colors. I have a dark brown bird vest from Orvis. Many such variants can be found from numerous manufacturers. I got mine way oversized so that it is not just bigger (and so has a bigger pocket in the back for your "dead birds") but also fits over my coveralls in the winter. It has a couple of cargo pockets, hand pockets, and then a couple shell holders as well.

The shell holders carry a pair of ear plugs, spare batteries, and sometimes a couple extra rounds of ammo.

The cargo pockets contain a lighter (for stand heater), two flashlights, headlamp, gloves, grunt tube, wounded rabbit call, cell phone, and whatever else little items. The bird pocket in the back contains anything I need to carry or pack in, even to the point of carrying my coveralls on warm evenings when I don't want to get all sweaty going into the stand. My common loading in winter, however, will be a couple of hand towels, can of propane, bottle of water or soda, camera, measuring tape, and shooting sticks. If I am doing predator calling, it also includes my FoxPro.

Basically, I use the vest like a backpack. The nice thing is that I can take it off or put it on fairly easily and there are no straps or dangles like you have with backpacks.

I wear my monocular on a strap around my neck and carry my rifle by hand (no sling).
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#5621417 - 02/26/15 07:34 AM Re: tac vest/chest rig/battle belt etc for night hunting? [Re: ccreyeder]
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Look up 5.11 vest. Several with Molle options.

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#5621584 - 02/26/15 09:27 AM Re: tac vest/chest rig/battle belt etc for night hunting? [Re: Brother in-law]
clandr1 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 12/12/14
Posts: 97
Loc: Frisco
Check out the Maxpedition site. Specifically check out the Gearslinger and Versipack variants. I used to have a Jumbo Versipack, but sold it and bought a Sitka Gearslinger instead. It gives you quick access to stuff since you can slide it around from your back to your front without taking it off. If you get a smaller model, it should be perfect for the amount of stuff you carry. Don't get anything too big, or you'll be tempted to load it up with all sorts of sh*t which will make it too heavy for a single strap pack.

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#5622496 - 02/26/15 04:58 PM Re: tac vest/chest rig/battle belt etc for night hunting? [Re: Ramsey]
Txkiller Offline
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Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 25258
Loc: Hwy 380
Originally Posted By: Ramsey
I hunt at night and cant imagine why you need so much gear. I take an ar 10 w thermal, extra batteries, monopole, headlight. In my backpack which I leave in truck, extra ammo, led spotlight, water and sanDwich. I do take a small mouth yote call.


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#5622556 - 02/26/15 05:39 PM Re: tac vest/chest rig/battle belt etc for night hunting? [Re: ccreyeder]
dogdown23 Offline
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Registered: 02/15/14
Posts: 868
Loc: TX
What are you hunting 2 to 3 nights a week?
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#5622603 - 02/26/15 06:03 PM Re: tac vest/chest rig/battle belt etc for night hunting? [Re: Txkiller]
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Registered: 05/30/11
Posts: 10674
Loc: Rockport, Tx.
Originally Posted By: Txkiller
Originally Posted By: Ramsey
I hunt at night and cant imagine why you need so much gear. I take an ar 10 w thermal, extra batteries, monopole, headlight. In my backpack which I leave in truck, extra ammo, led spotlight, water and sanDwich. I do take a small mouth yote call.


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X3 I have everything that I need and then some in my truck, that stuff lives there. If I am not in my truck I take a pack with me, that stays in the truck. When I am hunting I take only what I need, nothing more. I keep extra ammo in the truck/or in my pack in the truck. I run Energizer Lithium batteries in my night vision gear that will last all night, so now I don't carry extra batteries in the field. I have never needed to carry extra mags with me in the field. I like being as light as possible, quiet, & quick like a ninja .


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#5623194 - 02/26/15 11:56 PM Re: tac vest/chest rig/battle belt etc for night hunting? [Re: ccreyeder]
Theblakester Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 03/24/14
Posts: 183
Loc: Houston
I use a bird belt. Pouches on each side and a bigger one in the back. That plus my pants pockets give me enough extra carrying compartments.
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#5623539 - 02/27/15 08:36 AM Re: tac vest/chest rig/battle belt etc for night hunting? [Re: Ramsey]
hdfireman Offline
Tracker

Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 719
Loc: Flower Mound
Originally Posted By: Ramsey
I hunt at night and cant imagine why you need so much gear. I take an ar 10 w thermal, extra batteries, monopole, headlight. In my backpack which I leave in truck, extra ammo, led spotlight, water and sanDwich. I do take a small mouth yote call.


I carry what I do because I hunt for farmers to eradicate hogs. It is not uncommon to be 40-60 yards from a sounder of 20 or more pigs. I carry 15 rd mags because I don't like how long the 25's are, that means I could need another mag. Medical pouch is because I hunt mostly alone and if I get charged I won't be the one to bleed out in a field somewhere. If I was out killing 1 or 2 pigs at a time I would not carry as much as I do.

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#5623890 - 02/27/15 11:11 AM Re: tac vest/chest rig/battle belt etc for night hunting? [Re: ccreyeder]
clandr1 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 12/12/14
Posts: 97
Loc: Frisco
A lot of y'all are assuming he can easily get back to his truck. I know some guys who will park at the edge of a 1,000 acre property and walk in to hunt and primitive camp all weekend. Not everyone is 200 yards from their truck the whole time.

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#5623899 - 02/27/15 11:20 AM Re: tac vest/chest rig/battle belt etc for night hunting? [Re: hdfireman]
Ramsey Offline
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Registered: 12/12/11
Posts: 10452
Loc: Grayson County
Originally Posted By: hdfireman
Originally Posted By: Ramsey
I hunt at night and cant imagine why you need so much gear. I take an ar 10 w thermal, extra batteries, monopole, headlight. In my backpack which I leave in truck, extra ammo, led spotlight, water and sanDwich. I do take a small mouth yote call.


I carry what I do because I hunt for farmers to eradicate hogs. It is not uncommon to be 40-60 yards from a sounder of 20 or more pigs. I carry 15 rd mags because I don't like how long the 25's are, that means I could need another mag. Medical pouch is because I hunt mostly alone and if I get charged I won't be the one to bleed out in a field somewhere. If I was out killing 1 or 2 pigs at a time I would not carry as much as I do.

"By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail."
— Benjamin Fanklin


That is all I hunt is the corn, milo and wheat fields. I carry a 20 round magazine with 18 rounds in it and have never spent more than 10 rounds personally. I carry all the extra gear in the truck which can be anywhere from 300 yards to a mile away. I just carry the basics and wear light colored camo, and shoes to fit the situation from rubber boots, insulated Hunting Boots or tennis shoes (soft fields). My goal is to be quiet, stealthy and quick if the situation calls. There is no single answer here, just differn't prospectives.
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#5623945 - 02/27/15 11:47 AM Re: tac vest/chest rig/battle belt etc for night hunting? [Re: ccreyeder]
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