Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Cornfedredneck74, Cement pro taco, TxReezen7.0, Nutz, Jdmcneely26
63583 Registered Users
Top Posters
dogcatcher 86902
stxranchman 52550
bill oxner 46054
RWH24 44568
rifleman 44356
BOBO the Clown 43445
BMD 40829
Big Orn 37484
txshntr 35147
SnakeWrangler 34880
facebook
Forum Stats
63583 Members
45 Forums
450801 Topics
6229082 Posts

Max Online: 16728 @ 03/25/12 08:51 AM
Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 >
Topic Options
#7056231 - 01/28/18 05:10 PM back pack for Elk hunt.
pigplinker Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 08/07/11
Posts: 1755
Loc: Ben Wheeler,Tx
Looking for a pack with frame to carry meat out. I have looked at some, but looking for info from people who have hunted and packed out Elk. Thanks.

Top
#7056236 - 01/28/18 05:13 PM Re: back pack for Elk hunt. [Re: pigplinker]
Cleric Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 03/11/12
Posts: 3208
For big hunts I donít mess around with boots or bags. I like the exo line. Mystery ranch and kirfau are also big names. Eberlestock is good but there bags are a bit on the heavy side imo.

I use both exo and eberlestock

Bobo on here is who i would talk to

Top
#7056261 - 01/28/18 05:27 PM Re: back pack for Elk hunt. [Re: pigplinker]
RattlesnakeDan Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 12/23/17
Posts: 265
Loc: San Antonio
I have a 3 piece unit, don't remember the maker.
The frame{plastic} can be used by itself for hauling quarters of meat. Antlers etc..
Has an upper back pack that attaches to the frame and a lower fanny pack that attaches also.
This way I use it year round whether it be carrying turkey or dove decoys in the backpack or using the fanny pack for spot and stalk hunting. Have used it in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and Alaska to name a few and has been packed with fishing gear in Canada. 15 years old and still working good!
_________________________
Just like Jesus, sometimes you gotta kill some hogs.
bigtextrailerworld.com/sanantonio

Top
#7056281 - 01/28/18 05:46 PM Re: back pack for Elk hunt. [Re: pigplinker]
Theringworm Online   content
Tracker

Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 523
Loc: Midland, TX
Kifaru, Mystery Ranch, Exo, Eberlestock, Kuiu are what I would consider "great to excellent" dual purpose backpacking packs/meat haulers. They are also expensive, some more so than others. I have a Mystery Ranch Metcalf and the Kuiu Icon Pro system. So I can comment on each of those if you have specific questions.

You can get a dedicate load/meat hauler however I think the new dual puporse packs with built in load/meat hauler sling built into the system is absolutely the way to go.

As Cleric said, don't skimp on backpacks and boots (and I would add rain gear). Not worth trying to save money here by going with something cheap and poorly built.

Top
#7056282 - 01/28/18 05:47 PM Re: back pack for Elk hunt. [Re: Cleric]
Blank Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 09/20/10
Posts: 182
Loc: Idaho Falls, Idaho
We mostly use internal frame packs here for our pack outs in Idaho, Wyoming, and Arizona. Mature bulls are big! We tend to hunt a little farther from the truck and they are more comfortable for long all day hikes with our extra gear and clothes. The ones from Mystery Ranch, Eberlestock, or Badlands win hands down over most others. Almost all have life-time warranties, and we have not had to try any of the newer brands or models yet. Since we usually bone out all of the animal, there is little extra weight from bone, and the bags will fill up single compartment packs to capacity. Insert a contractor grade trash bag, and fill it up.

Until you have tried to stand and walk with an 80-100# pack, don't think its easy. My boys are 36 and 42 years old, and can still pack a front and rear quarter, but I gave that up years ago. At 67 years of age, and with a bad knee but still elk hunting, about 80# is my limit now, and I would prefer 60# !!! smile My favorite pack right now is a Badlands Sacrafice. At 3.6 pounds it is light to carry, but expands to fit an entire deer or a LOT of elk meat.

Once we get the first loads to the truck, we may switch to an external frame pack for racks with skulls, or remaining quarters. Like to just leave them in the bed of the truck til we see if they are needed.

Pictures from an AZ elk hunt last year. The glassing in the canyon we like to hunt, my youngest son and a typical pack we carry all day, and coming out of a hell hole with a couple 100# packs at the end of day.










Edited by Blank (01/28/18 06:00 PM)

Top
#7056308 - 01/28/18 06:07 PM Re: back pack for Elk hunt. [Re: pigplinker]
Eyesofahunter Offline
Tracker

Registered: 01/11/15
Posts: 629
Loc: Hill Country of Texas
You looking for a pack just to Carry meat or a dual purpose pack? I have Eberlestock pack and it works great for dual purpose. But it comes down to how the pack fit you.

Top
#7056334 - 01/28/18 06:33 PM Re: back pack for Elk hunt. [Re: pigplinker]
Erny Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 02/26/11
Posts: 2165
Loc: Smith County
I use an eberlestock. It comfortable to me but a little heavier than its competitors. I forget which model I bought but it camel with a big game bag pack that you can attach. However, if I am just going to pack out meat I have a pack frame that I use that works great.

Top
#7056407 - 01/28/18 07:29 PM Re: back pack for Elk hunt. [Re: pigplinker]
Nogalus Prairie Online   content
THF Celebrity

Registered: 11/22/10
Posts: 24376
Loc: Corsicana
Literally dozens to choose from.

I use Eberlestock as a dual purpose because I love the rifle scabbard.
Names you hear over and over again as the best these days are Kifaru, Mystery Ranch, and Stone Glacier.

Blank, you da man. up
_________________________
Originally Posted By: Russ79
I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.



Top
#7056423 - 01/28/18 07:42 PM Re: back pack for Elk hunt. [Re: pigplinker]
BOBO the Clown Offline
decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 43445
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: pigplinker
Looking for a pack with frame to carry meat out. I have looked at some, but looking for info from people who have hunted and packed out Elk. Thanks.


Depends on your price point and how you hunt. Truck analogy break down...

(Old 3/4 ton- will get job done, but rough)
You can find external frame packs pretty cheap(alps, Cabelaís, Barney). Down side is big and bulky. But haul weight well

(Mid sized truck-great for mild jobs and occasional pushing the limits, you hook on to too much and you will probably get home, but it wasnít a fun ride)
You can pack out meat with a badlands or elberstock, but neither have functional load lifters, or great belts, so over 50lbs they dig into your shoulders, other that they are great for the price and tough. Elberstock came out with a new frame thatís little stouter, but I havení t used it. It does Looks to have same harness and belt as previous models.

(Good heavy half ton- way better then a mid sized truck, and will ďmost likelyĒ haul what you need)
Kuiu is a good mid priced pack. Iím personally scared of all carbon frames, but I do have a buddy that packed out 10 bears, 3 elk and two lions with his this year and he loves it. He is rough on stuff, he walked out a pair of kennetek hard scrabbles in a year. Itís a very light pack and 3500 cu in bag compresses to nothing.

(Modern 3/4-robust, comfortable, never think twice about what you are about to haul)
Kifaru, Exo mountain gear, Stone glacier and Mystery ranch are the most expensive but are modular(bags sizes interchangeable). Packing out (Weight wise) all four will comfortably carry what ever your legs can take.

If you hunt backcountry every year, day or overnight I would spend money on kuiu, or more robust kifaru, EXO,SG, and MR.

If you hunt the backcountry more from a truck camp and never get to deep, elberstock, badlands and some of the alps backs will work fine.

If you spent all of your money on tags and canít afford a high or mid dollar pack, buy a cheap frame pack from Cabelaís/bass pro. I had my dads boyscout frame pack for 10 years and think he had it for 15 years before that. Hauled many a deer and elk with it.




Top
#7056535 - 01/28/18 09:13 PM Re: back pack for Elk hunt. [Re: BOBO the Clown]
Theringworm Online   content
Tracker

Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 523
Loc: Midland, TX
Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: pigplinker
Looking for a pack with frame to carry meat out. I have looked at some, but looking for info from people who have hunted and packed out Elk. Thanks.


Depends on your price point and how you hunt. Truck analogy break down...

(Old 3/4 ton- will get job done, but rough)
You can find external frame packs pretty cheap(alps, Cabelaís, Barney). Down side is big and bulky. But haul weight well

(Mid sized truck-great for mild jobs and occasional pushing the limits, you hook on to too much and you will probably get home, but it wasnít a fun ride)
You can pack out meat with a badlands or elberstock, but neither have functional load lifters, or great belts, so over 50lbs they dig into your shoulders, other that they are great for the price and tough. Elberstock came out with a new frame thatís little stouter, but I havení t used it. It does Looks to have same harness and belt as previous models.

(Good heavy half ton- way better then a mid sized truck, and will ďmost likelyĒ haul what you need)
Kuiu is a good mid priced pack. Iím personally scared of all carbon frames, but I do have a buddy that packed out 10 bears, 3 elk and two lions with his this year and he loves it. He is rough on stuff, he walked out a pair of kennetek hard scrabbles in a year. Itís a very light pack and 3500 cu in bag compresses to nothing.

(Modern 3/4-robust, comfortable, never think twice about what you are about to haul)
Kifaru, Exo mountain gear, Stone glacier and Mystery ranch are the most expensive but are modular(bags sizes interchangeable). Packing out (Weight wise) all four will comfortably carry what ever your legs can take.

If you hunt backcountry every year, day or overnight I would spend money on kuiu, or more robust kifaru, EXO,SG, and MR.

If you hunt the backcountry more from a truck camp and never get to deep, elberstock, badlands and some of the alps backs will work fine.

If you spent all of your money on tags and canít afford a high or mid dollar pack, buy a cheap frame pack from Cabelaís/bass pro. I had my days boyscout frame pack for 10 years and think he had it for 15 years before that. Hauled many a deer and elk with it.





Exactly the reason I got mine. The Mystery Ranch Metcalf that I have is no doubt bombproof. With that though comes added weight though. In addition to that some of the luxuries are missing which I found myself really missing. The Kuiu pack is super light weight and honestly in my opinion just as indestructible. Converting the pack to load haul meat takes nearly 1/3 of the time it does with the Mystery Ranch. Just a lot of more practical functional designs from Kuiu that impressed me. No doubt I was a huge skeptic for the longest time. However, after having purchased it I use it more than my Mystery Ranch, which I am almost convinced I am going to sell. There are pros and cons to both and all really. Just find what works for you and go for it. It's nearly impossible to find any of these packs in Texas at the same retailer, except maybe Eberlestock and Badlands which makes it difficult. If you don't mind blowing some money on shipping, I would order all the ones you want to try out and then return the ones you don't like. Better yet, hit a major convention/gun show like SHOT where they are all at. Another thought would be to see what, if any, you can order through Amazon Prime. They have free return on shipping. Good luck.


Edited by Theringworm (01/28/18 09:19 PM)

Top
#7056557 - 01/28/18 09:48 PM Re: back pack for Elk hunt. [Re: pigplinker]
duckhunter175 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/15/17
Posts: 254
Loc: DFW
Kuiu fan here. I run the Ultra frame/harness with an Icon Pro 3200 bag-- perfect size for carrying all the necessities or a 2-3 day camp. It gives me the capability to pack out an entire whitetail in one load (plus everything else I carried in).

I've packed 2 deer and 2 elk with mine and not a single structural issue.

Had an Eberlestock X2 and it was heavy for the size and wasn't nearly as easy to pack an animal on. A pack that converts easily into a meat shelf plus pack frame is the way to go.

If not Kuiu I would go with Exo. I hear nothing but great things about Kifaru, only drawback is cost and weight.

Top
#7056583 - 01/28/18 10:12 PM Re: back pack for Elk hunt. [Re: pigplinker]
bp3 Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 08/06/11
Posts: 1204
Pack mules or horses

Top
#7056735 - 01/29/18 07:25 AM Re: back pack for Elk hunt. [Re: bp3]
Nogalus Prairie Online   content
THF Celebrity

Registered: 11/22/10
Posts: 24376
Loc: Corsicana
Originally Posted By: bp3
Pack mules or horses


Probably the best answer. Even in the Yukon they trail horses in most places to use. They do it for a reason. The farthest pack is to the the horses.

But there are some places where horses canít go. And sometimes youíre a long way from the horses. Thatís where stout hearts, legs, and a good pack are a necessity.
_________________________
Originally Posted By: Russ79
I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.



Top
#7056782 - 01/29/18 08:03 AM Re: back pack for Elk hunt. [Re: duckhunter175]
BOBO the Clown Offline
decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 43445
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: duckhunter175
Kuiu fan here. I run the Ultra frame/harness with an Icon Pro 3200 bag-- perfect size for carrying all the necessities or a 2-3 day camp. It gives me the capability to pack out an entire whitetail in one load (plus everything else I carried in).

I've packed 2 deer and 2 elk with mine and not a single structural issue.

Had an Eberlestock X2 and it was heavy for the size and wasn't nearly as easy to pack an animal on. A pack that converts easily into a meat shelf plus pack frame is the way to go.

If not Kuiu I would go with Exo. I hear nothing but great things about Kifaru, only drawback is cost and weight.


Concur on meat self, can also expand pack capacity or if you are slim on funds you could just buy an a frame and run a big dry bag.

Iím a fan of the Exo, but I donít think there is a clear winner of the top brands.





Top
#7056809 - 01/29/18 08:20 AM Re: back pack for Elk hunt. [Re: bp3]
BOBO the Clown Offline
decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 43445
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: bp3
Pack mules or horses


They are like bird dogs, doesnít matter how trained or high bred they are if they sit idle for 51 weeks a year, you are about to have a lot of train wreck stories, from experience.

Top
Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 >



© 2004-2018 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide