Hushin host Casey Lavere does a pack dump to show you what they bring on a week-long Nevada backcountry mule deer hunt.
Casey Lavere has a Nevada mule deer tag burning a hole in his pocket. He and Eric Chesser, hosts for Hushin hunting and fishing films, loaded up some pack horses and headed 10 miles into backcountry for a chance to fill the tag.
Upon reaching their campsite and with everything laid out on the ground, Lavere walks us through what they brought.
It’s a great pack dump and we bet there are a few things here you might not think to pack yourself if you’re not an experienced backcountry hunter.
Of course using pack horses to help haul camping and hunting gear allows more stuff to be brought into camp, but maybe not as much as you might initially assume.
Lavere says they were allowed 150 pounds each. Here are the major items they brought with them:
- Dry bags are, according to Lavere, are “super cheap,” and are great for condensing gear into single packages. They got the bags from Sportsman’s Warehouse. Most of the gear Lavere goes through is stored in dry bags.
- Stryker portable stove and cooking kit from Camp Chef, as well as a butane one-burner stove, also from Camp Chef, that Lavere raved about.
- Five-gallon deflatable water jug, various water bottles, iodine tablets for water purification.
- Small archery target so that the hunters can get in additional shooting practice when in camp.
- Toiletry bag that includes trash bags, toilet paper, floss, a first aid kit, soap and shampoo, toothbrushes and other personal items. Special emphasis is given to baby wipes, which Lavere called, “The most important thing. If you ever spent seven days in the hills, you know what I’m talking about.”
- Dry bag with each hunter’s clothes for the week. He did not go into clothing in any detail. That’s a subject for a different video.
- Inflatable mattresses.
- Hammocks. Hammocks are good for sleeping in too, if the weather is nice. You’re up off the ground and can even use them with a cover.
- Backpacking pillow: an often neglected but much valued item.
- Sleeping bags.
- Dry bag with butane fuel for seven days.
- Mtn Ops performance supplements. Lavere is an enthusiastic believer in these supplements. Blaze Shots, Yeti, Endure raspberry are favorite Mtn Ops products.
- Mountain House emergency meals. Enough for one packaged meal per person per day. These are high calorie, high energy meals.
- Solar charger for cell phones and GoPro camera.
- Tent. Since Lavere and Chesser used horses to pack in, they went with a much larger tent than they would have if they had hiked in on foot. They use a heavy six-man tent that offers plenty of room for them and all of their gear if the weather gets disagreeable.
- Bows and arrows.
- 48-quart cooler. The horses also allowed the men to bring a large cooler, which they filled snacks, condiments, and dry ice.
- Camera gear. Hushin uses more than your average amount of camera gear, so unless you too are into serious filming and photographing of your hunt, you can replace the space taken up by camera gear with something relevant to your hunt.
- Backpacks. Lavere uses Horn Hunter backpacks, specifically the Horn Hunter Full Curl backpack systems. They store their knives and other hunting gear in the backpacks.
That’s it. Those are the major items that these two backcountry consider important to pack for extended hunt trips.
Did you see anything that surprised you, or that you might consider for your own next adventure?