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Here's What a Professional Guide Takes on a Backpack Hunt

When you decide to go on a backpack hunt, knowing what to take and what to leave behind can be difficult.

Since you'll be packing everything you bring on your back and hopefully adding a load of meat for the walk out, every ounce counts on a backpack hunt.

In this video, professional guide Steve Isdahl, shows what he's been carrying for the last three weeks while hiking over 100 miles in search of stone sheep, caribou, grizzly, moose, and mountain goat.

Watch this video to learn what he thinks about his gear choices and what he might leave behind next time.

It's easy to see that Steve has his gear system down to a science from years of experience. His binoculars, spotting scope, and rifle are handy and accessible. He's also not sold on the latest and greatest piece of equipment if it doesn't serve his purpose, hence the disposal plastic water bottle.

Another area where Steve differs from more fashionable hunters is in his rainwear selection. If an article of clothing is breathable, it is not waterproof, period. Steve's plastic jacket and rubber pants prove it.

He also brings some items that most hunters wouldn't think to pack on a backpack hunt, but come in handy, like nail clippers. If you need them, they're worth their weight in gold.

Obviously, a three week backpack hunt requires you to bring a lot of stuff. Watch this video to see the rest of the contents of this professional guide's pack.

One of the most important things to consider when packing for a backpack hunt is your clothing system. Take too little and you'll freeze. Take too much and you'll be cursing the extra weight by the end of the hunt. Steve follows the tried and true system of using a base layer of merino wool, an insulating layer, and a waterproof, windproof shell. If it works for him, it will work for you too.

Steve's backcountry menu is also tried and true: oatmeal for breakfast, jerky and snacks for lunch, and a Mountain House meal for dinner.

Comparing your gear list to that of this professional guide will help you know what to take and what to leave behind on your next backpack hunt.


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