Here's the water filtration and gathering system used by one successful hunter - Randy Newberg - who hunts the backcountry a lot. Stay hydrated!
Water filtration and purification is an essential consideration for backcountry hunters. The system or systems you choose will dictate the success or failure of your hunt, because let's face it, if you don't have clean water to keep yourself properly hydrated your hunt will come to a very quick and abrupt end.
Randy Newberg goes through the various systems he uses when hunting the backcountry. This should be of special interest to hunters who hunt in similar circumstances and locations as Newberg.
His go-to system includes the 10 liter Katadyn base camp filter (around $100). This system allows Newberg to filter a lot of water quickly for himself and his camera crew.
He fills the Katadyn from a stream and then uses that to fill 4 liter Platypus plastic water bags (around $30 each). It's quick and easy.
He also occasionally uses a Platypus gravity filter along the same lines as the Katadyn unit.
If he's going to be in an area where the streams or creeks are very shallow he may go to a pump system rather than a gravity flow system. A pump system will more efficiently pull water from a creek where filling a large bag would be impractical. That's something you need to consider.
Newberg generally eschews water filtration pens or straws because they don't filter enough water to make an impact. He reserves those for true emergency situations.
One thing he makes sure to mention is that if the temperature where you're hunting or camping is going to get below freezing, make sure that every bit of water is removed from the bag, lines and/or pump when storing.
There you have it. Now you could boil water to sterilize it or you could use chemical treatments in emergency situations. But when you need a lot of water filtered in a relatively short amount of time, these gravity filter bags seem to be the answer.
And it goes without saying that you should have some knowledge of the terrain and water sources in the area you'll be hunting or camping in.
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