A wise man will take the right tools when he goes hunting. It is better when you are miles from anywhere. However, this has to balance with not overburdening yourself with too much weight. You must utilize every piece of space in your backpack. Factors that should consider when considering how to choose your hunting day backpack are:
>>> Space inside the bag
>>> How comfortable is the bag to carry?
>>> Is your pack too heavy?
You should also consider the weather forecast and the type of terrain you intend to cover when planning the contents of your pack. Packs come in three varieties which I will outline next.
External Frame Packs
These packs have a lightweight aluminum frame that holds the backpack clear of you back and is designed so that the weight is correctly spread and that the pack does not rub against you, potentially causing chafing. These packs are more rigid than other styles, which makes them sound uncomfortable, but in reality, they are perhaps the most comfortable style of pack.
Often the external frame pack will have various hunting accessory pouches and holders built into the sides and back of the pack so that everything you need is accessible. Good examples of this type of pack will weigh around two pounds, be ventilated so that you keep both cool and dry. The pack will also have a wide range of pockets and compression straps to attach a rifle or bow. The material will also usually be a camouflage color. An average-sized external frame pack will feature a capacity of around 40 liters.
Internal Frame Packs
The packs are most usually associated with rock climbing, hiking, or skiing. They can work for short hunting trips as well. These packs do not have the external frame of the previously mentioned packs but instead have a lightweight metal frame built into the fabric. Some people find these packs easier to get around in than external framed packs.
Because these packs are used for skiing and hiking, they often come in a variety of bright colors, which you may not want on a hunting pack. The positive side is that these bags are versatile and can be used for a variety of day-to-day activities.
Some packs may feature pockets and pouches for maps and medical supplies, in addition to the main bag, which is typically around 50 liters capacity.
No Frame Packs
These are the basic back-packs that are usually seen being used as school bags. Normally these will come in bright designs and will just have shoulder straps. They do not usually have hip straps. Typically, these are smaller bags and more lightweight. Whilst they could be used as a hunting backpack, they are not really suited to the task and would probably be a last resort for the serious hunter.
Other features to consider
Make sure that whatever pack you choose, that the straps are adjustable and a good fit for you, so the pack can be held snugly against your body, thus reducing noise. Think about the equipment that you will be bringing along. Does the pack have the right pockets of straps to accommodate your needs? The material is another important factor. Judicious use of mesh will assist in keeping you cool, but the external material needs to be a strong canvas to keep out all the elements. Some bags also feature a material called Tricot.
Your perfect daypack will feel comfortable, can be adjusted for your size, is not too heavy for you to comfortably carry, and just feel right. Choosing the correct pack will improve the whole hunt experience for you.