The Best Bow Hunting Backpack
Humans have been hunting with a bow and arrow for years and despite easier methods (rifle, shotgun), they keep coming back to a string and a bow. It could be an homage to historic times or the challenge of having to get close enough to an animal before it can be harvested, but there is an allure to it.
Where a rifle can take out a deer from 200 yards, most bow hunters don’t take shots over 40. When bow hunting you have to be fully committed; fully committed to put in the work in the off season, scout the deer, practice your shooting and also be committed to the gear you choose when entering the woods. You want to be able to trust the items you take with you. In order to bring that gear in, you need the proper backpack to do so. Below, we have a list of the 10 best backpacks for bow hunters.. Take a look and see which one would work best for you.
1 – ALPS Outdoorz Pursuit Hunting Backpack
Only weighing four pounds this pack is light enough to stuff to the brim without having to overload yourself while in the woods. It contains a large front pocket, main pocket, as well as lower side mesh pockets. However, the main feature is that it’s fitted to carry a compound bow without any issue. It holds the bow at front face which is held in place by lashing straps. On the bottom, there is a drop-down pocket that holds the bow in place, preventing it from sliding off the pack.
The other compartments can be used to carry food, water, calls, gear, as well as maps. The backpack is made of Mossy Oak country fabric. This is tough material that can hold up to the rigors of the outdoors.
2 – Insights Hunting THE SHIFT Crossbow/Rifle Carrier Pack
Many consider this pack to the best crossbow and rifle carrier backpack. The only pack which offers an optics protector which also serves as a gear compartment that can be removed. The purpose of the design is to allow a hunter to shift from a crossbow to rifle with little effort. This pack provides excellent gear organization and weapon carrying capability for the hunter who may shift from crossbow to rifle.
3 – ALPS Outdoorz Pathfinder Hunting Pack
When first looking at the pack you may not be impressed. It looks more like a fanny pack from 1995 than anything else. However, in this form, it has a carrying capacity of up to 800 cubic inches, which is not a lot but it’s a nice, small lightweight pack for the minimalist hunter.
Here’s where it gets interesting though. The fanny pack can be rolled out into a daypack. You do this by simply unrolling it from inside the fanny pack and now you have a carrying capacity of 2700 cubic inches.
The pack also can carry any type of bow you wish to haul. Simply unlock the bow hauling mode from the back of the pack and secure it. The snug fit ensures the bow will not be jostled during the trip.
4 – Slumberjack Bounty 4500 Backpack
The Slumberjack has a carry capacity of 72 liters. The perfect size to bring along anything you might need for a few days of consecutive hunting. This pack also comes with a dual aluminum stay to help with weight distribution, as well as a hip belt for the wearers comfort.
The main feature of this pack is the weapon carry system. This allows you to fit either a rifle or a bow. The frame also detaches from the pack which allows space for you to lug out your harvested animal. If you choose, you could also detach the entire pack from the frame and strap a game bag there instead.
5 – Timber Hawk Killshot
Equipped with a 2-liter hydration pack, the Timber Hawk Killshot is equipped for long days spent in the woods. It has a carrying capacity of 54.5 liters and the empty pack weighs a total of 7.6lbs. This hunting pack is made from a durable twill fabric lining that is also supremely quiet when walking. It also comes equipped with a stowaway blaze orange cover that helps protect the backpack from the elements as well as being safety conscious.
6 – Badlands 2200 Camouflage Hunting Pack
With eight pockets and a carrying capacity of 2250 cubic inches this pack has enough room to hold supplies for several days of hunting. It has an arsenal of pockets, straps, and compartments which means there is no shortage of space for anything you might need. There is also plenty of room to haul out your animals.
The aluminum frame will help you pack in and out any heavy loads and the fabric that was used to make the pack is impervious to scratches which makes it extremely durable in the field. It also is equipped to hold either a bow or rifle along with being waterproof.
7 – Insights Hunting the Vision
When you’ve finished your hike back to the stand, climbed the ladder, and settled in, this pack gives you the capability to wrap itself around the tree. This feature helps save space in your stand and gives you easy access to anything you might need, from food, water, calls, scents, to even making it a portable bow/rifle holder.
The pack also comes with reinforced stitching giving it supreme durability and dependability. It is on the bigger side but that means you can use it successfully for multi-day hunts.
8 – ALPS Outdoorz Commander
Whether you’re hunting big game in Africa or the western U.S., this backpack was made for carrying a large payload. It has plenty of storage space for anything you need for those long trips out in the field. The frame is designed to not only haul in what you need, but is also created to hold larger animals as well.
The backpack has both a top and bottom load for the convenience of the wearer. And the inside can be divided into two compartments with plenty of zippers on the outside for smaller items. The pack comes with a rifle and bow holder which will keep your hands free when spot and stalk hunting.
9 – Badlands Rifle and Bow Compatible Pack
This pack has the carrying capacity of 77 liters, perfect for the hunter who never wants to leave the woods. The fabric used is some of the strongest on the market and will hold up to almost any kind of abuse that you can put it through.
There are many outside pockets which is great for the organized hunter who likes to have a space for everything and know where it’s located at all times. True, the backpack is large but it is very adaptable, depending on the user.
10 – Badlands Diablo Dos Backpack
For the bow hunter during rifle season, this pack can hold both at the same time. It comes with hyperventilation technology which helps increase airflow and keeps you cool on those warm and longer hikes.
The sturdy frame has tremendous power and will give the wearer the opportunity to haul in or out anything they need. That same frame also helps with load bearing which ensures the hunter doesn’t tire themselves out too quickly.