The Best Bow Hunting Backpack

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.




Best Compact Binoculars for Hunting

Best Compact Binoculars for Hunting

Smaller binoculars have become increasingly popular in the outdoor world over the last few years. They’re lightweight and easy to stow and are of higher quality. Because of their smaller size, compact binoculars are going to have a smaller field of view than their larger counterparts. So, you don’t want to buy a pair that is high in magnification because the stronger lenses will diminish your field of view even more so; which means there is going to be a balancing act between how small and how strong you want your binoculars to be.

What do those numbers mean?

When looking at binoculars you will see two numbers printed on them. For example, 12X25. The first number indicates the magnification power and the second number shows the lens diameter. The larger the diameter, the more light gets in. This directly affects the brightness and potential clarity of the image you are trying to view and is important when using in low-light conditions.

What power should I get?

When selecting a pair, look for something in the 8-12X range. This will give you enough detail to see what you need while simultaneously giving you a nice field of view.

Size

One of the biggest advantages compact binoculars have is their size. They can easily fit into a pocket or a bag without much fuss. Some are no bigger than a phone and weigh only a few ounces. Think about how compact you need them to be before purchasing, because a size too big could be uncomfortable when packing and too small could affect vision.

Durability

When hunting, you need your equipment to withstand any type of weather condition. You need waterproof and shock proof equipment to withstand the tough environment you’re hunting in. Many cheap binoculars will have the power to see what you need, but if dropped in the mud once, they could be done forever. Look for something that is sealed and has an interior with some form of rubberized armor. These will be water, fog, as well as shock proof. If treated properly those are the pair that you can pass down to your kids and grandkids.

The list below includes some of the best compact binoculars for hunting and meet that balance of field of vision and magnification.

1 – Steiner Safari UltraSharp 10×26 Binoculars




Steiner has been producing binoculars for over 75 years, so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two. They produce a quality product that is both dependable and durable. These are slightly on the larger size, coming in at around 5” in length, but you get a great field of view along with a strong magnification.

They are fully rubberized, so if you’re rough on gear these are the perfect pair for you. These are also nitrogen purged so you don’t have to worry about foggy lenses. They’re also built like a brick house, but because of that can be a bit on the heavy and bulky side for a set of compact binoculars.

2 – Carson RD Series 8X26 Open-Bridge Waterproof Compact Binoculars




Carson does a great job of providing durable and dependable optics without wrecking your bank account. This pair comes equipped with an open bridge which makes them more comfortable when held around the barrels.

Slightly smaller and less powerful than the Steiner, this is a solid pair of binoculars that will get the job done in a reliable manner.

3 – Zeiss Terra ED Compact Pocket Binocular




Zeiss is best known for its high-quality imagery in their optics and these are no different. The high-tech multi-coated lenses and prism that Zeiss comes equipped with is second only to companies that make lenses for NASA. It’s truly remarkable how clear of a picture you can see from something that only has 8X magnification. These are water and fog proof, however they are not as rugged as some of the others on this list. Also, they carry quite the price tag, so be prepared to unfold the wallet to get a pair of these.

4 – Vortex Optics Raptor Porro Prism Binoculars 8.5X32




These would be considered the largest of compact binoculars. They have a strong magnification and wide lenses that let in plenty of light for a nice bright image. These are completely weatherproof and have the widest field of view of any binoculars on this list.

5 – Nikon Pro Staff 7S Compact Binocular




Nikon is considered the powerhouse in the optics industry. And for good reason. They make solid products that come in a varying range of prices and quality. And the Pro Staff series includes some of the better optics they make. Nikon has a baked-on coating added to their lenses which improves the overall quality and brightness of the image. Once this is added to their already quality glass, it becomes even better. These are water, fog, and shock proof and are very durable, high-quality binoculars that are worth the high price tag.

6 – Leupold BX-1 Compact Binoculars




Like most Leupold, these come with a high standard. And they meet it. Clear and bright images are on display when using these. They are a little long but can still fit into a pocket or bag easily. With scratch proof lenses, on top of being fog and waterproof they can stand up to just about anything that you throw at them. They are also coated with an anti-shock rubber armor which protects from any tumble they might take. Leupolds are not cheap but these are worth the money.

7 – Celestron Nature DX




Offering a great field of view, the Celestron are perfect for the novice or advanced hunter. These are rugged and will stay with you to the end when you’re out in the field. Both water and fog proof, they come equipped with attached lens covers so they will not get lost; perfect for a young hunter’s first pair. They’re equipped to mount on a tripod for those long days of sitting in a tree stand or ground blind while also working well in low light conditions. Be wary as the eye dial relief turns easily and can mess with your settings. The neck strap that comes with it is also very narrow and is uncomfortable when worn.

This completes our list of compact binoculars for hunting. For your next purchase, decide which features are important to you and select from this list for a quality pair of compact binoculars.

The Best Elk Hunting Boots

Best Elk Hunting Boots

With hunting boots, most hunters know that not one footwear option is appropriate in all hunting environments. For example, if you are hunting in south Texas for your favorite gobbler, you will most likely want to have a set of boots that feature a snake-proof liner or protection. Hunting in spring for geese, you might want a good waterproof rubber boot.

If you are hunting Musk OX in Greenland, you will want a heavily insulated pac-style boot to keep your feet warm. If you are not familiar with pac boots, these are generally defined as winter boots with a thick, rubber lower shell. Most pac boots have a thick insulated liner, which may or may not be removable.

By now, you get the picture, and this approach holds true when you are looking to take a monster bull elk too. The footwear you choose can have an impact on your comfort and success. Whether you are hunting in New Mexico or Colorado, or one of the many other states featuring growing heads of ELK, it’s important you choose the right footwear.

What to consider when selecting your elk hunting boots

Consider these things when selecting your footwear:

  • What type of terrain will you be dealing with? Will you be climbing in various elevations?
  • What is the average temperate like in the geography where you will be hunting?
  • How often will you be on the move stalking your hunt? Or, is it more likely that you will be stationary or sitting in a stand?
  • Are you staying at a camp and will you need to carry in your gear?
  • What is your budget?

Elk hunting boot recommendations

See below for recommendations for Elk-specific hunting boots:

  • Irish Setter Men’s 882 Elk Tracker Waterproof 600 Gram 12” Big Game Hunting Boot – These boots are mid-range in price and will serve as a long investment. Hunters have often loved these boots so much that they have invested in resoling vs. completely replacing the boot since the uppers hold up so well. These boots feature a 12” full grain leather upper, which will provide tremendous durability for the long haul and stability as you scramble over rocks and up hills during your adventure. One note, these boots will require sufficient break-in time. So, ensure you plan to acquire these weeks before your hunt and wear them around to get the best comfort and performance. The inner liner has many distinct features to help you when walking for miles. The 600-gram 3M Thinsulate insulation and waterproof GORE-TEX fabric lining will ensure your feet stay dry and warm from outside moisture when walking through wet grass in the early morning or when crossing a shallow stream. Also, Gore-Tex has properties that allow the sweat generated by your feet to escape. This, along with the moisture wicking nylon lining, will keep water from coming in, while also allowing for sweat to escape, keeping your feet dry and comfortable. The boot has a removable comfort cork EVA footbed with memory foam. This ensures you can take the footbed out at night to ensure they are dry and warm for your next morning, while providing extreme comfort as you are hiking. The last feature is ScentBan technology to kill odor-causing bacteria; whether you are a firearm or archery hunter, you will appreciate this as we know scent is a killer when looking to stalk prey.



  • Irish Setter Men’s Vaprtrek 8” Gram Hunting Boot – Retailing for around $150, this boot is unique as it’s a new style, popular among hunters. This is more like a synthetic hiking boot than a traditional full grain leather boot. At 7”, it is a shorter boot than the Elk Tracker mentioned previously. The shorter height and upper material give the hunter less stability to carry heavy gear while traversing different grades. However, it is more flexible and considerably lighter. The upper features 400-gram Prima-Loft insulation to keep your feet warm in mild temperatures. It does not feature GORE-TEX lining for waterproofing and sweat release; however, it has its own proprietary technology, an UltraDry Waterproofing system. The UltraDry technology may not perform as well with moisture release as GORE-TEX but does a great job keeping water out. This boot also features ScentBan technology to kill odor-causing bacteria. This is a great boot for hunting where the temps are mild, and if you will be required to hunt carrying minimal gear on fairly easy to maneuver terrain.



  • Kenetrek Men’s Mountain Extreme 400 Insulated Hunting Boot – This boot retails for approximately $500. At this price point, you will need to consider these boots as an investment to your hobby. This boot is fashioned off of high-altitude mountaineering boots and will perform as it is a serious boot for rugged terrain. The boot is 100% high-quality leather, and features split grain leather that allows for more flexibility and a faster break-in. It has a rubber sole featuring a full rubber rand. The rubber sole gives you amazing traction when walking on slick rocks or loose gravel, whereas the rubber rand (the rubber band above the sole running around the base of the upper) protects your feet from rock abrasion and gives the boot tremendous durability. The boot features top-notch craftsmanship, and for a physically larger boot, it is remarkably light. It features Kenetrek’s proprietary waterproofing system, Wind-tex. This performs very comparable to FORE-TEX in waterproof(ness) and sweat release. The liner is made up of a highly flexible membrane and 400 grams of Thinsulate insulation. This boot is gear for the serious hunter that will be hunting in mountains or extreme terrain and does not want to leave any of his or her gear to chance.



  • Under Armour Men’s Brow Tine 2.0 400g Ankle Boot – At $110, this is a very economical choice. Do not let the lower price point deter you; this is a serious hunting boot that will perform well and is a solid value. It’s designed as a hybrid of a synthetic hiking boot, mountaineering boot, and pac boot. It’s targeted to a hunter that will be in colder temperatures and will be hiking minimal distances over moderate terrain to get within range. It features a Waterproof full grain leather with a moisture wicking textile upper. Under Armour utilizes a proprietary Storm Waterproof membrane for breathability. This is effective but does not perform as well with moisture release as Gore-Tex or other technologies. For insulation, they use Primaloft 800G, which is great for keeping your feet warm in cold weather when you are staying in place for extended times or when walking through snow. To aide in scent-control, it features a UA Scent Control lining with a Cupron anti-bacterial copper infused sock liner top cover.



  • LaCrosse Men’s AeroHead 18” 3.5MM Hunting Boot – This boot is great for elk hunters stalking their prey in wet conditions. The boot has a rubber sole and is waterproof with camo-print shaft featuring adjustable back gusset with strap and traction outsole. Reviews on Amazon show hunters have been very pleased with this boot’s comfort, fit, durability, and quality. However, many hunters do not like hunting with rubber soles, so be sure to consider your conditions and whether or not the design is right for your needs.



  • Kamik Men’s Hunter Boot – This boot is 100% synthetic and has a rubber sole. The shaft measures approximately 13” from the arch and the heel measures approximately 1.5”. The 8mm Thermal Guard removable liner keeps in the heat for a warm interior and is made of 100% recycled content. The moisture-wicking lining removes sweat from the skin for a drier foot environment. The EXPLORER synthetic rubber outsole provides excellent traction and grip on various terrain, appreciated by many elk hunters.



  • Danner Men’s Pronghorn 8” 400G Hunting Boot – This boot is made 100% from Cordura leather and has a full-grain leather toe and heel cap. This boot is rugged hardware for a secure fit and long-lasting performance, with a 100% waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX lining. 400-gram Thinsulate Ultra Insulation offers lightweight warmth for those needing protection in cold climates. This boot is lightweight and brings stable performance with Danner’s TERRA FORCE platform Danner Pronghorn outsole for solid traction over rugged terrain.



Everyone’s feet are different… invest in the elk hunting boots that are right for you

When selecting the boots that are right for you, whether you purchase one of the recommendations above or take a different path, remember the following:

  • If you can’t walk or stand comfortably in your boots when dry, it’s unlikely you’ll tag an Elk, now, or later.
  • One boot might not be the end all, be all. You may find that you need to invest in different pairs of boots for different weather conditions and terrain.
  • You need support, and each hunter is different. The support you need in your boot might be different than that of your long-time hunting buddy. To determine if a boot offers enough support, put the boot’s toe in one hand and the heel in your other, and twist in opposite directions. You will want to look for low-twist, which will help with grip in uneven terrain.

The Best Tactical Axe – Pick One

The best tactical axe

Axes and hatchets are excellent tools to have in any outdoor scenario. They allow you to gather and split wood efficiently, create bigger shelters and process game more quickly.

Let’s look at the history of the axe. The basic tactical axe design was prevalent in military history. These were used as standard issues to squads and patrols, and were seen as extremely useful and dynamic tools/ weapons. They were used for breeching, cutting, digging, prying, chopping, splitting and, yes self-defense. In later years, their military popularity waned to other more specific individual devices to do the same jobs, only better. These tactical axes are coming back in popularity for many consumers as they are seen as a one-stop tool. Regardless if you are camping enthusiast, “prepper,” hunter, or outdoorsman, you can find huge value in these devices as one of your key tools to carry in your hunting pack.

Highly recommended tactical axes

Below is a list of some highly-recommended tactical axes:

  • SOG Tomahawk Tactical Hatchet – Available for around $40, this axe throws, chops, pierces, and hammers very effectively. This model features a 12.5” stainless steel axe head. While stainless steel is not the easiest to re-sharpen, it holds an edge extremely well and is highly resistant to running when exposed to the elements. The blade of the head measures a solid 2 ¾”. It is very lightweight at only 23.1 ounces and comes with a heavy-duty ballistic nylon sheath to aid in protecting it and for carry. To the rear of the axe head you will find a spike, which is useful if you need to pierce something, or need to dig your way out of trouble.



  • SOG Base Camp Axe – This axe is recommended due to its reasonable price. However, because it is not very heavy, it is not as good for chopping as some of the others on the list. The head top is flattened so you can switch from an axe to a hammer with a single flip of the axe. Some hunters have suggested that the axe needs to be sharpened before its first use, and in those cases, it delivers much better results than using it straight out of the package. A popular feature, popular among hunters, is the rubber handle which provides a truly reliable grip and gives a feeling of stability in the hand.



  • Snake Eye Tactical Compact Tomahawk Full Tang Camping Axe – This axe, great for hunting, fishing, and throwing, is 9.5” in overall length, and is well balanced with a stainless-steel blade that is 5.25” wide and 2.75” long at its furthest points (not including handle). This axe is full tang, and if you are not familiar with tang, a full tang allows for greater balance and leverage. If you plan to use this axe frequently, you will benefit from the full tang. Also included is the tactical sheath.



  • CIMA Tactical Tomahawk Tactical Survival Hunting/ Camping Axe – This axe has very mixed reviews, but CIMA promises that if there are any problems within the first year, to contact them for a replacement. Because of their loyalty to the product and to the customer, this axe makes the list. With 29mm thick steel, an overall length of 11.8”, a 4.3” cutting edge, and 1.15 lb multi-color paint that will not fade, this axe is a sharp and durable throwing axe that will help you hone your throw to perfection.



  • MTech Full Tang Stonewash Tactical Throwing Hatchet Axe – This axe is perfect for camping, fishing, various outdoor adventures, and self-defense. It presents itself well with its stylish appearance, revealing its own personality. The blade is strong and durable and made out of stainless steel, containing more carbon which gives it excellent hardness and edge retention. The axe is sharp, light, and flat enough to stow anywhere.



  • Browning 231 Outdoorsman Axe – While this axe has less of a tactical nature than some of the others recommended, it makes the list because of its ruggedness and strength. Ideal for camping because it is light in weight, the 2 ½” head is quite strong and durable. The short head is compensated for by the long handle, which provides for easy leverage. This axe is ideal for small jobs such as removing the branches of a tree. If you use it only for small and simple jobs, you can use this axe for a long time.



  • Browning Shock N’ Awe Tomahawk Knife – This is a full tang tomahawk that is very fast/quick and agile/nimble in the hand, and hunters like it for its size, weight, availability, and cost. Very well rated with a variety of positive reviews, this product measures 13.2 x 9.2 x 2.3 inches and 3.52 ounces.



  • Gerber Downrange Tomahawk – Definitely one of the more expensive tactical axes on the list, this version offers three tools in one; axe, hammer head, and pry bar. The 420HC steel body w/ Cerakote will not bend or break, and you will get the job done with your first try. This tomahawk is a modern take on an ancient instrument of war – specifically designed to accomplish three breaching tasks. The axe head cuts through walls and rope while the hammer head is the perfect size for smashing through obstacles like hinges, door knobs and locking devices. A hefty pry at the end of the tool can be employed confidently with a cutaway handle in the axe head – this allows the user to maximize leverage during the breach. Desert Tan G-10 scales mount the 420HC steel with KG gun cote to provide maximum grip regardless of environment. The Downrange Tomahawk is an indestructible instrument of destruction.



The differences between tactical axes and tomahawks

Typically, an axe or hatchet is not explicitly designed for military or tactical use. Axes excel at chopping, splitting, shaving, and more, and they can be used for many of the same chores as an edged tool. The handle or grip is typically more ergonomic in shape and sometimes offers multiple hand positions. As you will see from some of the descriptions of the above axes, tomahawks are also worth considering, and are often much lighter in weight. A tomahawk is more useful for combat and the straight handle is ideal for releasing while throwing. It does a solid job at bushcraft operations and can handle some chopping, but it’s not designed like an axe for that one chore. Tomahawks are fun to take into the wilderness for throwing and they have a military/tactical look to them and a deep military history.

5 Best Night Vision Goggles for Hunters

Best Night Vision Goggles for Hunters and Outdoor Enthusiasts

The United States military as well as more localized law enforcement agencies have used night vision goggles for years as a crucial piece of equipment in helping to keep the country safe. As humans were created to be awake during the day and asleep at night, our eyes were not designed to see in the dark. Animals, on the other hand, are often better equipped with eyes that can see exceptionally well in the dark. Creatures that live and roam during night-time hours have much larger pupils which allows more light in. Cats, for example, spend much of their nighttime hours on the hunt, and their eyes are designed with a mechanism called a tapetum, which is quite simply a natural mirror that reflects light back out of the eye.

The conundrum for hunters who want to catch their prey is real. Many animals are built to roam at night, and thus we need the proper equipment to help our eyes see better both to keep us safe and to catch wild game. And the best night vision goggles can you help you see up to 200 yards away, even on a gloomy and overcast night.

So, how do night vision goggles work?

Night vision goggles use a technology referred to as thermal imaging. Hot objects, including animals, emit heat in the form of infrared light. The goggles then capture the infrared light, which gives the viewer an idea of what is happening in the dark in front of him, or her. And if you have ever seen an image using night vision, you have surely noticed the green glow. This glow happens when the available light is captured and amplified, and then turned into electronic information that is transmitted to the eyes through the goggles.

What are the best night vision goggles for hunters?

If you’re thinking about investing in a pair of night vision goggles, be prepared; they don’t come cheaply. And as with any form of technology, you get what you paid for. However, this list is provided to offer suggestions on some of the best technology available for those needing better vision for night-time hunting.

  • Sightmark Ghost Hunter 1×24 Night Vision Binocular Goggle – These goggles are field tested and approved by the North American Hunting Club, the Sightmark Ghost Hunter 1 x 24 mm. This dual goggle-binocular kit has a dual-tube system that offers comfortable viewing, is easier on the eyes and provides more detail than a single-tube system. Equipped with a head mount, the device can be mounted for comfortable, long-lasting, hands-free operation, or hand-held when searching for prey. These goggles feature a high-power IR illuminator and a 1x magnification, which provides a bright, clear image for short-range targets in low-ambient light conditions or total darkness. You will get a high-quality image and resolution head mount for hands-free observation.



  • Pulsar Edge GS Super 1+ 1×20 Night Vision Goggles – PL75095 – While these goggles don’t yet have reviews on Amazon, some sites rate them as the best night vision goggles of 2019. The Pulsar GS Super 1+ is a generation 1 device that focuses on image clarity. The Edge Super 1+ has an integrated Illuminator that has an adjustable brightness setting. It has great battery life and only requires 2 x AAA batteries. You can expect 50 hours of viewing when you are not using the IR. The Edge GS Super 1+ is sold with an ergonomic headpiece which allows hunters to use the goggles hands free. Having night vision goggles that are strapped to your head and offer magnification isn’t ideal (though again, this is personal preference). You may think something is close due to the magnification factor, and you can get confused. Therefore, the Edge GS has a 1x magnification that lets you accurately determine the distance between you and your hunt.



  • Ocean-City Tracker Night Vision Goggle Binoculars Water-Resistant Optics Near-infrared Illuminator for Wildlife Viewing, Hunting, Surveillance – These more economically priced goggles let you see up to 80m in the dark. With multi-coated glass objectives, high sensitivity sensor, integrated LCD-Screen, and IR LED illuminator, you can view in the dark up to 80m (view up to 300m with infrared flashlight (not included), to get the brightness you want.



  • ATN PVS7-2 Night Vision Goggle – These goggles provide a robust, dependable, high-performance night vision system. The ATN PVS7-2 Night Vision Device is identical to the AN/PVS-7 model and is adopted as a standard issue to U.S. Army ground troops, designed to assist viewing and provide reliable service in the most unfavorable conditions.



  • ATN PS15-WPT 2nd Generation Night Vision Goggle System – These goggles are lightweight and one of the most versatile night vision goggles on the market. The ATN PS15-WPT is suitable for professional, law enforcement, and even casual use. The goggles function as either handheld or head-mounted, and are made using white phosphor technology, which better detects the shades of intensity between white and black, resulting in improved contrast and depth perception. A built-in IR lets the user easily read a map and function in a total darkness environment. As a result, users will be able to read maps or operate in confined zero-light areas without a flashlight. Packaged with comfortable flip-up head gear, a soft carrying case, a lens tissue, lens caps, and a single lithium battery, the PS15-WPT carries a two-year warranty.



Before purchasing any night vision goggles, be sure to consider these things:

  • What environment will you be hunting in? You need to understand the distance that you will need to view, and goggles perform differently based on viewing distance. And the lenses are a key component that makes up the price of the goggles. So, if you are in need of seeing further distances, prepare to invest more money into getting the right goggles.
  • Do you prefer binoculars or monoculars? The difference between monocular vision and binocular vision is the location of the eyes. With monocular vision, the eyes are located on the side of the head, and only one eye can take in the visual field, but binoculars overlap, using both eyes. Many hunters prefer binoculars for their ease of use and improved depth perception. However, monoculars, are usually smaller, lighter in weight, and less expensive.
  • How important to you is image quality? As with the lens, the better the image quality, the higher price the goggles will be. Consider the differences as well between generation 1 and 2-night vision gear which impacts system light gain, system resolution, and photosensitivity. System resolution controls how clear and sharp the image is. Generation 1 has system light amplification of less than a thousand. In comparison, generation 2 has a light amplification of less than 6000.
  • Do you want headgear or a manual hold – Most hunters prefer a head-mounted option as they usually do not have their hands free when scoping out their target. But, this is about personal preference and some hunters don’t like the feel of the extra weight from the mechanism on their head.

Whatever goggles you select, make sure you do your homework first. Night vision goggles are an investment, and as mentioned earlier, you get what you pay for.

Guide to the Best Rubber Hunting Boots

Hunters rely heavily on the gear they carry. And there is no piece of gear more important than proper footwear. It’s worth spending the extra money to ensure that your feet are properly protected.

Wearing the proper footwear can make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful hunt. If your feet are tired, wet, and cold, you’re going to have a more difficult time staying in the field.

There are many different landscapes that people hunt and most of those places have several different types of terrain. Whether it’s mountainous, rocky, or wet, you need to make sure your footwear can handle it all. That’s where rubber hunting boots come into play.

We’ve comprised a list of quality rubber hunting boots that can keep you comfortable and lead to an enjoyable, if not successful hunt.

1 – LaCrosse Men’s Alphaburly Pro 18” Hunting Boot




The Alphaburly Pro is Lacrosse’s premium rubber hunting boot. It’s made with scent-free rubber, as well as insulating neoprene. It also contains a thick cushion on the mid sole for those long stalking hunts and an embossed liner for better air circulation.

The great thing about this boot is that it’s comfortable to wear year around. They’re great during hunting season but can easily be transformed into a boot that can be worn when working outside. The back of the boot contains a rubber gusset which makes it easy to adjust to the size of your calf as well as making it considerably easier to slip off after a long day. And don’t worry, the outer material is made of scent free rubber. So, all you bowhunters out there don’t fret about a deer making you because of your boots.

The non-insulated version of this boot can be worn in temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit while the most insulated version at 1600 grams of thinsulate ultra, can be worn in temperatures as low as -70 degrees Fahrenheit.

2 – Bog’s Men’s Bowman Waterproof Hunting Boot




The Bowman is a great balance between being affordable as well as functional. These boots come with great features that can enhance any hunt, while being easy on the wallet.

The boots come in both Mossy Oak and Realtree design. These are also surprisingly lightweight at only 2.6lbs. Because of this, you can walk farther and faster without the concern of fatigue.

The inner sole comes with an antimicrobial odor protection feature which prevents bad odors from escaping your boots during the high humidity of high temperature hunts.

3 – Kamik Hunter Insulated Men’s Boot




The Kamik has superior insulation which is guaranteed to keep your feet warm on the coldest hunt of the year without causing too much perspiration. They are also very flexible which is perfect when maneuvering in uneven terrain where a stiff boot can really hold you back.

It is surprisingly lightweight and great for long days in the woods. It includes an adjustable snow collar as well as a removable thermal guard liner.

This is a very good overall boot. It’s durable, reliable, comfortable and of course is waterproof. Perfect for anyone who hunts in all different types of terrain.

4 – The Original MuckBoots Adult FieldBlazer Hunting Boot




These boots were designed to be tough as nails while simultaneously keeping your feet dry. They include many features any hunter would be excited about. They have a vulcanized rubber shell as well as a breathable mesh lining, which means not only are these boots comfortable but are also extremely durable. Perfect for the outdoorsman who can be rough on equipment.

Inside they have a reinforced Achilles support panel and shank and all of this is on top of being abrasion resistant. If you feel like your boots get scuffed or fade too quickly then these are the ones for you.

5 – MuckBoots Men’s Pursuit Snake Proof Hunting Boot




We’re dipping our toe back into the MuckBoot livewell, but it’s hard not to. They make a tremendous product. If you live in snake country you know exactly how important a good pair of snake boots can be. Unlike other rubber snake-proof boots that only protect your foot and lower leg, these reach all the way up to the shin of the wearer.

If you’re hunting in warmer weather, these boots will work perfectly. They come equipped with Xpress Cool Fabric Lining. This works by pulling perspiration away from the skin which allows moisture to evaporate faster.

6 – Arctic Shield Youth Waterproof Rubber Neoprene Boot




Let’s not forget about the kids. These are perfect for the young hunter who wants to trample through the wilderness with the rest of the members of deer camp. Normally children’s shoes are not as dependable or durable as their adult counterparts. However, these are the exception. The neoprene rubber is very sturdy and can withstand the harsh treatment of the woods as well as an eight-year-old.

There is also an all-natural rubber sole that comes with the boots. These will help prevent slippage and will the give the wearer more traction.

7 – Bog’s Men’s Classic Ultra High Insulated Waterproof Winter Boots




These boots are made for serious use. Anyone who is in the woods multiple days a week during the hunting season would benefit from a pair of these. They are waterproof and have a sponge based middle sole for extra comfort.

The tread is not as deep as other rubber hunting boots but it works just fine for uneven terrain, snow and even mud. These are designed for very cold weather, as low as -40 degrees, so the Southern hunter may not need these. However, our Northern brethren would find these beneficial.

8 – Irish Setter Men’s Rutmaster 2.0 Lite Hunting Shoe




These boots are made with a vulcanized rubber as well as neoprene. They create a light feeling boot that offers a very comfortable fit and come equipped with a rubber sole that works great in the mud and the snow.

They are extremely durable and because they are made with RPM technology, they do not sacrifice durability for weight. Pound for pound these are the most durable boots you will find.

9 – LaCrosse Men’s Grange 18” Hunting Boot




This boot is tough, durable and also 100% waterproof. Inside, it has a removable foam cushion that makes it comfortable for the wearer. The outsole is chevron cleated which means they wont track mud or dirt.

This is the perfect boot for warm weather or early season hunting. Because there is no insulation, it’s not recommended to wear this boot in the dead of winter. That being said, they perform very well in wet and muddy conditions and would make the perfect addition to the boot box.

The Best GPS for Fishing

Best GPS for fishing

If you’re a fisherman who doesn’t have space on your boat for electronics, then a handheld GPS is the way to go. With this, you are free to cruise around your favorite waterway without fear of getting lost. Mark the boat ramp or where you put in so you know exactly how to get back. You can also mark points on your GPS from where you have caught fish during the day. That way, when you come back you can go to the exact spot where the fish were holding.

These units are naturally waterproof and have the capacity to hold many waypoints. Some even have a beacon which can be used during a storm or if there is any other emergency on the water. If you’re concerned about dropping it overboard then these handheld GPS units can easily be paired with a float bag as well.

And when you’re not on the water these can be used for hunting, hiking, or camping. Handheld GPS units are multifunctional and can be used for many outdoor activities and could even save your life.

1 – Garmin GPS Map 64st




The GPS Map 64st comes with a sunlight-readable 2.6-inch screen. This works perfectly with those bright sunny days on the water. The unit also comes with 8gb of internal memory as well as a slot for a micro SD card which is more than enough memory to hold all of your favorite fishing spots.

It has a 16-hour battery charge, and takes two AA batteries. This should be more than enough time for a day trip of fishing, but make sure to bring a pair of extra batteries if you plan on fishing more than two days in a row.

2 – Garmin eTrex 20X




The eTrex 20X is the new and improved version of the eTrex 20. It comes with improved screen resolution and larger memory storage for downloading maps, as well as saving waypoints. This is an extremely durable GPS unit and also comes with different mounts that can be used for ATV’s, bicycles, boats and cars.

Despite having a smaller screen than the GPS Map (2.2”), it still offers a sunlight readable display. And because of HotFix satellite prediction and GLONASS support, eTrex is able to locate your position with ease. No matter if you are in the middle of the lake or in a canyon, eTrex will know exactly where you are.

3 – Garmin 72H Waterproof Handheld GPS




Coming in at only six ounces, this GPS unit is one of the lightest you can find. Because it’s lightweight it is able to float. So, there is no fear if you accidently drop it overboard. It is also water resistant and can withstand the accidental dunk in the water.

The large screen and simplicity of the device makes it perfect for the non tech-savvy outdoorsman. It has an 18-hour battery life which is more than enough for a day or two on the water. The unit can also connect to your computer using a USB. This allows you to store all the information you need safely on your computer as well as your GPS unit.

4 – Garmin Oregon 3-in Handheld GPS




This is for the fisherman who loves new technology. The 3-inch display with touch screen gives you a whole new look as a trending GPS unit. It comes with 100 thousand pre-loaded maps and is equipped with a faster processor which can work in just about any environment.

The display can be seen in both direct sunlight as well as shade, and has an 8-megapixel camera which can capture a picture of the fish of the day with just a single touch of a button. It comes with a 4gb SD card where you can store your photos as well as any maps you need.

5 – Garmin eTrex 10 Handheld GPS




If you are on a budget, but still in the market for a fishing GPS then this is the unit for you. It’s cheap, strong, and has a visible screen that can adjust itself in almost any light condition.

It has a 2.2-inch screen and has GLONASS support which makes it just as accurate as any other Garmin GPS unit on the market. It is also water resistant against quick splash downs in the water as well as rain and has a 20-hour battery life.

6 – Garmin GPS Map 64 World Wide GPS




Featuring a 2.6-inch screen this large screened GPS comes with an adjustable backlight which means it can be read in high light situations as well as low. Also, a fun feature is the ability to choose between having a 2D or a 3D image.

It has a quad helix antenna which makes for better reception than other models out there and is also extremely accurate. When used consistently this device has a battery life time of 16-hours.

7 – Garmin GPS Map 62stc Handheld Navigator




This unit is not only durable and waterproof, but comes equipped with a camera. It also comes with a WAAS enabled receiver which can find your position on the water even when under heavy cover. The unit has a storage capacity of 4.3 GB along with 100 thousand topo maps that are preloaded onto it. These maps cover waterways all over the US and Puerto Rico. It also has the ability for custom maps to be downloaded so that you can see lesser known waterways.

8 – Garmin GPS Map 78sc Handheld GPS Navigator




This device can be used in a wide array of environments. It can be used in dry or humid conditions and because it’s waterproof, can be utilized perfectly by fisherman. The unit also float capability. If you’ve ever lost a phone or another GPS unit in the depths of a lake, you know how important that is.

Because of its high sensitivity GPS receiver, it takes just a few seconds to find your position. It comes equipped with a rugged case that allows it to withstand any drops, bumps, or dings that may occur during the day.

The screen adjusts based on the light conditions, however the text can be difficult to read at times because of its size.

9 – Magellan eXplorist 310




This unit comes with exact and detailed fishing maps for hundreds of bodies of water in the US. This gives all fisherman the ability to view different locations and allowing them to switch their tactics accordingly.

There are also fishing hot spots that come loaded onto the device. These include fishing points of interests, lake profiles, and lake specific techniques and tips. The fishing hot spots map bundle will also allow you to download your choice of 3 different maps.

10 – Magellan eXplorist 350H Handheld




This easy to use GPS is both durable and waterproof, making it perfect for the hunter or angler. This unit comes with a free 1-year subscription to digital globe satellite imagery. This gives you a higher resolution map on your unit as well as pinpoint accuracy as to your location.

This unit takes 2 AA batteries and has life of 18+ hours. It also has a track summary which shows you exactly where you’ve been and how to get back to your launch point or boat ramp.

The Best Military Hunting Backpack for Hiking

Discover the Top 9 Best Military Backpacks for Hiking

It doesn’t matter if you’re a causal hiker who enjoys an afternoon walk to the top of a small mountain or the guy who decides to take a 2-day hike on the longest trail in your state, you’re both going to need a dependable backpack that has enough storage space for food, water, or anything else you require. Below we have a list and explain how to choose the best military hunting backpack for hiking.

What is a Military Backpack?

Usually, a military backpack is made with more durable materials that stand up to constant use and abuse. They also have several different pockets that can be utilized for the storage of different items. The biggest downside they have is that, because of the many compartments and heavier material used to make them, they usually weigh more than the normal backpack. Also, it can be overwhelming having to pick one out from the large selection you can find online or at your local army surplus.

What is Important When Purchasing a Military Backpack:

Weight

Think about what type of trips you’ll be taking. Are you going to be hiking 10 miles a day for multiple days in a row, or are you just using this for an afternoon hike that will last a few hours? If you’re in the latter category then weight is not much of an issue for you. However, if you’re in the former, it should be taken into account.

Material

Military and tactical backpacks are usually made out of nylon. This material provides great durability and has outstanding abrasion resistance. You’ll notice that nylon is available in different deniers. This refers to the weight of the fabric used. Heavier and more durable packs usually have a denier around 500 while lightweight packs are around 250.

Compartments

There is usually one large compartment big enough to fit most items with several smaller pockets used to hold maps, pens or anything else relatively tiny. Make sure to know exactly what you’ll be hauling in and out of the woods so you can choose how many pockets you need accordingly.

Backpanel

If you have ever lugged around a backpack all day, then you know of the infamous backpack back sweat that will occur. The great thing about tactical bags is many, if not all of them, have ventilation channels to help sweat evaporate. Most packs have a foam back panel, but the bigger styles will also have aluminum stays. These are great when carrying a heavy load as they help disperse some of the weight off of your shoulders and onto your hips via the hip belt.

Capacity

The capacity determines the amount of gear your pack can carry. The shape of your bag and the number of compartments it contains will affect how much it can hold. When wanting a bigger bag remember that the more it can carry the heavier the bag will be. It’s great to have a big bag on a long three-day trip, but don’t forget to factor in all that weight you’ll be hiking around with. The majority of 30-liter packs and smaller will be perfect for day trips or even everyday carry. If you plan on staying out for 48 hours or more start looking at the 40-liter capacity bags or larger.

What you are looking for in a bag

When selecting a bag take a moment to really think about what you are going to be using it for. Consider how many compartments you need as well as the size of the bag. Do you need an area for a hydration bladder or just a side pouch for water bottles.

Now that you know what to look for, below we have a list of the nine different military style backpacks that will work best for hiking.

1 – Condor Outdoor 3-day Assault Pack




First up, we have the best bang for your buck pack. The Condor Outdoor 3-day assault pack costs under three figures. Which is really a steal for the quality you’re getting, and considering most packs are over $100. This pack comes with a 50-liter carrying capacity, and as you guessed it from the name, is built for a 72-hour trip.

This backpack has extra sternum and weight support which really helps your back when hauling a heavy load. There is also enough space for 3- liter hydration bladders. It also comes with a pocket dedicated to holding documents as well as a large external pocket with a web system. The shoulder straps are padded for extra comfort.

2 – 5.11 Rush 72




Made with 1000 denier nylon this backpack will stand up to just about anything you can throw at it. It also comes equipped with YKK zippers which are regarded as some of the most durable in the world. Similar to the Condor, this pack has a 55-liter capacity and is suited for a 72-hour trip. The main compartment has two mesh pockets and the front pocket has an organizational panel which can be used to store maps and other small items. The main compartment is large enough to store a helmet or other larger materials.

There are also two side pockets which are perfect for storing a tactical flashlight, compass, sunglasses, or water bottles. The water reservoir is located between the back panel and main compartment and is capable of holding 3 liters. The back panel contains an aluminum stay for back support for heavy loads. However, the stay can also be removed. The pack comes with padded shoulder straps, hip belt, and a sternum strap.

3 – Spec Ops T.H.E. Pack




This 40 liter bag is perfect for travel or a day hike. Its size fits perfects into the overhead bin of an airplane and comes in both black and camo. If you’re searching the perfect travel or day hike bag, this is the one for you.

T.H.E. stands for “Tactical Holds Everything”, which is a marketing gimmick implemented by the manufacturer. The space inside the bag is broken-down into two front compartments as well as a main compartment. Of the two front pockets, the bottom is the largest one. When using this pack for day hikes there is plenty of space in the front compartment to place food and drinks on top of any emergency items that you like to carry with you as well. Even when not completely full the pack will remain firm and comfortable.

4 – Kelty Raven




This was actually designed to be for military radio operators. However, the specific straps used to hold the antennas in place can be removed and when done so creates a great spacious hiking bag. Slightly smaller than the 5.11 Rush 72, but has a very similar design. There is a large main compartment and a smaller front compartment along with a stash compartment. In the bottom pocket of this pack is a rain cover.

It’s made with 500 denier nylon but is also reinforced with 1000-denier nylon in areas that are prone to getting the most wear and tear. The back panel is rigid which is easier on your back and comes with wide padded shoulder straps, as well as a hip belt and sternum strap. This pack provides great durability and if you’re a hiker who wants to carry a radio, well, this is the perfect bag.

5 – Blackhawk! 3-day Assault Pack




Again, like the name implies, this is a 72 hour pack, and is a medium-sized bag rated for 37 liters. There are fewer external pockets, and it has a smaller profile. Because of its smaller profile it makes for a great every day carry bag, and despite it being rated for 72 hours, it’s a perfect day trip bag.

This bag has a large main compartment and a large external pocket with a slanted opening. There are D rings on the shoulder straps and also individual padding in the back panel which helps increase breathability.

The Blackhawk! Is made with 1000-denier nylon which makes its very durable and also water resistant. Perfect for someone who wants quality and durability in their pack.

6 – Maxpedition Falcon-II




A medium sized pack that has a max capacity of 25 liters. It’s a great bag for long trips and shorter getaways. While it is one of the smaller bags on this list it can hold a plethora of items. It comes with main and secondary compartments and several external front pockets which are held in place by an adjustable strap, as well as a compartment for a hydration bladder.

It contains PALS webbing on the front and sides, which gives you easy and quick access to small items while hiking. Because of its smaller size, this is also a great pack for short term trips as well. It comes equipped with compression straps that you are able to adjust depending on the load in the main compartment. It features a 1050-Denier Nylon and is built to last a long time. For anyone who is rough on gear, this item is for you.

7 – Snugpak Endurance




Coming in at only 3 pounds, this pack is one of the lightest you’ll find. This is great for anyone who enjoys long hikes and wants to keep their load as light as possible. This comes with a top loading design, and is made of 600-denier nylon for good durability. It also comes with the MOLLE webbing which makes it easier to attach extra pouches or accessories.

There is a hydration sleeve that fits inside the main component and holds a volume of up to 3 liters. A downside is that it’s more difficult to get your water reservoir in or out of the backpack, especially if it’s full. There is also a bungee cord on the front side, hip belt, as well as a sternum strap. It is perfect for those who want light weight but also durability in their packs.

8 – Direct Action Dragon Egg




This bag comes equipped with only 500-denier nylon which causes it to have less durability than desired. However, it does have YKK zippers and is slightly lighter because of its lower density of nylon. The straps are wide and the main compartment is large for stowing bigger items. The water reservoir sits between the main compartment and the back panel.

There is also a front admin pocket that contains quite a few mesh pockets and holders which gives you the option to organize your gear however you want. There is a zippered pocket at the top which is lined with fleece and is perfect for storing your sunglasses or anything that may scratch. The hip belt is not padded like some of the others on this list but there is also a sternum strap. The front of the bag has MOLLE webbing which can be used for attaching any extra pouches. The Direct-Action Dragon Egg is a very versatile backpack which works great if you want this to be an everyday carry as well as your hiking bag.

9 – CamelBak MilTac M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack




Perfect for the minimalist traveler, the CamelBack MilTac has an 8-liter gear capacity. Practically unusable for long multi day trips but is perfect for the day hike or potentially even an overnighter depending on your experience. This product has three exterior pockets and, of course, a hydration bladder. There is an organizer in the lower pockets and the bag itself has a slim profile. It also contains sternum and waist straps for extra support and a well-ventilated back panel.

While this is not the best multi day hiking bag, it’s perfect for the day hiker and boasts strong durability. There are not many color options for this one, coming in only coyote, black, and camo, with black being the best for an everyday carry bag.

With the above list and buying guide, you are well on your way to purchasing a quality military backpack for hiking. Think about exactly what you need for your hike and feel free to select from any of the above bags, or just use this list as a guideline. Military backpacks make great hiking bags and on top of that can carry a lot of other items as well.

The Best Hunting Backpacks Under 100

When heading out for a hunt, there are some absolute essentials you should bring along. And while you may have been hunting for years and never worried about some of these items, you just never know when a situation will arise and you need something you hadn’t packed. So, before listing out some suggested backpacks, it is important to start with the items you need to take along.

This is a basic list of what a hunter should consider taking with them:

  • Compass or GPS and a fully-charged cellular phone
  • Map of the area
  • Knife
  • Water & thermos or canteen
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Rope
  • First aid kit
  • Lighter & matches
  • Flashlight & spare batteries
  • Toilet paper or tissues
  • Gloves
  • Scent killer
  • Flagging tape
  • Folding saw
  • Water purification tablets
  • Cooking stove
  • Cooking pot with lid
  • Utensils
  • Game bag
  • Sleeping bag for cold weather
  • Waterproof matches
  • Tinder material
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Trash Bags
  • Hand/dish soap
  • Bright tape to mark trails
  • Rifle/bow
  • Ammunition/arrows
  • Binoculars
  • Cooler for the ride home

And of course, with all of those items, you need a place to put them. But hunting backpacks are like footwear. You wouldn’t wear basketball sneakers to wade through knee-deep swamps any more than you would wear rubber boots to run a marathon. And, even with a backpack, it’s best to select the backpack that makes sense for the type of hunting.

When shopping for the best backpack for you, make sure to look for these things:

  • Size – as the list above shows, it’s important to carry several emergency and convenience related items when hunting. So, make sure your pack can fit all of these items, and allows extra room for the unexpected.
  • Zippers – make sure you select a bag with a high-quality zipper. You’ll likely be opening and closing your pack with gloved hands or when in a hurry, so make sure that zipper is designed to withstand some abuse.
  • Fit – make sure the pack fits well and has adjustable shoulder and sternum straps.

Best hunting backpack materials

Each of these materials has different weight ratings.  Denier is a metric used to describe what is essentially thickness or density. The higher the “D” weight rating, the more durable and heavier the fabric is. Keep in mind that the “D” rating not only provides more durability but also will add to the price and weight of the bag. 600D is very popular for most bags, however, some bags may feature various weights of fabric strategically placed for comfort and durability.

This list below is meant to educate you on the various materials in backpacks so you can better select the bag that is right for you.

Cordura – Cordura is known for its durability and resistance to tears, scuffs, and other abrasions. It is heavier and more rugged than nylon and is often used at the base of a backpack to help protect pack contents from the outside elements.

Cotton canvas – Cotton canvas is an affordable material that can be stretched without concern for damaging the material. This material is coated with a layer of waterproof wax, and when treated correctly, the canvas can last for a long time.

Nylon – Nylon is a popular material because it is flame retardant, and is often waterproofed. This is why you see nylon used for raincoats, windbreakers, ski and snowmobile suits, and swim suits. Nylon packs are now made with a PVC or polyurethane coating, or are treated with silicone. The treated material makes the backpack stronger and is what makes it water resistant. A waterproof pack will protect the content of your backpack on a wet day. However, a con to nylon is that if the bag gets wet inside, it will need to be properly dried out as nylon packs are more subject to mildewing.

Rip-stop nylon – Rip-stop nylon is manufactured with a grid pattern of durable threads sewn closely together. The woven pattern of the threads allow the fabric to stop a tear from growing. Light weight nylon is more likely to wear than pack cloth or Cordura. but with anti-rip fabric the nylon is still the more popular choice.

Polyester pack cloth – Polyester is not as strong as nylon nor rip-stop nylon material, but has a high resistance to ultra-violet degradation. Continuous exposure can cause cracking or disintegration of the material, so the UV resistance adds extra protection to the backpack.

Things to consider regarding material:

  • Higher weight fabric is stronger
  • Nylon is stronger than polyester
  • 1050D Cordura is slightly weaker than normal 1050D nylon
  • Canvas is not as strong against tearing and 400D nylon out-performs 12oz canvas
  • Backing material makes a huge difference and the 600D that comes with PVC backing which is about 2.4 times stronger than the 600D fabric with PU backing.

Basic hunting backpacks under $100

These backpacks will look much like the backpack used for school. They traditionally feature adjustable shoulder and sternum straps, have one or two main compartments, are made out of varying weight materials, and come in a camouflage pattern. These packs are designed to hold basic gear and are easy to carry, leaving your hands free to navigate the terrain with your compass or GPS, or to hold your flashlight or firearm.

These field favorites range in price from $20-$60.

  • The Horn Hunter Forky Daypack is a light-weight pack that is durable and comfortable with plenty of storage, and is available for less than $50. This pack is a great option for carrying a few items out into your favorite deer stand for that day’s hunt. Recommended for deer hunting.



  • The Drake Waterfowl Daypack has EVA shoulder and sternum straps plus a waist strap, with padding in the back for a more comfortable fit. The pack has a hydration pouch, hydration tube pocket, two side mesh pockets, and space for two water bottles. With this pack you will easily be able to carry your daily supply of ammunition, snacks, water, and the recommended backpack essentials for your day of duck-hunting in the blind. Recommended for duck hunting.



  • The Allen Remington Camo Hunting Daypack – Twin Mesa 1,853 cu retails for around $60 and is a great value. Perfect for elk hunting from spike camp to spike camp, it has 1,853 cubic inch capacity, five outside and mesh interior pockets, along with an integrated long gun transport system. Do not let this low price scare you off; it is built to carry for the long haul. It features a cool mesh lining to manage back-sweat along with thickly padded hip and shoulder straps. Recommended for elk hunting.



Advanced hunting backpacks – and for those with a bigger budget

For those looking for a more advanced bag, you will want to consider the amount of time spent on your feet. If you are stalking elk in the mountains, you will want something large enough to hold the supplies to get you through the day, but also sleek and sturdy enough not to be burdensome. Further, advanced bags will offer additional storage for larger items such as your spotting scopes, sleeping bags, hiking poles, and firearms. These bags may also have internal or external frames enabling you to carry large loads easily as you traverse various terrains. A key benefit of the frames on a pack is the ability to hike your trophy out from the kill spot.

These advanced bags often cost between $75 to several hundred dollars are favorites in the Best Hunting Backpacks Under 100. But for those on a budget, these price out at $100 (almost) or less.

  • The Alps OutdoorZ Big Bear Pack is really two packs in one. The system features a waist belt pack and converts into a full-sized backpack. The waist belt comes in handy when leaving camp for the day to stalk your prey and when you only need to bring along a few necessities. Then, when you are ready to move camp or just need more room for your day gear, you can simply convert the pack for an incremental 1,900 cu. in. of space. The pack provides plenty of attachment points for loose items such as camera pocket, binoculars pocket, and turkey-call pocket clip to the harness for convenience and quick access. Additionally, this pack has a padded removable waistbelt with easy-access pocket comfortably distributes weight off your shoulders.



  • The SOP G2 Day Pack retails for around $85 and offers 17 different compartments to store all of your necessities. Complete with gear grippers to secure your box or firearm, and gear straps with a drop-down shelf for added storage, this bag even includes a tree-stand strap making it very convenient for deer hunters. The back and shoulder straps are made from molded-foam to provide added comfort.



  • At less than $90, the ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Lite Hunting Pack Frame is a bare bones but versatile option. It gives the best value for an entry-level hunter looking for an advanced hunting backpack that can double as a hiking bag with expandability. If you are looking for a lightweight, comfortable hauling solution, the ALPS OutdoorZ has you covered with their Commander Lite Hunting Pack. It has a lightweight aluminum frame, but is extremely strong with an added padded waist belt and shoulder straps to ensures the pack stays level when traversing various terrains with heavy loads. The narrow profile allows for easier movement in tight spaces. The numerous lashing points allow for easy securing of bulky items and the mesh back panel allows for better ventilation



  • The Fieldline Pro Timberhawk Big Basin Daypack, Realtree Xtra Camp is an economically priced back made out of polyester. The main compartment is spacious and offers four accessory pockets. Though the bag doesn’t include a reservoir, it is hydration compatible. This pack also features High-density breathable foam-padded back and shoulder straps for added comfort. Recommended for deer hunting.



  • The ALPS OutdoorZ Pathfinder Hunting Pack is a hybrid pack, and provides the hunter with a great deer or day hunting pack, while loaded with additional features enabling you, the hunter, to go further in pursuit of your trophy. You can use this bag like a fanny pack to carry essential hunting items like calls and field dressing equipment. It is convertible, and can provide an additional 1,100 cubic inches of storage space. This pack is great for a firearm or archery hunter. The main features fit a wide variety of compound bows, and a lashing system to facilitate packing out your trophy. Total capacity is 2,700 cubic inches. Recommended for deer or elk hunting.



  • The ALPS OutdoorZ Delta Waterfowl Backpack Blind Bag retails for just over $100, but it needed to make the list. This backpack comes in a camo pattern and has a self-standing bottom to keep the bag from toppling over. With this bag, you can carry all of your gear with the drop-down firearm boot, a hard sunglass case, shell loops, choke tube holders, and a water bottle pocket. Also, this bag is fully equipped with a stow-away game tote, removable LED light, and padded shoulder straps and waist belts. Recommended for duck hunting.

The 10 Best Rangefinder Binoculars for Hunting

Any seasoned hunter can tell you how important an effective rangefinder and pair of binoculars is to their success. Binoculars are built with powerful lenses to magnify the view of the terrain they are covering, and a rangefinder uses an infrared laser to calculate the distance between you and your target. Combined together they make an essential hunting tool and eliminate one more thing to carry. After thorough research, we have found the best rangefinder binoculars for hunting and have listed their benefits below.

How to Choose a Rangefinder Binocular?

The specific type of rangefinder binocular that works the best for you may depend on your hunting style (rifle, bow hunting, etc.) However, there are a few key features to keep in mind while shopping for a rangefinder binocular.

Maximum Range:

The maximum range on a rangefinder is the maximum distance of yards it’s able to measure between you and your target. Most decent rangefinder binoculars will offer a distance of at least up to 1,000 yards, some going up to 2,000 or more. This maximum is controlled by the amplitude of the laser employed in the device. The higher the amplitude, the longer the maximum distance.

Be wary of advertised maximum ranges that seem too good to be true. Sometimes manufacturers will put a higher range that includes reflective objects measured in the distance.

Field of Vision (FOV) is a feature which measures the wideness of the binoculars produced image. It is measured against 1,000 yards, so if your FOV is 400 feet you can see 400 feet of width from where you are standing.

Optical Performance:

Another key feature to identify when purchasing a rangefinder binocular is its optical performance. The optical performance is measured in the magnifying multiplier and the diameter of the lens. For example, if the rangefinder binocular had “10x42mm” in its description that means it uses a 10 times magnifier (multiplying what the human eye can see by 10), and a 42-millimeter objective lens diameter. The varying magnification and diameter result in different levels of clarity and sharpness the binocular lenses unveil with use.

Besides the magnification and objective lenses, different manufacturers use different techniques to create a clear image result. Objective lenses can absorb and reflect light back in a more realistic way (no chromatic aberrations, or color fringing) when multilayer-coated. There are also lens features such as HD lenses, anti-reflection coating, and roof prisms which all enhance the image seen in clarity, color and sharpness.

Data Accuracy:

Precision and accuracy in hunting is the difference between missing a target by inches, and executing a perfect single-kill shot.  The more precise and accurate of data a rangefinder binocular can give you, the better equipped you are. Accounting for your elevation angles, your coordinates, the temperature, the barometric pressure, and more all enhance your hunting ability. It is crucial to understand what level of data you need for your level of hunting before making a purchase.

Ballistic Configuration:

Ballistic configuration helps eliminate inaccurate data produced from external forces such as temperature, density, coordinates, humidity levels, and barometric pressure. All of the above can lead to inaccurate distances and angles measured, but with either inputted data or pre-set calculations ballistic configuration can adjust and correct such inaccuracies. The most advanced ballistic configuration will allow you to both input data and select various pre-set levels of calculation. Most hunters can get by with the predetermined calculations.

Durability/Weight:

The weight and durability of a rangefinder binocular are more of a personal preference, but still something important to consider in your purchase decision. A lightweight device is more convenient, but remember you are already eliminating excess weight by using a combined rangefinder and binocular.

The pricing of most all available rangefinder binoculars indicates the inherent high-quality of the product. It is worth purchasing a more durable, long-lasting product as you will use it on almost all hunting endeavors. Additionally, if you buy a new device and it breaks within the first couple days of an extended trip, you may be out of luck. Investing in a rangefinder that will last is worth the cost.

Another key aspect of durability is withstanding the weather. Many different products now come specifically built for night mode, rain, fog, storms, and more. Understand and anticipate your needs for durability when it comes to weather on hunts.

Ease of Use:

Most rangefinder binoculars  come with non-slip grip handles which will help you hold onto the device better when in the field. Different products come with various button and knobs designs, and vary in levels of usability. Other aspects of use you will want to consider are whether it can be used on a tripod or not, if it has a neck strap and/or case, if it has a long-lasting battery and if the battery comes with the purchase.

Top 10 Recommended Rangefinder Binoculars:

With all these features in mind, we have listed the top 10 best rangefinder binoculars for hunting available on the market today:


1. Bushnell Fusion 1-Mile ARC Binocular Laser Rangefinder

In the hunting community, this product is considered the best price for some of the best possible features. It has a 8 times magnification with a 32mm objective lens. Its maximum range is of 1,760 yards; specifically a range of 500 yards for deer, and 1,000 for trees. They have advanced XTR technology that enhances images more clearly, and roof prisms (BAK4 prisms) that enhance visibility in poorer weather conditions such as rain and fog. It has a FOV of 305 feet.

While the Bushnell Fusion gives off a high-quality image, one of it’s best features is the angle range compensation. The ARC feature calculates the degree of an angle you are at, revealing the holdovers for you to then correct the drop. It also has Line of Sight (LOS) features that allow you to measure both direct distances with the angle as well as the exact horizontal distance.

Lastly, it is durable and convenient with a non-slip grip handle, an included carrying case and a neck strap. It is also weatherproof.

2. Nikon LаѕеrFоrсе 10Х42 Віnосulаrѕ

This product has the popular 10 times magnification with a 42 mm lens. It has 1,900 yards maximum range and FOV of 320 feet. It includes O-ring sealed extra low dispersion objective lenses that keep out moisture, dirt to keep the image unobscured and optimizes images rich in contrast.

The Nikon LaserForce includes Advanced ID (Incline/Decline) technology that measures the horizontal distance of the target from an incline/decline up to -/+90 degrees. This helps single out distant targets and provides more accuracy when determining distance. The Advanced ID technology makes the Nikon LaserForce one of the best hunting rangefinders.

Despite the high optical performance, the Nikon LaserForce has design limitations. The button is in an inconvenient place, and the product can get dirt stuck on the outer rubber.

3. Vortex Optics Fury НD 10Х42 Віnосulаrѕ

The Vortex Optics Fury has the popular 10 times magnification with a 42mm objective lens. It has 1,600 yards maximum range with a 314.5 feet FOV.  

It has two settings to measure distance; Horizontal Component Distance (HCD), and Line of Sight (LOS) using ballistic calculations. HCD is typical for flat-terrain bowhunting and rifle shooting, but LOS provides both direct distance from an angle and the incline of the angle. It also has XR multi-coating, anti-reflection coating, HD lenses and dielectric phase-corrected prisms that produce an outstandingly clear image.

The primary downfall of this product is it can only be used by right-handed people. If you’re left-handed, read on.

4. Lеіса 10Х42 Gеоvіd-R Віnосulаrѕ

The Leica 10×42 Geovid has a 10 magnification and a 42mm lens. It has multiple layers of HD coats on the lenses and anti-reflective coats that prevent obscuring light reflections. It also has an LED display on the device. Its maximum range is 2,200 yards, and a FOV of 342 feet. It has a high optical performance that reveals a clear, sharp image. This product is one of the best rangefinder binoculars for long-range hunting.

One of the best features on this rangefinder binocular is it’s Advanced Ballistic Compensation (ABC) system. This system offers aim correction by improving accuracy on location data, sight distance, temperature and atmospheric pressure details. It has up to 12 settings you can choose from for optimal performance.

It is heavier than other versions and slightly more expensive. However, it does have more advanced ballistic compensation features and has high optical performance.

5. Swarovski Еl Rаngе 10Х42 With Fіеld Рrо Віnосulаrѕ

The Swarovski El Range is a user-friendly, high-resolution product with a 10 times magnification, 42mm lens, 1,500-yard maximum range and a 330 feet FOV. In the center wheel, you can easily access the knobs to adjust lens focus when holding the binoculars in your hands.

The completely multi-coated lenses include roof prisms that reduce light reflections whilst increasing image quality. The device can measure both horizontal distance as well as approximate distance.

Most notably, the Swarovski El Range is known for its weatherproof design (due to its magnesium alloy outerwear). It’s a more expensive, high-end brand, but you would be buying higher quality optical performance with a higher price.

6. Ѕtеіnеr LRF 1700 Віnосulаrs

The Steiner LRF’s primary benefit is its durability. This military-styled rangefinder binocular has 10 times magnification with a 50mm objective lens. The larger lens allows for more light to be taken in, resulting in high optical performance. However, despite the larger objective lens, this product still has a maximum range of 1,600 yards and a FOV of 348 feet. Lenses are also multi-coated, and nitrogen purged to keep out any weather or dirt.

The main problem with this set of rangefinder binoculars is the lack of angle adjustment. You will have to do manual adjustments, but if you are primarily hunting on flat ground this should be less of a problem for you.

7. Zеіѕѕ Vісtоrу 10Х42 Rangefinder Binoculars

The Zeiss Victory by Carl Optical is one of the most high-end, high-functioning rangefinder binoculars on the market. It has a 10 times magnification, with lenses of 42 mm. In this case, the larger lens does produce a significantly better quality picture. Lenses automatically adjust to ambient temperature.

The lenses include an illuminated reticle, allowing for superior night vision. They are also multi-coated resulting in superior light transmission. It has a FOV of 360 feet and a maximum range of 2,500 yards making it one of the best rangefinder binoculars for long range hunting. It is also one of the most durable, weather-versatile products on the market built with rain protection and a tough outer exterior.

It also has an advanced Absolute Ballistic Configuration system that can overcorrect for temperature, and barometric pressure with a low .5% of error, and six presets available as options. This product also comes with a mobile application that can easily be connected to enhance your hunting experience.

8. ATN BinoX-HD Rangefinder Binoculars

Instead of roof prisms and multi-layer coated objective lenses, this rangefinder “binocular” has two high-resolution screens in each binocular barrel. This makes this product slightly different from other products, but the switch still proves for an effective product. The screens include a GPS, compass, photo and video recording, gyroscope and has a zoom feature.

This rangefinder binocular has magnification ranging from 4 to 16 times with a 65mm objective lens. The product does offer up to 300 yards of night vision. The FOV is 220 feet.

Technically, this is also not a rangefinder because it does not use an infrared laser to measure distances, but rather the rangefinder binocular uses the size of the object to make calculations.

9. USCAMEL 10×50 Military Waterproof HD Binoculars

The USCAMEL product has lenses with BAK4 prisms and multi-layered coating that produce high quality, HD images. It’s best known for its durability because of military grade. It has 10 times magnification, 50mm objective lens, and a maximum range of 1,000 yards with 396 feet of FOV.

Because of its military grade, the rangefinder binocular is highly weatherproof with a shock-absorbing body, mold, moisture, and dirt-proof exterior, and water and nitrogen purged and sealed lenses. This is the best pair of binoculars for severe conditions and temperatures because it’s built to last.

The downside is the rangefinding capabilities are limited because a laser isn’t used.

10. The HOOWAY 7×50 Marine Binoculars

The Hooway offers a 7 times magnification and a 50mm objective lens. It is a cheap, versatile option for both land and water. It has multi-coated lenses with BAK4 prisms resulting in a sharp, clear image. It also has a FOV of 396 feet.

Although especially less slim, this pair of rangefinder binoculars are built to withstand both weather and temperature with nitrogen purged and sealed lenses.

The main capability of this rangefinder binocular is its versatility and affordability.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does a higher magnification indicate better quality?

A higher magnification is not necessarily better. If you use a binocular with too high of a magnification relative to the hunt you’re on, too much light may enter, and you can end up with over-magnified trees that obscure your ability to clearly see your target. For a hunt in a dense woods with lots of objects potentially in the way, a lower magnification (7-8x) would suffice. For a hunt in an open, clear space, you can rest-assured using a higher magnitude (10+).

Does a larger objective lens indicate better quality?

The larger the physical objective lens size (longer diameter) and the farther the distance, you will be able to see with more clarity.. Again though, larger is not necessarily better. While a larger diameter allows for more light and thus more distance to be seen, it can make for a bulkier and heavier rangefinder binocular. The marginal benefit from a larger diameter doesn’t always outweigh the marginal cost of carrying more around.

Does the maximum range mean I can see everything within the listed yards?

It’s a common misconception to understand the full yardage listed on a rangefinder binocular as the farthest you can see for anything. However, you will likely not be able to see all objects from the listed yardage. For deer, a general rule is half of the listed yardage, whereas trees you can see at the full yardage distance listed.

When purchasing a rangefinder binocular, be sure to identify features that are most important to you. Consider the optical performance, maximum range, durability, ballistic configuration and the ease of the product you would prefer before purchasing. Using one of the best rangefinder binoculars for hunting will enhance your accuracy in measuring distance, enhance your ability to see your surroundings, and overall enhance your ability to hunt successfully.

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