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This is my first hunt & will be hunting 3a/3c in nov/dec.  Was needing a good backpack & someone told me to get a good framed backpack.  Went to sportsmans warehouse & they had a large which had a built in water bladder for for over $200.  I thought it was a bit much since I already had one of those. 

What do you all have for your hunt that works?  I was thinking of getting something for necessities such as first aid, food, ammo, etc..  someone said get whatever your comfortable with but what I think may be comfortable in the store isn't comfortable in reality. 

This is the only unchecked item on my list. 

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I use Alps OutDoorz. Pleanty of frame pack options that are cheaper than most. Does fine for me and holds more than enough weight. Some as cheap as 100$ and there is some that are amazing for 250

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I know it might be a little big but I carry a Badlands 2200 wherever I go.  I love the meat hauling capabilities with that built in meat shelf.

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I have the Badlands Vario system but it is pricey. I like that I can switch out a 100 liter pack and a day pack on the frame and then carry meat between the frame and pack. 

 

 

 

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I forgot my pack the other day and was hauling salt so just tossed 50lb bag in a 10 dollar duffle and slung my arms through the carry handles, haha not very comfy but made a few miles with it.. anything will work so don't sweat it too much. 

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The last two elk I packed out was with 2 adult men two trips each. Kifaru 

 

if your packin hooves you must not be going very far.  

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Many many choices at pretty much all price points.  If you're not backpacking in or expecting to pack meat that far then you could stay under $200 and be fine.  I have personal experience with Kifaru, Exo, and Mystery Ranch and they all make good packs, but are on the pricier side.

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