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Old 08-30-2011, 07:08 AM
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Howler, I carry about 85 ounces of water. SO not a full gallon. I'm from Ohio, and I'm on a medicine that makes me dehydrate quickly, so I carry more than most do probably. But you also have weight in water bottles, or a little weight if you carry a Bladder.
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:07 AM
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I understand that some, such as yourself, almost have to carry the water weight, and there are places where there's little water to be found. Where I elk hunt, my one 16oz. filtered water bottle is all I need. Fill it as needed.
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:02 PM
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I also believe in carring 2 road flares. Might never need them but it is an easy way to start a fire.
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:10 PM
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My backpack has everything I need to spend the night ............

My day pack doubles as a "night" pack !!! LOL

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Old 08-30-2011, 07:22 PM
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I generally pack 20 to 25 lbs including 3 qts. of water. The quality of the pack makes a huge difference. 25lbs in a well designed, well fitted pack will wear you less than 15 lbs in a poorer pack. Many can pack 60..80..or 100 lbs., and many of us have to to pack out animals, but I wouldn't recommend doing it if you don't have to. In the long run most will pay for. Muscle strength isn't the problem. Our skeletal structure really isn't designed for it. I wrecked my knees packing heavy loads in steep country.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:17 PM
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My day pack weighs about 25 lbs. I have food, water, everything I need to field dress an elk, and emergency supplies incase I had to spend the night in the woods.
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:38 AM
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Mine weighs in at around 20 pounds. I have game bags, bone saw, a couple of knives, survival kit, food for lunch, and a water bladder. I tend to keep things like GPS, radio, flashlight and knife in there rather than on a belt. After I get an elk down and quartered I switch to a pack frame which is back at the truck to get the meat out.
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:28 AM
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My Kelty Cougar weighs 26 lbs fully loaded with game cleaning gear, first aid, survival, lunch, handgun, rangefinder, lights, and 3 liters of water.
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:52 AM
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Thanks to everyone for the info. Sounds like I'm about right on the weight. If I can keep it around 20 lbs. I think I can manage it.
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Old 09-08-2011, 04:09 PM
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My pack weighs about 20 pounds. Got everything in it to spend the night if I have to, start a fire, and cut up an elk.
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