Have spent many of days sleeping on the cold hard ground of the Trinity Alps of California. Have taken some nice black tail deer in this wilderness area. But have also passed on many. I use a internal framed back pack ,after graduating from the old external frame. To find deer in this wilderness, you have to be in shape to hunt mountain goat!
In my opinion, if you hunting only for the meat, do not take on back pack hunting. You should hunt this way for the experience.