Originally Posted by bhunting
I am going mule deer hunting with a friend in NW Wyoming this fall. We are going in Oct 14th and plan on hunting for 9 days and then packing out. We are planning on going in anywhere from 4-8 miles depending on where the deer are and then hunting from there. I just purchased the badlands 4500 pack and he is getting the same pack. We don't plan on seeing the truck again til we are done so we are putting a list of items together that we will need for this journey. Can you help me put together a list of items so I don't forget anything.
And we will be anywhere from 5000 to 9000 ft.
What is your background/experiecne in backpacking, especially backpack hunting? If we knew that, it might help to give you more appropriate advice.
Does the 4500 expand at all? 4500 cubic inches might be a bit small to carry enough food and gear for 9 days. Just something to consider is all. If you are planning just making one camp in a few miles, you could probably make that pack work. Some could do it, but you might need to very good/experienced at minimizing and miniaturizing the gear you take, especially if you are a longrange hunter with the associated optics and other gear.
Mid to late October can be a real weather crapshoot. You need to be prepared for anything from near 0 F to sunny 80 F and perhaps a good snow or two...you just never know. You need good water source and way to purify it, you need a good shelter with a way to warm up, dry off and cook out of the weather. If you cannot dry out at night and get a good nights rest in a quality sleeping bag that is kept dry, you will likely soon lose the energy and drive to hunt hard day after day. If it's 80, you don't need to worry about drying out usually, if it's cold and snowy/rainy, drying out becomes a major issue.
Clothing selection becomes an important decision as well. Number one rule for serious outdoor activities is NO COTTON--not a stitch. Get good quality wicking underwear as a base layer, then a good insulation layer and then have available a waterproof breathable (top and bottom) outer layer for wind/rain/snow--9 days in the mountains that time of year and you're likely to have a bit of everything thrown at you weatherwise.
Anyway, there's a few basics, but there's alot more to consider and many on this site that have many different ways of getting along in the backcountry. Good to hear it all and then hopefully make a good decision on what to use/do, etc.