I have been thinking about taking my dog hunting with me the last few years I just never do because I dont want the hastle, But I am thinking about buying one of these. Ruffwear Palisades Dog Pack | Backcountry.com then he will be pulling his own weight. Plus I have read their a lot of advantages to hunting with a well behaved dog (non deer, elk etc chaser) I have heard a non agressive dog has a sort of calming effect on animals. My dad used to hunt with our family dog years ago and he said if he ever accidentally walked into a herd of elk or something he would just freeze and the elk would see it was just a dog and that it wasnt a threat via his body language and go back to feeding or whatever. So I am thinking about buying this pack so he can carry our water and food maybe a few other odds and ends. They saf a dog should carry 25% of its own body weight no problem and he is an 80+lb lab depending on the season. so putting 10,15 or even 20 lbs on him would take a huge load off me and also hopefully benefit from the 4 legged hunting partner. Anyone else ever do this? or have any thoughts on it? he stays right by my side and if he strays all I have to do is grunt a little and he is back at my side instantly. All thoughts and comments welcomed.