I am looking at planning a backpack rifle elk hunting trip in 2020. Not 100% sure on the details as of yet, but I am betting around 5 days in. I do like to have "stuff" but am not a person that has to have every gadget. I am of the mindset "better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it". To narrow my search, what size pack should I be looking at? Also, the way I think, I feel that I could get a high quality backpack, maybe not a "hunting backpack", for half the cost of a quality "hunting backpack". Is it just me or does it seem fine to load out meat in a hiking pack as long as the max weigh capacity is not exceeded? I am truly green and would appreciate all advice. No, I don't have $500 or more to spend on a pack. Most of my hunting gear would probably be considered "multi-use" to make the most of the funds I do have. My wife has been backpacking and has an Osprey pack and loves it. I would really like to backpack with her, so the pack I would be looking for would most likely be a dual purpose pack. Thanks everyone.