Exactly what I was going to say. A lot of people insist on pushing for "hunting" backpacks, and they do have a few extra bells and whistles but you'll do just fine using an earthy colored REI pack. Head in there and just try a few on. Usually there's someone that really knows their stuff and will be able to walk you through finding the correct fit. They'll also all have womens packs, which I would highly recommend as dudes and chicks are obviously different shapes. My wife enjoys her Gregory, but an Osprey, REI, Kelty, etc. would be just as good.Osprey makes some very good quality packs specifically for women. Check out REI as a source. Depending on where you are in Kansas, a short road trip to a store (call ahead) might be a good idea. There is an REI in Kansas City, I think. Finding someone that knows how to fit you for a pack is probably more important that exactly which brand of pack you end up with.
The core of your backpacking gear is your boots, pack, sleeping bag, and tent, probably in that order. Spend your money carefully on those.
Tripods and spotting scopes are pretty distant options, not just because of cost, but also weight and space issues when backpacking.
FWIW, since there seem to be 3 of you, you might consider two 2-person tents to give you a bit more flexibility and some storage space. A 4-person tent is nice, but if only two people are going on a particular trip, weight becomes an issue.
Back country hunts huh? Do yourself a favor and hire a guide with horse's. You have any idea how much a big deer weight's? That's not to mention a small ekl!Thanks for the advice Hunting Wife!
On pack size, I'm truly interested in doing some backcountry hunts and wasn't sure exactly how large of a pack is needed. I definitely wouldn't be soloing for those, mainly due to a lack of experience. I wondered about the pack design and how differently it would fit being a woman. I'm making a trip out to Denver this summer to visit some work friends and should have the opportunity to hit up some outdoor stores there that carry several brands to try on.
The cow idea is from my friend who really wants us to try archery antelope in Kansas this year. I've got a bit more budget than my friends (one is still in college and the other works for USFWS) but threw out the $1,000 as I figured that would be the maximum they can spend/save up over a year or two.
Good post! These days I take my rifle, hand full of extra shells and a knife. Last year I started carrying along a set of 8x bino's. As I get older I'm thinking GPS. They aren't all that heavy, fit into a pocket and pretty easy to get lost in new country! I have found my way out a couple time's with the GPS collar system I have for my dogs. Records the dog and the man, just follow it backwards!Wow it is fascinating to see what are the "needs" of the modern nimrod.
When watching the circle jerk at the truck/trailhead in the dark as guys checked every pocket for numerous items either there, or forgotten, my Grand dad always would say gun/license/shells, everything else is just extra... (I would throw in a knife, sometimes you use one of those "shell things"!)
Cause of today's laws add orange but nothing else has really changed since 1960, except the hunters perception of "needs".
TREKKING POLES??? Really? We used to call them sticks and they were available wherever a bush could grow.
What you do "need" is a burning desire to make it happen, and you cannot purchase this at any store.
As you have adventure they will lead to what some refer to as "suffering", suffering will lead to a "need", a trip to Cabelas will alleviate this "suffering" with a plethora of choices.
There is no need to beg to suffer and some things are obvious, if you are going on a backpack style of hunt you might consider a back pack -preemptively for instance... and a tent and bag and bic lighter too, but when anything goes wrong nothing will pull you through like that burning desire thing that was free.
Take your funds and make the adventure happen, and then again, and again, in no time your garage will runneth over and the "free meat" line will make you laugh.
Seem's that everybody has forgot to mention a knife! I have several different knives for hunting. Some folding knives, sheath knives ect. My favorite brand is Schrade. Got a bunch of them laying around. Old Timer' are made from carbon steel. Don't take care of them and they will rust. Uncle Henry x Schrade Knives are stainless, very nice knifes and don't rust. Now there are a lot of goo knives out there. Hard steel for the blade is really nice but I have no idea how you would check it! For sheath knives I look for full tang knives. You can see the steel stock going all the way through the handle. Best if you can find hollow ground blades too, they take and hold a better edge.I'd put a good pair of boots at the top
then the pack
I'm guessing you already have bino's most use 8 or 10 power. I use 12 power and steady them on my trekking poles.
skip the rest unless you start packing in and camping out
I used to bring a spotting scope along, extra weight, now it sits in the safe.