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spanky
October 29th, 2006, 07:22 PM
I'm going to put together a knapsack to take into the woods with me.

I'm thinking:

Ka-BAR
Paracord
Folding Saw
Chair
Blind
Snacks (Ham sandwich, soup, tuna etc)
Water in Canteen(s)
Flash Light (either handheld or headlight)
Sidearm & Spare Mags (in a holster)
Spare rifle ammo
Handwarmers
Whistle
Poncho
Extra socks
first aid kit
chemlights
compass
sanitary hand wipes

Does this seem sufficient? Excessive? Should I add some stuff?

penguin
October 29th, 2006, 07:31 PM
Extra pair of socks, a small 1st aid kit and if going at night/dusk/dawn a few chem lights never hurt. If you're going deep bring a compass to plot with.

spanky
October 29th, 2006, 07:31 PM
I had those on my list but forgot to put them in the thread. Thanks!

Do you think all that crap will fit in an alice pack or should I get a knapsack of some sort?

penguin
October 29th, 2006, 07:38 PM
Shit, if you know how to pack, that shouldn't take up half a pack. Don't take canned goods. Hit up Academy and pick up some packaged soups and the like. If you need a bigger pack, hit me up and you can borrow mine. It's got an internal adjustable frame and has done me right for years.

spanky
October 29th, 2006, 07:42 PM
Thanks :bigok:

spanky
October 29th, 2006, 07:51 PM
Added a few things.

TigerFan
October 29th, 2006, 09:22 PM
Is this for a weekend trip or an all day hunt?

I'd also add some scent block spray, maybe some gatorade ready mix packs, and some energy bars.

Oh, and the most important item which should never be left off.........a supply of TP in a ziplock bag.

George
October 30th, 2006, 12:22 AM
yep TP for the bunghole!

spanky
October 30th, 2006, 09:06 AM
Is this for a weekend trip or an all day hunt?

I'd also add some scent block spray, maybe some gatorade ready mix packs, and some energy bars.

Oh, and the most important item which should never be left off.........a supply of TP in a ziplock bag.

we usually go in from 6-11, out for an hour or so then back in til dusk.

thats how we did it the past 2 years but i think i'm going to stay in the whole day while they go back to camp...

penguin
October 30th, 2006, 09:45 AM
Banjo?

TigerFan
October 30th, 2006, 12:07 PM
I'd ditch the canned goods as well. Stick with two or three sandwiches and some energy bars(Snickers Bars) to snack on during the day.

If they hunt till 11:00 and go back in 1-2 hrs later, you might as well just stay put. I make a few all day hunts(1/2 hr before sunrise until dark 30) when it gets later in the hunting season. You never know what walks past your stand if your not on it. Plus all the activity of people walking to and from stands get the deer moving(hopefully in your direction).

spanky
October 30th, 2006, 12:22 PM
Sounds like a plan.

Now to start ordering :o

TowTruck
October 30th, 2006, 12:48 PM
things I'd bring:
rifle or bow
spittin tabacco
pocket knife
tripple quilted charman (no john wayne allowed)
camel pack (2 L of old charter will keep you defrostred)
1 MRE
pistol
compass if I don't know the property
high quality porn mag just in case I get lost

Y.T.
October 30th, 2006, 03:32 PM
Some sort of fire starter just in case.

TigerFan
October 30th, 2006, 03:54 PM
One other item that everyone in your hunting party should have, cell phones. This small item can and will help you out more than any other item you can pack.

penguin
October 30th, 2006, 04:26 PM
Some sort of fire starter just in case.

If he has socks and some flint, he's good...lol outdoor living is fun!

penguin
October 30th, 2006, 04:27 PM
One other item that everyone in your hunting party should have, cell phones. This small item can and will help you out more than any other item you can pack.

You know, it's always the obvious things that we forget. GREAT call.

spanky
October 30th, 2006, 04:31 PM
That was a given. I never go anywhere without it.

TigerFan
October 31st, 2006, 08:09 AM
Excellent. I also assume you have hunter's orange, other than that you should be set.

TigerFan

spanky
November 2nd, 2006, 06:16 PM
Yep. Thanks!

TigerFan
November 6th, 2006, 02:15 PM
When do ya'll go? If you already went, get anything?

spanky
November 6th, 2006, 02:16 PM
Not yet. We're going weekend of Thanksgiving. Maybe I can find something else before then. :o

Swampy
November 6th, 2006, 03:28 PM
Seems like everything else has been mentioned so I will say....



A Partridge in a pear tree..:rofl:



Although looking back over your list I think you forgot Something very important.....

Ka-BAR
Paracord
Folding Saw
Chair
Blind
Snacks (Ham sandwich, soup, tuna etc)
Water in Canteen(s)
Flash Light (either handheld or headlight)
Sidearm & Spare Mags (in a holster)
Spare rifle ammo
Handwarmers
Whistle
Poncho
Extra socks
first aid kit
chemlights
compass
sanitary hand wipes


I dont see Rifle on the list...:D

topgunz1
November 6th, 2006, 03:46 PM
he's gonna snare them with the paracord and stab 'em with the Ka-Bar

spanky
November 6th, 2006, 03:59 PM
Psh. Who needs a stinkin rifle? I'm going to use the kabar to chop some wood and make a bow using the paracord :D

7mmremmag
November 8th, 2006, 01:19 AM
sounds like too much stuff, I hunt about the same amount as you are describing and all i bring is 1 bottle of water and some candy..lol but thats it. and I hunt with a bow.

spanky
November 8th, 2006, 07:14 AM
Youre probably right.

I got a blind and a kabar. I think I'll bring my gerber tool, a wire saw, compass, flash light, a small first aid kit and some water and food. along with the rifle & handgun, of course.

oh, and a folding chair.

7mmremmag
November 8th, 2006, 01:19 PM
how far from others are you plan on hunting from? Are you hunting deep in woods by yourself? At lest 2 miles from anyone you know? If yes bring all on your list if not it still seems like too much. And have you never been to the area you plan on hunting? Scout first!

spanky
November 8th, 2006, 04:56 PM
ive been in the area twice and my father in law and brother in law have plenty more than me. i dont know exactly how far into the woods it is but it's about a 30 minute walk. they'd be about 1/4mi from me, probably. is my second list (the post above yours) better?

rustyduck
July 26th, 2008, 03:54 PM
insect repellent!!!!!!!!!!

dehydration will kill you long before starvation. what if you got lost stranded for several days with only louisiana bayou or swamp water to drink. everything is wet, can't make much fire. i found a straw with a filter on it at cabelas. just stick the straw in the water and suck. its a last resort but worth the space in your bag.

Witness
July 26th, 2008, 06:27 PM
to make it plain and simple, just read this book..... http://search.barnesandnoble.com/How-to-Stay-Alive-in-the-Woods/Bradford-Angier/e/9781579122218/?itm=1

LACamper
July 26th, 2008, 11:09 PM
Good book. Pick up a pack of 'Potable Aqua+' purification tablet, a few coffee filters ,and a lexan bottle. That'll keep you in water for a week or so. A small metal cup comes in handy in case you want soup or hot choc or something warm (assuming its not 80 degrees at Thanksgiving). I've got a coleman propane stove that fits in the palm of my hand and the cartridge isn't much bigger, depending on how long you want to stay out and if the stove is worth the weight. Be warned that propane doesn't work all that well in cold weather... try it before you carry it.
Reflective tape might be a good idea if you're hunting someplace new. You can leave yourself a trail back out. Extra socks are a great idea. Nothing will ruin a trip like wet feet. Good waterproof boots are well worth the money. Stop at Backpacker in Baton Rouge, don't go to walmart! Let them fit you...
I usually swap the handwarmer for a good pair of gloves. Whistle is nice but you've got a handgun to make noise with. What kind of handgun are you carrying? I usually bring my buckmark .22. It would be good for squirrel or rabbit if I give up on deer hunting, plus ammo is virtually weightless. 50 rounds of .45 weighs!
A small camera can be fun on hunting trips. Cough drops are always a good idea when hunting. The only time I buy Reisen's is for hunting trips. For hiking I mix up a batch of GORP (peanuts, rasins, cashews, & M&M's is my usual mix). A power bar has come in handy before.
A good belt or military pistol belt can be handy. Some thin rope stronger than paracord is good too. Sometimes having a handline on a decline is a good thing. Throw in a carabiner (climbing snap link) too. If you do get lost, being able to get down a 15 or 20 foot dropoff can save you a lot of walking. Learn to set up a quick and dirty repel with a biner... be careful though. Being lost sucks, being lost and with a broken ankle sucks much more!
any meds you can't manage without (asthma meds, etc)? Do you wear glasses? For me, being without my glasses and lost would suck majorly. I lost mine on a canoe trip once and had to depend on someone else to see for me. Since then my old pair goes in my lunch bag.

coltaholic
July 31st, 2008, 06:49 AM
try a couple of cotton balls======they're great for determining that swirling wind direction==tear off a little piece and let er rip
also some cough drops--

charlie12
July 31st, 2008, 07:28 AM
Damn, I spent weeks in the field in the Army and didn't have near that much stuff. :rofl:

magpie
July 31st, 2008, 07:57 AM
Add portable gps and binoculars if not already on list.

Quas
July 31st, 2008, 08:20 AM
When I go on week long backpacking trips I take -

Small bottle of medicated powder
lightweight cloth to makes bandages
tobacco
ramen noodles - can eat these cooked or not
dehydrated fruits
hot chocolate powder - eat it dry if you're starting to feel tired
change of socks, shorts or pants, and shirt
sterno, wire hanger to make pot stand and aluminum backpacking pot - you can also use aluminum foil and rubbing alcohol to cook with.
toilet paper in plastic bag, toothbrush and paste, biodegradable soap bars in plastic bag (or that hand sanitizer but I don't trust it)
Vitamin B-1 (keeps skeeters off ya)
sleeping bag
rope to hoist your bag up a tree to keep away from predators
sidearm - some parks do not allow this.... I do it anyway.
one man tent - Going to have to upgrade to a 2 person, my dog doesn't like to be left behind

I try to stay away from any kind of meats or fish, they seem to attract bears and other predators. Lets just say it's not fun hearing a bear in your vicinity when trying to enjoy a nice piece of beef jerky.

I probably skipped a few small items but that is the bare necessities to be comfortable.

nola_
July 31st, 2008, 08:35 AM
how does B1 keep mosquitos off? they're attracted to co2

Manimal
July 31st, 2008, 08:38 AM
I typically keep a jar or two of baby food, and a couple packets of salmon.

nola_
July 31st, 2008, 08:55 AM
trioxane tablets
magnesium ribbon

Quas
July 31st, 2008, 01:26 PM
when you take b1 you emit an odor displeasing to skeeters, kind of like garlic.

dmiculek
July 31st, 2008, 04:04 PM
One other item that everyone in your hunting party should have, cell phones. This small item can and will help you out more than any other item you can pack.

I'd suggest that if your anywhere near water to keep the phone in zip-lock bag.