I’m headed out in the Bob tomorrow with my stepdad for six days chasing elk.  Weather is supposed to be pretty good; lows in the high 30s, highs in the low 80s, maybe a bit of rain.  Here’s what I’m bringing.

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Remington 700 in .30-06, 3-9×40 Leupold, all the trimmings. Detachable sling and Kifaru Gunbearer copy on the pack.  Primus Express Spider stove with windscreen and 1300ml pot.

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Paradox Packs Evolution frame with 4300 packbag and flat talon.  Thermarest Prolite XS.  32″ piece of ridgerest.  MYOG synthetic quilt.  BD Megamid with center pole (basecamping).  12 stakes.  Trekking poles.  150′ of rope for meat hanging.  Kill kit (5x muslin cotton meatbags, Havalon Piranta, Gerber saw).

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Patagonia wool t-shirt and light softshell pants.  Wild Thing tactical windpants and anorak.  Haglofs Ozo.  Patagonia Los Lobos jacket.  Sitka Traverse shirt.  Sitka merino beanie.  Arc’teryx Neutro visor.  Patagonia Cap 2 bottoms.  2x mid-weight wool socks.  Mesh orange vest.  8x extra rounds (180 grain Speer Mag Tip).  Repair/FA/possibles kit (flashlight, knife, etc).  BD Orbit lantern.  Montbell Stretch Semi-long spats.  LaSportiva Anakonda.

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Ten person-days of food.

Not shown are binocs and a rangefinder, and some other stuff like water bottles.

Backcountry hunting is a lot like packrafting.  Take a normal backpacking load, add extra clothes and ten pounds of stuff which may or may not be useful.  Should be fun.