In this article, I’ll cover the gear that’s most applicable for late-season pursuits, but don’t read this as a late-season-only overview. Think about where and when you hunt and the environmental variables you typically encounter and apply this to what is covered in this article series.
When it comes to the backcountry, quality technical clothing is an incredible asset. The ability to regulate moisture and body temperature across a wide range of environments — and exertion levels– is nothing short of groundbreaking.
When you turn to shooting experts, they often cite personal experience and manufacturer testing. In some cases, they shoot bullets into ballistic gels or similar mediums intended to replicate animal or human tissue. These tests tell the shooter how well their bullet penetrates and retains weight, but ballistic gels lack skin, bone, and organs, all of which influence a bullet’s performance.
Having a well-prepared medpack when going into the mountains or wilderness is not a luxury, it is a necessity. The serious and responsible backcountry hunter must be prepared to deal with everything from minor injuries to serious medical situations.
The key to making these hunts as enjoyable as possible is through moisture management — achieved by understanding and applying base layers. Dry = Warm, Wet = Frozen, the faster you understand this the happier you are, pretty simple in theory.
As with every other facet of the hunting world, when it comes to packs the market is grossly oversaturated. There is no shortage of companies manufacturing backpacks for hunters these days, and it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.