Packing Heat and Other Things – What to Carry in your Hunting Pack when going Big Game Hunting

The essentials, which are as follows:

  • Survival kit
  • Compass
  • Lighter
  • Chapstick
  • Bandana
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Knife Sharpener
  • Map
  • Hunting License
  • Hunting Tags
  • Ziploc Bags

Aside from the things mentioned above, here is what else you should be packing while hunting big game:


It is a good thing to have lots of water and you can make that possible by carrying a quart military canteen. However, that single canteen could get lost or misplaced and you should be carrying several collapsible ones in anticipation of such an event. A collapsible canteen won’t weight too much and still be available, if you need to carry more water. All you’d have to do is open them and use them. Throw in a sport bottle that also has a built-in water filter, just in case.


If you are going big game hunting, then you need to be carrying gallon contractor trash bags. The bigger ones can easily be used for emergency shelter. Of course, you will also be needing them when you pack the meat that you have hunted. Moreover, you can also split a bag and use it as makeshift tarp while butchering.


If you have packed everything that you will be needing on your hunt, yet have failed to pack it in a proper pack, then all that prep will be worthless. Imagine having to lug around such a backpack throughout your hunting trip. Now that we have your attention, here are the types of bags that you should be carrying, depending on the type of hunt you are on:

  1. If you going on a hunt that will last for several days, then you will need a backpack to carry your gear in the wilderness. Look for ones that have an external frame and you can’t go wrong.
  2. If the hunt is going to be an all day long event, then you should opt for a daypack. Such a pack should be sufficient, even if you want to leave the camp. Look for a mid-sized accessory that will let you pack lots of food, water, clothing, and rain gear.
  3. Fanny packs are good when you are looking for a bag that is easy to carry around. This is because a suspender design in such packs prevents sagging and keeps the weight divided evenly between shoulders and hips. These are suitable for shorter hunts.

Ursine Deterrence

You might want to think your plan out clearly, if you are going moose- or elk-hunting in grizzly country. The trouble with hunting in such areas is that if you dangle that much meat in front of a bear, then they are likely to come knocking at dinnertime! If you are not leaving your camp immediately, then it might be a good idea to hang the meat sacks 100 yards or more away from the carcass. For extra protection, you can also hang a can of bear spray nearby. If a bear does come looking for the meat, then it won’t catch you unawares!

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