Steve Speck knows how to pack light on a DIY backpack hunt.
Here’s his Backpacking Light Gear List:
This is 99% of my hunting backpacking light gear list. Nothing extra! The only thing that can vary slightly is maybe an extra base layer / long johns in very cold temps or if elk hunting I’ll have bugle tube, mouths reeds, etc with me. -Steve Speck
Total Weight: 168.4oz 10.52lbs
Clothes in pack:
Total Weight: 33.5oz 2.09lbs
“I don’t really use raingear because it seldom rains where I hunt, and when it does I hole up and wait it out. I do have the First Lite Boundary Stormtight jacket that I’ll use once in a blue moon but that’s pretty much it.”
First Aid / Personal Gear:
Total Weight of Kit: 5.8oz
Total Kill Kit Weight: 6.9oz
Total Optics Weight: 47.5oz / 2.9lbs
Total Base Weight: 262.1 oz / 16.38lbs
*The only thing that varies my base weight is the amount of food,
which is on the high end 1.5lbs per day, and the amount of water.
Consists of: Cliff Builders Bars, Costco Trail Mix, Mountain House meals, Belvita Crackers, Almond butter packets, Misc Granola Bars, GU Energy Chomps and Starbucks VIA packets!
1.5lbs per day on the high end. Roughly 3500 calories per day
Gear that is always on me:
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