If you are looking for a light knife that can do it all, this is a good option. 5.6oz, D2 steel, carries a length of emergency para cord. I wrapped the handle in a layer of hockey tape to keep the cord from getting too bloody. This is part of my Army kit as well.
This is a pic of the bottom piece that the bow sits in. I brought the guy a piece of cardboard the shape of the bottom part of the bow for a template. He added three release buckles two on the top and one on the bottom so it can be removed. He also added a cinch strap to hold the bow in the bottom piece for long treks. One side of the release buckles are just tied with cord to the packs buckle straps and the bottom release buckle is tied to the pack strapping on the bottom. See the two pics below.
The bow on the top is held in with a quick release strap. It attaches to the shoulder strap with a buckle. You just run the strap around or through the riser then back through the quick release buckle and snug it up a little.Pics below.
Without strap in release buckle.
With strap in the release buckle.
The pic in the previous post has the pack with the bow in it. Eberlestock make a bucket and strap you can buy but the one I bought didn't work with my Mathews Z7 so I sold it to someone else... I hope this helps. Mark
Thanks Mark, That is a good set-up. Good pictures.
Ok I have been listening to everyone and I have knocked off some more weight.
If I hunt where I normally do, there is a stream I cross halfway in and I can refill for the trip in. So I am eliminating 1QT of water and fill when I am almost to my campsite. Where I camp there is a stream about .35 miles away so I can refill there as often as I need when I head back in the evening. I drink a lot of water each day,at least a gallon plus everyday. I am going to leave the Ax the Gurber knife and the leather sheath for the Wyoming saw. The guy that did my bow carrier made a lightweight carrier for the saw and it weighs about 1/10 of what the leather sheath did. I am replacing the poncho with Lighter weight rain-gear so that will save a few ozs. It looks like the food pack wont be as heavy as I thought so it will be about 1lb lighter. I am also going to leave the day pack and just compress down my main pack for day trips once I am in. Those few things will put me right at 56.46 lbs. Depending on the forecast I might leave a item or two of clothing at the truck but I doubt it. Last time I did that we had a freak snowstorm and there was 12" of snow on the ground the next morning!! Was great hunt afterwards!! Got to stick with the tent for now.