My plan is to park the truck and pack in 2-3 miles. The area I'd like to hunt is about 1-2 miles beyond that. All said 4-5 miles from the truck. The goal is to be out 3-5 nights, whatever is necessary. Any recommendations on a pack size?
Do most guys pack in all the gear, use the empty pack to take out the harvested deer, then head back in with the empty pack to retrieve the gear? Or is it possible with one giant pack to bring out deer and gear in one trip?
Last question is water. Are most folks packing in 3-5 days of water, or ensuring they're near a source? I just bought a sweet super-light backpacking filter, but it makes me nervous without a sure supply. On the flip side, a gallon a day is 40 lbs.
I walked out of the mts last year and ran into another hunter. The guy was wearing basically a phanny pack. I couldn't help but think what are you going to do with that???