best hatchet for backpack hunting

hferrin701

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Looking for the best hatchet for backpack hunting....found the watchfire camper's hatchet only weighs 13 oz. What does everybody else use? Looking for something super light
 

wy-tex

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We found a UST para hatchet on the mountain a few years back. It had been laying there at least a year and was in good shape and still sharp. Get one with a secure way to carry it, if not in your pack. A heavy head helps with splitting the ribs and pelvis. Too short of a handle and you can't get in the body cavity to split the bones. Neither of us carries one while hunting but have a gerber in the truck or camp if needed.
 

JimP

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The word hatchet and lightweight just don't go together. To be useful a hatchet has to have some weight behind it to keep you from working your rear off. If you are in a area where you are going to be packing meat out look at doing it boneless, so no hatchet is needed. For around camp I would just use a Wyoming saw. Either their small or large one. Neither one weighs that much and they come with a bone and wood blade. I prefer the larger or the Wyoming Saw II if I am going to be cutting bone. But both work quite well.
 

bowrunner

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Fiscars/Gerber makes a solid little ax. They are the same exact model, just slightly different colors. I would say it is a lighter weight hatchet, but not ultralight. I have one.
 

shootbrownelk

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I have an Estwing hatchet/axe. It's heavier that what you'd want for packing, but it's the toughest and best one I've ever used. I keep it on the UTV until needed.
 

Brianh

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Hatchet on a backpack hunt? To much weight, LOL. Bring a Wyoming saw along, much more useful with a meat and general blade. And besides, a hatchet is dangerous and I try to limit my potential to do something stupid with a sharp object.