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Old 06-16-2017, 06:50 AM   #1
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Ok I couldn't bring myself to say Fanny in the subject title. I might have just decided to buy a fanny pack with the straps over the shoulder. How many of you guys use this type of pack over a backpack and why?
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Old 06-16-2017, 06:56 AM   #2
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I like them because they don't push down as much on my pants. The only problem I've found is if you of the vertically challenged group like myself you find that many models you cannot shorten the straps far enough to keep the pack on your hip points like it should be.
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Old 06-16-2017, 06:56 AM   #3
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pic or it doesn't count...or because I just wanna know what the heck a fanny pack with shoulder straps even looks like. you talking about a hulk Hogan type fanny pack?
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:04 AM   #4
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Link to a good one.
https://jet.com/product/detail/2ae88...4-a3896081108f
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:34 AM   #5
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If you're just heading to a stand or blind and the weather is mild where you don't take a lot of extra clothes a haversack is sure handy. I've got a Bison Gear I use a lot. Easy off easy on. Daughter calls it my hunting purse (and surprisingly I still agree to take her hunting).
Fanny packs work too (call it a lumbar pack) but they have a lot of straps for minimal capacity.




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Old 06-16-2017, 08:14 AM   #6
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Check out the badlands monster fanny pack, looks like a great option for a day pack.
I have an eberlystock one similar but just a little bigger. I love it. Use it 99 % of the time.
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Old 06-16-2017, 08:43 AM   #7
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I use a shoulder strap bag, I'm already carrying my climber on my back. I have strapped a backpack to the climber but the whole process is easier with a shoulder strap bag. I think the fanny pack would be even better if it can accommodate your stuff.
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Old 06-16-2017, 08:49 AM   #8
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I just bought the ascent 12 from Sitka. It's very comfortable and I can strap my bow to it
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Old 06-16-2017, 08:56 AM   #9
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If you're just heading to a stand or blind and the weather is mild where you don't take a lot of extra clothes a haversack is sure handy. I've got a Bison Gear I use a lot. Easy off easy on. Daughter calls it my hunting purse (and surprisingly I still agree to take her hunting).
Fanny packs work too (call it a lumbar pack) but they have a lot of straps for minimal capacity.




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I have an OLD waterfowling bag that's almost the same thing, I've carried it for years.
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Old 06-16-2017, 09:38 AM   #10
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I always say, use what works for YOU.

My first couple years, I carried a backpack. A small Game Winner backpack for $10 or something like that. The thing I didn't like about it was sweating with it on as I'd walk to my stand (I often time walk 1/2 mile to our stands.)

Last 2 years, I switched to a simple fanny pack, not a fancy one. I picked up a soft one from Bass Pro (Redhead brand) for like $15. I also had wanted to go minimal. The problem came whenever I wanted to shed a layer of clothing. The pack was enough to carry a bottle of water, my license, some hand pruners, range finder. Another problem was trying to carry out hand corn, etc. One other benefit of the pack was having the ability to carry stuff up front and strap my chair to my back.

I am currently rethinking some this setup yet again. The fanny pack isn't enough, but nothing having to have it on my back is the pro. I find the concept of a lumbar pack kinda odd. You still have to strap it to your back and mess with shoulder straps etc. You might has well have a backpack at that point because if you need to load more, you have the structure to load up your back than swinging from your hips.

I am considering 2 options. Option 1 is to just convert back to a pack, but one with MOLLE so I can start with a small pack and tweak as the season progresses. This is what I am testing out for an high country hunt where my day pack needs to be a little more robust than my typical fanny pack. If I go that route, then I will have to buy chairs for all my blinds rather than carrying one there. We've pretty much have always carried out chairs out to our blinds, but we could have just kept some out there (one less thing to carry.) The 2nd option would be to modify my chair pack to add MOLLE so I can attach pack accessories to it.

The thing that bugs me is for whatever reason, when I see MOLLE style bags, it just doesn't fit well with how I like to walk through the woods. It looks and feels tacticool, and the fabric is stiff and the velcro is noisy. But I am giving it a chance, because I don't want to ignore something that might work out well for me.
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:57 PM   #11
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I'd say depending on your application? I have a camo backpack that I carry when I hunt. Other than that, I don't have anything.


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Old 06-16-2017, 09:16 PM   #12
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I use a Badlands Monster pack. I bought it for elk hunting and it stuck. Big enough to carry all you need, and small enough that you don't overload it with non-essentials. Make sure you get one that fits well.


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Old 06-16-2017, 09:19 PM   #13
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back pack all the way !!! didn't like the fanny pack , felt kinda weird.
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Old 06-16-2017, 09:26 PM   #14
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I use a dove hunting belt with big pouches and with water bottle
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Old 06-16-2017, 10:46 PM   #15
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I hate backpacks. I also don't carry one more thing than I need to. On most hunts, I use a handmuff like QB's use, only this one has pockets built onto it.

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Old 06-17-2017, 08:02 AM   #16
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I use a Badlands Monster pack. I bought it for elk hunting and it stuck. Big enough to carry all you need, and small enough that you don't overload it with non-essentials. Make sure you get one that fits well.


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Yep same hear & I hate backpacks during the heat of Texas. My Monster is an older model with smaller side pockets but plenty of room, it's 17 years old & faded which added character
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Old 06-17-2017, 08:28 AM   #17
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Fanny packs are great, especially if you need to carry something else on your back (or don't want your back to sweat) or if you want quick access to tools/binos/compass/calls when scouting or stalking.

I wear fanny pack (with pouch sitting on my front side) when walking in with my climber stand on my back. Works perfectly.
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Old 06-17-2017, 10:57 AM   #18
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I really like those options especially the one they mentioned that you could probably carry a recurve on your back. I have that issue because I mostly ride a four-wheeler up a mountain that requires both hands on the bars.
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:08 PM   #19
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Badlands Monster Fanny all the way! All the room you'll ever need, actually you can end up carrying too much crap! And ya don't get the back sweats as bad. Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 06-19-2017, 12:43 PM   #20
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Like so many folks, I used a fanny pack for years. Cabela's put out a nice one year's ago and it was made of fleece and very quiet. Trouble is that it would ride down over my unsubstantial rear end kind of like I was "sagging". I then went to a fanny with the shoulder straps. I now use kind of a hybrid pack made by Crooked Horn. It is a smaller style pack but it only has one strap and you sling it over your shoulder. Very easy to get on and off or to drop it on a stalk. It also has a detached arrow quiver that connects to the pack. The pack part is not large but is large enough for probably about 90% of the hunts I make.
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Old 06-19-2017, 03:02 PM   #21
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great sale going on right now here

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Old 06-20-2017, 12:09 AM   #22
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Backpack...but I get the sweats. I was roasting today on a scout. I carry an assualt pack and low crawled through a barbed wire fence just fine...PHL to POW...not private. Im gonna shop for a pack with that breathable mesh for some ventilation.

DWA...I use the cordura backpack because it has a chest strap, a hip belt, two zippered pockets...one main and one front/back largish. The inside of the main pack has a pouch for a camel back. Mollie webbing on the back and sides for strapping extra stuff but dont strap extra stuff for snagging purposes...except one carbiner and maybe a pen.

My hunting buddy wears a shoulder strapped Cabelas fanny pack and kills more critters than I do.

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Old 06-20-2017, 04:33 AM   #23
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This is what I was picturing with you described it

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Old 06-20-2017, 09:19 AM   #24
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If I'm carrying a lot of gear to the stand I have a back pack.

If I am stalking at the lease I use a bag with a shoulder strap. I have a couple of mountain man type possibles bags made of leather with fringe. I have one made of buffalo hide I bought in Africa.

What I like about the shoulder bag is I can stop and look in it without taking it off. I can also slip it off of my shoulder with a minimum amount of movement if I need to for a stalk.
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Old 06-20-2017, 10:50 AM   #25
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I carry a small bag with a suoulder strap from the buggy to my stand but if I am on a hunt away from my normal hunting ground I carry a Tenzing 1250 lumbar pack.
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