A good Pack is always an investment. They can be pretty pricey and clog up your hunting closet with each game-specific pack. The best all-around hunting pack, in my opinion, is the Vanguard Pioneer Pack. The versatility of this pack is incredible and has made our lifestyle as Outdoor, Traveling Parents more convenient.
1. Multiple game hunting – We, personally, have used and tested this pack hunting whitetail, elk, turkey, muledeer, coues deer, moose, caribou, waterfowl, predators, hogs, and aoudad. I’m sure I am leaving something out but you get the objective. We use THE SAME pack for all of these. The 2100RT pack has a water-repellent tricoat body, orange rain cover attached, air suspension system they helps distribute weight evenly and a curved breathable design to keep your back from sweating.
This season in Texas, I was 3 days in on what it seemed like a continuous rifle spot and stalk on this 165+ inch whitetail who would be my largest and oldest buck if harvested, and I wanted him BAD. My husband spotted him over 1,000 yrds away with our spotting scope. Before we made our move, we looked over our shoulder and saw a group of long beards. Thanksgiving was 2 days away so I crawled up to the fence, threw my pack down, put my cross hairs on the largest Tom and fired. We quickly strapped the turkey to my Pioneer Pack and continued our stalk. Nothing better than the assurance of a harvest on your back to motivate you.
2. Organization -As a hunter, time is essential in many cases and can be the cause of a missed opportunity. Especially in a spot and stalk when so many tools and products play a role in being successful. Range finder, wind checker, bow, turkey call, grunt tube, set of rattling sheds, it goes on and on. The Pioneer Pack has everything from multiple, convenient pockets on the outside to bungee cords to secure your tripod or shooting stick.
When I was in Sonora, Mexico, I fixed both my Vanguard tripod and shooting stick in one side pocket secured with bungee cord, my Vanguard spotting scope in the other, bungeed as well, our camera man’s larger tripod strapped in the area where your bow, rifle, or shot gun can be placed, and his extra camera along with all of my gear for the day. All on my back, while hiking mountain deer (coues deer), all easy to retrieve if needed, and my pack didn’t feel like it weighed over 15lbs.
3. Traveling – Forget the large trendy beach bag, I use my pack as my “Personal Item to be stowed under the seat” when flying. It keeps everything I need handy and convenient while going through security. My hands are free to grab our ID’s and boarding passes or to make that quick purchase at the airport convenient store before boarding the plane. Once on the plane, I have outside pockets specified to my granola bars, earbuds, and book. We went on a cruise a couple of years ago and our pack went with us each time we embarked on a new island. It was awesome!
4. Diaper bag - My husband and I use Vanguard’s smaller, cross body Pioneer Pack for our diaper bag! Snack pouch, sippy cup pouch, diaper and wipes pouch (bladder spot), plenty of room for an extra change of clothes. Plus the option of unclipping the 2 front flaps to roll up the infamous “blanky” and secure it easily.