5 Best Hunting Backpacks For [ELK HUNTS]

Best Hunting Backpacks For Elk Hunts: Hunters’ Guide

Elk hunting is not cheap. By the day of the hunt, you may have already spent several hundred dollars. After worrying about travel expenses, in state (or even worse, out of state) licenses and tags, and range fees to sight in your rifle for the new hunting season, the need for a dependable hunting backpack can slip through the budgeting cracks.

This is a mistake! Some of the best elk hunting pack frames can be had for under three hundred dollars, so don’t let an ill-suited backpack ruin what could otherwise be one of the most memorable experiences of a lifetime.

You want a pack that is made for serious hunting, one designed with big game in mind—a pack like the Eberlestock M5 Team Elk Pack. The M5 is big enough for overnight hikes and hauling a serious amount of meat but small enough to be used as a daypack as well.

It’s designed to be comfortable and practical, so things such as the enclosable rifle scabbard make for safer hiking when your hands are free or give you more space for gear if needed. The M5 Team Elk Pack is our top pick, but the other four contenders here are quality packs as well.

Keep reading for the full reviews…

Comparing the Best Hunting Backpacks For Elk Hunts

The Backpack Use Capacity Features
1. Eberlestock M5 Team Elk Pack –  Top Pick   Multiday 51 liters Weapon scabbards convert to enclosed pockets.
2. Horn Hunter Full Curl System Backpack Multiday 82 liters Adjustable torso system.
3. Eberlestock Mainframe Pack Multiday N/A Completely modular.
4. Badlands 2200 Hunting Pack Day 37 liters Quiet, odor resistant materials.
5. SITKA Gear Flash 20 Day 32 liters Toggle harness for bow.

Buyer’s Guide: Things to Consider

How Do I Pick the Right Pack for Me?

After establishing a budget and price range to shop in—let’s say $150 to $300 for a good mid-range pack—you may find that you are still overwhelmed by the large selection of backpacks.

To ensure that you choose the right pack for your hunting style, ask yourself some important questions to make sure your purchase checks off all the correct buying criteria.

How will I use this hunting backpack?

Be honest with yourself about your style of hunting and what you need out of your pack. So you for sure have an elk hunt this season, but do you really need the best pack frame for hauling meat, or would you be better off with the best hunting day pack?

If you are staying near base camp and have access to an ATV, then you might prefer the Badlands 2200. But, if you have to carry your kill several miles to camp, then you might want the hauling capabilities of the F1 Mainframe.

How much space do I need?

The first question may tell you if you need a multiday or day pack for your hunt, but each of these categories is broad and covers a wide range of packs. Our favorite multiday packs are 51 liters, 82 liters, and anywhere in-between depending on how the F1 Mainframe is configured.

At 51 liters, the M5 Team Elk Pack is closer to an overnight pack. If you will be backpacking for a few days and expect to carry much meat on the hike out, then you will need a much larger pack.

When considering necessary capacity, it is also important to be honest about how much weight you can carry. For example: if you can only safely carry 40 pounds, and your pack and gear already weigh 15 pounds, then after you pack 25 pounds of meat you will have a lot of dead space in an 80 liter pack.

Dead space equals unbalanced loads, which causes discomfort. This can be solved by using foam to space out the gear and meat and balance the load—or you can get a slightly smaller pack.

Is this pack comfortable?

A pack that is big enough and strong enough to carry all your game is no good if you can’t walk more than 100 feet before throwing it down. A hard frame that digs into your body, narrow and thin straps that rub your skin raw, an unbalanced design that puts too much weigh directly onto your shoulder—these are all comfort problems that can ruin an otherwise great pack.

The difficulty is that some packs may be great for one body type but not so great for another. This situation is more often encountered in external frame packs and cheaper backpacks that lack resizing straps.

If you cannot wear the pack before purchasing it, then be sure to read reviews from someone of your height and body type or multiple reviews from people of different body types.

If the pack is adjustable and comfortable for a tall lanky person and a short stocky person, then chances are it will fit someone in between. For external packs, be sure to take note of any rigid, un-movable frame parts that rise about the shoulder straps. Depending on your height, such frames could limit head movement.

Luckily, most reviewers are very conscientious about reviewing hip belts and shoulder straps, so you can usually find out if the pack you really want is notorious for weak seams or a thin hip belt that doesn’t adjust well.

In the end, understand that some comfort may be sacrificed to achieve a cheaper price point, and sometimes the more comfortable packs will weigh more.

Are those special features necessary?

If the hottest new thing in hunting is an isolated pocket for your spotting scope or some other piece of gear, then I guarantee you will find this feature highlighted as a big selling point on some packs. But don’t get sucked into the little things. Instead, focus on the big picture.

The idea of a backpack hasn’t been reinvented. It’s still you carrying a lot of stuff on your back as comfortably and efficiently as possible.

A good arrangement of compartments and features certainly adds a touch more organization to a pack, but make sure you delve further into the specs and check the pack’s weight, load capacity, hip belt thickness, frame adjustability, and customer reviews, because—in the end—you’re walking around with a lot more than just your spotting scope on your back.


Reviews of The Best Hunting Backpacks For Elk Hunts in 2018:

Budgeting is on most of our minds when it comes to shopping for our hunting gear. We want high quality stuff, but we try our best to balance that with the practical realization that this is not an item used every day—at least not by me.

Maybe you’re lucky enough to be a professional hunting guide who gets to grab his backcountry hunting pack every day he wakes up for work, but for the rest of us here are some affordable packs that don’t sacrifice quality.

I began this review by compiling a list of mid-range packs that provide top-notch quality without breaking the bank.

That list was narrowed down to packs designed for big game hunting, and then finally these five packs were chosen for the different purposes or hunting styles that they each represent. For a mid-range budget, these are five of the best hunting backpacks available in 2018.


1. Eberlestock M5 Team Elk Pack Review –  Top Pick 

            Best for overall use


The M5 Team Elk Pack is our top pick for an elk hunting backpack in the mid-price range. It has a lot going for it that makes it one of the best overall backpacks in this category. This thing has a built-in bow carrier, a rifle scabbard, and a water resistant shell with compression straps.

Now, I get weary of packs that boast “best-in-class features,” because that “feature” might be some accessory-specific pocket that only eats into the overall pack size. For instance, if you don’t have a spotting scope, then you better have some small items that can fill up that space.

The M5 has a hydration sleeve and a specific spotting scope pocket, but don’t let these features deter you, because it has plenty of general-use space that will allow you to pack things your way.

Some customers find the pack to be heavy when empty. It is heavier than many 50 liter packs, but not by much. Consider the extra weight to be comfort and durability, because owners love how much meat they can haul with the M5 and how comfortable it is when fully loaded. An extra bonus that delights everyone is the ability to zip the weapon scabbard into an enclosed pocket for gear.

—Why do we recommend this?

The M5 Team Elk Pack is a multiday backpack that works just as well for day hunts. Its construction provides a good number of pockets for excellent organization and a durability well-suited for hauling a lot of elk meat. This pack provides the space, strength, and comfort needed for a big elk hunt.

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2. Horn Hunter Full Curl System Backpack Review

            Best for multiday hunts


With 82 liters of internal space, you could camp out of the Horn Hunter Full Curl System Backpack for days. Not only that, but once you take down an elk and bag up the meat, you’ll quickly be ready to haul it.

The “System” consists of the base frame—a shelf on the bottom, two “curled” wings on the sides with three compression straps for securing a load—and a large top-load bag. The large bag has a lip that slides over the top of the frame as it sits in the bottom of the shelf, and it buckles to the frame.

The “System” also comes with a daypack that can be strapped to the outside of the large bag, which all together gives you the huge 82 liter capacity. But don’t forget about those wings on the frame: you can still use three compression straps to secure your large back and daypack to your frame!

There is a clear amount of forethought and that went into the design of the Full Curl System as it is incredibly functional at every stage.

Owners of the Full Curl System love the adjustable torso system. Not only do you get the usual shoulder adjustment straps, but you can adjust the torso section of the frame to fit your torso length.

That’s maximum comfort. Perhaps the biggest drawback to this pack is its weight. All that space and adjustable comfort cost over 9 pounds in base weight. However, if you are removing the bags in order to haul a fresh kill to camp, then the frame will be lighter.

—Why do we recommend this?

If you’re going to be in the backcountry for days, you need the Full Curl System—and “system” is the right word, because you get a complete hunting system with this pack: fit base camp in the large bag, load hunting essentials in the daypack, and keep a Horn Hunter Meat Pack bag handy for the fresh kills. The Full Curl System provides a straightforward and convenient way to manage every step of your hunting trip.

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Once you get that fresh kill, you will need to strap it down to the pack frame. The Horn Hunter “Full Curl” Meat Pack Bag is a heavy duty breathable and washable game bag that is made to fit snugly onto your Full Curl frame for a secure and safe load.


3. Eberlestock F1 Mainframe Review

            Best for packing out meat


The M5 Team Elk Pack may be our overall top pick, but if you plan on packing as much meat as you can carry for a long distance then the F1 Mainframe may be the best Eberlestock pack for elk hunting and hauling your spoils.

Elk hunting isn’t just about the kill: You don’t want to drop that big bull and just walk away. You want the experience to be memorable for years to come, and part of that means harvesting those large antlers and as much meat as you can so that the animal doesn’t go to waste and you can remember the hunt when you grill a steak, eat some jerky, or cook some sausage in the months to come.

If your goal is getting that entire elk out of the field, then the F1 Mainframe has the bare frame you need to pack meat to your heart’s content. And at 26 inches tall and 4 lbs 5 oz it is surprisingly compact and lightweight.

Owners of the F1 Mainframe rave about its relatively short height. A shorter pack frame like this will comfortably fit many body types. Users also report that the frame is narrow enough to avoid snagging on brush when not carrying bulky loads.

That’s one less thing to worry about while stalking your game. Lastly, let’s not forget that this is a modular frame. If you have some extra money, then you can create just about any pack configuration you want.

This versatility is loved by hunters, because conditions always change but with the F1 Mainframe the perfect bag is only a couple pouch swaps away.

— Why do we recommend this?

The F1 Mainframe provides nearly limitless carrying capacity. You can strip the F1 down to its bare external frame and load as much meat as you can carry, which makes this one of the best hunting packs for packing out meat. Furthermore, its modular capabilities are amazing and provide a lot of versatility.

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Even if you plan on 80 percent of your load being meat, you still have other gear to carry. Check out the Eberlestock Batwing Pouch which fits perfectly on the modular F1 Mainframe. Get one—or two for a balanced daypack setup—and still have enough space to carry tons (not literally, of course) more meat.


4. Badlands 2200 Hunting Pack Review

            Best for day use


Do you almost always have single day hunts? Do you keep ATVs at camp? Are you not able to haul full game loads in one go? If your answer to one or more of these is yes, then a smaller pack like the Badlands 2200 Hunting Pack will suit you well. This is our choice for the best daypack for elk hunting.

Badlands doesn’t skimp on quality just because you’re going on day hunts. The 2200’s pack fabric is water resistant, odor resistant, and stain resistant, which means you can spend less time cleaning your gear after a successful hunt.

The pack material is also made to be quiet, so there should be no “swishing” noises to give away your position. But Badlands doesn’t stop there, either: even though the pack is only 37 liters, it has a good hip belt and excellent pack design that helps balance the load comfortably, which is going to be important once you have a quartered elk strapped to the outside of this pack. The meat shelf on this daypack is truly impressive and can support a lot of weight.

Owners love not only the backpack but the company itself. Badlands backs up their bags with an unconditional lifetime warranty that is transferable to whomever owns the bag. That’s pretty awesome.

The biggest drawbacks to this pack seem to stem from size limitations. Some buyers feel that the different pockets detract too much space from the main compartments, while some other owners decry the lack of a boot for bow carrying.

These are certainly all things to consider in a pack, but when it comes down to it the Badlands 2200 is a daypack that will get the job done and see you through a successful elk hunt.

—Why do we recommend this?

When you want a daypack that has the quality and durability of a much bigger bag, you get the Badlands 2200. Constructed from “quiet” fabric—along with stain, odor, and moisture resistant properties—the 2200 promises to be as stealthy as you are. Its small size hugs your center of gravity, which gives you better balance as you crouch, crawl, or walk around stalking your prey.

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Grab some Alaska Game Moose, Elk, Caribou Rolled Quarter Bags, 60-inch to securely pack out your elk meat. Bag the quarters to keep them clean as you make your trips to load up the ATV. These bags are durable and machine washable, so you’ll be using them for many hunts to come.


5. SITKA Gear Flash 20 Review

            Best for bow hunts


This daypack is great for hunts close to camp or a vehicle. While the SITKA Gear Flash 20 is a strong and durable pack, it is only 32 liters which means it is not designed to carry half an elk in one load, so you’ll not want to be hauling an elk out across miles of backcountry terrain.

Organize your necessary gear in quick-access side pockets, and have room in the main compartment for emergency rations and shelter or keep it empty for hauling some extra meat. After your hunt, you can easily secure your bow to the front of the pack by employing some cross compression straps and a pull cord that secures the bottom of the bow.

Customers agree that the SITKA Gear Flash 20 works exceptionally well as a daypack. It conveniently and comfortably holds everything you need for a hunt: calls, spotting scope, GPS, and maybe a snack and a drink. Perhaps the biggest drawback to this pack is the bow harness feature.

Some owners complain about the bottom cord not securing their bow. The compression straps secure most bows well enough, but it can be annoying to have a feature that doesn’t work quite as promised.

—Why do we recommend this?

The Gear Flash 20 is an excellent daypack that will carry your essentials from camp or car into the woods for a short-distance hunt. You’ll be able to load up some elk meat, but you will want your ATV or truck nearby, because this is a smaller daypack and not meant to carry very heavy loads. If you’re a bow hunter, make sure this pack is well suited for your hiking distances, and you’ll use it for years to come.

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Our Top Pack

You want a pack for hunting elk. You know your game, you know the meat it yields, and you know what you need to get the job done. So do we. And with that in mind, we best like the Eberlestock M5 Team Elk Pack. This pack is not too heavy; it’s durable; and it’s comfortable when fully loaded.

The M5 will get you to the hunt and let you neatly pack out your gear and meat. The specific features and pockets are functional and don’t detract from the primary purpose of hauling meat and large hunting gear.

At 51 liters, the M5 Team Elk Pack straddles the multiday and day use categories and functions well in multiple scenarios. It is big enough to do well on an overnight hunt, and it is small enough to be packed for a day hunt without a lot of bulky, dead space left in the pack.

After you use the M5 once, you will find yourself using this backpack again and again—hunt after hunt, year after year.

8 Best Rangefinders for [BOW HUNTING]

Best Rangefinder for Bow Hunting: Step up Your Game

Are you looking for the perfect Rangefinder for bow hunting? Bow hunters tend to keep their gears on the light side and a rangefinder would be the picture-perfect addition to that.

That being said, bow hunters tend to hunt within a short range. Bow hunters don’t really need a long range rangefinder. They usually go up to 100 yards or more. So, you’ll need a quality short range rangefinder for that.

That’s why you should always invest in a quality rangefinder that suitable for bow hunting. To get the best deal check out this list with the best rangefinders for bow hunting.

Not to brag, but TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder is one my personal favorites because it has all the necessary features for a successful hunting session.

Eight Best Rangefinder for Bow Hunting in 2018

  1. Leupold RX-650 Micro Laser Rangefinder 120464
  2. Halo XL450-7 Hunting Rangefinder, bowhunting and...
  3. Vortex Optics Ranger 1300 Laser Rangefinder
  4. Bushnell 202355 6x21 Scout DX 1000 Arc, black
  5. Bushnell 202208 Bone Collector Edition 4x Laser...
  6. Leupold RX-650 Micro Laser Rangefinder 120464
  7. Bushnell 202442 The Truth ARC 4x20mm Bowhunting...
  8. Nikon 16224 Arrow ID 3000 Bowhunting Laser...

What Should You Consider Before Buying?

Rangefinders for bow hunting come with special features such as arrow flight path calculations. This will help you calculate the path before shooting.

Hence, if you are looking to buy the best rangefinder for bow hunting, then take a look this list to figure out, what to look for.

#1 Second Priority

You’ll see two types of rangefinder on the market; first priority and second priority. First priority rangefinders are mainly for golfing and not really made for hunting.

On the other hand, second priority rangefinders will help you ignore all the obstacles between you and your target.

This way you’ll have more accurate shots. That being said, you can also hunt with golfing rangefinders, but it would be better to go for the second priority.

#2 Range

A great pair of rangefinder will range from 5-1600 yards or more. The viewing distance is obviously a crucial point when you want to buy the best rangefinder for bow hunting. But for a bow hunting session, you won’t need the extra mile.

A rangefinder with a viewing range from 10-600 yards is enough.

Hunting Rangefinder Covered Distance
125 yards shown on ProWild2 TecTecTec Rangefinder — Image credit us.tectectec.com

#3 Magnification

The magnification range is obviously a crucial part of a rangefinder. A range from 4x to 6x would be just perfect. Just make sure to cover the required range. Also, you should definitely check out the quality of magnification.

Sure your rangefinder might have the required range, but what about quality. If things start to get blurry for the higher range, then the rangefinder isn’t capable of handling you bow hunting sessions.

Go for one that provides quality, having detailed and sharp imaging.

#4 Lens Size

Quality of the lens is another important aspect. Go for the larger objective lens, as they will transmit more light than smaller ones. This would also help you out in a low light condition.

#5 Other Protective Features

Protective features make sure your rangefinder has a longer life. Features such as waterproof, fog proof, shock proof or even dust proof are highly welcomed.

This way even if the weather gets rough, you’ll be able to use your rangefinder for bow hunting.

Also, extra features such as anti-grip coating would be a huge plus point.

#6 User-Friendly Design

Bow hunters tend to go for a rangefinder that effortlessly fits in their pocket and also is easy to use. The user-friendly design would mean that it won’t have any bulky construction and therefore delay your hunt.

The first thing you should see whether it’s comfortable to hold or not.

Securing this feature would help you out during your bow hunting sessions. Also, go for a lightweight rangefinder. Bow hunters have to hike for an extended period of time.  And, lightweight rangefinders would be much easier to carry.

#7 Reticles

Reticles are an important factor while bow hunting. They help to aim better and make the perfect shot. That being said, go for a pair that comes with LED illumination. This will help you hunt even in a low light environment and make the perfect shot.

#8 Additional Features

Other additional features such as change of elevation or effects of environmental factors would surely be a plus point. These features are not absolutely necessary but an added specialty that you might love in a rangefinder.

Additional features always make the hunting sessions more enjoyable and trouble-free. So, if you’re confused between two rangefinders, choose the one with the most quality features.

Reviews of Best Rangefinder for Bow Hunting on the Market Today

 


1. TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder Review – TOP PICK

The perfect combination of features and budget


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+ SpecificationsWeight: 6.5oz / Magnification; Objective lens size: 6x;20mm / Distance Covered: 540 yards.

+ Extra featuresContinuous scan mode, Water resistant, Multilayered optics, Dust Proof.

TecTecTec has recently entered the hunting fields with their latest ProWild rangefinder. Although they are fairly new, still they are thriving the market nowadays, with its sleek features and budgeted price.

You might think it as a regular, cheap gadget, but it works perfectly for a bow hunting session. It comes with a 6x magnification, which is just perfect for a short range shooting. It covers a distance of 540 yards with a scan mode that works without a break.

The best part of this gadget is that it’s equipped with speed meter, which will allow you to measure how fast your target truly is, along with its distance.

It comes with a 20mm objective lens, which is enough for giving you a crystal, clear imaging. Additional features offer rainproof, with added durability.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with an illuminated reticle, but rather comes with black LCD reticle.

Add an extended life to your Rangefinder –

With Viridian CR2 3v Lithium Battery You’ll be able to increase the power of your rangefinder. The plus point is that as your ProWild doesn’t have illuminated reticles, you’ll have to use tactical flashlights for nighttime hunting.

And guess what? These batteries go perfectly with them too! So, you can always count on them in any situation with a long-lasting experience.

Pros:

  • Comes with a crystal clear view.
  • The readings are super-fast.
  • Extremely lightweight and small; user-friendly in every way.
  • Offers protective features such as rainproof, mud proof.
  • Shuts down automatically after 30 seconds, when not used.
  • Adjustable eye relief works great with eyeglass users.

Cons:

  • Some shipments have defective units.
  • No illuminated reticles, so it gets difficult in nigh time bow hunting.
  • Some units have focus issues.

 


2. Halo XL450-7 Rangefinder Review

Extremely lightweight Rangefinder


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  • 450 yard reflective range. Lightweight

+ SpecificationsWeight: 3oz / Magnification; Objective lens size: 6x;24mm / Distance Covered: 450 yards.

+ Extra featuresAI Technology, Two-mode for hunting, Water resistant.

Are you looking for a Rangefinder that’s extremely easy to use? Why don’t you try out Halo XL450-7 Rangefinder? This rangefinder is popular for easy to use interface as you’ll only get a single button to use it.

The Halo XL450-7 is extremely lightweight, so you can carry it anywhere you want for an extended period of time. This really comes in handy for bow hunters as they’ll have to move a lot for a successful session.

The Rangefinder offers a 6x magnification range covering up to 450 yards. This is one of the greatest flaws of this Rangefinder. The objective lens size is 24mm, which is more than enough for a bow hunter.

The lenses have crystal, clear imaging, so this way you’ll be able to see even in a low light situation. Although the black reticle can get really hard to see in the night time. You’ll have to use a flashlight for that.

Protect Your Rangefinder –

With FitSand (TM) Travel Zipper Carry EVA Hard Case, you’ll be able to add an extra layer of protection to your rangefinder. The hard case is made with PU leather, which will protect your Rangefinder from scratches.

Also, use Viridian CR2 3v Lithium Battery to increase the power of your rangefinder. Now, you’ll be ready for any situation and won’t have to worry about your battery running out.

Pros:

  • Offers higher accuracy rate for shorter distances.
  • Extremely lightweight and has a compact design.
  • The Slope adjustment technology adjusts the measurements accordingly.
  • Easy to operate; user-friendly.
  • It’s water resistant.
  • Shuts off automatically when not in use.

Cons:

  • Doesn’t come with an illuminating reading or reticle.
  • It covers only 450 yard, which is pretty low.
  • Readings are quite slow, it takes a few seconds to appear.

 


3. Vortex Optics Ranger Laser Rangefinders Review

Covers the most distance


Vortex Optics Ranger 1300 Laser Rangefinder
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+ SpecificationsWeight: 7.7oz / Magnification; Objective lens size: 6x;22mm / Distance Covered: 1300 yards. 

+ Extra featuresIlluminated display, HCD mode, LOS mode, Rubber armor, Water and fog proof.

Vortex is a leading brand, which happens to give us quality optics every time. Ranger 1300 is not excluded from that list. It’s one of the best Rangefinders from Vortex for bow hunters.

Starting with a 6x magnification, this awesome scope offers a range up to 1300 yards! This is extremely rare for this type of magnification strength. Although you won’t need this much ground coverage, still having extra power simply won’t hurt you.

Other benefits of this rangefinder are the 22mm objective lens that goes perfectly with the illuminated LED display. These two complement each other during nighttime hunting sessions. So, you won’t ever feel the need to use external lighting source.

It’s also lightweight and has a non-slip rubber coating to make it even more durable. Extra features such as waterproof or fog proof will help you hunt in any situation.

Carry Your Rangefinder with Extra Comfort –

With Vortex Optics Binocular Harness Strap. This strap is made of nylon, so it’s highly durable. The best part is that you can adjust the size, however, you want and putting it on is also extremely easy.

You can also add an extra layer of protection for your Vortex Ranger 1300 with FitSand (TM) Travel Carry Zipper EVA Hard Case. This hard case is here to protect your gadget from any scratches.

Pros:

  • Offers a great distance.
  • It’s extremely easy to read and use.
  • Highly durable and is waterproof.
  • Lightweight; Carry it to anywhere.
  • Illuminated LED reticles; works perfectly in nigh time.

Cons:

  • Some units have defects such as, not giving the real readings.
  • You have to press three times to lock a target.

 


4. Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC Laser Rangefinder Review

A sophisticated Rangefinder


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Bushnell 202355 6x21 Scout DX 1000 Arc, black
  • 6x magnification
  • Built in Inclinometer provides arc
  • Compatible with magnetic attachment System

+ SpecificationsWeight: 6.6oz / Magnification; Objective lens size: 6x;21mm / Distance Covered: 1000 yards.

+ Extra featuresBuilt in Inclinometer, ARC Bow Mode, Brush, Bullseye, and Scan mode, Waterproof.

Bushnell is another leading brand for high-performing optics in the market. One thing you can know for sure that you can always trust Bushnell for reliability and quality. That being said, the new Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC Laser Rangefinder is one of the most sophisticated rangefinders.

You’ll get a special bow mode just for bow hunters, where you’ll get the necessary reading specified for bows. The gadget comes with a 6x magnification range along with covering 1000 yards.

Having a 21mm, this Rangefinder is simply a deal maker. The added layer of full multi-coating will make sure you get the perfect imaging quality in any environment. The accuracy of all the readings is spot on. Thus, you won’t miss your shot ever!

To give you more durability it’s also fog proofed and waterproofed. The rangefinder also comes with a carrying case and a neck strap.

Make Your Rangefinder More Stable –

Use BARSKA Deluxe Tripod adapter and make your every hunt a huge success. With the help of this adapter, you’ll be able to make your Bushnell rangefinder even more perfect. The tripod is highly durable with rubber feet and extendable legs.

So, you’ll be able to use this in any environment without any extra hassles. Also, you can increase this rangefinders battery life with the help of Viridian CR2 3v Lithium Battery and be prepared for anything.

Pros:

  • The build is absolutely stunning and highly durable.
  • The rubber coating makes the rangefinder comfortable to hold in rain.
  • It’s fully waterproof and fog proof.
  • Tripod adaptable.
  • Offers a great range for bow hunters.
  • Highly accurate readings.

Cons:

  • The battery doesn’t last that long.
  • Some units only cover up to 350 yards.
  • Only suited for daytime.

 


5. Bushnell 202208 Bone Collector Edition 4x Laser Rangefinder Review

Comes with a greater eye relief


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  • Accuracy: +/- one yard
  • Simple one-button operation
  • Magnification x objective: 4x 21mm

+ SpecificationsWeight: 8oz / Magnification; Objective lens size: 4x;21mm / Distance Covered: 600 yards. 

+ Extra featuresOne-button operation, Weather resistant, Multilayered optics.

The name Bone Collector seems a bit odd, doesn’t it? It’s because these excel as hunting gears and were made to satisfy all your needs during one. The rangefinder works great with a 4x magnification range and a distance of 600 yards.

These two features are just perfect for bow hunting. Also, the 21mm objective lens with full multi-coatings ensures the maximum brightness a rangefinder can offer.

If you use eyeglasses then this one is definitely for you. It offers 20mm eye relief, which is an excellent range. Using it is also simple, you’ll only use one simple button to seal your deal. Pretty great, right?

The ergonomic design makes it suitable to carry around, although it’s a bit on the heavier side. The housing of this gadget is rainproof. So, you won’t have to worry about it getting damaged in the rain.

Carry It Around with Extra Comfort –

Having trouble carrying your rangefinder for longer sessions? Not to worry, use Bushnell 19125C Deluxe Binocular Harness to solve all your problems. This harness governs a spectacular amount of comfort for your hunting sessions with elastic straps and durable build.

Your rangefinder would sit right below your chin and give you the extended flexibility for your hunt. Go on for hours without any problems or whatsoever.

Pros:

  • It’s really simple to use.
  • The readings are extremely accurate, so no problem hitting your target.
  • It captures the surrounding lights and makes the images brighter.
  • Ergonomic design makes it easy to carry.
  • The display turns off automatically after 30 seconds.

Cons:

  • Some units only cover a distance up to 400 yards.
  • Doesn’t work well in the fog.
  • Not suited for the nighttime session.

 


6. RX-650 Laser Rangefinder Review

Covers the perfect distance –


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+ SpecificationsWeight: 6.3oz  / Magnification; Objective lens size: 6x;20mm / Distance Covered: 650 yards. 

+ Extra featuresHigh contrast LCD display, Weatherproof, rubber armor, Fast-focus eyepiece.

Leupold’s RX-650 digital laser rangefinder is a simple yet quite affordable rangefinder with great accuracy. This rangefinder will offer you fully multicoated optics that will ensure maximum brightness in any situation.

Also, the objective lens size of 20mm is exceptionally great for a greater imaging quality. Not to mention the 6x magnification power will cover you the perfect distance of 650 yards, which is just the right amount for a bow hunter.

Although the LCD display is only in black, so there would be slight issues hunting at night. You’ll need to use a flashlight or other light sources, but its small price to pay.

The rubber armor makes sure that it doesn’t slip from your hands in any wet environment. Also, the product is lightweight and easy to use, which comes with batteries.

The best part is that using the scan mode you’ll be able to get ultra-fast measurements in any situation.

There’s No Rangefinder without a Harness –

Do you want to add comfort to your hunting sessions? Then why don’t you try out Leupold Quick Release Binocular Harness? This harness is made to prevent swinging and relieve you from neck strain.

As a plus point, you’ll get to keep your gadget close to your body, even in bumpy rides. It also comes with a quick release feature that will allow you to use it more effortlessly.

Pros:

  • The rangefinder offers a great built.
  • Offers a nice range.
  • Anti-slip housing with rubber coatings.
  • Weatherproof, so you can use it in any environment.
  • Best for eyeglass users.

Cons:

  • The display doesn’t offer a backlit option.
  • Comes with only LOS measurements.
  • Some units come with a battery issue.

 


7. Bushnell 202442 The Truth ARC 4x20mm Bow Hunting Laser Rangefinder Review

User-friendly interface


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  • Beautiful design and durability built to last
  • Class 1 laser with <0.5mW average power output

+ SpecificationsWeight: 5.9oz / Magnification; Objective lens size: 4x;20mm / Distance Covered: 850 yards 

+ Extra features:

With a wide range of 850 yards, this beauty will allow you to shoot in short range and mid-range. The rangefinder covers this distance with a 4x magnification. It also comes with the 20mm objective lens just to make sure your every hunt is flawless.

It’s fully rainproof, so you can use it any rainy weather, but it seems to have an average build. However, it comes with an ergonomic design, which is extremely user-friendly and can be carried around in anything.

A great addition to your hunting gears if you ask me.

Tether Your Rangefinder with Yourself –

Using T-REIGN Small Retractable Gear Tether. This tether has a Polycarbonate case, which is suitable for any environment. The 24-inch Kevlar cord will add extra flexibility to your hunt.

Pros:

  • Special ClearShot tech, which allows you to make your shot despite all the obstacles.
  • Has a strong magnification range that covers a long distance.
  • User-friendly design, very easy to use.
  • Water resistant feature for the extreme rainy environment.

Cons:

  • Doesn’t have illuminated reticles, so it gets difficult in low light situations.
  • Although it’s water resistant, it won’t work when submerged.

 


8. Nikon 16224 Arrow ID 3000 Bowhunting Laser Rangefinder Review

A better eye relief with an accurate shot


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+ SpecificationsWeight: 4.8oz / Magnification; Objective lens size: 4x; 20mm / Distance Covered: 550 yards 

+ Extra featuresTru-Target Priority System, Water resistant, Ergonomic design.

Keeping bow hunters in mind Nikon has brought us the 16224 Arrow ID 3000 Bowhunting Laser Rangefinder, which is extremely affordable. Compact with bow hunting features Nikon has truly made this Rangefinder one of the best ones in the market.

Why?

Because the new Nikon 16224 Arrow ID 3000 Bowhunting Laser Rangefinder offers you a 4x magnification along with 20mm objective lens size. These will help you cover a distance of 550 yards with ease and give you crystal, clear view every time.

Some bowhunters with eyeglasses always look for a better eye relief. If you are one of them, you’ll definitely love this one with 20.3mm eye relief.

This gadget also features Tru Target technology that will help you to target your prey even with many obstacles surrounding it.

The best part is that it’s waterproof and has a solid build. Although it doesn’t have an illuminated reticle, still you can use it in a dim light situation.

Add Up the Ultimate Protection –

Using T-REIGN ProCase with Retractable 36″ Kevlar Tether. Now you can protect your Nikon Rangefinder from bumps and scratches. The case is covered with 600 denier nylon, which happens to be extremely long-lasting.

You can also try out USA Gear Laser Rangefinder Case Holster to add more adjustability to your carrying case. You’ll get belt loops to fix it in a position. The plus point is that you’ll get extra storage space for keeping your batteries. Really great, right?

Pros:

  • Offers exceptional accuracy for slope measurement.
  • The Tru-Target priority system won’t let you miss any of your shot.
  • Greater eye relief for eyeglass users.
  • It’s highly water resistant.
  • Comes with an ergonomic design.

Cons:

  • Isn’t best suited for nighttime hunting session.
  • You can’t submerge it under water.
  • Some units have a defective casing.

 


Top Pick,

Rangefinders for bow hunting can help you complete the full package of your hunting trip. As they are quite small, you can take them with you anywhere you want. Among all the best 8 items, TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder is more suitable for bow hunting than others.

It’s full of all the features, along with being 100% economic. You won’t get a good deal like this one on anything else. A perfect combination of features and price.

So, just give it a try and see for yourself!

7 Best Binoculars for [WESTERN HUNTING]

Best Binoculars for Western Hunting: Step Up Your Game

Can’t choose the perfect binocular to go? Well, I can’t blame you. Choosing the perfect binocular is difficult if you are a western hunter. You have to deal with a really long distance with different terrains’ types while hunting.

That’s why you’ll need more horsepower on your optics just like any other gear. A binocular with a great bright and crisp image quality that will help you locate your target even from a great distance. If you ask me then, money shouldn’t be your first concern. A powerful binocular will cost you but in the end, it will be worth it.

My personal favorite is Nikon 7576 MONARCH 5 binoculars. But there are other binoculars that can give you that extra boost in your hunting. You don’t want to waste your money on buying a cheap pair with dull images and a lot of eye strains now, do you?

 

Take a loot at Our Picks

 


Key Features to Consider When Buying Binoculars

You can’t just swoop in and buy the first pair you see. You need to dig a little deeper to find the best one that matches your needs. Follow up these key features while you are looking for the perfect one.

 

# Magnification and Objective Size

When it comes to magnification, a bigger number won’t make it a better choice. Dealing with long distances, you’ll need a magnification between 7x to 10x for western hunting. More than this will lower the steadiness. You have to hold the binoculars steadier than usual and this will become a problem after a long hike.

Binoculars Magnification

 

On the other hand, a larger objective size means greater details. You will get a clearer vision within 40mm to 42mm. Although you can try out 50mm lenses. They will do wonders when you are hunting at night. Although they are a bit costly.

Binoculars Objective Lens

 

# Field of View

Wouldn’t it be great if you could cover more grounds while hunting? Choosing a binocular with a larger FOV would be perfect for any western hunting session. A number higher than 325ft. will give a wide area view.

Spotting Scope Field Of View

 

# Exit Pupil

There’s no guarantee where you may go hunting or will it have enough light to see clearly. To cover any environment on the west, you’ll need to choose a pair with a greater Exit Pupil size. A higher number (greater than or equal to 7mm) means more light will get into the lens making it easier to see.

Binocular Exit Pupil

 

# Optical Coatings 

Go for fully multi-coated  ones. They’ll have a clearer view and imaging than multi-coated ones. It will provide you with the perfect imaging for any hunting scenario.

Lens Coating For Neutral Light Density Filtration

 

# PRISM Type

Roof prism binoculars are so much popular now than Porro ones. They are lightweight, slim and perfect for going on long hikes in the west.

# EYE RELIEF

If you wear glasses then this one is extremely crucial for you. Longer eye relief will be more comfortable in the long run. And if you wear glasses, you should definitely go for a pair with at least 15mm or greater eye relief.

 

Reviews of Best Binoculars for Western Hunting: Grab Your Favorite Pair


1. Nikon 7576 MONARCH 5 8×42 Binoculars Review – TOP PICK

One of the best hunting binoculars in the market


Magnification: 8x

Objective Size (mm): 42

Field of View (ft./1000yds): 330

Eye Relief (mm): 19.5

Extra Features:  ED glass, turn-and-slide rubber eye-cups, Eco-Glass lenses

Used For: bird watching, hunting, hiking

The Nikon 7576 Monarch 5 is a superb binocular which is perfect for any western hunters. It’s one of the best hunting binocular out there in the market. The Monarch 5 comes with a magnification of 8x with an objective diameter of 42mm which is just perfect for any wide terrain types.

Giving you a crisp wide view, this binocular has a FOV of 330ft/1000yds. To give you an experience of a lifetime, Monarch 5 has an exit pupil of 5.25 mm. So, you can use it even in dim light environments. No target can get away from your watch now.

If you wear glasses then this binocular is definitely for you. It comes with a 19.5mm eye relief, so you won’t have any eye strains or headache session after using it. Also, the fully multi-coated optical lens gives a brighter output in any situation.

It’s also waterproof, fog proof, shockproof, lightweight and extremely easy to use. You just name what you need and Monarch 5 will give you all of it. It’s an all-rounder binocular made solely to satisfy your needs to the fullest.

 

Related: You can also try out the CASE for Nikon 7576 MONARCH 5 8×42 Binocular and Nikon 6121 PROSTAFF Bino Harness for easy carrying. The harness provides better weight distribution making it suitable for a long hike.

 

Pros

  • High magnification power.
  • High-quality imaging.
  • Suitable for eyeglass users.
  • Wider FOV.
  • Waterproof, fog proof and shockproof.
  • Lightweight.

Cons

  • A bit pricey.
  • Poor close focus.

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2. Gosky 10×42 Binoculars for Bird Watching and Hunting Review  – BEST SELLER

Compact HD professional binoculars


Magnification: 10x

Objective Size (mm): 42

Field of View (ft./1000yds): 307

Eye Relief (mm): adjustable

Extra Features:  waterproof, dust-proof, shockproof, green film optical lens, smart phone adapted

Used For: climbing, hiking, hunting, watching wildlife

Gosky 10×42 Compact HD professional binoculars are one of the best binoculars you can get for hunting in West. A powerful pair with 10x magnification and a 42mm objective diameter will help you locate your target even from a great distance.

Field of View is 307ft/1000yds which is pretty great as higher magnification tends to make the FOV narrower. But still, you’ll be able to cover a vast area with this FOV.

For a brighter image, Gosky comes with an Exit pupil of 5mm being fully multi-coated. So, you can use them in any environment. Although they are more suited for daytime hunting. The compact roof prism design makes it really lightweight and easy to carry around in longer hikes.

The best part is that it’s smartphone adapted, so you can take a shot with your smartphone in any situation! Isn’t that just great? The twist-up eye cups provide an adjustable eye relief, which suits perfectly with any eyeglass users.

Pros

  • High magnification.
  • High-quality imaging.
  • Suitable for eyeglass users.
  • Waterproof and lightweight.
  • Cheap price.

Cons

  • Narrow FOV.

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3. Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15×70 Binoculars with Tripod Adapter Review

Really high magnification power


Magnification: 15x

Objective Size (mm): 70

Field of View (ft./1000yds): 230

Eye Relief (mm): 18

Extra Features:  ultra-firm grip, waterproof, tripod adaptable

Used For: bird watching, hunting, astronomy

Skymaster is not one of those average binoculars you know. They will not only give a crisp view of the west terrains but they would also provide a high-quality night view. With a 15x magnification and a 70mm objective lens, you will get the maximum brightness in any dark environment. Spotting your prey from a long distance would just be a piece of cake for you.

Skymaster seems to have a narrower field of view of just 230ft/1000yds for its higher magnification score. Having a clear view with multi-coated lenses and a protective rubber to give a better grip, this model is surely full packed with features.

Eyeglass wearers would have a blast with this one as Skymaster has an eye relief of 18mm, which is really great! Moreover, it comes with a Tripod Adaptor, making it the perfect balance of vision and steadiness.

 

Related: You can also try out Celestron 93524 Binocular Tripod Adapter. This adapter is made only for providing convenience and stability.

 

Pros

  • High-quality imaging.
  • Really high magnification power.
  • Longer eye relief.
  • Best for the low light environment.

Cons

  • Narrow FOV.
  • Porro prism makes it a bit heavy.

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4. AUCEE 10×42 Binoculars for Adults Review

Best suited for a longer hike


Magnification: 10x

Objective Size (mm): 42

Field of View (ft./1000yds): 367

Eye Relief (mm): adjustable

Extra Features:  waterproof, fogproof, anti-slip grip, ED glass

Used For: climbing, hiking, hunting, watching wildlife

If you want a greater magnification power with a wider FOV then AUCEE is definitely for you. With a 10x magnification and 42mm objective lens this binocular comes with a FOV of 367ft/1000yds. A really powerful pair with a wide range of view.

This roof prism binoculars are really lightweight and best suited for a longer hike. The fully multi-coated lenses provide higher contrast and sharpness with minimal aberrations giving you an outstanding image resolution.

Want to capture every moment perfectly? AUCEE will definitely help you with that. Go to any distance or any poor lighting environment, you will always get the best output every time.

Twisted eye cups adds a perfection to this pair. With this, you get adjustable eye relief so even eyeglass wearers can use it on a hunt.

Pros

  • High magnification power.
  • High-quality imaging.
  • Suitable for eyeglass users.
  • A wider FOV.
  • Waterproof and fog proof.
  • Lightweight.

Cons

  • Poor quality fog proofing.

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5. Vortex Optics Viper HD Roof Prism Binoculars Review

Impressive color fidelity


Magnification: 8x, 10x

Objective Size (mm): 42, 50

Field of View (ft./1000yds): 278, 319, 347

Eye Relief (mm): 16.5, 19, 20

Extra Features:  HD glass, XR lens coating, tripod adaptable, waterproof, fogproof

Used For: hiking, hunting, watching wildlife

These binoculars come in a wide range of magnification ranging from 8x to 10x and a wide range of objective size from 42mm to 50mm. Vortex Viper HD Roof Prism binoculars are another great pairs of binoculars for your western hunting environment.

Viper HD series has a wide range of FOV starting from 347ft/1000yds to 278ft/1000yds. Although the FOV slightly decreases with the magnification power but still it will cover a vast area for you.

The Viper HD binoculars have a great image quality with fully multi-layer coating giving you a great view even in low light situations. The ED glass provides a higher resolution imaging, with impressive color fidelity. A hard exterior gives it a robust look that is waterproof and fog proof.

Valued pairs with an eye relief from 19.5mm to 16mm makes it a perfect choice for eyeglass users.

Pros

  • High magnification power.
  • High-quality imaging.
  • Suitable for eyeglass users.
  • A wider FOV.
  • Waterproof and fog proof.
  • Lightweight.

Cons

  • Poor quality fog proofing.

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6. Vortex Optics Crossfire Roof Prism Binoculars Review

Durable quality binoculars


Magnification: 8x, 10x

Objective Size (mm): 42, 50

Field of View (ft./1000yds): 325, 393

Eye Relief (mm): 15, 17

Extra Features:  tripod Adaptable, waterproof, fogproof

Used For: hiking, hunting, watching wildlife

If you need durable quality binoculars then Vortex Crossfire Roof Prism binoculars are here to save the day. The Crossfire series is to die for, giving you excellent quality at a reasonable pricing.

With a magnification ranging from 8x to 10x and a wide range of objective size from 42mm to 50mm, these binoculars have an “incredible aesthetic look”.

All the series are lightweight, that includes Rainguard technology making it waterproof and fog proof.

The lenses are fully multi-coated and they have a wide range of FOV starting from 393ft/1000yds to 325ft/1000yds. So, if you want a pair with both high-class magnification and FOV then these can be your premium choice.

Want to know more?

All the series are suited for eyeglass users, with an eye relief of 15mm-17mm. Not only that larger exit pupil will give you high-quality imaging, but also will make everything even brighter.

 

Pros

  • High magnification power.
  • High-quality imaging.
  • Suitable for eyeglass users.
  • A wider FOV.
  • Waterproof and fog proof.
  • Lightweight.

Cons

  • Not best suited for night time hunting.
  • Fog proof seems to have poor quality.

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7. Vortex Optics Diamondback Roof Prism Binoculars Review

High performance and superior quality


Magnification: 8x, 10x, 12x

Objective Size (mm): 42, 50

Field of View (ft./1000yds): 241, 345, 420

Eye Relief (mm): 16, 18

Extra Features:  phase correction, tripod Adaptable, waterproof, fogproof

Used For: climbing, hiking, hunting, watching wildlife

Diamondback comes with a wide series of high performance and superior quality at a really affordable price. Smooth focusing lenses have a magnification ranging from 8x to 12x along with objective sizes at 42mm and 50mm, a perfect pair for the west.

Diamondback takes the lead in providing quality output in the low light environment. With the widest FOV ranging from 241ft/1000yds to 420ft/1000yds, these binocular will surely give you a wide view of a lifetime.

Suitable for any glass eye users these are also waterproof, fog proof and durable. This can be one of your prized possessions if you ask me.

Pros

  • Good magnification power.
  • High-quality imaging.
  • Suitable for eyeglass users.
  • A wider FOV.
  • Waterproof and fog proof.
  • Lightweight.

Cons

  • Lower FOV at 12x magnification power.
  • Blurry edges, poor sharpness.

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To Sum It Up,

Western hunters deal with a lot of difficult environments. If you are one of them you must know the struggle of choosing the perfect binoculars that suit your style. That’s why I’ve put together this list to help you choose the perfect one to accompany you on your hunt.

Although all of them are really good, I would strongly recommend you try out Nikon 7576 MONARCH 5 8×42 Binocular. These binoculars have everything you need for a difficult environment like the west. So, why don’t you try it out and see for yourself?

Check Out Nikon 7576 MONARCH 5 8×42 Binocular Now!

 

 

How to Use a Hunting Knife (In a Fast and Clean Way)

The choice of a knife type to use for hunting is your prerogative. But the principle behind using a hunting knife to hunt is a skill you must learn. The kind of prey you will be hunting is also a major determinant of the knife you will use. That aside, what is the proper way to use a hunting knife? We will answer this question and much more surrounding the use of hunting knife.

Which Are The Best Types Of Hunting Knives?

You cannot purport to know how to use a hunting knife without knowing the different types you can use. There are up to 8 types of hunting knives to choose from. Here is a brief description of each of those types:

#1 CAMP KNIFE 

Schempp Rock camp knife

A camp knife is a multi-purpose knife that most consider a classic hunting knife. The design of the knife gives it the versatility to perform the tasks of the specialized knives.

#2 BOWIE KNIFE 

Bowie Knife

A Bowie is a type of large fighting knife featuring a clip point blade. Although it may not be in wide use today, some hunters still prefer it over the more specialized types.

#3 CAPING KNIFE 

Caping Knife Large
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It is the knife type you will use if you are making an animal trophy. Its unique design features an upturned point on a rather small blade. Although a caping blade is specialized, you can still use it for many hunting tasks.

#4 SKINNING KNIFE

S17-035 Damascus Handmade Skinning Knife
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Skinning needs a lot of attention, keenness, and accuracy. This is because you will need to remove the skin without damaging or tearing the hide. A skinning knife has specialized features. These features will help you achieve such precision without undue pressure. The design includes a razor-sharp blade, and grippy, non-slip handle.

#5 BONING KNIFE

Boning Knife 5 in - Carbon Steel
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A boning knife will help you remove meat from the carcass. It as narrow blade that is normally flexible. Boning knives are usually somewhat similar to fillet knives used to remove the skin from fish. In fact, you can also use a fillet knife for boning.

#6 HUNTING DAGGER

Hunting Knife with Sharp Blade

A hunting dagger is the hunting knife proper. It is the knife you will use to kill a pray before using the other specialized knives named above. However, nowadays killing pray does not require knives. A true hunting dagger has a sharp double-edged blade and a non-slip grip. You may not need this knife for hunting.

#7 KUKRI KNIFE

Polished Kukri Knife

A kukri knife is native to Nepal. It is a multi-functional knife that you can use both as a weapon and as a utility knife. It resembles a machete with an inwardly curved blade. You can use it for chopping wood, clearing small bushes and shrubs. You can also use it for digging, cutting meat and vegetables, slaughtering animals for food and opening cans. Many hunters now choose Kukri knife because of its versatility.

While the categorization above is based on the utility of the hunting knife, there is another way to classify the knives. You have the chance to choose between fixed-blade knives and folding knives. In case the game you are hunting is large then a fixed-blade knife is better in penetrating the body of the game. They are strong and durable. Folding knives, on the other hand, are preferred because they are easy to conceal and carry. The fact is that most hunting knife types are fixed-blade.

What Should You Use A Hunting Knife For?

Let us set something straight before we continue. You should not use a hunting knife to kill your pray. Instead, a hunting knife should help you prepare a meal out of the kill. This means you will need to kill the prey with a weapon such as a hunting rifle. Then you can use your preferred type of hunting knife to get what you want from the kill.

All hunting knives feature designs not strong enough to pierce or cut through solid bones. You will need something like a saw to do that. But, bigger or heavier knives such as Kukri are strong enough to cut through the bones of certain types of game. Common hunting knives help with the field dressing process and skinning by processing the game inwards from the skin.

Using a Hunting Knife

The processes that will need you to use a hunting knife are just three. There include field dressing, skinning, and butchering. By using the knife properly, you will finish the task quite fast and you will get the most out of your kill. Here are the processes:

STEP 1: Field Dressing

The goal of field dressing is to get the inner organs of the animal (such as intestines) out. Use your preferred hunting knife to make a tiny and careful incision along the underside of the game from the anus towards its ribcage. This process will open a cavity through which you can pull the abdominal and thoracic contents out.

You can then use a heavy-duty knife such as kukri knife to break the ribcage open all the way to the neck. The next step in field dressing includes carefully separating the inner contents from the linings of the muscle and body cavity. The process may be messy if you are not keen. Try as much as possible not to contaminate the meat with intestinal contents.

STEP 2: Skinning

Now that you are through with dressing, it is time to move on to skinning. Start skinning from the thighs of the animal just above the knee joint. The process almost always requires a special skinning knife. However, a hunting knife can do provided it is razor-sharp and possess a grippy, non-slip handle.

For a successful skinning process, use your knife to cut underneath the skin. Proceed by pulling the skin from the lower body to the upper body. You have to take extra care if you want to save the hide as a trophy or for other purposes. The razor-sharp blades of skinning knives can quickly tear the hide.

STEP 3: Butchering

Butchering is perhaps the most difficult step using a hunting knife. The process with requires a heavy duty hunting knife or a special boning knife. Personally, I prefer butchering with a kukri knife. It has a perfectly designed blade to help in the butchering process. The knife can help you remove meat from carcass quickly and efficiently.

Final Verdict,

If you are new to hunting for then this information is for you. Knowing how to use a hunting knife is a good skill that everyone should have. Whether you are a hunter, camper or a survivalist, a hunting knife will help you to prepare game meat for food in a quick and clean manner. A hunting set has different types of knives which you can use for different processes post-kill. However, a multi-purpose knife like Kukri knife could be all you need.