This article will help you to find the best bow hunting backpack. There are several different manufacturers out there that makes a ton of varieties which makes picking one incredibly hard. But lucky for you, we have put together thing list of the best bow hunting backpacks out there so you can find one that fits you in seconds!
Here Are The Best Bow Hunting Backpacks reviewed and rated
1. Badlands 2200 Backpack – Best Bow hunting Backpack
If you have the budget for it then you really cant go wrong with a Badlands backpack. The Badlands 2200 is a high-quality backpack that offers a lot of space and the comfort of this is simply amazing. I had the pleasure of trying out a Badlands backpack in the store and it felt amazing, didn’t buy it tho, was a bit out of my budget at the time.
If you have the budget for it then I would recommend you to purchase it because it will last you for a lifetime. Instead of buying 2 or 3 backpacks throughout your hunting carrier why not just buy a high-quality backpack such as this one that will last you for a lifetime. If it happens to break you are backed up by their lifetime 100% guarantee.
The Badlands 2200 is made of KXO-32 Fabric which is a very quiet material that will keep your stealth throughout your hunts. The KXO-32 fabric is colored in a camo pattern made of a light color pattern that will blend in with most environments.
There is nothing negative to say about the Badlands 2200 when it comes to the quality of the material, sound, comfort or storage, but there was one thing that bothered me, the size. I am a smaller guy and the backpack was actually a bit too big for me. I had to tighten the waist strap to the max in order to get it to sit right on my back.
If you are in 6 feet and 180 pounds range I think you will this the best bowhunting backpack you have ever worn, but for the smaller guys out there I would consider other options on this list or look into other sizes they offer.
2. ALPS OutdoorZ Pursuit Hunting Pack – Archery Backpack With Quiver
|Alps Outdoorz Backpack|
I recently bought this backpack myself, during my research stage I was looking for a bowhunting backpack that offered great space and an attachment system, this was the best one I could find at that time, at least for my price range (Under 100$)
You have the option to attach your bow on the front side of the backpack with two straps, and you have a quiver hold on the side which makes it easy to make use of the arrows if necessary.
The total weight of the backpack is only 4 lbs in total which is very light. The Outdoorz hunting backpack is waterproof and camouflaged as well, the material used is a Mozzy oak up-country camo that holds up well in most weather conditions.
Usually, when I go on my hunting trips I bring a lot of stuff which adds up to a lot of weight pretty fast, that is why the straps are one of the most essential parts of the backpack for me. I can assure you this backpack did not disappoint in that area, the straps are comfortable to wear even with a lot of stuff in it and the waist strap helps a lot to balance the weight.
Overall this is a great bowhunting backpack that offers a lot of space, can carry a variety of crossbows and guns and has padded belts/straps that make the carrying of the backpack very comfortable.
The only improvement they could have made would be to make the hinges a bit larger so It would be easier to use them while you are using thick winter gloves, besides that I am a super happy customer that recommend this to most people that ask about hunting backpacks on this blog.
Tenzing TZ 4000
Tenzing TZ 4000 is another great choice. It offers a lot of space and several different pockets which gives you the opportunity to organize your hunting equipment the way you would like.
One of its special features are the three expandable and breathable meat pockets. Which makes it a lot easier to haul the meat.
Several of the users on amazon is raving about this backpack because of its comfort, ease of use and the amount of equipment you can fit in it. You can easily carry a spotting scope and a tripod with the side straps. It is of course equipped with a gun holder where you can attach either your gun or bow.
Some backpacks has a mediocre attachment system that results in the gun or crossbow swinging and bumping, but not with this one! Attach it properly and I am sure you wont even notice the backpack or your gun.
What’s missing on this backpack is some sorts of elastic pockets or clips on the waist belt to attach my GPS or hunting knife and key attachments in the front pocket to securely attach valuables. Besides these minor things, there isn’t much else you could ask for. It’s one of the best backpacks for backcountry, elk hunting, and meat hauling because of its size, pockets, and meat compartments.
|Eberlestock X2 Pack|
|Size||21 x 13 x 7 inches|
Eberlestock is another go-to brand when it comes to bow hunting backpacks.
It has in total of 12 pockets which you can use to organize your hunting gear and clothes.
If you open the straps in the middle as you can see on the picture the side pockets will open up like wings. In these “wings” you can attack your bow or other equipment that you want to attach firmly to the backpack.
On the inside, you have big inner pockets which you can use to store either water bladders or a tripod.
The outside clips can be expanded, making a large space which you can use to make the hauling of the meat easier.
Overall this is a great and versatile backpack that is perfect for a 1-3 days hunt. You have the option to store all the necessary equipment with the big pockets and haling meet is no issue with the expandable clips.
For me, this backpack would be great, but I have heard taller people complain about the smaller size. For taller people, the load lifters on the shoulders don’t do their job as they should leaving all the weight on the hip.
So if you are short, then this is an ideal backpack, if not then you should look into the other options you have on the list. Both the Tenzing, Badlands, and Outdoorz packs work great for more sturdy and taller men and women.
|ALPS OutdoorZ Day Pack|
The Alps day pack is made to be a light and a portable backpack that should fit everything you need for a day outside.
As you can see on the picture, it is minimized to just a small bag, but it is possible to expand it by unzipping the upper pocket which extends it to a regular size backpack.
If you choose to use as a mini backpack you have 800 cubic inches which are big enough to fit snacks and essential gear. If you extend it to a regular size backpack you will have an additional 1900 cubic inches which equate to 2700 cu.inches.
On the sides, you have two side pockets which can hold your water bottle and range finder or a GPS.
The material used on this day pack is quiet, and the zippers are as well. I like they have implemented bigger ropes on the zippers so you can use the zippers while using gloves. It can get quite cold where I live sometimes, having big zippers can help a lot when it comes to the handling of the backpack and keeping the body temperature of the fingers.
There are small and handy features added to this backpack which makes it very unique. One of those features is the optimal pockets you can attach to the front of the pack. You can choose from three different pockets, binocular pocket, camera packet, and turkey call pocket. In these, you can have the essential gear that you want to use while you are walking and available at all times.
Overall this is a great hunting backpack that has a lot of unique features added to it. If you are looking for a versatile hunting backpack to use for shorter hunts then I recommend you to take a look at this one. I couldn’t see any bow holder or a gun holder on the backpack which is a huge minus, but if you are creative I am sure you can find a comfortable way to attaching the bow or crossbow.
The Traverse is one of the best hunting backpacks for hauling meat. It offers huge storage of 3200 cubics which you can fit all your essential gear.
With all this space you can easily use this backpack for a multi-day hunt.
The reason I said it was the best for hauling is meat is because of the extra 1200 cubic storage space you have for it. This way you can take home your trophy meat comfortably on the back.
There are added straps as you can see on the picture where you can attach your gun or bow. There also a holster on the bottom where you can attach the tip of the bow or gun to prevent shaking. This seems like a small detail, but it a huge difference when you are walking long distances.
You have a waist belt as well which will help you to carry the load. On the waist belt, you will find a holster where you can keep a second gun as well which is a nice detail.
But there is a significant problem that has been mentioned a few times on their feedback page, and that is the straps. Some users have experienced that the backpack straps cut into their shoulder because the straps are to thin.
If you are going a full 3200 cubic backpack with badly designed straps it could result in a very uncomfortable walk. Still, if this is one of the most popular and highly rated backpacks out there I would still recommend you to stay away or be prepared to make a custom padding for the shoulders if you experience the same issues others have.
The backpacks we have mentioned earlier on this list is comfortable and perfect for all types of hunters so make sure to check those out instead!
|Eberlestock Elk Backpack|
As you know Eberlestock is a great manufacturer and famous for their quality. The M5 elk pack is proof of it.
This is a backpack specially designed for elk hunting which means it offers a lot of space for meat hauling.
You have a whopping 3100 cubic inches to work with so it doesn’t matter how big of an elk you shoot because the M5 has room for it.
Opposite to the ALPZ traverse, the M5 is very comfortable to wear, and it has an aluminum frame which gives you support and helps you to carry the heavy load.
It comes with a fold away scabbard where you can attach your gun, and it has a custom attachment system for bow users.
Overall it’s a great backpack which offers a lot of space and with padded straps and a waist belt that helps you to carry the load comfortably. Still if its a backpack with a lot of space I think you would go short on space for a multi-day hunt, but it works great for a one day hunt.
The backpack is on the shorter side, it gets it to space by the width which means for taller people this backpack can turn out be too small. If you think you will struggle with this I recommend you to take a look at the badlands 2200 (1) and Alps outdoorz (2) on this list.
If you are a shorter guy like me, I believe this is one of the best hunting backpacks for elk hunting. What doesn’t make it a clear winner is the shorter length and the smaller side pockets were more prominent rangefinders and equipment cant fit.
|Badlands 2200 Backpack|
|Bow/ gun holer||Yes|
The Badlands superday is a backpack designed for a one day hunt. It has 1950 cubic inches of space, which gives you plenty of room to bring your gear and other essentials. It’s designed with quiet materials and so are the zippers to ensure you stay hidden throughout your hunt.
It has an excellent frame and padding making it super comfortable to wear. The waist belt works perfectly and gives you the support you need throughout your hunts, its equipped with a gun holster where you can fit you a second gun and it has small pockets as well for smaller gadgets.
It has 7 pockets where you can put your keys, ammo or your cell phone and three bigger compartments where you can organize the rest of your hunting equipment.
Still, if the waist-belt is equipped with everything you would need the pockets and holsters they are hard to reach and use while you wear the backpack. This is the only downside I have heard of.
Besides this, it’s a beautiful backpack that is comfortable, offers ample space, and have all the features I would look for in a hunting backpack.
|Tenzing TZ 3000|
The Tenzing TZ 3000 has enough space for you to be able to hunt for 2-3 days. It has several different storage compartments were you can organize your hunting gear. The outer material is durable and silent.
If you are going to walk several miles with enough gear 2-3 days you need a backpack that is comfortable to carry and the Tenzing TZ has nailed that part. With the bow holster, your bow will stay perfectly still and the waistband will take a lot of the load from your shoulders making the mountain hike feel like a walk in the park.
Tenzing TZ has implemented a lot of handy features such as nylon pockets on the inside for organizing, but my favorite part is that you can access the main compartments through the sides. This doesn’t seem like a big thing, but when you are trying to stay stealth in your tree stand its nice to have the option to access your stuff through the sides instead of having to tilt or go on top of the backpack.
The holster is perfect for bow because of the design, but it can be too large for some guns resulting in swinging back and forth, but since this is a bow hunting backpack post then its a perfect fit.
This is one of the best bow hunting backpacks out there, it is absolutely up there competing against the badlands 2200 and Alps. Read through the reviews on amazon and you find several others raving about this backpack as well.
|Sitka Bivy 30|
If you want a light hunting backpack that still offers a lot of space then the Sitka is an option to consider. They have decreased the number of pockets on it to decrease the weight. Having a lot of pockets to stay organized can be a good thing, but a lot of brands overdo it, but not the Sitka. Sitka is known for their lightweight backpacks and the brivy 30 is not an exception.
Not all backpacks can hold up when you put 75-80 pounds of meat in them, but the Sitka can. Its made of high-quality materials and straps making it durable and strong. With the bigger compartments, you can easily haul your meat through the woods.
You have two frontal straps where you can attach your bow without it swinging or interfering with your hike or hunt.
The Bivy 30 has one of my favorite features as well, you can access the main pocket through the sides which is a neat feature. This is to stay stealth while you are in a tiny space or in a tree stand. It can be beneficial as well if you want to reach to the bottom of the backpack without having to take out all the other stuff.
This is another great bow hunting backpack that will last for years with its quality materials and strong build.
How to choose the best bow hunting backpack
when you are choosing which bow hunting backpack to buy there are a few factors you should take into count. Some of these are weight, size, design, bow holder and frame.
If you are looking to hunt for only a day or two, your option would be single day pack. They are usually in the 3500 cubic inch size which is enough for you to carry your essential clothing and gear. This size isn’t too big either for you to walk long distances comfortably.
When I am purchasing a single day pack I like to look at the weight. Having a low weight backpack helps a lot when I go for longer distances. The two extra pounds doesn’t sound a lot, but it sure feels like it.
A bow holder or gun holder is essential as well. When I bring my bow I always attach it to the backpack, and having a bow holder makes that a lot easier. The bow holders allow you to carry the bow without it swaying and bumping around which can be very annoying in the long run.
The day packs are my favorite bowhunting backpack because it usually fits everything I need for my regular hunting trips. Most of the bowhunting backpacks on this list are daypacks as you can see. This is because I strongly believe they are more than enough for most hunters out there. But for some accations, you would need a bigger backpack as well, such as for multi-day hunts and when you have a bigger trophy you want to bring home.
Multi-Day Hunting Backpacks
The benefit of having a large multi-day backpack is that you will have more space, this can lead to you bringing with you a lot of unnecessary gear, but make yourself a list of what you need before you start packing and you should be fine.
I usually pack the same amount of clothing as I would in a single day hunt, the only extra stuff I bring for a multi-day hunt is my hammock, sleeping back, socks, underwear, and food. This way I can keep my backpack light enough to still be able to walk for longer distances.
What do you pack in a hunting backpack?
These are the things you should pack in your hunting backpack:
- Water – if you have a bladder in your backpack, make sure you fill it up before you go. Bring with you some extra water as well if you are known in the area you are about to hunt. If you know you have a river or any water supply close to you, then you should be okay with the 3L bladder.
- First aid kit – You can never predict the future. Still, if most accidents happen at home, it may occur on your hunt as well. Always bring a first aid kit and some extra meds that you think you will need. I like to keep this in the top of my backpack, so I always know I have it easily accessible.
- Headlamp – Yes, I know you have a phone with a lamp, but never depend on that! A phone can always die, so make sure to bring a headlamp or a flashlight to have a source of light if needed.
- Matches – You always want to bring a box of matches as well, they dont add up much weight and still if you are going to stay stealthy you never know if you will need a heat source.
- Rain gear – Bring this if not you will regret. Still, if the weather report says it’s going to be rainbows and sunshine all day doesn’t mean its true. If you are sitting in your tree stand soaking wet you won’t last very long, I know I wouldnt.
- Food/snack – Bring a few extra meals in case you want to stay for another night or just for plain survival. Take with you some snacks as well, if you are going to hike long distances its always to have some snacks in the inner pocket of the jacket. Dont bring just sugar snacks because they won’t give you the long energy source you need, at least mix it up with some fiber food or nuts.
- Knife – As you know, the knife is a tool you dont want to forget. It has so many use cases in the woods and it would be a shame to forget it.
- Rubber gloves – If you are going to field dress an animal you want to stay safe and clean by using a pair of gloves. If you have forgotten them then there should be a pair in your first aid kit.
- Toilet paper – If you are not a leaves guy then I would recommend you to bring some toilet paper, you dont need to bring a whole roll, but roll a few layers up in a plastic bag and you should be fine. Bring some extra to light up a fire if needed as well.
- Hunting license – Bring it.
These are some of the essentials that I bring with me on my hunting trips. Write them down and make sure to go through this list before every hunt.
I hope you found this list of best bow hunting backpacks useful. If there is any backpack you think I should have mentioned please mention it in the comments, and I will try my best to include it. Thank you! If you liked this article, make sure to check out our newest article on : best bow quiver