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fx4hauler
June 15th, 2010, 09:52 PM
I have some hunting/backpack archery trips this fall and winter and was wondering how other hunters/backpackers attach their bows to their backpacks?

Apache
June 15th, 2010, 09:55 PM
I don't attach mine to my pack. I put on my pack and use a Primos bow sling to carry my bow over the pack ...

fx4hauler
June 15th, 2010, 10:08 PM
I have thought about that, but I will be using two treking poles and I'm afraid that I will be hitting the bow with the poles.

Idahodawg
June 15th, 2010, 10:18 PM
My Eberlestock pack is designed to carry a bow, so I just strap it on using the straps designed for that purpose and go.

RTHRBHNTN
June 15th, 2010, 10:23 PM
another vote for the eberlestock "x1", being able to get the bow without taking off the pack is a big plus
dan

easeup
June 15th, 2010, 10:30 PM
Seems that there is always too much brush I am worried about snagging the bow back there where I cannot see it.
I just use a shoulder sling. easier to get to and easier to manuver around the next thicket or snag.

unloaded
June 15th, 2010, 11:17 PM
I've got a thing made by HideAway it's a carrier for bow/rifle that you can attach to just about anything. Cost like $12, having trouble finding one online right now but will try again in the morning or I'll post some pics of mine. I got it to use with my Magnus RackPack but haven't tried it yet.

peace.
unloaded

fx4hauler
June 15th, 2010, 11:18 PM
another vote for the eberlestock "x1", being able to get the bow without taking off the pack is a big plus
dan
They are nice packs but I'll be going on a couple of 5/6 day hunts so I will need a larger pack. The one I'll be taking is a Jansport 4900 ci external frame. Eberlestock Universal Bow Carrier looks interesting though.

AERO63
June 15th, 2010, 11:38 PM
I strap my bow to my pack with the compression straps on the pack itself (Badlands 2200) and a bungee cord.

fx4hauler
June 15th, 2010, 11:59 PM
I strap my bow to my pack with the compression straps on the pack itself (Badlands 2200) and a bungee cord.
WOW that sounds simple enough. I guess it's Keep, It, Simple,:confused:

Tex 5
June 16th, 2010, 12:33 AM
I always carry my bow in hand for a unexpected shot. My Hornhunter pack has bow straps on it. I have only strapped it on once when packing out my buddys elk last year.

DedDeerWalking
June 16th, 2010, 01:08 AM
Those Bow Bat XL's look like they would work pretty well. I checked one out at Cabelas and it looked and felt like it was good quality, and would really protect your bow.

fx4hauler
June 16th, 2010, 08:14 AM
I've got a thing made by HideAway it's a carrier for bow/rifle that you can attach to just about anything. Cost like $12, having trouble finding one online right now but will try again in the morning or I'll post some pics of mine. I got it to use with my Magnus RackPack but haven't tried it yet.

peace.
unloaded
Is this like a bow sling?

unloaded
June 16th, 2010, 09:15 AM
Here's a pick of the package, I'll post some of the carrier in a minute.

http://www.wowway.com/~unloaded/away1.jpg

peace.
unloaded

unloaded
June 16th, 2010, 09:27 AM
Here are some more pics, has a boot for butt or cam and a padded buckle for stock or riser, both pieces attach to you pack with velcro. These should give you a good idea.

http://www.wowway.com/~unloaded/away2.jpg

http://www.wowway.com/~unloaded/away3.jpg

http://www.wowway.com/~unloaded/away4.jpg

peace.
unloaded

unloaded
June 16th, 2010, 09:30 AM
Here are pics from back of the package, with part numbers. I bought it last year and it seemed like it'd been there a while, not sure if they still make it. They have an unfinshed website but the Contact link seems to work. If you can't find one or similar let me know but I'd rather hang onto it.

http://www.wowway.com/~unloaded/away5.jpg

http://www.wowway.com/~unloaded/away6.jpg

peace.
unloaded

scrapejuice
June 16th, 2010, 09:41 AM
my Badlands Superday pack has basically the same system built in as the one shown above. Only used it once though. I am super hyper-sensitive about my sights, rest, etc... not getting caught on brush and tree limbs and getting knocked off or broke. So I just carry my bow.

AERO63
June 16th, 2010, 11:38 AM
WOW that sounds simple enough. I guess it's Keep, It, Simple,:confused:

Haha...well it's simple enough for me!!

I strap the bow on my back pretty often, but normally only when I'm making a long hike in or out of somewhere...or if it's dark.

If I'm just moving from one basin to the next mid-day or something I carry the bow.

elkmtngear
June 16th, 2010, 01:50 PM
Trekking Pole in one hand, bow in the other for a long hike out. But, that's just my preference to use a single trekking pole, I'm sure there are a lot of advantages to using 2. My trekking pole is also my elk decoy, so I always have it with me.

Best of Luck,
Jeff (AT Sponsor)
www.elkmtngear.com (http://www.elkmtngear.com)

fx4hauler
June 16th, 2010, 02:26 PM
Here are some more pics, has a boot for butt or cam and a padded buckle for stock or riser, both pieces attach to you pack with velcro. These should give you a good idea.

http://www.wowway.com/~unloaded/away2.jpg

http://www.wowway.com/~unloaded/away3.jpg

http://www.wowway.com/~unloaded/away4.jpg

peace.
unloaded
Thanks for the info and pics. I sent Hideaway a email and one of your pics. We will see what they say. If I can't get a Hideaway, Eberlestock has something simular but it's $31.00 and is made to fit their packs but I'm sure it can be modified to fit mine.

unloaded
June 17th, 2010, 08:55 AM
Let us know what they say. If they are still available I might grab a few more, I can think of tons of uses for them.

peace.
unloaded

moethedog
June 17th, 2010, 10:07 AM
Slick idea...I'ld buy one of those Hideaway deals!

Widgeon
June 17th, 2010, 10:26 AM
I use a Horn Hunter pack that has excellent straps for attaching a bow.

IA Monsterbuck
June 17th, 2010, 11:10 AM
I use a Horn Hunter pack that has excellent straps for attaching a bow.

I use the Horn Hunter also, great pack.

bambieslayer
June 17th, 2010, 11:45 AM
I have this realy cool thing on the end of my arm



its called a hand opposible grip and everything works real good:wink:

fx4hauler
June 17th, 2010, 04:59 PM
OK. After looking at some of the packs that are made to hold a bow and Unloaded's picks of the HideAway Bow Carrier, and the way that Aero63 straps his bow to his pack by using the compression straps I decided to it Aero63's way. And Lord and behold it works great. I'm sure this setup will change a little when the pack gets fully loaded and the color of the pillow will have to change but the idea seems to be sound. The pack weighs 25 lbs right now and I can lift the pack up by the bow and the bow moves very little. There will also be a sleeping bag attached to the bottom of the pack but I think that may help stablize the bow. I did strap the bow to the top and the bottom of the pack. The pic of the stap on the bottom did not turn out so that is why I didn't include it. I straped the quiver to the side of the pack because if I left the quiver on the bow the bowsight and arrow rest would be pressed against the back of the pack. I was afaid that would over time cause the rest and/or sight to move. I used the pillow to cushion the arrows and quiver. I can see that some sort of cover for the broadhead end of the quiver will be nessecary. But all and all I think it is a keeper.:wink:

Bobmuley
June 17th, 2010, 05:04 PM
I strap my bow to my pack with the compression straps on the pack itself (Badlands 2200) and a bungee cord.What I've always done with various packs as well. Just like that ^^^^

Once shooting light is near though it won't leave my hand until shooting light is gone.

bowcowboy
June 17th, 2010, 07:03 PM
here is the pack i use and I too often use climbing ploes and as you can see there are no restrictions , they are now offered at bass pro shops , i have had mine for three seasons and let me say this is one tough pack and i abuse the hell out of it http://www.crookedhorn.com/cms/shop.html?page=shop.product_de tails&flypage=flypage.chcustom.tpl&product_id=74&category_id=&vmcchk=1

fx4hauler
June 18th, 2010, 04:03 PM
Trekking Pole in one hand, bow in the other for a long hike out. But, that's just my preference to use a single trekking pole, I'm sure there are a lot of advantages to using 2. My trekking pole is also my elk decoy, so I always have it with me.

Best of Luck,
Jeff (AT Sponsor)
www.elkmtngear.com (http://www.elkmtngear.com)
Jeff if you use two poles right it takes alot of pressure off you knees. I was looking at you web sight and your trekking pole/blinde looks interesting I'm just not sure how a person could use it with a bow?

fx4hauler
June 25th, 2010, 08:02 PM
I got a reply for what I assume are the new owners or distributor's of HideAway Hunting Gear. Kinda disappointed but I think I have it figured out.
Maybe:confused:


Hello Mike,

Many thanks for contacting AmeriBag Outdoors, formerly Cerf Products, Inc. We apologize for the delay in responding to you. Unfortunately, we no longer carry that product.

Best,
Thea

imsobroke
July 4th, 2010, 08:18 PM
several packs from Rocky Mountain Packs have cargo straps on the top. I strap the riser ACROSS the top, and strap it down with these straps. Then carry the bow across your back, not up and down. Works slick. I like the yukon day pack or kodiak best for carrying a bow.