Aug 2, 2019
• The older you get, the less you like to carry—yet the more you appreciate remote backcountry.
— Condors & lead bullet correlation update: The science behind it. Please listen to Randy Newberg's Episode No. 87 of Hunt Talk Radio. Here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzBbxm2cFhw
BACKPACKS vs. PACK ANIMALS
• How deep can you hunt? How much food and gear can you carry in? How much meat can you carry out?
• Heat and distance: meat's primary enemies when backpacking
• Maintaining and caring for pack animals while hunting
• Weight and distance are limited when backpacking, particularly when hunting big-bodied animals such as elk.
• On-the-fly adaptability is limited when horse packing.
• Backpacking enables extreme simplicity & flexibility.
• Pack animals enable you to transport meat much more easily.
• Pack animals allow a more comfortable camp, better food, and longer stays in the backcountry.
Types of backpack:
• External frame packs and their pros & cons
• Internal frame packs and their pros & cons
• Hybrid crossover packs--and why they're a bad idea
Types of pack animal and the advantages and disadvantages of each:
• Horses: Strong, friendly, capable. The quintessential pack animal. Need lots of care. Expensive. Potentially dangerous.
• Mules: Just like horses, but different.
• Burros: There's a reason prospectors and expectant mothers love them.
• Llamas: Sinister-looking but oh so capable.
• Goats: Yes, really.