Was out still hunting this past saturday, and after constantly fussing with my fanny pack ( it kept falling down) I decided that there has to be a better way to carry gear. I gave up on back packs years ago as I find they make me feel restricted, get caught on brush, and worst of all make my back sweat. When I got home and was thinking of a better way, the answer was hanging right in front of me... my turkey vest. It has more than enough room for all of my gear with room to spare, it's comfortable, and well ventilated. Well on sunday I was out again, this time with the turkey vest and I am quite pleased to say that it really worked well, still no deer yet but at least I was comfortable.
How much gear do you really need on a days hunt? Unless I'm hunting a treestand or planning to sit in the same spot all day, both rarely occur, I only carry a knife, rope, gps/compass, lighter, doe urine, cellphone, and snacks. This all fits in the pockets on my jacket and pants. I sometimes carry a small bottle of water but it adds lots of weight so I usually pack some fruit snacks instead.