What’s in Your Bag?

What’s in Your Bag?

Kevin Mennett

September 16th, 2014



I spent the evening before the opening day of archery season going over my gear and packing…and re-packing my backpack.  I had just emptied my bag for the third time when my girlfriend, Karen, walked into the room and asked if I really needed all of that “stuff.”

I guess we bowhunters tend to carry a good amount of gear, or “stuff,” with us that we simply “can’t do without.”  In my bag, I have several knives and other blades for field dressing.  A small foldable saw for trimming shooting lanes.  An extra pack of broadheads.  A small first-aid kit and a lighter.  My scent bottles and the various dispensers that I use.  We can’t forget the release, range-finder, and the binoculars.  The notebook I use to help track all of my hunts, therma-cell, snacks, and a water bottle round out the contents of my bag.

If I had to choose, I think the therma-cell would be my most important piece of equipment, especially in the early part of the season.  I don’t believe I would be able to sit still without the therma-cell keeping all of those blood-thirsty gnats at bay.

So with archery season already started or about to, what “stuff” are you packing?  What one item in your pack is most important to you and why?  In short, what’s in your bag?

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