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    Hunting Gear List - Need suggestions to lighten

    Just getting into hunting in the Tarawera and Urewera bush Rounded up some gear and weighed it, would like to lighten my gear but have a pretty tight budget at the moment, few items in yellow im still in the process of replacing/buying

    Would welcome some suggestions on what else I need or what can cheaply be upgraded.
    eg is a Saw worth while?

    Tents a Raider XL quite like it over ultralight weight single skin tents & bivys, used it last weekend and it held up in the rain & wind. But did wick up water through the PU5000mm floor but was very wet.

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    Looks fairly reasonable, not too much fat in there. Ditch the hip flask and bipod and thatís half a kg saved. If you need a rest for shooting prone, just throw your pack down and shoot over that. Unlikely to be needed for bush hunting though?

    If itís not an essential/safety item, and you go three trips without using it, you probably donít need to carry it..

    Disclaimer: I always take way too much, making me a hypocrite, so feel free to ignore me
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    keen man even weighed your undies was that with or without skids

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    Yeah looks like a decent list to me Iíd ditch the bivvy bag if your using a tent . Clothing I just wear the same hunting gear every day and then have a change for evenings 1 spare lot of undies if you get drenched and 2 extra pairs of socks one for the tent another if the first lot freezes or if they are still drenched from being wet . Food is always the most weight in your pack so look for calories dense things like nuts . But as striker said Iím a hypocrite as well! Iím carrying 20kgs of fat to burn so can skimp on the food a bit without much harm
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    Interesting, looks pretty good to me. I'd leave the biviy bag as long as the tent is decent, and I never normally carry water unless I'm headed to a dry camp

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    2kgs of water from home......maybe get purifyingtablets of a straw and use whats out there...I will happily drink from streams,when boiling water anyway its a moot point.
    cloths,I take it you are weighing what you wear in???
    personally I wouldnt take extra thermal longs AND trousers.....definately not extra pair of shorts
    eg would wear in thermal tights and shorts and have ONE spare set of trou of some sort...usually thermals and long sleavethermal top...they are CAMP cloths or emergency cold only...
    wouldnt carry spare shirt
    undies/thermals....thermals ARE undies...and vasoline is your friend in wet weather.
    but a 20 kg load seems ok.....hunter go in with heavy pack and hope to come out heavier...
    I try to look at unused items after a trip so can slim it down next time.
    2 minute noodles are great tucker,weigh stuff all and bulk out a meal well. soup ,salami and noodles on your list and you have question mark on lunch...I would say your answer is there already. you also carry tuna...a dehy meal and noodles is a good main meal..noodles for breakfast,handfull of nuts and small chocolate bar is lunch.
    porridge and milk powder...you can buy little sachets of porridge with fruity bits and milk powder in them...i often carry them at work for mid afternoon pickme up when worms are biting....
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    The toilet paper is unnecessary. Use moss, ferns or stinging nettle.
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    You already have some great lightweight gear there mate.

    Possibly spare clothing might be a bit over kill.

    My spare clothing would be ‘camp set’ of thermals and socks, a down jacket, one spare thermal top, beenie, gloves and neck warmer.

    I also use a siltarp fly at 447g which is a great weight saving and luckily I prefer the fly to a tent or bivvy bag.

    Take it all in on a trip and when you get home think if you could have gotten by with fewer items of clothing in your pack.
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    Thanks All Very useful input

    Seems like i'm on the rite track! Just need to spend more time in there learning what gets used and will lose a little from that process.

    Was interested to understand if people take
    • Saws - if you need to run a fire over night
    • Drones - could see this being super useful to scout slips & river beds for sign
    • Fruit or Veges - as it very carbo/oil rich food presently, possible multi vitamin pills

    And as a number have mentioned I also could loose more from body weight than i could from my pack.

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    I would also ditch the Kindle then you might not need the battery bank either. I always carry a second torch and spare batteries anyway. My biggest problem has always been food, I'm 60Kg and need to consume vast quantities of food to keep me going.
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    @Vandros i don't do enough extended pack trips so when i do i also suffer from mainly to many cloths. One day it will pay off.
    Another forum member said they keep a diary on every trip what they take and what they don't use and NOT just after one trip they start dumping gear after multiple trips.

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    Who the hell wears undies??

    Anyway. I prefer an axe over a saw but doesn't fit the bill of lightweight.
    Bunnings plastic mcgreggor handles (folding saw) with silky blades for proper work, one of those "chainsaw strings" if you're serious about weight, never used one they seem like a gimmick to me.
    Fiskars secateurs also.

    Been a couple threads on hill tucker. Salami/biltong/droewors and scroggin basically. Dehy fruit would be fine but too much sugar for me. Don't carry any water/ wet food you don't have to.
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    Oh, and it's illegal to fly a drone over most public land.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mimms2 View Post
    Oh, and it's illegal to fly a drone over most public land.
    And fucking annoying

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vandros View Post
    Thanks All Very useful input

    Seems like i'm on the rite track! Just need to spend more time in there learning what gets used and will lose a little from that process.

    Was interested to understand if people take
    • Saws - if you need to run a fire over night
    • Drones - could see this being super useful to scout slips & river beds for sign
    • Fruit or Veges - as it very carbo/oil rich food presently, possible multi vitamin pills

    And as a number have mentioned I also could loose more from body weight than i could from my pack.
    Regarding a saw a mitre 10 mega Bahco folder is all you need at just over 200g which is another good weight saving for you.
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