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    LASIK surgery saves you 0.024kg. Alternatively a monocle could just halve it, but at much less cost.

    But seriously, think of ADDING something maybe - a pair of spring buffered carbon tramping poles will increase your carry capacity significantly.

    Swap suppressor for moulded ear plugs?

    Drop the bipod in favour of a small pack?

    Everything is a compromise in the end.
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    And a bipod in the bush obeys Murphey's law to a Tee...anything that it can be snagged on, will be snagged on.
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    Looks pretty well dialed man. That saw is pretty heavy, would prob ditch that.
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    I'd consider dropping: bivvy bag, saw, hipflask, bipod, kindle. I'd also consider dropping one of your thermal tops and your packed shorts, if you are taking pants, although I'd also just skip those as well and use the spare thermal longs as campsite clothing.

    What are you eating with? some sort of spork? Any spare batteries being taken for your head torch or is it re-chargeable? Do you carry any any extra rope (for hanging meat, just in case pack ties, laces, etc)?

    No extra weight calculated for your packed pants btw.
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    Just glancing at the list, ditch the kindle, saw and hip flask and ask if yourself if you need the battery bank. You shouldn't for one night trips. Food could be simplified. I "like" OSM because of high calorie content and no preparation required. I just take OSM and dehydrated meals for short trips. It's no fun, but does the job. There's no right answer, just a question of food preference vs weight. No need for vitamins over the time periods you are likely to be hunting. I only carry 500ml water unless I know there won't be water available. I'd also consider ditching the bipod and gun cleaning stuff unless you really need them. No need for binos where I hunt in Northland bush, but might be different where you are. As for clothes, I generally carry just two sets. Wet/dirty stuff for hunting and dry/cleanish stuff for camp.
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    Easy and cheap weight saving in there if your a bush hunter, get a decent fly/tarp. Versatile and heaps more room than a tent and your carrying a bivy anyway. Thats a kg right there. Once you get used to the fly they are an awesome way to camp.

    Ditch some of the spare clothing. You need a basic dry set. Puffer, thermal top and bottom sleeping socks spare undies, your waterproof jacket, and whatever you are wearing

    Ditch the bipod, no needed in the bush plenty of makeshift rests.

    Personally I don't bother with saws etc unless in for a few days as I usually am hunting from dark to dark and can't be arsed faffing around with a fire. If stuck in a pinch you can scrounge up enough wood without a saw anyway
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    Better off with a gym membership and running shoes. Get fitter and the pack will be lighter
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    I always pack on a "what if" basis: what if I have an immobilising injury- how to: summon help/ cater for an extra 2 days till I'm found? So, implications there for communications and extra food. What if my gear gets soaked: so everything goes into a waterproof liner, etc. Forty five years as a search and rescue ranger taught me the things that people wished they had with them while they were waiting for rescue during a long, wet, cold, hungry, thirsty wait period. Some of those were hunters.
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    @Vandros

    Did you see this thread?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Russian 22. View Post
    Better off with a gym membership and running shoes. Get fitter and the pack will be lighter
    Too sensible! If we all took that advice, we'd be much better off.
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    If I left behind things I didn't use after 3 trips I might have to leave my rifle at home
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    Different tent and rifle/scope would be areas of significant saving but they are not unreasonable.

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    About the same as I take and similar weight.
    I just load pack.
    Scales with and with pack and rifle etc.
    Not weighing individually.
    There are a few articles on going too light interesting reading.
    If you want a fire take a saw.
    If you want a tipple take some spirits.
    A good tent takes some beating.
    Have a margin of safety with tucker and some gear.
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    My philosophy when I was travelling was to buy a smaller pack and what didn't fit didn't go.

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    For spring summer,autumn you could always replace the tent with a fly. Siltarp 2 is 393gms
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