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Daypack contents
Aug 9th, 2010 at 8:41pm
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Just did my first solo hunt in the wet bush thought I would set out my daypack contents:



1. Pack - Stoney Creek Dayhunter - good - didnt stay completely dry but didnt need it to.
2. Raincoat - British army DPM goretex - awesome - rained buckets all day and never got wet.  Also it comes right down over my shorts so my ass stayed dry. And cheap too from Kiwi Disposals.
3.  Gloves - cheap from Katmandhu
4.  First aid kit - from Bivouac - pretty hefty but rather be safe than sorry.  I have added extra roll of tape, strong pain killers, and insect repellant
5.  Camera - Cannon Ixus - had this for ages, super small and never lets me down
6.  Headlight - Black diamond - this is awesome - recommended
7.  Drysack - sea to summit from Bivouac - awesome - it got soaked but never let in a drop
8.  Spare clothes in drysack - marino mid layer, pollypro leggings, polypro top, spare socks
9.  Compass - old school sailors compass - great for taking bearings
10.  Garmin Etrex - OK but hard to get a signal under the canopy
11.  Spare batteries - for headlamp and Etrex - in the glass vitamin bottle to keep them dry
12.  Knife sharpening steel - Trademe special
13.  Knife - Gator II fine edge drop point - cant wait to use it!!
14.  Whistle - pealess
15.  Flint
16.  Lighter
17.  Emergency blanket
18.  Swiss army knife - backup and tools
19.  Orange plastic emergency sack

Total weight 4.5 kg.  Add rifle, ammo, map, water, and food and I'm off!!

Took me ages to chose, find and buy all this gear.  If youre a beginner like me suggest you read Creed's book and follow advice on here and in the hunting magazines.  Thanks to eveyone who'se advice I took.  Pretty happy with this lot only things I would change when funds allow is a better gps (60csx) and better boots!!!
  
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Reply #1 - Aug 9th, 2010 at 11:46pm
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got any room for the meat? and where's the dunny paper?

A good list - I use the same day pack and basically the same stuff
  
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Reply #2 - Aug 9th, 2010 at 11:57pm
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Maybe throw in a piece of old bicycle inner tube to help light a fire if you need to.
  

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Reply #3 - Aug 10th, 2010 at 12:43am
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what size is your dry bag? great idea, might have to get myself one
  
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Reply #4 - Aug 10th, 2010 at 12:45am
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Thats a pretty good set up.

Meat bag, A pull through , ammo and good lens cleaner.
  
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Reply #5 - Aug 10th, 2010 at 1:51am
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+ map, +antihistame, + sling
  
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Reply #6 - Aug 10th, 2010 at 2:07am
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tm - not sure of the size but bivouac has heps of different sizes.  THey weigh nothing at all.  Got the idea from Nimrod's pack - think he uses something the same/similar.
  
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Reply #7 - Aug 10th, 2010 at 3:08am
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meat bag and some cord/rope for stringing up the first one for pick up on the way back out.

Also- binos, plb, & beanie
+1 for bog roll, a map & a bit of rubber (inner tube)
  
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Reply #8 - Aug 10th, 2010 at 5:07am
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Do those Brittish DPM's have a hood?
  
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Reply #9 - Aug 10th, 2010 at 5:10am
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Yep a really good one that rolls up into the collar -which is nice and high so it covers half your face when the wind is blowing.  CAn't find a fault with it.
  
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Reply #10 - Aug 10th, 2010 at 5:15am
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I have a Stoney Creek Sambar hooded jacket too, would one of these Brittish DPM's be worth getting as a water-proofer for over the top? for when it's really coming down? My Stoney Creek gets real hot sometimes so would be good as a shell with thermals underneath....
  
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Reply #11 - Aug 10th, 2010 at 5:33am
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Would be a good option for that as it is pretty light and pcks down small.  It has sealed seams as well and good cuff velcroe.  The sleeves are also pretty long - im 6,5.  I prefer the layered approach rather than the great big heavy jacket - the DPM jacket is great for that. I think I paid around $80 second hand at Kiwi Disposals.  For that money its unbeatable.  The other ones I looked at were hundreds and had heaps of "options" which just got in the way of the important stuff - like keeping me dry!
  
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Reply #12 - Aug 10th, 2010 at 7:01am
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Looks like a good setup.  Whats in the glass vitamin bottle?  I would swap it for a plastic one which will be lighter.

I used to have the gerber but swapped it out for a svord pheasant knife.  Half the weight, better steel and 1/10 the price.

Add map and plb as others have mentioned.

I would add a spare torch, just a small one but it can be a life saver if your main one dies or you need to change batteries.

I would swap out the emergency blanket and orange survival bag for a Heatsheets Emergency Bivvy.  More effective and lighter.
http://www.outdoorsupplies.co.nz/Survival.htm

I would add a beanie or balaclava to the spare clothes.

Once you add binos, food, ammo and water you probably have too much stuff.  Make a note of what you don't use and start whittling it down.

Also as others have mentioned you don't have anywhere to put meat.  Best solution is to buy a huntech meat bag and chuck it into your daypack.
  

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Reply #13 - Aug 10th, 2010 at 7:30am
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That headshets biv looks sweet!
  
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Reply #14 - Aug 10th, 2010 at 7:53am
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Thanks MassiveAttack - I have a Svord peasant knife for a spare, $20 on trademe - couldnt resist!!

Vitamin bottle holds spare batteries.  Thanks for other suggestions.
  
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