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  1. G’day brains trust,
    Just after a good size day pack for walking the hills and packing out meat occasionally. I don’t really have a budget just want to buy something with decent quality in the 35L-40L range. Currently looking at the spika drover 40L (with a frame) and hunters element 35L pack (no frame) anyone had any experience with either? 
    Also will eventually go to a multi day kirafu or kuiu pack down the track so this will mainly be just for a day trip or so. Thanks in advance
    Look at the badlands packs as well, zips are awesome and they are comfy as.I have had 2 goats in my 35L pack with ease.

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  2. be aware despite claims that some dont like recoil from 300 win mags,bloke i know has personally (meat man)  advised me  that he blew two up on warranty and now uses a 308 Win
    Yeah I've herd they can struggle on the big calibre.I want to put it on my 223rem

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  3. As for clothing
    Summer time keep it light,comfortable
    Winter,dress in layers. Nothing worse than being to hot or to cold.
    As for brands,some are better than others,some are rubbish and some are the bees knees. Good starter kit from Ridgeline will het you out their,I prefer Stoney Creek gear,slightly better quality but also a little more expensive.Swazi is another step up again.SamHuntVic has a good range,and is a member of the site

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  4. Forget the insect repellant,any animal will smell that from a k away.Insects and spiders in the bush is part of life.Snake proof gators,probably overkill,just don't stand on them.Dunny paper is always Good,their is something about fresh air and the bush in the mornings.Carry a lighter to burn the paper off when your finished.Nothing worse than seeing funny paper half way up a hill.GPS is always handy.Head torch.A couple of knives.a couple of old pillow cases to stash meat in and keep the flys off. Small first aid kit.Keep a piece of rubber in your pack to start a fire.You could carry so much crap with everything that is advertised these days,but you are best off keeping it light

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  5. Just got back from New Zealand at 1.30am this morning.All I can say is harden up.Your feet will get wet and so will your boots,do get used to the idea of putting in cold wet boots in the morning.And as for socks,I like bamboo type.They take ages to dry,but they warm up very quickly and are super comfy whether wet or dry.I would chose to hunt mostly in thermal pants and shorts when in NZ,simply because they DON'T have snakes.Over here a set of gators and shorts would be ok in summer.Lets face it,if a snake is going to strike and bite the top of your leg,then even long pants aren't going to help.

    If you fill your pack with cheap lightweight gear then expect an uncomfortable trip.You don't have to spend big either,you just need to chose wisely.Layers seems to be all the go these days,but I find a light top under my stoney creek bush jacket pretty dam good for me.Sure I sweat a bit in it,but I am always warm and comfy.I wouldn't wear polar fleece outer wear on a pack trip,but I know others who do.

    And make sure you tape your feet,nothing worse than blisters when you can't do bugger all about them.

    Keep an eye on the weather as well.We had a bizarre weather pattern this week.Joel and I hiked into a block in heavy wind and rain on Sunday,by Sunday evening it had become a blizzard.It was below zero and the wind chill was making my ears burn.Next morning it eas blue skies amd by 8am I was sunbaking on the deck in a pair of shorts.

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  6. Hi all, I'm from Melbourne, Vic, hooked on that sweet Sambar chase, been driving in as far as you can get into the good spots up until now, currently purchasing my kit, bit by bit to start backpack hunting, where the monster stags roam! I'm unable to make a reply post as stated, the reply box simply isn't visible, not sure why, probably on my end. Hoping this introductory post will get me into the forums.

    Careful,backpacking csn be addictive and lead to many weekends spent roaming hills

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  7. 5 watt is a must.I have had a few from uniden to my current GME.think of your time in the bush,can you recharge or do you need something you can swap batteries in.I run an external mic clipped to my jacket so i don't have to dive into my pocket to get the unit out,something to think about.They come in all different sizes even for 5 watt,doesn't necessarily mean that bigger is better

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