You might call me a person with an obsessive disorder, but I have some surreal passion for archery and bow hunting. Ask me why? Well, it helps me to deal with the demons. Not in reality, but you know how a perfect bowhunting day out boosts your confidence level up, right? When I go for bow hunting I focus on my backpack. In this article, I have discussed the best bow hunting backpacks that are suited for a serious bow hunter.
Well, on a serious note, bow hunting can be really hectic with loads of stuff and accessories. There are bows, bow quivers, bow backpack, meat hauls, and 10-15 other accessories, based on the destination and duration of hunting. And there is no debate on the essence of a compact, strong and compatible bow carrying the backpack.
However, as it comes to selecting the best bow hunting backpack, it’s inevitable that you need no less than a ‘perfect’ one. Because there is no chance that you hand-carry any of your gears or leave them behind.
In this article today, we’ve decided to go deep down the market to pick up top 10 of the best bow hunting backpacks for you. Hence, we’ve hand-picked 37 of them and filter out 10 top picks based on the expert’s analysis report.
Would you like to go and have a look? Let’s start-
10 Best Bow Hunting Backpacks – Comparision Table
|ALPS OutdoorZ Pursuit||22x14x4 inches||4.8 pounds|
|Timber Hawk Killshot Backpack||12.5x22x12 inches||7.6 pounds|
|Tenzing TZ 1140 Single Sling||14.8 x 8.1 x 21.3 inches||4.3 pounds|
|ALPS OutdoorZ Pathfinder||16x 6×13 inches||4.2 pounds|
|Badlands 2200 Camouflage||10.9x25x7.8 inches||2.7 pounds|
|ALPS OutdoorZ Traverse EPS||25x7x15 inches||7.3 pounds|
|ALPS OutdoorZ Matrix||22x14x5 inches||4.4 pounds|
|Eberlestock X2 Pack||15.5x11x3.5 inches||4.4 pounds|
|ALPS OutdoorZ Trail Blazer||21.5x14x2 inches||3 pounds|
|KRATARC Archery Back Arrows Quiver Bag||1.4 pounds|
Reviews on Top Bow Hunting Backpacks
Before diving into any further details, let’s take a moment and appreciate the massively spacious 2700 cubic inches space inside this bag. To backup items that you keep inside this space, they’ve made the frame out of aluminum.
Also, there are a plethora of pockets that are different in terms of size and housing capacity. If you’re bow hunting for quite some time, you can definitely find the right pocket for the right kit.
No matter it’s a bow for bow hunting or a gun for other kinds of hunting, you’ve got ALPS OutdoorZ Pursuit Hunting Pack as your two keepers. There is also a drop-down holder to keep your handy items and to keep your hands free.
Worrying about the comforting fact? This bag actually is smart enough to relieve you. There is a padded shoulder that adjusts according to the body’s posture. So, you don’t feel any acute pressure on any particular point of your hip or back.
Running low on water and need some hydration on the site? Well, you’ve got the hands-free hydration through the water bladder that comes built in the bag.
When you’re on the bow hunting site, it’s not always when you would like to carry the heavy bag on shoulder. If you want some quick move and get rid of the load, there is a D-ring clip provided. With this ring, you can hang it on any tree branches.
The list ends with explaining how protective it is against water. Well, the material o the bag itself isn’t protective against water splashes. But there is an orange colored rain protector who can do the job very well.
- Can Be hung with the built-in D-clip.
- Spacious frontal pocket with 27 cubic inches.
- Comfortable, padded waist belts.
- There are a couple of pockets on the waist belt as well.
- Clip-style holders for easy access.
- Drop down bow holder.
- Weighs as light as 4 lbs only.
- Handles could have been more meshed and smoot.
First thing first, we highly appreciate the strong and rugged built quality of this backpack. It’s crafted with Polyester brushed tricot along with a PVC backing. To protect it from rain and water splashes, it has got a pull-out blaze rain cover. A side benefit of the rain cover is, it’s orange in color. So, it can be helpful in visibility as well.
To let you carry the bow or rifle(for other kinds of hunters) safely, there is an insulated hose. The hose itself is made of a two-liter hydration bladder. So, you can try multiple positions of carrying the bow or gun as well.
The Timber Hawk Killshot Backpack is great with accessibility. And we’re sure bow hunters would die for that. Let us explain how-
This bag has got a set of raptor compressor straps which can shrink to load stability. Besides, the right and left sided hip belts are there to give the hunter instant access to all of his gears.
On top of that, it has got a binocular strap system, a set of quick ejection clips that work silently and let you drop the bag at an instance, and a drop-down style scabbard.
All these additional features do nothing but enhance the hunter’s ability to carry and access any item at any moment.
There is 56.2 ltr of space inside the bag, which is massive. Apart from the main storage, there are additional storage spaces as well. And because the bag itself weighs less than 8 pounds, it won’t feel heavy on your shoulder.
While carrying bow hunting items on the backpack, you might be in worry about its durability. But the twill lining throughout the bag can assure you about that. in case you have to carry anything delicate, there is padded front storage with magnetic closure. No matter how many jerks it goes through, items will hardly come out.
- Rooms for bow, rifle, tripod and many more.
- 56.2 ltr carrying capacity.
- The bag is stitched with super durable twill lining.
- Adjustable shoulder straps.
- Pull out rain cover with visible orange color.
- Padded compartment for delicate items at the front.
- Can hold items worth using for several nights.
- Weighs only 7.6 pounds.
- Not a good for short-span hunting excursions.
It’s not all the time when you want a bulky 50+ ltr bag to carry on your bow hunting day out, right? If you’re looking for something more compact and less bulky in size, Tenzing TZ 1140 Single Sling Archery Pack can be the pick for you.
We’re going to break down the features and the benefits as well-
The TZ 1140 is specially designed for bow hunters and you can tell that just by having a look at the design. The size is 1144 cubic inches, and the design is of single sling type. The benefit is, it can stay out of your way when you’re drawing your bow on the target.
In terms of pocket counts, this bag gives us a score of 12. Apart from these 12 pockets, there is the main compartment of 17”x12”5” in dimension. Pretty much spacious to house your regular bow hunting kits.
The design is pretty likely to have quick access on both quiver mount and the optical case with the side mounted bow clip. It’s made of double-layered brushed Tricot fabric, along with a packaging or soft PVC.
If you end up way too much load in the bag, you don’t need to worry about its strength at all. There is a highly strong reinforcement with Dyneema strength panel, specially in the high-stress areas.
As a benefit, you get a strong, capable and ready-to-load bag that can be used for years.
Compared to many other bags of the list, this bag is of pretty much light in weight. With just 2 lbs 3 oz of weight, you can keep all of your bow hunting gears and carry them around. There is a lateral compressor strap, through which you can stabilize the bag full of equipment.
Let’s talk about comfort level now. Its backpack is meshed and padded, and the hip support is padded equally good. As a benefit, you can get firm support while carrying even heavy equipment.
The last but not the least considerable factor is the price point. To be frank, we’re pretty much satisfied with the price. The number of strength and amount of durability it gives highly worth the money.
- Single sling design to keep it out of the hunter’s way.
- 12 pockets along with a spacious main compartment.
- 1144 cubic inches of volume in total.
- Weighs just around 2 lbs.
- Quick to access quiver mount.
- Another quick access case for optical devices like a rangefinder.
- Double layered, brushed tricot.
- PVC made backing.
- Soft and cushioned pad for comfort in carrying.
- Protective against hydration.
- In the case of carrying loads of items, the size won’t be a great fit.
When you’ve got a number of stuff like the bow, the decoys, the gears, and the extras, you might go for an extra mile with the carrying bow hunting backpack. At this point in the review, we would like to introduce such a backpack that can hold it all. And the name is ALPS OutdoorZ Pathfinder Hunting Pack.
When you go out for a hunting campaign, this fancy pack will haul all of your essentials. The first part of its construction is a padded waist belt along with the shoulder harness system. The job of the shoulder strap is to ensure a comfortable fit and distribute the weight across your shoulder.
We know that more space is required when you want to carry all of your gears and accessories in a single hunting backpack. Keeping that in mind, it has got a daypack mode. All you have to do is to unroll the backpack to the daypack mode, and it will give you an additional 1100 cubic inches of space.
There are two different modes to work with this backpack- the hauling mode, and the bow carrying mode. The hauling mode comes with extra fabric and straps and provides you additional space to house your stuff.
And the bow hunting mode lets you keep your bow hunting accessories along with extra gears.
As some more benefits, there is a bow pocket that can house a wide variety of compound bows. To secure the housing of the bow, there is a lash strap. Having the strap tied, your hands will be free to work.
To keep different accessories in the bag, there is a binocular pocket, turkey call pocket, camera pocket. If you want to add more pockets by yourself, that’s also quite possible. These accessories pockets are also compatible with ALPS little bear and AlPS big bear.
- 44 lbs high containing capacity.
- Expands to two different modes.
- Padded shoulder harness for comfort and weight distribution.
- Can carry loads of bow hunting accessories.
- For extra large loads, there is a lashing strap.
- Fits wide variation of bow types.
- Can house hunting accessories as well.
- Weighs as light as 4.2 pounds only.
- Dual shoulder straps can come in front of in the middle of hunting actions.
rifle scopes and binoculars, such protection will do a great job. On top of that, it has got a zippered pocket at the rear side. Whatever you keep on that pocket, you’ll get quick access to it at an instance.
Worrying about the durability of the fabric? Well, the whole fabric offers a great suppression at critical pressure points. So, it won’t tear off or get loosen up, no matter how roughly you use it.
It has got great protection from the environmental odds. The list of problems that it can withstand is fog, moisture, dirt and even blood.
The Badland 2000 is super comfortable to carry around. The molded foam on the suspension system is able to match your body posture. So, it won’t create any pressure on any particular part of your body.
That was about the external part. But what about the internal frame?
Well, there is a T-6 graded aluminum made the internal frame. To make sure that it doesn’t create any fatigue on your body, there are a load lifter straps attached.
Like we said before, there is a neutral colored palette that creates a clamorous for you while carrying. As we know, most of the bowhunters are often looking forward to such a feature in the bag. Such color blend is very likely to get blended within a wide array of environments.
Lastly, it comes with three different colors to choose from. Based on the environment you would like to hunt, you may choose one from these three.
If you ask for our neutral opinion, we would label it as a pretty impressive bow hunting backpack for the money.
- 36.9L of space inside the bag.
- 8 pockets along with a couple of strap pairs.
- Comes with a built-in meat shaft.
- Protective against dirt, mud, dew and even blood.
- Molded foam inside for comfort.
- Matches body contour of every shape.
- Load lifter straps for weight balance.
- Neutra, camouflage-type color theme.
- Three models to choose from.
- Weighs too much to carry around.
Once again, let’s welcome anther ALPZ Ourdoorz bow hunting backpack on the podium. This time it’s the ALPS OutdoorZ Traverse EPS Hunting Pack by ALPS OutdoorZ- a budget-friendly backpack for hunters.
Let’s look through the features and benefits-
The design deserves the first slot of this discussion. It has got 1200 cubic inches of storage inside. And that’s also with an expandable pack section. If you would like to take the meat or other bulky gears with you, this feature will come in help.
Also, the Torso is pretty much adjustable up to 20 inches.
About the pockets of bags, there are surprising elements that we would like to show you. You will find pockets inside, outside and as attachments. The inside pockets are there to store your most essential and delicate items. The wing pockets will let you to securely hold your weapons. As there is zippered protection, they will be at there place, no matter how much shakes it undergoes.
And lastly, it’s the attached pockets, where you can keep the bow or other weapons. The pocket is a drop-down type one, so the placement will be quite secure.
You may often desire support at around the waist when you’re carrying heavy items into the bag. To keep a smile on your face, there is a clip style holster compatible waist belt. It will keep the handguns, and also provide support around your waist.
To protect your items from rains, you will get a rain cover along with the bag itself. Talking about water, there is also a Hydration port to make this bag hydration-compatible.
Now, come to the straps. It has got padded shoulder straps and adjustable lashing straps. The Extension lashing straps are there to let you haul extra large loads. And the padded shoulder straps will make it easier to carry around without any hardship.
No matter it’s the bow, gun merely handguns, you will find some sort of secure place to hold them. Besides, there are three colors to choose from.
- 1200 cubic inches of spaces inside.
- H-frame style design with three color variations.
- Drop down pockets at the side to hold longer items.
- Safe and zippered side pockets.
- Padded shoulder harness for ultra comfortable carrying.
- Clip style holster compatible waist belt.
- Rainproof cover provided with the bag.
- No hardened frame to save the delicate items inside.
Once again, it’s another ALPS Outdoorz product, and this time, we’ve decided to go low in terms of budget. So, presenting our budget-friendly pick of the list- the ALPS OutdoorZ Matrix, Realtree Edge.
Although it’s under the high price-bar. But let’s see what feature it has got. We’re sure that you’ll get more than what you are expecting.
First thing first, this bag is designed to be as friendly as possible for bowhunters. Just having a look at the compartments and pockets, we can say that with confidence.
It has got a set of wing pockets to place bow or similar weapons, drop down pockets to carry smaller firearms, a quiver holder on the side of the bag, and a hydration pocket. Make a list of the items and gears you have to carry around while bow hunting. We’re sure that this bag will have places for all of them.
These were the pockets outside. Having a look inside, you can still find pockets distributed in a smart way. So, you can keep your most important hunting gears into them.
To make it comfortable to use, there is a padded waist belt with two more pockets. This waist belt also accommodates a couple of clip-style holders. If you want to make the bag more tighten up to your body, these holders will come in help.The bag is pretty much compact in size and light in weight. The overall weight is not more than 4 lbs, and you will still have a space of 2700 cubic inches inside it. Impressive, right?
Although, there are no color options to chose from, the default Realtree Edge color that comes, is still good.
We highly appreciate how the company had managed to provide such a handful of features within such a low price point. Thumbs up, ALPS Outdoorz!
- 2700 cubic inches of space inside.
- only 4 lbs in weight.
- A number of pockets at the back, belt, and frontal sides.
- a number of attachment points to hand your extra gears.
- Padded waist belt for comfortable carrying.
- Compact in size, fits for any person.
- Pretty affordable price point.
- The clicky noise of the waist belt is too noisy for bow hunting.
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Eberlestock X2 Pack
Before heading over the detailed features, let us tell you one unique side of the product. Well, it has a got a Flexx Chassis that you can flip forward. By flipping forward, you can use it as a seat in any situation. Interesting and impactful, right?
Moving forward, we loved a lot how the material of this bag had been chosen. The building block of this bag is NT7 standard waterproof fabric. The quality of this fabric is, it’s super durable and super good to look at. Besides, the construction is water-resistant.
Apart from the water, it’s made to sustainable in odd weather conditions like rain, storm, dew factors and even muds. When you’re up to with this bag with bow hunting equipment on it, they are super secure with Eberlestock X2 Pack.
This bag has good compatibility that is suited for a bowhunter. If you think about a compound, it’s designed to accept that. Also, there are A1SS and A2SS side scabbards for the same brand, and you can equip the items with the bag. These attachments let you carry a shotgun or a full-scale hunting rifle. pretty good if you are multi-genre hunting.
Usually, bow huntings don’t come with a lot of color choices in the current market. All they have is a camouflage type design and that’s all. But with Eberlestock X2 Pack, you will have 4 types of color choices. Based on the environment you are shooting in,
- Hide open rock well type design with a number of other variations.
- Flexx Chassis to use it as a seat.
- Can cradle loads on it for supper support.
- A number of spaces for accessory attachment.
- NT7 waterproof fabric.
- Protective against other kinds of environmental odds as well.
- Pretty much compact, and easy to carry.
- Not a good fit for carrying compact and large-in-size items.
This bag is from the inventory of APLS Outdoorz and you already know that they are premium manufacturers of hunting wearables for many years now. On that note, you can call this Trail Blazer a pocket-friendly version of their ultra-compact hunting backpack with bow holder.
Its main compartment is made strong by the PE frame sheet, which is at the back of the pack. You get to get extra support while carrying loads of items in the bag. Also, it keeps the bag’s shape and designs the same, so the durability of the bag remains as much as it should.
There are front pockets in this bag, just like any other hunting backpack. But what’s different is the zipper quality. The zipper which tied the front pocket up is of premium quality.
If you want to go for an extra mile with the attachments, there are a number of attachment points on the front side of the pack. If you want to gear extra items which were able to hang, this is the part of the product for you. Bows, guns, and other gears that hunters like to hold in this way.
The picture you are seeing in this description is one of the three different pattern options. To be honest, we liked three of them and you may get confused while choosing one from them.
To keep large items like the gun or the bow, there is a drop-down pocket at the front side of the package. To hold up water, there is an H2O compartment as well.
Finally, to provide you protection from rain splashes, there is an orange-colored rain cover provided. Once covered with the orange cover, you can also detect it from distance. That’s a bonus point if you want to think it that way.
- 2500 cubic inches space inside the main compartment.
- PE framed sheet for strong support.
- Multiple attachment points.
- A lashing system is there for lashing.
- Meshed lower pocket and expandable frontal pocket.
- Zippered pockets for optimal security.
- Three different textures to choose from.
- Price is quite pocket-friendly.
- Not protective against weather without the cover.
The last pick of the list of 10, is maybe the most compact and mini version of bow hunting backpack. Maybe in the sense of price, this bag will be at the top of the low point. The name is KRATARC Archery Back Arrows Quiver Bag and we’re sure that you’ll like it as a unique piece.
The design is of Molle system design, made of material like polyester fabric. There are two different colors of black and Camo to choose from. Such a style fits men, women and literally any adult.
It may be quite compact in design, but it is still able to hold the products and gears that you might need in bow hunting. There is also a bow quiver bag along with a molle system. To keep smaller gears and accessories, there are a number of pockets. If you’re up to target practicing instead of regular bow hunting, this bag is quite compatible with that as well.
To adjust the bag according to your preference, there are adjustable straps which are firm and durable. That makes it even more convenient and comfortable to carry around.
The pockets are large in size, and there is zippered protection with all of them. You can safely place your gears like arm guard, arrow puller, bowstring etc.
No matter you’re up to hunting, bow hunting, shooting or even target practice, this might be a perfect pick to go. Apart from the hunting backpack itself, you’re also getting a tactical patch that might help you for an even tighter fit.
The last but not the least, we’re pretty much satisfied with the price point of the bag as well. Comparing to many other picks of the list, the price seems to sufficiently low.
- Flat, 21 inches of length with adjustable strap.
- Made of reinforced polyester fabric.
- Convenient and comfortable for carrying.
- Molle style design for multiple attachments.
- large storage pockets with zippered pockets.
- An idea picks ideal bow hunters.
- Pretty much cheap in price.
- Not highly protective against environmental odds.
What To Keep In Your Archery Best Bow Hunting Backpack?
There are two categories of accessories when it comes to bow hunting. As you’re thinking of buying the best bow hunting backpack, you should take a side note of these items for sure-
Type 1: Regula On-bow Necessities
- The bow.
- Bow Quiver.
- Fletched arrows.
- Bow release.
- Bow rest.
- Peep sight.
- Allen wrenches.
- Broadhead wrenches.
- Field points.
Type 2: Additional Tools
- The bow case.
- Bow Sling.
- Stabilizer for the bow.
- Ground blind.
- Hunting tags.
- Hunting guides.
Although you can’t keep all of them into one single backpack, keeping the list in mind would definitely help in planning on that.
We’ve assumed that you’ve gone through all 10 of our best picks and now made up your buying shortlist. But you know, it’s still confusing to choose one out of three or four of your top picks.
To hone up your decision, we’ve got an exclusive buying guide that you’d like to read. Here you go-
For 99% of bow hunters, this is the first and foremost factor to consider. But there is no particular material that is defined for bow hunting. But in terms of material strength, protectiveness and some other factors, we can come up with a suggestion.
Most of the times, we prefer polyester fabric made bow hunting bags, as they provide maximum durability. But manufacturers also try about materials lie Aramid and Hypalon. This advanced kind of materials may turn to be highly expensive, but they provide superb variability as well.
While choosing the right material, keep in mind about water protection as well. As your bow hunting environment will be full of environmental odds, that should be kept in your mind.
How Many Weapons You Can Equip in It?
Bow hunting is not only about the bow and the bow quiver. There are a lot of other items that you need to carry along as well.
There are lashing straps with bow pockets in many bow hunting bags. Also, there are side pockets, front pockets and even pockets with the waist belt for additional housing. All of these pockets and compartments can be used to house equipment that you need in bow hunting.
Apart from the accessories, don’t forget about the bow itself. Many bags let you keep the bow inside the main compartment. But if the bag is more compact, you may face a hard time with that.
Instead, compact bags often gives you a space to hold the bow separately. Instead of built-in pockets, these are called extensions. In place of the bow, you may often keep firearms like the gun as well.
While you are carrying such a high number of items in one backpack, the weight should go high. As a general user, that should also cause extreme stress on your shoulder and back.
To get relief from that, don’t end up with a bag which is not comfortable. To recognize that, you should check pads and meshed portions on the shoulder strap.
Apart from the shoulder strap, there are other straps on the waist side, which helps in perfect weight distribution. If those waist straps also come in a padded way, that’s a bonus!
Meat Hauling Pack
To get more accuracy in now hunting, carrying a meat loaf isn’t a strange thing at all. In fact, in most of the compound bow backpacks, you would see a space for these meats. If you’re thinking of hunting in this way, then having one such meat hauling space is a must in a backpack.
Instead of full form compounds, there are often meat pockets in some bags. If you’re looking for a short term hunting expedition, you can take that into consideration as well.
Protection Against Environment
In the middle of a hunting day out, there can be rains at any time. Keeping the rain aside, there are chances that your backpack is exposed to muds, dust and even blood.
If you don’t want your backpack to get unusable within a few days, you better chose a model that gives you protection against these environmental factors.
In most of the cases, archery backpacks come with deface protection against water. But in some cheaper versions, there is a water protection cover provided. Based on your budget, you should choose between these two.
You still reading, right? Well, thanks for being there till the dead end. We’ve tried to break down all of the essential features of these 10 best bow hunting backpacks. We’ve also tried to be diverse when it comes to price points of these bags. And we’re more than certain that, you’ll find one right pick for your next bowhunting adventure!