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5 Best Elk Hunting Backpacks

A good hunting backpack is one of the most essential pieces of equipment for an elk hunt. Not only do you need it to hold all your gear you'll often need it to haul meat out if you have a successful hunt. You'll also want to keep an eye on weight, as with most hunting equipment the more expensive it is the lighter it is and hunting backpacks are no exception. You'll also want to consider if its hydration compatible and if it has the ability to easily attach your rifle or bow. We've put together the list of our best elk hunting backpacks, You can shop all hunting backpacks here.

ALPS Outdoorz Commander + Pack Backpack

When you get the ALPS Outdoorz Commander + Pack Backpack, you're getting the Commander Freighter Frame PLUS a 5250 cubic inch Pack Bag. The Pack Bag is great for getting all your gear to your base camp. The Pack Bag includes a front pocket, spotting scope pocket, rifle holder, and 2 side accessory hinged pockets, in addition to the main compartment. Once you empty out your Pack Bag, it can be easily detached so the Commander can be used as a Freighter Frame also. The Commander Freighter Frame allows you to haul your meat from one place to the next. The Commander comes equipped with a unique lashing system to secure your meat. With as much weight as you'll be carrying, padded waist belt and shoulder straps are a must. There are pockets for your flashlight and knife, as well as a holder for your shooting stick on the lashing straps.


  • Durable Ripstop fabric
  • Rifle holder
  • Top loading
  • Spindrift collar with drawcord
  • Hydration pocket and port
  • Frame and lashing straps included with pack bag
  • Hold-open frame supports the structure of the pack
  • Lower door access
  • #10 zippers
  • Internal horizontal divider
  • Webbing loops for lashing


What Customers Are Saying

My daughter has several seasons on hers

My daughter, 5' 4", used hers for several seasons and likes it a lot. Shares it with other hiker, 5' 11" and the adjustment range covers both. I tried hers, and found it fit me and was easy to adjust. Midway had them at a great price, so now I have my own.
- vfsi, 4/3/2022

About ALPS Outdoorz

We have always stood by our promise of providing affordable, performance-driven gear. With our industry-leading warranty and our friendly custom service, we promise to Exceed Your Expectations.

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Mystery Ranch Beartooth 80 Backpack

The Mystery Ranch Beartooth 80 Backpack is built for the hunter who values organization and varied access to the essentials. Built on the new Guide Light MT Frame. This pack offers major load-hauling capability and features a quick-attach frame capture for easier Overload feature usage. The unique 270° duffel-style zipper opening offers easy access no matter how it’s packed. The main compartment is accessible from the top, side, or bottom. Multiple pockets both outside and on the main opening’s inside flap keep all the essentials close at hand.


  • 270° duffel-style zipper
  • Patented Futura Yoke easily micro adjusts to the torso length
  • Five-point waist belt incorporates the highly functional Redirect system
  • Redirect system delivers solid weight distribution and eliminates slippage over your hips

About Mystery Ranch

At MYSTERY RANCH, our mission is to support your mission—whatever that may be. Our customers are the rough and rugged ones of this Earth, those ambitious men and women with a lust for adventure and an affinity for struggle—be it occupation or recreation, perilous profession or ardent pastime, daily duty or weekend escape. They’re discriminating people in demanding conditions; they must haul more and hurt less; they cannot—and will not—fail. And, if we have anything to say about it, neither will their gear.

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Badlands 2200 Backpack

A lot can change in 25 years, but the versatility of the Badlands 2200 Backpack hasn’t. Every year, Badlands makes improvements, to reduce weight, enhance balance and mobility, and just plain make the 2200 a better bag. This year alone, Badlands made more than 25 enhancements, including a lighter, stronger magnesium frame, a weight-loss program that cut nearly a pound off and a tighter, slightly lower center of gravity for increased mobility.


  • Allite Super Magnesium Frame
  • Carries Rifle or Bow
  • Zippered Back-Panel Access
  • Built-In Blaze-Orange Meat Shelf
  • Hip-Belt Pistol Holster
  • Easy-Access Hip-Belt Pouches
  • Integrated Spotting Scope Pocket
  • Molded Foam Suspension
  • Reinforced Carrying Strap/Hanging Strap
  • Aramid Bartacking on Stress Points
  • Hydration Compatible (Up to 2L)
  • Adjustable Waist Belt with Reverse Tightening
  • Bino Connect Compatible (requires optional Bino Connect Kit)
  • Badlands' KXO-50 Fabric
  • Detachable Rifle/Bow Boot
  • C6 DWR


What Customers Are Saying

Good pack, holds a lot, quiet, comfortable.

I finally got a good backpack! After lugging around cheap surplus store packs, I broke down and spent some money. This is a very quiet pack, very comfortable. I tried it on at a local shop, it fit well. I also tried a different brand, MR, on the same day. The Badlands was way more comfortable. the only downside so far is that with the surplus store packs I got really used to using those Molle attachments. I wish this pack had a few of them. When hiking in and getting hot, I had a carabiner on the side I could just clip my hat off to. Also I feel that it could use a few more pockets to store various gear in. Ilik dedicated pockets for first aide, toilet paper, ect.
- Rayzor, 1/12/2023

About Badlands

Twenty years of tinkering, testing and, frankly, a little mad science, has shaped us into the kind of brand we’ve always admired. A brand where “unconditional” isn’t just a word – it’s a cornerstone of our business, in how we guarantee our hunting packs and camo gear. Badlands is a place where a simple hunting story can spawn an entire new product line, or a phone call with a customer can lead us in a direction we never imagined. It’s a place where nobody has to ask, “Where’s Steve?” because everyone knows he’s out in the mountains of our backyard, doing product research by throwing a pack down the hill or trekking through the thickest brush he can find. It’s a place of vision, of organized chaos and an unconditional desire to make the best hunting gear on the planet. It’s a place we built for you. At Badlands, we remain focused on four components to making the best hunting products in the world: Performance, Quality, Comfort & Warranty.

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Sitka Mountain Hauler 4000 Backpack

The Sitka Gear Mountain Hauler 4000 is the perfect pack for day hunts or overnight stays when you need the ability to carry meat and horns out of the field simultaneously. The pack provides 3700 cubic inches of non-expanded volume for easy hiking with the capability to expand 800 cubic inches when needed. The internal load-hauling shelf and antler straps beg for the workload when it’s time to get your harvest out of the field. The T-6 6061 aluminum frame provides for an adjustable suspension and a strong chassis enabling you to carry loads upwards of 150 lbs. The two vertical exterior pockets hold most spotting scopes, tent poles or a Flash Shelter. The side pockets will hold tri-pods, trekking poles or water bottles. The triple-density foam waist belt maximizes comfort while Velcro placed on the waist belt holds most pistol holsters, bear spray, and other SITKA pack accessories.


  •  Velcro Hip Belt: Holds bear spray and most pistol holsters with ease.
  • Molded and Reinforced Waist Belt: Comfortably and quietly trek in out of your spots with a heavy pack.
  • T-6 6061 Aircraft-Grade Aluminum Frame: Enables you to carry loads upwards of 150 lbs.
  • 3700 Cubic Inches of Non-Expanded Volume: Capable of expanding another 800 cubic when needed.
  • Internal Hydration Sleeve: Accommodates bladders in excess of 3 liters.
  • Two Vertical Exterior Pockets: Holds most spotting scopes, tent poles, or a Flash Shelter.
  • 450-Denier Coated Polyester on Underside and Back Panels: 220-Denier Nylon to PU-Coated face and back.
  • Stash Pockets: Quickly store layers while on the move.
  • Main Pack Volume Expands from 2750 to 3700 Cubic Inches: Total max volume 4500 cubic inches, 5.75 lbs.


About Sitka Gear

Founded in 2005, SITKA® Gear was an idea spawned by necessity. After 3000 vertical feet in the dark, with intermittent snow flurries and driving sleet, the morning climb ended behind a gnarled White Bark Pine to get some reprieve from the elements. Cold and wet with sweat from that climb, it was more than obvious that discomfort like this was unnecessary. So, on that September morning, at timberline, surrounded by bugling bulls, the vision that became Sitka was realized. Drawing on strong backgrounds in the climbing, mountaineering, and general head strong assaults of the backcountry, expertise and experience were focused on bridging the gaps that existed between these endeavors. Sitka's driving goal is to not only bridge the technology gaps that existed from a fabric, construction, and product form perspective, but to fully immerse ourselves in driving new technologies and solutions for the modern outdoorsman. Our roots are in the mountains, but our solutions range wide.

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Eberlestock M5 Team Elk Backpack

The Eberlestock Team Elk pack has a unique set of best-in-class features, including fold-away rifle scabbard, built-in bow carrier, Intex tubular aluminum frame, grapple-compression straps, waist-belt rangefinder pockets, and more! At 3100 cubic inches (50 liters), the Team Elk pack hits the sweet spot in hunting pack size. It serves well as a day pack but can serve for shorter multi-day trips, and is a great game hauler. Has both front-loading and top-loading access.


Eberlestock added zip-and-flip covers to the scabbard and bow carrier, so that when not carrying a gun or bow, these serve as additional pockets.  Dual full-depth spotting scope and hydration pockets run top-to-bottom on both sides of the pack.


With its body-following contours and a bottom-shelf design, the Intex frame provides excellent comfort and stability. It's a perfect combination of lightweight comfort and bomber-toughness... made to be quiet and comfortable for all-day hunting and rugged (but still comfortable) for end-of-day game hauling.


Part of the proceeds from the sale of each pack are donated to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, so join Team Elk and help us to further the cause of one of the greatest hunting-oriented conservation groups on earth!



  • Rifle/bow carrier
  • All-day hunting comfort
  • Part of the proceeds benefit RMEF

What Customers Are Saying

Excellent hunting pack

This is my second Team Elk M5. Just got the second one in a different camo pattern. I have used mine to pack in and out of wilderness areas in Wyoming, it works well for carrying out elk quarters. A Comfortable and very well thought out pack!
- NSW Armorer, 8/25/2022

About Eberlestock

From our original roots in the radical design of Olympic class biathlon racing rifles to our current projects, Eberlestock has shown the world how much performance should be expected of outdoor gear. We have always been a pioneer and a leader, not a follower. Here you’ll find original concepts and a better way of doing things. For the hunter, the tactical operator, the shooting sports, or the hardcore adventure outdoorsman, we invite you to explore our current designs. You’ll find something that you can really use — use it hard, and use it well. And we’ll be excited to show you what’s around the next corner.

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