Getting into the wilderness is half the battle. Thankfully, we’ve compiled our favorites when it comes to storage, packs, kennels, and more.
These are the best game bags and storage gear for 2021
Packs & Cases
Three Bears Alaska Grizzly Tech Dry Pack threebearsalaska.com
We recently used one of the 40 L camouflage dry packs on a very wet moose hunt and can attest that the pack performed well. The dry pack has comfortable shoulder straps, a chest strap, and waist strap. The roll top is easy to shut and the pack also features a zippered external pocket.
Plano Field Locker Element Double Long Gun Case planomolding.com
This waterproof case has the largest internal capacity of any Plano case at 54” x 15” x 6.4” and it is constructed to last. The wheels provide a smooth ride, the handle is extra sturdy, and the reinforced locks are brawny. This case is made in America and is airline approved. Useful for travel to or within Alaska, the pressure-release valve is present to equalize pressure from altitude or temperature changes.
Frontier Gear of Alaska Pinnacle Pack barneyssports.com
Contributing Editor John Whipple conveyed this recommendation: “Arguably the best all-around hunting pack for Alaska, the “Barney’s Pack” from Barney’s Sport Chalet has been the mainstay of hunting camps for decades. No other pack handles the weight of a moose quarter or a 10-foot bear hide like this one does. This year, some improvements have been made, most notably reverse-pull buckles on the hip belt and lid straps, a removable lumbar pad, removable hip-belt pouches, added cinch buckles on the sides for securing heavy loads or compressing the pack for day trips, and a two-tone color pattern.”
Yeti LoadOut GoBox Gear Case 30 Tan yeti.com
Yeti was first known for their coolers but has been building a wide array of bomb-proof gear for several years. The LoadOut GoBox is a great, Alaska-tough storage item that could be used for shooting supplies, boat equipment, camping equipment and a host of other possibilities. It makes a great box to store essential waterfowl equipment such as shotgun shells, choke tubes, calls, a first-aid kit and so on. If you have gear you need to protect in the field or the boat, this is the container you want. It’s O-ring sealed, so it’s waterproof and dustproof. It’s stackable and has non-slip feet to help it stay put. Heavy-duty latches prevent it from opening unexpectedly and it is lockable. Inside is 30 L of space. It has a divider that splits the space inside in half, plus a caddy (removable storage tray) and Pack Attic organizer in the lid. Our tester uses this box to store ammo, communication equipment, camera equipment, firearm cleaning supplies and more. External dimensions are about 20.5” long by 14.5” wide by 11” high. It weighs 11 pounds empty and comes in three colors: white, tan, and charcoal.
Stone Glacier Approach 1800 Pack with Large Belt stoneglacier.com
The Approach 1800 includes an 1896-cubic-inch main bag, 375-cubic-inch spotting-scope pocket and a 2500-cubic-inch-plus expandable load shelf. Weighing less than 4.5 pounds with the medium X-curve frame, this pack has a 150-pound load rating. This is a great day pack for heading out of spike camp to a glassing location. Like all Stone Glacier packs, this one is customizable for fit in a variety of ways. The spotting-scope pocket fits both straight and angled spotting scopes. The interior of the pack contains the main compartment plus one pocket. There is also an external tripod mounting system. The Approach bag can also be removed and added to the Solo and Sky packs to add 2000 cubic inches to these systems.
Stone Glacier Krux Evo Frame and Sky 5900 Pack stoneglacier.com
We tested this combination on a moose hunt in October and an elk hunt in November and were really impressed with the pack. It’s light, strong, fits great and allowed us to pack out a moose with relative ease. The frame and pack can be separated depending on your needs; other Stone Glacier packs will also fit this frame so if you don’t need 5900 cubic inches of storage, you can downsize to a smaller pack. We really appreciate how good this pack fits, comfortable in the waist and shoulders, and how it distributes a heavy load. There are many pockets in the pack, as well as optional storage accessories, making it simple to store everything you need on the hunt, and positioned for easy access.
Sealline E-Case seallinegear.com
Keep everyday essentials dry and organized, as well as easily findable in the abyss of your pack. The case is available in four different sizes.