Torso length and load lifters (I cover these in How to Buy a Hunting Pack - Part 1) are the first things you need to figure out when buying a pack. After that, it's time to narrow down your hunting pack choices. Here are the most important questions you need to ask yourself:
1) Will you be using your pack as a daypack, multi daypack, load hauler or a little of each?
2) If you are going to be doing bivy/backpack hunts, what will be the total number of days you will be using it for?
3) What is the heaviest weight you can handle and how often will you be carrying that amount?
These types of options are different for everyone, but it’s a good idea to get your own personal checklist of “must haves” down on paper.
To this point we have covered just about everything you will need to think about before purchasing your perfect pack, but you will probably find out that you will need two packs to cover all of your hunting needs.
Now you will want to make a list of all the options you feel your pack must have. Once that is together you are ready to start trying all the packs on that meet your requirements and see which one feels the most comfortable.