Having grown up hunting cactus flats in Texas, IDK if there is a pant besides leather chaps that will stop mesquite and cactus thorns. Snake boots are great for beating down cactus and brush. Haven't hunted Bahia Grande but hunted Laguna Atascosa; expect to get poked if you're brush busting.
Got back yesterday from SW Montana and we killed a high 120s buck-- all the locals said it was one of the better of the season for the area which left us disappointed in the potential for finding a 'big' deer the rest of our hunt (which turned out to be the case).
Have had a buddy carry a fully packed MR Metcalf on the last two hunting trips we've flown to with no issues (Southwest Airline). Hot tip- carry it down the aisle (don't wear it) to avoid smacking into everybody already sitting down
I treat wild game as if it’s like any other meat. Some cuts are better slow cooked, others fast and rare.
Stuffed bell peppers, venison Parmesan, Thai larb with venison, beef (venison) Mongolian, Turkey pot pie.
An easy recipe:
Cajun Pork/Venison Roast over Rice
Season 2lbs Pork/Venison...
Another perk of going the Spartan route is that you can also get the Spartan tripod head and have an additional option. My rifle, spotter, and binos can now all mount on the same tripod with out changing any parts/adapters.
I have the Weston Pro 1100 and have been very impressed, coming from a FoodSaver-- it's light years ahead in quality. It's ready to vacuum and reseal with little to no 'cool-down' time needed. The 1100 can only do 11" bags, 2100 would do 15" bags. I like being able to 'pulse vacuum' as well...