idk how you guys do it so light? i have good lightweight gear and dont think i bring extra anything
I think these weights are pretty low, with the exception of Fillthe freezer. If you are talking about everything in your pack for a 7 day hunt to include, food, water, weapon and all neccessary gear and come in at 40 pounds, that would be incredible. I think if you come in at 50 you are doing well. My pack weight excluding food is the same regardless of duration. The only difference is in food, whether I take food for 3, 5 or 7 days.
We have had this thread several times and people posted "everything" they carried and it rarely had everything, but always had the "except" word in it.
If you can go 7 days with 50 pounds including everything and be self sufficient, you are doing great.
Optics and tripod at 7 -8 pounds, pack at 5 -7 pounds, water at 5 - 7 pounds, weapon at 7 - 8 pounds. That stuff alone is about 25 plus pounds.
Overall, I don't think it matters much. I don't know many people who can tell me the felt difference between a t 48 and 50 pound pack.
I hear ya, between tossing in a sat phone, and adding an extra tarp/shelter, having a 4+ pound spotting scope, and also weighing my pack with 3 liters of water I'm up near 60 pounds if I'm doing a 10 day backpack hunt. 1.5 pounds of food per day is 15 pounds, 6 pounds for a backpack, 6.5-7 pounds for spotting scope/tripod, 6.5 pounds for 3 liters of water. Boom all of a sudden I'm up to nearly 35 pounds and I haven't even put anything in my pack really.
I have some pretty decent gear but if I am being flown out and STHF some extra items are a must for me. Personally, I don't get too hung up on the weight thing. Folks are comfortable with different weights and as you can see above it varies a lot based on what you need to take for different hunts in different locales. I have what I know I need pretty well dialed in and while its fun to see what I am leaving the trailhead with, fact of the matter is it really doesn't matter what it is as I have what I think I need and nothing more. Sure I try to cut the pack weight some each year, but I don't get too wrapped up on the actual number.
Lots of guys list their pack weight saying its all up except the rifle, or all up except rifle and water, or all up except whatever. Like I said lots of variables, but I'd be more concerned with making sure you have all you need and nothing more, some arbitrary number isn't all that helpful for me to set a target at. What I take on a 10 day summer backpacking trip is entirely different than what I might take on a 10 fly out on Kodiak island.