View Full Version : MMR for hunting

08-06-2009, 09:47 AM
I 'm thinking about pulling the pin on a MMR for big game backback hunting and canoe trips.
My plan is to use the MMR to get into base camp and use my scout for day hunts. I don't have a lot of experience w/extended backpack hunts and wondering if anybody has any experience with this setup.

Reasons for MMR
I like the versitility of the military packs
I can D&L my scout and E&E to it as well as other pockets
Detatch bag and just use hauler frame
They come in MC

One last question, has anyone ever portaged a canoe with the MMR?

Open to any and input, suggestions,etc..


Lost Arra
08-06-2009, 03:08 PM
No canoe experience but I have experience using an MMR for hunting.

Awesome pack for bringing in a big load to set up camp. If I was rifle hunting I would use the MMR as a daypack too. You can squeeze it down to a compact mode. My problem for bowhunting is I can't comfortably shoot my longbow with it on. But that may be just me. While the height of the pack helps make it comfortable with big loads having the pack touch the back of my head bugs me when I'm positioning to shoot.

I have done the D & L / piggy back stuff with a smaller pack (Express, Tailgunner) and it works but is a little cumbersome and seems like a weighty solution. Since you already have the Scout it's worth a try.

As I have lightened my gear and thrown out stuff I never used I am trying something new this year for my early season archery elk hunt. I am going to use a Mel-ized Express with two pods, a back pouch and two side pockets, all secure with Dock and Lock. When I set up camp I will drop the pods, pouch and pockets then just hunt with my express. I have really had to trim down my gear to do this and it might not be possible in really cold weather. (Plus, it's not much different than piggy backing the scout on the MMR.)

If I'm so fortunate to shoot something my MMR will be waiting at the truck to haul out meat after making the first load with all the Express can carry. At least that's the plan. If I can't make it work I'll just take the MMR for camp and a small daypack to hunt or possibly piggyback/D&L the Express on to my MMR.

08-06-2009, 04:07 PM
Ask this same question on the hunting forum. There are some guys over there who use the military packs for hunting because of the adaptability. I know several use the express and pointman.

08-06-2009, 10:29 PM
I won't comment either way, but if you decide to go the MMR route, consider this low cost option:


08-07-2009, 09:30 AM

Thanks for the input.

Lost Arra: Thanks for thr input and let us know how the express works out. I think the wife might need one these!

Mr Bill: I will try a post on the hunting thread as well.

Evanhill: I'll keep your bag in mind(I've thought about it several times). Are there any major differences between just the G1 and G2 bags? The other thing is I might have MC webbing put on it like I did my Scout.

08-07-2009, 10:21 AM
There are two differences between G1 and G2 MMR I'm aware of. The first is the addition of a 1000ci snow collar on the G2. The G1 top lid is floating, so there is no problem throwing a 1000ci stuff sack under the G1 lid and cinching it down. The second is a different attachment system from G1 to G2. Here are the two pages:

G1 -

G2 -

Lost Arra
08-08-2009, 06:12 AM
I won't comment either way, but if you decide to go the MMR route, consider this low cost option:


That's a good deal.
Lab-Roamer: you could almost save enough $ to order your wife the Express so everyone is excited for the brown truck to arrive :D

08-11-2009, 01:05 PM

Thanks again for the input. I think it's time to work some OT and put some gear on the Trading Post and put my order in.