Packing In Guns and Packing Out Meat? The Deadfall 65 Backpack is What You Want

What? A 65-liter pack designed to carry guns and awkward loads of meat? Slumberjack is famous for their sleeping bags. When I heard that Slumberjack was making packs, I expected high quality and great design and I was not disappointed. The workmanship is sturdy and the design is incredibly innovative.

About Slumberjack:

For over 50 years Slumberjack has led the outdoor industry, innovating newer and better ways to provide outdoor enthusiasts and sportsmen with a great night’s sleep in the outdoors.  Their broad assortment of tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, camp furniture, and accessories provide a range of solutions designed to keep you comfortable while sleeping under the stars.

The DST Deadfall Pack is the culmination of Slumberjacks’ serious approach to product design, field research, and good old fashion gear abuse.  The wings can accommodate your rifle, bow, optics, scopes whatever you need.

The front-load flaps are versatile enough to securely hold awkwardly shaped items, while still being streamlined. Incorporating dual aluminum stay frame and adjustable torso suspension, you are sure to get the perfect fit – no matter the load.

The Slumberjack Deadfall 65 Pack is specifically designed for multi-day hunting trips and packing meat out. The 65-liter capacity is split between a large main compartment and three external pockets. An external multi-weapon carry system lets you securely carry a rifle or hunting bow. The adjustable trophy carry system accommodates various sized game to allow you to carry out large loads of meat comfortably.

I have carried loads up to 75 pounds in this ruck in comfort. It will carry a lot more. The straps and suspension have padding and support in all the right places. An adjustable back suspension system provides a custom fit with two external aluminum stays and an HDPE frame sheet providing support. The load-carrying system allows for a dizzying variety of alternatives.

Packing In Guns and Packing Out Meat? The Deadfall 65 Backpack is What You Want
The Deadfall protects and supports hunting rifles and optics of all shapes and sizes. BLACK FX1000 6-24×50SF Long Range Rifle Scope mounted on a CMMG Rifle, Mk3, 6.5 Creedmoor

I put the biggest gun and scope combination into the Deadfall that I had, a 24-inch barrel CMMG Mk3 rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor with a Nikon BLACK FX1000 6-24×50SF Long Range Rifle Scope. It fit with no problem and by placing my stove and fuel on the opposite side, it even balanced well. You can use different combinations of retaining straps for quick access or high security, depending on your situation.

The Deadfall is a sturdy pack that can haul out a serious load yet remain compressible enough for those minimal load days spent hiking ridge lines or exploring new territory. Side compression straps can be routed over or under the side pockets on the pack to allow for access and provide compression of loads. The external pockets range to accommodate a wide variety of gear. Pockets keep gear accessible while various sizes provide space and organization.

Packing In Guns and Packing Out Meat? The Deadfall 65 Backpack is What You Want
Slumberjack Deadfall external multi-weapon carry system. Photo courtesy of Slumberjack.

The Deadfall 65 Pack comes in both Highlander and Perception DST (Disruptive Shadow Technology) camouflage patterns. Perception DST was designed by Vince Mares, a former paratrooper in the Army’s 82nd Airborne, it is inspired by natural foliage shadows and negative spaces. Slumberjack’s Disruptive Shadow Technology blends sharp outlines with blurred, shadow-like shapes effectively disrupting the human form at long range or up close. Creating an illusion through a depth of field and color adaptation, it blends with varied terrain.


Adjustable trophy carry system accommodates various sized game

Stowable and versatile multi-weapon carry system easily transports your bow or rifle

Dual aluminum stay suspension with HDPE frame sheet easily handles heavy loads

Right HDPE reinforced hip belt: PALS system provides an attachment point for accessory pouches

Forward pull waist belt buckle improves stability and ease of ease

Load lifters located on top cross bar provide enhanced fit and function

Side compression straps can be routed under or over side pockets providing improved access & compression options

Friction panel on lower lumbar improves contact with wet outerwear

Main side compression straps can cross over and mate together for additional compression options

Left side pocket easily accommodates large optics or field gear

Two side pockets on right side provide additional organization options

Top-loading design with adjustable lid and zippered pocket

Front Fabric shelf provides attachment options for bow carry & provides additional load support with or without the packbag

Hydration compatible

YKK zippers


Torso: 17.5″ – 21″

Volume: 3950 cubic inches

Weight: 4 lbs 15 oz

Slumberjack’s Deadfall 65 Pack is perfect for multi-day hunting trips and packing meat out. Whether you are carrying heavy loads of meat or minimal gear scouting, the Deadfall is a sturdy pack that does it all. The 65-liter capacity, three external pockets, external weapon, and adjustable trophy carry system makes this pack the ultimate shooting and hunting setup. I may never buy another pack.

You can get your very own Deadfall 65 in DST HERE MSRP $229.95

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About the author: is a former Customs Agent and a Green Beret who served in Afghanistan and a number of other live fire locations. A student of firearms and shooting, he is an FFL and a SOT. The guiding philosophy of his life is that terrain and situation dictate tactics and the enemy always gets a vote on any plan.

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