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How to Pack in Ounces and Pack Out Pounds with the Banish Backcountry

How to Pack in Ounces and Pack Out Pounds with the Banish Backcountry

How to Pack in Ounces and Pack Out Pounds with the Banish Backcountry

Backcountry hunts present their own unique set of challenges since you’re carrying everything you need on your person to be self-sufficient for the entire time you’re in the field. This means that you’ve got to be meticulous in selecting your gear not only in terms of durability but also in size and weight.

The old adage is that ounces equal pounds and pounds equal pain. This can definitely be the case on a backcountry hunt, and it can lead some people to leave certain pieces of gear behind. Hearing protection is normally one of those things that doesn’t make the cut, but it doesn’t have to be that way with the right suppressor – namely, the new .30 caliber Banish Backcountry.


The entire Banish lineup prides itself on being quiet and lightweight, but the Backcountry takes things to a different level. You get the same unmatched sound suppression and durable titanium construction as the flagship Banish 30 suppressor, but in a package that’s shorter and lighter than ever before.

The Backcountry is a fixed-length suppressor that measures 5.7” in length and weighs just 7.8 ounces. That’s a full 1.3” shorter and 2.2 ounces lighter than the Banish 30 in its short configuration. That may not sound like much, but it makes a world of difference for backcountry adventurers who carefully pack their gear with size and weight in mind.

Rated for calibers up to the .300 Remington Ultra Magnum (RUM), the Banish Backcountry utilizes six baffles that drop the decibel level down to 135 dB for .308 Winchester, 137 dB for .300 Win Mag, and 138 dB for .300 RUM – all of which fall below the hearing-safe threshold.

Utilizing a 1.375×24 Universal Mount, the Banish Backcountry is a direct-thread suppressor designed to eliminate any extra weight associated with a muzzle device method of attachment, but it is also available with an optional muzzle brake attachment.


Backcountry Essentials

Of course, your gun, ammo, and suppressor are just a few of the key items you’ll need to set yourself up for success on a backcountry hunt.

A sturdy, waterproof pair of boots are essential. Backcountry hunts involve a lot of walking and hiking, and if your boots are uncomfortable or they let your feet get wet, then you’ll be limited in the amount of ground you can cover to find the animal you’re after. Don’t set out in a brand new pair of boots. Make sure you break them in to ensure that they’re comfortable. Sore feet when you wake up on the second day of your hunt will definitely put a damper on the entire experience.

A backpack that meets the “Goldilocks Standard” will help you carry everything you need. It needs to be “just right” – not too big or small. Your pack will probably contain extra clothing, food, first aid equipment, a GPS, and a sleeping bag, just to name some of the essentials. Carefully selecting the above items before they go into the bag will ensure that you’re shaving down the ounces to minimize the pounds. Then, pick a bag that can comfortably hold those items. A bag that’s too small may lead to leaving essential gear behind, and one that’s too big may tempt you to bring items that you don’t really need.

The final thing you need to bring with you is your health and your mind. Making sure they’re in peak shape is very important. Get your gear together and go for some local hikes in the weeks (preferably months) before you leave on your trip. Physical conditioning is key. Mental preparation is also huge. Living off the land in the wilderness requires a special mindset. Make sure you’re ready for that challenge as well.

Change the way you hunt

Deciding to go on a backcountry hunt isn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision. Don’t rush into it; make sure you’ve taken the time to prepare and gather the essential items you’ll need in the field.

Keeping the “ounces equal pounds” concept in the forefront of your mind will be a big help in your hunt planning. You don’t want to be burdened by any extra weight on your hunt until it comes time to pack out your harvest. Then the goal is to bring home as many pounds as possible!

At the end of your backcountry hunt, the only thing you should be leaving behind in the field is your footprints. Don’t leave an irreplaceable part of your hearing there as well when it comes time to take your shot. When size, weight, and sound suppression are of the utmost concern, the Banish Backcountry suppressor allows you pack in ounces, shoot at hearing-safe levels, and pack out pounds.