Eivin Kilcher’s Unique Son-Toting Backpack


Eivin Kilcher’s Unique Son-Toting Backpack

I’ve long been a fan of the TV show Alaska: The Last Frontier, and I just saw a short preview of the upcoming new season of the program. It was of course packed with all kinds of hijinks and adventure, but what struck me most was the way Eivin Kilcher was transporting his son Findlay during a big game hunt.

I snapped a couple of photos of the TV, just so I could share them here with you.

We’ve learned from the show that Eivin is a hardcore hunter and is no stranger to long exhausting hikes. So when he wants to share the hunt with his little boy, he must improvise — if not, little Findlay could never keep up with him.

What does he do? He dons a backpack with a sizable platform, on which Findlay can stand while holding on. The places the boy’s head even higher than his father’s, giving him a superb view of the rugged Alaskan landscape — and potentially allowing him to spot animals even before his father’s trained eye can pick them out.

Eivin Kilcher carries his son Findlay on a backpack while hunting.
Eivin Kilcher carries his son Findlay on a backpack while hunting.

Pretty cool! It’s no wonder the young ‘un is smiling while he rides. I’m looking forward to the actual episode, so I can learn more about this cool setup. The new season (8) will premier on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 9:00 PM on Discovery.

What a great way to introduce a young person to hunting. Although I’d be happier if that rifle was being carried differently…

What do you think?

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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