Call it what you want. A man purse, shoulder bag or Jack Bauer bag; The Haversack originated from the 18th century military scouts and was used by the US military in the early World Wars. Nowadays the Haversack seems to be making a resurgence in the outdoor and bushcraft industry. I’m also starting to see them become more popular within the shooting industry as range bags or small game hunting bags. If you look online you’ll find that they are made in several different materials and configurations; everything from oilskin, canvas, leather and nylon.

I recently purchased a Haversack from The Hidden Woodsmen for two reasons. First off it’s a small American business. Second; the owner bases his designs off early military gear and uses modern-day materials to replicate those designs. One of his more popular pieces of gear is the Haversack. They are available in many different color schemes, but the one I went with is a two-tone Navy blue with tan straps and black buckles. This color scheme blends in nicely with almost any urban environment without raising any suspicion.

I currently have mine setup as a range bag. Inside the haversack I keep my firearms cleaning kit, ear pro, range ammo, Glock 17 and a spare mag.

The Hidden Woodsmen Haversack
Contents inside the main compartment
The Hidden Woodsmen Haversack
Range bag contents

One the side of the haversack is molle webbing for attaching external pouches, a carabiner or like I did; a CAT-T tourniquet holder.

The Hidden Woodsmen Haversack
CAT-T Tourniquet

On the backside of the haversack there is a hatchet loop in case you want to carry a small hatchet when out in the woods. For now I’ve attached my Joe Watson Mini Bowie fixed blade knife.

The Hidden Woodsmen Haversack
Joe Watson Small Bowie secured to the axe/hatchet sleeve

Watch as Mitch from Native Survival runs through the design of the Hidden Woodsmen Haversack.

This article is courtesy of Scott Witner from The Loadout Room.