Are all the trout—and deer and bears and turkeys—bigger in the backcountry? Maybe. Or, maybe it’s just that going off the grid makes everything seem bigger than life. Putting in the hard work, not to mention the long hours of planning, seasons a hunting or fishing trip in a way that rolling out of the truck for a quick walk to the blind just can’t match. But hunting and fishing far from the pavement requires light, uncompromising gear, with backcountry-specific design details. You can’t be rummaging through your gear, looking for a spotting scope, when a bull elk is about to cross the far ridgeline. You don’t want to shoulder a back-breaking pack, but neither do you want to wake up wet in a mountain downburst. Going light can’t mean skimping on toughness. Here’s a backcountry gear wish list that will make your adventure easier and more enjoyable. Just don’t blame us when you have to hump all that meat out of the wilds.