Field Test: Mystery Ranch Treehouse Pack

Forget about fumbling for a grunt call or rangefinder this whitetail season, get organized in a treestand with the innovative Treehouse Pack from Mystery Ranch.

Field Test: Mystery Ranch Treehouse Pack
This content is sponsored by Mystery Ranch. 

For me, bowhunting whitetails has become an addiction. It’s a 365-day-a-year passion. I simply can’t get enough of these majestic animals. And though I call the pronghorn- and mule deer-rich plains of southeastern Colorado my home, I spend more time 17 feet off the ground scanning the forest floors of multiple states in hopes of spying a heavy whitetail rack than I do chasing western game.

When it comes to consistently punching tags on savvy whitetail bucks, a crucial fact — one that I discovered years ago —is this: When in a tree, you better be organized. Whitetail hunting from an elevated perch requires a litany of gear. A disorganized pack full of calls, wind checker, hand warmers, knives, face paint, optics, scents, scent killer, game bags, food, water and the list goes on, can lead to frustration. Also, not having necessary gear close at hand when the moment of truth arrives is a recipe for disaster.

Throughout my whitetail tenure, I’ve tested, tried and tossed away more packs than you’d see in mosh pits at a Metallica concert. I just couldn’t find or create that perfect pack that met all my in-the-tree needs. Until now.

The new TREEHOUSE  is a hanging gear quiver designed for treestand hunters. Featuring quiet, interior fabrication and a rigid structure, the two-zipper access allows the face panel to open to 45-degrees, securing its content from falling out and allowing for one-handed access.

Enter the Treehouse ($250) from Mystery Ranch. This 4.6-pound, 1,892-cubic-inch beauty was built with the treestand hunter in mind. Just like a purposeful quiver keeps those broadhead-tipped projectiles close at hand, the Treehouse is a hanging fortress designed with a rigid, stay-open design that promises quiet, one-handed access to those must-have items.

I’ve been wrapping the straps of Mystery Ranch packs around my shoulders for 3 years during pronghorn, elk and mule deer forays, and have come to love their durability, quiet nature, ease of function, comfort, storage space and the like. The Treehouse, after spending a few weeks giving it a test drive, proved to carry on the Mystery Ranch legacy.

Mystery Ranch Treehouse Pack: Features Reviewed

The pack features quiet interior fabrication along with a rigid outer structure. Durable two-zipper access allows the face panel of the pack to open to 45-degrees, giving a hunter access to necessary gear (gear that

You will want the top, or lid of the TREEHOUSE pack right at the height of your seat. When opened, the lid provides access to the items stored in the packs outer, main top zippered compartment. Photo: Jace Bauserman

won’t fall out) with the use of only one hand. A number of interior sleeves and pockets make organization a snap, and the inside-and-out MOLLE webbing makes customized accessory attachment a breeze. A pair of front compression straps attach a bow or lightweight treestand, and side compression pockets make a great place for a water bottle, tripod and other gear.

Except for the fact that the Treehouse rides like a dream, it’s also very easy to set up once you’re in a tree. To keep items close at hand and take full advantage of the pack’s open-face-lid design, attach the pack, using a screw-in pack hanger or tree limb, via the integrated pack-hanging strap. To keep the pack from moving when you grab gear or find yourself swaying in the breeze, you’ll want to wrap the two front compressions straps around the tree trunk and snug them down. If you’re hunting public land and state regulations thwart the use of screw-in-the-tree items, simply use these straps.

You will want the top, or lid of the pack, right at the height of your seat. When opened, the lid provides access to the items stored in the packs outer, main top zippered compartment. Plus, the open-lid design creates a shelf on which you can place necessary gear. Personally, I stored my wind checker, grunt and bleat calls, cell phone and field wipes in this main top zippered compartment. Then, upon opening the lid, pulled them out and organized them neatly on the created shelf. I simply love this feature. And because you can access the primary, top zip pocket from the inside, you don’t have to worry about the pocket facing down and items falling out.

Another huge bonus that cuts down on overall in-the-stand movement and frustration, is the pair of running-down-the-side zippers. These zippers allow the front of the pack to fall open even more (without gear falling out of course), and provide easy access to extra clothing, food and the like. Three non-zippered interior pockets provide great storage, as does the single (attached to the pack’s back panel) zippered storage pocket.

Something else about the Treestand that I tip my hat to is the pack’s structure. Full, partially full or empty, the pack retains its structure. That’s right, it doesn’t fold into itself and crumble. You don’t have to dig and shuffle around trying to get an item from the pack. This pack holds its form. I love this feature.

This pack was built for efficiency, and it delivers it in spades. Fully loaded with treestand and treestand-hanging gear, I found the adjustable, padded shoulder straps and waist belt to be ultra-comfortable, and of course, I loved the pair of on-the-waist-belt pockets. This pack, when it comes to whitetail hunting, has it all. I can safely say that my quest to find the perfect whitetail satchel has ended.

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