Oh, he's still here, and still as woodchucky as ever. Despite A.'s recent impressive advancements in home improvement--his increasing skill at which he ascribes to his beard--he's still just a woodchuck at heart. He would way rather build some random old-style pack from Fur-Fish-Game than put up wainscoting.
The pack is a frame made of wood with a kind of shelf at the back. The idea is that, without an actual bag on it, you can just hang any old thing from it anywhere you can tie it. You can carry a lot more this way.
A. constructed his pack from pieces of pallet wood and the straps from a torn Army duffel bag.
Yup, you can strap an entire trash can to this pack. If you're A., that is.
And if that's not woodchuck enough for you, you should know that the contents of that trash can were the head and scraps from the deer and the head, guts, and scraps from a lamb he butchered shortly after the deer. He hauled it all on his back to dump it in the gully.
Gross. But all part of the woodchuck lifestyle.