Caldwell Hunter's Blind Bag

By Dr. Jim and Mary Clary

Caldwell Hunter's Blind Bag
Illustration courtesy of Caldwell Shooting Supplies.

Anyone who has ever gone hunting can relate to the common problem of finding good support for your firearm when the moment of harvest arises. The rails of tree stands are among the worse, but deer and turkey stands are not much better. Add in trying to stabilize your gun on a tree limb, or side of a pickup or fence post and you realize that a lot of our shots are taken under less than ideal conditions.

We are surprised that this little bag was not invented long ago. The concept is so simple: a small shooting bag rest with lightly filled sand bags on each side to hang over rails, limbs, fence posts, etc. You now have a more stable shooting rest.

The Hunter's Blind Bag is made of water-resistant 600 denier polyester. The hanging bags measure 6-1/2" long by 5" wide. The top rest consists of a 5" wide lobed fore end rest. The blind bag comes with side laces that can be used to attach the bag to the rail of a tree stand, as well as provide a convenient handle for carrying in the field.

You can order the bag filled for $21.99 or unfilled for $15.99. We ordered it filled to find out just how much filler Caldwell determined to be ideal. Not that much, as the weight of our filled bag was 23 ounces.

To our surprise, the bag was not filled with sand. Instead of sand, Caldwell used ground corn cob to reduce the weight. If you decide to order an unfilled bag, do not overfill it and do not use sand. The weight of the sand will negate its advantage as a portable field bag. We recommend using some fresh corn cob tumbling media from your reloading bench. It works fine.

We found the lobed top rest satisfactory for all of our hunting rifles, but not quite wide enough for AR style rifles. This is because of the latter's bulky, oversize fore ends, when compared to most conventional hunting rifles.

If you are going to be hunting from a tree stand or ground blind, this is a neat addition to your kit. If you are a stalker who roams through timber and up and down hills, you will have to decide whether the extra 1-1/2 pounds is worth the advantage of having a readily available field rest.

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