When you’re hunting on your butt a lot, a simple seat can be well warranted, as long as it doesn’t get in the way. Here are 5 reliable options you can probably find on Amazon.
Overall, the best coyote hunting seat I have found is the Ground ‘n Pound Chair (available on Amazon). It’s inexpensive, has a solid backrest, and also helps you bring in some gear. It’s awesome, and I’d never go coyote hunting without one. Mine is very well-used, and it comes with me on any hunt where I’ll be sitting on the ground and calling.
ThermaSeat Foam Traditional Cushion $10
The ThermaSeratr is nothing much to look at. It’s just a piece of squishy, closed-cell foam. This one is the most common general-use hunting seat in my area. It comes in camo and hunter orange, but for predator hunting, probably get the camo one eh?
It’s just a seat cushion. There is no back support. If you want something to give you a softer ground contact and smoot out the stones, this should do. It’s also good for cold weather. The foam insulates you from the ground, and keeps things dry.
I got one for Christmas years ago, they work well. But, they can tear if you are ridiculously hard on it. Though for ten dollars, that’s alright. Still, the fact that every hunter in my area probably has one of these in his garage tells me they work. These things come in 3/4 or 1-1/2 inch thickness.
They literally sell these at the gas station down the road. Yes, the gas station sells hunting supplies. You gotta love these backwoods country gas stations. Anyways, I like this seat for a basic cushion. If you sit a lot, it helps the glutes not be too achy.
It’s a very quiet pad, that doesn’t make noise if you wiggle. Some people say it can squeak or creak as you move because it has kind of a shiny surface to it. I haven’t had that problem, but I’m a lightweight.
ThermaSeat Predator XT $15
This one is very similar to the previous one, but it has a strap with a clip to attach to a pack or beltloop for easier carrying. It’s topped with thin, felt-like material to keep down noise even with those crunchy, crinkly hunting cloths. And, it too comes in 3/4 or 1-1/2 inch thicknesses.
I know it’s called ThermaSeat, and it’s popular for the cold hunting seasons, but I don’t think it’s too much for warm weather either. At least in a Michigan summer. If you want something basic and lightweight, and don’t need back support, this is one to consider.
Sly Dog Ground and Pound Hunting Seat $90
The Ground and Pound hunting seat is popular for both turkey hunters and predator hunters. It’s a mid-weight backpack that has a fold-down seat. it does give some back support and is the least intrusive piece of gear you can carry. You probably already need a backpack. This one comes with a chair.
Jim Harmer uses the Sly Dog and talked about it in one of his videos, so I guess it has the official Backfire stamp of approval. Here’s a video clip of him using the seat.
The backpack has a firm frame for moderate back support, fold-out legs that act as brakes to keep it from skidding back as you lean against it. While it’s certainly not as comfy as my old LazyBoy recliner, this will help save your tush and your lower back.
The pack itself is lightweight and has a drawstring on top. It weighs 3 pounds. They do have another model called the Beard Buster marketed for turkey hunting that’s basically the same product.
It’s not really something that you will lay back and lean hard into, but it does offer some decent lumbar support and is the simplest chair to carry. While I’m here, I’ll add that usually, a hunting chair should be low to the ground. You don’t want to be sitting up, sticking out too much.
ALPS Outdoorz Enforcer Predator Vest $150
Here’s another backpack/chair combo. If you’re in the market to spend a bit more money, this is a quality product. It’s got a bit more support than the Sly Dog, and the support feet have wider bottoms so they don’t sink in the ground. The frame is darn sturdy, and the material itself is pretty darn quiet.
The Sly dog is a nice basic pack, and that’s awesome, but ALPS Outdoor Enforcer has some pretty nice bells and whistles. First and foremost, it has shell holders. In both the standing and sitting positions, there are holders for six shotshells on your left and twelve rifle cartridges on your right.
Generally, I have concerns about shell holders dropping shells, but these ones are in a pocket flap that can zip up if you are moving about a lot. In the open position, they are pretty quick to get to. The front pockets/shell holders are completely removable if you don’t want the extra weight.
It has a spot for a hydration bladder, and I guess these things are getting more popular. I just bring a water bottle myself. It has support legs like the one in the video, but the legs are adjustable to fit the angle your back needs. Aye, for that price it better be adjustable!
Overall, it’s a significantly fancier and sturdier product than the others so far. It’s also the heaviest, weighing about 7 pounds. But, it’s not much weight when spread across your shoulders.
Browning Strutter Hunting Chair $60
If you really need decent back support, I recommend the Browning Strutter. It weighs a bit over 8 pounds (slightly less than your average camp chair), and it’s definitely got the back support. I bet many grandpas use this chair and probably get their grandson to carry it for them.
I’ve looked around a lot, and this is probably the best low-profile chair that still has good back support I’ve found. It’s strikingly similar to the Primos Hunting Wing Man chair, and I bet they are both made at the same factory.
I might actually have to get this (either the Browning or Primos chair) as a birthday gift for my dad this year. And, he’s probably reading this right now, so the surprise is blown. Oh’ well. Enjoy your time out hunting, and let me know what chair you decided to go with.