Waterfowl hunting requires a lot of gear and equipment. A lot of it is essential for having a good hunt and maybe some gear is a luxury. However, a blind bag is one item that is an essential piece of equipment for keeping a hunter organized. Plus, it usually is where we keep the majority of our small gear items and without could end a hunt before you even reach the blind. Therefore, I’ve created a duck hunting blind bag checklist to make sure you never forget anything.
Blind Bags –
If you haven’t been around duck hunting much you may wonder how you are going to carry ammo, duck calls, hats, gloves, and anything else you may need to duck hunt. Well, thanks toÂ quite a few manufactures they’ve got your back. Therefore, this is the reason the blind bag was made, making it much easier to carry all of our small itemÂ gear. Of course, you can use a small duffle bag or I’ve seen even storage bins being used. However, blind bags are very inexpensive and have a lot of organized storage space so you won’t forget anything.
I know for myself after using a blind bag for a few weeks the first time I bought one, it made me forget a lot less gear. I would simply fill my bag the night before my hunts and use my duck hunting blind bag checklist to ensure I never forget anything.There are many blind bagsÂ manufactures, so here are some of our favorites for a great value. Take a look they may just help you stay organized while waterfowl hunting.
Delta Waterfowl Floating Blind Bag – Great Medium Blind Bag
I’ve mentioned ALPS Outdoorz in our best gun case post, which can be found [here]. They opened its doors in 1993 in hopes to provide exceptional outdoor gear. They started by providing mountain gear and transitioned to offering hunting and outdoors line in 2007. Focusing on affordable and performance drivenÂ hunting gear. They now provide gear for nearly any hunting season. With a majority of their hunting gear being made for waterfowl hunting.
Alps Outdoorz created their mid-size floating blind bag with a lot of great storage for a low cost. Their blind bag offers one large flap that opens to a compartment style main storage space. This flap has two buckles and a zipper that keeps your contents contained. Plus, from the outside, it has two smaller zippered pockets on the sides of the bag. In addition to the side pockets is a small folder style pocket on the front. Once you look inside you’ll notice two compartments and choke sleeves for extra chokes.
This bag is the essential bag and really all you will need for most single day hunts. Now if you are looking at using this for early snow geese and are packing it full of shells and gear you’ll need something larger. However, it easily fits two boxes of shells with all of your necessary gear.
Notes From The Field –
- Size: 12″ W x 9″ D x 8″ H
- Number of Pockets: Four
- Patterns: Mossy Oak Blades & Realtree MAX-5
- Included Handle and Shoulder Strap
- Floating Bag – Yes
- Zippered Pockets – Yes
Delta Waterfowl Deluxe Blind Bag – Best Overall Blind Bag
At The Waterfowl Hunter we wanted to present a larger blind bag option in the event you have more gear and the smaller Alps Outdoorz Delta bag isn’t large enough. Similar in style is the larger Deluxe version of the Delta floating blind bag. However, it’s not only larger, but it has a lot more added pockets and convenient features.
On the outside, you’ll first notice that the bag has four small outside pockets, a thermos pocket, and a sunglasses hard case pocket. On the top of the flap that covers the main pocket, there is a jacket sleeve that allows you to carry an extra jacket or even your gloves and hat on the outside for quick access. Similar to the smaller version is a fixed handle and removable shoulder strap. However, the flap and main compartment are quite different. The main compartment is made of non-absorbing material and seals with a waterproof membrane made to keep your gear sealed and dry. Inside the compartment is seven divided compartments to keep things organized, instead of everything being tossed into a box. Plus the dividers are velcro, so you can remove if necessary. Alps even includes a LED light on the inside for dark morning visibility.
This bag is truly a deluxe version, at first glance I thought it was a bit of overkill, but once I used it a few times I realized it kept me really organized and finding gear was really easy. I even noticed that everything fit inside the bag except for my gun really and made it really easy when walking to the blind.
Notes From The Field –
- Size: 12″ W x 9″ D x 8″ H (Standard)
- Side:Â 14″ W x 11″ D x 9″ H (Large)
- Number of Pockets: Five
- Patterns: Realtree MAX-5
- Included Handle and Shoulder Strap
- Floating Bag – Yes
- Zippered Pockets – Yes
Duck Hunting Blind Bag Checklist –
- Sun Glasses
- Duck Calls
- Dog E-Collar and Receiver
- Hand Warmers
- Yeti Coffee
- Decoy Remotes
Essential Blind Bag Items –
I’ve had the ability to pattern just about every manufactured waterfowl load and I have my own preferences, and to not be biased. The best thing you can do when selecting waterfowl loads is pick up a few boxes of what fits your budget and gun. Maybe even share with a hunting buddy and you’ll end up with a half dozen different rounds that you can pattern your shotgun with, and determine what works best for your gun.
Typically I like to carry about 50 shells with me on every hunt, maybe it’s too many. However, I always like to bring enough just in case a hunting buddy forgot to pack a box of shells. The more important thing to carry in my blind bag is an ammo shotgun shell box.
MTM 25-Round Shotshell Box –
MTM Molded Products Company is a family owned and operated company since 1968. Ever since they started 50 years ago MTM has been developing top of the one ammo crates, cases, handgun cases and even reloading products to name a few. However, their shotshell ammo case is a must-have. If you’ve ever dealt with waterlogged shotgun shell boxes they fall apart and hold moisture, which is never good around ammo. Plus after a hunt when you go to put your shells away they are so easy to organize. I know I tend to not out shells back in the traditional cardboard boxes because it takes so long. MTM’s ammo boxes are probably the cheapest thing I’ve owned and make organizing shells very simple.
Sun Glasses –
Now I’m skeptical of wearing sunglasses most of the time because I always fear the sun glare will spook birds. However, when a friend of mine introduced me to Skeleton Optics that are sunglasses designed for the outdoor hunters. Skeleton Optic glasses are impact resistant polycarbonate polarized injected. They have glare-free polarized filters and with their anti-scratch and smudge lens, they really have been able to hold up well in the blind. Since I’m a paranoid waterfowl hunter I wanted to be sure I didn’t buy a mirrored or colored lens and bought their gray lenses to decrease any chance of creating glare.
I usually would just say fo without sunglasses, but I recently just had a hunt where we had to set up with the sun on our face and we were set to have cross shots. Well as the first group of geese came in they ended up being directly in the sun and we missed all but one goose out of three guys. Therefore having sunglasses in these type of situations is always a plus. This is why I always carry a set of sunglasses in my bag.
Depending on where you hunt at one point during the season you will experience the feeling of your hands and digits going numb making it hard to load shells. Maybe it won’t be cold where you hunt but are sick of getting your hands being cut up while brushing in your layout blinds with corn stubble. Therefore, keeping a set of gloves in your blind bag can help solve both of these issues. If you are looking for some great shooting gloves check out our article here.
Early season or late a baseball cap or winter hat is always nice to bring in the blind bag. You never know when the temperatures will turn or it will begin to rain. If you are looking for a solid duck hunting hat check out our post on hats here.
Duck Calls –
Duck hunting just wouldn’t be as fun if you forgot your lanyard of duck calls. No matter your experience level of calling ducks or geese, being able to grab your calls and toss them over your head is like the final touch for me when I know I’m set up and ready to hunt. Owning a set of calls and learning how to properly call is one of the hardest and yet most rewarding aspects of duck hunting. Thanks to calls being easy to make there are numerous call manufacturers out there today. If you are looking for a few custom duck calls check out our article on duck calls here.
I know a few people I’ve hunted with tend to carry a spare choke with them. For me, I’ve always used a pattern master and never had to really change chokes while hunting. However, company’s like Carlson’s, have two packs that you can buy offering mid and long range chokes. I can easily see the argument of needing the long range if birds are not coming in close enough. It may help you make more ethical shots on targets.
Optional Blind Bag Essentials –
Decoy Remotes –
If you run electronic spinning decoys, forgetting a remote can easily frustrating. I usually clip them to the inside of my blind bag this way I have them handy when I need to turn them on. Plus they are pretty small and can be easy to forget in a pocket and lose. Therefore, having a specific pocket on your blind bag is key to making sure you don’t forget decoy remotes.
Dog E-Collar –
I’ve been known to forget my dog’s e-collar receiver before. I’ve even lost one of them which was an expensive mistake. Since then I’ve made a much easier way of remembering to bring my dog’s collar when we go hunting. I tend to use a Tritronics nowadays Garmin e-collar for my dog, it has plenty range and the battery seems to last for weeks without a charge.
Coffee Mug –
I’m pretty sure coffee should be on the essentials list for any blind bag. Early morning cold temperatures a warm mug of coffee is a must-have. I use the Yeti tumblers, nowadays who doesn’t when they keep your coffee warm through the hunt.
Hand Warmers –
Can never go wrong with having a few packs of hand warmers in your blind bag come late season cold weather. Cold fingers can make for loading and shooting a shotgun quite difficult.