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Author: Mike Schoby
Comfort and functionality combine for more doves with the Cabela's Deluxe Super Seat.
As the sun dipped towards the horizon and cast long shadows from the treeline onto the stubble field, the doves began to fly to roost. Like a crack in a dam they came first in well-spaced singles, then from rapid doubles to Kamikaze packs determined to land in the tree I was sitting under. My shooting escalated from controlled single shots with intermittent follow ups to a feverish pace of shooting, missing, reloading, marking and recovering fallen birds. During that 30 minutes of activity it really didn't matter what I was sitting on - a comfortable dove chair, an overturned bucket or an ant pile - I was too preoccupied to think about my posterior, but what about the previous three hours that yielded a whopping three doves? I'm here to tell you, an hour per dove leaves quite a few minutes leftover to contemplate your comfort.
Dove hunting, like many other forms of hunting, is a hurry up and wait game. A classic dove hunt goes something like this: get home after work, grab your gear, rush to your favorite tree line or water hole, and then wait for that magic last half hour when the doves really start to zing. This is just for an after work hunt. On weekends, the wait is usually even longer as there is always an impatient guy in the groups who decides "We need to leave right now!" Never mind that it is only two o'clock and the doves won't fly for at least another three hours. Regardless of when you hunt, it is a foregone conclusion that there is going to be some waiting. To make the most out of it you might as well be comfortable; it often makes the difference between being there when they do fly or leaving early and missing it.
In the past, I have used a collapsible stool or an overturned bucket. Both work to elevate you off the ground and allow shooting in almost any direction, but neither shine. So it was with considerable excitement this past opening day that I got to field test the Deluxe Super Seat from Cabela's.
Essentially the Swiss army knife of chairs, the Deluxe Super Seat does it all. To begin with it has a water resistant, padded, swiveling seat that has a very sturdy, fold-down, back rest - something your lower back will definitely appreciate after a couple of hours of sitting. In addition to the high, supportive back, the seat swivels silently and smoothly a full 360-degrees for comfortable shooting, no matter which direction the doves come from.
But the comfortable and easy-to-shoot-from seat only tells part of the tale - the functionality is unprecedented. On the side of the chair, there is a large camo storage bag that is perfect for holding shells, empty hulls, a water bottle or collapsible dove decoys.
While the seat and side pouch are great features, what impressed me the most was the large insulated
storage area inside the chair. Perfect for icing down a few beverages or keeping your lunch cold for that all-day hunt, the cooler feature also pulls double duty with a dry strorage area that can hold many small items as well as additional shells should the dove action be hot and your shooting sub par. When the evening is over, the large storage area works great for general storage. On a recent evening dove hunt, three partners and I limited out, which left us with 60 birds and considerably more hulls. We threw everything (doves, hulls, empty boxes and pop bottles) into the storage area of the Deluxe Super Seat with room to spare. The large storage area of the Deluxe Super Seat made clean up a snap and the nylon carrying strap made the subsequent hike out a comfortable, hassle-free process.
The Deluxe Super Seat - not only is it perfect for dove season, but versatile enough to occupy a spot on camping trips, duck blinds and ice fishing trips for years to come.