Types of Shooting Chairs and Benches

What Is a Shooting Chair?

A shooting chair is any seating used for hunting. Hunting in a blind can sometimes (often) be cold, miserable, exhausting and uncomfortable. Having some chair on hand is an easy, convenient way to improve your comfort during the long hours you spend in the blind, waiting for your shot.

Different Types of Shooting Chairs

While there is a staggering amount of variation between different models, you can break the different types of shooting chairs into four broad categories. These are:

  • Stools
  • Chairs (almost always with swivel seats)
  • Benches (for multiple shooters)
  • Cushions

While this last category isn’t a chair per se, we've included it here for the sake of completeness because you’ll find no shortages of cushions available, and they’re an extremely cost-effective solution.

Within these different categories, the features each type of seating has varies widely. For example, most chairs have swivel seats, allowing the shooter to turn in the blind to change position. The other types typically don’t.

A side shot of Redneck Portable Hunting Chair

Benches almost always come with armrests, while chairs are about evenly split on this front, and obviously, stools and cushions don’t have them. Benches and chairs sometimes come with “shooting sticks” which help to stabilize your rifle, improving shot accuracy. Even if your selected chair doesn’t have one, you can usually buy them separately and mount them to the chair of your choosing.

Regardless of type, there are two things that all shooting chairs have in common: 

The first is that they’re all scentless. That’s hugely important because animals tend to have keen noses, and if they catch the scent of you or any of your gear, they’ll bolt, and you’ll never get the shot you’re looking for.

The other critical feature in common is that they’re all portable. They collapse easily, are generally fairly lightweight, and are designed to be carried in with your gear and set up quickly.

While none of them are as comfortable as your living room easy chair, some companies do take pains to provide extra cushioning to make them as comfortable as possible, while keeping portability very much in mind.

Popular Shooting Chairs and Benches

As we mentioned earlier, there’s a staggering amount of variation in the shooting chair market. Here are a few examples of the kinds of chairs that are popular today:

An Image of Mac Sports Folding Seat Turkey Camo

Mac Sports Folding Seat

An image of Fieldline Dove Stool

Fieldline Dove Stool

An image of Millennium G100 Blind Chair

Millennium G100 Blind Chair

An image of Benchmaster Shooting & Hunting Chair

Benchmaster Shooting & Hunting Chair

An image of Ameristep Tent Chair Easy Fold Over Ground Blind

Ameristep Tent Chair

An image of Redneck Blinds Portable Hunting Chair

Redneck Portable Hunting Chair

An image of Guide Gear Swivel Hunting Chair in black color

Guide Gear Swivel Hunting Chair

An image of ALPS OutdoorZ Turkey Hunting Chair

ALPS OutdoorZ Turkey Hunting Chair

An image of Millennium Treestands M300

Millennium M300 Tree Seat

An image of Northeast Products HEAT-A-SEAT Insulated Hunting Seat Cushion/Pillow in blaze print and black color.

Northeast HEAT-A-SEAT Cushion

An image of Hunt Comfort FatBoy Ultra Hunting Seat.

Hunt Comfort FatBoy Ultra Hunting Seat

Origin and History of Shooting Chairs

Humans have been hunting in blinds for thousands of years, and from the very beginning, hunters have sought to find ways to make themselves more comfortable, so hunting chairs have been around for almost as long as hunting itself. It was only natural then, that as our modern, consumer-oriented economy developed, hunting chairs began appearing for sale.

Over time, styles and features change with consumer preferences, but the bottom line remains very much the same. Shooting chairs have been with us for a long time.

Some Current Brands of Shooting Chairs

There are a number of manufacturers offering a wide range of shooting benches, chairs and cushions for sale. So many, in fact, that narrowing your search and finding the “right” chair for you can be a daunting task.

Here are some of the top manufacturers in the industry today, and an example of the kind of products they offer.

Note that these represent the merest tip of the iceberg. All of these manufacturers offer a variety of shooting chairs, and it pays to check them all out to find the one that best fits your needs!

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