Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Hunting > Long Range Hunting & Shooting

Long Range Hunting & Shooting Nightforce Optics


Reply

Shooting Mats

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-30-2014, 07:56 AM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Missouri
Posts: 160
Shooting Mats

I was wondering if any of you guys packed around a shooting mat while hunting? I haven't decided if I was going to or not this year, so I thought I'd ask around and see what some others did. I can see how it would be "handy", yet at the same time it's just one more thing to drag through the country.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-30-2014, 10:46 AM
BWB BWB is offline
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 37
Re: Shooting Mats

I never have in the past, but I ordered the new Midway "packable" mat. Weighs in at just over 1 lb. I thought I might throw it in my pack (just incase) or maybe even use it as a rear support if I'm not rolling it out.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-30-2014, 11:34 AM
Gold Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: North Central Valley California
Posts: 798
Re: Shooting Mats

I've never seen them as practical unless you're hunting in an area where stationary positions can be maintained. I prefer to stalk game and move in as close as possible using stealth so that I improve my clean kill chances. Shooting from long distances in any terrain other than open prairie means the chance of an unseen twig or other obstruction ruining an otherwise good shot makes for a disappointing day. In a position where a mat would work, by the time I get it deployed and set up the shot the target is likely to have moved and belly crawling to re-align the shot means I have to leave the mat behind anyway. They may be some protection against those little cactus plants in Wyoming (ouch!!) but I doubt they'd stop the stickers entirely.
__________________
I have a great woman, fantastic kids, a warm place to sleep and an accurate rifle. Life is good ..............
Hunter Safety Instructor - Rifle/Pistol Marksmanship Instructor - NRA Life Member

American rifleman's triad - God, guts and guns. It built America and it'll preserve America. Abandon one and you lose them all.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-30-2014, 12:10 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Missouri
Posts: 160
Re: Shooting Mats

I know what you are saying about them not always being practical for hunting situations. I like the convenience of being able to stay out of the mud, snow, and general hard ground, but the probability of getting it set up in the right position before the animal actually comes out is unlikely. I've got timber to hunt in as well as wide open corn and soybean fields. Generally the deer come out in the fields, but the shots are considerably longer. I was thinking when hunting the fields I might pack one, but I don't know.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-30-2014, 02:04 PM
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 40
Re: Shooting Mats

When hunting goats I use a drag bag which rolls out into a mat.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-30-2014, 02:53 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Missouri
Posts: 160
Re: Shooting Mats

Quote:
Originally Posted by BWB View Post
I never have in the past, but I ordered the new Midway "packable" mat. Weighs in at just over 1 lb. I thought I might throw it in my pack (just incase) or maybe even use it as a rear support if I'm not rolling it out.
I seen Midway had the comp shooting mats 50% off and was thinking about ordering one for target shooting, but didn't really look at the weight of it or the rolled dimensions to see how much trouble it would be to pack around.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-30-2014, 03:44 PM
BWB BWB is offline
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 37
Re: Shooting Mats

Quote:
Originally Posted by NWmissouriman View Post
I seen Midway had the comp shooting mats 50% off and was thinking about ordering one for target shooting, but didn't really look at the weight of it or the rolled dimensions to see how much trouble it would be to pack around.

I one I purchased is new, no padding and packs down to 4.5"x9" I have the Comp shooting mat also but it's hug and not real "pack" friendly. I just wanted something to throw in my pack when we walk in on p-dogs. Will be here Monday, I'll see how it works out.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:29 PM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC