f you ditched the vest then what do you carry all that stuff in?
This thing loaded is about the same weight as my old vest unloaded. I bought it from WiBags.com -- found them at an outdoor show many years ago. Yeah, it's a purse, but it does the trick. I carry that across my right shoulder and then carry a musette bag across my left shoulder when I've got the decoys. If I have to drop gear and crawl, or just sit down quietly, both this bag and the musette bag have buckles that allow for a quick release.
What I like: $12 for the sling bag
weight-- it's very light
It's easy to shed
It has a flap that folds open and gives me a nice clean surface to lay out my calls
I can take it in the rain and nothing gets wet.
I also carry a home made copy of a musette bag, a war surplus canvas bag I had for years before it rotted and gave out. It is a design that is meant to be either a shoulder bag or a small backpack. I finally decided that in 20 years I had never once worn it as a pack, so when I copied it, I just left the extra hardware off and did it as a shoulder bag. I don't have pictures of mine, but here is a pic of it's inspiration:
I had some camo fabric laying around, and I ran it up on my sewing machine. Midwest Turkey Call Supply has a decoy bag that is very similar. Mine has two compartments. I fill one with the decoys and stakes and then there is an inner pocket for my lunch, a book, and anything else I want to bring along. Some days it's the rain suit. Some days its a bigger blind. The whole point of the M1936 Musette Bag was to have something for a GI to carry miscellaneous stuff-- extra provisions, extra ammo, etc. That's exactly what I used it for.