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How many of you guys use shooting sticks(1,2,3) legged in the field? Or is that just extra junk to carry when you can use your pack or a tree for support?
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I use a monopod stick if I'm in open country. Coyote hunting, I use a bipod
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I know guys that are way better hunters than me that swear by shooting sticks or bipods. But personaly for me I use nothing. I lost a couple animals trying to deploy my bipod when i should have been shooting. Since then i just use limbs branches rocks packs etc. There is usualy something right in front of me that makes a good quick rest. The only place ive had a problem is antelope hunting in the taller sage. If its not that tall you can use a pack pretty easy but in a lot of that stuff you need sticks or a tall bipod.
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I use a pair of bipod shooting sticks. Once you use them, you'll never go without. I have one of the adjustable monopods, but they are hard to steady when your heart is racing and you are breathing heavy from humping it up a hill. No issues steadying yourself with the bipod when in the same conditions.
I can only imagine that a tripod setup is even better...
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Old 12-29-2013, 7:22 AM
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I carry a collapsable one. But I first look for anything nearby to use as a rest or my knee if that won't work than I pull it out, it's my last choice.
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I made a set out of 5/8" dowel from Home Depot and painted them. they work fine and are cheap to replace if they break.
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I bought a pair of good quality walking sticks that are adjustable for length, Black Diamond Trailbacks. I use them as walking sticks and as shooting sticks. If I don't want to use them as a walking stick, they collapse to 24 inches, and can be easily attached to or stored in my day pack.
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Learned to shoot without shooting sticks, way back when no one ever used them. Heck, I never even heard of shooting sticks when I first learned to hunt. We just shot from basic positions, kneeling, prone, etc. Bipods were for military use, not hunting, but maybe I'm dating myself.
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I learned to shoot without 'em as well back in the late '60's (different positions and using the vegetation, rocks, etc. as a rest), started using a Harris bipod about 10 years ago and really like it. My daughter use a set of simple Stoney Point shooting stix when she got her fist buck. IMHO, it's nice to have an extra tool or two to aid you in a successful hunt but learn to shoot without them so your not dependent on them all the time.
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Mono-Pod. It seems to deploy and adjust faster than the bi-pod or tri-pod, and I don't normally feel a need for any more support than the mono-pod provides.

Sometimes there is not a suitable tree or stump where you need it and sometimes a pack is just too low. You can always elect to not deploy the sticks if there is something better or you can take the shot offhand.
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I use them all the time for coyote hunting. My guns have bipods on them for going prone but I set up my shooting sticks when I get in position before I start my caller. I like to sit in the middle of sagebrush clumps where I get better visibility rather than lay down on a bipod.

I also practice and hunt with shooting sticks for my big bore shooting. Here and in Africa.
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The only time I ever used one was when a pig guide insisted. I didn't see the need.

I'd rather just shoot from position - it's not hard to go to sitting or prone if I'm not comfortable with an offhand shot or there isn't a tree or something around to rest on/against.
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I've been thinking of adding a combo walking/shooting stick. There is a $14.99 monopod at Cabelas.
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...=0&Ntt=Monopod
or a good walking stick and one of these:
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sure its merits have been discussed or argued many times here, but all in all they work. Being a purist I prefer accuracy based on my hold/position.
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I learned to shoot without 'em as well back in the late '60's (different positions and using the vegetation, rocks, etc. as a rest), started using a Harris bipod about 10 years ago and really like it. My daughter use a set of simple Stoney Point shooting stix when she got her fist buck. IMHO, it's nice to have an extra tool or two to add you in a successful hunt but learn to shoot without them so your not dependent on them all the time.
Same here, I too learned to hunt without shooting sticks back in the 60's. However, in hunting coyotes where I like to find a place to sit, the sticks add stability and enhance an accurate shot. I have never taken a shot from the prone position (while hunting animals), so bipods are an unnecessary item for me.
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I carry a mono pod or sticks with me all the time, the more you use them the quicker and easier it is to get in position. I don't know any experienced hunter that would prefer to shoot w/o a rest if one is available.
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I use a bipod mounted on my rifle. They are great when you have time to deploy them.
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I use them all the time for coyote hunting. My guns have bipods on them for going prone but I set up my shooting sticks when I get in position before I start my caller. I like to sit in the middle of sagebrush clumps where I get better visibility rather than lay down on a bipod.
Sitting postion is how I normally use my Harris 12-25s (swivel). I don't like using the shorter bipods while hunting, can't see over the tall grass, etc.
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I learned to shoot without them at a young age. I would postion shoot or use a handy tree/rock etc to help on longer shoots. I often shot with one knee down and staedy on the other.
Later I used a Harris bipod in the open Wy and it worked well. It was the tallest one they make.
Nowdays with my disablity. I cannot get down on my knee etc as I use did before and cannot bend over for the harris bipod due to back surgery. So a Bipod/tripod works well for me. I have used a bipod on the rifle and one like a monopod under my elbow for long shots in Africa with great success. My knees are so bad I need a knee pads for them if they are on the ground.
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I thought it might be good to have just in case.. It could also serve as a walking stick up and down the canyons if you need. Thanks for the input guys
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I have a set when I buck hunt. I usually have a set for my hog hunters. 2 wooden dowels held together by a Ping pong size ball of rubber bands. Cheap, reliable, disposable.
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I've carried a set I made from two sections of tent pole from a tent that bit the dust. You know, the fiberglass kind that are shock-corded together. I lashed them together with 550 cord about 3" from the end. I've carried them for about 11 years now, and have never used them. But they are very lightweight, and with my luck, the day I stop carrying them is the day I'm gonna need them.
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Thats what i use too. They are cheap and they work!
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all I use is my backpack if I need to
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I've been carrying DIY tent pole ones as well for the last couple of years, set up tall enough that I can shoot from high kneeling (or in one case while standing in a ditch) and over sage brush. So far they have helped account for an antelope at 300ish yards and two deer at 200 yards. My last shot on a deer was off a dirt clod after having just lost my sticks the day before.

Anytime you can set up and ambush your prey you can have your sticks out and ready to go. I wouldn't take the time to dig them out of a pack and set them up unless the animal I wanted to shoot was obviously otherwise engaged (bedded down or something) and I was going to take a pretty long poke. For quick shots I have a shooting sling, and for quicker and closer shots I can hasty sling; if I can't find a suitable rest right in front of me first.
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I use shooting sticks. Also, they also come in handy when walking hills and on unstable ground. I use shooting sticks or a bipod. They provide a more stable platform for shooting verses standing or kneeling. If you were in a shooting competition would you stand, kneeling, or lay down and use a bipod? Next best would be shooting sticks. Just more stable platform to use sticks or bipods. If I don't have time and I am next to a tree, I use a branch or just kneel and shoot so I don't miss taking a shot. But, if you don't miss in whatever method you have been using, none of this matters. Just my opinion. Good luck hunting. Come on rain!!!!
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Monopod with PRS SSP-1 when on the move. Doubles as a walking stick. Trees work fine as long as they are available when you're ready to take the shot. If I'm sitting in one spot baiting and waiting my tripod sitting or bipod prone works best.
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I bought a Primos trigger stick...the long tripod.*

http://www.primos.com/products/trigger-sticks/

*I got mine for right around $80 not the price shown in the link.

I love it...I can use it either sitting or standing. It's extremely fast to deploy on flat or uneven ground and very stable.

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With that being said I would say I just use my sling to stable my shot about 75 plus percent of the time.

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I have a collapseable mono stick.

I'll use it if I get a chance to set up otherwise I prefer an offhand shot.
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I would like 2 get a nice set of 20 /30 shooting sticks just for when iam siting on the hill side
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I have been hunting since the late 79's and have yet to use any type of shooting sticks. But, I have a collapsible set and a telescopic walking stick with a rifle rest built in. So, maybe someday, I'll give them a try.
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I learned without them, then went to a bipod and found it cumbersom and weighed the rifle down in a way I didn't like. Then I went to shooting sticks homemade, not commercial ones and found it made me a better shot and more confident at longer ranges. I practice at 300 yds. and can keep my shots under 3" at that range. I feel I owe it to the animal I'm hunting to make the best possible shot I can.

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I make my own now mostly use it for coyote calling.For big game I will either sit use a knee or back pack or what ever.I haven't really taken that much big game a few deer and hogs.
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