I do appreciate your response and also your stance on the subject. While I didn't need shooting sticks in Iraq (yes I fired my weapon there alot) I don't feel that is a fair comparison to a hunt for game animals. I would think in a hunting scenario we would want to do anything we can to make that shot as accurate as we possibly can. Can I make a 100 yeard shot on a hog with a modern single shot handgun? Yes I can. But I would like to take as many factors out of the equation as I can. So I am looking into shooting sticks.I been wipped with a "cat of 9-tales" over this subject in years passed on several forums. However, I am still sticking to my guns period. The day I need shooting sticks to hold up my friggin rifle, is the day I will turn them over to my offspring.
I was brought up with the idea that marksmanship began in the field and I didn't need dear old mother to hold up my pants or my rifle, in order to hit the target or big game animal. This is what good practice sessions are all about in the first place.
I can just see me now, asking my D.I. for a pair of shooting sticks while on the KD range. I hate to think what he would have said to me and worse yet what I would have had to do latter.
I forgot to mention in the previous post I use the Bi-pod sticks. I don't see how the tri-pods would be much of an advantage but I've never tried them.Does anyone use shooting sticks while hunting? I was thinking about getting bipod sticks but wondering if I should get the tripod?
Well, that's one thought.I been wipped with a "cat of 9-tales" over this subject in years passed on several forums. However, I am still sticking to my guns period. The day I need shooting sticks to hold up my friggin rifle, is the day I will turn them over to my offspring.
frank I am going to respectfully disagree with the bipod statement. A bipod is a very useful tool my bolt actions wear one every time I am hunting. I can shoot offhand but not at 400 yards. They also make a very good stand when you are taking a break or glassing. I believe the usefulness of a bipod is much more for western hunters. I will echo what you said this is just my 2 centsHi Xtreme375,
I agree with you but it may have something to do with my age. I hunted at a time when hunters know how to shoot from the prone, sitting and kneeling position, besides off hand. I have never been a good off hand shooter and almost all of my game has came from the setting position or kneeling with high grass. I have shot many deer from the off hand position but only with close shots.
In my opinion many new hunters are influenced by modern advertising and TV shows hosted by mediocre hunters. They pay a guide who uses a shooting house over a feed lot and new hunters think that this is the way you hunt. When I was hunting fair chase was held in high esteem but now many hunters don't even understand what fair chase is. In other cases we see someone in Africa using shooting sticks because the guide knows he can't shoot a big gun with out assistance. That is not the guides fault because the dude is paying tens of thousands for the hunt and the guide is expected to produce. We see them using sticks in Africa so it must be a good thing for us to do also.
I have returned to shooting after a long absence and now we are using scopes that are way over powered and some hunters can't aim them with out sticks or bi-pods. People carry around a deer rifle with a bi-pod just because it looks cool. A bi-pod is handy for a varmint shooter but just a nuisance in most other cases. In many cases if you see a healthy person carrying sticks one of the following is usually true, if not all of them.
1. The person is not a good shot at off hand.
2. The scope is on too high of power.
3. The person watches hunting shows on TV.
4. The person doesn't know how to shoot from sitting or kneeling.
There are probably more reasons and there are always exceptions.
Please keep in mind that this is my opinion and may not be true with our readers.
very good post I agree 100%Wow! Just wow!
I have been shooting with sticks for about 40 years. I CAN shoot freehand, but no one (I repeat no one) can shoot as well off hand as they can from a rest of some sort. I use fixed power 4X scopes. I never watch hunting shows on TV because they are stupid. I can shoot well from sitting (kneeling is not nearly as good) but I shoot even better sitting behind shooting sticks. They even help with balance etc. when crossing beaver dams, or rough ground like muskeg etc.
Where on earth does the idea that being "manly" is more important than being accurate come from? Shooting sticks are a great idea whenever they are practical. Deep in the bush, they can be hard to carry, but I can always find an improvised rest of some sort if there is time, so I don't use them often. In more open territory they are really valuable for long shots.
There is a lot of rather silly prejudice against sticks here so far. I will use anything that makes my shots more certain when I'm hunting if I possibly can. Anyone who makes a bad shot more probable because of some perceived inferiority of anyone who uses sticks or bipods is just foolish.
There we go again thinking it's OK to let the ones who can't really shoot use sticks because at least they are "being out there". Where does that garbage come from?Does it really make any difference whether or not some hunters use shooting sticks? It's not a contest and no one's cheating. If that's what it takes for someone to be able to hunt and give them a reasonable shot at a game animal then let's support them just being out there and supporting hunting like the rest of us. I don't really care how the other guy takes the shot, that's up to him or her. I think there's other things to worry about right now regarding guns. What's next? Banning "assault sticks"?
Better to remain silent and though a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.There we go again thinking it's OK to let the ones who can't really shoot use sticks because at least they are "being out there". Where does that garbage come from?
To the OP: Using a rest of some sort for any hunting shot is what real hunters do. It is not due to some "weakness" that must be compensated; good hunters use a rest so they shoot better because the very best shot is the only one you should try. Carrying that rest around (shooting sticks or a bipod) when natural rests are few and far between in the environment you're hunting is a STRATEGY for making good shots, especially at range. It's not revealing any inferiority or weakness or inability. It's SMART.
I highly recommend shooting sticks. My most frequent hunting partner prefers a bipod attached to the fore end because he hates having something in his off hand. I find that bipods are heavy, slow to set up, and often cant the sights. It can also be hard to "follow" a moving animal. So I use sticks. I also prefer the "safari sling" type of carry, and I find the combination of sling and sticks is very quick and flexible.
Please feel free to experiment with sticks and bipods without fear "cheating", or of giving up your manhood.