Let's hope I have this right. A traditional English shooting stick looks much like a cane, with a head that folds out into a seat. The idea is that it provides a portable seat for the shooter to sit down and yet swivel freely. However, rifle hunters have discovered that they're often more useful as a portable rest for your rifle rather than for your backside.
Underwood is a type of wood generally produced by coppicing, which essentially cutting back stumps each year and allowing shoots to grow up. You may have seen underwood canes before -- they're slender, yet have a knotty, bumpy appearance.
I saw a picture or a painting of a old time buffalo hunter once and made mine as he did, for woodchuck hunting, as harris bi-pods are real expensive.What I use are sticks put together with rawhide shoelaces, the diameter of the sticks is a personal preference,as is their length, tied near the top with the leather shoelaces,as you open them the rawhide streches and kinda grips the forestock of the rifle, provodes a good rest and is real cheap, plus I have the satisfaction of having done it in the manner of the old timers.
[ This Message was edited by: chechatonga on 2003-02-05 18:40 ]
There are times when the deer are simply not moving and you're forced to make something happen. Maybe you're up against a full moon or hot weather. This is when a silent drive to force deer to move should be considered.
By silent drive, you're not yelling and making a commotion to scare the deer. When deer are panicked, they're liable to bust out of the cover on a dead run, and any shot you get will be tough to make.
A silent drive is different. It means playing the wind to carry the driver's...