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 ]
When hunting whitetails there are many different languages being spoken afield that I key on when outdoors. All these little creatures living around whitetails have something to tell us if we are willing to listen.
My favorite tattletales of the outdoors are a handful of little birds that live in my state of Ohio. Maybe yours too. A tip for the upcoming season.
There are Blue Jays, Cardinals, Chickadees, Killdeer, and Sparrows that all have language...