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 ]
Jim Zumbo, Craig Boddington, Ron Spomer and Wayne Van Zwoll are all solid contributers to the modern hunting literature. Through their gifts (both hunting and writing) they make us better hunters. Whether it is letting us learn from their mistakes or by teaching us new techniques,they help us harvest more game. But I suggest looking to the oldies, the fathers of the outdoor writing craft, to learn tricks that you might have not used.
I chose to shoot the 270 winchester because I grew up...