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.
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Historically, hunting has been a sport that has been predominately participated in by men. There have been notable exceptions, of course. Eleanor O’Connor, wife of the famous hunter and outdoor writer, Jack, traveled with him and hunted in many parts of the world, taking her share of game, including some exceptional trophies. Not as well-known to hunters today were Martin and Osa Johnson of the early to mid-1900’s. Together they traveled to many places that seemed extremely exotic and...