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Shooting Sticks

What do you all recommend for a good shooting stick on a elk hunt. It has to be portable, light weight and easy to use.

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I like these for

I like these for standing:

https://shop.primos.com/pc-1255-112-tall-tri-pod-trigger-stick.aspx

I use a shorter Bi-Pod design for sitting or low kneeling.

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I just like learning how to

I just like learning how to shoot from different positions and using what is available.  If all you are going to take are standing shots then you need a long stick, if you are going to be sitting you need another length and if you are proned out you need a shorter one.  I have a friend that missed his chance at an elk last year because he was fumbling around with his shooting stick trying to get it to the right length so that he could use it. 

If you learn proper shooting techniques for sitting, kneeling, and standing then I doubt that you will need a shooting stick but if you have a rock, tree, or a bush nearby then use it as a additional support. 

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I agree with Critter.

I agree with Critter.  Shooting sticks are great when you have the time or opportunity to use them.  However, if you aren't capable of shooting without them you will be limiting your shooting opportunities when hunting.  We practice all the time (with .22's mostly) shooting in different positions and using "natural supports" like trees and rocks.  If nothing else it gives the shooter lots more confidence when getting ready for a shot.

My favorite shooting position is kneeling and placing my elbow on the flat of my thigh to help steady the weapon.  Seems to work well for my kids too (with practice).

All that said, I have a mono- and bi-pod shooting sticks from Vanguard that I like the best.  Both of these sticks are best when kneeling too.  I don't like the weight and bulkiness of the tri-pods for hunting.

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I do the kneeling postion

I do the kneeling postion different. I place the back of my upper arm on my knee. Lean a little forward.  The elbow will be forward of the knee. That feels a little more solid to me.

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Sticks are good and finding a

Sticks are good and finding a natural rest is great too if you have time. If your pinned down neither will do you and good. Learn to shoot free hand and you'll be fine no matter what the situation. When I rifle hunted I never used a rest or sticks and did just fine and never lost an animal due to poor shot.

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stony point i believe is the

stony point i believe is the manufacturer of the sticks that i use.  they do work, but you do have to practice with them.

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I've hunted for over fifty years and the first time I ever used shooting sticks was in Africa a few years ago.  It took some getting used to but I eventually did get the hang of it.  I came home and picked up a set of my own.  First my son gave me a mono-pod but I found out in a hurry that they don't offer much in the line of steadyness.  I soon picked up a bi-pod and like it a lot better.

With that said, I believe the reason so many PH's use them in Africa is because of the high grass and the need to shoot from a standing position.  I believe a bi-pod, used correctly, is far superior to shooting off hand.  But I also believe that shooting from a sitting position without sticks is even better.  Since I do much of my hunting from a stand, (usually sitting on the ground with a tree or fencepost as a backreast) I can get myself into a good shooting position before an animal ever shows up.  Like several have said, I try to use whatever is present to help steady my rifle rather than relying on shooting sticks.

I have carried them off and on while hunting in wide open country, but that's because I will often have the time to set them up for a long shot.  For me, I don't think I'd rely on them as my main source of being steady.  I like a tree limb, rock or fencepost a lot better.

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To each their own. I train

To each their own.

I train using sticks with my hunting arms and offhand with my working arms. There is a crossover training effect in play there so I get training in both. If I have the time to obtain a rest, be it stick, rock, tree, I'll do so. If not, then I won't.

I think it's foolish to rule out sticks automatically, the same as to rule out offhand shooting.

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Never used sticks. I was

Never used sticks. I was brought up using a shooting sling like the Latigo sling Brownells sells. Never had a problem holding steady in offhand, sitting, or kneeling. My shaots are taken fast, and I have no time to mess with sticks.

Wayne demonstrates. Not sure why he didn't use the sling in the offhand position. I find it most useful in that position.

http://www.rmef.org/NewsandMedia/Videos/SlingUp.htm

http://www.rmef.org/NewsandMedia/Videos/BestFieldPositions.htm

 

 

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It's funny but I personally

It's funny but I personally don't thing that hunters know how to use a sling anymore.  All they use it for is to carry their rifle over their shoulder while they are walking to and from the hunting area. 

I have always use the sling on my rifle to get a sturdier hold and all my rifles have the carry slings on them and not a narrow one.  Even with the wider sling it isn't that hard to wrap your arm through it for a sturdier shot when the need arises. 

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