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Shooting sticks or bipod?

I prefer sticks. They don't change the balance of your gun, are quick enough and allow for more and quicker elevation and horizontal adjustment while behind the rifle.

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If you learn how to shoot

If you learn how to shoot correctly and learn how to use a natural rest such as a tree or fence or what ever else is available then all they end up being is another gadget to have to pack into the wilds for the hunt.  The only time that I use a shooting stick is while handgun hunting and then the stick serves as a walking stick and a rest together.  I have seen way too many hunters miss game while trying to get the sticks to the right elevation or use them while they are in a aquard posistion to even think of trying them for my rifle hunts. 

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I'm sticken with my sticks

Critter wrote:

If you learn how to shoot correctly and learn how to use a natural rest such as a tree or fence or what ever else is available then all they end up being is another gadget to have to pack into the wilds for the hunt.  The only time that I use a shooting stick is while handgun hunting and then the stick serves as a walking stick and a rest together.  I have seen way too many hunters miss game while trying to get the sticks to the right elevation or use them while they are in a aquard posistion to even think of trying them for my rifle hunts. 

I have learned how to shoot correctly and I shoot very accurately from hunting positions... with or without sticks. I practice with my rifles frequently and I can get into my sticks just as fast as anyone can get onto a natural rest :yes:  Animals do not always decide to step out and give you a shot when there is a convenient rest (tree, fence etc) in your vacinity. That is when sticks come in handy. Because I practice, I do not fumble finding my animal in the scopes at all with sticks. It all comes down to just practicing with what ever you decide to hunt with. My sticks fold up small, are very light and hang off my bag where they are readily accessable.

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+1 on that. Someone parcticed

+1 on that. Someone parcticed in shooting positions will get into position to shoot faster than with sticks and with sticks and maybe even a bi pod, you won't out shoot him by enough to matter.

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Shooting Sticks

I carry a tri-pod when I am out. It's a much more stable rest than a bi-pod. Where I hunt in Wyoming a Harris Bi-Pod isn't workable. The sage brush is usually tall enough that you can't see over it when sitting down so you have to shoot standing up. If I relied only on trees or fence posts I'd have to get back in the truck and drive several miles and that would make for an awful long shot. I haven't had problems deploying it when I have a reason to. If the game is far enough out that I need the rest, there is plenty of time to deploy them. If the game is so close I don't have time to deploy them, I generally don't need them anyway and just drop them on the ground.

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I have both and prefer the

I have both and prefer the shooting sticks.  The bipod is heavier and bulky whereas the bipod fits nicely in my backpack.  I use the shooting sticks for most of my shooting except when I can get into the prone position.  I prefer the prone position over other positions, but sometimes grass, bushes and terrain gets in the way.

I practice with the sticks, with a backpack and without any of the above to be prepared for what I might encounter in the field.

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depending on the terrain, but

depending on the terrain, but for longrange shooting I use bi pod most, second would be my pack. Third sticks. Now close shots sticks or whatever else I can use.

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it all depends for me if im

it all depends for me if im shooting longer ranges like 400yds plus i want a bipod and if im shooting any closer then i would use a shooting stick

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I also use a tripod when

I also use a tripod when hunting out in Wyoming every year for the exact same reasons as dosghooter mentioned in his post!

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I get to see the results of

I get to see the results of various rests and shooting positions on a weekly basis through our Long range tutorials.  Some factors have weighed very heavily on my mind for a long time.  To this end, I wrote an article about it and published it online.  I honestly believe that shooting technique has declined slightly over the last 100 years, though it is something that can easily be re-established.

Have a read if you get a chance:

https://secure.zeald.com/ballisticstudies/Resources/Articles/Hold%20that...

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I dont have any trouble

I dont have any trouble killing deer off hand up to one hundred yards but beyond that I use shooting sticks. I tried a Harris bi-pod but it did not work for me.  I now use the BogPod in either bi or tripod form.  Because of age and health issues, I do not walk around much and usually shoot from a siting position.

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