I’ll agree with preferring shooting sticks over a bipod simply because you can use the rifle unencumbered if you choose to do so. That said, the attached bipod has the advantage of NOT needing another hand to carry it. As a practical matter I don’t use either. Even when I hunted in Namibia and practiced ling shots with shooting sticks for months in advance, I never used them even once the whole trip. So I don’t own either a bipod or shooting sticks now and probably never will again.
Welcome mainecoast! There is surely some good hunting in Maine. I look forward to hearing more about it from you and God willing, hope to do some hunting there myself fairly soon. Yes, I’m putting in for a Maine moose permit AGAIN, and hoping to get one this time!