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Shooting Stix

Before going to Africa, I read that most PH's require you to shoot off "shooting sticks".  Never having done this, I went out and picked up a monopod and did some shooting off of it.  I didn't particularly like it.  When we got to Africa, our PH gave us a short course on using the sticks and told us we would do much better using them.  He used a bi-pod and carried it everywhere we went.  I shot two animals off those sticks.

When I got home, I picked myself up a nice bi-pod and really do enjoy using it.  The only problem I find with the sticks is carrying them all day out in the field.  I have yet to find a way to tie them on my pack or do something to keep them out of the way yet handy.

Has anyone out there had the same experience I'm having?  What do you do to carry it all day long?  Is there an easy way?  I'm looking for answers as I do believe that in open country, they are a ton better than shooting off-hand.


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Well first I have to say that

Well first I have to say that using the sticks does in fact make a very big difference in getting a steady shot under many hunting conditions.

My kids have found the best way to carry the sticks around and that is to make me carry them as I usually don't have a license when they do. :lol:  They have both taken many animals and nearly all have been taken with the use of sticks. In looking at your picture it appears that you have a pair of the Eastman ones like I do or something very similar. If I am hunting alone I just set the height where I plan to use them and use them as a walking stick of sorts. I also have one old pack with a pocket on the side that I can put the sticks in when they are collapsed and sort of reach over my shoulder and grab them when needed.

There are also some lighter weight sticks that fold up into a belt pouch and snap together quickly with shock corded aluminum legs.

When hunting antelope I even use a set of the Primos Trigger sticks in a tripod model. That one is the most stable but also the heaviest and hardest to carry around.

Be careful if you lay the camo ones down in the sage brush and walk away for a little ways because you may never find them again. I know because I lost my first tripod after the very first time I used them.

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