I recently read in a major sporting magazine (and not for the first time) that the majority of hunters who shoot offhand do so very poorly. Although I don't believe everything I read, I do believe that statement to be true admittedly even for myself in many situations.
To improve my odds in the field, I finally broke down last season and purchased a pair of shooting sticks. I opted for Stoney Point Products' Steady Stix II. These sticks are designed specifically for field use by mobile hunters. The aluminum, shock-corded legs and rubberized rifle cradle that holds them together make for a 39" high shooting bipod when needed, but fold down to only 14" for transport in their own belt sheath. The Steady Stix II and matching sheath are available in camo or black.
I've used them for spring turkey hunting and predator hunting and found them very handy for both. The bipod legs make a very steady rest, especially when held with your "off" hand, while still allowing for some swiveling when needed as when following a gobbler or coyote crossing your field of fire.
I was able to easily adjust the Steady Stix' shooting height in the field by simply spreading or contracting the legs, which worked fine expect when sitting in very tight spots. The sticks also are tall enough to be used sitting or kneeling, which makes for a versatile shooting tool that will cover many shooting situations.
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