Re: bipod or shooting sticks
I have an old set of Stony Point shooting sticks that I started with, but my gimpy back led me to using trekking poles for any backcountry adventures (the stability issue is important with my back), and it only took one outing to realize I could use the poles in place of the shooting sticks for a more solid support. I simply loop the wrist straps over the opposite pole's handle (instant cradle, conforms the rifle forearm) and with a little practice I can go from walking along to shooting position rather quickly. I also have a greater range of height adjustment to adapt to the situation. Sitting, kneeling or almost standing (sort of a "combat" crouch height), all are do-able with the poles. A small rear bag for prone over pack or bipod and I'm all set.