Re: bipod or shooting sticks
This is a long range hunting site so we had all better be trying to find maximum shooting stability whenever possible in order to be ethical hunters.
Probably a much higher percentage of hunters on this site use some form of support sticks for stability than you'll find among other hunters.
Lately military snipers have taken to carrying tripods. This is a bit extreme, weight-wise, unless your hunting is on relatively flat ground. Lugging a tripod around at 8,000+ feet does not sound like fun. But using dual purpose hiking/shooting sticks makes a lot of sense.
Hiking/shooting sticks means that when you have a very expensive shooting rig on your back you need those sticks to keep a fall from damaging a scoped rifle and ruining an expensive rig and expensive hunt. Plus using your arms to assist your legs on uphill hikes just makes sense. And on long or steep downhills hiking sticks save your knees - especially for my class of hunters known as geezers.
Finally hiking poles on steam crossings gives you four "legs" for stability, keeping you, your pack and your rifle dry.
"There are no comfortable packs, only packs that are less uncomfortable than others."