What the heck is that orange orb, are you on Skinwalker Ranch?
Back to the subject at hand; I carry a tripod, small seat, and something to use in the rear like shooting sticks/trekking poles with adapter to make them shooting sticks/rucksack (your stick would work). Waaayyy more stable than a “unipod” on the front.
From Lens comments, the solid rear rest is important for LR shooting off a tripod or shooting sticks. I've shot my best 900 yard group with my tripod at the forfend of the stock and shooting sticks under the rear from a seated position. Having the tripod put front instead of at the balance point gives much more stability. Its rock solid and I'm confident of that setup for LR shoot. It just takes a lot more time to setup and I have to carry more equipment. I balance the equipment I take with my expected hunting terrain. A tripod to help with glassing is worth taking IMO. So why not use it to support your rifle for a shot?Very cool stuff, tripods and saddles make sense to me for sure, I’ve just never found good stability with the pure sticks compared to a bipod or pack.
Maybe I’ll need to grab the ones I shelved and practice more. My last elk was shot off a pack, a bipod would have been easily doable.
Guess I’ve just always enjoyed living life horizontally
I had one attached to my rifle every time I headed west for a deer or antelope hunt. After several trips, finding I never even tried to use it I now leave it at home. Why?—unless I get a shot at a goat off the hood of my truck, it seemed like I was always wasting time trying to find a way to set up for the shot. If you’ve ever thought about crawling or shooting prone in much of the west—think again. Cactus and sage brush is very unforgiving—never attempt without knee and elbow pads and leather gloves. I agree with others that carrying a well designed pack/shooting sticks or tri/bipod works better and makes more sense. Only on TV can a guy clear a shooting place, put down a pad, arrange fore and aft support, check windages, down range distance, adjust bipod height and each leg and then after all that get set for the “perfect” shot at an animal. It also helps if someone has cut the grass in a ten foot circle around where you set up.View attachment 299359I'm always about "better to have and not need, than to need and not have", but I found a bipod on my hunting rig is useless FOR ME. Laying prone in the field is about like kissing your cousin. Yeah, the idea might might be tempting, but it still ain't right. I'll leave prone to the range/target shooting.
So, the shooting stick and field chair is where its at. Gonna start training for this style, along with standing shots, and reconfirm zeros.
You named your daughter Cassandra Elk? Good job!Here’s my daughter Cassandra Elk hunting she has the bipod for the field’s also a place to put her gun. Then it’s on to the Bog Pod for shooting
Discovering the tripod and ball head has been the best thing I’ve tried in a long time. It did take me a few purchases to find the products that actually give me the stability to feel rock solid and make longer shots, and be light enough to carry without being a burden.We killed 3 off bipods last year. One at 926 yards. Wouldn't have happened without. I did invest in a shooting tripod that attaches with an arca rail. It goes as low as 4" and as high as 66". I haven't shot off it yet but It may take the place of the bipods and definitely the sticks