Do you use Shooting sticks or not?

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  1. randy3003

    randy3003 Weekend Warrior

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    I personally use bipod style shooting sticks. I have a heavier xbow 9 plus pounds and a bad left shoulder. This combination is what led me to trying them. I absolutely will never again hunt without them. I am a really good shot free hand but my bipod sticks have truly made me a better shot. At 65 yards I shoot a four arrow grouping slightly smaller then a grapefruit. I do match my arrows to my xbow and only shoot arrows with a .003 or smaller strangeness factor, the correct spine and a 1 grain weight variable in weight/dozen. Good equipment that I'm comfortable with coupled with good adjustable shooting sticks are what makes my shot groups so small.
     
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    Hatfield Hunter Weekend Warrior

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    I have a single but have not used it. Have not shot from a stand either yet. Just started again late season last year after not hunting for 40 years. My source of venison dried up. To me, getting it adjusted to the right height would take way to much movement. I have shot at ground level from a sitting position but rest my left elbow on my left leg to help stabilize it. 35 - 40 yds is my max distance, unless I get one that will let me get real zeroed in on it.
     
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    Nope! To much movement and I have a hard enough time keeping my fingers down and limbs clear.
     
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    a shooting stick creates far less movement--- my stick and xbow are almost always pointed in direction I expect to see critters, without it a person needs to raise the xbow and direct it too the target
     
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    I've tried but I can't seem to hold it steady while drawing my bow.
     
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    Hatfield Hunter Weekend Warrior

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    OOOOOOOOOOOOH Good one
     
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    Westfinger Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I have the steady eddy monopod on my X bows. The great thing about it is you don't have to make on the fly adjustments. We set it up so it rests against your hip or thigh and it supports/stabilizes the bow. It made shooting the X bow easier and improved accuracy. My GF made a perfect shot on her first X bow buck using it. It attaches to the bow so there isn't anything to carry around its always there and ready to go. Highly recommend.
     
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    Yep sure do. When I'm out hunting with my son in a blind we use one all the time. When your with a young hunter anything that can help them make a good shot on a deer is worth it.
     
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    I don't use a shooting stick but my wife uses a tripod in her blind.
     
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    pastorjim08 Legendary Woodsman

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    Just got one of these and attached it to my new Horton Storm. This thing is the berries man!

    Blessings.........Pastorjim
     
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    Tried a single from the tree stand, just aiming at different things, different places and ranges. Found it very unhandy and way to much movement o change position to have it the right height and aim place. Back on the shelf where it will probably stay. To each his own.
     
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    Bipod in the blind; offhand in the stand.
     
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    When I hunt from a blind I have used them (single pole shooting rest) before and they definitely helped steady the crossbow, especially on longer shots. I sat in my camp chair and used my leg against the pole section to steady the rest and keep it from swaying. From a tree stand, I either use a ladder stand with a shooting rest or my summit viper and use the upper section as a rest.
     

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