One way to give your shotgun, rifle, or crossbow a little more stability and improve your aim when you’re out on the hunt is to use a shooting stick. We put together this shooting stick buying guide but researching a variety of shooting sticks, from the popular brands to the top-rated products. But before we get started, let’s take a quick look at some of the key features you should know about before you start shopping around.
Type: There are 3 different types: monopod, bipod, and tripod. These have 1, 2, and 3 legs respectively. No style is better than another, it’s really about what you like. Tripods can stand independently. Monopods can be moves faster.
Material: Nine of our top picks are made out of aluminum. Why? Because not only is aluminum really lightweight, it’s also strong and durable, too. We also found a really cool stick made out of wood that will last practically forever.
Pieces: All of our top picks are one piece. The legs might be divided into sections but they’re still all connected. That’s important because it means for a much easier setup. Plus, you don’t have to worry about anything going missing.
Wrist Strap: While it’s not necessary, a wrist strap will help make your shooting stick a little more stable. How? It gives you a little more help holding your gun or crossbow in place once you have it on the yoke.
Size: Decide how you’re going to use your shooting stick. If you want to sit or kneel, you can get away with a shorter one than you’d need if you were standing. There are some that adjust to fit any position.
Foldable: If your stick is foldable, it makes it a lot easy to transport. This is especially important if you have a taller stick because they can be a little tricky to carry around if you can’t shorten their full height.
Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the key features to remember, let’s move right into our shooting sticks reviews. Here’s the deal: we put our top and budget picks right at the top of the list. That way, you can get a good idea of the range of items available if you’re in a hurry. There are a lot of great products on this list, though, so stick around for as long as you can. Ready? Let’s go!