The best way to assist your shooting skills in the field when hunting, where there are no trees to assist as a rest is via a bi-pod fitted to your firearm or by carrying a pair of shooting sticks. The added advantage of shooting sticks if weight isn’t an issue is the fact you can use them as a walking stick as well.
While there are several brands available on today’s market, some offering changeable heads, level bubble, carbon fibre legs for less weight and lots more, Alcock & Pierce offer their own well-priced brand of shooting sticks now available in biped or tripod configuration. While I find the bi-pod a lot lighter to carry and a lot more practical in the field, their tripod is also ideal for free-standing use when using a spotting scope or camera. However, both are manufactured of corrosion resistant magnesium alloy, strong and reasonably lightweight.
The bi-pod I was sent for review featured a 40 to 65 inch (100cm to 165cm) height adjustment and the legs could quickly be spread for use when seated. While the head features a “V” shaped yoke to hold your rifle steady, it could also be unscrewed and removed leaving the threaded base to house a spotting scope or camera if required. I did however, note you may require an adaptor to suite some different camera or spotting scope bases. Another feature I found most useful was the fact you can adjust the height of the legs via a one-handed trigger at the top of the grip. Simply squeeze the trigger and adjust, then lock via a small safety latch if you wish, all with one handed operation. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to adjust the legs for length while trying to hold a rifle atop. Well-made and well finished, the A&P Shooting Sticks retail for $150.00 (Bi-Pod) and $180.00 (Tripod). Ask to see them at your local gun shop. Trade enquiries contact Alcock & Pierce via firstname.lastname@example.org