Shooting from your treestand


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dullh
June 22, 2009, 08:47 PM
Do you use the shooting rest on the stand or some sort of steady stick? Or do you shoot off hand with rock-like stability? I bought a Stony Point stick to use this season, just interested how others get stable in the stand to make that long shot.

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Uncle Mike
June 22, 2009, 09:02 PM
Usually put the ol' elbows on the knees... good to go.
If the critter is this side of 100y I'll bang at him off hand if i must but prefer to use a rest when ever possible.

:D

hardluk1
June 23, 2009, 10:21 AM
I have something for help to rely on for shots over 100 yards. It also deppends on the stand some. I have a couple climbers that have shooting rails that will ajust and set with your back to a tree. Also keep a shooting stick that can be used if the deer allows.My favorate home build climber ,I set behind the tree and i can use the tree as a rest for shots. Have shot left handed to 200 yards and right hand to 386 but can also move that stand left or right very easy on the tree. Both deer gave enough time to get comfy to make a solid shot. Some of the new leaners give you lots of options to comeup with some kind of support.

MCgunner
June 23, 2009, 11:06 AM
Actually, I use a tripod with a gun rest. I guess if I had pine trees, but you can't use tree stands on oaks, mesquites, and huisache.

I have a set of sticks that I use when I'm spot and stalkin' out west. They work very well. I reckon they'd work in a tree stand if they could be planted on whatever the thing is made of. I know, one of my tripods has a grating for a floor. The shooting stix wouldn't plant on that grating, would go through the holes. My big stand doesn't even have the grating.

dullh
June 23, 2009, 09:27 PM
"The shooting stix wouldn't plant on that grating, would go through the holes."

That's exactly why I bought a stick by Stoney Point - wide flat bottom won't sink through the grating of my Summit stand.

hardluk1
June 24, 2009, 12:39 PM
You could use a reall stick , works great,pick out one with a couple stick branch's and maybe a nice v top cut that sucker down with the tree saw we all carry. You can add larger rubber bumps to go over the little ones that come on shooting sticks.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
June 24, 2009, 12:54 PM
I *have* used a Stoney Point expandable bipod before, but it's slightly problematic in getting a stable position going, because of the wire cage construction of the tree stand floor, which allows the bottoms of the bipods to go through partially, so you kind of have to brace the bipods legs in a specific spot on the edge of one of the cage steel pieces. But it does work, more or less, though I never actually got a shot when I hunted like that, so cannot show any results.

Double Naught Spy
June 24, 2009, 01:36 PM
My treestand has a rail around it. So I wrap it in pipe insulation and use it for a rest.

I got the stand with the rail to help keep from tumbling out. Using it as a rest is a benefit.

justice4all
June 24, 2009, 08:37 PM
My stand has a rail, but all the shots I've taken out of it have been within 40 yards, at Pennsylvania whitetail bucks, and I just threw the gun up to my shoulder and shot. Speed was more important that getting the perfect rest. I really like the rail, though, because it makes me feel a lot more secure twenty feet up in a tree.

Ranger J
June 26, 2009, 12:12 PM
My stands all have padded shooting rails and I try to rest the gun on one part and lean with my right elbow (right handed) on another part if possible. I find it almost like shooting off a bench at the range.

RJ

Sav .250
June 30, 2009, 10:16 AM
Some time -----off hand. Some time leaning on the rail. Different shot set-ups, different positions. :)

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