How to Make Your Own Shooting Sticks

Written by michael kozlowski
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When hunting, it is important to shoot accurately so that you hit your target and make a humane kill. A valuable piece of equipment is a set of shooting sticks. Shooting sticks allow you to rest your gun and steady your shot. They are lightweight and easy to carry. A good set of shooting sticks can be set up quickly and are especially vital for long-distance shots.

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Things you need

  • 1-inch-by-2-inch piece of oak
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • bolt, 2 1/2 inches long, 1/4-inch diameter
  • 1/4-inch nut
  • 2 washers, 1/4 inch
  • Rope

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  1. 1

    Cut two pieces of 1-inch-by-2-inch oak to equal lengths. The length depends on your preference and style of hunting. If you prefer to shoot from a prone, kneeling or standing position, you need to determine the height that you want your gun to rest at.

  2. 2

    Drill a 1/4-inch hole 6 inches from the end of each piece of oak. To make the shooting sticks more versatile, you can drill several holes 2 inches apart. This will allow you to adjust the height of the crook of the shooting sticks. These holes should be through the 2-inch face of the 1-by-2.

  3. 3

    At the opposite end of the 1-by-2s, drill a 1/4-inch hole through the 1-inch face. This end will be the bottom of the shooting sticks.

  4. 4

    Install the 2 1/4-inch bolt through two mating holes at the top of the shooting sticks so that the sticks overlap each other. Use the washers on the outside surfaces and hand-tighten the 1/4-inch nut on the bolt.

  5. 5

    Thread a piece of rope through the 1/4-inch holes at the bottom of the sticks and knot the ends to secure it. This will limit the spread of the bipod sticks. The length or rope must be determined by the length of the sticks and allow for stability when the sticks are set.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a polyurethane clear coat to seal the wood to protect it from weather.
  • Overtightening the "hinge" bolt and nut will restrict the operation of the shooting sticks.

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