These shooting sticks will keep you steady at the moment of truth and won’t break the bank.
We all know how important a solid rest is for accurate shooting and shooting sticks are great whether it’s deer, turkeys, or predators in your sights.
But, I personally can’t see shelling out over $100 for a pair of sticks.
Here’s an easy way to make your own adjustable shooting sticks for less than $10.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
To make your shooting sticks you’ll need:
- 2 — 3/4 inch dowels
- 1 — 1/4 inch x 2 inch carriage bolt
- 1 — 1/4 inch wingnut
- 1 — can of earth tone matte finish spray paint
For tools all you’ll need is a drill with a 1/4 inch bit, a pencil, and some kind of saw that will cut the dowels.
Step 2: Determine the Length of Your Shooting Sticks
Decide whether you will be sitting on the ground, in a chair, or standing when you are using your shooting sticks (if you’ll be standing, you can substitute long broom handles for the dowels.)
Assume your shooting position, hold the sticks together making sure to keep the tops approximately level, and use your pencil to make a mark on one stick about four inches above your hand.
Line up the dowels and transfer the mark, then cut them for length.
Step 3: Drill the Shooting Sticks
Line up the sticks and make a mark about four inches from the top, then drill a 1/4 inch hole through the center of each dowel.
Step 4: Install the Bolt and Wingnut
Thread the carriage bolt through both dowels and install the wingnut on the back side.
Step 5: Camouflage Your Shooting Sticks
At this point your sticks are ready to use, but all that bare wood seemed like it would stick out to me.
I used a can of camo spray paint because I already had it, but camo tape, or even permanent marker would do the trick.
Step 6: Go Hunting
Your shooting sticks are ready to hit the woods. To pack them down for transport, simply loosen the wingnut and line them up.
Once you’ve reached your hunting location, loosen the wingnut, set the shooting sticks to the desired height, and retighten the nut.
Don’t let the shakes cause you to miss out on the buck or bird of lifetime or cause you to miss that long range coyote. These shooting sticks only take about 20 minutes to make, they cost less than $10, and could be the key to your successful fall hunting season.
Make a pair and use them. You’ll be glad you did.
All photos via Micah Sargent