As hunters know, each shot you take presents its own unique set of circumstances—sometimes you'll find yourself with plenty of time to line up the shot, and other times you'll be shooting offhand, with little time to prepare.
When you do have time, though, it's nice to have a sound rest—and nature isn't always kind enough to provide you with a convenient tree. Yes, a pack can be used in a pinch, but there's another solution: shooting sticks. And if you're in the market for a set, there's a folding set from Champion Targets that we think officially deserves to be a labeled a "Gotta Have It."
The company's Folding Shooting Sticks are easy to use, and can be assembled effortlessly. They're lightweight, and their folding nature allows them to be carried in a belt pouch—which is included in the packaging. There's no need to worry about carrying them around in one hand, and you won't be likely to set them down and forget them. The sticks are simple to assemble, because the internal shock cords pull together and lock the legs into place.
Recently, one of our editors spent five days traversing the occasionally rough terrain of northern Utah in search of a bull elk. Consistently stalking elk through hilly, overgrown areas—with a pack slung over your back and a rifle in one hand—is challenging enough without having to account for yet another piece of gear. Champion's shooting sticks provided no problems, however—the belt pouch kept our editor's hands free, and, when the time came, the sticks could be deployed quickly and quietly with little effort.
Long story short, if you're regularly calling upon your shooting sticks before a shot, Champion's folding set is one you're going to want to consider. With a retail price of $39.99, they're not heavy on the wallet, either.