shaman wrote:It is going to depend on how and where you intend to hunt. Normally whitetail deer are taken inside of 80 yards. If you are going to be hunting in deep woods, a bipod is redundant. Just brace against a tree or fencepost. They will also be useless in treestands. I have been hunting deer over 30 years. My last unsupported offhand shot was 2004 was at 20 yards ( I missed) . However, a bipod would have been useless there too. I jumped a herd of deer bedding next to my treestand ladder.
Remember that a bipod takes time to set up, and it only supports a certain range of shots. If you're trying to plug a grazing elk at 300 yards, it makes sense. Trying to do the same in the middle of a ground blind with deer walking by at 50 yards? Try it yourself with a couple of broom sticks lashed together and send your girlfriend out to walk across your field of view-- you'll see what I mean.
I have and admission. I own two bipods. One is a Harris that I inherited. It's sturdy, and if I ever need to shoot prone, at a Bighorn at 600 yards, it's coming with me. The other is the one I use for coyote hunting. It is meant for steadying shots from a ground setup taken from the sitting position. It cost less than a dollar to make. Check this out:
Varmint Al's Bi-Fur-Pod
Now the difference between coyote and deer is that deer are usually taken unawares and they are crossing your path and you need to swing your rifle to catch them broadside. Coyote are usually called in and taken head on as they approach.
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