I am a Coyote caller and I almost always use my shooting stix..
I make the stix out of 34 inch Camo Aluminum arrow shafts. You can buy them at an archery shop. They cost about $3 bucks each. When I buy the shafts they have a point on one end and just a hole in the other end.
The pointed end will be the ground end, and on the other "hole" end, I put some Silicone Seal inside and kinda smooth it out and make a little round ball on the end, then I let the Silicone dry for 24 hours...I just kinda want a smooth end...
To make the hinge, I go to a Pharmacy and buy some 1/2 inch O.D. heavy wall surgical tubing, they usually will sell you a one foot piece. The tubing costs about a buck, I use a piece of the tubing about one inch long.
To put the tubing on the two arrow shafts, I use a "long nose" pliers and I slip the piece of tubeing over the end of the closed pliers, then I grab the plier handles with both hands and pull the handles apart, this will open the heavy tubing, and you can slip the tubing on both arrow shafts.
After you get the tubing on the arrow shafts you can slip it down to where you have the hinge about 4 inches from the end of the shafts, or wher ever you like it.
On my first "Shooting Stix" this is all I did, the next part I am going to tell you about, I learned from actual experience..After dropping my rifle twice, while I "though" I had the rifle "ON" the Shooting Stix, I figured I needed to do something different, here is what I did.....
I got some small surgical tubing, the kind they commonly use for fishing
stuff, it measures about 1/4 of an inch O.D....I cut a piece 8" long,
then I folded it back about 1 1/4" on one end and tied it with some braided
fishing line, to make a 1 1/4" loop on the end. Then I take the other end
and loop it around the hinge on the Shooting Stix, and again, tie with
braided fishing line.
A helper is handy to tie the string while you hold the surgical tubing.
This is how I use the Shooting Stix with the "rubber Snubber" attached....I sit down and and put the rifle in the "V" of the Shooting Stix, then I take hold of the rubber snubber, it will be under the rifle, I take it up, and go over the top of the rifle, around the stix on the opposite side, then back across the rifle and hook the loop over the other stix...Now I have a tri-pod...I have never dropped my rifle using this method...
When I call Coyotes I usually sit on a piece of rubber pad that I cut from a piece of army surplus sleeping pad, its very dense. I am right handed and I shoot right handed....
I sit with my feet straight out, I let the stock rest on my right thigh If a Coyote comes in to the left or the right, it is very easy to raise the Shooting Stix and swivel to the left or the right, set the sticks down and take the shot...it is also very easy to shoot up hill or down hill, just by squeezing the stix together or by spreading the stix apart, by holding the stix and the rifle with my left hand. You will find this is very easy, you just need to do a little practiceing and you will get the hang of it...
I believe the Shooting Stix will improve your aim by about 5 times,and maybe more, they are very steady..If you can get the back of your sholder up against a tree you will almost be "bench rest" steady..I suggest you put your stix on your rifle, at home, in your house, in a room that has carpet, this will help the stix not to slip, get your back up against a wall, and you will immediatly see how steady these stix are.
HOW I CARRY MY SHOOTING STIX............
After forgetting, dropping, bending, loosing, carrying them like a swoard in my belt, and getting the stix caught in a barb wire fence, I came up with this method....of carrying my shooting stix.
I made 2 leather pouches, measuring 1 1/2" by 3 inches.... I made them
by cutting light weight leather 1 1/2' by 6 inches...
then I folded it over and stiched up both of the 3" sides with waxed string....
Next I fastened one pouch to the rear sling swivel with a piece of braded
shoe string...it just kinda hangs there....
next, I used a short piece of the small surgical tubing and I attached one end to the second leather pouch, and the other end to the front rifle sling, the finished piece of tubing is about 2" long, just enough to have a little stretch...This is how it works
When I find my calling stand, I sit down and put my rifle across my lap with the muzzel pointed to my left, I remove the stix from their holding pouches and set the stix up with the rubber snubber over the top of the rifle...
After I am done with my Coyote Calling stand, I am still sitting and
my rifle is on the stix...I reach up and undo the "rubber snubber" and
lay my rifle across my lap, the muzzel pointing to my left..I take the
stix and I put the pointed
ends into the leather pouch on the butt stock, next I put the other end of the stix into the pouch at the front of the rifle, I
stretch the surgical tubing a little to do this..Now I can stand up. The stix ride right under my rifle sling, they go into my soft leather rifle case just like this...and The rifle can be easily fired with the stix riding under the rifle...
When calling in heavy cover, I sometimes take the stix and the pouches
off, I dont use the stix in heavy cover....
I leave my shooting stix on my rifle all the time, and they always go with me when I go calling,
I wouldn't be without them....If you try these Shooting Stix, let me know how you like them, and, if you have any questions, E-ME at ( [email protected] )
Good Coyote Calling to all of you,