By Zach Lazzari
Hunters don’t need a pile of shooting accessories. But a few handy items can make a difference in the field. Gear is no replacement for skill. And learning to shoot from a variety of positions is important. Practice with and without your rifle bipods and accessories to prepare for every possible scenario.
Here are a few shooting accessories you might consider for your next Wyoming hunt:
A bipod provides excellent stability for shooters in open country situations like we often see here in Wyoming. A bipod in the six to ten inch range is ideal for shooting from prone positions, giving hunters great control at longer ranges.
If you choose to use a bipod on an upcoming hunt, be sure to practice, practice, practice. This advice certainly goes for any shooting accessory. But it’s especially critical that you know your bipod and feel extremely comfortable with it before you embark on a hunt.
You won’t always need a shooting stick but it doesn’t hurt to have one along. Even when you have an attached bipod, shooting sticks create a good alternative rifle rest, making it possible to shoot from awkward positions and especially when shooting over sagebrush. This comes in handy on mule deer and antelope hunts here in Wyoming.
A variety of shooting sticks are available with single or double legs. The double leg option is the most stable. Choose a shooting stick that can adjust height quickly to find the right position. Sticks sometimes provide an advantage over mounted bipod because the adjustable height makes it possible to clear tall grass, sage and other obstructions.
This simple accessory is often found for less than 20 bucks but it saves critical time when reloading. Rather than sorting through your pants pockets or the depths of your pack for more ammo, keep extra rounds organized and ready. Check out the different bullet wallets from Caribou Gear. Your ammo stays secure and you can reload quickly when time is of the essence.
Protecting your glass is a no brainer but many hunters forget to keep their scopes covered. If you’re not used to spot-and-stalk hunting in western landscapes, it’s an important accessory. A rifle slung over your shoulder can easily collect snow or become obstructed by debris – which you may not notice until you suddenly need to see through it.
Keep a spare universal fit cover in the truck just in case you lose one in the field. This will ensure your scope is protected from damage and it also keeps off moisture and fog that can obstruct your view.
Glass Cleaning Wipes
There’s nothing worse than smudges on your binoculars and scope. Keep a few wipes handy to clean the glass throughout the day. Using a shirt sleeve usually makes things worse by spreading the smudge across the glass. Keep a few disposable wet lens wipes in your pocket and a small microfiber cloth clipped to your pack or bino harness for easy access throughout the day.
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