- December 7, 2017
- Heath Wood
Swagger Bipods are becoming known around the hunting world as one of, if not the most versatile Bipods on the market. They are available in two different models, the Field Model which ranges from 6 ¾”- 29” in height as well as the Treestand/Blind Model that is taller measuring in at 9 ¾” to 41 ¼”. I have successfully used both models while predator hunting, which enticed me to try them this firearms deer season in Missouri.
The quest began on the opening morning of the season while hunting out of a ladder style treestand. On this hunt, I was using a 6.5 Creedmoor with the Treestand/Blind Model. With no shooting rail on this particular treestand, I was able to position both legs of the Swaggers near my feet on the platform of the stand. Throughout the day I passed on several does and a few small bucks. However, I viewed them through my scope to confirm the Swaggers were steady enough for a shot, and each time they were rock solid.
Just as I had come up with a game plan for the moment when a mature would approach, it was shattered. A mature buck that was busted up on one side came in chasing a doe; the kicker was that he was angling to the side and behind me. For a normal bipod this shot would be out of the question, however, this is the moment when the flexible legs of the Swagger shine. As the buck approached, I folded back the legs of the Swagger, resting on my hip. When the buck stopped at 45 yards, I had the crosshairs on his vitals and was able to make a quick harvest on him. Even though I was twisted into an uncomfortable shooting position, the Swaggers were still able to provide me with a successful shot.
The next weekend, I switched to Swagger’s Field Model, since I would be hunting from the ground to try to harvest a doe. Of course, just like the buck that came in the weekend before, a mature doe showed up directly behind me at 50 yards. As soon as the doe lowered her head to feed, I picked up the gun enough to swing it around and get it back and since the Swagger Bipods attach to the gun, I was able to turn on the doe, moving my gun and bipod at the same time with no noise. After taking a few more steps, so that I could see the whole body of the doe, I made a successful shot dropping her immediately.
My goal going into the season was to harvest two deer with both models of the Swaggers. Even though both shot opportunities were not ideal shooting conditions, the versatility of both models allowed me to get into shooting position quietly, while still being able to have a solid shot on both deer.
There is nothing better than having a plan come together successfully. Having quality equipment like the Swagger Bipods makes those plans come together on a regular basis.