What is your favorite field shooting position?

JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior MemberPosts: 6,480 Senior Member
For me, it's sitting.  I know that prone is more stable, but I just don't care for it.  For some reason, kneeling has never really appealed to me, either.  Perhaps that's just because I haven't tried it much.  
Jerry

Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
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  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,543 Senior Member
    Sitting by far. I hunt primarily from climbing stands, ladder stands, and shooting houses, (in that order) but I do carry a lightweight set of shooting sticks that can be used sitting or standing if I come across a shot while on the ground but with the magnatude of our fireant problem around here, I would never consider laying down on the ground to go prone.
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 4,429 Senior Member
    The one I've used most often, by far, is sitting. The Marine Corps teaches some really good techniques for this position, and I've had good luck with it. I prefer prone with a bipod, (or over a backpack) but terrain, vegetation, and lack of instant mobility for changing conditions often limits its usefulness in the field. Kneeling can be tough to master, although Mosseybucks' quarter mile antelope was killed with a single shot from that position. Amazing shot, that was.
     Standing is a shot I'll do my best not to take, although I've seen you make some damned good shots standing, especially against running game. Any hits I've made standing against moving game involved more luck than skill. I'm just not that good at it.

    Mike
    Decisions have consequences, not everything in life gets an automatic mulligan.
    KSU Firefighter
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 6,978 Senior Member
    Prone!
    Prone, if I can make the shot from that position.
    Sitting #2
    Double kneeling #3
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,480 Senior Member
    The one I've used most often, by far, is sitting. The Marine Corps teaches some really good techniques for this position, and I've had good luck with it. I prefer prone with a bipod, (or over a backpack) but terrain, vegetation, and lack of instant mobility for changing conditions often limits its usefulness in the field. Kneeling can be tough to master, although Mosseybucks' quarter mile antelope was killed with a single shot from that position. Amazing shot, that was.
     Standing is a shot I'll do my best not to take, although I've seen you make some damned good shots standing, especially against running game. Any hits I've made standing against moving game involved more luck than skill. I'm just not that good at it.

    Mike

    You surprised me, Mike.  I thought you preferred kneeling.  I saw you make a heck of a shot on a running goat from a kneeling position.  Well, I didn't actually see the shot, but I did see the dead antelope and shot placement.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,552 Senior Member
    Sitting on a stool or chair, with a bipod, or two bipods (front and rear) if I have time. I have made a few good shots from a standing position, when my back was stronger and I was more stable, but now I need support from anywhere I can get it. Prone was never an option for me, because of brush and flat elevation, in the places I hunted.

    My dad and uncles were very good with a sling, from a sitting position on the ground, in the military manner of their time. I learned it, as a kid, but haven't practiced it in decades. I was never very good at it.
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 3,252 Senior Member
    Well, it sure as heck ain't standing with my pants pulled partially back up after answering natures call. That was how I made my last shot on elk. Wasn't because they snuck up on me either. I failed to see them. Im often a bumbling elmer fudd fool in the woods.

    I prefer sitting on the ground with my back against a big pine. Works good for naps or shooting. Provides stability, shade and rain/snow protection.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 4,429 Senior Member
    Actually, Jerry, I was sitting. Had I been kneeling that goat would probably still be running his harem.
    Decisions have consequences, not everything in life gets an automatic mulligan.
    KSU Firefighter
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 4,429 Senior Member
    Bisley brings up a good point. I don't mind offhand if I'm wrapped in a sling.
    Decisions have consequences, not everything in life gets an automatic mulligan.
    KSU Firefighter
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,834 Senior Member
    Sitting with a rest....Few hunting situations that I have encountered will accommodate prone but if I find myself in the right situation I will certainly go there...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • Billy_BuddBilly_Budd Posts: 572 Senior Member
    Prone!
    Prone, if I can make the shot from that position.

    That used to work for me minus 50 lbs ago. Lol!
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,802 Senior Member
    Sitting in my blind with the window ledge as a rest. I tried to make a prone shot two years ago because as I was walking up to my blind there was a big buck down in the gully about 50 yards away. I missed because even though I was steadied on the ground I couldn't see well through the grass and as I was trying to get steady on him and I touched the trigger too hard before I got down on him good. That was the second time I missed a nice buck there. Of course I did kill a couple from there.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 9,663 Senior Member
    The one I use the most is damn near a bench rest since I hunt from a blind I built.

    outside of the blind, probably kneeling since brush and rocks makes prone almost impossible where I hunt
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,662 Senior Member
    sitting in an office type chair, using the shooting house window sill as a rest
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,897 Senior Member
    Sitting against a tree
    A Veteran is someone that served in the Military, it does not matter where they served.
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,489 Senior Member
    When hunting out west prone if the vegetation allows it, than sitting,or offhand, with the sling on all shot if possible. When hunting whitetails in the east or mid west I'm usually in a tree stand and shoot sitting or leaning over the rail.

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,225 Senior Member
    Prone is best, but I seldom find myself in the ideal circumstances to use it.  That said, sitting is the most useful and my most commonly used.  
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 6,944 Senior Member
    You mean there's a world where the deer give you a CHOICE?

    BWAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAA! :D

    The first one allowed me to kill him from the prone.  The second one allowed me to kill him from the kneeling.  The third one was a complicated mess for which I THINK was braced sitting when the round went downrange. I was standing when I finished him off..

    I try to park myself where I can get into a braced sitting with minimal effort, because that's the only thing that's going to allow me to spend 3-4 hours sitting relatively still with moderate discomfort.  If I CAN prone out, I will.
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    Prone is preferred. 

    But, the world ain’t flat and crap tends to oft get in the way. So, sitting supported is probably my most commonly used. Followed by prone. 

    A tripod, Spec-Rest, suspension system, or ruck sack is your friend. 

    After that, it’s a Modified European Position. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,802 Senior Member
    Actually, I have made a couple of kills standing. When I saw a deer I slowly creeped up to a tree and braced the gun against the tree to steady it and shot. All I need is to steady the rifle.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 7,702 Senior Member
    Most of my deer have been shot stalking in so when I get to a shooting position it is either standing 'offhand' or taking advantage of a tree/anything handy. Second choice is sitting with elbows on my knees if the terrain permits.

    Whatever the situation however, I always try for the best position available rather than just taking a shot without thinking it through.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    orchidman said:
    Whatever the situation however, I always try for the best position available rather than just taking a shot without thinking it through.
    Wise words. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,225 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    orchidman said:
    Whatever the situation however, I always try for the best position available rather than just taking a shot without thinking it through.
    Wise words. 
    Agreed.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 6,978 Senior Member
    orchidman said:


    Whatever the situation however, I always try for the best position available rather than just taking a shot without thinking it through.
    Well said.
    Sometimes I have even backed up (got further away) to get a more stable position.
    "Never be satisfied with a unstable position,"  I believe this is a accurate quote from a friend.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    😁
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,802 Senior Member
    orchidman said:


    Whatever the situation however, I always try for the best position available rather than just taking a shot without thinking it through.
    Well said.
    Sometimes I have even backed up (got further away) to get a more stable position.
    "Never be satisfied with a unstable position,"  I believe this is a accurate quote from a friend.
    Even if it means passing on a shot. I've done it.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 6,978 Senior Member
    Wambli,
    Are you going to start hunting with a handgun?
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 6,978 Senior Member
    Wambli,
    Are you going to start hunting with a handgun?
    I think I’d like to.  Planing a short local hunt in February right now.  Might actually just take a .44 mag with me to see how I like it.
    Only way to start handgun hunting, is to not take a rifle-Good luck!
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    Wambli,
    Are you going to start hunting with a handgun?
    I think I’d like to.  Planing a short local hunt in February right now.  Might actually just take a .44 mag with me to see how I like it.
    Only way to start handgun hunting, is to not take a rifle-Good luck!
    This is not true. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 6,978 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    Wambli,
    Are you going to start hunting with a handgun?
    I think I’d like to.  Planing a short local hunt in February right now.  Might actually just take a .44 mag with me to see how I like it.
    Only way to start handgun hunting, is to not take a rifle-Good luck!
    This is not true. 
    For some people, it is in their own words, they never would use the handgun , until it was their only option...I knew you were going to respond to this almost verbatim. HA!
    I know a number of people who carry both.  I do the same thing sometime with specialty pistols and revolvers.

    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    So take both. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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