A few weeks ago a forum member posted a question asking everyone which brand of shooting sticks they prefere. Shaman posted a do it yourself link showing you how to make your own set of shooting sticks. I always wanted a set of shooting sticks but never wanted to pay $50 or more to have them, so I decided I'd try my hand at it. I took the straightest two tobacco sticks from the barn that I could find and cut them to 36" to where they were square on both ends. I put a nail in the bottom of both of them to keep them from slipping when I put the gun on them, and I put a bolt about 6" from the top of the sticks to hold them together. I wrapped the sticks in camo tape and finished it off with leather straps for the gun to rest on. Total cost: $4 for the camo tape.
After tackling that little project I wondered what else I could do myself. I watched a video on youtube that showed how to make a wrist sling for your bow, which I have also needed. I used two different strands of 550lb. paracord to make my sling: dessert camo and black. I took it out yesterday to shoot with it for the first time on my 1999 Hoyt Accel and loved it. I can't wait to take it to the woods this fall.
I recently just started coyote hunting, and I learned quickly that it's hard to carry all the calls around without them banging together and also I'm scared I may mess up the reeds if I stuff them in my pocket or something, so I decided to make myself a lanyard. I love the look of it and I love how much easier the calls are to get to. Total Cost: $10 for 100ft. of paracord, which I used for both the sling and the lanyard and I still have plenty of it left over.
I've never posted any pictures in any of my posts before so I hope this works.