What’s the best bipod for Predator Hunting?
Hunting predators in the daylight requires you to be in a seated or kneeling position most of the time. These shooting positions require different height bipods for multiple different reasons. These reasons are not always cut & dry but we will do our best to break them down so that hopefully you can make the best choice possible with regards to your hunting bipod.
First, your height is a big determining factor with regards to the heights you will need in a bipod. A hunter standing at 5′ 8″ will require different heights that is 6′ 3″. It’s a lot like buying clothes except you don’t need to worry about your waist size when selecting a bipod.
For decades manufacturers produced 26″ max height bipods, this bipod height perfomed well for many hunters when seated on level ground. As many of you know, the old industry standard max height just doesn’t work for most seated or kneeling positions in varying terrain. A good rule of thumb when it comes to predator hunting bipods, it’s always better to have too much bipod height vs too little.
The type of terrain & angles you are hunting or shooting from will impact your needed bipod height. Typically, the steeper the inclination of a mountain or hill the taller your bipod height must be. Keep in mind, your bipod feet are generally 2-2 1/2 feet from your butt when in a seated position. Obviously, as the angle of inclination steepens the more height you will need out of your bipod. If you throw in artificial inclination, such as stools or butt pads this will also have a compounding impact.
Uphill vs downhill target locations require different heights when shooting from the same position. Downhill shots require less bipod height while uphill shots require more height. The changes in target location such as when a predator is approaching your calling stand can make this a challenge, thus the use of the pan/tilt functions on the ROKSTEDi bipods can be critical when sitting on side hills with varying terrain.
So, what bipod is best for predator hunting?
We generally recommend the P234 for predator hunters under 6′ & the P242 for predator hunters over 6′. With that stated, there are other individual nuances to consider when choosing your bipod. If you find yourself hunting steeper areas most of the time, you may still elect to go with the P242 regardless of your height. Conversely, you may be a hunter standing over 6′ but you hunt more big game than predators, so you might prefer the P234 because it’s lighter & a little more compact.
Again, a good rule of thumb for choosing a predator hunting bipod, it is better to have too much bipod height vs too little. Feel free to reach out to us if you want more insight into selecting a predator hunting bipod.