Still Hunting Rifle Carry?

COSA

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When hunting the timber, do you hand carry or sling your rifle? Tough using your binos with one hand if you carry. Not ready for a quick shot if you sling. I have also tried one of the gun carry systems, don't much care for the barrel in front of my face as well as the Velcro being a little noisy. Any other suggestions?
 

Ross

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For me all depends on the sign, the time of day, what my gut instinct is telling me and the terrain........if I believe I am in recent sign and elk or deer are in the immediate area the rifle is off the shoulder and at the ready.........otherwise I have it slung over my shoulder. I use the kifaru universal gunbearer when hiking in or in the dark.
 
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Timberninja

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Depends on how tight terrain is, in tight stuff, hands, use rangefinder instead of binos. More open, on shoulder/binos.
 

robby denning

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If the sign is fresh (rubs, tracks) or just a great feeling, gun always in ready position and thumb on safety. If I need to use binos, just slowly sling the gun and use them. In close cover, the human eye is way better than binos at say 50 yards and under.
 

fillthefreezer

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some of the areas i hunt, mostly for spring bear and blacktail its alot of slowly walking old overgrown roads and i use a corral gunslinger on my pack. as sign and action becomes more immediate, i will use a multitude of different carries. sometimes i go old school and carry in the crook of my left arm, barrel rearward. sometimes i grip the forend with my left hand, usually when using my right to push branches out of my way. if im in big timber thats more open i often hold grip in my right hand with stock into crook of my right arm or try for a skeletal carry such as used by patrolmen, gripping with both hands ready to shoulder...
 
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