I hunt and scout mule deer everywhere from established road systems to deep in the backcountry.  Consequently, I’m always looking for practical ways to save weight & bulk, while increasing efficiency.  I think The Outdoorsmans Window Mount system here accomplishes all that, and even more.

For years, I’ve ran a 16.6 ounce Manfrotto 342RC2. This system has no window mount accessory option.  However, The Outdoorsmans Pan Head and Micro Pan Head both pair with The Outdoorsmans Window Mount (see the short video below for a demonstration).

This means I can have an optics mounting system usable both from the truck and from the backpack.  Not that I’m counting ounces at the truck, but if I were, I’m only paying a 3 oz. penalty when pairing The Pan Head with the Window Mount, and no penalty when pairing with The Micro Pan Head. Here’s how the weights break down:

  • Window Mount 8.75oz
  • Pan Head 10.5oz
  • Micro Pan Head 7.5 oz
  • Window Mount with Pan Head, 19.25 ozs
  • Window Mount with Micro Pan Head, 16.25 ozs

More importantly, in my backpack where it counts, I’m saving 6 ozs with the Pan Head or 9 ozs when running the Micro Pan Head.  Both Outdoorsmans heads are also less bulky than the Manfrotto.

That is a win-win my friends.  Check out the short video at the top of this post to see the full function of the system.

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Robby Denning
Robby Denning started hunting mule deer in the late 1970’s, only missing one season in 35 years. At 25, he gave up the pursuit of all other big-game to focus on taking the best bucks possible. He began hunting the West on a DIY budget hunting an average of 30 days a year for mule deer. Robby loves the hunt as much as the kill and the entire process from research to scouting to hunting. He’s killed four bucks over 200 inches in the last 15 seasons, mostly on easily-obtained tags. He owns a public-land scouting service and runs a private-land outfitting business helping other hunters in their pursuit of deer and elk. Robby has scouted and hunted literally thousands of square miles of mule deer country and brings a wealth of knowledge about these experiences with him. To him, the weapon of choice is just a means-to-an-end and will hunt with bow, rifle, or muzzleloader – whatever it takes to create an opportunity to take a great mule deer. He is also the author of "Hunting Big Mule Deer" available on Amazon. Robby believes all of creation is from God for man to manage, respect, and through which to know its Creator