View Full Version : Walking Staff
09-28-2002, 03:08 PM
I feel lost without a staff to use while walking in the woods,maybe its old age,dont rightly know but i have a Cedar Staff i cut myself and i must have it when i check my cameras,feeders or just scouting,this just started for me a year or 2 ago.
Are you the same? do you use one for walking?
09-28-2002, 04:37 PM
well, I don't carry one while hunting(one more thing to keep track of) but I do use one while hiking/geocaching.
09-29-2002, 04:30 AM
I've got an old ski pole that I originally salvaged as a wading staff that I take if it's gonna be hilly. It's a little short for use "on the flat" but on a hill can be just that little extra boost or support. Same as shaman, I don't take it hunting. Just can't find a spot in the trailer, LOL
09-29-2002, 05:51 AM
When I was younger I didn't even think of a walking stick. But as time goes by I catch myself picking up a straight stick at some point in my walk and using it as a walking stick. Since my farm has plenty of Copperheads and a few Timber Rattlers I find a stick handy sometimes.
09-29-2002, 08:40 AM
When im hunting i dont use it,i have to many other things to carry,but just out and about messing around i have to have it.
09-29-2002, 12:37 PM
I use a multipurpose walking stick.
I take it on every hunt and use my Bi-Fur-Pod for a walking stick about half the time. On steep hillsides it is very handy and sure does help for balance in some conditions. The rest of the time, I hang it on my belt when the walking is level and easy. As you can see in the picture, it is just the correct lenght to "rest" on.
09-29-2002, 06:51 PM
I like to carry one also while checking my game cam and
feeder. It helps me walk up steep hills but what I use
it mostly for is clearing spider webs in my path.
09-29-2002, 09:04 PM
You folks are going to wrinkle your brow on this one. But I was hiking behind my place and picked up a yucca flower stalk for support going up a hill. I was suprised at how strong it was. It gave me an idea. I havested a few of them and experimented. Rounding the thick end with belt sander and covering the thin end with resin. Then a quick spray of polyurethane on the stalk. I had a great little walking stick that was strong and couldnt have weighed 10 ounces. I showed it to a few freinds on outings and several have offered that this is a marketable item. I just like them because for 15 minutes trouble I have a good walking stick that I could care less if I break or leave it behind.
09-30-2002, 09:13 AM
I cut one years ago when I was hunting in the Smokey Mtns and sprained my knee (I was hunting alone in a wilderness area). I used it to get back to camp, and ended up using it for the rest of the week rather than break camp and go home.
When I got home, I felt kinda attached to the stick, so I broke out the Barlow and personalized it with some dumb little carving and whittling. I still keep it around, and use it for hiking and poking around. I don't carry it while hunting though, as some of you have alread mentioned it's just one more thing to keep up with.
I recently cut down two volunteer apple trees in my backyard, and am drying them now. The trunks are both about 9' long, and maybe 2" down to 1.5"...perfect walking stick material. I figure I'll get three or four good sticks out of them. I'm gonna carve one for my dad, and maybe work on the other just for fun. But now I need a new Barlow knife.
09-30-2002, 12:47 PM
I got a 4' shaft of olive that I sanded down and have been using for 15+ years.
I've notched morse code into it, as well as added a small nail in the bottom for picking up trash on the trail. I also have it wrapped with leather straps at various "handy" points.
It's got a nice crook up at the top for varmiting with my scoped 686 S&W.
09-30-2002, 08:33 PM
I have 5 sticks I use at various times. (2) Yucca, very light and strong, (1) hickory, (1) cedar staff and (1) new fangled aluminum hiking stick?, I bought at sport chalet. I also made some bipod sticks on a modified Varmit Al Design!
09-30-2002, 08:51 PM
I've got a nice telescoping model that was given to me as a gag gift for my 40th. He got it at REI Co-op. It's great. Only for hiking and half the time I don't even open it. Helpful for redirecting misguided rattlers in the hills.
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