One of the first things I have realized in just about anything you do and especially most types of hunting or fishing there is never a one size fits all anything. When it comes to predator calling conditions often dictate a number of variables. Rifle, shotgun?
Sitting, standing, and kneeling? Freehand, bipod, monopod and so on.
In my experience it is not as often that I use a Monopod, but to me in certain conditions it is the ticket. One instance is in really thick brush I prefer to find a good place to stand up, nestled against a tree trunk. For one thing you can see and move better. That is when a Monopod comes in handy especially on a shotgun because in really thick stuff you may only literally have a second to make your shot. If you have to raise your gun before you shoot it can be too late.
The last stand I was on. I found a really good spot but, I had walked a good way from the truck and brought the rifle and left the shot gun and monopod. I should have set up differently or went back and switched. Sure enough about the 7 min mark Wiley showed up I saw him about the time he winded me. I only had about 2 seconds to make the shot. No chance with the rifle sitting across my lap.
I have seen a number of post for various type both store bought (which can be quite expensive) and DIY ones. I came up with a decent idea for DIY one a while back that has proven to work really well. I am going to make a few extras and I thought I would share a how too step by step. You can make this one for around 10 dollars and in less than 15 minutes I made mine for around 5 dollars. It will take me a lot longer to type and post this than to actually make several of them.
I will do this in installments added to this post as I go.
Here is what the finished product looks like: It telescopes, and can be made to extend from 28 inches to 8 feet however I make mine to extend to 5 feet.
Hopefully some some will find this helpful.