it tickles me sometimes when people bang on about getting position and sticks etc right when actually you just need to shoot the thing already or it's going to sod off. Last night I was out for a cheeky hour and expected to see the odd deer moving across the rides and tracks along the ground which is 90% woodland but with nice mature material to look through. This isn't the sort of ground you get long on a shot and can't mess about or your chance in long gone.
Anyhoo, last half our of dark a deer breaks cover and is crossing from on side of the wood to the other across a track and will give at best a few moments before it's lost. So my stick is dropped on the grass, rifle whipped up and in the optic it's a doe so 'oi' and safety off, sweep the red dot into the shoulder and pop. All in a few moments and a deer is flat down and not moving. A bit testing at 80m but I wouldn't have shot if I wasn't sure.
This is the second deer in a week off this ground and both free hand shot, no time for anything else. My point is that I remember in years gone by that I would mess about setting up sticks or trying to sort out the bipod but in doing so the opportunities would evaporate. But now after a lot of practice and repetition or cinema ranges and with our own running target rig at home it's just another position to use.
Practice it and if your comfortable then use it and certainly don't be afraid of shooting quickly when it's an all or nothing situation providing it is obviously safe and confident in making a lethal shot.. but I bet it's not for everyone! atb p