When you work hard to get deep in the wilds, you don’t want to blow the shot. A backcountry tripod provides multiple points of contact with the ground, which keeps a rifle on target. It also relieves the shooter of the fatigue of holding the rifle for long periods. Tripods come in varying weights, so a non-metal build with telescoping legs balances heft and portability when you need to pack one into the woods or across the prairie. Look for heads that pan and tilt easily, and sturdy cradles that will help lock a rifle in position and on target. Then look for these three design features to keep you on target.