Drags, Do you have any photos of your deer hunting set ups, this is what we use. I have been considering getting one of the ultimate Tri-Pods for a little quicker set up and portability.
I have an Ultimate tripod. I also have a bench very similar to the one pictured.
The tripod works well, but not as well as the bench for rock steady holds. Especially with the heavier long barreled guns. They do have different wood supports for wider fore ends, and a flat one for using a rabbit ear bag. One thing about them is that they are very quick to use, and much easier to get out and set up as opposed to a bench. Especially if you are forced to move because of sun angle, the bench can be a pita to set up and break down multible times during a day.
We once killed 3 bucks in about the same number of minits or less, using the tripod, and ranging from 635 to just about 750.
One gun, 3 different standing shooters. We could never have reacted that quickly using a bench.
I have since personly designed and had built my own version of the tripod. It is a scaled down bench top being 14" wide at the widest point in the center, It tapers to 8" on both ends which is plenty for supporting the gun. But the whole top rotates 360 deg. so moving the actual gun isn't necessary except for elevation. That one is as solid as my bench even with the heavier guns. The ultimate tripod
rotates also of coarse. There is another tripod system made in Texas which a hunting buddy has. It could be a tad better than the ultimate tripod, but again not rock solid.
It would appear to me the bench pictured could have been made by Jim Burfield. At least the top section was judging by the appearance.