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BOG DeathGrip Tripod Review

Travis Brown

This past year, I had the opportunity to hunt hogs in the state of Texas. This quickly became an obsession that I hope to make a yearly trip. But I could not justify building a rifle and purchasing components for one trip a year, so I began a new venture in predator hunting that has quickly become another enjoyable hobby.

Being a working guy and having a budget to spend on my equipment, I worked efficiently to seek out the best items I could find for the money I had to spend. So when I began looking for a tripod, I knew I had to find something durable, movable, simple, and reliable. After researching and asking around, I settled on the BOG DeathGrip Tripod.

BOG DeathGrip Tripod Review

The DeathGrip Tripod by BOG is engineered for maximum durability and precision. Whether you choose aluminum or carbon fiber construction, the legs are super strong. The clamp system also secures your weapon so you can keep a hand free for optics or calling.

Retail: $179.99 (Aluminum)
  • Aluminum legs adjust from 7-59″
  • DeathGrip clamping system secures weapon
  • No-slip lever locks for fast setup
  • Head pans 360 degrees and tilts up to 25 degrees
  • Weighs 8.5 lbs

BOG DeathGrip Tripod Review

I noticed while getting the aluminum tripod out of the box that it was a very solid piece of equipment. Heavy enough to hold a rifle, yet still light enough to be mobile for several positions throughout the night. The adjustability, once you learn each feature, is very impressive and applicable to not only predator-style hunting, but can be used for other adventures as well.

When I asked my local pro shop about their thoughts on the BOG DeathGrip tripod, I was given several positive remarks and very few negative ones. The owner himself told me that he likes to use this product to hold his crossbow for deer hunting. I was impressed to see how easy it was for him to place the crossbow in the vise with very little effort and be ready to hunt in a matter of minutes. Another gentleman mentioned to me that he bought this product for his son to use for predator and for firearm deer season. Not only will this product handle the recoil of a rifle, but it was also sturdy enough to use for shotgun season for whitetails.

I have used other tripods and understand some of the headaches and struggles that come with trying to get into position quickly. It seems like you can never get the legs to the correct angle and if you lean a certain direction, you chance moving or tipping the whole thing. The BOG DeathGrip tripod offers 3 different lockable angles that will keep your weapon in position. Also, there are levels just below the “grip” that assist in showing you where the tripod sits to help with stabilization.

BOG DeathGrip Tripod Field Testing

Recently, I joined a team for a local contest in a Raccoon Round-up. I battle-tested this product through rain, wind, and rugged terrain. This product did not disappoint. It took only slight adjustments to tilt or pan the head, and the leg adjustments were simple and fast. It made every shot effortless and precise. The coating inside of the grip did not give in any way through the rain and kept my weapon in position through the night.

One of the negatives I did run into was carrying the stand through the cold. I am a stubborn guy and hate to do anything with gloves on my hands. The aluminum legs do get cold to the touch and can make carrying difficult in colder weather. That being said, the carbon fiber version of this tripod could remedy that issue (or you could just wear gloves). While the legs are very strong and durable, that does come with the issue of added weight. As mentioned, it is simple to set up and not difficult to adjust, but if you plan to be mobile for a majority of a hunt, I could see this product being on the heavier side. I do not mind setting this tripod up in 8-10 positions a night for predators or even tree-to-tree for other hunts. But the only concern I would have is if you were on a multi-day hunt on foot having to pack this product around with you.

BOG DeathGrip Tripod Potential Improvements

My only mark against this product was when I was on a predator hunt. I had a difficult time with the IR light for my scope. I usually prefer putting my light off to the side, but found that the grip would interfere with my sight picture. Since then, I have moved the light to the top attachment of the scope and have had little to no issues. But it is something to consider.

If using this product for a crossbow, do make sure you have the clearance needed. If you have contact on the strings/cables with the grip, this could cause issues, ruin a hunt, or damage your equipment. One should always test this product on a flat surface with their field weapon of choice before going out and putting it to the test.


  • Extremely durable and steady design
  • Easy to adjust legs and head quickly
  • DeathGrip clamp secures weapon well
  • Quick and easy to level the tripod


  • Heavy to carry over long distances
  • Aluminum construction can get cold to touch
  • Grip may interfere with weapon accessories

BOG DeathGrip Tripod Summary

With all that being said, the pros far outweigh the cons of the BOG DeathGrip Tripod! I am very impressed with the versatility of this product and very excited to continue putting it to the test in upcoming hunts.

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