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ISSUE 103

Art of the Stalk

Being able to spot and stalk effectively is one of the greatest skills a bowhunter can have. It’s one of our greatest assets but we rarely practice it or even think about it. We work on our research, fitness and shooting ability but neglect one of the most important elements - the stalk. We work so hard at our craft to earn opportunities and then our only practice at the stalk is during season, under intense pressure. Think about it, the better your stalking skill the more animals you will harvest. You learn what makes a high percentage play, have a greater understanding of the winds and are clutch in the red zone. You know how to move in and know the right moves to make. All of a sudden you are not reliant on bulls bugling or sitting on the right water hole; you take the hunt to the animals. You can hunt any animal in any location and can be successful. I live for the stalk and these intense moments of trying to close in. I think about it often and am always trying to improve. Here are some of the rules I use and thoughts on advanced spot and stalking.