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ISSUE 157

Checkmate – Making the Perfect Stalk

Stalking in on trophy caliber animals is an art. It is a skill that is learned and honed through successes and failures. There are some differences between stalking with a rifle or a bow, but in theory a lot is the same. You have to be able to look at the landscape between you and your quarry and figure out the best way to approach that will still allow you to see him when you get there. You have to be able to read the wind like a meteorologist, differentiating between thermals and directionals. You have to be a master at knowing when the right time to strike is and knowing when you need to be patient and wait for a better opportunity. I have failed at these more than I would like to admit, but it’s through these trials and tribulations that I have taught myself a set of rules to follow.