Contrary to what the name implies, still hunting is the act of walking through the woods, slowly looking for game. It is slow, effective, and very hard to learn to do correctly. Once mastered, still hunting can be one of the most productive hunting methods is the whitetail woods.
When to Still Hunt
Still hunting can be very productive if done during the times when deer are not moving much. Deer tend to stay put in early afternoon, during storms and when it is very windy, these are all perfect times to get out of your stand and "hunt" for the deer.
Where to Still Hunt
Still hunting is most effective in medium cover and in relatively rolling terrain. To effectively still hunt you need to remain relatively hidden, and cover allows you to do this easily. You also want to be able to look at areas before any animal can spot you first, the crest of hills allow you to carefully peer over without exposing your entire body.
Increase you odds Still Hunting
The most important thing to still hunting is moving slowly and quietly through the woods. You need to move deliberately without making noise. This is easier said than done. If you ever really tried to move through the woods without making a sound you realize that you tend to look down the whole time. This is great, but you will never be successful looking down. The ability to move quietly and yet keep a very good view of your surroundings comes when you realize that to be a good still hunter you need to walk slowly. I take 2-3 very deliberate steps and then pause for 30 seconds to a minute. Before I move I always check and see what will be the quietest places to put my feet, while moving I keep my eyes up. With practice you can move quietly, without looking down. I also try to move from bush to bush or trunk to trunk, this keeps my silhouette to a minimum. Also, always walk into the wind, this prevents the deer from winding you!
With practice you can really increase your odds, especially during those "down" afternoon hours. The key is to move quietly and deliberately while keeping a good view of your surroundings. You want to see the deer before it sees you! Good Luck!
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