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STALKING

Hunting, shooting and fishing methods - Stalking

"Stalking is known for being more than a hunting method, it is the essence of hunting. Stalking requires patience, stamina and good feel for the surroundings- sometimes requiring the hunter to be flat and low, crawling on hands and knees to get closer to the game"


Egyptians stalked the Nile buffalo, Scottish hunting parties secretly pursued roe deer, and Native Americans crept inch by inch to herds of buffalo for hundreds and hundreds of years. Stalking is more than a hunting method, it is the essence of hunting. Stalking requires patience, stamina and a good feeling for the surroundings. Sometimes this requires the hunter to be flat and low, crawling on hands and knees to get closer to the game. Reading signs, or indicators, such as antler rubs, broken branches and ruffled, nested-looking areas of vegetation assists hunters in finding the game by calculating where to cautiously go next. Pursuing most bird, deer, buffalo, antelope and big African game species by foot brings the hunter closer to the quarry. Proper stalking methods will make or break a hunt. If the hunter is unable to get close enough to the quarry, for a fail-proof line up on their bullseye, the hunt is a bust. Likewise, if the hunter moves too hastily and is spotted, there is no telling how long it will take to get another opportunity for that target again. It is a tricky, lifelong skill that takes practice and experience to master. Don't practice at home with friends and family- unless you enjoy a black eye! Instead, get out and explore the woods with light feet to get a feel for your next stalk hunt!

Basic Info


For stalking you need a durable lightweight rifle or gun with a scope and that is easy to carry around through thick brushes, uneven terrain. Calibres should have a steady trajectory and depend on the game you are hunting. bipods or shooting sticks allow hunters to increase the steadiness of the shooter and increase the range of a well placed shot. A pair of good binoculars or rangefinder also comes in handy.