Greetings. I'm a retired Army guy that has fished most of my life, and now I've decided to take up the challenge of big game hunting. I still work on Ft. Lewis so that is where I have concentrated my efforts thus far, this being my second year of modern rifle hunting. I didn't harvest anything last year.
I've scouted around Ft. Lewis and found numerous game trails with tracks, a couple of old rubs and one small fresh one, but I haven't seen any deer--buck or doe. I've tried to read everything I can find about blacktail, but the amount of literature sure seems limited. So I've got a thousand questions.
Lets start with this: When still-hunting should I slowly walk the trails I've found and hope to stumble upon something? Or do I walk parallel to the trail some how? And how slow is slow when still-hunting? Or does it make more sense to find some place where numerous trails meet and just sit somewhere observing it?
I guess what I'm really looking for is some advice on tactical philosophy.