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Sit and wait vs Stalking

I am pretty new to hunting large game. I have seen elk in an area and I was considering going in ahead of time to prepare a hide/ blind to wait for thier return. My question is this, do ya'll find it better to stalk or wait for them? I have done both, but I've only been successful waiting in one spot where I have seen deer, elk, etc in the past. To be fair, I have only killed one deer. I feel better when I sneek to a spot and wait, than when I am trying to actively persue what may or may not be there. I understand that its different if I see an animal and I am just moving to get close enough for the shot. What have you guys had more success with, ambush or stalking?

Thanks Mike

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Welcome to BGH!

I'm pretty sure sit and wait in an area know to have animals is the best method. Unfortunatelly I was never able to sit still that long so I'd move around. If you can sit and wait, your chances go up in my opinion. Don't chase the game, let the game come to you!

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I agree with the sit and waite but for us it is the only way to hunt becase we only have so much acerage we can hunt on. if we start to stock then we run into the risk of pushing the game to private property which we are not alowed to hunt( flat lander tree huggers).
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Sit and wait vs Stalking

"If you want to see animals, slow down, If you want to shoot animals sit down"
(*Fred Bear)

I myself don't have the patience, so I walk v-e-r-y s-l-o-w, glass a lot, and sit on stumps whenever possible.
I try calling very softly and stay in cover as much as possible.
go around open areas
use scent (doe/cow in heat on boot-pads)
watch my back (they sometimes follow me out of curiosity)

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The only time I sit is when I know somthing is coming my way. I have succefully killed big game every year spot and stalking. I believe that you can sit for weeks and see only a few animals. I see multiple shooters almost every time I go out stalking. I prepare to the fullest though. I wash all my gear in sent-lok and use field spray every time I go out. I also use Elk estrus on my boots while elk hunting and deer estrus while deer hunting. Also always wear a face shield or camo paint on your face because thats the first thing they will see is your face and eyes. I also use wind chalk that helps to know wich way the wind is traveling and how I need to make the next move.

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Sit and wait vs Stalking

there are many ways to get on deer and elk,i am hunting archery right now and i have just been finding heavy trails with buck tracks and slowly moving a few hundered yards at a time sitting and rattleing,doe bleats,for a half hour at a spot and i have had many small bucks come in and a couple shooter bucks,and one i have been after this whole season i missed;(

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Welcome to BGH jlrossini!

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I'm old so I like the sit n

I'm old so I like the sit n wait method. I think the younger you are the more you walk. Either way your best change is being out there either sitting or walking

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I think it varies with the

I think it varies with the species, topography and game density.

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+1, tim

+1, tim

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I can't sit to long and if I do its right at the end of the day, so I like the spot and stalk my self for mule deer but if you want to kill a white tail get ready to have a seat and wait them out!

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