Still hunting is my favorite style of hunting. I love moving and spotting game before they spot you. Although difficult at times, this method of hunting provides the most exciting and enjoyable experience for me.
When hunting thick brush or timber, we all look for unusual shapes, colors and shadows hidden deep in the brush. Many times it’s an ear flick, the bright color of a rump, or the horizontal line of a back in a sea of vertical timber lines that tips us off to the presence of our quarry. Even with good binoculars, it can be very challenging to spot these unusual shapes and colors through the brush.
One technique I’ve found very useful when trying to discern the tell tale shapes and colors is to simply change my viewing perspective up or down. When glassing, I like to drop to my knee and then stand up looking at the same areas multiple times before deciding there is nothing noteworthy. And sometimes, when struggling to make out an odd shape or color, raising or dropping just a few inches can make a big difference in getting a much better defining view of the object. Shifting a few inches side to side can also be helpful but it’s the vertical changes in viewing perspective that seem to dramatically improve my ability to discern these hidden animals.
Check it out for yourself on your next hunt. It just might make the difference in finding what you're looking for...before it finds you.