Change of Perspective

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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.

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SGM's picture

I agree that still hunting is

I agree that still hunting is the only way to hunt for me. Just to hyper to sit for any length of time. I like the tip and idea of changing your possition. It just might give you that angle you could not see. Thanks and I will try it this year.

numbnutz's picture

Great tip meat hunter!! It is

Great tip meat hunter!! It is amazing how a few inches or feet change change the landscape your looking at. Over the part 5 or so years I have become pretty good at glassing mostly by trial and error. The main key is to be pataient. Like you say scan the hillside looking for things out of place, a leg, ear, color differences and so forth. Also just by standing and sitting will change the angle. or even just moving ten feet and glass the same hill side. The biggest thing I have found is be thuro, don't be in a hurry to glass a new section. I will grid up a hillside and spend upto an hour per section I have even glassed the same hill side for an entire day. Again great tip.

Retired2hunt's picture

  Thanks for the tip

 

Thanks for the tip CoMeatHunter!  I am still a novice at glassing and found myself still struggling to see an animal.  I spent a great deal of time glassing last weekend only to see guys on ATV's and some pretty landscape.  I did remain always in a fixed position and didn't look at the same areas from different directions of view.  I'll be going back out here in another 26 days and will use your tip to assist me.  Thanks for sharing with us!