Prepare as if You Were the Prey Part 2

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In the first part I discussed mostly about being able to blend in with your environment. How key it is not to be noticed. The better you are at being part of the natural scenery the better your opportunity of game coming in your zone or sector of fire. As twisted and crazy as it sounds, hunting people made me a much better game hunter.

Searching and scanning and target acquisition are very key to any kind of hunter. I am pretty sure everyone has their own method and technique of searching, identifying and shooting your game before it has any clue of what is going on. Yeah it sounds simple and in most cases it is or should be. But lets not assume we all have the same thought processes and skill sets. I have hunted with people before, side by side, covering the same avenue of approach. A deer moving along the route and for several seconds my partner did not notice the deer. It was his turn to shoot so I just sat patiently assuming he had his plan of attack and after several seconds of wondering he shot. That story is coming soon, by the way. I am not a super, jedi, ninja sniper by no means, don't get me wrong. I just have a different technique I like to use and it works for me most of the time.

When I first arrive in my spot I get comfortable. I then I study my surroundings and try to picture where the game is mostly like going to approach from, what we call avenue of approach. Then I position myself and my weapon along with my shooting stick in the best spot that is going to allow me to take the best possible shot with the least amount of movement. Ok weapon is set. Next step is studying sector of fire. Once I am pretty comfortable in a good sitting and possible shooting posture I study my sector of fire. I try to memorize everything little detail I can about it. Even in thick vegetation. I will study the trees even if they are touching branches, I will study every little minute detail I can pick up on. I believe this helps me in my target detection. Once you know your terrain you will be able to notice with something changes or even a small difference in detail. But you have to constantly be on your A game. Obviously if you are hunting in open terrain the game and tactics changes a bit. But I do not think the mind set does. How many times while hunting in thick vegetation has an animal just “appeared” out of nowhere. My primary home hunting areas are just that, thick brush, heavily wooded, up hill and even sometimes if seems as if I am hunting around corners. So I prepare myself to notice this subtle little changes in scenery when and animal cruises by and the back ground changes. If I notice them before they notice me then I am still the hunter and they are the prey. My next segment will cover lining up and taking the shot under these circumstances.


ManOfTheFall's picture

This is a great tip. I used

This is a great tip. I used to just look for the animal I was after. Sometimes I spotted one sometimes I didn't. Now I look at everything that is there around me. Usually when something looks a little different I recognize it then focus on it to learn what it is. It usually doesn't take long to figure out what it was. Since I have employed this type of game spotting I see many more animals now than I seen in the past.

groovy mike's picture

Think like a deer!

The only way to FIND deer is to THINk like a deer!!


You have to figure out where they want to be and when, then you can be there at the same time that they are.

ecubackpacker's picture

Jonesklan, your right on

Jonesklan, your right on target with this tip. I go about hunting my surroundings the same as you. I get a mental picture of my surroundings to be in a position to recognize any out of the way objects, shadows and the such, later in the hunt.
I taught this same technique to my girlfriend after I realized she wasn't employing it when she hunted with me. I would spot a piece of a deer at the edge of the field and ask her if she could see it. Before I explained how to "hunt" the surroundings, she would reply she couldn't find the deer. After explaining how to survey the surroundings, she began to get quicker at acquiring the the flicker of an ear, the horizontal line of the deer's back or the deer standing statute still at the edge of the field while surveying the field. It has really helped her to enjoy the hunt, therefore, she goes hunting more often, although she doesn't bring a weapon. She basically watches the deer go about their daily activities.