Don't Stand Out: How to Become An Invisible Hunter
By: Joey Thiel
To become a successful hunter, you must first learn to become invisible. The difference between being camouflaged and becoming invisible requires overcoming all of the natural defenses of the game you pursue.
Their keen senses of sight, hearing, and smell make keeping game totally unaware of your presence the ultimate outdoor challenge as you prepare to make your shot.
Today’s camouflage patterns make it easy to blend into the surroundings. What gets hunters seen is usually one of three things – movement, exposure or silhouette.
The most common mistake that catches the eye of your prey is movement. Being still requires three things. Be patient, enjoy the moment and relax. Be disciplined. Prepare mentally for extended blind or stand time. Above all, be comfortable. If you’re not comfortable, you’re going to move and there is no substitute for being still.
Another common mistake that allows hunters to be seen is not taking the time to ensure they are properly covered up. The glare from a watch or other jewelry, the flash of a cell phone or even exposed skin is all it takes to alert nearby game, and they will know where you are. Take that extra minute to ensure you’ve got everything covered.
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