To effectively stalk wild game, stealth is the name of the game. A hunter must move slowly and methodically, carrying a minimum of gear to remain as silent as possible. For hunting most species, a stalker must “play the wind” by making sure to stay downwind from the prey at all times. This may require circling the quarry at a long distance while always keeping a low profile, preferably entirely out of sight of the animal(s).
When suitably downwind, a hunter may need to close the distance to the target animal by slowly moving nearer, using whatever cover and concealment may be available. This can be a painstaking process that takes hours, and it’s not always successful. After all, wild animals are wild and prone to wander off or take flight before the stalk is complete. But for most hunters, a successful stalk is immensely rewarding.
Once in position to shoot, a hunter needs a steady rest to make an accurate shot. Unfortunately, bulky tripods and walking sticks can spoil a good stalk, so lightweight, compact solutions are best.