I’ve been a hunter for most of my life. These days I’ve replaced my rifle with a camera but the basic skills are the same. If you sit still long enough they will come to you. But there’s a trick. You have to be able to become a part of the environment. Sitting in the woods with a camera isn’t enough. They can hear your heartbeat long before you can here their approaching footsteps. On a calm day they can smell you from hundreds of yards/meters away. If you don’t belong there they will know and stay away. Learning to belong to the wild places takes some time and practice but being at peace with creation is a very positive experience. Keeping your mouth closed and your ears open helps prevent them from smelling your breath. The birds will tell you where he is. As he walks towards you, the forest falls silent. Control your excitement. A racing heartbeat is a sure sign that you don’t belong. When he comes into sight he’ll snort and try to get a fresh scent of you. Be steady and move very slowly. His ears will twitch as he tries to pinpoint your heartbeat. Easy does it. Focus. Now, take the shot. He heard the shutter snap and he bounds off to be hunted again. Each time will be different but you’ll never lose the thrill of the hunt.
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Sounds like your an expert hunter, Lloyd. So why did you stop hunting and replaced it with photography instead?
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A couple of reasons. I haven’t stopped completely but right now I don’t need the meat and I’m getting to the age where dragging it across the mountains isn’t as easy as it used to be. I try to apply the ethics of the native American side of my ancestors when it comes to nature. “Take what you need but leave the rest for the future. ” Plus, with a digital camera I can take my trophy everywhere. 😀