Archery hunting big game, which requires close proximity to the animal is, by its very nature, quite different from hunting the animals using a rifle. Archery hunting requires superb stalking skills and the ability to conceal your movement while closing in. But getting close often isn’t enough – it’s simply a good start. In close proximity, most big game animals can see and hear as well as they can smell. Therefore, the ability to hide your presence when you are within bow range is crucial. Whether you’re stalking on foot or sitting on a tree stand concealing your movement and blending in are key. If you’re stalking in the vast open fields of the Great Plains or sitting in a relatively bare cedar or pine tree you need to conceal your movements and break up the outline. Blind Magnet shields are designed to address these problems. They not only give you cover for open field stalking but they mask your movement in the crucial moments of drawing back. Using the shield also means you don’t have to stay drawn for a long period of time waiting for a clear, ethical shot. Draw only when the time is right.
No need to walk around with the shield attached to your bow. Lightweight and compact you can carry the Warrior Shield in your vest or backpack. It takes less than a minute to pop the shield open and attach it to your bow when you need cover.
Stalking Techniques. Once you have located the game, plan your route carefully. Use natural covers as much as you can to close distance. You can deploy the shield quickly just before you get to a spot where there is no cover. Slowly and quietly open the shield. Walk into the open field very slowly and hold still for a couple of minutes and let the game get used to it. Patience and keeping your excitement in check are very important in stalking. Observe the game carefully. If it stops doing what it’s doing and is looking at you or looks jumpy hold still until it calms down. Crouch behind the shield, walk very slowly and deliberately, pausing frequently to check the animal’s behavior. Try to approach in straight lines and minimize moving sideways or up and down.
“The ability to stalk or move without making any sudden quick movements or loud noise is essential to avoiding detection. Always pick your route carefully to keep you concealed… Take steps about half your normal stride when stalking in the upright position. Such strides help you to maintain your balance. You should be able to stop at any point in that movement and hold that position as long as necessary..” (Army Field Manuals)
Read more about stalking: Field Stalking – a revolutionary approach to hunting