Take Time to Look
Take lots of time looking. Carry the best binocular you can afford and get into the habit of using it even for casual inspection up close. In timber, raise it slowly every few steps or, if you are on stand, every few minutes; and sift through that maze of twigs that might be hiding antlers. In open country, sit and brace your elbows. Read the field like a book, keeping the binocular stationary. Scan from left to right and top to bottom. Then move the binocular to the right, as if you were laying out maps, and scan again. Look first at places close by, because you may have little time to spot game there before it spots you. I once came to the crest of a hill and immediately glassed a distant cut where I expected to see elk. Trouble was, I looked right over a bull standing in the open 80 yards below me. He ran off.