**The Stalk **
Once you locate a deer, use any feature of the terrain to get closer. I've crawled through dry irrigation ditches to get to a buck bedded along a distant fenceline. Even if you run out of cover, all is not lost. Once I put the moves on an eastern Montana buck feeding with some does in the middle of a harvested sugar-beet field. Crawling along a shallow draw didn't get me quite close enough, and so I took off my daypack and pushed it up the edge of the draw. The deer saw it instantly, but the pack didn't look human. I crawled toward them slowly, pushing the bag ahead of me. Perhaps they thought it was a porcupine, or perhaps they didn't think at all-but my stratagem worked. Soon I was within sure .270 range and slowly eased my rifle onto the pack for a very steady rest. At the shot, the buck turned to run, but after 50 yards he was lower to the ground, and then he tumbled into the black dirt of the field.