Eight Secrets for Better Still-Hunting
A stick, a feather, kneepads, and other stealth insights
Teddy Roosevelt’s advice to “Walk softly and carry a big stick” naturally works in the deer woods, too. You just need to add a few other things to sneak within bow range of deer.
 Cedar Branch: Cut a 2- to 3-foot limb from a cedar tree and hold it in front of your chest and face as you slip through the woods.
 Felt Boots: Muffle your steps with a pair of felt-bottomed wading boots. Dampen the soles to make them even quieter.
 Leafy Top: Wear a gillie-suit top or a leafy jacket to help break up your silhouette.
 Quiet Pants: Fleece or soft cotton pants won’t snag noisily on underbrush.
 Camo Tape: Wrap strips around your pant legs so they don’t swish with each step.
 Kneepads: Volleyball kneepads dyed green or brown will help you stay motionless while kneeling as you wait for the perfect shot.
 Wind Indicator: Tie a down feather or a few lengths of sewing thread to the inside limb of your bow to keep constant track of the wind.
 Face Paint: It conceals your shiny skin without getting in the way of your string or anchor point, the way a brimmed hat or facemask can.