If I had to choose between blind hunting and stalking I would choose stalking. Yes, it’s harder but it sure beats sitting in a blind for hours on end hoping something comes in. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes, when you have the trail cam footage to support a blind hunt and you have a good idea of activity, that can be a sure thing. But, the waiting can be somewhat tedious.
Stalking forces you to get on the hog’s level and match wits. I think it’s a heck of a lot more challenging and takes a different kind of patience. Nothing like spotting your quarry and then working in stealth mode to close the deal. Not only that, you have to be aware of every little sound your gear makes. You don’t want any squeaks or clicks. This means boots, backpack straps, etc. on a recent hunt i noticed early on that my boots had a little squeak to them. I elected to ditch the boots and put my tennis shoes on. Good thing too as soon after, I spotted a few pigs and successfully stalked. If I had my squeaky boots on, i probably wouldn’t have been successful. You also have to have control of your breathing and your movement – stalking is physically demanding and transitioning into “taking a shot” mode can be challenging if you’ve stalked a ways.
Another thing I like about stalking is having to go from cover to cover spot so you aren’t spotted and of course, being mindful of the wind. Stalking is a bit more fulfilling knowing you’re on the same playing field as the hog and that you came out on top. Of course, there are many occasions when the hog wins but hey, that’s hunting!
Here are a few X-Sight vids of stalks I’ve done in the recent past: