The first essential point for successfully stalking your quarry is to use the wind properly. As you know, animals' sense of smell is much stronger than ours and it helps them to spot intruders very easily.
The wind therefore shouldn't be coming from behind you.
There are various simple ways of figuring out where the wind is coming from, which we've listed here:
- Talc wind checker: The idea is to disperse a small cloud of talc into the air and watch as the wind catches it. Ready
-made wind checkers can prove quite costly and difficult to get hold of, so you might want to make one at home using a balloon, the neck of a plastic bottle with holes pierced in the cap and, of course, some talc.
- Bin bag strings: tie them onto your shooting rest to show you which way the wind is blowing. This list is far from exhaustive, but by simply observing your surroundings, the trees and leaves etc., you will get an excellent idea of the wind direction.