Use Shadows to Your Advantage

Whether stalking on the ground or setting up in a tree stand with a climber, use the projected position of the sun as it moves across the sky to help conceal your movement by keeping yourself in the shadows. Better than any camo pattern, it means looking for and easing into the shadows cast by the large trees when stalking an animal. Take the time to think through the path of the afternoon sun to minimize the “skylight or illumination effect” as you position your tree stand in relation to game trails and expected deer movement. Sit in the darker shadows when setting up on a field edge and improve your chances to draw or get into shooting position without being detected.