March 19, 2019 at 1:49 am #66475Joe (G.W.N.S.)Moderator
Mention stealth in America and far too many have visions of advanced aircraft, drones, and materials. Even among our own circles thoughts of ghille suits, NVG’s, and thermal ponchos dominate.
I personally think of Rodgers Rangers, the Seminole Wars, and Swamp Fox (both Francis Marion and J. J. Dickison).
Certainly gear can aid in the pursuit of stealthy operations, but like many things true stealth must be earned through training and practice. Ideally becoming second nature to the point you regularly startle people and animals without effort, having to make a conscious decision to not do so.
I know there are a few of us here that have truly developed this perishable skill and don’t mind giving some pointers. However since this is a forum for discussion and I become bored with the lack of said discussion demonstrated at times.
What have you done to learn and develop this skill?March 19, 2019 at 9:08 am #66479RobRoyParticipant
Take up hunting deer or turkey.
Slow, funny looking, annoying and difficult to handle.March 19, 2019 at 10:13 am #66481JohnnyMacParticipant
What have you done to learn and develop this skill?
You need good balance and decent conditioning to move quietly in the woods, and depending on conditions- TIME!
If you are lacking in fitness you will struggle.March 19, 2019 at 12:23 pm #66484HessianParticipant
2 factors in my day to day at work is to ensure proper installation per specifications of the job and saftey.
I often get to “practice” on being quiet, out of peoples peripheral vision and observe.March 19, 2019 at 2:06 pm #66495JohnnyMacParticipant
I also find the most common occurence is walking up behind someone on the sidewalk or hiking trail, as I’m a relatively fast walker. As long as I’m wearing relatively quiet clothes (no squeeky sneakers, hard soled dress shoes, nylon, etc), people usually don’t notice me until I’m at their side and they are startled. That’s why I either move to the street or announce myself from behind them.March 19, 2019 at 2:24 pm #66496RoadkillParticipant
There’s an old Indian technique called splash vision when you are observing an area. You don’t always look at things in particular, you let you eyes relax and focus out. When anything moves in that area your eyes are instantly alerted and drawn to the movement. If you’re focusing on specific things you may miss the movement out of your focused field of vision. This takes some practice, but once you get the hang of it it works really well.
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HEAT1 Aug18March 19, 2019 at 6:44 pm #66501Joe (G.W.N.S.)Moderator
Take up hunting deer or turkey.
Excellent way to hone skills, particularly Turkey hunting.
If you are lacking in fitness you will struggle.
Excellent point, the physical and mental stress can be tremendous.
Ever try low crawling silently a hundred yards or more? Better be in shape!
I often get to “practice” on being quiet, out of peoples peripheral vision and observe.
Knowing the limitations of peripheral vision and practical use is worth incorporating into daily activities.
Like JohnnyMac I try to make a conscious effort not to startle bystanders, however I prefer default to stealth and accept sometimes forgetting. Noisy footwear I tend to remove from use rather quickly.
There are several methods available to increase awareness.
Will post some other thoughts later.March 19, 2019 at 7:02 pm #66502shooterParticipant
Speaking as a guy who spent 4 years as a pro elk hunting guide in Idaho (20+ yrs ago)… I got to be pretty good at it… Learn about tracking, natural lines of drift, terrain masking, natural sounds vs man-made sounds, visual contrast, and the “splash vision” thing is very good – I’ve never heard it called that, but the human (predator) eye picks up movement quicker than anything else, day or night.
I lost my taste for hunting after doing it for a living, but hunting critters, hunting men, or being hunted by men, all of the above pretty much sums up “stealth”.
We are all victims of our perspective.March 20, 2019 at 4:00 pm #66549AndrewParticipant
Learn how to sit still, on the ground, for more than just a minute or two. It is surprising how many people cannot do it.
A must for turkey and human hunting.
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