What does it take to be successful?

In a free chase hunt, it is all the little things that add up to success. We can never predict the weather, or if predators have just driven animals out of a basin. But we can control a few of the variables. A hunter being fit enough to go after the animals is key. Too many hunters are not practiced at still-hunting; everyone should buy quiet clothes and get superb at moving slowly and quietly. Having the proper equipment is crucial and allows you to stay in the field longer. It sounds silly, but keeping a positive attitude is very important. And of course when the time comes, being able to take a shot, perhaps very quickly, and make it count.

Lion hunters: The right snow conditions are crucial to get the initial track on a cat. Having flexibility in your schedule to come when the snow conditions are ideal is perhaps one of the biggest factors in success.

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