** 2. Follow the Leader**
My favorite midday tactic for large, homogenous forests is a game of follow-the-leader. One hunter walks quietly and slowly into the wind. The right pace is about six careful steps at a time, followed by pauses of 10 or 15 seconds. During these pauses, the hunter slowly scans the surroundings ahead of him, looking for movement or a horizontal shape in all that vertical cover. This hunter's objective is not to sneak up on bedded deer, but anything's possible. Deer moving through the woods might fail to notice this hunter until too late, offering him a shot. Failing that, the hunter still might get a good shot at a deer that he bumps, because it isn't likely to run helter-skelter into the next county. Primarily, though, this hunter's goal is to move bedded deer to his partner, who trails behind.