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I don’t know how many times I’ve been short-stopped by a mule deer I’m hunting.

The terrain appears flat as a pool table, and I convince myself that I just can’t get closer. That conclusion has resulted in plenty of long, low-percentage shots, many of which missed the buck in my scope.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve also gotten smarter about ways to get closer to not only mule deer, but to almost any open-country animal. Pronghorn antelope, elk, even whitetails can all be stalked in open country, if you know how to hide yourself in plain sight.

If that sounds impossible, watch this video for tips on using little folds and gutters in the earth, or even small rises to hide your approach. It doesn’t take much relief to conceal a hunter, as long as you are willing to get on your knees and elbows–or even your belly–to hide your outline.

The penalty for your contortions may be cramps in your legs and cactus thorns in your knees. But the reward for your stealth may be a buck that you thought was out of range.

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