You may stalk an animal by remaining quiet as well as by following its

trail. To even see some of the inhabitants of woods, fields, and shore

you must be willing to exercise great patience and conform to their

method of hiding by remaining absolutely still. It is the thing that

moves that they fear. Some of the animals appear not even to see a

person who remains motionless. At any rate, they ignore him as they do a

p or stone.

For this quiet stalking, find as comfortable a seat as you can where you

have reason to think some kind of animal or animals will pass and resign

yourself to immovable waiting. If the rock beneath you grows

unreasonably hard or the tree roots develop sharp edges, or the ground

sends up unnoticed stones of torment; if your foot "goes to sleep" or

your nose itches, bear the annoyances bravely and your reward will be

sure and ample. If the wait is unduly long and movement of some kind

becomes imperative, let such movement be made so slowly as to be almost

imperceptible. Remember that unseen, suspicious eyes will be attracted

by any sudden action and the faintest sound will be heard, for these

spell danger to the wilderness folk and if frightened away they are not

apt to return.

Keep your ears open to detect the first sound of approaching life. There

is a thrill in this experience, and another when the animal you have

heard comes boldly out before you. Then it is you will find that, in

some mysterious way, all bodily discomfort has vanished. Your whole

being is absorbed in the movements of the creature who is unconscious of

your presence, and there is no room for other sensations. More animals

may appear and perhaps a little drama may be enacted as if for your


It may be a tragedy, it may be a comedy, or it may be only a bit of

every-day family life; but you do not know the plot nor how many actors

will take part, and your very uncertainty adds zest to the situation.