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Spotting deer is the goal of any hunter so that they can set their ground blind placements and get ready to take the all-important fatal shot. The first thing any hunter must understand is that he or she must be able to see or hear the deer before the deer can see or hear the hunter. If the hunter can accomplish this task, then staking the shot is the easy part of the process. Look for signs that deer frequent the area such as hoof tracks, half-eaten vegetation, and so on. If there is snow on the ground, it is even easier to spot deer tracks. Deer stalking is a British term for the stealthy pursuit of deer on foot with intention of killing the deer to control the numbers. As part of a land management programme, just as with bird hunting and shooting, the aim with deer stalking is to reduce crop damage and to obtain food. Also, as with hunting, deer stalking has long been considered a sport. Stalked deer are commonly shot with a high powered bow or centre-fire rifle; prior to the invention of the modern rifle deer were stalked with the aid of a sighthound the Scottish Deerhound. Stalking sticks are often used to steady the aim of the rifle and to steady the binoculars when scanning the ground.

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