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walking in the woods: heel-toe and toe-heel

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It's very common for people to bring up setting the heel and then slowing lowering to the toe. This is the "open the Doritos bag slowly and try to cover it with your hand" idea of crunching leaves, and it works.

However, next time you are out, try toe-heel. Poke around with your toe, find a quiet spot, anchor toe and roll onto the heel.

Cons:

1. it is slow and awkward and not useful for covering distance

Pros:

1. you can poke around and feel the ground prior to committing your weight to it. Try feeling around with your heel to see if a stick is there and then change your mind and uncommit to the step, it won't work very well.

There's a reason behind tip toeing. I believe toe-heel is superior for stalking or moving slowly while being as quiet as possible.

I've seen folks go to further extremes. Set toe, roll outside edge of foot, then set foot down. But that's just too much.
 
I generally go toe-heel as well. Definitely have more of a feel for things that’ll go “CRUNCH!” with the toe versus the heel. Doing it with weight on back and for extended distance does get the calf muscles a workout.
 
Are you serious Clark?

Use a turkey diaphragm call and just walk normal with an occasional “scratch” and a few yelps. It even works in the dark - deer are not smart enough to know turkeys aren’t moving at night.
Around here you can just moo. Some of the places I hunt you gotta try not to cause cattle to stampede you walking across the pastures to the woods.
 
I'm glad to see this is more common than I thought!
 
Best cover scent available is a nice fresh cow pie to walk through

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Absolutely! I’ve done this for years. Fresh deer poop too!
Didn't we just have a thread about getting poo on our climbing sticks and thus our hands?!


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You Americans and your fear of deer poo....the first thing I was taught in South Africa when I went on a mission trip into the Bush was that if you got lost or stranded, eating deer poop was the safest(deer don't eat poisonous plants)and most nutritional thing around because the deer only partially digest it.....
 
You Americans and your fear of deer poo....the first thing I was taught in South Africa when I went on a mission trip into the Bush was that if you got lost or stranded, eating deer poop was the safest(deer don't eat poisonous plants)and most nutritional thing around because the deer only partially digest it.....
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