About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Massachusetts Hunter’s Ed Study Guide. At the present time, you cannot obtain hunter education certification from Hunter Ed. However, you can use this Study Guide as a resource to learn more about hunter safety.

The difference between still hunting and stalking is that when stalking, you follow signs leading to a particular type of game or group of animals, or close the distance to game already spotted.

Hunters tracking in snow
Stalking often involves following tracks to lead you to the type of game you are hunting.

You may follow tracks on trails or a morning “dew” trail through leaves and brush. Or you may follow sounds or scents of animals, such as elk, sheep, or collared peccaries. Or you may simply need to sneak closer to an animal for a better shot.

Stalking requires total focus because you must remember to keep downwind, stay quiet, stay alert, and remain patient.

When turkey hunting, the sound you hear may be another hunter "calling." For safety, you should not stalk turkeys.