I have an interesting story about 'stealthy' things...
Several years ago one of my good friends came over to assist in eradicating some coyotes off the ranch. Several of us suited up to go out that
evening. Now, I'm sure many know coyotes are some wily animals to hunt, they're smart, have excellent hearing and eyesight and know how to use
terrain to their advantage. My friend, Greg, looked around at all of us in our fancy camo gear and laughed that he wouldn't be nearly as "cool" as us
when he put his stuff on. Greg is probably one of the most accomplished coyote hunters I've ever known.
When Greg emerged from changing we all just cracked up. Greg looked exactly like a clown! If he'd have put on some fat shoes and a red ball for a
nose he would have looked exactly like a clown you see at the circus.
Greg had on grey wool pin striped pants with suspenders, a ratty old shirt and a piece of a muddy old bed sheet. Attached to his belt he had an old
cushion from a lounge chair which was dragging on the ground behind him. There's NO WAY this was going to work at concealment! Greg asked all of us
how much we'd paid for all our gear, big bugs he assumed. He stated he got his stuff at Goodwill for a total of about six dollars. What happened
next was jaw dropping.
We all headed off in our different planned directions. I turned back to look for Greg assuming he was just a few feet away and he had straight-up
VANISHED! He was invisible. I called him on the radio and asked him where he was, and he replied he was standing just a few yards from me looking at
me. I literally could NOT see him! I could hear his voice, but I couldn't see him.
Within about 20 minutes he had downed about 4 coyotes (to our zero), one of which was probably the biggest coyote I've ever seen. To this day we call
that coyote "The King", and I had his hide tanned and it's on my wall (over 6 feet nose to tail). Two of the other coyotes he got had walked to
within two yards of him (unheard of). He was invisible to them too.
Later Greg would explain why his system worked as well as it did, and it was all about what you expect to see versus what you actually see. He didn't
look like a human shape, he wasn't a color you'd expect. In fact, everything about his appearance was not what you'd expect.
I learned a valuable lesson about "stealth" that day. Stealth isn't always what you expect...it's what you don't.
(Note - could I have seen him through a thermal scope? Probably, but in this case, coyotes don't have thermal scopes).
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