Understanding basic animal behavior and habits, particularly the animal you are trying to view will greatly increase your chances of seeing it in the wild. With a little bit of wildlife knowledge, patience and planning you can see more wildlife and create lasting memories. Follow these simple steps and critters will follow!
Wildlife viewing requires planning and patience
1) Shoot for high activity times. Mornings, days, evenings, or nocturnal? What you're looking for is most active during a certain times.
2) Leave pets at home. The scent and sounds will likely spook wildlife.
3) Where should you go? Study locations, National Wildlife Refuges or National Parks are a good place to start.
4) Follow the seasons. Birds migrate in the spring and fall. Bears hibernate in the winter. Elk are often in the low country during the winter. Each season presents unique opportunities.
5) Be stealthy and move quietly. Unless you're in bear-country, let nature's noises be the only ones.
6) Blend in with your environment. Wear clothing that suits the landscape (unless hunters will be around) and mask your scent.
7) Be PATIENT! Don't expect to see what you're looking for in 10 minutes. It could take hours, days even weeks!