I am curious what type of techniques people use for stalking. Obviously walking into the wind is the best advices, but that isn't always possible.

I am a big fan of taking off my shoes and rolling up my pant legs walking with my toes pointed down as much as possible. I have stepped on my fair share of cactus and snow while stalking this way, but the reward often outweighs the risk.

Does anyone have any different techniques for walking on crunchy leaves or snow that helps quiet down the stalking process? I have seen some pads that strap on the bottom of boots for quieting down walking, does anyone have any first hand experience with similar products? Has anyone used leather moccasins before? Having some kind of protective layer between my feet and the ground sure would be nice in snowy situations.

Are there any other things you all do that help you get closer to big game while stalking?