I find this thread to be one of the most informative, for me, as I will admit I am not much of a still hunter. I have taken a handful of deer stillhunting, so to speak, but I equate my success on those few occasions to more luck than skill. One common denominator for me on those occasions was weather. It was always misting/lightly raining with a light breeze. The damp/wet leaves make for quiet walking. For the most part, you have the woods to yourself on those days, as most people opt to stay home or leave the woods prematurely.
My dad is more of a still hunter. He says if you walk 100 yards in under an hour's time, your moving too quickly. And from what most seasoned still hunters on here are saying, it seems you cant move slow enough.
For the record, I dont think many hunters here in NY still hunt. Stand hunting and drives seem to be the most popular, and even that can be different depending on what part of the state you hunt in.
Funny story...I sporadically teach Hunter Safety here in NY, under a Master Instructor. He's been teaching the course for well over 35 years, is knowledgeable and and has put his fair share of deer in the freezer. He, however, is strictly a stand hunter, and not a big fan of still hunting. He has a sort of "script" when he teaches the course, and is very funny at times. Well, whenever he gets into the different types of hunting methods, (elevated stand, ground blinds, parapits, still hunting, etc) he would always seem to have to force himself to talk about still hunting and expalin what it is, in case there was a question on the exam on it. He would always say, "Still hunting is the last hunting method I want to talk about. However, I dont recommend it. Just ask anyone who stillhunts, because they are "still" hunting." And he'd laugh. He'd usually have to explain still hunting to newbies, because to them stillhunting means being still, like stand hunting.. Makes sense if you think about it...kinda like why we park on a driveway and drive on a parkway.
Anyway, I guess because it is a difficult method to employ to be regularly successful, he didnt stillhunt...I thought the joke was funny and made for some class amusement.