Keeping watch

by Winyan Staz
(WA. U.S.A.)

To see every leaf that trembles, bug that moves or animal, etc in the bushes or hiding in the field...focus on only one spot and then let your eyes relax and in the peripheral vision you will be able to see all that moves in a very wide area.

This is also a good thing to know about if you are pulling sentry duty for your camp. Don't forget that your eyes will glow the same as the animal's eyes shine in the dark when looking toward a light source...or if the moon hits them right. This is something to keep in mind in the daylight too. The sun glancing off a barrel or a belt buckle can give one's position away.

Don't stand around the fire if you are doing a night watch. You won't be able to see much because of the firelight. Move away from the light and into the shadows. Keep your back against a tree trunk or a rock or heavy bushes that you can hear anyone or anything moving through. That will save any surprises from that direction.

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yea, and also this
by: Shaykh Idris

One can see more by starlight than by moon light: keep that fire low, let it be but colas. WAV, or peripheral vision, is a necessary skill, day or night; the other skill is to focus on both long & short distances, to keep the eyes sharp. If you are not to doze off on watch, a little wander keeps the blood flowing; but a stealthy little wander.

Wide Angle Vision (WAV)
by: Dustin

It's called wide-angle vision (WAV) - when you have focused/tunnel vision, animals and people get the sensation "they are being watched" which is not present when you have WAV. This is particularly useful when hunting/stalking, too.

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