Do you or don't you?
This isn't a loaded question (pardon the pun)
Different guys stalk in different circumstances and have different views. What do you do?
I only ask out of interest, cos I mostly stalk in woodland and used to be in the habit of carrying "ready to shoot" (but only after I was into the ground and well away from the vehicle). I never had a bad experience doing that but I don't do it anymore because these days the woods seem to have more and more people in them. Sometimes in the damndest places (and doing the damndest things).