Still lost the round, but it was colourful. Haven’t done that since the fortnight after the game was first released.
My opponents were higher rank than me too - Silver 4s and a 3, and I’m a Silver 2 Monster at the moment. Hunt 2.0. They were using Abe so they had no direct means to home in on me, and every time I attracted carrion birds I’d immediately move a good distance away from the nearest patch of startle-birds and use Abduct on it to start them off, then turn and circle around the other way and all the way back to the other side of the map to continue feeding. They’d see one set of birds after another and conclude I was heading in the other direction and try to cut me off that way. Through some miracle I never ate a tagged animal. I think they must have been the whole map away when I Staged 2-ed at the 5 min mark, but they finally found me as I emerged from the Stage 3 cocoon at 10mins.
Short version: Stealth worked.