Stalking Horse: a person or thing that is used to conceal someone’s real intentions. I heard this phrase used to describe a tactic used by Woolworths Australia, who installed a digital mirror at some self-serve check outs. They said that they were not retaining any images, and if customers don’t like it, customers were free to use the staffed check outs instead. Then it turned out they were indeed (allegedly) retaining customer images after all. More literally: the stalking horse is a screen (traditionally made in the shape of a horse) behind which a hunter may stay concealed when stalking prey.
Whenever I see pheasant hunting I think of Danny The Champion of the World by Roald Dahl, an influential middle grade novel from my childhood, and unlike the other middle grade novels Dahl wrote.
These bullets look disturbingly like lipsticks.
Header illustration: The Story of Siegfried illustrated by Howard Pyle (American, 1853-1911)