Tracking is a glorious thing in my opinion. A good tracker will most definitely be able to show you more things in a wilderness situation than someone who cannot track at all. This is because tracking is a lot more than just looking at imprints left in the dirt, sand, or similar. Tracking involves having an understanding of ecology and of the habits of the various fin, fur, and feather creatures around us.
Wouldn’t you like to know which of your neighbor’s cats are getting in to your garbage? How about on your next hike, would you like to tell your hike mates, if that is a dog or a cat print that you see, and know with certainly which it is? Practicing tracking can do that and a lot more obviously. Most people when they start into tracking want to just go out and start looking for tracks. I do not discredit this method because the more you get out, the more you see. However, there are some things we can do to help increase our chances to see more tracks.
In this video we talk about a simple way of breaking down a wilderness environment into a few sections and indicate where would be a good place to start looking for tracks.
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