For “Throwback Thursday” at Dan’s Depot we are taking a look at some older/primitive type skills and gear. In today’s post and video we wanted to consider one of the oldest skills out there, tracking.
Deer tracks are some of the most easily recognizable tracks in areas throughout the world. Deer are part of the cervidae family of animals. As such they have hoofed toes, are ruminants, and typically the males have antlers that they shed each year. What we also know, and this is true of virtually all animals, is that whichever foot of the animal carries the most weight, that foot will be the largest. In the case of a deer, due to the head, neck and shoulders the front foot carries the most weight and is therefore the largest.
In this video we take a real close look at the hooves of a deer. This deer was harvested in KY this fall. Please take note the important size variances between the front and back hooves as well as the distance between the dew claws on each leg.