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A good stick and some heavy duty elastic bands from memory; the kind used for animal castration...


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That's the one, stick, walking/skiing pole, anything really, about 3 - 4 feet long, with some bands used to mark the step interval, footprint and heel length and width.

Using it here to role flat a sand trap aka tracking box.
 
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As far as sticks go, that one is pretty cool. Is it a purpose made tracking stick?
Hi Wacker
Its a home made job, a bit on the short side @ about 30 inch, the next one its going to be a two piece around 40 inches, I made it from a carbon arrow shaft, and two 4/10 shotgun cartridges and a archery bludgeon point for a handle, the bludgeon is handy as I can mount a small right angle torch on the end and use it the other way round to cast shadows side on just above ground level, the bands are a mishmash of O rings, air gun seals and some castration bands from a farm shop. Some people also fix a tape measure along the side. Not universally popular but a lot of pro trackers use them, but generally accepted as a great aid to track finding for anyone new to tracking. Very handy for rubbish trackers like me :(
 
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I can't see myself ever needing to track a person, at least I've never needed to so far but if as said it's the easiest way to get started then I'm happy with that.
 

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Well I finally managed to dig out my copy of "Tracking a Blueprint for learning How" by Jack Kearney, Give me a week for a quick refresher, then if anyone wants to borrow the book for a lone or a Bushcraft trackers passround, just drop me a message on this thread, coincidently I couldn't remember the authors so I had to goggle the author's name and the book and is also available free on line as a PDF download.
Happy Trails.

Should we get a reading list together for people to get stuck into until we've made the arrangements for more practical experience? I've just started reading Tom Brown's 'Nature Observation and Tracking' which I'd be happy to loan out once I'm done with it. So long as nobody takes the p*ss we could have a bit of a book share between us, saving everyone buying all the same books.

Just a thought...
 
This link will take you to the cybertracker site where you can download a copy of Louis Liebenberg's book The Art of Tracking The Origin Of Science. It leans towards more of a history and thesis than strictly a how to. But nonetheless a useful read.

I noticed when checking the link that there's a new download there called The Origin Of Science.
 
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Should we get a reading list together for people to get stuck into until we've made the arrangements for more practical experience? I've just started reading Tom Brown's 'Nature Observation and Tracking' which I'd be happy to loan out once I'm done with it. So long as nobody takes the p*ss we could have a bit of a book share between us, saving everyone buying all the same books.

Just a thought...
Hi Wacker
You cant go wrong with a Tom Brown book.
I have a copy of The Complete Guide to Tracking by Bob Carss if anyone wants a lone, I'm also happy for it to go on the BCUK tracker's pass around list.
Ill add the Tom Brown's book to the list of recommended reading.

BCUK tracking Reading list.

Tracking Books.
Tracking: A Blueprint for learning How by Jack Kearney, a step by step guide with tracking exercises.
'Nature Observation and Tracking, by Tom Brown.

Track ID Field Guides.
Animal Tracks, Trails and Signs by Brown, Lawrence & Pope, a very good UK field guide. Out of print but only a couple of quid on Amazon.
Tracks and Signs of the Birds of Britain and Europe by Brown, Ferguson & Lawrence. If Ornithology is your thing this is the book. A bit big for a field guide but a great reference book.


Military Tracking Books.
Tactical Tracking Operations by David Scott-Donelan, X Rhodesian SAS Selous Scout.
Tracking, Signs of Man, Signs of Hope by David Diaz, SF tracking expert.
The Complete Guide to Tracking by Bob Carss, Ex-22 SAS Tracker.


Further Reading.
The Art of Tracking, The Origin of Science by Louis Liebenberg.

Please fell free to add any books to the list.
 
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TeeDee

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Hi Wacker
You cant go wrong with a Tom Brown book.
I have a copy of The Complete Guide to Tracking by Bob Carss if anyone wants a lone, I'm also happy for it to go on the BCUK tracker's pass around list.
Ill add the Tom Brown's book to the list of recommended reading.

BCUK tracking Reading list.

Tracking Books.
Tracking: A Blueprint for learning How by Jack Kearney, a step by step guide with tracking exercises.
'Nature Observation and Tracking, by Tom Brown.

Track ID Field Guides.
Animal Tracks, Trails and Signs by Brown, Lawrence & Pope, a very good UK field guide. Out of print but only a couple of quid on Amazon.
Tracks and Signs of the Birds of Britain and Europe by Brown, Ferguson & Lawrence. If Ornithology is your thing this is the book. A bit big for a field guide but a great reference book.


Military Tracking Books.
Tactical Tracking Operations by David Scott-Donelan, X Rhodesian SAS Selous Scout.
Tracking, Signs of Man, Signs of Hope by David Diaz, SF tracking expert.
The Complete Guide to Tracking by Bob Carss, Ex-22 SAS Tracker.


Further Reading.
The Art of Tracking, The Origin of Science by Louis Liebenberg.

Please fell free to add any books to the list.

Thats pretty much my exact list as well - normally once I get to know people I'd be happy to post a 'read-around' but Im not sure where I will be living in the next week or so let alone month so going to have to say no for the moment.
 
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Thats pretty much my exact list as well - normally once I get to know people I'd be happy to post a 'read-around' but Im not sure where I will be living in the next week or so let alone month so going to have to say no for the moment.
Hi TeeDee, not a problem Bro,
I know what you mean about being on the move, all my stuff is boxed up ATM "landlord selling the house" it was just by luck I found the Bob Carss book.
My Jack Kearney book is in mint condition and quite valuable so I wont be lending it out to just anyone ether, anyway its available free on a PDF download,
I gave my best mate a loan of my brand new and mint copy of The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musash when I got it back, well you can imagine its wasn't quite so mint after it had been folded in half Grrrrr.

If I can find a cheep bashed around copy of the Jack Kearney book on Amazon some time I don't mind adding it to a BCUK loan list.

Quick Question to members here, I have the old 1970 copy of the Animal Tracks and Signs book by Bang & Dahlstorm, ( Ill add it to the recommended reading list) So "Q" I haven't seen the new RM edition but I was just wondering, is it a pocket size field guide? Cheers
 

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I gave my best mate a loan of my brand new and mint copy of The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musash when I got it back, well you can imagine its wasn't quite so mint after it had been folded in half Grrrrr.

Thats another good book - and I share your pain when receiving back something you would have expected to have been respected. - sucky!
 
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Tracking Books Reading list.

Tracking Books.
Tracking, A Blueprint for learning How: by Jack Kearney, a step by step guide with tracking exercises.
Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking: by Tom Brown.
The Science and Art of Tracking: by Tom Brown, Jr. Pressure releases.
Animal Tracking Basics: by Jon Young and Tiffany Morgan. A mix of traditional and holistic tracking.

Track ID Field Guides.
Animal Tracks, Trails and Signs: by Brown, Lawrence & Pope, a very good UK field guide. Out of print but only a couple of quid on Amazon.
Tracks and Signs of the Birds of Britain and Europe:by Brown, Ferguson & Lawrence. If Ornithology is your thing this is the book. A bit big for a field guide but a great reference book.
Animal Tracks and Signs: by Bang & Dahlstorm New Ed forwarded by Ray Mears. A great track ID guide book.
Animal Tracks and Traces: by Miroslav Bouchner, European mammals & Birds. Out of print but very good if you can find a copy.

Military Tracking & Countertracking.
Tactical Tracking Operations: by David Scott-Donelan, X Rhodesian SAS Selous Scout.
Tracking, Signs of Man, Signs of Hope: by David Diaz, SF tracking expert.
The Complete Guide to Tracking: by Bob Carss, Ex-22 SAS Tracker.

Further Reading.
The Art of Tracking, The Origin of Science: by Louis Liebenberg. A study in anthropology, the evolution and growth of the hunter-gatherer intellect through tracking, with lots of information covering the fundamentals and principles of tracking, systematic and speculative tracking and the interpretation of spoor.

Tracking books I've yet to read.
Combat Tracking Guide: by John D. Hurth.
Tracker, The Case Files & Adventures of a Professional Mantracker: by Joel Hardin.
Animal Tracks ID and Techniques: by Ian Maxwell.
The Tracking Handbook by Eddie & Perry McGee.

Due for release 20th Nov 2015.
Manhunter, The Art of Detection Through Tracking: by Ian Maxwell.
Also due for release in the near future,
The Complete Tracking Handbook by Perry McGee & Jamie McGregor.

OUT OF PRINT.
Animal Tracks ID and Techniques: 2006 by Ian Maxwell.
Animals, Tracks trails and Signs: 1992 by Brown, Lawrence & Pope. The perfect size for a field guide, and only 2 or 3 quid 2nd hand on Amazon.
Animal Tracks and Traces: 1982 by Miroslav Bouchner, European mammals & Birds. I use the local library reference copy.
Tracks Trails and Signs: 1954 by Fred J Speakman.

Free eBooks
The Art of Tracking,the Origin of Science by Louis Liebenberg, & CyberTracker.org http://www.cybertracker.org/downloa...ng-The-Origin-of-Science-Louis-Liebenberg.pdf
The Origin of Science by Louis Liebenberg, & CyberTracker.org http://www.cybertracker.org/downloads/tracking/Liebenberg-2013-The-Origin-of-Science.pdf
A Field Guide to the Animal Tracks of Southern Africa by Louis Liebenberg, & CyberTracker.org http://www.cybertracker.org/downloads/tracking/Liebenberg-1990-Field-Guide-Animal-Tracks.pdf


YouTube Tracking Videos.
Animal Tracking form Prints, by Jhon Rhyder. www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVzY7DDECD0
Tracking Animals from Scat, by Jhon Rhyder. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz4Q16dmDQA

Tracks and Tracking by Ray Mears. www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OU2PJKdL6c

Visual Tracking Skills - Characteristics of Sign, by Rich Hungerford,Senior Instructor Bush Lore Australia. bushloreoz. www.youtube.com/watch?v=0o9Bn_dLtsM
Visual Tracking Skills - Ageing Sign, by Rich Hungerford, bushloreoz. www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSEvFeYoW70
Visual Tracking Skills - Sketching Tracks, by Rich Hungerford, bushloreoz. www.youtube.com/watch?v=APveZTAFTxI
Visual Tracking Skills - Classification of Sign, by Rich Hungerford, bushloroz. www.youtube.com/watch?v=lih1fRuno5Y
Search & Rescue Visual Tracking Exercise, by Rich Hungerford, bushloreoz. www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrblfMwICig

The Tracking Stick by Peter Friebel, Survival Tracker. www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRqrPkN0U9k
Making a Point for Tracking in Search and Rescue by Peter Friebel, Survival Tracker. www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aIzmjxVY-4

Modern Visual Tracking: Presented by X Selous Scout, and world renowned tactical tracking legend David Scott-Donelan.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS-SgkZiRP4

Last Journey to Sarawak: IBAN TRACKERS, A documentary on the story of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers of Borneo who fought and died in the Malayan Emergency 1948-1960.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSh4I_K12cQ


Tracks and Tracking websites.
CyberTracker, Environmental Monitoring Network. www.cybertracker.org
BCUK Links thread for tracks and sign. www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=75862
Princeton University. Outdoor Action Guide to Animal Track, https://outdooraction.princeton.edu/nature/guide-animal-tracking
Wildwood Tracking USA. www.wildwoodtracking.com/index.html
Tracks of North America. www.naturetracking.com

Other Sources
iTrack Wildlife - Animal Tracks app, US based ID's app's, available on Apple App Store or Google Play, I really don't know about this one, might be good, might be bad, I was just about to download it for a look but @ 12 QUID "Errrr....No.
MyNature Animal Tracks Apps: for iPhones and Android.

Tracking Movies.
The Tracker (2002) starring David Gulpilil, directed by Rolf de Heer.
Tracker (2011) starring Ray Winston and Temuera Morrison, directed by Ian Sharp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir2lnmFSn9E
The Hunted (2003) starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro, directed by William Friedkin, technical adviser Tom Brown jr.

Please add any good tracking books, websites or other categories to the list.
 
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Hi Wacker.
A tracking stick certainly doesn't have to be anything fancy to to get the job done, I left the house the other day in a bit of a hurry and well you can guess what I forgot Doh:banghead:
Anyhoo I had to go old school and improvise one on the move but a quick rummage in a hedgerow on the way out of town and I was soon back in business. Later on I found a good clear track and just cut the usual measurements into the bark. Other than finding the approximate position of the next footfall the measurements are particularly handy when there's a lot of other tracks in the area or when the ground firms up and you can only find the occasional partial heel or sole width or length to confirm you are still on the correct trail.
Coincidently I did read something the other day about military trackers "Selous Scouts I think" they would use short sticks when out on patrol to record foot measurements to help ID the Tail-end Charlie's.

 
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Wacker

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Hey 21st century pict, I've not been particularly active on the forum lately so I'm only just seeing the info you have posted. This looks really helpful, I'll try and watch some of the videos over the next few days.

I've always wondered how to track over land that may not yield a good footprint, I guess the stick really helps find the next step! And yes I can see how any length of straight timber could be useful in achieving this.

Great stuff!


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When were in the bush tracking game we do not look for every footprint as the animal is likely moving quicker than us if we bothered every footprint. |So we look for clues to which may be the easiest way the deer, moose, wolf or whatever were after may go. |Then we move to where we think it is going and look for more sign, not just prints on the forest floor. Many animals leave trails through the forest or in open ground. From these regular trails or even fresh ones used by one animal you can often know which animal left it from where the track is going even if you cant see individual prints.

You must learn about how the animal moves, its habitat preferences where it like to eat and sleep and so on.

We listen too. Some birds give alarms calls for only one animal they see, like only for wolf, others give different calls from only close up, others like raven give us a clue from further away. Know more about birds and alarm calls.

Smell is important. Is the animal moving slowly or has it only just passed - is there more than one? Skilled hunters can identify different smell of different animals.

Droppings are important. If the animal is OK and doesn't know we are around the droppings will be in a normal pile. If its moving quick they'll be spread out. All animals make different shaped and smelling droppings. Our huntings dogs make different droppings than a wolf. From the droppings you can tell what he's been eating, where he's been if you know what to look for and can identify plants in the field and in the forest. That gives you more clues. Certain flies land on droppings quickly. Others take longer. It helps if you know your insects and their habits too.

Some plants spring back up quicker than others when you are closer behind the animal you are after. Others take maybe two or three hours to spring back up. All good clues so you need to know your plants and what they do when stood on.

For practice if you have a dog follow the dog when he's picked up a trail and see what he does and smells as they often smell urine dropped by animals. Then you know what the dog has smelt - you can too with practice. Fresh deer urine smells different from wolf.

For your own practice if you can borrow a dog or have one your self, take the dog out one early morning when the ground is wet and without looking at the dog look for the signs the dog leaves as it travels. In grass you should see the individual paw marks and look and see where it is going to, then move quickly just looking ahead to see how far you can pick this trail up. Is the grass still moving when you pass? You can do this with your friends too as they leave trail in grass. Now try it on a forest floor when the leaves are fresh on the ground. With luck if you know your birds you will hear alarm calls as the animal or your friend moves through undergrowth.

Have fun! Ejnu iknapwapmaskipi!
 
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Hi Joe
I know you're speaking from experience, and for the benefit of the Trackers Group as a whole, so merci for the words of wisdom, lets hope we can all put it to good practice in the future.
Speculative tracking must be something that comes with the benefit of experience "Speaking for myself here" unfortunately for me at least, it's the experience I lack as a novice tracker, if I can quote a short paragraph from Jack Kearney's book Tracking a Blueprint for Learning How chapter 3 page 40.

"It would be foolish to insist on finding every track in an actual search when there are obvious ones a few feet ahead. It is just as foolish in a learning situation to follow only what you have always been able to follow and skip over the magnificent lessons that will teach you what you need to know" JK.

I certainly bow to your expertise on the subject of tracking and understand that hanging about is not an option for you when out hunting, for me on the other hand, I'm @ the "need to know phase" as a relative noob to tracking skipping sign is something of a bad habit that's all to easy to do, when I've mastered the art of spotting the tracks I cant see at the moment and stop losing the trail every 2ft then Ill try to keep up with pack. Am I rambling ? probably.

I, for one definitely have to do a lot more studies on animal behaviour, habits, movements, predator and prey relationships and warning calls and a lot more on plants to. The Jon Young and Tiffany Morgan book Animal Tracking Basics is a good book and goes into some depth on the subject of holistic tracking, tuning in, sensory awareness, listening, birdsong etc, I'm going to give it another reed sometime this winter.
ATB for now Joe, cheers again and happy trails.

PS, As soon as I find the Jon Young book and finish reeding it Ill post it up here on this thread for anyone who wants a lone.
 
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Following on from 21CP's comprehensive list here are some additional books I have:

The SAS Guide to Tracking, Bob Carss (2000). Likely similar content to his other tracking books?

Mantracking, Roland Robbins (1977). This was produced by a US SAR Group from a training series from Jack Kearney and Albert Taylor (of Tracking, A Blueprint For Learning How fame). Now coming apart at the seams due to its age!

The Tracker's Field Guide, James C. Lowery (2006). A good guide for animal tracks in the US.

Mammal Tracks and Sign - A Guide to North American Species, Mark Elbroch (2003). A lovely and extremely comprehensive book, although not for your pack unless the GF/BF is carrying it as it weighs in at almost 1.3KG! Text nicely interspersed with some practical anecdotes.

Practical Tracking, Louis Liebenberg (of The Art of Tracking, The Origin of Science), Adriaan Louw & Mark Elbroch (as above) (2010). This addresses tracking and finding the larger mammals in Africa and N. America.

As far as vids are concerned it's worthwhile searching YouTube with the argument Animal Gaits.
 
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Following on from 21CP's comprehensive list here are some additional books I have:

The SAS Guide to Tracking, Bob Carss (2000). Likely similar content to his other tracking books?

Mantracking, Roland Robbins (1977). This was produced by a US SAR Group from a training series from Jack Kearney and Albert Taylor (of Tracking, A Blueprint For Learning How fame). Now coming apart at the seams due to its age!

The Tracker's Field Guide, James C. Lowery (2006). A good guide for animal tracks in the US.

Mammal Tracks and Sign - A Guide to North American Species, Lawrence Mark Elbroch (2003). A lovely and extremely comprehensive book, although not for your pack unless the GF/BF is carrying it as it weighs in at almost 1.3KG! Text nicely interspersed with some practical anecdotes.

Practical Tracking, Louis Liebenberg (of The Art of Tracking, The Origin of Science), Adriaan Louw & Mark Elbroch (as above) (2010). This addresses tracking and finding the larger mammals in Africa and N. America.

As far as vids are concerned it's worthwhile searching YouTube with the argument Animal Gaits.

Hi Bearbait, how's thing?
Cool, I'll add that books to the list, I'll also subdivide the guide books further by continent for anyone to add any good field guides etc, ill also have a look round YouTube for something good on gait's.
As soon as I've amended the list ill add it here.
Cheers for now bud.
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Tracking book reading list suggested by BCUK members.

Tracking Books.
Tracking, A Blueprint for learning How: by Jack Kearney, a step by step guide with tracking exercises.
Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking: by Tom Brown.
The Science and Art of Tracking: by Tom Brown, Jr. Pressure releases.
Animal Tracking Basics: by Jon Young and Tiffany Morgan. A mix of traditional and holistic tracking.
Practical Tracking:,by Louis Liebenberg, Adrian Louw & Mark Elbroch (2010). "This addresses tracking and finding the larger mammals in Africa and N. America" (Bearbait)

Track ID Field Guides for Britain and Northern Europe.
Animal Tracks, Trails and Signs: by Brown, Lawrence & Pope, a very good UK field guide. Out of print but only a couple of quid on Amazon.
Tracks and Signs of the Birds of Britain and Europe:by Brown, Ferguson & Lawrence. If Ornithology is your thing this is the book. A bit big for a field guide but a great reference book.
Animal Tracks and Signs: by Bang & Dahlstorm New Ed forwarded by Ray Mears. A great track ID guide book.
Animal Tracks and Traces: by Miroslav Bouchner, European mammals & Birds. Out of print but very good if you can find a copy.

Track ID Field Guides for North America.
Mammal Tracks and Sign - A Guide to North American Species: by Mark Elbroch (2003)." A lovely and extremely comprehensive book" (Bearbait)
The Tracker's Field Guide: by James C. Lowery (2006). "A good guide for animal tracks in the US" (Bearbait)
A Field Guide to Mammal Tracking in North America: by James Halfpenny (1986)

Track ID Field Guides for Southern Africa.

Search and Rescue (SAR) Tracking.
Mantracking: by Roland Robbins (1977). "produced by a US SAR Group from a training series from Jack Kearney and Albert Taylor" (Bearbait)

Military Tracking & Countertracking.
Tactical Tracking Operations: by David Scott-Donelan, X Rhodesian SAS Selous Scout.
Tracking, Signs of Man, Signs of Hope: by David Diaz, SF tracking expert.
The Complete Guide to Tracking: by Bob Carss, Ex-22 SAS Tracker.

Further Reading.
The Art of Tracking, The Origin of Science: by Louis Liebenberg. A study in anthropology, the evolution and growth of the hunter-gatherer intellect through tracking, with lots of information covering the fundamentals and principles of tracking, systematic and speculative tracking and the interpretation of spoor.

Tracking books I've yet to read.
Combat Tracking Guide: by John D. Hurth.
Tracker, The Case Files & Adventures of a Professional Mantracker:by Joel Hardin.
Animal Tracks ID and Techniques: by Ian Maxwell.
The Tracking Handbook: by Eddie & Perry McGee.

Due for release 20th Nov 2015.
Manhunter, The Art of Detection Through Tracking: by Ian Maxwell.
Also due for release in the near future,
The Complete Tracking Handbook: by Perry McGee & Jamie McGregor.

OUT OF PRINT.
Animal Tracks ID and Techniques: 2006 by Ian Maxwell.
Animals, Tracks trails and Signs: 1992 by Brown, Lawrence & Pope. The perfect size for a field guide, and only 2 or 3 quid 2nd hand on Amazon.
Animal Tracks and Traces: 1982 by Miroslav Bouchner, European mammals & Birds. Probably the No1 European track and sign reference book available... a 9.9 /10 Book.
Tracks Trails and Signs:1954 by Fred J Speakman.

Free eBooks
The Art of Tracking,the Origin of Science: by Louis Liebenberg, & CyberTracker.org http://www.cybertracker.org/downloa...ng-The-Origin-of-Science-Louis-Liebenberg.pdf
The Origin of Science: by Louis Liebenberg, & CyberTracker.org http://www.cybertracker.org/downloads/tracking/Liebenberg-2013-The-Origin-of-Science.pdf
A Field Guide to the Animal Tracks of Southern Africa: by Louis Liebenberg, & CyberTracker.org http://www.cybertracker.org/downloads/tracking/Liebenberg-1990-Field-Guide-Animal-Tracks.pdf


YouTube Tracking Videos.
Animal Tracking form Prints, by Jhon Rhyder. www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVzY7DDECD0
Tracking Animals from Scat, by Jhon Rhyder. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz4Q16dmDQA

Tracks and Tracking by Ray Mears. www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OU2PJKdL6c

Visual Tracking Skills - Characteristics of Sign, by Rich Hungerford,Senior Instructor Bush Lore Australia. bushloreoz. www.youtube.com/watch?v=0o9Bn_dLtsM
Visual Tracking Skills - Ageing Sign, by Rich Hungerford, bushloreoz. www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSEvFeYoW70
Visual Tracking Skills - Sketching Tracks, by Rich Hungerford, bushloreoz. www.youtube.com/watch?v=APveZTAFTxI
Visual Tracking Skills - Classification of Sign, by Rich Hungerford, bushloroz. www.youtube.com/watch?v=lih1fRuno5Y
Search & Rescue Visual Tracking Exercise, by Rich Hungerford, bushloreoz. www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrblfMwICig

The Tracking Stick by Peter Friebel, Survival Tracker. www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRqrPkN0U9k
Making a Point for Tracking in Search and Rescue by Peter Friebel, Survival Tracker. www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aIzmjxVY-4

From the Art of Tracking series by Snow Walker Bushcraft.
The Art of Tracking - Gaits: the Walk, by Snowalker 13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh7oGiQswIo
The Art of Tracking - Gaits: the Amble, by Snowalker 13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIgd34IkxNU
The Art of Tracking - Gaits: the Lope, by Snowalker 13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPXPhAJIRqA
The Art of Tracking - Gaits: the Bound, by Snowalker 13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfpZ0ks3M64
The Art of Tracking - Gaits: the Trot by Snowalker 13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYTj3U155Ko
The Art of Tracking - Gaits: the Gallop, by Snowalker 13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j4PAnAVsPg
The Art of Tracking - Track Measurements, by Snowalker 13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G-j60M3Mqo
Basic Tracking Kit by Snowalker 13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsSnJrmchss
Basic Casting Kit by Snowalker 13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJEE94HtpxY
The Tracking Stick by Snowalker13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkUmW_VbXWc
Tracking Box aka Spoor Pit by Snowalker13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RXlcJRhujM

Tracking -Interpretation Skills by Primitive Skills https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3_zcPBxPYU
Tracking - Aging Techniques by Primitive Skills https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERwTts3P_k4

Modern Visual Tracking: Presented by X Selous Scout, and world renowned tactical tracking legend David Scott-Donelan.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS-SgkZiRP4

Last Journey to Sarawak: IBAN TRACKERS, A documentary on the story of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers of Borneo who fought and died in the Malayan Emergency 1948-1960.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSh4I_K12cQ


Tracks, Tracking & ID websites.
CyberTracker, Environmental Monitoring Network. www.cybertracker.org (Bearbait)
BCUK Links thread for tracks and sign. www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=75862
Princeton University. Outdoor Action Guide to Animal Track, https://outdooraction.princeton.edu/nature/guide-animal-tracking
Wildwood Tracking USA. www.wildwoodtracking.com/index.html
Tracks of North America. www.naturetracking.com
Skull ID Website. http://www.skullsite.co.uk/lists.htm (TeeDee)

Other Sources
iTrack Wildlife - Animal Tracks app, US based ID's app's, available on Apple App Store or Google Play, I really don't know about this one, might be good, might be bad, I was just about to download it for a look but @ 12 QUID "Errrr....No.
MyNature Animal Tracks Apps: for iPhones and Android.

Tracking Movies.
The Tracker (2002) starring David Gulpilil, directed by Rolf de Heer.
Tracker (2011) starring Ray Winston and Temuera Morrison, directed by Ian Sharp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir2lnmFSn9E
The Hunted (2003) starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro, directed by William Friedkin, technical adviser Tom Brown jr.

Please add any good tracking books, websites or other categories to the list.
 
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Firelite

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David Scott-Donelan still runs training courses for trackers in America. In fact he still teaches the American military how to track.

He is a superb teacher and all round good bloke, with a fantastic fund of stories. I have attended tracking courses with several schools (yes, including famous names), but DSD was the best tracking teacher I ever had.

Brilliant thing is, I didn't need to pay for flights to America, because the man himself came over to the UK and ran a week long course in the woods and you know what? Only six people turned up.

So many people say that they want to track, but when a world class tracker pitches up in our own back yard, offers to teach, and so few respond, what is he supposed to think?
 

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