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SAS Guide to Tracking, New and Revised Paperback – November 25, 2008
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Anyone who has spent even a little time outdoors has come across strange tracks left by animals of people and wondered “what was here?” In this practical guide, former-SAS member Bob Carss shows how to track any moving thing, in any environment, and under nearly any circumstance. He begins by explaining common terms, such as a “top sign”, markings left above ankle height; “pointers”, signs that tell the general direction of the quarry; and a “conclusive sign,” markings that confirm the quarry’s presence. The difference between tracks left by quarry and false tracks are described, as well as how a pattern of signs builds into the tracking picture – the overall movement, direction, and motivation of the quarry. Included are tips on:
- Tracking in desert, forest, jungle, marsh, and grassy areas
- Interpreting animal, human, and vehicle signs
- How to preserve night vision
- Using time frames to eliminate misleading signs
- Detecting quarry when they backtrack or circle around
- How time and weather affect signs
- How to spot intentionally misleading signs
The SAS Guide to Tracking is a remarkable guide to developing a new awareness of the outdoors and is the perfect companion for naturalists, outdoorspeople, hunters, wildlife photographers, search-and-rescue teams, and law enforcement.
With a Foreword by John “Lofty” Wiseman, author of The SAS Survival Handbook
Top Customer Reviews
This book is a useful tool for teaching ourselves to be more observant. Being observant and noticing your surroundings, is a good skill to have in a lot of every day situations. For example, listening for the hidden meaning in what your boss is telling you. Finding the meaning in why your wife may be mad at you for.
Noticing the finer details in your every day surrounding to look for trouble when things are a miss. Teaching your children, and yourself to pay attention, and challenging them and yourself with memory games, to help you both with observation, memory and communication skills.
As for tracking, it is an excellent reference with very detailed information that after you read and understand it, a lot of it seems obvious to you, and you wonder why you didn't think of it.
However, you didn't until you read the book.
Some of the things that don't seem obvious is what to look for when an animal crosses a creek. How the lichen will be pushed off of the stones on the creek floor. What a track through grass looks like, when an animal has been walking away from your area, versus walking toward the area.
All though this book is loaded with detailed tools to track, it isn't a dry boring read. I found the book very easy to get through, and had a good time thinking about how the techniques can not only be applied to tracking animals in the woods, beach, across rocks, etc, but how to apply it in everyday life.
When you look around at the areas you are most familiar with, and learn to look past the mundane details you have seen a thousand times, things look different to you.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
most of this was basic common sense. interesting, but not phenomenal. most of the same stuff was covered in my basic tracking class in 4-H when I was a kid.Published 5 months ago by Live4HimOnly
light hearted read with a lot of common sense for everyday enthusiast all the way up to experienced hunters.Published 5 months ago by Tom
Very detailed, lots of anecdotes from the author, examples and all around exactly what I was looking for.Published 8 months ago by chris sanchez