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Product Details

  • Series: SAS
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; 1st edition (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585740314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585740314
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone who has spent even a little time outdoors has come across strange tracks left by animals or people and wondered "what was here?" In this practical guide, ex-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 a 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. (71/2 X 91/2, 272 pages, illustrations, diagrams, charts)

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Exciting book to read.
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The SAS Guide to Tracking is quite an interesting read for anyone interested in the outdoors, animals, or tracking.
VW
This is a very good reference for tracking.
Ted Fisher

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
The SAS Guide to Tracking is one of the more thorough guides to tracking available today. It is a thick volume in comparison to similar books but is filled with useful information. It details the more common tracking techniques and gives very informative descriptions not only of what you are looking for but why you should look for particular signs and what they mean. It covers various techniques for various terrain types, surface vegetations and track aging. All in all one of the best books on tracking that you could purchase today. I will warn you that while it covers technique and sign reading it does not cover the tracks of various animals to any significant extent, but then again it would be a much larger book if it did and given the thoroughness of the text perhaps a separate book on animal tracks would be warranted. Unlike most tracking books, it does cover tracking people very well.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
The SAS Guide to Tracking, written by Bob Carss is an extremely informative book on the subject of tracking. It does a good job of defining what tracking is and also of explaining its' practical applications in todays world. One of the many highlights of the book is its' cosmopolitan nature, lending itself to be of interest to the hunter, military personnel, law enforcement agent, or casual nature observer. In addition to finding and following sign, there are several chapters that discuss at length skills that are indirectly related to tracking. Chapter 8 explains with the help of many illustrations the importance of observation of individuals. Chapters 10 and 11 discuss stalking techniques and night movement, respectively. One of the most interesting chapters to me was chapter 13 discussing deception tactics and how to counter them. Carss obviously knows what he is talking about and gives very helpful tips on following a trail when the person is jumping from rock to rock, walking backwards, or walking in water to hide their trail. I also enjoyed the chapter dedicated to tracking dogs and their employment with a visual tracker. One critique of this book is the fact that several quality photographs would be better than many of the drawings found. But in general, this book is a good guide for someone wanting to learn to track. Several exercises are outlined to help develop this skill...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ted Fisher on August 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a very good reference for tracking. I would suggest this book if you are going to do any type of tracking. I use it as a reference for our Search and Rescue Team.
Ted Fisher
Vermilion County Search and Rescue
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
One of the best books on this subject
This book covers much more than tracking fundamentals, it gives you a clear picture on how to conduct a patrol in hostile territory with lots of detail and fist hand experience. Examples are vivid and realistic; writer has obviously been there and done that. I read some other books on this subject but others are more inclined towards pure military operations. I would recommend this book to a search and rescue teams and trainers as an excellent theoretical base. It also has several chapters on how to train other people with clear and easy to comprehend instructions. Not to forget this book is an easy reader (unlike some other books on this subject). Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on August 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
Wow, what an interesting book. It's easy to tell that Mr. Carss knows of which he speaks. Although written by a person with a military background the information contained within covers the spectrum of who could benefit from the information and training scenarios. Whether it's mantracking or animal tracking the reader is primarily interested in, the lessons, training and observations are real and proven and usable whatever your arena is. Although there are more persons (Wilderness Search and Rescue)who would prefer to track at night than the book leads you to believe it is definately one that deserves to go on the top shelf......for quick reference.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By VW on August 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought the SAS Guide to Tracking on the sole purpose of needing a book to read on a long red-eye flight. Instead, this book has changed my whole outlook on the outdoors!

No, this isn't a miracle book that will help you track your prey just like Sam Fisher. However, this book WILL help you to further appreciate the outdoors. This SAS Guide goes into teaching animal prints, outdoor features, and general observations. It'll help you to notice these kind of things. It also covers more in-depth topics, such as how you can tell the gender of a deer by looking at the height of it's tracks in the mud.

The SAS Guide to Tracking is quite an interesting read for anyone interested in the outdoors, animals, or tracking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Murray VINE VOICE on April 29, 2010
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For one not in the field, I found Bob Carss' book on tracking clear and informative. It put me in the shoes of someone trying to follow his/her quarry, which was something I needed to know for a book I'm writing. I selected this particular book (as well as several others) because I had considerable confidence ex-SAS member Bob Carss knew what he was talking about. He didn't let me down.

He begins by explaining common terms, such as a "top sign", "pointers", a "conclusive sign", the difference between tracks left by a quarry and false tracks, as well as how a pattern of signs builds into the tracking picture and direction, and motivation of the quarry. He also includes insights into tracking in desert, forest, jungle, marsh, and grassy areas (I needed grassy and desert); 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; and how to spot intentionally misleading signs.

He almost had me signing up for a course--but then I had another beer.
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