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The SAS Guide to Tracking Paperback – March 1, 2000
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From the Back Cover
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)
Top Customer Reviews
Vermilion County Search and Rescue
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative book, although somewhat dated in nature, but it is an excellent read for anyone interested in K-9 tracking/trailing or hunting and the outdoors.Published 7 months ago by William H. Hope
This is a fun and informative book that can teach tracking of both people and animals. Our family loves to hunt and be out in nature. Read morePublished on November 14, 2014 by e neel
The SAS tracking guide was exactly what I was hoping it would be. I used it to supplement a scout field training exercise / activity, and the pictures and simplicity worked great... Read morePublished on April 26, 2014 by JT Patten, Best Selling Thriller Author, CT intelligence specialist
If you are wanting to learn tracking theory in a straight forward easy to understand way then this book is for you. Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by Ryan L. Burrill
Its a pretty good read, but I would be sure to own Tom Brown's before you buy this one if you only buy one.Published on December 3, 2009 by V. Crawford
While learning tracking from a book is like trying to learn ballet from a radio program, but this does come as close as possible without the field class. Read morePublished on November 21, 2009 by jmiers
An excellent book that starts with the basics and progresses in a clear and easy to understand manner. Read morePublished on May 26, 2008 by Cruiser