Tracking + Lot’s of Photos #2

What’s up everyone? I know some of you would like to see some more tracks, so I’ve got em. I won’t be posting tomorrow or Thursday, but I will hopefully post Saturday. Figured I could get one more post in before the weekend. So here is the unexpected second part of “Tracking”

Tracking is a lot more than just finding tracks and following them. It’s finding tracks, looking for all you can to know what the animal’s purpose is for traveling there, following the tracks, and learning more about the animal and it’s habits. To find the animal you need to know it’s purpose for traveling. But if you want to find an animal with it’s feet still in the tracks, it takes more than just tracking.

You may see a deer from time to time driving on the road or a trail, but have you ever seen one from only 15 feet away? In that 15 foot distance, you can see the shiny, fine coat of hair that the deer has, you can see it’s piercing eyes, and just about every other detail you could want. I can only speak from experience, not from what I’ve heard, about these topics. I’ve had that experience, and that is why I can say that you can see the tiny speck of dirt on that deer’s shoulder.

If you want to do this, it requires an even greater level of commitment than what tracking does. Tracking is tough.

Trailing, now that is even harder.

While tracking involves following tracks, old or new, for a limited amount of time, trailing involves a couple hours of searching for a fresh track, typically no more than 12 hours old, and following it for anywhere from 30 mins to 8 hours until you see the animal standing there. This also involves, if possible, stalking up on the animal unnoticed and watching it and learning about it for as long as possible, and even touching it once you’ve watched it for awhile. This requires far more than just the skill of tracking. You also need to know how to stalk, walk without making a sound, and keep the animal from noticing your scent, while being camouflouged.

I will not talk about trailing much, as enough is already said, and I have not practiced trailing yet. I, at the moment, only do tracking. Now knowing about trailing, you might have you some reason to learn these skills. If you have practiced them for awhile, you will eventually be able to touch a deer. My uncle is the one who got me into being a naturalist, and he has touched a living deer before. He said it was an experience like no other, but then again, he has been practicing this stuff for over 8 years and he is a skilled tracker.

Now that I’ve raised your awareness about trailing and tracking, I can begin the post knowing you will want to read it 🙂 So here we go!

The tracks of a

I do not have a clue what track this is. There’s not enough of it, but it looks like a burrower, ground hog or mole maybe?

This is a track of

This is a track of umm, I am not sure. Any ideas anyone? 😛

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A coyote track.

A track.

After looking it up in my field guide, I have come to the conclusion that this is probably a fox squirrel. SO TINY!!

A nice big jumbled up mess of opossum tracks.

A nice big, jumbled up mess of raccoon tracks.

So that’s my follow up to my previous post. Hope y’all liked it! From here on out, I will not be posting as frequently due to time schedules, so expect a 3+ day wait before my next post. If you guys would rather not check my site every day manually, you can always follow this blog and recieve an email every time I post. Remember that I am always open to questions, so don’t be scared to comment. As a preview of my next post, I will be posting about primitive shelters and, hopefully, show you guys just how effective they are. Like always,

Keep calm and keep tracking!

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