Into to Tracking
I can remember back to when I was eight years old. It was chilly day in Nebraska with 6 inches of fresh fallen snow on the ground. I had spotted some rabbit tracks and I decided to follow them. Even though I had no tracking training, I feel it’s a natural ability to just look at something and tell if it’s new or old. The edges of the track were crisp and I could still see small particles of snow falling off the edge of the print. I didn’t know what a gait was but the distance between prints told me where it hopped and where it leapt. I watched this story unfold before my eyes and maybe for brief moments, I felt like I was the rabbit. I followed the tracks to a clearing where I saw it sitting beneath a log. It was soon joined by another rabbit which was a good thing. I was so grateful to the rabbit for sharing his story, I shot the other rabbit instead.
Every tracking experience is a lesson and something is always sure to be learned. I’ve had many instructors in my life, some human, some animal and I’ve always walked away with a new grain of knowledge. In my youth, I tried to seek out the best instructors, only to find there isn’t a best teacher, just different methods. The important thing to take away is the things we all teach in common are the things worth remembering. The things we teach differently are up to your discretion.
What will you learn?
This course will teach the basic skills of tracking in application to animal tracking. It will have a light emphasis on human tracking in preparation of those wishing to take the Intermediate Tracking Course. The skills covered in this course will cover finding sign that goes missed by most people. We will cover track identification, aging the track, measuring the gait of the track pattern and scat identification. We will cover the tools of the trade, methods for different terrain, making field expedient tools, different recording methods, and use of light, both natural and artificial.
Who can attend?
This class was developed for all ages, from hunters to hikers and as a prerequisite to the more in depth Intermediate Tracking Class. To reduce classroom time, written materials will be sent to all students before field day. This will give us more time for real hands on application. Students that wish to take the Intermediate Tracking Course will be given a final assessment. After successfully passing the assessment students may advance to the next course. All students that attend this course will receive certifications of completion which will be mailed out following the course.
Rocky Mountain Trackers
Along with certification all students are invited to join the Rocky Mountain Trackers. The Rocky Mountain Trackers is a Facebook group for graduating students. I feel tracking is a skill that needs to be constantly challenged. The focus of this group is for posting photo challenges, organizing tracking events, and providing a forum for open discussion and questions.
Class Size: Minimum is 5 students, maximum capacity is 10 students
Time: 2-3 Hours Field Time
You will have the chance to build multiple survival traps to get meat and fish in the wilderness! We want to show you how to eat like a king in the woods!
Length: 1 day/ No Overnight
OVERNIGHT CAMPING IS OPTIONAL - With prior notice, you may stay overnight at our Survival School location at no additional charge. Campers will be required to bring their own camping gear as we will not provide you with any gear.
Minimum Recommended Equipment: Students should bring a measuring device, notebook/sketch book, writing utensils, flashlight, water, and snacks.
Other Recommended Equipment: - Backpack, knife, rain gear, sunglasses, camera.
Instructor: Griz Grzywa