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, 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, wildlife photographers, search-and-rescue teams, and law enforcement.
The SAS Guide to Tracking, New and Revised Part One: The Briefing Tracking today - some modern applicationsSome definitions and explanationsSign in tracking - defined and explainedFactors affecting signThe attributes of a tracker Part Two: The Pursuit Observation indoorsObservation out-of-doorsObservation of the individualThe principles of stalkingStalking techniquesNight movementThe track pursuit drillDeception tacticsJudging the age of signDeductive skillsThe lost track drill Part Three: Advanced skills Training trackersMilitary trackingDogs and trackingMap-readingHuman printsAnimal printsVehicle signPreserving prints Part Four: The Future Developments in tracking Index
Bob Carss began his military career at age seventeen with the King's Own Scottish Borderers. He transferred to the world-famous Special Air Service (SAS), where he received training as a tracker in the jungles of New Zealand and with the Iban trackers in Brunei, desert tracking in the dunes of the Empty Quarter and the Sahara, and in all terrains in between. Both Bob Carss and Stewart Birch live in Hereford, England, where the SAS Regiment is based.