We have been tracking ever since, and probably before, we evolved into Homo sapiens. It was fundamental in our search for food and hence our survival.
As our brains evolved we started to improve on interpreting the signs the animals left behind, which eventually led us to more ingenious way of following, finding and catching our quarry.
Hundreds of thousands of years later, the principles of tracking remain the same. Every living creature will leave a mark or sign of its presence upon the earth. All we have to do, as trackers, is find these marks, interpret them and, perhaps, successfully follow them to our quarry.
The ancient art and science of tracking is, at its most basic, easy to learn. You find a track or sign and try to determine what left it.
But theres’ much more to it than that, and this may take a lifetime to master. Answer all the other questions – who, what, when, where, why and how – and you will open up a whole new world of nature awareness and a story will unfold on the woodland floor. To be successful, like our primitive ancestors, we must have an understanding of our quarry, the environment, and fundementally, oursleves.
Most of us can already track. We’ve just forgotton how.
Tracking is a vocation or a pastime. It crosses the borders between age, gender, culture and even disability. It teaches you patience. It hones your deductive skills. It enhances your senses. It makes you look at how nature interacts with itself and How we interact with it. It gets you outdoors in the fresh air. It gets you closer to the environment and the animals in it. It teaches you about yourself. But there’s much, much more…
If you want to know … We will show you how…