Finding joy in the outdoors since 1988
Often referred to as the "original forensics", tracking is a skill that quickly transforms into a hobby. Scanning the brush in the forest the chaos of piles of leaves and twigs seem meaningless but over time you become more aware of the sign (evidence) left behind by animal movement. The excitement builds as you navigate the forest and piece together what happened as the animal moved through and it's that much more fulfilling when you connect those dots to make the harvest. As you improve your tracking you realize that not only are you looking at one animal, your piecing together the larger story of animal behavior in your hunting zone.
Just like fly tying is just as much of a hobby as fly fishing is, tracking is just as much a hobby as hunting itself. One of the most important choices you make as a hunter is where. Where to set up your stand/blind/traps is perhaps the choice most related to a successful harvest. I love to follow the prints of the deer and small game that flow through the areas I hunt. To see where they go and when they go. It's much the same as a CSI forensic technician that is piecing together evidence at a crime scene.