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|Man-Trackers & Dog Handlers in Search &
Rescue: Basic Guidelines and Information by
Fuller, Johnson, Koester. This book explores the unique
combination of Search & Rescue dog teams and Man-trackers. This
combination might be the most effective tool management has for rapid
book introduces each type of resource and then educates each team as to
the capabilities and limitations of each. It also explodes common
myths and legends associated with each resource. An entire chapter
is devoted until how management might best use this combination.
ISBN: 1-879471-31-0 2000 dbS Productions 98pp $9.95
Tracking Operations by David Scott-Donelan.
Written by a veteran of more than 30 years of active tracking experience,
this invaluable manual is packed with practical lessons, on-the-ground
tricks, training drills and equipment suggestions for the solo tracker on
up to a multi-agency tracking operation. Learn how to find and follow
tracks through woods, deserts, jungles and mountains; assess the age of
tracks; relocate the trail after it's gone missing; foil every effort to
throw off your pursuit; coordinate a four-man team while tracking armed
fugitives; set up and run a large, fully supported tracking operation;
utilize the latest high-tech gear to find fugitives in the field; and much
more. War stories from the author's combat tracking duty in Africa
highlight the lessons in this text.
ISBN: 1-581600-03-8 Paladin Press 1998 184pp $28
SAS Guide to Tracking
by Bob Carss. Here is the
ultimate guide to tracking man or animal, from the SAS (the Special Air
Services--the British equivalent of America's Green Beret's. 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 circumstances. He begins
by explaining common terms, such as "top signs," markings left
above ankle height; "pointers," signs that tell the general
direction of the quarry; and "conclusive signs," markings that
confirm the quarry's presence.
ISBN 1-58574-01-4 Lyons Press 2000 272pp
||Tracking: A Blueprint for learning how by Jack Kearny. This book
is crammed full of information about tracking humans. You won't find a
more useful resource out there. Kearney spent years using the skills he
writes about in the book. If you are trying to learn to track, whether
it's for your own personal enrichment or for Search and Rescue work, you
will find a tremendous resource in these pages. Save a life - buy this book and learn to track. You will never
again have to worry about becoming lost in the wilderness if you can track
your way back. This book is currently out of print but can be
obtained from directly from Pathways Press.
ISBN: 0-317046-19-5 Pathways Printers $12.95
Science and Art of Tracking by Tom Brown. The
author shares generations of wisdom through one of the most rewarding
pursuits to be found in nature. Tracking lets us unlock the secrets of
each animal we follow, and in turn, to become more aware of our own place
in nature and the world. In-depth knowledge about pressure releases.
Not everyone agrees with Tom Brown, read for yourself, and decide.
ISBN: 0425157-72-5 1999 Penguin 240pp $10.36
Tracker by Tom Brown. Another book written by
Tom Brown. Special emphasis on the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.
ISBN: 0425101339 Penguin 1996 229pp $6.29
to Nature observation and Tracking by
Tom Brown. Another book written by Tom Brown geared to improving the
trackers observation skills.
ISBN: 0425099660 Berkley 1988 $10.36
& the Art of Seeing : How to Read Animal
Tracks & sign by Paul Rezendes. A good observer of nature,
walking, say, in an oak forest, may discern that some of the acorns on
which he or she is treading are broken into little bits. After reading
wildlife interpreter and photographer Paul Rezendes's guidebook to animal
signs, that same observer will be able to tell which of those acorns have
been split by human footsteps and deer hooves and which have been gnawed
apart by squirrels--and by what species of squirrel. A wonderfully
thorough, well-illustrated compendium, Rezendes's text covers a wide range
of North American animal species, including rodents, hoofed animals,
bears, raccoons, opossums, and members of the weasel, rabbit, dog, and cat
families. He describes not only the signs these animals leave but also
their ways of life throughout the year, and with an appropriately
ISBN: 00-62735024-1 1999 Harper Resource 336pp $20
Complete Tracker : Tracks, Signs, and Habits of
North American Wildlife by Len McDougall. This book is appropriate
for all levels of tracker interest and certainly goes into more
information than simply identifying scat. The book offers at least 80
drawings to assist in track identification of approximately 45 species of
wildlife. You will gain knowledge as to age of scat (when was the animal
here) terrain conditions, habit details, behavior, and potential for
danger to humans. The guide is perfect for hiker, hunter and nature
enthusiast. The Complete Tracker is an encyclopedia of facts every
tracker needs to determine, even predict, the movements of a wild animal.
Heck, even I carry a copy in my backpack for reference.
ISBN 1-558214-58-5 Lyons Press 1997 240pp $11.96
Impression Evidence : Detection, recovery, and
examination (2nd edition) by William Bodziak.
Reviewed and recognized as the most authoritative source in the field,
this book describes the methods used worldwide to recover and identify
footwear impressions from the scene of a crime.
ISBN: 0-849310-45-8 1999 CRC Press. 529pp $89.95
Guide to Mammal Tracking in North America by
James Halfpenny. There are three main areas of the science of tracking:
footprints and identification, gaits and trails, and reading stories.
While most tracking books concentrate on identification, I have also
stressed gaits, trails, and stories in a manner not found in ANY other
tracking book. If you really want to know why is a trot a trot, a bound a
bound, and a gallop a gallop, check my book out. "A Field Guide to
Mammal Tracking" will not only tell you how gait trail patterns are
made, but how they change with speed and body position, and help you read
the stories contained in trails. There are even pictorial practice stories
where clues are provided. The reader then has to decipher the story. The
stories are not necessarily easy, but neither is tracking in the field.
ISBN: 0-933472-98-6 1988 Johnson Publishing 188pp $11.96
Within: Adventures in Nature and Animal Teachings
by Paul Rezendes. Rezendes teaches the art of animal tracking and
stalking, all the while making the link to the clean, observant Zen mind.
"Stalking meditation demands that we pay full attention to every
footfall, every breath, every sound we make, each nuance of landscape,
wind, humidity," he writes. "Stalking gives us the opportunity
to move away from the tiny perspective of thought and self into
all-encompassing awareness." Rezendes, a renowned teacher of seminars
and workshops, uses personal tracking stories to emphasize the importance
of focused observation.
ISBN 0-425171-57-4 1999 Berkley Publishing 240pp $9.60
Guide to Tracking Animals in Snow by Louise
Forrest. The information presented on how tracks look in the snow
has yet to be equaled by another book.
ISBN 0-811722-40-6 1988 Stackpole Books 192pp $11.96
Intelligence by Donald Hoffman. The book
explores the power that people use to "construct an experience of
objects out of colors, lines, and motions." And what an under
appreciated ability it is, despite the fact that the visual process uses
up a considerable chunk of our brainpower. Hoffman aptly demonstrates the
mysterious constructive powers of our eye-brain machines using lots of
simple drawings and diagrams to illustrate basic rules of the visual road.
Many of the examples are familiar optical
illusions--perspective-confounding cubes, a few lines that add up to a
more complex shape than seems right. Any serious tracker must understand
the optical illusions and assumptions between reality, what the eye sees,
and what the brain perceives.
ISBN: 0-393319-67-9 2000 WW Norton 294pp $14.96
and Brain by Richard Gregory. Since the
publication of the first edition in 1966, the book has established itself
worldwide as an essential introduction to the basic phenomena of visual
perception. In this book, Gregory offers clear explanations of how we see
brightness, movement, color, and objects, and he explores the phenomena of
visual illusions to establish principles about how perception normally
works and why it sometimes fails. Although successive editions have
incorporated new discoveries and ideas, this is the first time that
Richard Gregory has completely revised and updated the text, adding more
than thirty new illustrations.
ISBN: 0-691048-37-1 1997 Princeton University 288pp
Last Seen: A Woman tracker's story by Hannah Nyala. A
book about both tracking, search & rescue, and a gripping personal odyssey.
After seven years of living as a battered wife, Hannah Nyala took her two
children and ran. She eventually found work with the National Park Service
as a search-and-rescue tracker--but her flight, and the abuse, were to
continue for many years. Three times her ex-husband abducted the children
and repeatedly threatened their lives and hers. In this wrenching and
beautifully written account of her flight for safety and her life, Nyala
reveals the intricate art of tracking: the challenge of keeping one's eye
on the ground while racing against time, and the need to comprehend every
sign. Weaving riveting stories of her own tracking missions with the
nightmarish events of her life as one pursued, Nyala takes us on her
personal journey toward independence and self-reliance, and powerfully
demonstrates the acute powers of observation that to this day help her and
her children survive.
ISBN: 0-140274-63-4 Penguin 1998 176pp $9.56