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Have you any handy tracking tips or kit.

Discussion in 'Tracking' started by 21st century pict, May 19, 2011.

  1. Janne

    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    But the animals can track you much easier!
     
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    You ever get to watch any of the TV series "Man Tracker?" It's a cat & mouse game in the wilderness.
    Man Tracker (Terry Grant) rarely ever gets beaten to the finish line. Why? Watch his horse's ears.
    Always lots of really good fresh information about the appearance of footprints, even in wet grass.

    You won't hear the sound of a grizz, a black or a big cat sneaking up on you.
    Even the wolves and the coyotes don't make a sound unless they want to.
    They'll always approach from down wind so you'll never "smell" them, either.
    They love your capsaicum Bear Spray, points to food so quickly from afar.
    Nice to live where there's never ever any wind, huh?

    There's a cougar or two prowling the city in the week past, sampling small dogs and the odd house cat.
    Somebody will be prepared and will blow that cat clean off their back porch before this summer is over.
     
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    There have been reports of several cats gone missing and a dog got mauled by something here too. It's not normal for a dog to get mauled in its own garden in the UK. For those that scoff at the "legend" of the beast of bodmin or exmoor there is realy a lot of real evidence. Nobody seems to be able to find its lair though. I believe there are several cats about and that they have bred. It would be great to get some expert trackers onto this. There are several videos been taken at a distance which gives good evidence. I have actually come face to face with a black panther... it's literally petrifying! Luckily there was a panel of glass between us but I didn't know that at the time! It was a wildlife park so I was safe enough but the look in those eyes... I'm not kidding.. never want to see it again from 3 feet away.. makes me nervous at night sometimes if it has been spotted nearby. Then I forget about it and I'm fine for a while. I do wish they could catch them. There must be more than one for sure. It's believed they were discarded by unscrupulous owners when the dangerous animals act came in, in the 19 70s. They were never seen before that.
     
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    But they have never found any DNA evidence? Scat, hair, saliva on killed animals?
     
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    I think they have in the past. They found a 5 inch cat footprint this time. Certainly not a normal moggie!
     
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    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Sounds like that area would be prime for some tracking fun!
     
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    Well come on down and do some tracking guys! Just have a plan on what to do if you find it. You won't be able to fit a kitty collar with a bell on it.... :)
     
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    As does, so I understand, the sound of a rifle shot.

    One or two hunters in Canada have mentioned to me that, in places, it can be a bit of a race to get the kill processed and sorted before the bear turns up.
     
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    Gun shots mean gut piles. A wolf pack may even try to push you off your kill.
    Actually, there's good money in plaster castings of wildlife foot prints.
    You could get fox, badger, deer, beaver . . . . what else? A rather benign collection, yes?
    When you sit down to a meal, look at your plate. A Grizz print is bigger than your plate.

    I usually keep some cheap plaster casting materials and water in the 'Burb.
    Now that freezing winter seems to be over (theoretically), I guess I can take it out again.
     

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