The art of tracking dates back ages from hunters looking for game to the curious naturalist attempting to learn more about an animal’s habits. There is so much to learn from tracking and there is more to find than actual “footprints” too. Larger signs you could first look for are as simple as crushed, broken, or battered vegetation, which could indicate a commonly used trail or sleeping area. You could even look on vegetation, such as trees or stumps, for gnaw or scratch markings. For example, maybe you have come across a typical scratching post for a deer!
Another fun sign track to always look for is scat! Just from the size and shape, you can easily figure out what type of animal was there! Watch the video below to learn more!
If you want to get real serious, you’ll also be needing a magnifying glass, tape measurers, popsicle sticks and string. This way you will really be able to analyze those tracks, and from then, you can learn what kind of animal, how big, where it was going, what it was doing, and so much more!
So get out there and get practicing! You never know what you’ll find, especially here at Sheep Pasture! For more tracking resources and information, click here!