Animal and Man Tracking – Oregon
The art of Animal and Man Tracking in the simplest of terms is acknowledging and following a disturbance of interest (What we call sign) on the landscape.
A Tracker is someone able to glean specific information from a track, sign, or disturbance registered by animal or man on the landscape.
For instance, a raccoon registers its prints in the soft sand along the shore of a lake; what is the Raccoon up to? A freshly browsed shrub with shiny clipped stems may tell us how recently a deer has fed. Practical tracking has many uses, from discovering what animals visit your yard, wildlife observation, hunting, military, law enforcement, and search and rescue applications.
Animal Tracking – Oregon
Animal tracking is a doorway to the understanding of nature. The art of seeing, as trackers often call animal tracking, is an ancient survival skill that never goes out of vogue. Survival depends on detection either for water, food, and/or safety, tracking, therefore, becomes a state of acute awareness using all the senses.
“Thanks so much for all the information I gleaned from the animal tracking course. It was better than I expected, and you are a great story-teller. I could listen all day to your adventures and outdoor wisdom.”
“Getting down on the ground low, turn off the “noise”, and really just look hard. It’s a wonderful world down there and just one story after another in very minute forms. Thanks, Mark, for making me continue to search for one track after another. Had a blast, I will be back again.”
One day – Intro Animal Tracking
Emphasis is on building a strong foundation in the ‘art of seeing’ and how it relates to tracking wildlife and survival. Lecture and field study.
Dates: January 13, or 20, 2017 ~OPEN
Tuition: $65.00 per person
Location: Oregon Coast
One Day – Advanced Animal Tracking
Prerequisite: intro-animal tracking
Dates: Sunday, January 14, & 21, 2018, ~OPEN
Tuition: $65.00 per person
- Location: Oregon Coast
Man Tracking – Oregon
Emphasis is on fundamental Search and Rescue Man-Tracking techniques with lecture and field study.
Intro to Man-Tracking ~Coming 2018
Advanced Man-Tracking ~Coming 2018
prerequisite: intro man tracking
Includes Monday evening-night tracking. Meets all SAR Man tracking test criteria and then some.
More • Camp Info
- Eligible Students: adults 18 and older and teens 16-17. No minimum enrollment – maximum 10
- Registration: please register for the courses of your choice as soon as possible. This helps us with course preparation. All students are required to sign a camp policy, medical, and liability release form to participate . Students under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian’s signature on all forms
- Duration: varies, see course descriptions
- Schedule: survival courses begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:30 pm (PST)
- Location: Oregon Coast, four hours south of Portland; an hour and a half drive southwest of Eugene; a half hour north of Coos Bay; and, a half hour south of Florence. Upon completed registration directions to course location will be made available
- No accommodations provided: recommendations for accommodations William M. Tugman State Park and Umpqua Lighthouse State Park for camping, search Reedsport, or Lakeside Oregon for local motel accommodations
- No meals provided:
- Leave No Trace: pack it in and pack it out
- General Course Equipment: appropriate rain gear, warm clothes, rain/hiking boots, extra socks, gloves, day pack, snack, lunch, drinking water
- Animal & Man Tracking Equipment: minimum six-foot or longer measuring tape, 5 zip lock plastic bags, notebook & pencil, small bag of Popsicle sticks, camera
- Transport: shuttle service is unavailable
- Instruction: Mark Wienert Owner-Founder and Head Instructor