Tracking can be explained as interpreting an animal or human presence and passage in nature. The art of seeing, as trackers often call tracking, is an ancient survival skill.
Tracking is a survival skill that never goes out of style.
Animal & Man Tracking - Oregon
Our survival depends on locating water, food, and finding a safe place to camp for the night. Tracking is an important survival tool that help us to meet our core needs.
When we track we may find tracks left by wildlife, bruised leaves may show us someone has recently walked here. Using other senses such as our sense of hearing or smell can lead us to water.
Tracking uses all of our senses.
Tracking in the simplest of terms is acknowledging and following a disturbance. What Trackers call Sign. A Tracker is able to glean specific information from a track, sign, or disturbance made by animal or man.
Sign is found on the landscape. For instance, a raccoon leaves or 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 to wildlife observation. Of course tracking can be a great skill to develop for hunting success. Trackers are found in the military, law enforcement, and search and rescue.
"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." ~Roberta Kellis
Two-day - Intro Animal Tracking
Emphasis is on building a strong foundation in animal tracking and the ‘art of seeing’. And how it relates to tracking wildlife and survival. This course is composed of lecture and field study
Dates: November 07-08, CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19
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Two-Day - Advanced Animal Tracking
Prerequisite: intro-animal tracking
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ADVANCED ANIMAL TRACKING
Emphasis is on fundamental Search and Rescue Man-Tracking techniques with lecture and field study.
Contact Mark for individual or group training.
Intro to Man-Tracking
Prerequisite: Intro Man-Tracking. Adv. Man-Track includes evening-night tracking. Meets all SAR Man tracking test criteria and then some.
- Eligible Students: adults. (teens ages 14-15, must be accompanied by an adult). Teens 16 -17, may attend with parental consent.
- Registration: please register for the course(s) 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.
- Duration: varies, see course descriptions.
- Schedule: courses begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:30 pm (PST) on the first day, 2:30 pm on last day.
- Location: Oregon Coast a 20 minute drive south of Florence. Three and a half hours south of Portland; an hour drive west of Eugene; and and hours drive north of Coos Bay.
- Accommodations: none available on sight. See area accommodations for Camping, Honeyman Memorial State Park , and Lagoon Campground, Darlings Marina & RV Resort are the closest. Motel accommodations in and around Florence OR. and Dune City.
- Meals: none provided
- No smoking. No dogs or pets of any kind allowed on camp premises or in vehicles
- Leave No Trace: pack it in and pack it out
- Gear: appropriate rain gear, warm clothes, rain/hiking boots, extra socks, gloves, day pack, snack, lunch, personal carving knife (pocket knives are okay)
- Transport: shuttle service is unavailable
- Instruction: Mark Wienert
Oregon Survival School Courses
- emergency shelter
- the bow drill
- animal tracking
- winter outdoor survival training
- useful edible and medicinal native plants
- introduction to survival trapping
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