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Tracking Stick Use

Joe Longshore II

  
A tracking stick is a very useful tool to use while tracking. Its main value lies in assisting you with finding the next track in a series that you have been following.

In its most basic use, you mark out, on the stick, the length of the stride of the animal you have been following. Of course, the stride will vary, but you will obtain an average as you follow the trail. When you reach a point where the trail "disappears", you can place the end of your tracking stick at the tip of the last known track, and then sweep it in an arc while carefully looking for the next track of the series, which could be located under one of the stride length marks you placed on your stick. Of course, you should sweep your stick in an arc above the ground so as to not disturb and tracks or signs that are present on the ground itself!

The graphic below outlines this technique in more detail.