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.
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
The graphic below outlines this technique in more detail.