SAS Guide to Tracking

SAS Guide to Tracking

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By (author) Bob Carss, With Stewart Birch, Illustrated by Roy Thomasson, Foreword by John 'Lofty' Wiseman

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  • Publisher: The Lyons Press
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 23mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 25 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Guilford
  • ISBN 10: 1599214377
  • ISBN 13: 9781599214375
  • Edition: New editionRevised
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 99,869

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Anyone who has spent even a little time outdoors has come across strange tracks left by animals of people and wondered "what was here?" In this practical guide, former-SAS member Bob Carss shows how to track any moving thing, in any environment, and under nearly any circumstance. He begins by explaining common terms, such as a "top sign", markings left above ankle height; "pointers", signs that tell the general direction of the quarry; and a "conclusive sign," markings that confirm the quarry's presence. The difference between tracks left by quarry and false tracks are described, as well as how a pattern of signs builds into the tracking picture - the overall movement, direction, and motivation of the quarry. Included are tips on: Tracking in desert, forest, jungle, marsh, and grassy areas Interpreting animal, human, and vehicle signs How to preserve night vision Using time frames to eliminate misleading signs Detecting quarry when they backtrack or circle around How time and weather affect signs How to spot intentionally misleading signs The SAS Guide to Tracking is a remarkable guide to developing a new awareness of the outdoors and is the perfect companion for naturalists, outdoorspeople, hunters, wildlife photographers, search-and-rescue teams, and law enforcement.

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Bob Carss began his military career at age seventeen with the King's Own Scottish Borderers. He transferred to the world-famous Special Air Service (SAS), where he received training as a tracker in the jungles of New Zealand and with the Iban trackers in Brunei, desert tracking in the dunes of the Empty Quarter and the Sahara, and in all terrains in between. Both Carss and illustrator Stewart Birch live in Hereford, England, where the SAS Regiment is based.

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By Nathanael Boehm 25 Sep 2011 5

A well-written comprehensive and practical guide to the art of recreational hunting and military tracking. Covers how to divide up an area into foreground, middle ground and distance, high and low sign, looking through foliage instead of at it, looking for disturbances, analysing footprints, re-discovering a lost track, stalking and describing human quarry with an extensive visual vocabulary for facial features. Each chapter has a bullet point summary after it and at the end of the book is an aide-mémoire that summarises all the techniques. Fantastic read that helps you better appreciate the outdoors even if you don't hunt.

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"Who Dares, Wins." --Motto of the Special Air Service (SAS)

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The ultimate guide to tracking man or animal, from the SAS Who Dares Wins. Motto of the Special Air Service (SAS) Anyone who has spent even a little time outdoors has come across strange tracks left by animals or people and wondered, What was here? In this new and revised edition of The SAS Guide to Tracking, Bob Carss a veteran of Britain s elite SAS shows how to track any moving thing, in any environment, and under nearly any circumstance. Included are tips on: Tracking in desert, forest, jungle, marshy, rocky, and mountainous terrain Interpreting animal, human, and vehicle signs Preserving night vision Using time frames to eliminate misleading signs Detecting prey when they backtrack or circle around Knowing how time and weather affect signs Recognizing how to spot intentionally misleading signsAn essential handbook for developing a new awareness of the outdoors, The SAS Guide to Tracking is the perfect companion for naturalists, outdoorspeople, hunters, wildlife photographers, youth leaders, search-and-rescue teams, outdoor pursuit and military instructors, and law enforcement organizations."

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Anyone who has spent even a little time outdoors has come across strange tracks left by animals of people and wondered what was here? In this practical guide, former-SAS member Bob Carss shows how to track any moving thing, in any environment, and under nearly any circumstance. He begins by explaining common terms, such as a top sign, markings left above ankle height; pointers, signs that tell the general direction of the quarry; and a conclusive sign, markings that confirm the quarry s presence. The difference between tracks left by quarry and false tracks are described, as well as how a pattern of signs builds into the tracking picture the overall movement, direction, and motivation of the quarry. Included are tips on: Tracking in desert, forest, jungle, marsh, and grassy areas Interpreting animal, human, and vehicle signs How to preserve night vision Using time frames to eliminate misleading signs Detecting quarry when they backtrack or circle around How time and weather affect signs How to spot intentionally misleading signs The SAS Guide to Tracking is a remarkable guide to developing a new awareness of the outdoors and is the perfect companion for naturalists, outdoorspeople, hunters, wildlife photographers, search-and-rescue teams, and law enforcement. With a Foreword by John Lofty Wiseman, author of The SAS Survival Handbook"

Table of contents

The SAS Guide to Tracking, New and Revised Part One: The Briefing Tracking today - some modern applicationsSome definitions and explanationsSign in tracking - defined and explainedFactors affecting signThe attributes of a tracker Part Two: The Pursuit Observation indoorsObservation out-of-doorsObservation of the individualThe principles of stalkingStalking techniquesNight movementThe track pursuit drillDeception tacticsJudging the age of signDeductive skillsThe lost track drill Part Three: Advanced skills Training trackersMilitary trackingDogs and trackingMap-readingHuman printsAnimal printsVehicle signPreserving prints Part Four: The Future Developments in tracking Index