This book is an excellent resource in any situation. Not just tracking in the woods.
This book is a useful tool for teaching ourselves to be more observant. Being observant and noticing your surroundings, is a good skill to have in a lot of every day situations. For example, listening for the hidden meaning in what your boss is telling you. Finding the meaning in why your wife may be mad at you for.
Noticing the finer details in your every day surrounding to look for trouble when things are a miss. Teaching your children, and yourself to pay attention, and challenging them and yourself with memory games, to help you both with observation, memory and communication skills.
As for tracking, it is an excellent reference with very detailed information that after you read and understand it, a lot of it seems obvious to you, and you wonder why you didn't think of it.
However, you didn't until you read the book.
Some of the things that don't seem obvious is what to look for when an animal crosses a creek. How the lichen will be pushed off of the stones on the creek floor. What a track through grass looks like, when an animal has been walking away from your area, versus walking toward the area.
All though this book is loaded with detailed tools to track, it isn't a dry boring read. I found the book very easy to get through, and had a good time thinking about how the techniques can not only be applied to tracking animals in the woods, beach, across rocks, etc, but how to apply it in everyday life.
When you look around at the areas you are most familiar with, and learn to look past the mundane details you have seen a thousand times, things look different to you. I am talking about the city you work in, the suburbs you live in, and the small towns we are from. It kind of opens you eyes a little and gives you a fun, new perspective.
This book is about being a tracker(having certain personality traits), not just specific instructions on tracking techniques. It is overall excellent.
A good companion for a woodsman, or anyone that has a naturally inquisitive, intelligent mind.
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