Schedule The tracking techniques taught in this class are designed for search and rescue personnel, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and law enforcement personnel. The basics of tracking haven’t changed in thousands of years and this class will offer a solid understanding of tracking techniques, kinds of tracking, and sign cutting. The course however, will also introduce several tools and techniques to allow the tracker to perform more efficiently and enhance their chances of success. Additionally, there will be a tactical aspect of the course designed to allow a tracker to perform safely in a non-hospitable environment such as tracking an armed or dangerous criminal. The course will consist of a mix of classroom lecture and a lot of field work. This is a very hands-on course and students will be expected to participate and get dirty! Although this course will not be overly physical in nature, the student will spend a considerable amount of time standing, walking (perhaps at a crouch), crawling and getting up and down. Please make sure you are comfortable with this amount of physical exertion!
Update: Based on student input we have decided to drop the shooting package from the 2016 sessions of this course. This allows us more time to focus on the skills and teamwork involved in tracking.
- Field appropriate clothing (long, loose pants and light long sleeves, ankle supporting footwear, cap or round brimmed hat are recommended)
- Environmental protection like rain gear, bug spray and sunscreen
- Knee and elbow pads
- Pocket flashlight, LED or incandescent
- Small pocket tape measure or cloth tape
- Camera (cell phone will work) need to be able to review your pictures from the device
- Flagging tape (engineers tape or hunters tape)
- Kit bag to hold items. We recommend a back-pack type with a hydration system. Does not have to be large, daypack size
- Any duty gear or tactical gear you might wear operationally (vest, helmet, LBV etc.)
You do not need to bring tactical gear to attend and participate. Each student will make a “stride stick”. We will have materials available for this process, but if you have a walking stick or shooting pole that you would like to use please bring it. Old ski poles, golf club handles and the like are also great for stride sticks.
TUITION: TACTICAL TRACKING
As with all BadLands courses, students may utilize our lodging here at the Village at no extra cost. The Village offers 2-man rooms, each with a half bath, shower facilities, along with a commercial size kitchen. Students are responsible for providing their own meals.