Tracking can be approached in two different ways whether it’s for tracking humans or animals. You can either master the minimum skills needed to determine the number of your opponent’s forces and use this knowledge to your advantage or you can step up to become a true hunter and tracker.
To do this you will need more than marksmanship, tactics and fieldcraft.
You will need to become a “predator.”
The only way to train your brain and gain the experience you will need is by repeatedly tracking humans and hunting prey in a controlled scenario before betting your life against enemies in a real-life emergency or having to successfully hunt for survival.
To be able to track your opponent you need to be able to determine the number of humans or animals, their direction of travel and the time they passed through your current position, as well as figure out where they are heading and when they will get there. When tracking humans, this knowledge will allow you to make a guess to their intentions. These questions may not sound like much, but you will need a lot of experience to answer all of them with your tracking skills.
This mental attitude will give you a lot of insight. You will be able to do much more than count the number of people or animals. You will be able to estimate their direction of movement, learn when they passed the point you are at, interpret what they were doing at this location, reasonably anticipate where they are going and when they’ll get there. You will also be able to follow their trail as required.
When tracking men, you may even feel he may be young, fit and trained. Or he may be middle aged and tired. He may be so focused on his mission that he won’t fall into distraction, or he may be patrolling loosely without much attention. You need to be able to feel if they know you are following them or not. You must learn to identify if they feel threatened just by the way they leave their tracks.
Some great person once said, “Taken to its ultimate, the truly gifted tracker learns to see his surroundings through his quarry’s eyes. He isn’t following him; he anticipates his quarry’s next move and heads him off at the pass.” This is the final objective of learning to mantrack.
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