Tracking References

This list contains some valuable tracking references.

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• Hemming, Bruce (Buckshot)"Buckshot's Modern Trappers Guide."

Written by an expert trapper. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in trapping. It contains a complete tracking section with drawings that were done by me - Kim Cabrera. So I have more than one reason to recommend this book! Check it out for yourself. It's worth a look. It is ranked #1 in sales in the "Trapping" category on Check out Buckshot's web site too. (Buckshot's Camp)

• Brown, Jr., Tom. "The Tracker." New York: Berkley Publishing, 1979.

Tom Brown’s first book and the one that started it all for me. This book was the one that inspired me to learn as much as I can about tracking. You will not be able to put it down. I guarantee. A fascinating story of how Tom learned the skills he teaches today.

• Brown, Jr., Tom. "Animal Tracking." Mother Earth News, Sep./Oct. 1982, 86 - 88.

If you can find old copies of this magazine, buy them. There was a whole series of articles written by Tom Brown. Tracking and various survival skills were covered.

• Brown, Jr., Tom. "Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking." New York: Berkley Publishing, 1983.

Nature observation and tracking are inseparable. You can’t go out looking at tracks and not try to figure out what happened in the overall scene. This book gives you exercises to do to increase your awareness and hone your skills of observation. Many points of tracking are covered, including how to identify various animal families and interpret pressure releases.

• Brown, Jr., Tom. "The Science and Art of Tracking." Available, January, 1999. May be pre-ordered.

Tom Brown’s latest book. Supposed to be released in January 1999. I’ve aleady pre-ordered my copy. I first heard about this book while attending his school in 1989. I’ve been eagerly anticipating it since then. This one is supposed to tell about pressure releases and advanced tracking concepts. I can’t wait for my copy to arrive.

• Brown, Jr., Tom. "Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Wilderness Survival." New York: Berkley Publishing, 1983.

• Brown, Jr., Tom. "The Complete Tracker." Sports Afield, September 1986, 73 - 128.

• Carss, Bob. "The SAS Guide to Tracking." Lyons Press, April, 2000.

• Elbroch, Mark. "Bird Tracks and Sign: A Guide to North American Species" Stackpole Books, October 2001.

• Falkus, Hugh. "Wildtrack: Reminiscences of a Nature Detective." New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1978.

• Fuller, Greg (illus.). "Man-Tracking for Search & Rescue Dog Handlers : Basic Guidelines & Information." DBS Productions, 2000.

• Halfpenny, James. "A Field Guide to Mammal Tracking in Western America." Boulder, Colorado: Johnson Books, 1986.

Dr. Halfpenny’s book is the best reference I’ve seen for animal gait interpretation. He approaches tracking from the scientific viewpoint. There are pictures of scat and drawings of some trails that you can test yourself by interpreting. Tracks are broken down into animal family groups. Learn the gaits. They will help you interpret trails in the field.

• Herrero, Stephen. "Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance." New York, NY: Lyons and Burford, 1985.

The best bear book I’ve seen yet. Has lots of information on black and grizzly bears based on the author’s years of research. Details cases of bear attacks on humans and gives reasons why the incidents happened. A must for anyone who spends time in bear country.

• Kearney, Jack. "Tracking: A Blueprint for Learning How." El Cajon, Calif.: Pathways Press, 1986.

This is the book UTS uses in their classes. A great reference. Includes exercises you can do on your own to practice or teach yourself the techniques. Takes you through progressively harder exercises to hone your skills. Written by a Border Patrolman who used the skills in the field. The link above will take you directly to the author's web site.

• Leibenberg, Louis."Photographic Guide to Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa" Published April 2001.

• Link, Russell.  Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest University of Washington Press. 1999.

• Link, Russell. Living With Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. University of Washington Press (June 1, 2004). 392 pgs. (I highly recommend this book. Not only does it have complete information on how to live with various species, it also has some of my track drawings in it!)

• McDougall, Len, "The Complete Tracker." New York, New York: Lyons and Burford, 1997.

The author is a frequent contributor to outdoor magazines. There is a lot of natural history information in this book. Great reference for the amateur naturalist or hunter.

• Murie, Olaus J. "A Field Guide to Animal Tracks." The Peterson Field Guide Series. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954, revised 1974.

This is still the best tracking reference book out there. Drawings and natural history information. This was the first reference book I got. I drew the pictures over and over until I knew them all by heart. I still refer to this book if I have a question.

• Nyala, Hannah. "Point Last Seen: A Woman Tracker’s Story." Boston, MA, Beacon Press, 1997.

A story of a woman tracker learning the art of tracking. It also details her relationship with an abusive husband and how tracking helped her deal with that. Very good descriptions of SAR tracking and a gripping story. Another book you won’t want to put down. There was even a movie made from this book.

• Rezendes, Paul. "Tracking and the Art of Seeing." Charlotte, Vermont: Camden House Publishing, 1999.

Great reference for naturalists. Has photos of tracks and lots of good information. Very clear pictures.

• Sheldon, Ian. "Animal Tracks of Washington and Oregon." Redmond, Washington: Lone Pine Publishing, 1997.

• Sibley, David Allen. "Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior." Knopf, 2001.

• Smith, Richard P. "Animal Tracks and Signs of North America." Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Stackpole Books, 1982.

• Stackpole Books. "Guide to Animal Tracks." Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Stackpole Books, 1958.

• Stall, Chris. "Animal Tracks of Northern California." Seattle: The Mountaineers, 1989.

• Steinhart, Peter. "Reading the Ground." Audubon, March 1991, 24 - 27.

• Stokes, Donald and Lillian. "A Guide to Animal Tracking and Behavior." Stokes Nature Guides. Toronto: Little, Brown and Company, 1986.

• Taylor, Ab and Donald C. Cooper, "Fundamentals of Mantracking: The Step-by-Step Method." Second edition. Olympia,Washington: Emergency Response Institute, 1993.

• Triggs, Barbara. "Tracks, Scats and Other Traces : A Field Guide to Australian Mammals."

Other References

• Morrison, Michael L. "Wildlife-Habitat Relationships : Concepts & Applications."

• Behler, John and F. Wayne King. "Audubon Society Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians." New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.

• Brown, Vinson; Henry Weston, Jr.; Jerry Buzzell. "Handbook of California Birds." Happy Camp, California: Naturegraph, 1986.

• National Geographic Society. "Field Guide to the Birds of North America." Second edition. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 1987.

• Peterson, Roger Tory. "Peterson Field Guide to Western Birds." NY: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1990.

• Robbins, Chandler S.; Bertel Bruun; Herbert S. Zim. "A Field Guide to Identification: Birds of North America." New York: Golden Press, 1983.

• Uduardy, Miklos D. F. "The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds (Western Region)." New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.

• Whittaker, Jr., John O. "National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mammals." New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.

• Yocum, Charles; Roy Dasmann. "Pacific Coastal Wildlife Region." Happy Camp, California: Naturegraph, 1965.

Other Books of Interest

• David Scott-Donelan. "Tactical Tracking Operations(Paperback)."

• Dwane S. Hilderbrand. "Footwear, The Missed Evidence."

• William J. Bodziak. "Footwear Impression Evidence : Detection, Recovery, and Examination (CRC Series in Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations)."

• Peter McDonald. "Tire Imprint Evidence (Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations)."

• Burt, William H. "Field Guide to the Mammals: North America North of Mexico."

• Brown, Tom. "Tom Brown's Field Guide to the Forgotten Wilderness."

• Brown, Tom. "Tom Brown's Field Guide to the City and Suburban Survival."

• Brown, Tom. "Tom Brown's Field Guide to Living With the Earth."

• Brown, Tom. "Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants."

• Brown, Tom. "The Search."

• Brown, Tom. "The Journey."

• Brown, Tom. "The Vision."

• Brown, Tom. "The Quest."

• Brown, Tom. "Grandfather."

• Brown, Tom. "Awakening Spirits."

• Brown, Tom. "The Way of the Scout."

• Jaeger, Ellsworth. " Tracks and Trailcraft : A Fully Illustrated Guide to the Identification of Animal Tracks in Forest and Field, Barnyard and Backyard."

• Merlin, Pinau. "A Field Guide to Desert Holes."

• Reed F. Noss(Editor), Save-The-Redwoods League. "The Redwood Forest : The History, Ecology & Conservation of the Coast Redwoods (Paperback)."

Christian Books

•Left Behind book cover Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.
"Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days (paperback)."
Left Behind (hardcover)

This is the first book in the series. I could not put this book down. It is one of those books that you want to stay up all night reading. It begins with the vanishing of millions of people in the Rapture spoken of in the Bible. The story follows four people who were left behind.

•Tribulation Force book cover Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.
"Tribulation Force: The Continuing Drama of Those Left Behind (paperback)."
Tribulation Force (hardcover)

This is the second in the series. We meet the members of the Tribulation Force and follow their further adventures. The story moves along quickly and we see world events that will probably happen during the tribulation.

•Nicolae book cover Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.
"Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist (paperback)."
Nicolae (hardcover)

This book was great. The authors weave in subtle hints to the identity of Nicolae. They don’t really make a big deal about it, but mention in passing that Nicolae’s headquarters building has 18 floors. Also, his plane is model number 216. What do those numbers mean? Anyone else figure this out? Add 6+6+6 and you get 18. Multiply 6X6X6 and you get 216. Pretty clever of the authors, eh? I thought so.

•Soul Harvest book cover Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.
"Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides (hardcover)."

This is the latest installment. Several plots are going at once. Is the missing Amanda a good or bad character? Does she have a smudge mark on her forehead? This is the cliffhanger at its best. I can’t wait for the next book so I can find out what happens next.

•Apollyon (Left Behind #5) Hardcover Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

•Assassins (Left Behind #6) Hardcover Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

•The Indwelling(Left Behind #7) Hardcover Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

•The Mark: The Beast Rules the World (Left Behind #8) Hardcover Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

•Left Behind - The Movie (VHS) Based on the books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

•Left Behind: The Kids (6 book set) Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

•Busted! (Left Behind : The Kids, No 7) Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

•Death Strike (Left Behind : The Kids, No 8) Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

•The Search (Left Behind: The Kids #9) Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

•On the Run (Left Behind: The Kids #10) Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

•Into the Storm (Left Behind: the Kids #11) Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

•Earthquake (Left Behind: the Kids #12) Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

• Reed F. Noss(Editor), Save-The-Redwoods League. "The Redwood Forest : The History, Ecology & Conservation of the Coast Redwoods (Paperback)."

Electronics and Other Cool Stuff

• HP ScanJet 3970 Flatbed scanner

• Garmin eTrex GPS

• Garmin Mapsource USA topo map CD for GPS

• Garmin PC cable for connecting GPS

•Olympus DS 150 digital recorder

Soleus Ceramic Heater - Keep warm this winter!

Targus Optical Mini Mouse  

Sony Mavica MVC-FD90 Digital Camera

Leatherman 68010103 Leatherman Crunch

Leatherman 930601 Crunch Standard...

•Porter-Cable 691 1-1/2 HP D-Handle Router

•Sony Mavica Camera Battery substitute (7.2V 1500mAh)

•The Bigfoot Mystery: The Adventure Begins
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