SAR Tracking Quiz

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(Answers below.)



1. Signcutting is:

A. Searching for tracks and other signs of a personís passage.
B. Cutting small signs out of larger pieces of paper.
C. Using a chainsaw to cut down billboards.
D. All of the above.

2. PLS stands for:

A. Please Leave the Scene
B. Primary Linked Scenes
C. Place Last Seen
D. Path of Little Signs

3. What is sign?

A. Something you read.
B. Something that tells you information about the subject.
C. Tracks and other clues.
D. All of the above.

4. What is POD?

A. A small vehicle
B. Probability Of Detection
C. People Or Dogs
D. Personal Observations and Discoveries

5. Prime sign is:

A. The best sign possible.
B. USDA Grade A prime advertising space.
C. Tracks positively identified as those sought.
D. Advertisement for a television program.

6. Time spent practicing tracking is called:

A. Dirt Time
B. Good Time
C. Half Time
D. Free Time

7. What is an IC?

A. Ice Chest
B. Incident Commander
C. Insolent Child
D. Irate Cousin

8. A flanker is a:

A. Lost hunter.
B. Member of a tracking team.
C. Technique for roping off the PLS.
D. All of the above.

9. The tracking stick is used for:

A. Making tracks.
B. A hiking staff.
C. Locating the next track.
D. Fending off marauding raccoons.

10. True or false - Searchers must memorize the tread patterns on every type of shoe made.

11. The point person is:

A. The person who tells you, "He went that way."
B. The tracking team member who is currently leading the team.
C. The PR person for the tracking operation.
D. All of the above.

12. True or false - All searchers are trackers.

13. True or false - Tracking at night is impossible.

14. True or false - All lost people tend to head downhill.

15. True or false - Tracking is a hereditary skill; some individuals can do it and others canít.

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Disclaimer: I am not an expert. This quiz is not intended to be an authoritative dissertation on the subject. It is just meant to test how much you already know and maybe pique your interest. If you want to learn more, check the references page for some excellent books on tracking. This quiz is just my little overview of a very complex and interesting subject.



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