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The SAS Guide to Tracking

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:46 am

Has anybody read The SAS Guide to Tracking by Bob Carss (The Lyons Press)?

From the Amazon page for the book:
Anyone who has spent any time outdoors has come across strange tracks and wondered, "What was here?" In this new and revised edition of "The SAS Guide to Tracking," a veteran of Britain's elite Special Air Service shows how to track any moving thing, in any environment, and under nearly any circumstance. An essential handbook for developing a new awareness of the outdoors," "this book is the perfect companion for naturalists, outdoorspeople, hunters, wildlife photographers, search-and-rescue teams, and law enforcement organizations. Included are tips on: Tracking in desert, forest, jungle, marsh, and grassy areas Interpreting animal, human, and vehicle signs Preserving night vision Using time frames to eliminate misleading signs Detecting quarry when they backtrack or circle around Interpreting how time and weather affect signs Spotting intentionally misleading signsWith a Foreword by John "Lofty" Wiseman, author of "The SAS Survival Handbook"


I'm considering buying it.
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Re: The SAS Guide to Tracking

Unread postby Rooies » Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:51 pm

This joker on the TV programme "Ultimate Survivor", is he not a former SAS man?
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Re: The SAS Guide to Tracking

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:53 pm

Bear Grylls? Not sure.
He is a bit of a joker on the show, however I have read several reviews of some of his books on Amazon and most of them say that the advice in his books is much more sober than the show.
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Re: The SAS Guide to Tracking

Unread postby Rooies » Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:31 pm

Ah, I have found it. The name of the book is "Don't die in the Bundu" by Colonel DH Grainger, O.B.E., E.D Rhodesian Army. In the book there are tips about food sources, dangerous animals, traps and snares, tracker and quarry, pointers to direction and many more. Really fascinating stuff.
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Re: The SAS Guide to Tracking

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:43 pm

Rooies wrote: Btw. is the book not suited for European conditions only? I have an interesting book
From what I've ascertained from the reviews etc, no.

The other book sounds interesting. I wonder if its still available. Do you think its out of date at all?
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Re: The SAS Guide to Tracking

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:57 pm

I would rather go for "Practical tracking" by Liebenberg et all, also discussed here. But again, if you can have both ... why not?
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Re: The SAS Guide to Tracking

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Jan 18, 2011 11:19 am

I finished this book towards the end of December. It wasn't the easiest book to get through.
I don't recommend this book for nature trackers, its focus is more on stealth, stalking etc, from a military point of view (obvious from the title). There was some explanation on animal movement etc but the treatment in Practical Tracking is much better.

I suppose the book is useful from a concealment while stalking point of view, but I would say but it only if you already have a few books on the subject.
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