Awaken your senses to the world around you.
In this course, we work on our sensitivity to our surrounding environment. The art of tracking is much more involved than simply following a trail, like a trained hunting dog. We must learn to challenge our senses, observe keenly and listen acutely. When we become familiar with the normal everyday life in the woods, certain patterns of activity, colour, sounds and smells become apparent. When we understand the normal, we can begin to pick out the exception- events that are out of place like a trodden plant, scuffed soil, rubbed bark, a colour change or a bird flying away in a hurry. In time, your ability to read these signs can even help you build a picture of the quarry.
You will practice a number of camouflage and concealment techniques and learn to stay motionless and move with stealth through several different mediums. The course focuses on developing your ability to close with target animals and birds either for hunting, photography or study. You will learn to read signs of the passage of animals, birds and fish and interpret them into a temporary, multi-layered picture.
The course will cover the following topics:
- Purpose of Tracking
- Applications of Tracking in Modern Life
- Limitations of Human Senses
- Animal Senses
- Using Optical Enhancers
- Moving Quietly In Different Mediums
- Blending In
- Concealment of Scent
- Animal Sign Identification
- Wildlife Observation
- Tracking Exercises
- Animal Identification
- Determining Gender and Age
- Group Tracking Exercises
- You must be over 18 years of age to attend this course unaccompanied.
- Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Each place booked is for one person only, so each course attendee must have their own booking.
- This course is not suitable for young people under the age of sixteen.
In the best interest of keeping to an efficient schedule and eating as well as possible, the chores of food storage, preparation and cooking on speciality courses are supervised by a Timeless Journey® Camp Chef who will provide one hot meal cooked on an open fire each day and two snacks. Therefore, the lunch food is included as part of the course fee.
At each hot meal, three-course participants will be assigned the duties of:
- collecting firewood
- assisting the camp chef in preparing the meal
- cleaning up the camp kitchen
A duty rotation schedule will be posted at the beginning of the course.
The meal plan on specialty courses will reflect the course content and exercises planned for the day. We will provide you with a detailed menu in your booking confirmation. Please let us know in your booking package or feel free to contact the office if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies and we will try our best to accommodate your requests.
At the base camp, we provide fresh fruit, cookies, drinking water, tea and coffee.
You are welcome to make, or buy, your own gear. Although we would like to encourage you to be as self-reliant as possible, all gear used by students in the course must meet the safety standards of the Quartermaster. In some cases, it may be wise to contact the Quartermaster if you have any questions or doubts about gear crafting projects you would like to undertake in preparation or if you would like to make substitutions to the items listed on the Stalking And Tracking Kit List/Gear Rental Form.
On the Stalking And Tracking course, we will try to help supply you with used gear for rent if you are unable to find, borrow or purchase gear for the course. To ensure a selection and availability of the items you require, please submit the Stalking And Tracking Kit List/Gear Rental Form to the Quartermaster at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.
Course Schedules and Specifications:
The Stalking And Tracking Course is offered several times a year, in different conditions, seasons and locations in Canada. Check the list below and read the specifications carefully to make sure that you are signing up for the right course.
STTR TBA • Stalking And Tracking (6 Days, 5 Nights) • West Kootenay Campus • $925.00
Course Dates: TBA
- Start Time: TBA
- End Time: TBA
Registration Deadline: TBA
Location: Timeless Journey® West Kootenay Campus near Winlaw, BC, Canada
- Specialty Instructor: Leo Stephens
- Assistant Specialty Instructor: TBA