Join us for an immersive and hands-on Tactical Mantracking class, where you will learn the science and art of tracking humans through rural environments. This course is designed for individuals interested in honing their tracking skills for both recreational and professional purposes, including search and rescue teams, law enforcement, and outdoor enthusiasts.  This class will be limited so that maximum teacher to student ratio can be achieved, for an optimal learning experience. 

Course Highlights:

  1. Introduction to Tracking: Discover importance of tracking, understanding tracks, and the psychology of a tracker.

  2. Tracking Techniques: Learn various tracking techniques, including ground , aerial, and tertiary sign awareness, footprint analysis, gait analysis, and more.

  3. Field Exercises: Put your skills to the test with practical field exercises in diverse terrains, such as wilderness and open rural areas.  

  4. Track Interpretation: Develop the ability to interpret tracks, discern the age of a track, and follow a trail accurately.

  5. Applications: Understand how tracking can be a valuable tool in search and rescue operations, law enforcement, including missing persons, fugitive apprehension and wilderness emergencies.

  6. Wildlife Tracking: We will study the fundamentals and recognition of wildlife tracks and trails to avoid false trail acquisition, when searching for persons of interest. 

  7. Fieldcraft: We will introduce basic survival, navigation and other related fieldcraft skills along with gear to enchance the ability of trackers to stay on track.

  8. Testing:  There will be an objective testing opportunity at the end of the training.  Students will be scored and awarded a TRACKER patch upon meeting specific criteria addressd in the course.  

  9. Inter-Agency Cooperation:  Various agenciess we have trained to include several federal, state and local level law-enforcement, SAR teams, military units and other first responders will be invited to attend for the purpose of meeting other trained trackers for future cooperation between visual and canine mantrackers.  

Who Should Attend:  Those that want to add the "tool" of tracking to their toolbox of skills.  Tracking is an excellent tool for intelligence gathering and sitautional awareness.  This includes: 
    • Law enforcement and security professionals.
    • Outdoor enthusiasts seeking to deepen their connection with nature.
    • Search and rescue personnel looking to enhance their tracking skills.
    • Military personnel wishing to use tracking to assist in finding the enemy.
    • Hikers, campers, and hunters interested in improving their situational awareness.
    • Anyone fascinated by the art and science of tracking.


    No prior tracking experience is required. Participants should be physically capable of hiking and spending time outdoors.


    This Tactical Mantracking course spans 3 full days of training, starting at 0800 each day.  It will consist of some academic/classroom discussion and extensive fieldwork to ensure a comprehensive learning experience.

    Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Tactical Tracking Fundamentals Certificate of Completion, acknowledging their proficiency in the essential skills of tracking humans and wildlife.  A TRACKER patch will be awarded to those who achieve a 80% or better on the objective test that we have been developing over years of instructing this material.  


    This course willl be led by Craig Caudill and assisted by Nature Reliance Cadre as needed.  You can read more about Craig's education, training, and those he has contracted with on his bio page.

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