- If it is a single track forget about it. The exception to this rule is the fourth level carnival barkers who are always looking for something to hype.
- Do not believe those same carnival barkers who proclaim they can tell the difference between a real and a hoaxed track, most are just BS’ing. Any self-respecting hoaxer knows about the midtarsel break as it has been widely publicized. Any other professed deep knowledge by the carnival barker, which they always keep to themselves with the excuse that they are thwarting hoaxing, does not exist. Just more BS.
- Most “Bigfoot Researchers” who claim to be trackers are not. They may know what some animal tracks look like, as do most cub scouts, but they do not know how to cut sign, read kick, set up the correct light angle and other skills real trackers know.
- Want to have the correct light angle to really see and read a track? Carry a mirror and position it low to the ground. Shade the area of the track but not the mirror and throw the sunlight back into the track. You’ll be amazed at the improvement in the details you can see. And with that “tip” the professed “Bigfoot Researcher” becomes a better tracker.
- Want to learn about ageing? Find a representative area for where you usually track. Lay a set of tracks, observe the weather, the time and the bruising, shine and healing of the vegetation. Try it with different weather conditions, especially moisture, wind and temps.
- RW Morgan offers some good advice to the aspiring tracker. Create your own sand trap and make some tracks. Practice getting the correct light angle and study toe digs, step offs and such.
- Know how to make, mark and use a tracking stick. An easy tracking stick is a straight branch. You use it by finding two tracks – see tip #1 – index one end of the stick with the heel and overlay the stick and mark the point where the next heal strike occurs. Use your knife or multi-tool to mark that point. Don’t carry a knife or multi-tool? All self-respecting “Bigfoot Researchers” should carry one. The way you use the stick is that once you lose the sign you place the stick on the last heel strike and then slowly use the marked stick in an arc to hopefully rediscover sign.
We are glad to offer these tips and improve the knowledge level of “Bigfoot Researchers”. Even our negative posts are efforts to improve bigfootery by exposing hoaxers, charlatans, hypocrites and the generally misbehaving.