Tracking and Blood-Trailing 101

Deer season is in full swing and gun season is almost upon us. It’s time to dust off those old tracking skills. Join a naturalist on Saturday, November 19th at 2pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502 just west of Greenville for a great refresher course. Whether you’re a hunter or just enjoy investigating tracks, you are practicing one of the most ancient arts known to man. Animals leave all kinds of other signs for us to interpret too like game trails, rubs, runs, beds, and droppings. Along with studying deer and other animal tracks, we’ll discuss stalking, wind awareness, and camouflage to maximize the odds of seeing the animal being followed. We’ll also brush up on blood trailing a wounded deer, discussing color consistency, and technique, so everyone is ready for opening day of gun season on November 28th. Registration is requested for this event; however, the program is free and open to the public. For questions about this or any other park district programs or to register for the class, please call 548-0165.

Did you know? By the middle of the rut, deer scrapes and rubs are no longer fresh, and the bucks are very active near food sources where the does tend to linger.