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Go Devil 07-27-2018 19:27

Tracking School
 
Question:
Any SF who could vouch for a tracking school near the Midwest? Civilian course for Human/Animal?
I've got a stash of PTO to burn. Wife is interested as well.

Flagg 07-28-2018 00:52

I’m not SF, but I know tracker qualified folks who’ve worked with Scott Donelan, ex Rhoadie SAS/Selous Scout who runs courses across the US:

https://www.scottdonelantrackingscho.../2018-schedule

Toaster 07-28-2018 15:19

John Hurth of Tyr Group is in Louisiana, not too close to the Midwest. Retired from SF, does combat tracking, small unit tactics and land navigation courses. The training is often conducted out near Ft. Polk and you can stay in the field, saving on hotel costs.

His book is good as well.

Combat Diver 08-01-2018 05:20

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flagg (Post 644826)
I’m not SF, but I know tracker qualified folks who’ve worked with Scott Donelan, ex Rhoadie SAS/Selous Scout who runs courses across the US:

https://www.scottdonelantrackingscho.../2018-schedule



I took his course while I was ACAPing and two days after retiring in 08' was in downtown Baghdad tracking EFP emplacers. Good course which was run at Ft Huachuca at the time.

CD

Flagg 08-03-2018 00:05

Quote:

Originally Posted by Combat Diver (Post 644895)
I took his course while I was ACAPing and two days after retiring in 08' was in downtown Baghdad tracking EFP emplacers. Good course which was run at Ft Huachuca at the time.

CD

Wow! That’s awesome.

I heard(RUMINT so please don’t quote me on it) he may have been a subject matter expert for the Marine Corps Combat Hunter Project a decade or so ago?

I know a few guys down our way who are SMEs and I “audited” a tracker course(not course qualified, just lucky enough to get along to it).

But I only learned some green role tracking fundamentals, the urban side looks really interesting, I only ever received a “soldier’s 5” overview.

It’s a really really cool skill set....that reminds me of pistol training with quick skill fade if not practiced regularly.

Quite mentally taxing and certainly requires a few days to “tune in” to the environment.

PSM 08-03-2018 10:10

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Originally Posted by Flagg (Post 644937)
Wow! That’s awesome.

I heard(RUMINT so please don’t quote me on it) he may have been a subject matter expert for the Marine Corps Combat Hunter Project a decade or so ago?

I know a Marine sniper who went through the course. He went on to start Team Rubicon.

DSD lives a handful of miles from me in Sierra Vista. Don't know him but know guys who do.

JoeyB 08-11-2018 06:37

http://www.woodlandoperations.com/index.html

I worked with Pat a couple times. id recommend him

WarriorDiplomat 09-18-2018 21:28

If you want the best you gotta go with Scott Donelan or one of his students as donelan is now in his mid to late 70's...there is few units who used the tracker to hunt and kill to the level of the Rhodesian SAS and the Selous Scouts....everything they teach is for combat and applies tactics outstanding....you can become a micro tracker under others but combat tracking is an ignored underused skill within the U.S. military yet highly valuable. I went through his TTO Tactical Tracking Operations and his Border Hunter 1 and 2 great courses he also has an Urban tracking course which would be useful to a Detective.


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