How to Track Animals in Difficult Terrain

Do you want to improve your chances of tracking animals down during your next hunting trip? One of the most effective ways to do it is by learning how to spot different signs that will show you which way animals are moving. This can be hard to do, especially when you’re dealing with a tougher terrain, but it’s not impossible. Here are some ways to track animals in even the most difficult terrains.

Search for tracks in mud, snow, grass, and more

This is the most obvious way to track animals in almost any terrain. When you are out hunting, take a look down at the ground to see if you see signs of tracks. Wet mud and snow make it easy to see tracks, but you also might be able to find tracks in dry dirt, grass, and other surfaces. You should familiarize yourself with the tracks certain animals leave behind so that you know what kind of animals you are tracking.

Look for things animals may have left behind

As animals make their way through difficult terrain, they tend to leave different things behind. From marks on trees to food to fecal matter, you can find all sorts of signs of an animal making its way through a wooded area or an open field. You just need to be mindful of everything you see as you are out hunting. Every item you come across could serve as an important clue.

Keep an eye out for “shine” in grass and other vegetation

“Shine” is a bit hard to describe, but you’ll know it when you see it. Take a walk through a large area of grass and then look at the path you’ve made. You will see that it will shine a little brighter than the grass you didn’t touch. It’s especially easy to see this shine when you are walking through dull vegetation. If you spot it and you didn’t cause it, it could be a sign that animals are nearby.

If you want to try out these animal tracking tips, Lawrence Bay can set you up with a moose hunting adventure. You will have the time of your life when you’re out trying to track a moose down. Call us at 701-262-4560 to experience it for yourself!