Most folks have no clue where to begin or even what to look for. Contrary to popular belief, tracking in the suburbs or town is next to impossible if you ain't hunting "Hansel and Gretel", targets don't generally leave breadcrumbs behind. Unless their vehicle is leaking something or has some type of mechanical issue causing the tires to leave marks, you ain't finding them without the use of technology of some type, period. So, this is about the wilderness. Here are a few signs to look for when either hunting food, or chasing fleeing enemies. First off, footprints. We ALL know how to follow those. Down side is, it's only a matter of time before the wind blows leaves, grass, or dirt over them hiding them beneath dead foliage. OR, your target crosses a stream, or worse yet, moves up or downstream in the water. So footprints will only get you so far. There are other tiny little signs that will show you which direction your target went. They aren't fool proof, but, you WILL be following SOMETHING. Snapped limbs, twigs, or sticks. Whether in the tree/bush/weeds or on the ground itself, they ALWAYS lead the way. Learning what a freshly broken stick looks like compared to one broken a few days ago is half the battle. An older break will be somewhat darker in color than a fresh break. It will also have dirt/dust/mud/debris/etc. on the break as to where a fresh one would not. Look for broken or bent limbs and branches on trees, shrubs, and bushes. Rocks and pebbles are a dead give away. If you see a tiny little indentation in the dirt/dead leaves, odds are good that a small pebble that used to sit there is now lodged in the tread of your target's boot. Odds are good that you will find it in some weird, out of place location further ahead. Leaves, both on the ground or on the branch are probably the most obvious clues that you are heading in the right direction. Leaves on the ground can be blown around by the wind, however, it takes a pretty good puff to move last year's leaf collection. Even on a hot summer day, leaves on the ground will be darker in color and somewhat moist on the ground sides. Especially that second layer and below. If you begin to notice even one leaf every 20 feet or so flipped, you got a flight path. Live leaves still on the bush. A tell tale sign, and a more recent one at that. Y'all ever notice that within an hour or so before it rains, the leaves flip upside down? Same in thick bush when something brushes against them. When running through thick bush, any branches pushed out of the way will cause the leaves to flip. Without rain on the horizon, it only takes a few minutes for the leaves to flip back right side up. You start seeing a line of flipped leaves, you know something tore ass through there within the last five minutes or so. Weeds/tall grass. They point in the direction your target traveled in. The feet steps on them and they generally fall forward. Takes a blade of grass roughly an hour to stand back up. Yes, I've spent to much of my life on the forest floor, lol. This leaves me to the last small tip of the day. And it's a good one that MOST trackers overlook. It's almost invisible yet is so obvious, even a dummy can't miss it. COBWEBS. Yep, spiders. Those evil little 8 legged creatures WILL be your demise if you are the one being tracked. I know, I know, "Stop bantering Scout and tell me friggin how!" Well, if you don't know the answer by now, you haven't spent enough time in the boonies to even begin to plan a bug-out route through the woods, you best be practicing more while you can. Take a walk through the woods, then come back the exact way and you'll have your answer. COBWEBS WILL KILL YOU. I'll go ahead and tell you how because some folks who want to live are simply too far from the woods, or, too busy with life to get the opportunity to find out for themselves. "Come on Scout, spit it out already!" Ok, ok, you ready? This is going to be hard to understand, so keep up, here goes..... If you are walking through the woods and you are swatting, waving, or wiping cobwebs out of your face, you going the wrong damn way. Your target did NOT run through here in the last 30 minutes or so, period. Any cobwebs tore down will generally be replaced by the engineering spiders within minutes of destruction. Spiders gotta eat too, it's like reloading your weapon once the ammo is depleted. Spiders are, for the most part, nocturnal. They work at night. You see a trail of spiders respawning webs during the day, you gots a trail. That being said, small game or crawling snipers won't destroy webs above about waist high, so, watch the lower levels of limbs and branches much closer than the waist/chest/face levels. Well, these are the simplest of tips I can muster. There are MANY more, but, most are complicated. I'll let some of the hunters here add those if they choose. But, these should get you started. Hope it helps, Scout out!