This is a belated post in response to Malik's invitation on the subject. Here we go: 1) Tracking is often described as following a path of change in the wilderness. Mostly, it's broken branches or snapped twigs. Is this the way trackers hunt a target? How can a tracker acertain these changes are not made by wild animals? 2) I just completed The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. In it, a group is tracking bandits. A woodsman tells Kvothe (the MC) that a man's passage will damage the stem of leaves (think of it as being similar to breaking branches, but still attached to the branch). If there are different layers of coloration on a branch, that means a person has used the same path often. What are you thoughts on this observation? Again, how can the tracker know a wild boar isn't using this same path? 3) How much of tracking is guesswork? I can imagine a person running into a bit of fortune that throws off a pursuer. A stream, a road, an plain of grass, or even crossing paths with another party of travelers. Wouldn't this result in the tracker making his best guess? 4) Can a tracker really determine the sex/age/weight/injuries of a person by the footprints they leave? 5) What steps can you take to throw off a tracker? 6) Isn't the tracker at a disadvantage fromt he begining? Doesn't it take more time for the tracker to look for evidence of a target, thus making the distance between pursuer and prey larger and larger? 7) How effecient is it to track a person in an urban setting? What are the different things a tracker will use to pursue his prey? I know this is an open question. Let's give some examples. A city at night. A ruined city in the day. A large foreign trading city at any time (assume the city never sleeps).