The Tracking Stick, as well for Man tracking as for animal tracking, introduced in a sort of “official way” by Jack Kearney, is no doubt a valuable tool for the Tracker to determine the Rob Speiden so-called Prime Sign Area (Foundations for Awareness, Signcutting and Tracking) where you can easily find the next track once detected the stride of the missing person (or quarry).
The Tracking stick can be very helpful (especially in relocating the track) even if its use can involve a bit of your time and your efforts due to the placement and the detection of the right measurements. Not to mention when your missing person or quarry had suddenly changed his/her gait. In this particular case, you have to detect again the brand new stride and the place the tracking stick again, taking new measurements and come along with that.
Personally, I infrequently use it, but I’m working on a personal project which I will show you in the next post.