Your out in the scrub and you come across a well worn trail. (Also known as pads)
What does this tell you, well a lot in fact?
Most importantly is the type of animal and also some idea what numbers are moving through the area.
The type of animal, hopefully it’s what you are targeting, be it goat, pig or deer etc.
The added bonus with deer is also the rub trees and scrapes that you may encounter and with pigs could be a wallow.
Sometimes judging numbers can be hard as a well used track might only be a few animals but used once or twice daily, or could be a large mob coming through the area.
Knowing what the hoof or pad marks are to determine what the animals are will obviously help you in your plan of attack.
Having a trail covered in kangaroos or emu prints isn’t going to get you any game as you need some sign of your game animal along it somewhere to give you something to work on.
Stock will use the tracks as well so you need to determine what prints belong to what animals.
While they do use the same tracks, finding one that has enough evidence of your target species to put you onto them can be difficult, especially in areas where high animal numbers are encounted.
Most trails lead to an area for a reason, be it to water, food or a bedding area.
I have used well worn trails to walk onto game.
One property had some of the best used goat pads I have ever seen, mobs up to 30 odd goats could be found to be using the one pad day in day out.
Once we got ourselves familiar with the area we could wait and set up to ambush them, this was done when they were either coming onto the property or returning to next door.
Either way we were very successful.