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The Tracker epub

ISBN: 0425042227

ISBN13: 978-0425042229

Author: Tom Brown

Category: Memoris

Subcategory: Memoirs

Language: English

Publisher: Berkley (November 1, 1979)

ePUB book: 1921 kb

FB2 book: 1627 kb

Rating: 4.4

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Brown is a tracker, a practitioner of a skill that faded away with the frontier in this country.

Brown is a tracker, a practitioner of a skill that faded away with the frontier in this country. He stalks men and animals, mostly in the remote Pine Barrens of New Jersey but also as far afield as the Virgin Islands and Wyoming. Tom Brown, Jr. began to learn hunting and tracking at the age of eight under the tutelage of an Apache elder, medicine man, and scout in Toms River, New Jersey, and is the author of 16 books on nature. In 1978, Tom founded the Tracker School in the New Jersey Pine Barrens where he offers more than 25 classes about wilderness survival and environmental protection.

Tom Brown, Jr. is an American naturalist, wilderness tracker and the author of numerous books, including a series of Field Guides

Tom Brown, Jr. is an American naturalist, wilderness tracker and the author of numerous books, including a series of Field Guides. Brown attributes his tracking skills and his spiritual philosophy to the teachings of a Lipan Apache elder named Stalking Wolf, who instructed Brown during his childhood. Brown refers to Stalking Wolf as "Grandfather" in his writings.

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Tom Brown, Jr is America's most acclaimed outdoorsman, and a renowned tracker, teacher, and author. He wrote about his experiences in a book titled The Tracker, which was published in 1978. When Tom was only seven, Stalking Wolf (Grandfather), an Apache elder, shaman and scout, began coyote teaching Tom in the skills of tracking, wilderness survival, and awareness. Soon after, Reader's Digest ran a condensed version of Tom's story and included information on the Tracker School. That was almost thirty years ago, and today Tom Brown J. s Tracker School is the largest of its kind, teaching people from all over the world and from all walks of life.

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There is no greater tracker in America than Tom Brown. His hunting expertise, and his call to find harmony in nature, have been chronicled in several of his books including The Tracker and Awakening Spirits

There is no greater tracker in America than Tom Brown  . His hunting expertise, and his call to find harmony in nature, have been chronicled in several of his books including The Tracker and Awakening Spirits. Now, in Case Files of the Tracker, Tom Brown reveals sixteen of his adventures for the first time, including: · A desperate race to reach a diabetic child before he suffers from insulin shock. The treacherous struggle to capture an armed convict that left Tom with a bullet in his back. His Tracking Team’s pursuit of a tiger on the loose in the wilds of New Jersey.

Focuses on a twentieth-century frontiersman initiated into the secrets of the trail by an old Apache tracker, recounting his tracking adventures in New Jersey's Pine Barrens, the Grand Tetons, the Dakota Badlands, the Grand Canyon, and Death Valley
Some reviewers have been critical or skeptical of this book and/or it's author. My latest purchase of this book was as a gift, for a young relative who's going thru training for position as a Game Warden. My own copy was purchased many years ago, after learning of it thru other boys in my sons' Boy Scout troop at the time. There were no reviews by others that biased my view or appreciation of it at that time.

I read the book thru cover-to-cover, and learned many things - about 'how to track', basic wilderness survival considerations and methods ...and about life from 'different perspectives.' Whatever criticisms some reviewers recorded in Amazon many years later, I didn't experience or consider them worth remembering. Some of the 'promotional wording' on the cover really doesn't relate to what I got out of the book. This is just too good - as instruction, as appreciation, and even just basic enjoyment.

One of the most significant 'lessons' was what he described as Stalking Wolf's (Grandfather's) primary (or only?) teaching method. Unlike many "how to" books (like the typical Boy Scout Manual of the time), Grandfather never 'told them' to "do this or do that" in response to some situation. What he did (entirely, it seems, from my memory of reading it long ago) was to ask questions ...which provoked the boys to use their powers of observation and thinking processes to learn for themselves about the situations he placed them in, or pointed them toward.

If someone is interested in learning about basics of tracking and/or wilderness survival, I don't think this is a resource they should overlook ...unless they're already very advanced from other 'hands on' training (maybe Special Forces or Ranger training? I never experienced those myself, so can't compare it).
Tom Brown fascinates me. He grew up in the sparsely populated Pine Barrens region of southern New Jersey. When he was eight years old, he met Rick in the woods, and the two boys became the best of friends. Rick's father was stationed at a nearby base, and his grandfather was Stalking Wolf, an old Apache tracker. The Tracker was the first of Tom's many books, and it introduced us to the amazing world that he was blessed to experience.

Stalking Wolf was one of the last Apaches to be trained in the old ways, by elders who were still wild and free. The wilderness was his home, church, and school. He could follow tracks on a dark night -- by blind touch. He could perceive the trail of a mouse across dry gravel. His stalking skills allowed him to sneak up on deer and touch them, an ability that some modern hunters no longer have. He earned his name by touching a wolf, a nearly impossible feat. He could read the patterns of the land -- the smells, the snapping twigs, the alarm calls of animals, or the sudden silence of the bird music. He was completely in tune with the land, both physically and spiritually.

Stalking Wolf taught Tom and Rick for eight years. "He taught us to make use of everything, to live with the least disruption of the earth, to revere what we took from the woods, to master our fear, to hone our special skills sharper and sharper, to expand our senses and our awareness, to live in the space of the moment and to understand eternity." The boys learned tracking, stalking, awareness, self-control, survival skills, and spiritual consciousness. They spent all their free time outdoors, studying nature, and practicing their skills. They rarely saw their parents on weekends or summer vacations.

Tom became completely at home in the wilderness. He could go into the woods, naked and empty handed, and spend the whole summer living off the land -- confidently, comfortably, fearlessly, and joyfully. He could catch a deer and kill it with a knife. Often he would wander far beyond familiar places, and not be sure where he was, but being "lost" was never a cause for fear or panic. "Everything I could want was immediately at hand. If I was lost, I seemed better off than a lot of people who weren't. I was always at home, wherever I was. Only when I came out of the forest did I find out how easy it is to get lost."

Stalking Wolf taught the boys that there were no greater or lesser spirits. The spirit of an ant had no less significance than that of a bear or a brother. He loathed all aspects of the civilized world, and he avoided contact with it, to the best of his ability. Despite what white people had done to his land and his people, he did not hate them, because they were lost, unhappy, and didn't know any better. But he did hate their way of thinking and living -- "they killed their grandchildren to feed their children."

The boys absorbed his love for the land and the wild ones who lived there. Like Stalking Wolf, they could not comprehend the mentality of people who brought in bulldozers, or dumped their trash, or drove through the woods. Outsiders were like space aliens, displaying no respect for the place. "True lostness is when you have forgotten the spiritual center of your life, when your values have gotten so warped with time that you do not remember what is truly important."

One day, Tom discovered a number of dead deer in the woods. Their shoulders and hindquarters had been removed, and everything else was left on the ground to rot. New York restaurants would pay good money for prime cuts of fresh venison. Tom was horrified. He followed the tire tracks to an old cabin, and found the four poachers. In a blind rage that he barely remembered, he attacked them, beat them up, bent or smashed their guns, destroyed the cabin, and burned their truck. He took bold action to defend the land. "The woods were my life and still are."

The Tracker is a treasure. It reminds me of my boyhood years, when we spent our days in the woods and fields, swamps and lakes, in a beautiful rural countryside that has since been erased by a cancer of strip plazas and McMansions. I developed a strong bond with nature. Only later in life did I realize that most folks never had this experience. So many grow up in manmade environments, and many of them never experience anything else. Tom's bond with nature went far deeper than my own, because he was lucky to find a wise elder to guide him. I grew up in a community of General Motors factory rats.

Despite being raised in consumer society, and despite submitting to a public school education, Tom was able to remain detached from the civilized mindset and follow a healthier path. It wasn't easy. He had to straddle two totally different realities. He was routinely mocked and ridiculed for displaying his intense respect for nature and spirit, for not going to college, for not pursuing a corporate career. The civilized crowd could not comprehend what he valued and loved, because they had no spiritual connection to life.

When we envision a healthy, sustainable future, it's going to be a world where people have remembered how to live with the land and the community of life. Throughout his journey, Stalking Wolf was frustrated by the difficulty of finding people to teach. Almost no one was interested in learning the old ways, because this knowledge had no value in the modern world. His elders encouraged him to keep trying: "The things of truth and spirit will never pass away. Our ways will not die. In the final days, man will seek again the things that we know." Tom established a wilderness school, and he has spent his adult life teaching the old ways to eager students. The story continues.

Richard Adrian Reese
Author of What Is Sustainable
The Tracker is an easy read, thanks to both the author's succinct writing style and the fascinating content. It's the true story of Tom Brown's training from an Apache elder in the ways of wilderness survival, tracking and connectedness with nature. It's told like a series of short stories, each one focusing on one aspect of his training, involving some major incident or adventure, and ultimately the lesson he learns. For example, one chapter he chronicles his suspenseful escape from a pack of wild dogs, who he hates at first but eventually learns they are 'guardians', important members of the forest that protect it from human encroachment.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in naturalism, wilderness survival, native American knowledge or the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
Absolutely great book. His best! I became much better at tracking and in the Outdoors. You will have to do it to understand. Just reading is not going to teach you to understand many of the things he tries to tell you. I knew things I never described until he talked about them. To be your best at tracking, Hunting, the Outdoors you must make a transition into the spirit of being in the wild. That can only be done by going out and doing it.
One of my favorite books. Enjoyable and an easy read and very inspiring. Lead me to take some of his classes and learn some of the basics of tracking and wilderness survival, but even without that urge, this is a fun book to read. My mom even liked it and she's never even been camping.
This book changed my life for the better. Reverence, new found respect, and a clearer vision for the Flora and Fauna of our beautiful forests and wild places. I hold all of Tom Brown Jr's books very close and recommend them to everyone who is searching for life's meaning, or simply want to spend time in the woods. This book is the starting off point for any of his works. A must read!