Shaman, count your blessings. Over the last two years, My best hunting buddy lost his job, and once he found a new one his hours no longer allow us to hunt together. He had the truck. Other plans had to be made, and I have been trying to get my own vehicle, but that will be for next season, not this season. I have found another hunting partner, only he is very unreliable, forgets hunts, shows up late, and in the last two years, I think I have been able to get out to hunt only half a dozen times, and two of those were for squirrel. I'm seriously in need of some hunting! I will try again to get out Friday (unless something else goes wrong, ) for the first time this year for archery. But it will need to be a solo hunt, because I can't find a reliable hunter to share my hunting land with.
My Son is in his first year of College, and way too busy, My best friend is not a hunter, and the hunters I would trust on my land are on this board, and too far away. So count your blessings....I'm trying to count mine.
The only real difference between a good tracker and a bad tracker is observation. All the same data is present for both. The rest is understanding what you are seeing.