Bukmastr wrote:When I was a boy, I remember my Dad walking in the woods with me and stopping to pick up candy wrappers and soda cans left by others. He was a man of few words and lead more by example than words. He did not say anything about the people who left the occasional piece of garbage, and neither did I. Although no words were spoken, it had an impact on me as a kid that regardless of who threw it there or whether or whether not it was accidently dropped, it was all of our responsability to keep the woods clean.
Now, many years later, I still try to leave the woods a better place when I leave, than when I entered... This goes much farther than garbage too... I don't cut down shooting highways, I don't target practice on signs, or non-game animals... I simply apreciate the woods and its animals, and try to lead by example...
How about you?
I carry a kitchen trash bag in my pack so I don't polute my pack, and yes, I clean up as I leave. That is something learned in the Boy Scouts. I pay strick attention to shot shell casing, as they tell a story. I can tell from them what has been hunted here and there, squirrels? small game? DEER SLUGS! Lots of deer slugs, old and new (hot spot) Trash, but no shells? (dead apot) Besides cleaning up the trash because it is right to do so, why leave these clues for someone else to find? Deer aren't the only ones who leave a trail in the woods.
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.