Forensic Institute for Research and Education


Upcoming Events:


Basic Mantracking I

November 7-9, 2014

Friday, Nov. 7: 12 pm - 5 pm

Saturday, Nov. 8: 8 am - 5 pm

Sunday, Nov. 9: 8 am - 4 pm

Near LaVergne, TN

Cost: $150

On Friday the class will meet at the multi-purpose building of the LaVergne Police Department, located at 5093 Murfreesboro Road, for a classroom presentation before traveling to the outdoor site approximately 2 miles away.                     

Registration is limited to 30 participants, open to the public, and perfect for those interested in law enforcement, search and rescue, hunting, and outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. Prereigstration is required.

This course focuses on the fundamentals necessary to track humans in nature, and is followed by Basic Mantracking II and III—with increasing levels of difficulty. Basic Mantracking I will specifically train the participant to recognize sign, differentiate human sign from animal activity, and cut for sign. Intermediate Mantracking I and II, and Advanced Mantracking will follow the basic course series offering participants the opportunity to become more proficient tracking in varying types of environments and conditions (deciduous and coniferous, heavy vegetation, short grass, night tracking). During the Basic Mantracking I course, participants will learn to recognize and use subtle changes in the environment necessary to successfully track lost or missing individuals.                     

Lead course instructors include Hugh Berryman and Levi Montgomery, who have national and international experience teaching mantracking to law enforcement and members of the military, and tracking instructors primarily from law enforcement backgrounds. The course will begin with a brief lecture providing an overview of visual mantracking followed by exercises in sign recognition. Most of the time spent in this course will involve intense hands-on experience tracking in various natural environments. At the end of this 3-day course, participants should possess the initial skills needed to track a human and the foundation upon which to build tracking expertise. After this course, you will never look at the ground the same way will read it.                     

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