PREVIOUS STUDENTS SAY ABOUT THE COURSE
I wanted to thank you all for coming down
and giving us more tools for the trade sort to speak. Your team gave us
all some valuable information in more ways than one. Your team did an
excellent job on training our team and this will help us in our efforts
in the research of these wonderful creatures of the forests.
I personally enjoyed every minute of the
class and being around such an experienced bunch of individuals that
know their stuff on many levels. This class has opened my eyes to
tracking as well as researching this subject with a better understanding
I like your thoughts on "first contact" and
want to employ that thought with our team as well. I don't believe
in exploiting these creatures. Man is doing that by taking away
their forests already.
I would encourage anyone that has not
taken a tracking class to contact the Enigma Research Group. Your team
is very impressive and your knowledge will go far with those that take
your class. I know the knowledge I have now is just the start of
it and I can't wait to catch the next class.
Thank you again for everything, your team ranks very highly with me.
I truly enjoyed the tracking class. It was
thorough, informative, and well done. The members of Enigma Research
Team worked to teach and encourage each of us to become successful
trackers. Finding each foot fall in many different types of terrain
seemed daunting at first, but as we gained confidence and experience,
the pace quickened and we began to predict where to look for the next
step. We were so completely involved in this undertaking that time
ceased to exist and we were surprised when we realized how much time had
passed. We gained enough knowledge to be somewhat disappointed by how
quickly we accomplished our night tracking assignment.
I found the class worth the time and money
invested. Honing my tracking skills will be an important objective and
great help as I continue field research.
Thanks again for a wonderful class.
Thanks so much for the tracking class it
was an eye opener. Even though I thought I was smart about seeing tracks
and identifying them, after taking the course and becoming track aware I
realize I was only fooling myself about it. Your course showed me
how ignorant I truly was in this aspect of researching or investigating.
Being an active Bigfoot investigator for some 5 years now I think anyone
going out in the woods to research or investigate sittings should take
this course. Otherwise you could be just wasting your time and missing
key signs unseen by the untrained eye that have been left behind.
I look forward to honing my new found skill and hope we will soon cross
This course was by far the most
educational outdoor activity I have ever been a part of. I have been in
the mountains in one form or another for over thirty years in
Yellowstone and Utah. Whether it was hiking, scouting, photographing,
exploring, camping, hunting, instructing, or guiding I thought I knew a
thing or two. I have always been fascinated with tracking. I think I
waited so long to actually take a tracking class because I was having so
much success with the knowledge I had gained from my experiences. With
my focused changed from hunting large game to researching Bigfoot I knew
I didnítí know much if anything at all about the subject. I wanted to
learn from the best and I wanted to learn how to track them. Through
their course and the knowledge they shared I was able to track a human
track line that was twenty four hours old and had gone through several
hours of heavy rain. That night I was able to track even older tracks
that had been rained on. I know this is only the beginning of something
totally awesome but I was given a very firm foundation. I also found out
how much I didnít know about tracking and there is so much more to
learn. I wish I would have been smart enough at a young age to have
taken a class like this. This old dog has been taught some new tricks. I
am now looking forward to learning more about the subject and I canít
get enough. Hats off to our instructors and my many thanks. I am very
grateful they took the time to come to Utah and show our team how to
track and be more aware of what is going on around us. They taught so
much more than just tracking. I also had tons of fun, met some great
people and hopefully made some lifelong friends.
I am a Desert Storm Veteran. I was honorably discharged
from the Navy after 9 years of active duty and I have been employed as a
Deputy Sheriff for the last 10 1/2 years. This is a short and basic
summary of my adult life. I recently took and completed a tracking
course titled Visual Tracking Course Level One, Introduction to Human
Tracking which covered learning how to track people (and animals in some
cases) out in the wilderness. The course was facilitated by C. Leigh
Culver and JT McAvoy.
I thought, being in Law Enforcement, this would be a
relevant area of expertise for me to try and assimilate. Leigh and JT
did an outstanding job teaching a group of people who had virtually no
background or experience at all in this area. They (Leigh and JT)
demonstrated an intimate knowledge of tracking in the wilderness,
incredible patience with their students and an unwavering attention to
detail. They also had no problem getting down in the dirt to help us
find sign and interpret what we were looking at. At 39 years old and
having been all over the world, I thought I knew a lot. Leigh and JT
really helped me to open my eyes and see things in my surroundings
out in the woods, that I would have walked right by previously. They
also helped me realize that in the world of the wilderness and nature, I
still have a lot to learn.
It was a very worthwhile and informative course and I
would strongly recommend it to anybody who spends or is considering
spending time outdoors, camping, fishing or what have you. It is also is
a very good course for anybody who works in Law Enforcement. I am
looking forward to taking the level 2 visual tracking course whenever it
I would have never dreamed that I
could learn so much in such a short time. Now that I have completed the
class, I can't imagine how I could continue doing research without these
skills. Not only did I learn a great deal, but I also had a great time
doing it! We were also lucky enough to be in an area of on going
Squatch activity and actually found a recent track line with our new
found skills. A track line that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. I
highly recommend this course.
This course is invaluable to anyone
that wants to really perfect their tracking skills be it man, animal or
bigfoot. The course will teach you two main things. One, don't doubt
your own abilities and two, you can track through anything if you have a
good team and patience. No one that spends time in the woods or trying
to track should miss this course. It will be the most intense training
you may have ever had. I know I'm a better researcher now because of it.
anyone who has never done any tracking, I would highly recommend this
tracking class. As a bigfoot researcher, I was unfamiliar with tracking
techniques but afterward I felt more competent to track. It's a good
thing as about a month later, after five years of research in one
location, I located a print in a fire ant mound. From there I was able
to track this creature through a swamp and found where it left markers
on the ground. In backtracking, I found evidence of footprints as well.
I felt confident in what I was finding due to what I learned in the
class. Besides gaining tracking knowledge, the classes are enjoyable and
I am so glad I didn't let this opportunity pass.
The most important thing I learned from this tracking
school was how much I had to learn! I went from being virtually blind
to what was in front of me to slowly seeing the light. Once you become
aware of it there's so much to see on the ground in front of you. How
did this happen? What did this? Why is this different? There's no
getting around it -- any creature with feet is going to make changes to
the most of the things it steps on as it walks through this world. Our
challenge is to learn how to see those changes, and this course is great
kick start to your learning how to see them.
I would like to express my gratitude for providing the members of BFRO
the opportunity to attend your training session "Mantracking" with a
special session on "Bigfoot Tracking" I was impressed with your team's
ability to provide such in-depth knowledge of tracking techniques. I
really enjoyed the "hands on" mantracking techniques which were
performed by the SE BFRO in both daylight and nighttime situations. We
learned a great deal in the proper use of tracking tools, sign
identification, and how to track in all types of terrain and
groundcovers. Most importantly, the SE BFRO Tracking Team learned how
to function efficiently and effectively as a team. Our team was provided
with many training aids including CDs to take home with us to continue
our training. This training is a great asset when investigating BF
activity in my region. I look forward to attending additional training
sessions when they become available. I would recommend Leigh Culver's
"Man Tracking" course to anyone who would like to track man or beast.
would like to extend my thanks for allowing me to participate in your
man-tracker course. I found the materials covered and the experience
gained to be invaluable to my current outdoor interests. I would
recommend this class to anyone who is interested in tracking man or animal,
or anyone who likes to spend time in the woods. The class has made me
much more aware of my surroundings and much more able to decipher events
that happened on the ground prior to my presence. I look forward to any
refresher courses or intermediate courses you may offer in the future.
would like to extend my thanks for having the privilege of attending
your course on man tracking. The material presented is pertinent to
anyone who spends any time in the outdoors and has served to make me
even more comfortable in an outdoor environment. The additional
information on survival, first aid, and navigation are essential to
anyone who goes off the beaten path. I was very impressed with the
course content and the quality and knowledge of the subject conveyed by
you and the other instructors.
would highly recommend this course to anyone. Being able to find, read
and follow a trail should be a basic skill to anyone who hunts, fishes,
backpacks, or just enjoys getting outside. Thank you again for the level
of instruction, the course materials for further at home study, and the
high level of professionalism of everyone involved.
was fortunate to have participated in your tracking class this past Fall
in North Georgia. Being a Forest Giant / Big Foot researcher, I found
the techniques you and Matt Pruitt taught to be extremely useful in
tracking in daylight and at night. The in-depth knowledge you and Matt
passed on to us in such a short amount of time was wonderful. Your
presentations, handouts and Ďhands-oní training made the class enjoyable
and informative. Your techniques taught us the proper use of tracking
tools, sign identification, and how to track in all types of terrain and
groundcovers. You placed people working together in groups and we
learned how to function efficiently and effectively as a team. I have
stressed to all of our board members and listeners on our web-based
radio program how necessary this class is if you are truly going to be a
field researcher. Using the skills you and Matt taught us allows
researchers to have people on a site within a short amount of time to
follow tracks and possibly get positive data on Forest Giants / Big
Foot. I look forward to attending additional training sessions when
they become available. I would recommend Leigh Culver's "Man Tracking"
course to anyone who wants to enhance their tracking skills and become a
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