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Winter trail – our photos

This information, first of all, will be of interest to novice hunters. If you can offer better and more informative images, as well as add photos of winter tracks of animals that are not in this article, publish them in the appropriate section of the photo gallery (specifying the name of the animal) and leave a link here. Detailed comments are welcome

Animal tracks in the snow, photos with names
Below you will find several photos of animal tracks in the snow, which users of the site added to the gallery section “Pathfinder” and schematic images of the tracks of a hare, wolf, Fox, bear, boar and other animals.

Trail of the moose
It is difficult for an experienced hunter to confuse the trail of an elk with the tracks of other animals. Of course, they are very similar to the hoof prints of cattle and some wild relatives of the elk, but they are much larger than them. The hooves of a male elk, even if of medium build, are always larger than the hooves of the largest domestic bull. In General, the elk is heavy, sinking deep into the loose snow, to the ground. The length of the step is usually about 80 cm. when walking at a trot, the step is wider – up to 150 cm, and when moving at a gallop, jumps can reach 3 meters. The width of the fingerprint excluding lateral fingers is about 10 cm in moose and 14 cm in bulls, and the length is 14 cm and 17 cm in females and males, respectively.

the tracks of elk in the winter

Photo of elk tracks in the snow added by the user Zh.a. V. 77. in 2017.

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The trail of the hare
Hares leave two long hind footprints in front and two shorter foreleg prints behind them. On the snow track length of the front legs about 8 cm with a width of 5 cm and a length back to 17 cm and a width of about 8 cm Due to its specificity, the traces of the oblique is not difficult to define how and in which direction. Hiding from the chase, the hare can make jumps up to 2 meters, and in a “calm environment” the jump length is about 1.2 – 1.7 meters.

hare tracks in the winter

Photo of hare tracks in the snow added by the user Lajchatnik in 2015.

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The trail of the Fox
Traces of a Fox allow an experienced hunter to determine the nature of its movement. The footprint of a Fox’s paw is usually about 6.5 cm long and 5 cm wide. The length of the step is from 30 to 40 cm. However, when hunting or leaving the pursuit, the Fox makes quite long (up to 3 m) jumps and throws forward, to the right or to the left – at right angles to the direction of movement.

footprints of a Fox in winter

A photo of a Fox’s footprints in the snow was added by a kubazoud user in 2016.

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Bear tracks
Brown bear tracks are easy enough to recognize among the tracks of other animals. This heavyweight (on average, his weight is about 350 kg) can not pass through the snow and mud unnoticed. The prints of the animal’s front paws are about 25 cm long, up to 17 cm wide, and the hind ones are about 25-30 cm long and about 15 cm wide.the Claws on the front paws are almost twice as long as on the hind ones.

bear tracks in winter

Photo of bear tracks in the snow added by user willi in 2016.

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Wolf tracks
Wolf tracks are very similar to the paw prints of large dogs. However, there are differences. The front fingers of the wolf are more extended forward and removed from the back by the width of a match, while in dogs, the fingers are gathered together and such a gap is no longer observed. Experienced hunters on the trail can distinguish what gait the animal moved at a pace, trot, gallop or quarry.

wolf tracks in winter

Photo of wolf tracks in the snow added by user Sibiriak in 2014.

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Traces of Wolverine
Wolverine tracks are difficult to confuse with someone else’s. The front and hind legs have five fingers. The length of the front paw print is about 10 cm, width 7-9 cm Rear foot slightly less. A horseshoe-shaped metacarpal callus and a carpal callus located directly behind it are often imprinted on the snow. The first shortest finger of the front and back paws may not be imprinted on the snow.

Wolverine tracks in winter

Photo of Wolverine tracks in the snow added by the user Tundrovik in 2014.

Traces of a wild boar
It is not difficult to distinguish the track of an adult boar from the tracks of other ungulates, because in addition to the footprint of the hoof itself on the snow or ground, there is a trace of stepson fingers located on the side. It is interesting that in young pigs in the first months of life, these fingers are not supporting, and therefore do not leave a trace.

traces of a wild boar in the winter

Photo of boar tracks in the snow added by user Hanter57 in 2014.

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The trail of the deer
You can judge the speed of a ROE deer’s trail by its footprint. During running and jumping, the hooves move apart and along with the front fingers, the side ones serve as a support. When the animal moves in a step, the print looks different.

ROE deer tracks in winter

Photo of ROE deer tracks in the snow added by user Albertovich in 2016.

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Lynx trail
The size of the footprint of the forelegs of adults is about 8 cm in length and the same in width, the hind legs are slightly smaller. The length of the measured step of the lynx is about 60 cm for males and 45 cm for females. The young have a shorter stride, but they follow their mother in single file, trying to get into the trail.

traces of lynx in the winter

Photo of lynx tracks in the snow added by user Sasha_27 in 2012.

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Sable trail
Sable tracks in the snow are usually not clear, and not every hunter can notice and recognize them. In size of the print, they are not inferior to Fox tracks, and when moving with a trehchetka (3), they resemble hare tracks in nature. In General, the animal moves with the characteristic step of all Kunya-two-chetka (1). On dense snow, the imprint can be from 7 to 10 cm long and up to 6 cm wide. At the same time, the average jump length is 45-75 cm. on loose snow, paired prints often merge into one hole (2) and the jump length is no more than 30 cm. However, when leaving the chase or hunting, the sable can make jumps up to 2 m.

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