2. Find Aerial Spoor
This time of year, the spiders tell me volumes. In my neck of the woods, broken webs mean that someone or something has come down that trail within the past hour, maybe an hour and a half if it's cool weather. If the web is partially rebuilt, something broke it about two hours ago. If the web is complete, nothing went through that spot within the past three hours. We can also look for aerial spoor classics, like broken branches. Tracking should always include the observance of signs above the ground, and never just imprints and shapes in the soil.