“There is nothing that sharpens a man’s senses so acutely as to know that bitter and determined enemies are in pursuit of him night and day.”

– Fredrick Russell Burnham, “Scouting on Two Continents”, Doubleday, Page & Company,1926

TYR Group student conducting a Counter Tracker training exercise.
USAF student conducting a TYR Group Counter Tracker training exercise.


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The TYR Group Counter Tracking Level I Course is an intensive course that provides students the mindset and tools of an evader in a high threat situation. This Counter Tracking Course is the next evolution for those who have taken our Tactical Tracking course. Its primarily designed to provide students the critical knowledge and practical hands-on experience to trackers who are pursuing a subject who is actively attempting to evade apprehension. This course is beneficial for anyone who is a tracker, LEO, Military Service member or Security Contractor. This course is also beneficial for the frequent traveler to foreign unstable countries that pose a potential threat to U.S. citizens security.


The TYR Group Counter Tracking Level I Course provides hands-on tactical evasion experience to individuals and teams in a short period. This course is an intensive three-day course aimed to provide individuals and teams of the mindset and tools people employ to survive and evade in a high threat situation no matter the environment.

Most Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) training focuses on survival, resistance, escape subjects rather than evasion, this course fills this gap. Furthermore, Individuals who attend this course can expect to receive training on passive and aggressive Counter Tracking techniques. Moreover, students will learn and practice proper evasion mindset and terrain analysis intended to aid in an evasion and survival situation. Additionally, students will gain experience through the application of different Counter Tracking tactics and techniques that aid both tracker or an evader in a high threat situation and environment.

For this reason, your training evolves in a manner that starts at the individual skill level and gradually progresses to evading as a member of a team.

In addition to learning a valuable lifesaving survival skill, students who complete this course will be presented with a certificate of completion for this 24+ hour course.

Course Curriculum includes

  • Tracking and Counter Tracking Terminology
  • Tactics, Techniques, and Assets Employed by Trackers
  • Human Gait and Track Interpretation
  • Visual and Non-Visual Tracking Indicators
  • Evasion Mindset
  • Factors that Affect Sign
  • Principles used to Avoid Detection
  • Deception Techniques
  • Evasion Tactics
  • And much, much more.


Packing List

Since most of your time will be spent in field conditions we have compiled a basic list of equipment that you will need during the conduct of the course.

  • Serviceable Uniform/Clothing (seasonally appropriate)
  • Serviceable boots (broken in)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • GPS/ Lensatic Compass
  • Knife
  • Watch
  • Flashlight with colored lenses
  • Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK)
  • Assault Pack with a 3-liter Hydration System
  • Eye Protection
  • Wet weather gear (optional)
  • 30 feet of 550 cord
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Camouflage stick, compact or cream
  • Seasonally appropriate hat, underwear, and outerwear
  • Good quality insect repellent with Deet (optional)
  • Folding Chair (optional)
  • Seasonally appropriate equipment to remain overnight in field conditions.

**Additionally, you will need enough food and water for the entire time in the field.


Your primary instructor will be John Hurth, US Army Special Forces (Ret), and author of the “Combat Tracking Guide” published by Stackpole Books.

***** Department of State ITAR regulations requires our Tactical Training to be offered only to US Citizens and Legal Residents. *****

*** Additional course costs will be assessed based on mission requirements if TYR Group instructors need to travel to a hosting organizations location (Airfare, Lodging, etc.). ***


Overall this course is taught outdoors. Furthermore, we do not lecture or use power point presentations to conduct this course. In fact, students will be immersed in the training environment from the beginning of the course till the end. In addition, students who attend this course must be in good physical condition.

At the present time, there are only 10 slots are available. Therefore, sign up now to guarantee placement.


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