“There is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter.”

– Ernest Hemingway, “On the Blue Water,” Esquire, Apr. 1936

Rural Pursuit Students react to contact after closing the distance tracking up to their subject.
Students attending TYR Groups Rural Pursuit Course react to contact after tracking and closing the distance on their subject.


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The 5-Day Rural Pursuit/Tactical Medicine Course is a collaboration between TYR Group and Lone Star Medics. This course combines the essentials skills of Visual Tracking, Tactical Tracking Techniques, Small Unit Tactics and Tactical Medicine to prepare students to hunt down dangerous individuals in high-risk rural pursuit operations.

Students who attend the course will operate tactically, both individually and as a member of a team, no matter the environment. Our students learn critical tactical and medical knowledge, develop proper mindset and gain valuable experience through practical hands-on training.

Individuals and organizations tasked with pursuing dangerous subjects will find this training extremely valuable. Not only does this course fill gaps created from over-reliance on scent trailing canines and technology but also offers critical Tactical Casualty Care.

In this course, our Instructor teaches individual skills then adds aggressive team level Tactics to support larger Pursuit Operations. This course is taught completely outdoors. We do not lecture, or use power point presentations, but train our students by immersing them in the operational environment from beginning to end. We also mentor and evaluate our students throughout the training.

The “human advantage” are who the students become. They are assets that provide a more well-rounded pursuit capability. In addition, instructors teach students critical life-saving skills who are exposed to the latest medical equipment.

Course Curriculum Includes

Rural Pursuit Tasks

  • Glossary of Terms
  • Basic Visual Tracking Techniques
  • Human Gait and Evidence Analysis and Interpretation
  • Visual and Non-Visual Indicators
  • Factors that affect the Track Line
  • Track Pursuit Drill
  • Mission of the Tracker
  • Duties and Responsibilities within the Tactical Tracking patrol
  • Tactical Tracking Movement Formations and Techniques
  • Employment of Lost Track Drills to reacquire the track line
  • Tactical Tracking Immediate Action Drills
  • Detection of Booby traps
  • Incident site exploitation
  • Planning and Conduct of Pursuit Operations


Tactical Medicine Tasks

  • Principles of tactical medicine; as they pertain to operations conducted in rural operations
  • Medical pre-mission planning for rural operations
  • Patient drags and carries (short and long distances)
  • Rapid trauma assessment
  • Identify and treat immediate life-threatening injuries
  • Identify and treat non-immediate life-threatening injuries related to rural pursuits
  • Establishing casualty collection points
  • Evacuation considerations and capabilities
  • Coordinating with additional resources or support elements


In addition, students are exposed to

  • Terrain Analysis and Exploitation
  • Patrolling Techniques and Principles of Patrolling
  • Map Reading and Land Navigation
  • Use of Camouflage
  • Tactical Mindset

Packing List

Students are under field conditions, so we have prepared a basic list of equipment that students will need during the course.

  • Serviceable Uniform/Clothing (seasonally appropriate)
  • Broken in serviceable boots
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • GPS/ Lensatic Compass
  • Knife
  • Watch
  • Flashlight with colored lenses
  • Load Bearing Equipment
  • Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK)
  • Individual Rifle (Empty Magazine – NO AMMUNITION)
  • Rifle Magazines
  • 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.

***** Only US Citizens and Legal Residents are permitted to receive our Tactical Training in accordance with Department of State ITAR regulations. *****

*** 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.). ***


Students who attend this course must be in good physical condition.

There are only 10 slots are available. Therefore, sign up now to guarantee placement.


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