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Whatever you’re hunting, a basic understanding of an animal’s characteristics will help you develop an effective strategy for identifying and tracking it.

Animals can be identified by four basic characteristics.

Birds over marshland

Distinctive Markings: The shaggy brown fur and whitish neck and mane of a caribou, the white wings and feathered toes of a ptarmigan

Sounds: The bellows, croaks, and barks of a male moose; the grunts and long moans of a female moose

Movement: The grace of a Dall’s sheep or a mountain goat on steep, treacherous terrain

Group Behavior: Flock patterns, such as the familiar V shape of certain migratory birds; various types of herd behavior

Further study will help you learn other ways to identify and understand your quarry, including signs the animal leaves, camouflage capability, and behavior.