Tracking is the skill used to find animals and other wandering humans on the wilderness map, especially when hunting. It provides a passive chance to locate a trail as you travel, and you can actively search for tracks by pressing [Alt+T], or going through the [S]kills menu.
When standing over a track in the zoomed in map, you can find the direction of the tracks by using this skill. Sometimes the animal pursued will have walked in a circle, making it hard to determine the final direction. The older a track is, the more faded the track will seem.
The tracking task of the Living in the Wild course gives a boost to this skill.
Track freshness is represented as follows:
- Very fresh (animal is nearby)
- Quite fresh
- An hour old
- Some hours old
- Half a day old
- Day old
- Few days old
Tracking also seems to identify good fishing spots when standing in water or on a punt or raft, indicating that the water is still enough to see your own reflection or that something may be moving around underwater.