Tom Brown, Jr.
Tom Brown, Jr. is an American naturalist, tracker, survivalist, and author of numerous works of fiction and field guides. Brown claims to have been instructed during his childhood by a Lipan Apache elder named Stalking Wolf, who he refers to as "Grandfather" in his writings. However, his writings do not resemble Apache traditions and there is no evidence "Stalking Wolf" ever existed.
Brown was born on January 29, 1950 in Toms River, New Jersey, and graduated from Toms River High School in 1968. In his books, Brown writes that from the age of seven he and his childhood friend Rick were trained in tracking and wilderness survival by Rick's grandfather Stalking Wolf, who had relocated to the Pine Barrens wilderness near Toms River to be closer to Rick's family. He died when Brown was 17, and Rick was killed in a horse riding accident in Europe shortly thereafter. 
Brown claims that he spent the next ten years living in different wilderness areas of the United States, working on his skills and using few manufactured tools to survive. Brown then returned to New Jersey and set out to find people who were interested in the abilities he had developed through first-hand experience with nature. He initially met with little success, but was eventually called on to locate a missing person. Building on this, Brown developed a profession as a full-time tracker by locating lost persons, dangerous animals and fugitives from the law. 
The Tracker School
Tom Brown's "Tracking, Nature and Wilderness Survival School" is located in New Jersey. Most classes offered by Tracker School are held in 'Primitive Camp' which is located in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. However, classes are also offered in California. The school teaches wilderness skills and emphasizes a natural way of living.
Students at the Tracker School begin with the 'Standard' or 'Philosophy 1' class, which serves as a foundation upon which to build more advanced skills. Standard class involves basic instruction in carving, building a primitive shelter, safe procurement and treatment of water, fire-making techniques including bowdrill, mouth-drill, and hand-drill, making cordage (rope) from natural materials, trap-building, flint-knapping, camouflage, stalking, tanning, cooking, plant studies, throwing stick handling, and awareness and tracking. Tracking is divided into two parts, pressure release studies and sign tracking.
Books & Articles
Brown has written 18 books to date. His first book The Tracker, in 1978, chronicled his coming of age under Stalking Wolf's tutelage. Reader's Digest printed a condensed version of the story and provided information about Brown's new Tracker School. Tom Brown's books are published by Penguin Books:
- The Tracker (1978, 1986), ISBN 978-0-42-510133-9
- The Search (1980, 2001), ISBN 978-0-42-518181-2
- Field Guide to Living With the Earth (1984), ISBN 0-425-09147-3
- Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants (1986), ISBN 978-0-42-510063-9
- Guide to City and Suburban Survival (1986), ISBN 978-0-42-509182-2
- Field Guide to Living with the Earth (1986), ISBN 978-0-42-509147-0
- Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking (1986), ISBN 978-0-42-509966-7
- Field Guide to the Forgotten Wilderness (1987), ISBN 978-0-42-509715-1
- Field Guide to Wilderness Survival (1987), ISBN 978-0-42-510572-6
- The Vision (1988), ISBN 978-0-42-510703-4
- Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children (1989), ISBN 978-0-42-511106-2
- The Quest (1991), ISBN 0-425-12660-9
- The Journey (1992), ISBN 0-425-13364-8
- Grandfather (1993, 2001), ISBN 978-0-42-518174-4
- Awakening Spirits (1994), ISBN 978-0-42-514140-3
- The Way of the Scout (1995), ISBN 0-425-14779-7
- The Science and Art of Tracking (1999), ISBN 978-0-42-515772-5
- Case Files of the Tracker (2003), ISBN 978-0-42-518755-5
Brown was a technical advisor for the film The Hunted in 2003.
An 'audio book' of Grandfather was produced in September 2007.
The Mother Earth News website provides these articles by Tom Brown, Jr.:
- Issue 71, Sep-Oct 1981: Wilderness Shelter
- Issue 72, Nov-Dec 1981: Finding Water
- Issue 73, Jan-Feb 1982: Fire Starting
- Issue 74, Mar-Apr 1982: Hunting & Traps
- Issue 75, May-Jun 1982: Edible Plants
- Issue 76, Jul-Aug 1982: Survival Cooking
- Issue 77, Sep-Oct 1982: Animal Tracking
- Issue 79, Jan-Feb 1983: Natural Cordage
- Issue 87, May-Jun 1984: Bow Making
- Issue 93, May-Jun 1985: Survival Skills
- Issue 95, Sep-Oct 1985: Advanced Shelters
- Extensive information on Tom Brown, Jr. is here: The Tracker Trail
- CBS News reports: 24 June 2005 6 December 2006
- Tom Brown Jr.'s school website: The Tracker School
- Publisher's webpage for: Tom Brown, Jr.'s Books