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    deer slots and 'racks'

    On a recent DI course the word 'racks' was used to indicate deer paths.
    Of the 12 people present, quite a few very experienced, nobody had come across that word previously to indicate deer tracks or deer paths.
    So. Is this a typo in the DI Best Practice publications ('racks' should read 'tracks'?) or is it a Scottish term imported to us here in England?
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    No, this is correct, they are called racks.

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    Yes I've always called a well used track out of a wood or over a hedge/wall a "rack"

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    I also read in a glossary of an old stalking book and have heard other older members of the DMG refer to them as 'racks' through the woods so I now say the same,

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    Rack is also forestry term meaning a narrow path through trees, often by cutting a single or double line of trees out. This has possibly been picked up by deer managers and adapted for their meaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Hamburger View Post
    On a recent DI course the word 'racks' was used to indicate deer paths.
    Of the 12 people present, quite a few very experienced, nobody had come across that word previously to indicate deer tracks or deer paths.
    So. Is this a typo in the DI Best Practice publications ('racks' should read 'tracks'?) or is it a Scottish term imported to us here in England?
    The context I would expect to hear 'racks' in is forestry, as in extraction routes (racks) where the forwarder has been driven or a rack where a row of trees has been manually thinned. Or an inspection rack.

    Regards

    JCS
    Last edited by jcampbellsmith; 28-03-2014 at 15:13. Reason: added - Or an inspection rack.

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    Best racks I've ever seen are in hooters restaurants in the states.
    Last edited by weeman; 28-03-2014 at 13:35.

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    There is always one who has to lower the tone any photos?????????

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    I thought the term originated in the south west, particularly on respect of the gaps made by red deer.

    Novice

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