David Scott-Donelan Joins Forces With Frontier Bushcraft

by Paul Kirtley

David Scott-Donelan sitting with a book

David Scott-Donelan

We are excited to announce Frontier Bushcraft has joined forces with The Scott-Donelan Tracking School to offer a range of tracking training solutions in the UK. David Scott-Donelan - or "DSD" as he is commonly referred to - is regarded as one of the world’s most effective and capable tracking instructors. First exposed to tracking as a Boy Scout, his growing interest in the skill ignited a passion that became a lifelong pursuit. Serving in the Rhodesian Army in 1968, David received formal training from Allan Savory, Commanding Officer of the Rhodesian Army Tracker Combat Unit (TCU). The TCU had the unique mission of locating and following the tracks and sign of Russian or Chinese Communist-trained insurgents, who would infiltrate Rhodesia to attack and then hastily retreat back into Zambia and Mozambique. In 1980 Scott-Donelan left Rhodesia in order to fill a billet as a Group Commander in the South African Special Forces. It was there that African and Bushman trackers, under his command, were again used to successfully follow Cuban supported terrorists that were infiltrating into South West Africa (SWA) from Angola. Overall, DSD’s 27 years service included tours with the Rhodesian Special Air Service, Rhodesia Regiment, Tracker Combat Unit, British South African Police Reserve, Rhodesian Light Infantry, Selous Scouts, South African Special Forces and South West Africa Territorial Force. In 1988 David emigrated to the United States, where he now resides and the Scott-Donelan Tracking School is based. Tactical Tracking Operations by David Scott-DonelanDavid has provided training for well over 5,000 students, military, police, and civilians over the past 16 years. He is the author of the best selling book, “Tactical Tracking Operations – the Essential Guide for Police and Military Trackers", published by Paladin Press. David has served as an Expert Witness for the US Federal Court System, as a Subject Matter Expert on Combat Tracking for the US Marine Corps Combat Hunter Project, and was the driving force and creator of the US Army Combat Tracking School at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. DSD's students around the world, from North America to Australia, have achieved great success in applying their tracking skills in real-world situations.

DSD in the UK

DSD visited us in May 2013 to deliver tracking training for a small group of invited participants, including members of the Frontier Bushcraft team. A number of us in the group have been tracking for over a decade and several of us have taught tracking courses to civilians, military, police and SAR groups. We were all impressed with the value and insight David was able to deliver during his week with us. Not only is David an excellent tracker with a skill level we should all aspire to, he has a relaxed and natural teaching manner which brings out the best in a student.
David Scott-Donelan with members of the Frontier Bushcraft team

DSD with members of the Frontier Bushcraft team, May 2013. Photo: Paul Kirtley.

David is a rare beast - a tracking instructor who has actually used his skills for real, in situations where his life has depended on it. We are delighted and honoured to be able to help bring DSD's insight, knowledge and skill to a wider audience. Please keep an eye on the Frontier Bushcraft website for further details of the various programmes that will be offered. If you are interested in private courses - particularly police or SAR groups - then please contact us at info@frontierbushcraft.com
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Paul Kirtley is owner and Chief Instructor of Frontier Bushcraft. He has had a lifelong passion for the great outdoors and gains great satisfaction from helping others enjoy it too. Paul writes the UK's leading bushcraft blog as well as for various publications including Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine.


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Hey Paul,

Wow, an amazing development! You cant better this card that’s for sure –
a fellow Rhodie delivering a vital skill! And not only does “DSD” have Rhodie heritage, but he has history with the well-revered and respected “green and whites” (Rhodie flag colours) of the RSAS, RLI (the “troopie” remains my childhood hero!), BSAP etc (wont get onto the political issues tho, lol). As the saying and song goes…”Rhodesians never die” :)). Wud love to meet DSD, tho prob unlikely. Best wishes with this new venture.


Paul Kirtley

Hi Craig,

I’m glad this has pleased you. David will be over here again delivering courses so there is a good chance you could meet him on one of these…

Warm regards,






Paul Kirtley

Indeed. 🙂


ivor mundia

hi there, i am in windhoek , namibia, David Scot Donelan was my company commander, A coy at nukwa and bukalo bases caprivi in 1985 . how is the man now


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