David Scott-Donelan

David Scott-Donelan sitting with a book

David Scott-Donelan

David Scott-Donelan is regarded as one of the world’s most effective and capable tracking instructors, sharing knowledge and experience gained over nearly a 50-year period.

Serving in the Rhodesian Army in 1968, David received formal tracking training from the Rhodesian Army Tracker Combat Unit (TCU).

During the Bush Wars, David’s 27 years of military 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.

Since leaving military service David - also known to many as "DSD" - has accumulated 20 years of tracking training. Over this time David has provided training for well over 5,000 students, military, police, and civilians.

DSD's students around the world, from North America to Australia, have achieved great success in applying their tracking skills in real-world situations.

Tactical Tracking Operations by David Scott-DonelanDavid Scott-Donelan is the author of the best selling book, “Tactical Tracking Operations – the Essential Guide for Police and Military Trackers", published by Paladin Press.

David serves as a Subject Matter Expert on Combat Tracking for the United States Marine Corps, and he was the driving force and creator of the US Army Combat Tracking School at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

In addition to teaching tracking through The Scott-Donelan Tracking School, David is an Adjunct Professor, teaching tracking for Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU), and a regular lecturer at the US Army Command and General Staff College.

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.

David is a visiting instructor at Frontier Bushcraft. We are honoured to be able to help bring DSD's insight, knowledge and skill to a wider audience via the Level 1 Tracking Course and Level 2 Tracking Course.