PK Podcast 011: Andy Chadderton On Life As A Professional Deer Stalker

by Paul Kirtley

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Professional deer stalker Andy Chadderton out early looking for deer on the ground he stalks in the Scottish Highlands. Photo: Paul Kirtley

Andy Chadderton is a professional deer stalker and firearms instructor, based in Scotland, where he lives in a low key and relatively self sufficient manner.

Andy started shooting when he was a boy and has been a pistol and rifle instructor for decades. He’s also a qualified range conducting officer. Andy loves to help people shoot to their best ability.

As a deer stalker, Andy holds the Deer Stalking Certificate Level 1 and Level 2, as well as being an approved witness for others wishing to undertake assessment for DSC Level 2. Along with his colleagues, Andy also regularly teaches DSC Level 1 courses.

He is part of the small but highly experienced team at the Stalking School, which is located in the North East of Scotland.

I’ve known Andy for a number of years and we have always got along very well together. I like to visit Andy at least once per year, normally in October, after the River Spey canoe trips I do with clients.

So, it was that I was staying with Andy for a number of days and, during that time we sat down to record this podcast.

I was keen for him to explain what his work entailed, particularly for the benefit of a wider audience who aren’t so familiar with deer stalking, deer management or shooting in the UK.

Our conversation forms Episode 11 of the Paul Kirtley Podcast…

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Paul Kirtley is an award-winning professional bushcraft instructor. He is passionate about nature and wilderness travel. In addition to writing this blog Paul owns and runs Frontier Bushcraft, a wilderness bushcraft school, offering bushcraft courses and wilderness expeditions.


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Peter Lariviere

Hi Paul, while I have enjoyed all the podcasts to date, this last one with Andy Chadderton is your best. While I am no longer a hunter (I made a personal decision to stop hunting 35 years ago) I still see it as an important way of life and something that if done correctly and with respect is perfectly acceptable. Mr. Chadderton’s ability to articulate the benefits of harvesting wild animals was very refreshing to hear. I personally would like to hear more podcast interviews with individuals like Mr. Chadderton.
Thanks again


Paul Kirtley

Hi Peter,

Thanks for your comments about my podcasts in general and this one in particular. I’m glad to read you appreciated the conversation between Andy and I. Many thanks for listening and I’ll do my best to maintain the quality of guests and the conversations we have in future episodes.

Warm regards,



Gavin Henry

Agreed. Thought this was a really interesting insight as to what goes on.


Jim Watkins

Hi Paul
Mr Chadderton is a great interview, and as an American this podcast provides a fascinating education
of deer hunting in UK. I am glad responsible citizens in your country can enjoy the hunt. Firearms
safety discipline remains a must, especially in a highy populated area. With humor I guess we live on
an “estate”: deer are a nuisance in our garden if not fenced. Equally, deer hold congress with wild turkeys
in the front yard of homes in Republic, Washington. Finally, deer suffer terrible highway loss and
stumbling disease in America. Thank You!



Hi Paul,

Many thanks for sharing this podcast, it really was enjoyable and informative.

I do not eat animals nor use animal products, for ethical and health reasons, but I appreciate the need for culling deer as part of, shall we say, ‘eco-management’ and I regard shooting as one of the more humane methods. I do personally however disagree with so-called ‘trophy hunting’ – such as paying a thousand pounds for the privilege of shooting a stag – as it seems to me to conflict with what Andy Chadderton says about the highly selective and informed nature of culling, which actually mirrors the approach of our ancient ancestors in terms of taking enough to live whilst ensuring the ongoing health and survival of the ‘food source’.

Thanks to Mr. Chadderton and yourself for allaying any ethical concerns I may have had over deer culling; so long as everything is done in respect and necessity, all is well.


Paul Kirtley

Hi Tim,

Thanks for your well balanced and thoughtful comments. It’s good to have people such as yourself reading my articles and listening to the podcasts.

Warm regards,



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