Andy Chadderton is a professional deer stalker and firearms instructor based in the highlands of Scotland. He joined me on Episode 11 of the Paul Kirtley Podcast and returns today for a conversation based on questions submitted by listeners via my Facbeook page.
In the course of this discussion we touch on a diverse range of topics, including advice for those who want to start deer stalking, thoughts on rewilding and the need for more integrated approaches to land management and nature conservation, discussions around the ethics of hunting deer, open seasons for different deer species and gun laws, the effect of social media on outdoor activities, including deer stalking, as well as some specific technical advice on rifle scopes for deer hunting.
Our conversation forms Episode 25 of the Paul Kirtley Podcast…
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The conversation Andy and I had in this podcast was based on questions submitted via my Facebook page. These included…
- What would be a good first step for someone interested in becoming a deer stalker? I have only used air rifles and have no experience with firearms.
- Does Andy believe that a year round season should extend to any other species than Muntjac? And if so, why?
- Please could we have a bit of chat on rifle scopes for deerhunting, simplifying them a bit would be good if that is possible! I am about to get a new one ( I shoot red deer with a .308 calibre) and it is a bit of a mine field. I know you get what you pay for but knowing a little more about the actual optical side/numbers etc would be good . Thanks.
- What would he change about his chosen career to improve it if he could? What does he make of the constantly changing gun laws and does leaving the EU affect anything?
- Outdoor life seems to be increasing nowdays, with the social networks and new tecnologies to share photos and videos of the trips and aventures. Does this has a negative impact on nature somehow?
- It would be great if you could ask him his opinion on re-wilding and the future of land management in wild places.
- Similar to the rewilding but specifically his view on the introduction of wolves to the wild?
- Paul and Andy, for those of us across the pond, a bit of an explanation on what a deer stalker is would be helpful. I had to research it a bit as I don’t think we really have a parallel position here, at least not one commonly held.
- Are things the same or worse for deer at the moment with all the mild weather. Too many and too little food?
- Are military weapons instructor (small arms) qualifications transferable across the the civilian sector?
- Do you think killing animals with a gun is right if you haven’t fought one to the death first?
The transcript is coming soon…. the typing pool are working flat out.
Links For This Podcast
Trijicon AccuPoint Scopes
Swarovski Optik rifle scopes
Schmidt & Bender
British Deer Society
Forest Hunter Course
Report For The Board of The National Trust For Scotland Into The Management of Deer, Woodland and Moorland At Mar Lodge Estate
Connect with Andy
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