Posts by Linda Mellor

I am a Pro-photographer and writer, I specialise in the Outdoors and Country Sports sectors. I am based in Fife, Scotland and travel around the UK.

Boxair won’t roast your nuts this Christmas!

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Guys, and girls if you are buying for your man, have you considered the health benefits when choosing underwear? The right sort of underwear could act as a natural male fertility aid and promote sperm health.

A 2012/2013 study of 2,500 men, the biggest of its kind in the UK, revealed the single biggest risk to men’s fertility was the tightness of their pants. Tight fitting underwear increases heat around the testicles, and heat impacts on the body’s ability to make sperm.

 “The theory is that with a cooler environment, the testicles can work effectively to produce sperm.” said Professor Allan Pacey, MBE, a male fertility expert at Sheffield University.

Hillman have launched a hunting underwear range Boxair® developed by professional athletes and designed for hunters. Made from pioneering materials, they cool and distance the testicles from the body, providing ideal conditions to protect men’s fertility.

If you are stalking and shooting during the colder autumn and winter months, you’ll need layers of warm clothing and waterproofs to stay warm and dry. Professor Pacey said, “The sperm quality of active men is generally better than that of sedentary men, however, tight layers clothing could impact on testicle health by increasing their temperature and risk damaging the production of sperm.”

Hillman’s Boxair® underwear will keep your crown jewels in a protective environment while you are out hunting, and help look after your fertility.

Hillman Boxair® underwear for men, are available in medium to XXL, and black, white and brown. You can order online from www.venatorpro.com website.

Hillman Boxair® range available in the UK, from Venatorpro.

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No more sexist dinosaurs in country-sports

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It’s great to see women of all ages shooting, fishing, deerstalking, working their gundogs or bringing deer down from the hill with their highland ponies. Of course, the female of the species is no stranger to fieldsports; in Roman Mythology Diana is the Goddess of the hunt and wild animals, Anne Boleyn was a skilled Archer and Queen Victoria, though not a stalker, accompanied Albert on umpteen stalks. Victoria’s passionate writing about stalking in Scotland helped change the stuffy Victorian attitudes to something much more positive so that Londoners came in droves to enjoy Scottish fieldsports.

Other ladies earned their place in the history books like Angler, Georgina Ballantyne, with her record breaking salmon, the legendary Sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, who was trapping, shooting and hunting game before she was ten years old and went on to become an international shooting star.

When I was growing up, and going to shoots and gundog tests with my daddawn_roe_doe_stalk_linda_mellor, there would be very few women involved. Nowadays, as many women as men work their dogs on shoots, they beat and pick-up, you’ll see them in the shooting line, or enjoying blasting the targets at the clay grounds or fishing the rivers and lochs. Other ladies prefer deer stalking, and some of us, love all country sports. Earlier this year, I stalked and shot my first Roe Buck with Stalker Kenneth Larsen from Venator Pro; it was a great experience, and I went into the stalk, well-prepared and confident in my rifle shooting thanks to Kenneth’s professionalism. He treated me as an equal, I felt good about the entire process, it gave me a sense of achievement, and a new skill to improve upon. Continue reading →

Ultra-lightweight Boot ideal for shoot days

If you are out picking-up on your local shoot with your gun dogs, you’ll need comfortable footwear to keep you dry and warm. Hillman have introduced a new range of boots; the Feather boot is ultra-lightweight, and designed to keep your feet warm and dry in the coldest temperatures. Lawrie Robertson tested a pair of the feather boots out on his local shoot, he is a lifelong shooting and gundog man, based in Fife, Scotland, and has worn many different boots over the years.

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Lawrie wearing Hillman Feather Boots, picking up on a local shoot.

Lawrie said, “it’s hard to believe a boot could be so light and comfortable. A lightweight boot is great news, especially if you are getting on a bit in years (Lawrie is 78), as you are standing and walking all day when you are picking-up on the shoot. The Feather Boots are wide, and that adds to the comfort plus they’re easy to get on and off. They felt great to wear and I’ll be wearing them each time I’m out at the shoot, and when I’m gundog training. I give them 9 out of 10!”

Buy the boots online at www.venatorpro.com

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Fusion Camo hunting suit (4pc)

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Visit Venator Pro online shop to bag this bargain – the Hillman Fusion hunting Suit consisting of a Jacket, trousers, cap and windproof gloves, all for only £299.99.

The suit is comfortable to wear, silent for stalking, and with lots of useful pockets including a zipped breast pocket that’s ideal for storing your keys and phone. The jacket has a detachable hood and a ‘shape-able’ peak, perfect for when the weather is bad and you’re needing to blend in.

The camo pattern is ideal for deer stalking now and into winter months.

XPR winter hunting suit save £100 until 31st October

Visit Venator Pro online and order the XPR Hunting Suit before 31st October to receive £100 off!

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Cooler weather = warmer clothing

If you’ve been out and about early you will have no doubt felt the drop in temperature over the last few weeks. Sunrise is later, trees are changing and the leaves are falling, how on earth did we get to autumn so quickly? Venator_hoodie_Linda_Mellor

When you are out stalking deer, walking, fishing or shooting the right sort of clothing is crucial to staying warm and comfortable. If you are cold it distracts you, and spoils your enjoyment of being out. This new Gamewear hoodie is great! It keeps your warm without being too bulky, and it’s lovely and soft. It has great features like good sized zipped pockets, a large hood and an extended cuff with thumb holes to keep your hands covered. My favourite is the Roe buck. You can buy them online from Venator Pro’s website.

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On sale, with £15 off before 30th September.

Kick-off the wildfowling season with this Hillman Holster Pack!

murray_glass_hillman_gun_slip_edited-1Venator Pro customer Murray from Dunbar was out wildfowling this morning and using his Hillman Holster Pack in camo. The Wildfowling season in Scotland opened today, 1st September, and Murray had a very successful start.

Buy the Hillman Holster Pack online from Venator Pro.

From BASC website: Wildfowling seasons (All dates are inclusive) England, Wales and Scotland 1 September – 31 January – Above the mean high water mark. England, Wales and Scotland 1 September – 20 February – Below the Mean High Water mark. Note that duck and goose species can only be shot, below Mean High Water, after 31 January.