The blissful light of Oran Mor

Oran Mor at sunset

Oran Mor at sunset

If you are looking for a peaceful break in Scotland, I highly recommend a week at Oran Mor. The modern architect designed property overlooking Loch Fleet will not disappoint, located in the small settlement of Skelbo, it is a feast for the senses.  Oran Mor’s vast open views are often inhabited by the local wildlife; red kites soaring on the thermals, seals basking on the sandbanks, rabbits in the hedgerows and the fox wandering through the garden at dusk.

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Oran Mor’s location, a few miles from Dornoch, is ideal for fishing the Helmsdale and many other rivers and lochs.

It’s also a perfect place for a relaxing break, the air is clean, and the light is incredible day and night. The sunsets are spectacularly colourful, and during the summer months, the light rarely fades.  Don’t close the bedroom curtains. Lie in bed, and let the sunrise welcome you to a new day as the early morning pink and orange hues stretch across the skies and flood the house.

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Oran Mor is a spacious, comfortable property, well equipped with all mod-cons and with ample parking. The light in the house and surrounding landscape is fantastic, it has an uplifting, healing quality, and should be on prescription! Perfect for artists, photographers and those in need of a re-charge.

oran_mor_toyota_viewFor information and booking availability visit: Oran Mor Booking Page.

Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser @ToyotaGB

Mental preparation for successful deer stalking

 

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Best foot forward with Hillman boot from Venator

Planning and preparation are critical for being organised and ready. Mental preparation is an important part of being ready to participate; it gives you confidence and helps your performance across all aspects of work, life and sport yet it is rarely spoken about in relation to deer stalking.

 

If you are new to stalking an introduction day/course will give you an insight into a stalk, educate you in rifle safety, shot placement and stalking techniques. When you are out on a live stalk, you are searching the landscape for deer, looking for clues, being aware of the wind direction and listening out for sounds. You have no control over the environment; you are hunting the animal in its natural habitat and, as the visitor, equipping yourself to the best of your ability increases your chances of a successful stalk.

Whether you are new to the sport or an experienced stalker, mental preparation will help you approach the live stalk positively, and in a relaxed manner. Professional sportsmen and women, speakers, artists, actors and business people are all trained to visualise their performance and seeing the outcome they desire. You can apply this to deer stalking by visualising the stalk, see the surroundings, look at the details and find the deer you want to shoot. Take your time, picture yourself getting into position, slowing down your breathing and taking the perfect shot.

Go stalking with qualified, professional stalkers, visit Venator to book your stalking:

www.venatorpro.com

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What to wear?

An all-round fleece with pockets, click here for more information.

Linda Mellor’s intro to deer stalking with Venator’s Kenneth Larsen

My interevenator_intro_lm1st in wildlife stretches back more than 50 years, and as a country sports writer and photographer, Scotland’s fauna has featured in my work many times. No animal stands out more for its beauty and adaptability than the Roe deer.

I have worked with deerstalkers and accompanied many stalks with my camera but it wasn’t until I joined Venator as product Ambassador for their Hillman range of outdoor clothing did I feel the urge to stalk and shoot deer.

As the deer population continues to grow, I understand why deer numbers need to be managed as management means no starvation through overgrazing and strong healthy genes. I have worked with the Police involving deer-related wildlife crime and have seen the impact of deer populations near roads and the traffic collisions.

My ‘introduction to deer stalking’ was conducted by Venator’s MD Kenneth Larsen, a passionate deerstalker. We spent the morning discussing deer species, stalking techniques, shot placement and rifle safety then after a bite of lunch, we headedvenator_intro_lm4_kenneth_larsen out into the Perthshire countryside for target practice.

It felt good getting to grips with the Tikka T3 .243 with GRS stock; I loved the adjustable stock and felt comfortable with my shooting position. I took my time and slowed my breathing down to take my first shot, focussed and squeezed. I shot off sticks and in the prone position and felt confident and pleased with my very first target practice with a rifle. It’s a more intense process than shotgun shooting as there are many more factors to consider and, of course, safety is paramount at all times. Getting yourself into the focused and calm zone to shoot and then following through by shooting well gives a wonvenator_intro_lm2derful sense of achievement.

Kenneth said, “I was very impressed by the enthusiasm and determination shown by Linda when she took her first shot with a rifle. She took to rifle shooting like a duck to water. Eager to follow all safety instruction, calm, confident and focused she shot a great 9 from the prone position at 80 metres, followed by a great 3 shot grouping. After 10 shots at the roe deer target from prone position and off the sticks, all within the target area, I am confident that Linda is ready to progress to the next step with a “live” guided stalk and ultimately cull her first deer”

My live stalk will be happening very soon, stay tuned.venator_intro_lm3

Visit Venator to book your stalk and buy deerstalking clothing from Hillman.

Linda Mellor joins forces with Venator Pro

Countrysports writer and professional photographer Linda Mellor joins Venator Pro as Brand Ambassador.

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Scotland-based Linda Mellor, 52, has worked in the rural sector for many years and has been a lifelong supporter of country sports and conservation of the UK countryside.LRM_OCT_2016_LMP

Linda said, “the collaboration with Venator Pro unites our years of experience within country sports sector to create a potent mix of skills intertwined with our authentic passion for the countryside. I have worked with Venator and Hillman, and know they produce the very best in deer stalking clothing and larder equipment.”

Managing Director and DMQ Approved Witness, Kenneth Larsen said, “ Venator Pro is delighted to appoint Linda Mellor as our brand ambassador in the UK. With her extensive country sports experience as a professional photographer and writer, we believe that Linda will positively contribute in promoting Venator’s sporting offers and building the Hillman clothing brand.”

With the rise in deer stalking popularity, it is important the industry is associated with professional, experienced stalkers who invest in themselves and their skills. I have been out stalking on hundreds of occasions but only with my camera. It is important the sport is made accessible to everyone, especially beginners and women, so I am working with Kenneth to put down my camera and pick up a rifle,” said Linda.

Kenneth adds, “Linda’s passionate outlook towards wildlife and her genuine interest in promoting country sports to women and novice hunters fit perfectly with Venator’s business idea to offer memorable hunting experiences from field to plate”.

Linda’s introduction to deer stalking starts this month, stay tuned for updates on her deer stalking journey with Venator Pro and Hillman.

More information:

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Kenneth Larsen

http://www.venatorpro.com/teammember/kenneth-larsen

Linda’s choice of stalking boot:venator_hunting_boot

http://www.venatorpro.com/product/hillman-novel-hunting-boots-real-leather

 

Want to find out more about Roe Deer Stalking in Scotland?

An introduction to Roe deer stalking

Deer stalking is a popular country sport, especially here in Scotland as we have a large and thriving deer population.

If you are curious about deer stalking and would like to give it a go, you should make contact with a qualified, professional deer stalker who provide a beginners course in deer stalking. Venator offers a comprehensive introduction to deer stalking lead by MD, Kenneth Larson, a qualified and experienced stalker.

Deer stalking is done on the open hill or lowland/woodland. One of the most exciting species to stalk is the Roe deer, and as a stalk takes around three hours, it is an ideal introduction for the novice. Stalking takes place in the morning or evening, and typically on foot over the land managed by the stalker or sometimes from a high seat; a strategically positioned elevated seat located in an area known for deer activity. Stalking into deer will be one of the most thrilling outdoor experiences you are likely to have as opens up a previously dormant awareness of your surroundings. Your senses are heightened as you read the landscape for signs of deer. The stalk progresses, you move quietly, listening out for sounds and using binoculars to scan the area for movement. Talking in whispers, so you remain undetected as you stalk your quarry.

Professional stalkers like Kenneth have an enviable fieldcraft earned through years of stalking and understanding their quarry’s habits and habitat. He will share his knowledge and create opportunities for you to broaden yours.

Before you commence the stalk, you will first have to demonstrate your ability to shoot accurately with a rifle. Hunting large animals comes with a high degree of responsibility, so it is imperative you understand the importance of safety and animal welfare. A rifle will be provided, and you will be taught how to shoot at a deer-sized target.

The stalk starts right from the moment you leave your vehicle, so close your cavenator-_pro_images_smaller.jpgr door quietly, and be on the lookout for deer. Kenneth will lead the stalk. You may walk for a number of miles searching for deer, or find a small group less than a field away, as with all nature, there are no guarantees of seeing anything. Once a deer has been spotted, Kenneth will make sure you are in a position from where a safe shot can be taken and support you through the process. The beast will be gralloched (removing the innards) then taken to the larder where it will be butchered.

Information

The Professional Deer Stalker: http://www.venatorpro.com/teammember/kenneth-larsen/

How to book:

To find out more and to book deer stalking with Venator visit www.venatorpro.com

What to wear:

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Hillman novel trousers

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Roe deer stalking season, Scotland

Buck Apr 1 – Oct 20

Doe 21 – Mar 31

Simba rods, handmade in Scotland

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Attention to detail and an innate understanding and passion for angling are three factors that make Simba rods stand out in the somewhat overcrowded marketplace. You won’t find any Simba rods for sale in the angling outlets as they are all custom-made to order. The rods are handmade in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland by Fisher Simon Barnes, and are personalised to suit the angler’s requirements. Continue reading →

Scottish Deer Stalking with Nordic Flair

venator-_pro_images_smallerVenator Pro is based in Perth, Scotland and offers deer stalking experiences for novice and experienced hunters, and is the supplier for stalking clothing and accessories. The business consists of accomplished, professional stalkers and is headed up by MD, Kenneth Larsen, who settled in Perth 15 years ago and established the company in 2014.

Venator Pro is the UK distributor for Hillman hunting clothing. The Hillman brand is an established market leader, selling to over 2 million hunters worldwide. The European company is known for its innovation and single focus on hunting clothing and accessories. It leads the way by using memory foam technology and magnetic closures in their hunting clothing. Venator Pro stocks a wide range of deerstalker clothing, footwear and larder equipment, and all can be bought via their website or in person from their unit at the Riverside Business Centre, Perth. The Hillman deer stalking range offers hunters a wide selection of jackets, trousers, camo suits, shirts, pullovers, boots and base layers. Continue reading →