Personal safety for country sports enthusiasts

Going out hunting or deer stalking in remote parts of the countryside or fishing a distant hill loch?

Scotland is a sporting destination enjoyed by men and women from all over the world. Hunting and fishing in far flung, and often isolated, beautiful locations is part of the unique charm of the Scottish experience.

Scottish Country Sports participation requires preparation; picking your dates, finding your chosen location, and selecting a service provider to suit your needs.

Read more of my article on the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group Website, click here.


Perfect snow boots from Venator – only £49.99

I wvenator_snow_boot_1ent walking in the snow this morning and have discovered the perfect snow boot. The boots are lightweight, and keep your feet very warm. I was out in deep snow (Scotland has lots of it today!) and only wore a standard pair of socks under the boots. If I’d been wearing wellies I would’ve pulled on two pairs of socks.

I slipped my feet into thevenator_snow_boot_2 boots and headed out.  I had plenty grip in the snow, and did not slip once. My feet were kept very warm and dry. It’s a comfortable boot, and easy to wear because it is so lightweight. I love having warm feet, especially when out in the current blizzard conditions!


Visit VENATOR website to buy this boot

No more sexist dinosaurs in country-sports


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.


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


If you want to get ahead, get a (Hillman) hat



Linda Mellor out deer stalking with Kenneth Larsen, Venator’s MD

Everyone should have a good hat or cap they can use for shooting, fishing and deer stalking. A hat serves many purposes; good camouflage, can be used for warmth, keep the sun and rain off your face and out of your eyes and, in my case, it helps keeps my hair out of the way.

For years, I have worn a couple of different hats; each one has its function; I love my Akubra hat for everyday wear and shooting, it’s also good for fishing and walking but not on a windy day. Recently, I tried and loved the Hillman Reversible Hat. It comes in a range of sizes and patterns; my favourite is the Autumn hat because of the green (I love green) running through the camo pattern. The hat has a folding bill; this feature was invented and produced by Hillman. Thanks to the hat’s lack of bulk you can stuff it in your pocket when not in use, and pull it out when you need it without the need for rigorous reshaping. It also had reversible fluorescent orange. I wore mine when I was out on my first dawn roe buck stalk with Venator’s MD Kenneth Larsen (pictured).

The Hillman Reversible Hat suits men and women and my one is now a permanent fixture in my hat collection.

You can buy one here online at Venator.


Cold weather – warmer clothes, visit Venator!


It’s April, but the temperatures are still dropping, there’s snow in the forecast, and we need our warm clothing. I’m wearing Hillman’s hunting sweater from Venator (Perth based).

Visit Venator for warm layers, ideal for deer stalking, shooting and fishing. Click HERE for product details.