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.

Highend Cosy Hoodies!

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I love these hoodies; very comfortable to wear and made from a soft fabric that keeps you warm.

High-quality hoodies with great images, my favourite, of course, is the Roe Buck. Great for the cooler weather and fantastic Christmas presents for a deer stalker, hunter, game shooter, countryside or wildlife lovers. Look out for my video review, coming soon.

 Visit Venatorpro to buy.

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

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

 

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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.

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Cold weather – warmer clothes, visit Venator!

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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.

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 →

Your Scottish Country Sports Adventure

driven_grouse_shooting_scotlandScotland has a rich hunting heritage and is one of the most sought after sporting destinations, attracting hunters, shooters and anglers from around the world looking for a Scottish sporting adventure. The dramatic glens, ancient forests, flowing rivers and lochs are the habitats for a vast range of species, and the setting for some of the most spectacular sport to challenge the boldest of hunters. The country is relatively small; it is only 274 miles from North to South and makes shooting and stalking very accessible. With more than 30,000 freshwater lochs and 6,600 river systems, anglers have a vast choice.

Each county is richly woven with centuries-old history, and many of the landscapes are strewn with castles and ancient ruins. The sporting traditions such as blessing the river with a whisky filled quaich, dragging red deer down from the hill with a garron or acknowledging the ‘Glorious Twelfth’, are all unmistakably Scottish and recognised the world over.

Hunting lodges have been part of the Scottish landscape for centuries, one of the oldest dates back to 1107 when royal hunting parties hunted wild cat, wolves, deer, wild boar and bears. Wealthy Edwardians and Victorians made Scotland their sporting playground. Many of those who flocked to SSALMON_FISHING_FLYFISHINGcotland were influenced by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who bought Balmoral Castle and embraced the shooting, deer stalking and fishing.

Today, country sports tourism boosts the Scottish economy by £155m and is expected to reach £185 million by 2020. There is an estimated 4,400 working full time in the industry; 2,600 employed in shooting and stalking and 1,800 engaged in fishing. Continue reading →