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 dad, 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 →
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 www.venatorpro.com
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.
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?
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.
On sale, with £15 off before 30th September.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For information and booking availability visit: Oran Mor Booking Page.
Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser @ToyotaGB
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.