Are your shooting skills good enough?

National Shooting Centre Scotland

National Shooting Centre Scotland

The game shooting dates have been in the diary since earlier in the year, your shotgun is clean and oiled, your shooting gear is hanging in the wardrobe ready to wear but are you feeling confident about your shooting abilities?

Oh dear….

It’s normal to feel excited when the game day approaches, but, be honest, is it truly excitement you are sensing about having a day out on an estate with your friends or is it a gnawing niggle about your standard of shooting or a worry about your lack of confidence? Perhaps you finished last season on a less than positive note, happy to put your gun away and forget about the missed shots?

Be realistic!

If your shooting did not give you a good feeling last year it is not miraculously going to improve this season if you’ve done nothing about it.

Consider…

On a game day there’s often banter and leg pulling amongst your fellow guns. The keeper, beaters and picker-ups will be watching, a photographer may be taking pictures, and partners and spouses may be observing. We’ve all seen the shooting guest dancing about on the peg, making excuses, not knowing what to do or how to select the best bird to shoot then missing. What if you are on the ‘hot’ peg? Are you equipped with the necessary shooting skills to knock ‘em down? You’re on a stage, and in full view, so if you consistently fluff your shots you’d better brace yourself for a day of embarrassment.

Hmm…

If you are going onto the field feeling unsure about your ability to shoot well there is a high probability your day will not the best. If you think you are going to miss, then you probably will. We all know someone who’ll turn up on a game day and be the butt of all the jokes because of their poor shooting, don’t be that person! You can build your confidence and go into the shoot day knowing how to shoot well and deal with challenging birds

A collection of used shotgun cartridges

A collection of used shotgun cartridges, NSC, Scotland

Get on target with the National Shooting Centre!  National Shooting Centre – Scotland, Wester Jawcraig, Falkirk FK1 3AL

The National Shooting Centre (NSC92) welcomes beginner, novice and experienced shots, their on-site Professional Shooting Coach is Stewart Cumming, a seasoned game shot and a top class clay shooter. If you want to make the most of your game day then Stewart will iron out any niggles, check your gun-fit, pass on invaluable tips and advice and build your confidence to shoot well.

Stewart Cumming, top clay shooter and professional shotgun coach, National Shooting Centre, Scotland

Stewart Cumming, top clay shooter and professional shotgun coach, National Shooting Centre, Scotland

NSC92 have an extensive range of shooting stands and simulated game drives to give you the full game shooting experience with clay targets over their extensive moorland location.

Become a NSC92 member and enjoy many exclusive benefits and generous deals.

Open Tuesday – Sunday, from 10am – 5pm, on Thursday’s you may shoot up to 8pm.

P.S.

Game shooting is a big day out, and also expensive, so invest in your shooting by visiting the NSC92 and book a lesson with Stewart. It will be money well spent, buying you the ability to shoot well. Remember, shooting with confidence treats the game birds respect.

Shotgun coach and National Shooting Centre Manager, Stewart Cumming looking out across the scenic open moorland from one of the clay shooting stands.

Shotgun coach and National Shooting Centre Manager, Stewart Cumming looking out across the scenic open moorland from one of the clay shooting stands.

‘Country sports – evolve to survive’ my regular column for the Scottish Gamekeepers Association.

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Visit website to join and enjoy the many benefits of membership.

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!

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Visit VENATOR website to buy this boot

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 →