New skills, new challenges?

 

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Last year I put down my camera and picked up a rifle. It was all thanks to my collaboration with VenatorPro Ltd based in Perth, Scotland. Learning a new skill was an exciting new process, and one I embraced because I highly value personal growth.

When acquiring additional skills the benefits are numerous. Learning something new brings variety into our life, counteracts boredom and makes us more adaptable. Life rarely stays the same so being adaptable makes accepting change much easier.

Learning can help prevent dementia. When we learn new skills there is an increase in the density of the white matter in the brain and this helps improve performance. Learning stimulates neurons which form neural pathways and allow electrical impulses to travel faster across them.

There is a sense of euphoria when learning and seeing the result of your skills base expanding. I certainly felt that when shooting at targets with .243 Tikka T3 Rifle. It felt as though I was in a state of flow, where all my senses were charged and my focus was fully aligned to the task of target shooting. Previously, I had never shot a rifle, only a shotgun so my learning started from the basics.

If you wish to learn the skill of deer stalking in beautiful Perthshire, contact Kenneth Larsen of Venator Pro.

Selection of photos from the Deer Stalking Fair, March 2018

It’s hard to believe the Deer Stalking Fair is five years old. The dedicated deer event was well supported by specialist retailers, industry experts giving talks and demonstrations.
Venator Pro joined the Fair for the first time, MD Kenneth Larsen said, “Great place to meet deer stalkers and we enjoyed the atmosphere at the Deer Stalking Fair and organisers were very helpful. Our first year but we will be back next year.”

Click here for Venator Pro’s shop full of deer stalking clothing and footwear.

Senior Coach and Shooting School Manager,Tracy Meston said, “I had a successful couple of days making custom ear plugs and taking bookings for the Roxburghe Shooting School. There was a great cross section of visitors ranging from those that ‘do’ who are in the business to those that don’t but want to! It is also a great meeting place for friends to catch up and have a blather!”

Tracy can be found at the Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course.

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

Stuck for a Xmas gift, how about a voucher for deer stalking in Perthshire?

venator_roe_buck_with_logoDecember has been such a fast month, and it is hard to believe we are now looking at the last few days before Christmas!

Each year it gets increasing difficult to find gifts for the special people in your life, if you are struggling for ideas, or looking for that unique, memorable gift, I have a suggestion. If your loved one has an interest in the countryside, and deer in particular, you could surprise them a voucher from Venatorpro.

I work with Venator Pro, and can’t recommend them highly enough. The company is run by Norwegian Kenneth Larsen, an experienced deer stalker, and based in Perthshire. Kenneth welcomes novice stalkers from around the world, and excels in making everyone feel comfortable, especially novices and ladies. Take a look at their website, there are lots of seasonal bargains, and vouchers – ideal for that last minute gift!

Visit the Venator Pro website here.

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 →