Ladies with a passion for shotguns or rifles? Get in contact!

 

Ladies!

If you have a passion for shotgun or rifle shooting please get in contact with me. I am writing a long-running series about ladies who love to shoot clay targets, game or stalk deer.

It’s a positive look at shooting and exploring how you got started and what you love about it. Beginners, novices and experienced – everyone welcome!

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Caledonian Retriever Club Vs Central Scotland Gundog Club, August 2018, Fife.

Interclub gundog challenge took place in Glenrothes, Fife, on Sunday 26th August 2018  with the Caledonian Retriever Club (CRC) competing against Central Scotland Gundog Club (CSGC).

The overall highest scoring handler/dog was CRC member Lawrie Robertson ( wearing his Hillman boots from VenatorPro Ltd) with 7 year old, black Labrador, Izzy,  with 96/100 in the novice event.

The CRC novice team scored 529, the CSGC scored 467. The CRC open team scored 209, and the CSGC scored 261. The winners of the Interclub challenge were The Caledonian Retriever Club, here is a link to their website.

Autumnal changes, new hunting wardrobe?

Over the last two weeks, I have noticed a change in the weather, I have felt the difference in the temperature especially first thing in the morning when it’s been 4 or 5 degrees lower. The air has a fresh quality to it and the light is shortening and sunrise is now creeping in at 06:00.

One of my favourite pieces of clothing for outdoors, shooting and for deer stalking is the Hillman sweater troyer, it is warm and comfortable to wear.  It’s included in what I call, my reliable gear, because it is exactly that, reliable!

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Visit Venator Pro shop, and take advantage of the bargains currently on sale.

 

Me, my Beretta 682 and the NSC92

NSC92_AMYIt can be challenging freeing up time outside our working lives to focus on ourselves, and it is something I am guilty of. I spend my working life on shoot grounds, country estates, rivers, boats, and lochs but rarely do I allow myself the time to fish, stalk, or shoot. However, last week, I took my Beretta 682 out of the gun cabinet and headed to the National Shooting Centre at Slamannan near Falkirk, Scotland.

Over the last two or three years I have shot very little (can count on a few fingers!), but after my first visit to the NSC92, when I was working on a magazine feature, the ground and the people inspired me to set aside some ‘me-time’ to go shooting.

I live on the coast in Fife, and it took me less than an hour to reach the ground near Slamannan, it is within easy reach from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and only just over an hour from Perth. It’s spacious with plenty parking, a modern clubhouse and good coffee (always important!). Amy on the front desk is welcoming and helpful, and resident professional clay shot, and manager, Stewart Cumming, is always on hand to help. You see, it’s these little details that create the right first impressions, and if you are on your own they are actually very significant to your enjoyment of the venue, just ask any lady travelling alone to shoot grounds.NSC92_CLAYMATE_PROMATIC

After a coffee, Stewart gave me two boxes of cartridges and we walked over the DTL stand opposite the clubhouse. The stand is well laid out, and the surrounding bushes give you privacy to shoot without attracting an uninvited audience – there’s nothing worse, and it is very off-putting! There’s also a seated area next to the Promatic Claymate, a top of the range clay delivery and recording system.  Stewart talked me through using the system: it’s very straightforward and easy to use. The light comes on when you are on the stand, call for the targets, shoot five clays, move to the next stand, and the light comes on and shoot five more, etc., It was an impressive and a highly reliable system, I had zero ‘no birds’ and no broken clays, and my clay usage was recorded and waiting at the clubhouse when I finished.

I can’t say I was impressed by my shooting though! It’s been so long since I last picked up my gun, and although there was high degree of familiarity with my gun, the excitement of being out shooting again was robbing me of my focus, and I forgot to do my pre-shot routine so I had to reign myself back in. Much better to start well than apply damage limitation when I was already into my shooting session.NSC92_BERETTA_682_TRAP_GUN

If you have felt the same way about your shooting (or fancy trying shooting) there is an answer to the problem – join the National Shooting Centre as a member. One of the benefits of NSC membership (only £75) is a free lesson with Stewart: one of Scotland’s most successful shots. He’s shot every type of target, unravelled longstanding shooter issues, and won countless competitions on the home and international circuit.

Shooting ground – National Shooting Centre

Shotgun – Beretta 682 32″ Trap 12 bore

Watch – Brazen Sports

‘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.

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.