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.”
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.
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.
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 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
Venator Pro customer Murray from Dunbar was out wildfowling this morning and using his Hillman Holster Pack in camo. The Wildfowling season in Scotland opened today, 1st September, and Murray had a very successful start.
From BASC website: Wildfowling seasons (All dates are inclusive) England, Wales and Scotland 1 September – 31 January – Above the mean high water mark. England, Wales and Scotland 1 September – 20 February – Below the Mean High Water mark. Note that duck and goose species can only be shot, below Mean High Water, after 31 January.
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.