If you want to get ahead, get a (Hillman) hat

 

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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.

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Mental preparation for successful deer stalking

 

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Best foot forward with Hillman boot from Venator

Planning and preparation are critical for being organised and ready. Mental preparation is an important part of being ready to participate; it gives you confidence and helps your performance across all aspects of work, life and sport yet it is rarely spoken about in relation to deer stalking.

 

If you are new to stalking an introduction day/course will give you an insight into a stalk, educate you in rifle safety, shot placement and stalking techniques. When you are out on a live stalk, you are searching the landscape for deer, looking for clues, being aware of the wind direction and listening out for sounds. You have no control over the environment; you are hunting the animal in its natural habitat and, as the visitor, equipping yourself to the best of your ability increases your chances of a successful stalk.

Whether you are new to the sport or an experienced stalker, mental preparation will help you approach the live stalk positively, and in a relaxed manner. Professional sportsmen and women, speakers, artists, actors and business people are all trained to visualise their performance and seeing the outcome they desire. You can apply this to deer stalking by visualising the stalk, see the surroundings, look at the details and find the deer you want to shoot. Take your time, picture yourself getting into position, slowing down your breathing and taking the perfect shot.

Go stalking with qualified, professional stalkers, visit Venator to book your stalking:

www.venatorpro.com

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What to wear?

An all-round fleece with pockets, click here for more information.

Linda Mellor’s intro to deer stalking with Venator’s Kenneth Larsen

My interevenator_intro_lm1st in wildlife stretches back more than 50 years, and as a country sports writer and photographer, Scotland’s fauna has featured in my work many times. No animal stands out more for its beauty and adaptability than the Roe deer.

I have worked with deerstalkers and accompanied many stalks with my camera but it wasn’t until I joined Venator as product Ambassador for their Hillman range of outdoor clothing did I feel the urge to stalk and shoot deer.

As the deer population continues to grow, I understand why deer numbers need to be managed as management means no starvation through overgrazing and strong healthy genes. I have worked with the Police involving deer-related wildlife crime and have seen the impact of deer populations near roads and the traffic collisions.

My ‘introduction to deer stalking’ was conducted by Venator’s MD Kenneth Larsen, a passionate deerstalker. We spent the morning discussing deer species, stalking techniques, shot placement and rifle safety then after a bite of lunch, we headedvenator_intro_lm4_kenneth_larsen out into the Perthshire countryside for target practice.

It felt good getting to grips with the Tikka T3 .243 with GRS stock; I loved the adjustable stock and felt comfortable with my shooting position. I took my time and slowed my breathing down to take my first shot, focussed and squeezed. I shot off sticks and in the prone position and felt confident and pleased with my very first target practice with a rifle. It’s a more intense process than shotgun shooting as there are many more factors to consider and, of course, safety is paramount at all times. Getting yourself into the focused and calm zone to shoot and then following through by shooting well gives a wonvenator_intro_lm2derful sense of achievement.

Kenneth said, “I was very impressed by the enthusiasm and determination shown by Linda when she took her first shot with a rifle. She took to rifle shooting like a duck to water. Eager to follow all safety instruction, calm, confident and focused she shot a great 9 from the prone position at 80 metres, followed by a great 3 shot grouping. After 10 shots at the roe deer target from prone position and off the sticks, all within the target area, I am confident that Linda is ready to progress to the next step with a “live” guided stalk and ultimately cull her first deer”

My live stalk will be happening very soon, stay tuned.venator_intro_lm3

Visit Venator to book your stalk and buy deerstalking clothing from Hillman.