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!


Visit VENATOR website to buy this boot

Boxair won’t roast your nuts this Christmas!


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 website.

Hillman Boxair® range available in the UK, from Venatorpro.


No more sexist dinosaurs in country-sports


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 →

Ultra-lightweight Boot ideal for shoot days

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 wearing Hillman Feather Boots, picking up on a local shoot.

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


Fusion Camo hunting suit (4pc)


Visit Venator Pro online shop to bag this bargain – the Hillman Fusion hunting Suit consisting of a Jacket, trousers, cap and windproof gloves, all for only £299.99.

The suit is comfortable to wear, silent for stalking, and with lots of useful pockets including a zipped breast pocket that’s ideal for storing your keys and phone. The jacket has a detachable hood and a ‘shape-able’ peak, perfect for when the weather is bad and you’re needing to blend in.

The camo pattern is ideal for deer stalking now and into winter months.

XPR winter hunting suit save £100 until 31st October

Visit Venator Pro online and order the XPR Hunting Suit before 31st October to receive £100 off!