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.
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:
What to wear?
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Scotland has a rich hunting heritage and is one of the most sought after sporting destinations, attracting hunters, shooters and anglers from around the world looking for a Scottish sporting adventure. The dramatic glens, ancient forests, flowing rivers and lochs are the habitats for a vast range of species, and the setting for some of the most spectacular sport to challenge the boldest of hunters. The country is relatively small; it is only 274 miles from North to South and makes shooting and stalking very accessible. With more than 30,000 freshwater lochs and 6,600 river systems, anglers have a vast choice.
Each county is richly woven with centuries-old history, and many of the landscapes are strewn with castles and ancient ruins. The sporting traditions such as blessing the river with a whisky filled quaich, dragging red deer down from the hill with a garron or acknowledging the ‘Glorious Twelfth’, are all unmistakably Scottish and recognised the world over.
Hunting lodges have been part of the Scottish landscape for centuries, one of the oldest dates back to 1107 when royal hunting parties hunted wild cat, wolves, deer, wild boar and bears. Wealthy Edwardians and Victorians made Scotland their sporting playground. Many of those who flocked to Scotland were influenced by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who bought Balmoral Castle and embraced the shooting, deer stalking and fishing.
Today, country sports tourism boosts the Scottish economy by £155m and is expected to reach £185 million by 2020. There is an estimated 4,400 working full time in the industry; 2,600 employed in shooting and stalking and 1,800 engaged in fishing. Continue reading →