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.
An introduction to Roe deer stalking
Deer stalking is a popular country sport, especially here in Scotland as we have a large and thriving deer population.
If you are curious about deer stalking and would like to give it a go, you should make contact with a qualified, professional deer stalker who provide a beginners course in deer stalking. Venator offers a comprehensive introduction to deer stalking lead by MD, Kenneth Larson, a qualified and experienced stalker.
Deer stalking is done on the open hill or lowland/woodland. One of the most exciting species to stalk is the Roe deer, and as a stalk takes around three hours, it is an ideal introduction for the novice. Stalking takes place in the morning or evening, and typically on foot over the land managed by the stalker or sometimes from a high seat; a strategically positioned elevated seat located in an area known for deer activity. Stalking into deer will be one of the most thrilling outdoor experiences you are likely to have as opens up a previously dormant awareness of your surroundings. Your senses are heightened as you read the landscape for signs of deer. The stalk progresses, you move quietly, listening out for sounds and using binoculars to scan the area for movement. Talking in whispers, so you remain undetected as you stalk your quarry.
Professional stalkers like Kenneth have an enviable fieldcraft earned through years of stalking and understanding their quarry’s habits and habitat. He will share his knowledge and create opportunities for you to broaden yours.
Before you commence the stalk, you will first have to demonstrate your ability to shoot accurately with a rifle. Hunting large animals comes with a high degree of responsibility, so it is imperative you understand the importance of safety and animal welfare. A rifle will be provided, and you will be taught how to shoot at a deer-sized target.
The stalk starts right from the moment you leave your vehicle, so close your car door quietly, and be on the lookout for deer. Kenneth will lead the stalk. You may walk for a number of miles searching for deer, or find a small group less than a field away, as with all nature, there are no guarantees of seeing anything. Once a deer has been spotted, Kenneth will make sure you are in a position from where a safe shot can be taken and support you through the process. The beast will be gralloched (removing the innards) then taken to the larder where it will be butchered.
The Professional Deer Stalker: http://www.venatorpro.com/teammember/kenneth-larsen/
How to book:
To find out more and to book deer stalking with Venator visit www.venatorpro.com
What to wear:
Roe deer stalking season, Scotland
Buck Apr 1 – Oct 20
Doe 21 – Mar 31
It’s April, but the temperatures are still dropping, there’s snow in the forecast, and we need our warm clothing. I’m wearing Hillman’s hunting sweater from Venator (Perth based).
Visit Venator for warm layers, ideal for deer stalking, shooting and fishing. Click HERE for product details.