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!”
If you’ve been out and about early you will have no doubt felt the drop in temperature over the last few weeks. Sunrise is later, trees are changing and the leaves are falling, how on earth did we get to autumn so quickly?
When you are out stalking deer, walking, fishing or shooting the right sort of clothing is crucial to staying warm and comfortable. If you are cold it distracts you, and spoils your enjoyment of being out. This new Gamewear hoodie is great! It keeps your warm without being too bulky, and it’s lovely and soft. It has great features like good sized zipped pockets, a large hood and an extended cuff with thumb holes to keep your hands covered. My favourite is the Roe buck. You can buy them online from Venator Pro’s website.
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.
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