Hunter of the Month: Finlay Owen
My love for hunting began when I was just 4 years old and I would fish for rainbow trout with a bubble float and a worm. I trained as a teenager to be a falconer and still have a barn owl called Bella. Hunting red grouse over English Pointers with a peregrine falcon is one of my fondest hunting memories.
I have been a professional hunter for 7 years now and have loved every minute. A wise man once told me: ‘Get a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life’ and he was right! I hope I can keep hunting and fishing for the rest of my life.
“Hunting red grouse over English Pointers with a peregrine falcon is one of my fondest hunting memories.”
Currently I work for Amhuinnsuidhe Castle Estate on the Isle of Harris, Scotland and it’s up to us to manage the red deer population on the island. I take clients to the hills to hunt red stags from July through to mid-October. Then from mid-October through to mid-February we cull the old, weak and injured red hinds in order to keep the deer populations at a healthy number.
Hunting and fishing are my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. When I’m not stalking deer, I’m hunting red grouse over Ella, my German Shorthaired Pointer, sea fishing, wildfowling, controlling pest species or fly fishing for salmon, sea trout and brown trout.
We take whatever we cull and hunt, and process it on site then sell it all over the UK, whether its smoked salmon or our wild venison. It is very rewarding to be part of the whole process; field to plate.
This picture was taken at the summit of a hill called Tiorga Beag on the Isle of Harris in Scotland. The summit is around 600 meters above sea level and on the day in question I was hunting for an old red stag in the rocks along the ridge line.
It was a successful outing.