Q) I want to arrange a stalking holiday with some friends. How do I know which operator to use and have you got any top tips for a good trip?

A) Dom Holtam replies: A recommendation from a friend is always a good sign and you can always use forums to ask for feedback and advice. Or keep your eyes peeled on the magazine for some of the great operators we use for features. Know what your budget is, let the agent know your expectations from the off and hopefully you will get off on the right foot.

I used to love spending a week away with friends hill stalking. We used to double up on our days (two Guns with one stalker/guide) to maximise our time out and the shared experience was always a bonus. Stir in a nice self-catering cottage with an open fire and plan for some big evening meals after a hard day’s hunting and you’ll have a great time, I’m sure.