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    Ghillie Wanted!!??

    Had a few requests from friends that want to get into the ghillieing game and they were
    wondering what you need to become a good ghillie, and I thought it would make for an
    interesting thead!

    So these are my thoughts for now:-
    I would say that the key thing about being a good ghillie is:-
    1. enthuseasim
    2.A strong back
    3.Diplomat
    4.Quick and safe in the larder
    5.Able to get up in the morning even when your legs are screaming at you and your boots are still soaking
    6...

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    6....must not be impatient
    7. plenty of common sense.
    8. have a good rapport with highland ponies (garrons)
    9. a great sense of humour
    10. must listen to what's being said....and want to learn
    11. not be afraid of the headstalkers whisky portions (drams don't exist...it's frightening!)
    12. must always have a sharp knife and plenty of bailer twine (essential!)
    13. must be prepared to undertake other tasks around the estate...like strimming, painting, digging drains......
    14. be of the understanding that you aren't there to shoot the deer yourself.....but merely assist in the extraction.
    15. most importantly......be respectful of everything and everyone to do with the job...as indeed it is a privelage to be working in such a position.
    16. accept the fact that you could be very isolated and have little contact with the outside world

    just thought i'd add a few of my thoughts too!......Alot of people don't realise what's involved with a ghillies job, Certainly at a place like east monar where we were!......Although it is a great job it's not an easy life, especially in the winter if you are kept on for the hinds.

    steveM

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    Hi Stephen
    there`s nothing to be afraid of (re-11) its all part of the learning

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    Hahaha...yes indeed....but i shouted down the toilet once or twice after the Potter size drams were consumed!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ghillie View Post
    Hi Stephen
    there`s nothing to be afraid of (re-11) its all part of the learning

    True but why did they ever produce litre bottles its a stupid measure, far too much for one person but not enough for two.

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    cheers for this guys very good info

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    Still working with the old tradition of taking the lid off the bottle and throwing straight in the fire, like you say, as long as theres a couple of you partaking its not so bad. Not great when someone does the same thing to the lid of the second bottle though! JC

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    17. Good eye sight and vigilance, radios don't always work.

    18. Flexibility

    19. the sense to know when to shut up

    20. patience

    21. The ability to carry headkeeper back to his house blind drunk and avoid his wife!!!!!!!!!

    22. The knowledge that you will be doing the greatest ammount of physical work but the stalker will take all the glory

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    23. The mental and physical strength to stay away from the boss's daughter no matter how gorgeous she is , no matter how long you have been in isolation [a few months in Monar, Meoble or Loch Choire and the ponies start looking like Angolina]

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    24. Be naturally waterproof, both from ground up and sky down.

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