State Coordinator Spotlight goes to Alaska/Arizona State Coordinator, Joni Marie Kiser! Where do we start on a woman like Joni? From previous bow shop owner, Promoting Prois with a passion, to even starting up her own company (Rockstarlette Outdoors) Did we mention she’s an amazing hunter with a bow? Joni is the real deal and we are so proud to showcase her this month with the State Coordinator Spotlight! Thank you for everything you do for Prois!
So, Let’s get this started & learn a little bit about Joni!
Question: Just a bit about you…basically where you live, what you do, your
hobbies and loves!
Answer: I live in Alaska currently and have just started building a home in
Northern Arizona where I plan to move later this year.
I love bowhunting, photography, painting, crafting, traveling, writing
and anything that has to do with my Bulldog
Question: How long have you been on staff with Prois?
Answer: I started on staff with Prois in 2013 as a Field Staff and moved to a
Pro Staff in 2017
Question: When did you become a state coordinator?
Answer: 2016 I became the Alaska coordinator and now for 2018 Ill be the Arizona
one with a bit over overlap because I love multi-tasking 😊
Question: What have you found to be the most rewarding part of being part of the
Answer: There is such an amazing sisterhood with the ladies in the
Prois Posse. Its a real blessing to be connected with so many strong,
amazing, badass women from all over the world! Their support and
encouragement gives me strength. I have met some of the most incredible
women through Prois, who share my interests and values and who I know
will be life long friends.
Quesrion: What are your ultimate goals as Alaska State Coordinator?
Answer: I spent plenty of years fairly miserable in “mens” hunting camo that did
not fit. When I found Prois, I thought, YES!! So I am passionate about
increasing brand awareness for women – that there is great quality hunting gear available
for serious female hunters. Gear that is well made, that can handle the conditions that you incur when you are out there stalking, hiking, climbing, sitting, whatever it might be in the elements. I think some women gravitate to men’s lines because they think that is the only “real” hunting gear out there and I feel like its my job to show them how wrong they are!
Question: Who is your inspiration?
Answer: It is certainly my father. He passed away a year ago, but he was my
absolute hero. He was strong yet kind, he was honest, fair and believed
that there was nothing more important than ethics and integrity. There
was nothing stronger than his word. He was deeply respected in the hunting community here in Alaska and Nationally.
He was a conservationist and he gave back to the hunting community ten
fold. He loved hunting so much, it was the core of who he was. He was always upbeat and he spent so much time encouraging others; he made you feel like you could do anything you set your mind to. I try every day to encourage and support
others and I continually to try to fill his gigantic shoes and to make
life decisions that would make him proud.
Question: How do you feel female hunters can continue to band together and
support each other?
Answer: Im super passionate about being vocal about supporting other ladies
that hunt by trying to be there for advice for new hunters via social media or
volunteering with local organizations and by organizing group trips
where some experienced and some new ladies get together to hunt so
everyone can learn from each other. For the past 5 years I have set up 2 of these
hunts a year and they are always really well received!! I think its
really important for experienced ladies who have been in the hunting
industry for a while to reach out and mentor ladies who are new to hunting and help
them to learn about hunting ethics and to empower them. We were all new
Question: When did you start hunting?
Answer: I grew up with a father who was a Master Guide and Outfitter here in Alaska – so hunting was in my blood from day
1. He was an amazing bush pilot and I got to visit many remote places in
Alaska growing up that fueled my love for the outdoors. I became an avid
bowhunter when I met my husband. When I took my first black bear with a
bow – that was it for me. I had no interest in hunting with a gun after
that and bowhunting was all I could think about! Now Ive taken 24 animals with my bow and I
have a big long bucket list of many more hunts that I want to do!
Question: What do you find to be the most rewarding part of hunting?
Answer: For me, it is the entire experience. The planning, the anticipation, the
connections with other hunters in the field or in camp, the quiet
moments out in the mountains or woods. I am definitely someone who takes
the time to soak in the little things, the way the trees sway
in the wind, the calls you hear in the distance, the smell of fresh rain
in the forest. Probably sounds a little cheesy but the harvest for me
is just a tiny piece of the whole picture. Planning a stalk, executing
it and making a fast, clean ethical kill are very rewarding and important too. But I also love going back to camp and swapping stories, coming home and being in
the afterglow while you are able to cook healthy wild game
for your family. Every part of that make the hunt special to me.