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Feeling A Bit Sheepish! Old Colorado Ram Down!

 

By: Kirstie Pike
CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

Talk about the hunt of a lifetime.  This was definitely the most difficult hunt either my husband or I have ever experienced.  That said, it was all totally worth it.  Now.

This Colorado Big Horn tag took 14 years for me to draw.  I consider myself lucky to get it that quickly as I know many people who have put in for the draw for many more years than I.  Not to mention, if I had to wait to img_1741Medicare age to pursue this monster, I’d most likely be doing it with a walker and oxygen.

We scouted and prepared all summer for this hunt.  We had located a decent band of rams and had watched them periodically through the summer months.  All were legal and there were definitely some fine rams in the mix.  Until the week before season, that is.  We made one final scouting trip to do a final locate only to note that the band had moved on.  While we knew the animals would move about the varying basins and ridges in the region, we knew we would need to get into camp a day early to do some reconnaissance.

We packed into camp 8 miles on horseback, dropped gear and had a friend take the horses back out as we wouldn’t be able to keep an eye on them if we were on the peaks all day.  Camp was set and we were ready to get to work.

We spent a day and a half hiking and glassing the basins which reach well into the 12,000+ elevations.  Just a note here…there isn’t a single area in the region that is easy to access.  The elevation climbs were only a small img_1706part of the difficulty.  Some of the ridgelines are completely inaccessible without dropping down into dangerous scree fields and cliffs along the basins.  After a day and a half, we were unable to locate any rams.  Due to recent rains, we assumed the rams had timbered up but luckily we were having a stretch of sunny weather. We decided to save the basins that were a farther (and more dangerous) distance for opening day.

Opening day we were climbing the peaks at 4:30 under the light of headlamps.  While I previously thought the climb was tough in the daylight, it was exponentially more difficult with a loaded pack in the dark.  Reaching to peaks at 6:30, we were able to glass the closer basins.  As with previous days, these basins were devoid of any sheep.  We pushed out to the further three basins to glass but again, no rams were visible.

We decided to set out to the further basins which required a descent into steep scree fields taking us down over the cliffs of the basins.  The terrain was very difficult and at this point I decided to stash my pack as the additional weight made balance and maneuvering difficult.  After quite a bit of navigating we were able to round out the basins and climb back to the ridgelines.   We dipped into surrounding basins and glassed without finding anything but a few ewes.  We decided to start heading back toward camp.

Interestingly, while we were traversing the skree fields, we noted a lone ram feeding his way through the basin.  We determined he was a great old ram and we were going to work our way down on top of him.  While I sat the ridge and watched for further movements from him, Steve crossed the second basin to retrieve my pack.  Yeah, I img_1717agree…that is indeed true love!  Well, true love and the fact that he could maneuver the scree fields much faster than me!  The ram hadn’t moved and looked to have bedded down.

We worked our way down the ridgeline about an hour as the footing became difficult and the ridge had a number of hidden drop outs that we had to work our way around.  As we worked our way up the ridge behind the ram I finally got my first close look at him.  He was stunning.  The wind was in our favor and we had luckily worked ourselves into a 110 yard shot.  I was able to level off a shot to take him down. This old monarch was determined to be 14 years old by the biologist.  His lamb tips had completely broomed off.  He was solo and most likely too old to continue to fight the younger rams.  As is, he was 7/8 curl on one side and 3/4 curl on the other.  He was magnificent!

I was exhilarated and exhausted.  And the big work was only to begin!  We worked our way down and around the ridge for about 30 minutes until we came back upon him.  He was indeed magnificent.  While I had seen Big Horns in my life, I had never had the opportunity to lay my hands on one.  I was completely taken aback by the mass of his head and horns as well as the size of his body.  This is about the time I started computing the weight and the pack out.  Ugh.

We clicked off our pictures and set to work on quartering and caping.  No easy task on a steep hillside.  We calculated that our pack back to camp was going to take about 3 hours or more with weight.  And had I mentioned the terrain?  No?  Steve packed the massive head and I packed the straps and a quarter as well as some of the gear.  We opted to ditch the remaining heavy gear with the three remaining quarters we stashed in a nearby tree.  The weather was cool and would be just fine for the meat.  We planned to head back at first light to pick up the remaining meat and gear.

It did indeed take over three hours to pack back to camp.  By this point we were both exhausted from the weighted climbs, tough terrain which required walking on all fours in some stretches and the fact that we were now getting fairly depleted.  There is no doubt we had some very silent stretches.  We made it back to camp in time to stow the meat and head.  And maybe just enough time to take a dip in the stream and eat some dinner before setting out in the morning.  I can tell you one thing for certain, we slept very well that particular night.

After hydrating and wolfing down a solid breakfast we started out for the remaining meat and stowed gear at 5:00 am.  After a three hour trek we located our gear and went to work on deboning the remaining meat.  Packs loaded we flipped around and trekked back to camp.  Time to break camp!

We had arranged for friends to ride in and meet us around noon to bring us horses so we could pack out.  We literally got camp dropped right before they arrived.  We were exceptionally happy to see them as we weren’t img_1767really looking forward to the prospect of hiking out.  We had a celebratory shot of Jack, loaded the horses and headed out for the three hour ride to the trailhead.

We arrived home after dark but we were so happy to sit down with a fatty, salty porkchop and a glass of wine.  Of course, we were asleep very shortly after.  I am so grateful to my amazing husband Steve who will work tirelessly to help me on such hunts.  His skill and knowledge never cease to amaze me.  This was indeed the hunt of a lifetime and the level of difficulty made the success even sweeter!

Now…have I mentioned that Steve has a mountain goat tag we need to go after?  Stay tuned!

Archery Shooting Tips by Megan DeHaan

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-5-00-42-pmLess than 2 weeks before archery antelope opens. Holy cow that went fast! If your like me your ran ragged all summer long with haying season you rarely have time to practice your shooting. That still doesn’t give you a single excuse to not get it done if you want a successful and ethical archery season. A few simple steps you must take can be the difference between a terrible shot and a successful harvest! I never actually “put away” my bow for the season. I constantly find excuses to use it throughout the year. It has a space in my garage that’s easily accessible. With that said, there are still a few things I inspect this time of year. First, is everything tight? I’ve had my rest actually come loose before, this is a MUST before you go out and shoot. Secondly, inspect your strings. Are they frayed? Do they need wax? Third, my quiver is always full but make sure you know what your shooting! Sounds silly but it’s pretty easy to assume you have all field tips on only to find out there is one random broadhead. I also inspect my arrows before I ever shoot them. Clink them against your hand or something hard to make sure you don’t hear any broken ones, or if your tips aren’t properly screwed on tight. I never shoot old arrows in actual hunting situations. Make sure you are all setup and ready to go before the first day of season. Your local stores may sell out of your favorite broad head you sighted in with all month. Lastly, HAVE FUN! Hunting is supposed to be a wonderful and challenging experience. If you are well prepared, it can make all the difference in the world!

Megan DeHaan

 

BIG GAME SEASON IS HERE: PROPER LAYERING IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS AND COMFORT

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Prois® Hunting Apparel Utilizes Layering Systems to Enhance Thermoregulation

Mother Nature is wildly unpredictable. Hunters are often blindsided by an instantaneous change in weather while afield. This is why a good layering system is the key to success when going hunting. With multiple layers of clothing, each performing a different function, hunters find it easier to properly manage body tempurature and adapt to unexpected weather changes as needed. Prois® specializes in a 3-step layering system- base layer, insulatory, and shell. All of which are durable, functional, and compact, without sacrificing comfort and silence.

A lightweight, breathable base-layer is a good starting point for most big game hunts that require lots of hiking and strenuous activity. The Prois® Ultra line is the perfect all-around base-layer for these hunts. The Ultra shirts are constructed of Prois’ signature polyester birdseye wicking fabric to create an athletic shirt that will easily fit underneath outer shells. They come in a variety of styles for different activities. The Ultra backcountry, Ultra Hoodie, and Ultra Long Sleeve are all available at www.proishunting.com.

The 2nd layer in Prois’ 3-step system is the insulatory layer. When your core, or torso, is warm it readily releases blood to the extremities, which in turn helps to keep hands and feet warm. This is why a vest is such a good choice for hunters. Furthermore, a vest can easily be stored in your pack as temperatures rise. The Pro-Edition Vest is wind and water resistant, with deep set hand pockets for additional storage or a soft place to rest your hands. A zipper garage at the chin reduces chaffing from the zipper mechanism.

Couple the Pro-Edition Vest with either the Pro-Edition or Generation-X Jackets to complete your 3-step layering system with a durable, silent, and fully functional shell. They are each lined with Prois’ signature Nylon Tricot lining system, which makes them easier to don over multiple layers. The Pro-Edition Jacket features a detachable hood, which makes it extremely versatile. Both jackets are soft, silent, and wind/water resistant to ensure your comfort and success in the field. They also include Prois’ signature scapular pockets located between the shoulder blades to further enhance thermoregulation.

All of these items come together in an effort to further add to your hunting experience. They are each featured in the following camo patterns: MothWing Mountain Mimicry, Realtree AP®, and Realtree Max1®.

View the complete line of Prois® Hunting Apparel at www.proishunting.com or call (970) 641-3355 to receive additional advice from the staff on recommended sizing and camo patterns.

Prois was created for women, by women who refuse to settle for downsized men’s gear or upsized children’s gear. Each garment is created with the most technologically advanced fabrics available and a host of advanced features to provide comfort, silence and durability. The company’s out-of-the-box thinking has resulted in amazing designs for serious hunters that have taken the industry by storm and raised the bar for women’s outdoor apparel.

Talking Technical! High Plains Brush Pants!

Kirstie Pike- Prois CEO

Kirstie Pike- Prois CEO

By:  Kirstie Pike
CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

 

 

 
The birding seasons are quickly approaching and it is definitely time to talk technical about our High Plains Brush Pants!

What makes them the perfect pants for your birding adventures?

Prois High Plains Brush Pants

Prois High Plains Brush Pants

  1.  Feminine fit.  We designed these pants to provide room through the hips, rear and thighs.  Additionally, we kept the rise high enough to avoid the downward creep in the back.
  2. Elastacized sides in the waistband to accommodate varying body types.
  3. Cam Straps at the waistline to tighten or loosen the pants.  Should this feature not be desirable, simply remove the straps and use a belt- belt loops are also included in the design of these pants.
  4. Cordura facings.  We brought the facings higher and decided to make the facings match the fabric to create a visually appealing field pants option.
  5. Cordura Scuff Pads.  Wear and tear at the interior cuffline of field pants is common.  We reinforced this area with additional cordura to eliminate wear and tear.
  6. Boot Zips.  We added 9 inch boot zips to reduce any difficulty donning and doffing field boots.  A great feature!

This product remains one of my favorite products we design.  They are functional and visually appealing.  They are available in khaki and Olive…sizes range from XS-XL.  Check them out!

 

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Prois Staffer Cindi Baudhuin

How to Capture Quality Pictures from Your Hunt

Well it’s that time of year when the Ladies of the Prois Posse are getting it done in the field. Here are a few tips and reminders about how to capture the best pictures from your hunt so that you will have a memory and keepsake to last a lifetime.

– Take the time to move your animal into a good position for pictures. You want to move it out of the area that it bled out and into an area where you can set up for some different angled field pictures.
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– Set it up in a natural bedded down position; this is a much more photogenic pose than having the legs sticking straight out.
– Take your pictures before you gut; an open carcass is more gore than most people want to see or frame up on their walls. If you forget to take a picture before, or need to get the guts out fast, make sure that the open cavity is hidden in pictures and there is no visible gut pile.
– Clean up blood on the face and make sure that the tongue is not hanging out; an easy fix is to simply cut the tongue out. Snow, baby wipes, or even some water from your pack and mitts will go a long way.
– Don’t ride the animal, don’t even half straddle it. Show that animal respect and make sure you are sitting right behind it. Also, don’t play with the angle and sit 27 feet behind it so that it looks bigger than it is.
– Take multiple pictures from multiple angles; you can’t retake these so it’s easier to delete too many than wish that you took a few more.
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– Try to avoid major shadows on the animal and the hunters face by using the angle of the sun to highlight the picture evenly.
– Don’t only take pictures from the back of your truck or hanging from a tree; make sure you capture the animal in the environment that the hunt took place.
– Skyline antlers if possible; this help to highlight those racks.
– Be aware of where your rifle is pointed when propped. We all love to show off what helped us get our animals, but gun safety and perception is imperative and takes two seconds to make sure that it isn’t pointed at anyone even when unloaded.
– Most importantly, be proud! Smile for the opportunity to be one with nature, for the chance to put your own food on the table, the fact that you know where your food came from and smile for the amazing memory you have created.
Good luck this season ladies!!!

Getting Started: How to take the next step from archer to bowhunter

I often have women tell me that they feel like they are ready to start bowhunting but they don’t know where to begin.  They have a bow, they’ve taken some lessons, maybe have shot in an archery league or practiced on their own and consider themselves target archers, and are ready to move forward. This can be a really intimidating step for many women, especially if they don’t have a social circle of other bowhunters around them.

One of my first suggestions would be to look inBOW8to the Department of Fish and Game’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program in your state. I have been a volunteer instructor for BOW for the past 6 years and cannot say enough about it. The classes they offer, the quality of information that they provide and the skilled instructors that volunteer their time to help others to find their passion in the outdoors is second to none.  BOW was started where I live in Alaska in 1995 and has grown rapidly due to a wonderful community response to the great classes they provide. There are BOW programs all over the Lower 48 as well! There are several options for BOW classes: the first is 3 day weekend courses (workshops) which cover a small sample of many subjects. A total of 100+ participants (ages 18+) can sign up for this amazing outdoor inspired weekend and can pick subjects from a variety of 4 hours courses such as archery, bowhunting, moose hunting, field dressing, cold weather camping, outdoor cooking, hunting small game and much more!   This is not only the perfect place to start to build up confidence by educating yourself on hunting, but its also a great place to meet other women who are interested in the same things that you are! Classes like the field dressing course are completely hands on. For our Alaska class, they bring in an Elk or Moose etc… from the Wildlife Conservation Center or other donated sources and you actually get hands on experience in field dressing the entire animal with skilled and experienced instructors leading the way. The BOW weekend offers classes in an encouraging and supportive environment to beginners. Classes are presented in a way where the participants do not feel intimidated no matter their skill level or outdoors/hunting knowledge.

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In addition to these big weekend workshops; BOW also offers intensive courses on specific subjects called Beyond BOW.  I teach beginning archery at the big weekend event and I teach a more advanced bowhunting class in the 1 day intensive courses. There are other intensives on subjects like butchering wild game, big game hunting, field dressing, spin and fly fishing,  survival, map and compass and outdoor cooking just to name a few.  Beyond BOW events provide the next step in practicing the skills that a participant started to develop at the weekend workshop or they build on knowledge that a woman might already have in order to increase her confidence in using those skills in the field.  Beyond BOWs teach more advanced skills, and may be conducted almost entirely in an outdoors setting to help to build that confidence that you will need to go out on your own!

Many states BOW programs also offer some women’s group hunts. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to go out and hunt with other women, led by Fish and Game staff and volunteers.  If you don’t have friends to start hunting with, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to set up a hunt with other women who are also beginners in a safe and supportive environment. For more information on how to sign up for BOW classes visit theTurkeyCoverGrrrls Fish and Game website for your state. Another option to get connected is to check with your local archery Pro Shops for women’s organized hunts or there are several businesses like mine, Rockstarlette Bowhunting, that organize women’s group hunts. I have organized quite a few ladies hunts in the past few years and I have to say, there is nothing more rewarding than the bonding and life long friendships built when your hunting with “just the girls!”  In 2010 I organized a week long, ladies tree stand black bear archery hunt.  I think this is one of the easiest hunts for a beginner to start bowhunting with.  A tree stand or bear bait situation makes for fixed yardage that you can range before the animal comes in to prepare, plus you have the safety and security of being above the game you are hunting. The women that came on this black bear hunt were all first time bowhunters and all had great success with their bows. They have become hooked on hunting and have gone on several hunts since!  Follow Rockstarlette Bowhunting on Facebook or Instagram to get more information on upcoming women’s organized hunts!

Jonishoot3DHow do you build up the confidence in your shooting skills; to move from shooting at paper targets to live game? At many archery stores, they offer private lessons and can focus the lesson on the skills that you need to develop. So if you are looking to get ready to pass your bowhunter certification class, or are prepping for a specific type of hunt in the field – ask them to structure a private lesson to meet your needs.  Many Pro Shops also offer time in the Techno Hunt booth (a virtual hunting booth) so that you can practice shooting at live video scenes of animals in a controlled environment. You use your own bow and arrows, blunt tips that we provide and can choose from over 700 different animal scenarios to practice on.  3D archery tournaments outdoors are also a great place to hone your skills. Going through an unmarked 3D archery course and practicing either using your range finder, or judging yardages can be a great tool for honing your hunting skills and confidence in the field!

Last, but most importantly; find out if you need to get your Bowhunter Certification from your states Department of Fish and Game.  Some states require this before you can bowhunt (we do in Alaska!) For us, this is a two part test; a written Bowhunter Education section and a field shooting proficiency portion. These bowhunting classes certify more than 800 Alaskan hunters each year. The certificate is also required in Alaska to put in for archery drawing permits. The Bowhunter Education written test covers many of the same topics as Basic Hunter Education courses but with some specific questions on bowhunting.  The written portion can be done online or in a classroom setting; while you must get signed up for a test date with Fish and Game for the shooting portion.  The shooting portion of the test requires you to hit the vitals area of several big game targets at distances from 10-30 yards from both a sBird13JJtanding and kneeling position. If you are nervous about taking the shooting portion of this test, taking an archery lesson that specifically focuses on the skills needed for the test is a great confidence booster! Contact your local Pro Shop to set something up!

The main thing is to not be afraid to get started and to know that there are lots of great resources out there to help you!  I hope to encourage other women to not be intimidated and to take advantage of the resources available to get out and find their passion for the hunt! The motto of my company is “Encourage. Inspire. Empower.” if you have any questions on getting started; please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will help you get started in any way I can! I love to help other women find their passion for bowhunting!

Joni Kiser is a former Archery Pro Shop owner and the Founder of Rockstarlette Bowhunting

She has harvested a wide variety of big game animals with her bow and is a National Factory Pro Staff for Xpedition Archery and HHA and Field Staff for Prois.

Until We Meet Again

by Nancy Rodriguez

What is it that draws us to venture into the backcountry? Is it the burning muscles and strained lungs that help get us to the top of the mountain? Is it the sweat soaked clothes that will never be the same after the journey? Is it the desire to sleep on dirt, tuck into a claustrophobic mummy bag, and surround ourselves with a paper thin home away from home? Maybe it’s the exciting (OK…maybe frightening) sudden lightning storms that roll through the high country on warm summer days. Perhaps it’s the hummingbird size mosquitoes that latch on to every inch of exposed skin, trying to drain us like a juice box. NancyRodriguez2

It’s clear spending time in the backcountry is a paradox. It’s a balance between discomfort and the pleasure of feeling completely at ease and at “home”.

Summer is the time that my husband Joe and I love some backcountry therapy, so we are venturing into the Eastern Sierra’s of California on a hiking and fishing excursion. Our hike will take us to several high mountain lakes around 10,000 feet in elevation. This will be a great way to get our legs and lungs ready for the hunting season ahead.

As the miles pass under our boots, Mother Nature’s beauty encompasses us and I know there is nowhere else I would rather be. Huge rocky spires still covered in snow tower above. Spring rains have brought vibrant lush green foliage and Skittle colored wildflowers to the surrounding hills. Yellow, orange, and purple butterflies dance about while they guide us up the mountain. Birds sing, play, and bathe in the trailside snow runoff. A fluffy marmot scurries across a granite boulder in front of us. Nature’s beauty acts as a mild anesthetic, numbing the pain on our bodies but only for a little while. As we crest the final ridge we begin to feel energized. There before us lies an electric blue high mountain lake with sun lit diamonds dancing across the surface. Avalanche chutes are carved in the remaining snow as waterfalls pour from them into the lake below. I’m not sure why, but colors always seem more brilliant in the backcountry. The view nearly takes my breath away. Before long I see a ripple break the surface of the water and I feel an overwhelming urge to wet a line, but the fish will have to wait… for now. With dark clouds building on the ridges above, we should find a camp site first.NancyRodriguez4

Two tired and happy backpackers weave in and out of the dense pine forest and climb across large granite boulders until we find a camp site. A perfect flat spot amongst the short green grass and wildflowers is calling to our tent. The spot has a 360 degree unobstructed view of pure beauty and will make a perfect home for the next four days. We quickly set up our camp like we have done a hundred times before. The tent is set, water purifier hung, bear containers packed with food, and our essentials tucked away in their temporary homes. Looking out across the lake we embrace the peace and solitude.

The scramble down to the water’s edge is full of excitement and childhood wonder. Our lines are tossed in unison as we try to decide what the fish will hit. Our spoons and jigs dance through the water until one of us feels the unmistakable tug on the line and a beautiful trout breaks the surface. “Fish On” echoes in the silenNancyRodriguez3ce as I look down the shore and watch my husband smile and reel in the first fish. Many more follow.

As the sky starts it’s nightly sunset ritual, we sit crossed legged on the dirt enjoying the show. We dine on a gourmet meal of fresh trout as twinkling stars start to appear in the night sky and moonlight reflects across the lake. We snuggle together listening to the distant waterfall and taking in this perfect summer night.

After a blissful night sleep, the morning birds start to sing and gently stir us from our mountain slumber. The cool air fills my lungs; I wipe the sleep from my eyes and heat water for my morning coffee. Joe and I perch ourselves on a rock and cradle warm mugs as we watch the mountains wake up. I swear my coffee has never tasted so good. After breakfast, we lace up our boots, throw on our packs, and grab our fishing poles.NancyRodriguez1

Our boots burn through miles of dirt over the next few days as we search out different high mountain lakes. The fishing is out of this world and we feel our batteries recharge.

It’s hard to say goodbye to this beautiful place. With our backpacks loaded and hiking sticks in hand, Joe and I gaze out at the gorgeous beauty of the backcountry. We give our thanks for all that Mother Nature gives to us…a beautiful journey through life. We head down the trail and I glance back one last time…Until we meet again.

SET YOUR SIGHTS ON PROIS HUNTING APPAREL’S ARCHERY PRODUCTS

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Prois Aims to Please with the Most Functional Women’s Hunting Gear on the Market

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for; Archery season is finally within reach and it feels so good. As always, Prois Hunting Apparel has got you covered (literally) with the most functional women’s hunting apparel on the market. Take a peek at the gear Prois suggests for bow season.

A good pair of pants can make or break your hunting experience. Prois Ultra Pants are constructed of durable, 100% polyester brushed tricot fabric, which will ensure a comfortable fit that you’ll love more and more each time you wear them. Large cargo pockets with magnetic snap closures provide plenty of room for storage of extra gear. Cordlock cinches cuff closer to the boot during the hunt. The Ultra Pants are fitted just below the natural waistline and feature knee pleats for ease of movement when sitting, squatting, and stalking. You can find Prois’ Ultra Pants in sizes XS-XL and in Realtree AP or Max1.

Pair the Ultra Pants with Prois’ most popular jacket, the Pro-Edition. The Prois Pro-Edition jacket is a must have as the temperatures begin to plummet. It features a water resistant and wind-stopping laminate shell and is made of compressed fabric, making it easy to store in your pack as needed. It is constructed of a soft exterior, making you the ultimate silent assassin. Deep set hand pockets and a lumbar compartment make extra gear easy to access or stow while on the move. It also features a 3-panel removable hood and scapular drop pockets located between the shoulder blades to hold activated heat packs. The Pro-Edition jacket comes in sizes XS-XXL and in Realtree Max1, Realtree AP, and Mountain Mimicry.

New for 2016, Próis Galleann rain jacket and pants are the company’s premium, technical rain suit and have been scientifically designed to be the most functional and durable rain gear in the industry. Constructed from 100 percent polyester 20,000 / 10,000 laminate, Galleann Rain gear is extremely lightweight and completely waterproof – always important whether it’s drizzling or an all-out storm. Whether sitting, squatting, lying down, or even running, this jacket and pant combo is designed to move seamlessly with you. What’s more, they are built to be silent when performing all these actions. Finally, their breathable fabric allows you to remain as dry as possible.

Get all of these items and more at www.proishunting.com or call (970) 641-3355 to receive additional advice from the staff on recommended sizing and camo patterns.

Prois was created for women, by women who refuse to settle for downsized men’s gear or upsized children’s gear. Each garment is created with the most technologically advanced fabrics available and a host of advanced features to provide comfort, silence and durability. The company’s out-of-the-box thinking has resulted in amazing designs for serious hunters that have taken the industry by storm and raised the bar for women’s outdoor apparel.

To learn more about the company’s innovative line of serious, high-performance huntwear for real women, contact: Prois Hunting and Field Apparel, 28001-B US Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 · (970) 641-3355 · Or visit: www.proishunting.com

Feeling A Bit Sheepish…T Minus 28 days…but who’s counting?

By: Kirstie Pike- CEO Prois Hunting Apparel for Women

Kirstie Pike- Prois CEO

Kirstie Pike- Prois CEO

It’s crazy, but time is flying by but is also standing still as I am getting ready for my upcoming sheep hunt!  Is it weird that I stare at the calendar and mouth breathe?

28 days left.   Four weeks to be exact.  40,320 minutes to be more precise.

Preparation for this hunt has by far been the most work yet the most fun.  We have been working hard to prepare and I am really thankful to have this time as we have had great opportunity to evaluate our plans and make changes accordingly prior to the hunt.

Scouting.  We have spent every available weekend scouting the high country.  We are glassing and watching.  Glassing and watching.  Oh…and hiking.  Holy Mother of God are we hiking!  While this is country I have been in many different times, it has been a great experience looking at it from entirely different perspectives.  There really is a much different level of interest and excitement than I experience with elk and even deer hunting.  This is awesome.

Access Points.  Undoubtedly, sheep hunting is strenuous and intense.  The vertical climbs and terrain changes can be difficult and sometimes downright dangerous.  We have spent many hours identifying prospective access points for ascent.  While some vantage points may appear to be good routes, often times they are not as easy as they would seem.  After scouting numerous peaks, we are finally feeling good about our best ascent routes and options.  But then again, at 12,000 feet, nothing feels terrific and guppy breathing is pretty common. IMG_1186

Camp Sites.  We almost always choose to pack into remote camps via horseback for most of our hunting ventures.  We will be doing this again with this hunt as we are packing in eight miles deep.  However, for this particular hunt we have opted to have someone take the horses out for us as soon as we drop the packs.  The horses become a distraction we don’t particularly want to deal with during this hunt.  We will be hitting the ridges at 4:30 in the morning and most likely not returning until after dark.  While it doesn’t particularly excite me not to have a “get away car”, it will be much easier for us to concentrate on hunting.   We have identified a well-protected site with plenty of water that gets us a bit further up the peak.  Interestingly, last weekend we packed in and stayed where we had originally thought to place our camp.  While initially this camp seemed perfect, the access was much, much further and steeper than we had predicted.  Thankfully we spent that time in the camp prior to the hunt so we could really look at our options before we were committed on the hunt.

Gear Preparation.  We keep a very condensed collection of gear we use when we pack into the high country.  It has been very good to get out and spend time using all of it.  Through our camping excursions we have been able to discuss how to make our gear as minimal and efficient as possible.  While I thought we kept it all pretty minimal, we have found some great ways to make it even more so.  I have also had time to really evaluate what clothing I need to take.  I can truly reduce my needs by about half of what I had previously planned.  This is a huge space and weight savings.  By dialing down the optimal clothing systems, I have planned on the following for a week in the high country:

  1. Galleann Rain Pants
  2. Gallean Rain Jacket
  3. Archtach Down Jacket
  4. 1 x Ultra Pants
  5. 1 x Adventure Pants
  6. 2 x Merino long underwear
  7. 2 Merino long sleeve shirts
  8. 2 Merino tank tops
  9. 2 Merino sports bras/underwear
  10. Beanie/Neck Gaitor
  11. 3 x Incredisocks
  12. Kennetrek gaiters
  13. Zamberlan Vioz boots

So…as we get closer you will hear more of my incessant ramblings about counting days and counting sheep!  Have I mentioned it’s only 28 days away?
 

 

Clear Your Freezer Recipes! Bacon Wrapped Mini-Meatloaf

This is perfect for the remaining burger you may still have in your freezer!  Check it out!

Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaf

Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaf

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