State Coordinator Spotlight this month goes to our Colorado State Coordinator, Mia Enstrom. Mia has been a longtime supporter of Prois and wears the “P” with pride on all her adventures. She’s a fantastic photographer, mother and does amazing work for Prois including being our Social Media Coordinator. She’s a hardcore hunter who’s passion runs deep and we’re proud to spotlight her this month.
Prois: Tell us a bit about you…basically where you live, what you do, your hobbies and loves!
Mia: The life of a wife to a Taxidermist. A small town in Southwest Colorado is where I call home. As well as being an “Hunting Junkie” as called by some of my family, I also love life behind a camera lens, time in the pasture with cows & horses, and chasing around a two year old boy that calls me Momma. My life revolves around the great outdoors and every chance I get to break away from the day to day I’m headed for the hills. From taking pictures, shed hunting, basically hunting for whatever is in season, or just a drive up on the mountain the great outdoors is my happy place and where I love to be with my family & friends.
Prois: How long have you been on staff with Prois?
Mia: I was approached by Kirstie in the fall of 2014 to join as a Prois Staffer. I was in-between a bear hunt and in route to help out a cousin on his bighorn ewe sheep hunt. Needless to say I was beyond stoked to join the posse even though the threat of Kirstie ugly crying if I neglected to accept was a tempting sight to see.
Prois:When did you become a state coordinator?
Mia: I became a state coordinator in the fall of 2016. I had just wrapped up a statewide raffle tag pronghorn hunt and was gearing up for a bighorn ewe sheep hunt of my own… (funny how these amazing things happen around a sheep hunt?!) I was enthralled at the opportunity!
Prois: What have you found to be the most rewarding part of being part of the Prois Posse?
Mia: The sisterhood. Hands down. I had no idea what I was walking into when I approached the Prois booth at WHCE in 2014 and met Kirstie Pike. Upon first sentence I was accepted into what has been the most supportive group of ladies I’ve ever been around. We support each other on not only our hunting adventures but on life’s adventures as well. We all have each others backs through thick & thin. Did I mention we laugh? We laugh A LOT.
Prois: What are your ultimate goals as Colorado State Coordinator?
Mia: To continue my grassroots approach and introduce Prois to more eyes in Colorado. Not only to make them aware of the amazing gear Prois produces but to welcome them into the Posse family. I have met some amazing and dedicated hunters in Colorado that really fuel my fire to continue. To be completely honest, What really fuels my fire is meeting the next generation that takes to the woods every fall for the love of the hunt! Introducing all of these ladies to technical gear designed by women and made for women to set them up for their adventures fills me with pride! My ultimate goal would be to really grow our annual Prois gathering in Colorado. More ladies coming together for the love of Prois & hunting that can kick back and have a great time! I mean, who doesn’t wanna kick back in the mountains in Colorado?!
Prois: Who is your inspiration?
Mia: I was raised by inspirations and am now married to one… However, If i was to spotlight one, it would be my Mom. This woman loves to hunt and her passion come open season every year is something that truly inspires me! Her smile when it all comes together is priceless. She embarked on a DIY elk hunt in Colorado and came out of that hunt with an amazing 355” bull. When I received a trophy picture the first thing I looked at was that smile, Not the bull she harvested. I can only hope when my little guy grows up he views me the way I view her as a hunter. Her passion shows true and she is a dead eye I’m proud to call my Momma. Did I mention she wears Prois?!
Prois: How do you feel female hunters can continue to band together and support each other?
Mia: Two words. Dig deep. There’s a lot of going back and forth over what kind of gun you shoot, what kind of bow you draw back, your optics, your camouflage, etc. I like to toss all that aside and dig deeper. We are all hunters. We’re all on the same team. We’re all conservationists. Taking this approach sets us all up to become a united front. Women are strong and a force to be reckon with when they unite. It really is an awesome thing see all of these amazing ladies come together for the love of the HUNT!
Prois: When did you start hunting?
Mia: I was born and raised a hunter. There’s a trophy photo of my Mom in the bed of truck with a coastal blacktail buck she harvested holding me in the photo as a baby. The tradition was passed down throughout my entire childhood. As soon as I was old enough to get my hunting licenses I was on it. Harvested my first buck months after pas
sing my hunters education.
Prois: What do you find to be the most rewarding part of hunting?
Mia: Hunting is a well rounded and humbling experience. There’s not just one part that I find most rewarding. Every little piece comes with reward. The hunt itself, Being around family & friends, putting meat on the table, and of course taking part in wildlife conservation at it’s finest. All of this brings reward to me and fuels my passion to get back out there every year to do it all again.