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After many stalks on Sheep in Hawaii last week; I just wasn’t getting close enough. Shortly before my hunt I had dislocated my shoulder and also had a partial tear of my Rotator Cuff. I skipped the surgery option and opted for a steroid injection which took the pain level down and made it so I could shoot my bow. Even so, I had to drop the draw weight way lower than usual. I’m short, with a 25 inch draw and now with my low poundage – I felt that my “ethical” shooting range was 40 yards. We closed the gap on sheep multiple times. Did some really fun stalks belly crawling 60 yards in one instance, or crawling on our hands and knees (this is quite painful on lava rocks) and got 80, 70 and finally 57 yards on the last one. The fog and rain was coming in rapidly and heavy. We knew we only had about 5 minutes to make a decision. There was no cover for me to get behind between me and a very nice ram. He had several females around him and they were skittish. It broke my heart to tell the guide that it was just too far. If I was shooting 70# then of course, If I was even shooting 60# it would have been fine. But I was turned down to 42# and at 57 yards, I knew that it just didn’t have the Kinetic Energy to punch though that thick wool and it would have been slow enough that there would be too much reaction time for him or the females around him to move or spook from my shot. If I wounded him and he ran into the fog which was now very close – we’d lose him. Ethical bow hunting is super important to me. So I said no. The guide looked really, really bummed. He kept saying, “but its a such a nice ram”. LOL. Here’s the shocking part! Most people start off big game hunting with a gun and then eventually move to a bow. Not me, I started many years ago with a bow and never looked back. Ive taken all kinds of game with my bow, but never, not one single animal, ever with a rifle! The guide had a 30.06 and I whispered; “Ill take it with that gun”. He looked so shocked!! Now mind you, I hadn’t shot a rifle in over 20 years; so I was nervous! I laid down, he said breathe in, breathe out and slow squeeze the trigger. One shot and he dropped. The guide was ecstatic and so was I! I could hardly believe I took my first animal with a rifle! He kept saying, I can’t believe you dropped him in one shot! The fog came in fast and you can see in the background of the photo – there was a mountain there – but all you see is fog. By the time we started to clean it – the fog and rain were upon us. I finished out the hunt week taking a goat, turkey, pheasant and hog with my bow. Will I make gun hunting a part of my plans? Not sure about that because I’m quite addicted to bow hunting – but it was a really cool experience and I’m proud of how hard we worked for this absolutely incredible Sheep!
By: Kirstie Pike- CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel
Although we really like cake. And gummies. And Sour Patch Kids.
Layering is indeed the key to optimal thermoregulation and performance no matter what type of hunting you are doing. There is a common belief that layering only matters on high impact exertional hunts. Not true…not true.
Despite the fact that we at Prois like to talk tech when it comes to layering and optimizing your gear…it really is as simple as 1,2,3.
See. Totally easy.
I know this now takes the wind out of our sails and reduces the amount of verbiage we can throw at you but this is all you need to keep in mind when choosing gear for your next outing. Since turkey season is upon us, let’s carve it up like so…
1. Baselayer: You will want full arm coverage for camouflage. A fabric choice that provides wicking is best as temperatures can fluctuate from cold to hot in hours during this season. I am personally a huge fan of merino wool and love our Icebreaker products for this. However, merino could be a bit warm in the hot climates, thus I recommend a poly birdseye blend fabric as is offered in our Ultra line of shirts. Both options will keep you covered and wick moisture. Pants. I suppose you need those as well. While they aren’t really considered a baselayer, it makes me look all smart and everything to work it into the baselayer section. Both the Pro-Edition and Ultra pants are PERFECT for turkey season. Made of the same heavy polyester tricot, the only difference between the pants is the cut. The Pro-Edition pants sit a bit higher on the waist and have elastic in the waistband and camstraps to adjust. The Ultra Pants are fashioned a bit lower on the waist and tend to have a bit more room through the thighs and hips. For that…I love the Ultras.
2. Insulate: Consider this your core. A vest is a great insulator for turkey season as it will keep you warmer in the cold morning and evening hours. I love the Pro-Edition vest for turkey season. Often I shed my jacket and use only the vest which has a huge lumbar compartment across the lower back. I stow my soft goods and calls there. I like to carry less, so I am a pocket fanatic.
3. Shell: Simply stated…this is your jacket. Your shell should provide some additional protection from the elements. Essentially, what you need is windstopping and/or waterproofing. The Pro-Edition and Generation X Jackets both provide windstopping and water resistance (NOT waterproofing) and are perfect for spring turkey hunting. Both jackets have hoods to provide additional coverage and camouflage. Both jackets are of the same fabric and the only differences are these…the Pro-Edition has a removable hood and the length of the jacket is shorter—the Generation X hood remains intact and the body of the jacket is longer. Tons of pockets and storage in both.
See…layering for turkey season is quite simple! And you know what else…most of these products are on sale RIGHT now on our website. How cool is that?? Go on…stock yourself up for this turkey season!
Learn More About the Company’s Formidable Rain System for Women Hunters
For serious hunters who hunt through the seasons, rain is often a factor. Stay dry and warm with the Próis® Galleann Line, a technologically advanced system of gear every huntress should have. Lightweight, hard-wearing, and perhaps most importantly, packable, this rain suit is a must-have, especially when the heavens decide to pour.
Named for the Gaelic word “storm,” the all-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.
The Próis Galleann Jacket packs into its own pocket making it simple to store and carry with you in the field, ensuring you’re well prepared should the weather take a turn for the worse. The high performance jacket has fully waterproof zippers, taped seams, and snap-down sliders to help keep you and your gear dry. The hood also has an exterior drawstring, which allows for a more precise fit and better peripheral vision.
Pair the Próis Galleann Jacket with the Galleann Pants, which are built from the same state-of-the-art materials and also pack into their own pocket. Notably, the pant leg zippers extend up the entire leg so you can slide them on and off efficiently. The pants also have detachable cordura gaiters to secure your boots and help reduce moisture around the boot and ankle.
The Próis Galleann Jacket and Pants are sold separately and can be purchased here. They are both available in sizes XS through XXL and come in Realtree APX®, Realtree Max-1®, or olive.
For more information about the Próis Galleann Line or to learn more about the company’s innovative line of serious, high-performance huntwear for real women, contact: Próis Hunting and Field Apparel, 28001-B US Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 · (970) 641-3355 · Or visit: www.proishunting.com
Próis® Hunting Apparel has the Gear Women Need for Late Season Hunting
We might be entering the coldest month of the year, but that doesn’t stop dedicated hunters everywhere from going outside and doing what they love. Unless, of course, they don’t have the right gear. Fortunately, that is not an issue when you have a closet full of Próis cold weather gear. Check out the company’s favorites for cold, wintery days afield.
You may think you know what happiness feels like, but try on the Próis Archtach down jacket and you will realize you were sorely mistaken. Perfect for the coldest of climates, this jacket is constructed of 800 fill gray goose down. It features an athletic and feminine cut with extra length down the backside to reduce back draft. In case pack space is limited to only a few gear necessities, this jacket is the perfect component as it packs down into its own pocket. What’s even better? The Archtach jacket is on sale for 20% off retail through the end of January at www.proishunting.com. It comes in sizes XS-XL and is available in the camo patterns Realtree® AP, Max 1, Mountain Mimicry, and Black.
In case one layer isn’t enough, check out the Xtreme Jacket and pants. This dynamic duo is considered the perfect combo for the coldest of cold days and will keep you snug as a bug in a rug. The ladies of Próis thought of it all when creating this outfit. Constructed of a polyester 8000/5000 waterproof, breathable fabric, these garments are soft and silent and sure to keep you warm and happy, even if Mother Nature has other plans. Insulated with 200 Gram 3M Thinsulate, and lined with 100% Nylon Tricot, this jacket/pant combo is the perfect layering piece and can be easily added and removed as the day goes on. Adding to the jacket’s incredible function is an innovative safety harness lead located at the base of the neck, allowing hunters to easily strap on and off a safety harness underneath the jacket. Both the jacket and pants come in sizes XS-XXL and are offered in camo patters Realtree® AP and Max 1.
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.
You can also check out the above products and more at the following outdoor shows: Wild Sheep Foundation’s Sheep Show (Jan. 21-23), SCI Convention (Feb. 3-6), Western Hunting and Conservation Expo (Feb. 11-14), and the NRA National Convention (May 20-22).
Próis 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: Próis Hunting and Field Apparel, 28001-B US Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 · (970) 641-3355 · Or visit: www.proishunting.com
Earn Dividends and Get Discounts Towards the Best Women’s Hunting Gear in the Industry
Just when you thought Próis® Hunting Apparel had reached an all-time high of awesomeness, they throw their new Membership Rewards Program into the mix. The women’s hunting industry has never seen a deal like this before. Take a closer look at what Próis will offer customers with this new and exciting program.
First, you might be asking yourself how one takes advantage of such an offer, and it really is rather simple. Sign up by visiting https://www.proishunting.com/membership/ to fill out an application. Once the application is filled out and submitted to our database, you will receive a Membership Card with your very own membership number on it. This personalized number will be the key to earning dividends and getting discounts.
Speaking of discounts, this program offers members a 20% discount on all online purchases of Próis brand clothing. Simply enter your membership number at checkout and you will be handsomely rewarded for doing so. Items not redeemable are gift cards, clearance items, backpacks, or boots.
The Próis Membership Rewards Program also offers year-end dividends equal to 10% of your total annual purchases. So, the more you buy the more you earn. At the end of each year, Próis will tally your total purchases and a dividend code will be issued for use on future purchases. Dividends apply towards any gear offered on the Próis website.
Find out more by calling the Próis office at (970) 641-3355 or by emailing email@example.com.
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
Baby it’s cold outside!
And you need soup.
Check out this awesome recipe for Venison Curry Stew!!!
4 tablespoons grape seed oil
1 venison haunch, cubed (about 5 pounds)
Salt and pepper
2 stalks lemongrass, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 cloves garlic garlic, minced
1 medium onion, diced
1 tablespoon minced ginger
3 bay leaves
2 cinnamon sticks
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon dried chili flakes
4 tablespoons curry
2 cans coconut milk
6 cups chicken stock
1 large butternut squash, cut into cubes
Cilantro, for garnish
In a large heavy bottomed pot, heat the oil. Season the venison cubes with salt and pepper and add them to the oil, browning them on all sides, about 5 minutes.
Add the lemongrass, garlic, onion and ginger and stir until it exudes its aroma, about 5 minutes.
Add the bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, chili flakes, and curry and stir well.
Pour in the coconut milk and chicken stock, and stir. Cover and let simmer for about 2 hours, until the venison becomes tender.
After 2 hours, add the squash and cover. Let cook until the squash is tender and the venison cubes fall apart easily.
Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve.