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Bowfishing Association of America’s (BAA) World Championship

By Prois Staffer Gretchen Steele

Hundreds of bowfishers, and a total of 72 boats descended on Aurora, Kentucky for a record setting Bowfishing Association of America’s (BAA) World Championship tournament, and Prois was there!

A summer spent bowfishing almost daily, participating in other smaller tournaments, culminated in a great weekend in Aurora, Kentucky at “The Worlds” .

Team Back-N-Black at the BAA World Championships

Team Back-N-Black at the BAA World Championships

Said BAA Points/Sanctioning Chairman Amanda Nichols, “Kentucky always has the biggest turnout for the World’s, but this year was the record year so far for turnout for any of the World’s tourneys. This is the biggest World’s to date and we would like to thank everyone for their support and participation in the 2014 BAA World Championship. Without all of the bowfishermen and the supporters we couldn’t have done it. Big thanks to Marshall County for all the support and donations towards this event. ”

 

Teammate Amy Pease checking her bow pre tournament

Teammate Amy Pease checking her bow pre tournament

The BAA’s World championship Tournament brings the best of the best bowfishers from across the country to compete for 14,000 dollars in prize money. The first place winning teams in the Big 20 Division and Numbers Division both went home 3,000 dollars richer and payouts were also made to those in the top five slots.

 

But “The World’s” as it is referred to by bowfishers is much more than just another tournament, and just another purse. It’s a full blown weekend event that gives bowfishers from across the country a weekend together filled with friendship, fellowship and fun. For many it is the one event of the year where all of their bowfishing buddies are in one place.

 

 So thrilled to receive my flopper stopper from "The Shot"

So thrilled to receive my flopper stopper from “The Shot”

As it was close to my birthday, several bowfishing pals brought good luck/ birthday gifts, including a most special gift from bowfishing icon “The Shot” Willett. Shot, as he is known on the tournament circuit and in the bowfishing community, presented me with my own “Wild Woman Flopper Stopper” Receiving a flopper stopper from shot is true sign that one has arrived so to speak in the bowfishing world. My team mate and fellow badass Amy made sure that I had my traditional “ducky” pre tournament good luck present and few things to celebrate our participation in the prestigious worlds. Seriously, doesn’t everyone bowfish in a camo feather boa????

 

Photo Courtesy of Amy Pease

Photo Courtesy of Amy Pease

For the communities that that host the World’s it’s a huge influx to the local economy. “It’s hard dispute what we bring in, when that guy with the truck and airboat walks into to your gas station and slaps 4 hundred dollar bills down just for fuel. “ Said Mark Lee, President of BAA. Lee further pointed out the economic benefits to the community in dollars spent on lodging, meals, and trips to local shops for last minute items. Additionally local civic groups can help fill their organizations coffers by providing food, drinks, etc. at the tournament site.

At this year’s Worlds the Aurora Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary were kept hopping serving up food both before and after the tournament. “We are just thrilled to have the bowfishers in Aurora – we had the Kentucky State Shoot here earlier this year and we loved every minute of it. We couldn’t wait for the Worlds to get here. Our small community is suffering, just like so many, and the bowfishers bring us so much! “Said a representative from the ladies auxiliary.

Weigh in went smoothly by utilizing three stations

Weigh in went smoothly by utilizing three stations

That sentiment was echoed by Tammy Nanney from nearby KenLake State Park Resort where “all those big bowfishing boats” were the talk of the resort guests and staff. Nanney pointed out that bowfishing at Kentucky Lakes is excellent, sporting some of the largest big head carp in the Midwest, and the myriad of available Kentucky Parks lodging options from camping to cottages to resort level are always welcoming to those who plan a bowfishing vacation at Kentucky Lakes.

The tournament was truly a community affair, with many from Kentucky Lakes area coming out to talk with bowfishers, ogle the boats and equipment on display and to watch well-orchestrated take off of 72 boats.

Chatting with one of bowfishing’s young stars, Kenzie Taylor and complimenting her on the way she represents bowfishing and sets such a great example for young women bowfishers.

Chatting with one of bowfishing’s young stars, Kenzie Taylor and complimenting her on the way she represents bowfishing and sets such a great example for young women bowfishers.

Companies and industries affiliated with the bowfishing community also recognize the importance of the World’s as a premier bowfishing event and provided excellent in kind and monetary support. For instance, PowerTran donated a full system as a prize in a side competition sponsored by their company.

This year’s successful BAA World Championship proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that bowfishing has arrived as a legitimate outdoor sport and is no longer considered fringe, redneck, or a bunch of goofballs with bows chasing fish in the dead of night. It requires specialized equipment, specialized skills, and is a great conservation tool for the removal of injurious and invasive species.

Barnes Twins 3-Gunning it up!

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This past weekend concluded our three gun competitions for the summer with 4 weeks of competitions in a row. We have learned a lot about the sport of 3 gun in the past month (mostly through trial & error during matches) that will help us to improve in the future. We started out at the JP Rocky Mountain 3 gun in New Mexico (4th & 5th Tactical Lady, 43rd & 52nd Overal Tactical), then traveled to Bend, Oregon for the Crimson Trace Midnight 3 gun, then it was on to the Brownells Rockcastle 3 gun ProAm in Kentucky (6th & 8th Lady, 126 & 131 Overal) and finally the Noveske Area 2 Championships in Byers, CO (4th & 5th Tac Lady, 32nd & 39th Tactical Overal). These were our 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th major 3 gun matches and we saw huge gains with each match. At each match we improved our best stages ranking higher and higher towards the top of the pack and had more consistent stages as well as having fewer bad stages. We now have a week to train for the Trijocon World Shooting Championships that will be held in West Virginia. This fall we’ll head to the 3 Gun Nation Southwest Regional Championships in Texas in October followed by the Lady 3 gun match in Georgia at the end of October. We are confident that with some more training this fall we can continue to make huge gains in 3 gun.

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We also have a packed schedule of courses for the T.O.P Shooting Institute this fall and into the winter. We just finished 2 classes for competitive shooters in Colorado & Kentucky that were a huge success. This fall we have a slew of competitive shooting courses around Colorado, Utah, & New Mexico. We’ll also be starting to work with a bunch of military units out of Fort Carson, CO as well as FBI from California and special forces units from Georgia who will be coming to work with us in Durango.

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The Off Season

By Megan DeHaan

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For some, we live by seasons, as a rancher I feel like my life revolves around this idea. There’s calving season, haying season, hunting season, feeding season, repeat. Everything else depends on the weather, the cows, the kids, the old man…. So, for my sanity I have a few “musts” to fill in the blanks. Trail running is one of them. In one way it’s my alone time. The time I get during hunting season that I dearly love, to be at one with nature and my thoughts. So in the “off season” I go out. The other reason is simply because if I don’t, then all winter I just mope around feeling sorry for myself wishing it was fall and I was hunting. Yes I run in the winter, yes it gets cold, no, it doesn’t bother me, yes, I know, I’m that weird person who runs in the snow and rain and thoroughly enjoys it! The alternative would be letting old man winter control you and waste all that time you took to get into shape for hunting season and avoid your skinny jeans because you know they wont fit.

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Some people really just don’t enjoy running I’ve been told. Well I didn’t either at one time. I decided one day I was going to. So I went running. And I hated it. So I tried again, still hated it. Until one day I realized, maybe I should try out actual running attire? So I went out and bought new running shoes from an actual running store. Holy moly did that make a difference! It’s the same thing as trying to just wear your husbands hunting clothing. You could, but have fun with that….most likely they won’t fit, and it will be just like trying to trail run in jeans and boots. So naturally I started seeking out running clothes. Let me be clear, not all running clothes are created equal. Just because they say “running shorts” does not mean they aren’t going to hike up your butt crack and expose your underside. Also “technical” doesn’t even really mean its going to work as well as you think. Some times it means “technically we call these shorts technical, but really there just technically/kinda running shorts”. You have to pick and choose. I found that my hunting clothing was working better than some of my running gear. Mainly because almost all my hunting gear is Prois, and it’s all made specifically for us women who demand performance. So eventually I became “that gal who’s always in camo at races”. Prois carries an “ultra hoodie” and it’s ultra wonderful. I wear it all winter, and for warm-up and for early races. They also have the ultra short sleeve that works great as well for any mid temperature days. I almost always run with a visor and it just so happens, Prois carries my favorite. Last but not least they carry the turas sleeveless shirt that works great for hot days. This helps me out a lot because my hunting wardrobe and gear gets its own room in our house, so my running gear could save some room by being multi purpose, and what husband doesn’t like saving money on his wife’s habits?

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Turns out road running can get pretty boring after awhile and is why I turned to trail running among many other reasons. My first race was the Bridger Ridge Run in Bozeman, MT. It’s rated one of the top ten bucket list races by Trail Runners Magazine and its also rated one of the hardest races in the country. Once I realized I was capable of completing such a race without dying, my motivation went from simply staying in shape for hunting season, to an obsession with the sport. I’ve completed several trail races in the past years and my list keeps getting longer of new ones I’d like to try. If you have the right gear, the will, and shear determination, anything is possible. If your stuck and need some motivation, or a new direction with your fitness, or simply need to get your butt in gear because you drew a great tag this hunting season and it requires a LOT of physically demanding terrain. Then start trail running! Heck, even look me up and I can help you get started. Call the Prois gals, they will hook you up with some great gear for running and hunting. Most importantly, find something that you enjoy in the off season to keep you busy, and in shape! That way when hunting season comes around and that trigger finger gets unbearable, you know your in shape and ready at any moment!

 

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Prois hunting and field apparel not just for the hard, high mountain hunts.

By:  Mia Anstine- Wolf Creek Outfitters

This past weekend, lady Prois supporters, Deb Ferns, Camp Director of Babes with Bullets, Mary Ann Dabney, Camp Cook for Babes with Bullets, and Chris Quam, Director of Sales at HIVIZ Shooting Systems  joined Mia Anstine owner of Wolf Creek Outfitters  to harvest their own bison.

 The ladies desired bison because they, like many of us, wanted to fill their freezers.  Bison meat, being one of the leanest and healthiest meats is the best money can buy.  The animals they were after were free range bison.  They have no antibiotics and no hormones in their systems.  Bison meat has a high nutritional value and is high in omega 3 fats which among other things help prevent cancer and lower cholesterol.  The ladies were excited to fill their freezers with healthy meat without the extremes that can come with a traditional hunt.

 A traditional hunt can entail a lot of hiking, spotting and stalking.  The harvest allows a person to provide healthy meat for their family with out hours of sitting, hiking and silence.  Deb showed up with a walking cast on her foot and was able to face the challenge of maneuvering around to get to the animals.  Chris Quam had not hunted before.  The harvest would be a first for her.  She took the task serious, as every shooter should.  She sighted her rifle in and had a shot grouping with in one inch at 200 yards.  Mary Ann is a long time hunter and was prepared to take down the big bull bison.  It took some maneuvering around, but the ladies were able to harvest bison ranging in size from 1600 to 2000 pounds. 

Mia Anstine, Deb Ferns and Chris Quam, members of theWOMA wearing their Prois gear.

Mia Anstine, Deb Ferns and Chris Quam, members of theWOMA wearing their Prois gear.

PROIS HOLIDAY SALE!! Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday…Prois is offering great deals the entire month!

PROIS HUNTING APPAREL HOLIDAY SALE!

PROIS HUNTING APPAREL HOLIDAY SALE!

If you are like us, you avoid the mall madness and insanity of the shopping season at all costs.  In the spirit of keeping your shopping season relaxed and pressure-free, Prois is offering great deals on selected items throughout the month of December.   Turas, Competitor, Sherpa, Pro-Edition and Prois Logowear is now available and holiday-friendly prices!  Check us out at www.proishunting.com!

Still shopping for the female hunter in your family!?  Look no further…

Pike Girls Bring Home the Bacon!

15 Year Old Haydyn With Her 2010 Cow

15 Year Old Haydyn With Her 2010 Cow

Daughters of Prois Hunting Apparel CEO, Kirstie Pike, have a successful elk hunting season in Colorado.  Both girls harvested their animals on DIY hunts in the Gunnison Basin.  Great Job!

 
18 Year Old Hanna With Her Drop Antlered Bull

18 Year Old Hanna With Her Drop Antlered Bull

EXTREME HUNTRESS TOP 10 FINALISTS SELECTED…NOW VOTE FOR YOUR EXTREME HUNTRESS OF 2010!

The second annual Prois and Primal Adventures TV Extreme Huntress Contest is going full tilt!  With many, many amazing women entered, the celebrity panel of judges, which include Guy Eastman, Diana Rupp, Larry Weishuhn, Rebecca Francis and Kirstie Pike, have narrowed the field to the top 10 finalists!  The winner of this unrivaled contest receives a New Zealand hunting trip from Frazier Safaris and an amazing gear package from Prois Hunting Apparel for Women, Aimpoint, Swarovski, Bowtech, BOG Gear, Brownells, Schnees and Badlands Packs.  Winner will also be flown to the 2011 Archery Trade Association Show and 2011 SHOT Show for press conferences formally announcing the winner to the industry! 

So now what? 

Jump online to the Tahoe Films website (link below) and check out each of these amazing ladies.  Submit your vote and stay tuned…the winner will be determined on January 1, 2011! 

Voting will commence at 12:01AM Monday, November 1st and end at 11:59PM January 1, 2011.
Link to Vote:
http://www.tahoefilms.com/poll.php?poll_id=6

Only one vote per IP address and email address is allowed. Voters must provide a valid email address to vote.  Email addresses are run through a data base which determines validity. If an office is on a network, then the office is all on one IP address-  to avoid any conflicts, we encourage folks to vote from home if their office system is on a network!  

So…get on out and vote…after all, it IS an election  year!

 

2009 Extreme Huntress Rebecca Francis

2009 Extreme Huntress Rebecca Francis

Sistahs are doing it for themselves

Taken from Pro-Staffer Holly Heyser’s Blog

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Women hunting: A beautiful sight

Of the 742 photos I took this weekend at California Waterfowl‘s 2010 Women’s Hunting Camp, I think this one is my favorite. Not because it has any particular technical or artistic merit, but because – more than any other – it captures the mood of the day.

These women are exhilarated and filled with a confidence borne of achieving something that society doesn’t expect of them. And these are just the first of many emotions they’ll get to savor as they become more and more deeply involved in the pursuit that is more ancient than civilization itself: hunting to put food on their tables.

It fills me with both a maternal sense of pride in them and a sisterly desire to offer a welcoming embrace.

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Ten women attended the weekend camp at Birds Landing Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clays. Two of them already had hunting licenses, but eight were there to complete their hunter education, learn to shoot shotguns, get their licenses and go on their first hunt.
I was on hand all weekend to assist, educate and generally butt in a lot, which everyone tolerated generously. But lest you think this was all about philanthropy, let me set you straight: I was hungry to watch the transformation that would take place in them, and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

Everyone arrived Saturday morning looking a little quiet and unsure as we handed out their hunter ed manual and blaze orange caps, courtesy of Prois. During the hunter education sessions, they listened to instructor George Oberstadt intensely, stopping him occasionally to grill him on the finer points of ammunition, or safety, or ethics. It was very, very serious.

After lunch, we had some hands-on sessions. I manned the “weapon familiarization” table, where I illustrated the differences between three types of shotguns and two rifles. I loved explaining the autoloaders to them: “Check out how hard you have to press this button to chamber the shell,” I said, handing them my own personal shotgun, Sarah Connor. “See? They’re made for man hands. They’re not delicate.”

Then there was testing. Again, the mood was very serious.

After that, while George graded the tests to see who would pass and become a licensed hunter, a bunch of us volunteers took the women out to the sporting clays course to take what was, for most of them, their first shots with a shotgun.

Some struggled. Some got it fairly quickly. Carole, though, was a total beast – I think she hit her first three shots in a row, which had all of us hollering like teenage boys at a strip club.

God, how I always wanted to be like Carole – a prodigy! Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately in this case, I wasn’t, so I had authentic words of advice for the rest: Don’t worry if you’re not amazing now. With practice, all of you can become good – way better than average.

One of my favorite moments after that was watching Monique, who really struggled at first. She’s cross-dominant – left-handed, right-eye dominant. She tried shooting right handed, but hated it. She switched to left and felt more comfortable, but still wasn’t hitting targets. Our instructor, another George, had her do an exercise that involved pointing her right index finger as if it were the barrel of the gun. Like magic, something clicked, and after that she started slamming clays.

Relief! And joy. We were all smiles.

After shooting practice, we retreated to the blessed shade of our patio classroom, where George handed out prizes for the women with the two best test scores – Girls with Guns gun cases (uh, yeah, use that link – if you just Google them, you’ll get some weird, kinky stuff), courtesy of the Tackle Box, a hook-n-bullet store in Chico (which, by the way, is gearing up to stock some women’s hunting clothing from Prois).

Can I get three cheers for Rachel (right) and Sarah (left – the wife of the Darren I hunted with on closing day of duck season in January)?


Notice the smiles? Good Lord, every single one of them was sporting a huge grin as she first got her hunter ed certificate (yes, everyone passed), and then got her license. I mean, teeth, gums, everything – they were happy as hell! And I remember how it felt – you study hard, but you’re filled with uncertainty, and passing that test is a big deal.

Then we sent everyone home to get a good night’s rest – or at least to try – before the morning’s hunt.

We started trickling into the Birds Landing parking lot at 7 a.m. Sunday, and I watched their faces, remembering vividly my fist hunt – also a planted-bird pheasant hunt, way back in 2006. You’ve read the materials, you’ve listened to your mentors, you’ve pulled the trigger a few times, but you have no clue what it’s going to be like when a pheasant lifts up in front of you.

We split into three groups, and in my first group was Lori, with whom I’d been emailing with back and forth for a little more than a year. The dog got on birds right away, and the first flush happened right in front of Lori.

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One shot, bird down!

Lori was one of the women who was already licensed, but this was her first pheasant and she was ecstatic. And seriously, I get a little teary, being so proud of her in that moment.

As the morning went on, I toggled between groups, watching as the women faced one of those challenges peculiar to planted bird hunts: These birds did not want to get up – they just ran and ran and ran.






And all of them wanted so much to be good sportswomen that they waited – often in vain – for the birds to take flight. Personally, for the price of admission, I would’ve sluiced the buggers. At least one of them.

When the sun got too high and the parched dogs began to wear out, we finally had to call it quits. Some got birds, others didn’t, but whether they realize it or not, all of them learned something – I could see it as the morning wore on, the attentive way they monitored the dogs, guns at the ready.

Whether they realized it or not, their instincts were kicking in. Watching it was like learning it all over again – delicious.







For Renee Viehmann – the second woman from the left in the bottom row of the last photo above – these moments must have been especially sweet. Renee was a graduate of last year’s CWA women’s hunting camp, and she subsequently helped start the Bad Ass Girls Club. She volunteered with her Weimaraner Roxie this weekend to help introduce the next batch of women to hunting.

When the hunt was over, there was lunch. George grilled duck and goose and burgers, which we all devoured gratefully. We all talked about what it was like, about the surprises everyone encountered. We talked about what they needed to do next to pursue the kinds of hunting that interested them.

I dumped about 90 percent of my women’s hunting clothing collection on a table and let everyone plow through it to see what they liked, and to try on some pieces to get a feel for fit. And can I just say that regardless of the type of clothing, chicks still dig going through another girl’s closet? Totally fun.

We all stood there chatting about what we wanted to do next, then, one by one, drifted away.

But it’s not over. It looks like Monique might accompany me on a deer/bear hunt in a couple weeks. Carole said she’s really into trying duck hunting now. I know Sarah is going to join her husband Darren out at the waterfowl refuges, and learn what it is that got him completely obsessed last year.

Kirsten, who works for the Department of Fish and Game, is going to dive into the pursuit that her agency regulates. Raquel, who is a reporter, may write a story about this weekend, and we’re going to try to hook her up for a pig hunt, which is what captivates her most. Lori is putting in her season-long application for reservations for waterfowl hunts. Angela plans to hunt turkeys with her husband.

And those are just the plans I know about. But no worries, we’ve all got each other’s email addresses. I’m pretty sure we’ll all be seeing each other again.

© Holly A. Heyser 2010

 

 

All Coon Dogs Go to Heaven

Baird crosses another place off her Outdoor Bucket List

Where’s Prois now?

Barb Baird, Prois Hunting and Field Apparel Pro-Staff member, visited the Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard in northwest Alabama on Aug. 29. It’s on her “Outdoor Bucket List” of places to visit and things to do. Established in 1937, the cemetery is the final resting place for about 200 full-blooded coon dogs. With names like Blueflash, Troop and Gypsy carved either crudely or ornately on all types of headstones and grave markers, the cemetery is truly one-of-its-kind and quite possibly, the only-of-its-kind in the world. For more information about the cemetery, go to this link:  http://www.coondogcemetery.com/index.html.  Photo by Jason Baird.