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MAKE YOUR MARK THIS SEASON AT THE SHOOTING RANGE

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It’s that time of year again and the shooting range is calling your name. Whether you prefer 3-d archery or the sporting clay course, Próis has got you covered. The women’s only hunting apparel company offers some of the most technologically advanced hunting and shooting garments in the industry. Take a closer look at staff favorites for a day at the range.

The moment you don the Artemis Competitive shooting shirt, you will look and feel like a champion. This shirt is perfectly breathable and great for summer days spent busting clays or drilling bullseyes. Made with moisture wicking poly/spandex fabric, you need not worry about overheating in your gear. With a sleek design, not only will you shoot great, you will look and feel great also. Unlike most in its category, the Artemis comes with a lumbar pocket for stowing extra gear. The Artemis shirt is available in black and white or red and white and comes in sizes XS to XL.

Combine the Artemis shirt with a pair of pants that match its sleek design. Made with 94% nylon and 6% spandex, the Adventure pants are the perfect candidate for any spring or summer activity in the outdoors. Extremely lightweight and breathable fabric makes these pants a must have for range days when temperatures are less than ideal. With ample room through the rear, hips, and thighs, the Adventure pants allow for plenty of movement, making any strenuous activity a breeze. Pant sizes range from XS to XXL and come in colors Stone and Olive.

A functional shooting vest is a necessity on the range. Próis has constructed one of the only women’s specific shooting vests on the market today. The Competitor Shooter’s Vest is made with all of the functions you need and a fit you will love. A feminine cut reduces bulk, ensuring you look good and shoot even better. Bilateral shoulder padding accommodates left and right-handed shooters and internal pockets accommodate gel packs. With two front expandable cargo pockets and a rear mesh pouch, this vest offers plenty of room for shells, hearing protection, and glasses. What’s even more, should you decide you don’t need the entire vest, it unzips at the waist to convert to a shooting apron. The Competitor Shooter’s vest comes in colors Black and Khaki and sizes XS to XL.

Find all of these items on sale now at www.proishunting.com. For additional information or questions about gear, call the Próis office at (970) 641-3355.

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

Turkey Hunting Gear List

It’s no secret hunters have lot’s of gadgets. It’s often very overwhelming preparing for a hunt and trying to decide what to bring. Each hunt, whether it be for turkey, deer, elk, or ducks, requires a slightly different set of gear. With that said, we put together a turkey hunting gear list, which will hopefully make organizing a bit easier when you prepare for your turkey hunt.

Decoy(s)

TarraStoddardDecoy (1)This is a rather large item, therefore it shouldn’t be a tough one to remember. Although, there have been plenty of instances where an obvious item like a decoy gets overlooked at the house before heading out. Unless you are planning a spot and stalk mission, this is a very important piece of equipment when going turkey hunting. If you don’t prefer to load your truck the night before, set all your equipment by the front door. This will ensure you don’t forget it.

Range Finders

DSC_0024Especially if you prefer to hunt with a bow, range finders are something you really can’t do without. A good pair of rangefinding binoculars, such as the Swarovski EL Rangefinding Binoculars, will cut down on the weight of your pack and take up less room than having to carry both optics.

 

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A reliable Multitool should make the list no matter what type of hunt you are going on. You never know when you might need it! My personal favorite is the SOG Power Assist Multi-Tool, which can be found here.

Jacket

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Mother Nature can be very unpredictable in the springtime. Don’t overlook the importance of a quality jacket in case the weather turns on you. The Prois Pro-Edition Jacket is made with compressed fabric and is the perfect addition to your day pack.

 

 

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No matter what type of call you prefer, don’t leave home without it. Unless you’re a seasoned mouth caller, you’ll be in a serious bind if you get to the woods and realize you have no way of calling birds to your decoy!

 

 

 

Survival/First Aid Kit

A survival kit is commonly overlooked by hunters, but when done right, it won’t add a ton of weight to your pack. A Ziplock bag with essential survival and first aid gear will do just fine. Some items to include are:

Braided nylon rope
Matches
Fire Starter
Toilet paper
Whistle
Garbage Bags
Bright orange surveyor’s tape
Sterile pads
Sterile Gauze
Neosporin
Bandaids
Aspirin
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This can be a lifesaver if you have a long walk to and from your truck. If you are in an area with reliable cell service, a smartphone will do just fine. For an affordable GPS, try the Garmin eTrex 10.

 

Day Pack

You will have a much Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 2.37.06 PMeasier time keeping your gear organized if you have a reliable day pack. We recommend the Badlands Kali Day Pack, which is made specifically for women.

 

 

 

 

 

We hope this list helps you prepare for your upcoming turkey hunting endeavors. Good luck and happy hunting from all of us at Prois Hunting Apparel!

A Word From the CEO- Learning To Hunt Merriam’s In Colorado

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

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You know, they aren’t kidding when they say that Merriams are tough hunting.  Their preference for mountainous terrain, their love for wooded cover and their disdain for dying at my hands makes them difficult at best.  While I am really giving it the college try this year by hunting solo (I have yet to harvest a Merriam) I have learned much…what I fondly call my discourse of humility and rage.  Here are my lessons learned so far…

What I have love most about hunting this bird is the perpetual spot and stalk.  I verge on ADHD and cannot sit still long.  Not to mention, the older I get the more it hurts to, well, sit.  I have found more action by setting up.  Calling a bit.  Waiting it out for some avian communication may take some time, but once you get some noise, be patient.  Don’t over call.  A lesson I am learning the hard way.  If nothing is happening, it doesn’t hurt to move on.

I have also found that spending a fair amount of time just scouting the region if the hunting is cold has been very helpful.  Locating water, roosts and feeding routes can be very helpful.

Be prepared to put on some miles.  Covering more ground gives more opportunity.  Merriams have a wide range and are considered to be turkey nomads.  It is not uncommon to put on four or five miles in a morning.

Use a locator call in the morning.  Crow or owl work well.  I am still working on honing this skill, but I have found it to be helpful.

I am a minimalist by nature.  I don’t like to pack a lot with me.  It is typically unnecessary.  Too much gear is, well, just too much.  Short of a weapon, decoy, call and binoculars I have found that a GPS with ONXMaps HUNT is invaluable.  If you are not familiar, ONXMaps can be purchased for use on your GPS or on your cell phone.  Warning- cellphone app is not helpful if you have no service.  You can purchase a card for the state you hunt and this provide very detailed mapping that allows you to know precisely where public vs private land exists.  The first time I used it I was impressed.  Had I NOT had it, I would have really limited myself on hunting area by not knowing the actual boundaries.  Not to mention, (and this is no lie) I may have had to start making a waypoint for my truck each time I go out as I tend to lose that sucker every time. In fact, I could swear that someone moves it each time I go out.  I mean, it IS possible.

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I have come to rely on my GPS to mark roost trees and areas where I have found more activity.  Given the fact that the Colorado terrain is far from open and flat, it can become a bit disorienting to relocate key areas.  Directionally impaired or not, this feature saves a lot of time and frustration.

As the morning progresses, I have found that finding a high point with decent cover so I can glass the area is very helpful.  In fact, I have found birds when I was about to hang it up for the day.  If you have an entire day and don’t have to rush on to work, hang tight in the late morning and early afternoon near some open areas where you have found sign.

Now…as mentioned, these are my lessons learned to date.  I am certain I will have a million more failures before a success…so stay tuned!

 

A Word from the CEO- Travel Tips For Bringing Meat Home When Flying

By:  Kirstie Pike- CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women
Disclaimer…I have indeed learned ALL of this the hard way.  Just sayin’.

As you may know (or may not!) I throw some tidbit of information out to the masses weekly.  These proverbial tidbits may be industry related, business related, random thoughts or great tips I have learned along the way.  For those of you who follow…thank you for your patience.  For those of you who don’t follow…thank you for at least pretending to over social media!  I am shallow enough to accept that!

Tip of the month…packing  considerations when transporting meat home from your hunting destination.

I realize, this may seem simple.  But anyone who flies frequently to hunt realizes there are many hurdles to traveling by air.  I have found the logistics of getting meat home is one of the more difficult to navigate.  Here are some insights I have learned from much trial and error.  (More error than anything else, actually)

  1. When flying TO your destination, pack your clothing and an empty duffle bag in your cooler and check that as a bag.  What this does is ensures you do not have to run around looking for another cooler prior to flying out of your destination.  Often, there is little time to do this.  And occasionally there may not be a place to purchase a cooler.  Once at camp, you can offload your gear into your duffle.
  2. I pack duck tape and a sharpie for each and every hunt.  This allows you to secure your cooler and ensure you have a return address (if not already on your cooler) on your cooler.  Also…everyone else in camp benefits!
  3. Check your airline regulations for shipping meat.  Typically, a well sealed cooler is adequate.  However, some airlines like Air Canada require your meat container be wrapped in cellophane.  This is good to know in advance so you can readily check your cooler.
  4. I check online to see what availability there is to purchase dry ice.  Nothing is worse than getting home and finding your meat is room temperature.  Finding dry ice is not always easy, so a little investigation prior to your trip allows you to know where to get dry ice without a lot of unnecessary effort spent in hot pursuit of said dry ice.
  5. If possible, weigh your cooler at camp or wherever you may get the opportunity.  Airlines charge more for coolers above 50lbs…and many will not accept them if they are 75 lb or more.
  6. A cooler with wheels and a handle is a must for navigating the airports.

Again, there is nothing more disheartening to have ruined meat or to have spent a lot of extra money transporting your meat home after a dream hunt.  A little pre-planning can really help reduce the stress and expense of flying your meat back home.  Hopefully…

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Talking Technical… The Ultra Backcountry Shirt

As with all Prois products, the Ultra Backcountry shirt is constructed of the most functional and breathable components to be sure that you get the most from your gear. It is made to be versatile, for all seasons and all weather conditions. It is silent and soft, yet sturdy enough to take a beating as you trek through the woods. Let’s discuss some of the key features:

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1. 100% Polyester Birdseye Fabric… All of our Ultra shirts wick moisture away from the skin, keeping you cool when it is hot and warm when it is cool. This fabric is also extremely silent and soft, which makes it possible for the hunter to move freely as she pleases without making any unwanted noise.

 

 

 

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2. Neck zipper… Added to allow venting in warm weather. A zipper may seem like a minor detail, but we assure you it is not. Spring weather is unpredictable. Often times, it will be chilly in the morning and warm up by the end of the hunt. A zipper gives this shirt the extra versatility you need when the weatherman is wrong.

 

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3. 3 compartment lumbar pocket system… You can never have too many pockets. Our signature lumbar pockets along the backside of the Ultra Backcountry shirt make it easy to drop everything and make a quick stalk. When the birds won’t come to you, you may have to go to them. Our lumbar pockets are perfect for stowing small gadgets such as calls, range finders, wind detectors, extra shotgun shells… You name it.

Want an Ultra Backcountry shirt of your own? Get it here! http://www.proishunting.com/shop/clearance/ultra-backcountry-shirt/

A Word From the CEO…Flexibility The Key To Business Sustainability

Byline:  Kirstie Pike- CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

Fact…Prois has been around 9 years.  At this point in time, Prois has survived being a start up business.  It has survived global recession.  It has survived the constant fluctuations in the hunting market.

It has survived.  Prois remains the longest standing women’s only hunting and shooting clothing company to date.

It has been an interesting experience for me as I continue to learn this business and the industry.  Since the inception of Prois, I have been told that my approach to business is wrong.  I have been told my approach to marketing is wrong.  I have been told my business model is wrong.

But yet, Prois survives.

How is it that a small company with a niche market can outlast many others who have come and gone?  Here is what I know so far…

Flexibility in a business plan is key.  Where this company started and where it is today are two entirely different animals.  The hunting market has changed dramatically since 2008.  When we entered the fray, all of the talk was about the “vast” numbers of female hunters.  Dealers were buying huge purchases.  TV shows were exploding with female hosts.  Interestingly, while female hunters continue to be the fastest growing demographic, they still only account for 11-13% of overall hunters.  Thus, the numbers did not support the big retail buys.  Not at all.  Adaptation to this was key.  Creating a dealer market that allowed flexibility for store owners was important.  Low minimum orders and gear exchanges definitely kept us competitive. retail-sales_1

Yet the market continued to change.  Big box stores continue to obliterate the small manufacturers such as Prois.  As we know, large retailers demand deeper discounts, co-op fees and chargebacks that can be crippling.  Example…one big box retailer charged us $1,000 for a broken box.  Additionally, we had no say in merchandising in stores and we had no say in size runs ordered.  This basically meant that Prois was displayed on a 4 way rack with camouflage lingerie and children’s clothing and the only sizes available were XL’s as not enough of our top selling sizes were purchased.   We attempted educating sales staff, but this was unsuccessful as well.  The result- bargain cave sales and big box stores selling our gear in affiliate markets despite this being against our policy.  You see, big box stores don’t care about our policies.  We actually found some of our gear being sold on affiliate for LESS than our cost.  Yes…less than cost.  So what did we do?  We bought it back.  And we quit making sales calls to the big box stores despite being told we could not survive by doing so.  The way I see it, we couldn’t survive if we kept working with them.

And just when we thought we had it figured out, we really started to take a deep look at our sales and where our best efforts could be applied.  Interestingly, we learned that a direct sales model would best benefit our customer base.  It was clear that our online sales, Amazon sales and show sales far surpassed our dealer sales.  Additional efforts such as online auctions, Pro Programs, Prostaff Sales, Outfitter programs and Home Hunting Parties definitely augmented our direct efforts.  The best part?  WE control our inventory and WE know the customer base.  With that, you have probably noticed that we are hitting consumer shows with a ferocity.

Marketing is another case altogether.  We have been told too many times to count that we need to pay a “celebrity” to be a spokesperson for Prois.  I have never and will never subscribe to this.  I personally believe that all female hunters are amazing and why pay one person who may or may not believe in my product when I can surround myself with thousands of amazing women who share a passion for hunting, shooting and the outdoors.  Networking the sisterhood has been key to our success.  Being real people with a real story is singularly the most important thing we do.  Yet, this falls out of the scope of “regular business practice”.  Having the ability to relate to women, talk to women and be friends with women is key to running a women’s clothing company.

As we head further into 2017, we will continue to evaluate our new business design and how to flex it to the market.  Stay tuned for tales of woe and tales of success!!  And as always, thank you for your support!

Kirstie Pike CEO and Chief Toilet Cleaner - Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

Kirstie Pike
CEO and Chief Toilet Cleaner – Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

Talking Technical…The Pro-Edition Vest is MADE for Turkey Season!

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The Pro-Edition Vest.

This item has been a longtime top seller at Prois and it is created with technical functionality in mind.  So why is it a must have item for spring turkey hunting?  Let me count the ways…

1.  Vests are a quintessential piece of gear for spring weather.  While it can be chilly in the early morning or late evening, chances are the temperatures will climb during the day.  Vests are designed to warm the core while keeping the arms free for movement. Should you experience an unusual cold snap, the Pro-Edition vest is perfect for layering under a jacket.

2.  Windstopper.  Yep..this baby is built with a windstopping laminate which is designed to…wait for it…stop the wind!  And it does.  The very same windstopper laminate also creates water resistance until the garment does indeed get saturated.

3.  Scapular Drop Pockets.  Say what?  The Pro-Edition vest has a pocket in the liner of the vest located between the shoulder blades.  We developed this pocket to house activated handwarmers to be placed between the shoulder blades.  This particular area on the body is highly vascular as vessels run close to the surface.  Warming this region helps warm the body faster.

4.  Lumbar Pocket.  This is my favorite feature during spring turkey hunting.  I tend to not want to carry excessive gear and packs if I can avoid it.  I can put calls, masks, gloves…pretty much any small items in this pocket while I am on foot.  If you prefer carrying a turkey vest…no problem. You can put your sandwich in the pocket.  Just don’t forget about it.  That’s a story for another time.

5.  Let’s face it.  The dang thing looks great!

6.  SALE!  Holy heck…this vest is currently ON SALE now!  I would highly recommend you check this out!  It is available in Realtree APX, Realtree Max1 and Mothwing Mountain Mimicry!  Sizes XS-XXL!  Go on…check it out!  http://www.proishunting.com/shop/clearance/pro-edition-vest/

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JONI KISER BAGS HER SHEEP IN HAWAII

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 huJoniSHeepnting 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! 

-Joni Kiser