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By: Kirstie Pike- CEO and Founder of Prois
It’s safari season again! We shout a resounding “hooray” for all of you gearing up for your African journey! What to wear…what to wear?
The Prois staff put their collective heads together to come up with what THEY think is the best line up for your upcoming hunt!
1. Prois Adventure Pants. These are a must-have for your hunt. They are lightweight and comfortable. Not only do they pack well, they wash well and dry quickly. We suggest the olive for hunting in Africa.
2. Ultra Long Sleeve Shirt and Ultra Short Sleeve Shirt. Both are perfect for safari but make sure you are hunting in a region that allows camouflage. The Ultra shirts wick moisture in the hotter temperatures and breathe nicely as the day heats up. They are lightweight and very packable. Both are available in Realtree AP, Max1 and black. Personally, I used the black options on my recent hunt in Namibia.
3. Pro-Edition Vest. Africa can be cold in the mornings and evenings. Our Pro-Edition vest is perfect for additional core warming. It can be worn alone over shirts or layered beneath a jacket for the exceptionally cool mornings. Again, check to ensure you can wear camouflage in your hunting region.
4. Pro-Edition Jacket. Did we mention it gets cold there? The Pro-Edition Jacket offers a great shell as it is constructed with 3-ply fabric that includes microfleece, windstopper and a soft brushed tricot on the outside. The hood is removable if you are trying to reduce the bulk in your luggage. I personally loved this option on my recent trek to Namibia.
5. Prois Leather Belt and Cartridge Holder. Yes. Although it may not seem like a necessity, I found these products to be life savers. Not only are they extremely functional, they offer that traditional safari look and feel. It felt like a slice of elegance!
Now…go on and get yourself all set for your upcoming adventure! If you utilize our suggested layering system you can minimize the amount of gear you have to tote across the globe! And remember, Prois loves photos of your hunts! Send them our way!
International travel can pose various risks to health Travelers may encounter any number of illnesses. In addition, serious health risks may arise in areas where accommodation is of poor quality, hygiene and sanitation are inadequate, medical services are not well developed and clean water is unavailable. Additionally it is important to determine if there are any travel safety warnings for your destination location. Thorough preparation is key to healthy African travel.
We recommend hunters take a few precautions prior to leaving for the dark continent.
1. Visit the Centers for Disease Control website. The following link will connect you with an interactive page that will detail necessary immunizations and/or prophylactic medications for the country which you will be visiting. Allow 4-6 weeks BEFORE departure! This site will also identify if there are any current travel health alerts. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/
2. Consult with you primary care physician for medications (both prescription and over the counter) he/she may deem necessary for safe and healthy travel. Ask about medications for diarrhea, vomiting and possible antibiotics for treatment of common illness and exposure you could encounter.
3. Prepare yourself to avoid common foodborne illness. As a rule, following the recommendations below can help significantly reduce the chance you will contract undesirable bacteria and parasites. Unless of course you LIKE vomiting and diarrhea.
- Food that is cooked and served hot
- Hard-cooked eggs
- Fruits and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself
- Pasteurized dairy products
- Food served at room temperature
- Food from street vendors
- Raw or soft-cooked (runny) eggs
- Raw or undercooked (rare) meat or fish
- Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables
- Unpasteurized dairy products
- ”Bushmeat” (monkeys, bats, or other wild game)
- Bottled water that is sealed
- Water that has been disinfected
- Ice made with bottled or disinfected water
- Carbonated drinks
- Hot coffee or tea
- Pasteurized milk
- Tap or well water
- Ice made with tap or well water
- Drinks made with tap or well water (such as reconstituted juice)
- Unpasteurized milk
4. In addition to health risks when traveling abroad, there is significant risk for personal safety. We highly recommend hunters visit the Department of State website http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html to identify if there are any travel alerts and warnings.
5. Before you go abroad, learn what medical services your health insurance will cover overseas. If your health insurance policy provides coverage outside the United States, REMEMBER to carry both your insurance policy identity card as proof of such insurance and a claim form. Although many health insurance companies will pay “customary and reasonable” hospital costs abroad, very few will pay for your medical evacuation back to the United States. Medical evacuation can easily cost $10,000 and up, depending on your location and medical condition.
With a bit of preparation, your dream safari will be safe and uneventful.
Most people are really impressed when they see a great photo of an animal you shot. The photo can make the animal look really good or really bad. It’s well worth a little extra effort to take the time to set up a shot to make it really worthy of a place in your home rather than under the visor of your truck. For many of us that can’t afford taxidermy, this is a very cheap way to preserve the memory ot your hunt.Here’s a few tips to take a quality photo. We have borrowed these great tips from Africahunting.com!
1. Clean up the animal
A shot of animal with blood all over its face or a bloody tongue hanging out is disrespectful to the animal and will put off many folks that you share it with. Also showing huge bullet/broadhead holes with guts hanging out of them may seem cool if you’re 15 and want to start a hate thread, but would you frame a picture of guts and hang it in your house? Take the time to clean up your animal. Always have some paper towels, water etc. handy for the shot.
2. Pick a location for the shot
Animals don’t always die in a picturesque spot. Move the animal to a nice looking setting with something interesting in it (Rocks, cool trees, old tractor, broke down old fence etc.) to make the shot more interesting and capture the outdoor setting where you hunted. Interesting backgrounds make interesting photos. Don’t make the background the star of the shot but have it featured in the shot. Use your imagination.
3. Pose the animal
Set the animal up like you would with people in a portrait. Prop your buck up on its belly with feet supporting it and stretch his neck out so you can turn it, facing the head different ways for different angled shots.
4. Compose the shot
Composition is probably the most important thing that you have to LEARN to take good pictures. After you choose a good location, clean the animal up, stretch the animal out and pose it, and sit the hunter behind it, you have to frame the shot correctly.
Shoot at the hunter and animal from their level or below them. Get down on the ground or even lay down in front of them. If you can pick a spot where you can put some SKY behind the horns to really showcase them. Antlers/horns with tree branches and weeds behind them get lost in the shot. Have the hunter sit on the ground behind the animal leaning on it or holding up the head from behind, but not sitting directly behind the horns. Sit off to the side of the antlers so you can see them separately.
Have the sun light the shot for you. Face the hunter into the sun in the daylight and tip your hat back if the sun shadows your face so you can identify the hunter rather than seeing a black shadow for a face. Use your flash if you have to to light the hunters face, even in the daytime. One cool effect is for a low light shot (Sunrise or sunset) shoot the sun in the background so you see the colored sky and use your flash to light the hunter and animal.
FILL THE FRAME! when you take the shot. Shoot the hunter and animal right up to the edges of the frame. If you stand 50 feet away to take a shot and feel like the cool old tree way over there should be in the picture too, move the animal over to the tree and sit in front of it but fill the entire shot with the interesting subject matter at hand. Lots of people see a picture and say that would be a killer shot “if you cropped all of this junk out of it” Crop the shot in your view finder before you push the button.
Don’t sit ten feet away from your trophy to make it look BIGGER! Be proud of what you shot and get in the picture with it. You will probably have to show them the antlers at some point anyway and they are invariably disappointed when they see the real thing after seeing your photo.
5. Take LOTS of shots!
Especially with digital photography, it doesn’t cost more to shoot too many pictures anymore. Keep shooting, shoot from several different angles and even different backgrounds. Shoot the animal by itself. Shoot it with the hunter behind it, holding it up, standing in the background, shaking hands with your buddy, with your kids being happy with you etc. etc. Just get lots of shots.
It pays to have too many rather than not enough. You can always cull through them and get rid of most of them when you’re done and the odds that you’ll get that perfect shot that is an absolute home run are better if you have a pile of them to sort through.
With safari season approaching it is a great opportunity to discuss the services offered by Global Rescue.
For over a decade, Global Rescue has provided individuals, families, enterprises and governments with the critical medical, security, information and intelligence needed to avoid and respond to crises. Since founding in 2004 in partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine, Global Rescue has grown to become the recognized leader in travel risk, crisis management and response services. They are the only fully integrated provider of medical, security, intelligence and communication.
Global Rescue has performed operations all over the world for individuals, multinational corporations and governments. They’ve distinguished themselves by accomplishing things other companies either won’t or can’t. By providing critical information and boots-on-the-ground capabilities, they dramatically improve the likelihood of good outcomes for their clients and members, regardless of the challenges they face.
In fact, they are the only company we know of that does not outsource critical intelligence, medical and security services. Their “one team” in-house approach is unique in the industry and a key differentiator during emergencies. Their operations personnel are the finest available and many have military special operations backgrounds, combat experience and the ability to perform missions in difficult environments. They have played a role in responding to every major crisis of the last decade and have completed rescue, evacuation, medical and security operations in war zones in the Middle East, on the highest peaks of the Himalaya, and in the deserts and jungles of South America and Africa.
Global Rescue is also the only company to have a partnership with an institution like Johns Hopkins Medicine, ranked #1 in the U.S. twenty two times since 1990. This special relationship provides members with unparalleled consultative resources and an international network of the world’s finest hospitals that offer local care when needed.
What does this mean for you?
It means that when called upon, Global Rescue focuses extensive resources with the utmost intensity to solve your problems and do not stop until they are resolved. Their commitment to you is to provide the world’s finest travel risk management and crisis response services.
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With the end of spring turkey season approaching, it might be time to switch gears if you have yet to fill a tag. NWTF’s John Higley has the following advice for attracting early and late season birds:
Most turkey calls are designed to produce a variety of hen sounds. These calls are used especially during spring when lovesick toms are actively seeking hens to breed. Try a new approach and use a gobble call and you might just find yourself having even more success than before.
When gobble calls work best during:
- Early Season because toms are still busy establishing dominance and may leave their swagger to look for a fight. When toms are competing for boss status, they do not take kindly to strange gobbles in their midst
- Late Season because most of the breeding is over with and toms gobble to find each other and join up.
During the early spring gobbling at toms often overrides their urge to breed and brings them in when simple hen talk will not.
Try using these gobble calls
- Gobbler from Primos
- Gauntlet by Quaker Boy
- Twister from H.S. Strut
- Haint from Down-N-Dirty Outdoors
- Hale Fire from Knight & Hale
- Thunder Gobble Call from Flextone
*Remember Safety: Use your head and be aware of what’s going on. When you are in a place where you might encounter other hunters, a gobble call may not be the one to use.
With all the anti-hunters patrolling social media recently, it’s important to note that there is so much more to hunting than the “kill” itself. To most hunters, the kill is the least thrilling part of the experience. The most exciting part is the work leading up to the hunt. Training and preparing, and spending time outdoors in the process, is what it’s really all about. For some, that means running and hiking. For others, shooting their bows and going to the rifle range. And for me personally, training my dogs.
I have been hunting since I was a little girl. To be honest, I don’t have a good story about “how” I got into hunting. I’ve been doing it since before I can remember. Growing up, I was mostly into “big game” hunting. I didn’t like shotguns or bird hunting. Every time I went duck hunting with my Dad, I would get frustrated because I couldn’t hit anything. It wasn’t until college when I met my boyfriend that I got into wing shooting. He is borderline obsessed with duck hunting and I knew I should probably give it a try if we were going to work out. I was terrible at first. I rarely took a shot, and when I did I would miss. Over the next few hunts, I became more comfortable with the situation and began to enjoy myself. I went to my Dad’s duck club a few times that season and really started to warm up to the sport.
What I really enjoyed about wing shooting was being with the dogs. They were a huge part of the hunt and I loved that. Around the time I started duck hunting, my Dad bought a new retriever puppy. The puppy’s name was Nitro. Good ole goofy Nitro. After Nitro came back from his first 8 months of training, he didn’t seem to know a thing, so my Dad decided to give him away. I offered to take him and see what I could do to make him a better retriever. Well, that was a disaster. I knew nothing about retriever training. Poor Nitro was so confused. So, my Dad offered to send him to a different professional trainer of my choice. I sent him off and he came back a new dog. The trainer taught me some basic drills I could do in the off-season to keep him fresh. I would take him to the park and work him almost every day. We had a blast.
Once I graduated and moved to Beaumont, I looked into the retriever clubs in my area. I knew nothing about hunt tests or field trials, nor did I care to run in them. I just needed a pond to train my dog in that wasn’t overrun by gators. Once I joined, the other members encouraged me to at least try it once. I entered him in a senior test and failed, then came back the next day and passed. I was hooked from that point forward. I told myself I would just get his senior title and then be done with it, yet here we are two years later. We are currently working towards his Master title AND I have another puppy.
I say these things, because now more than ever, my true passions center around the off-season and what I do to prepare. I can confidently say that I hunt waterfowl more for my dogs than anything else. I am sure anyone who knows me would agree. Hunters prepare for their harvest like a runner prepares for a marathon. When a runner wins a marathon they feel rewarded, and so do we. We are proud of our accomplishments and we have the right to show it. Google any athlete and you will find photos of them proudly holding their trophies. Google any hunter and you will find the same. There is no difference. Those trophies are the result of countless days spent training and preparing. As a hunter, I will forever choose to take pride in my accomplishments and celebrate them just as anyone else would.
A great deal can be said for relying on traditional approaches when dealing with gobblers. Minimalism is the essence of old-fashioned hunting. Hunters walked into the woods with only a few items, a snack, and passion. Nothing techy lined their pockets and despite their gear, what truly defines the traditionalist is not equipment but how he or she hunts.
Here are some key aspects of traditional turkey lore, which deserve to be part of every modern hunter’s approach to the sport.
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