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TexMex Stuffed Peppers

Makes about 8-10 stuffed peppers

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1lb ground elk (any venison would work great)
1/2 white onion
1 cup rice
1 cup corn
1-2 cup crushed tortilla chips
1 cup black beans
1 large jar of medium chunky salsa (vary spicy factor to your preference)
TexMex seasoning to your taste
1 tablespoon of chili powder
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1/2 – 1 cup grated cheese
8 large bell peppers
Guacamole
Heluva Good French Onion Dip

 

Remove the tops of peppers and seeds. Place peppers on baking pan and bake @ 350F for 20 mins.

In large skillet, brown ground meat with extra virgin olive oil (I bet you chuckled at that just a bit…bc the Posse isn’t known to be too mature right?!) and add TexMex, chill powder and garlic powder, taste when safe and add more if not seasoned properly. Brown onions in same skillet. Add in rice, corn, chips, beans, salsa, half of the cheese.

Stuff peppers with meat mixture, top with remaining cheese and bake @350F for 10 mins.

Top with guacamole and Heluva Good French Onion Dip and dig in!!

PACK YOUR BAGS… PROIS IS HEADED TO THE 2016 DSC CONVENTION!

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Come see us next week at Dallas Safari Club‘s annual convention in Dallas, Texas! We will be doing a drawing that extends throughout show season, so be sure to stop by our booth to enter. Winner wins an Archtach Jacket and will be announced on our Facebook page on March 1st. Stay tuned!

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PROIS WITHDRAWS FROM SHOT AND ATA, MAKES PLAN TO ATTEND MORE CONSUMER SHOWS

The Apparel Company Shifts Focus to Accommodate Growing Customer Base

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The New Year is fast approaching and 2016 is full of exciting things to come for Próis®. In addition to a fresh new look and great new gear, the apparel company is taking its show schedule directly to consumers. A rapidly growing female hunting market brings increased sales and more demand for the women’s hunting gear we all know and love so much.

In order to accommodate new and existing customers, Próis plans on shifting their focus to consumer shows rather than trade shows. You can find them at the following events: RMEF Hunter and Outdoor Christmas Expo, Dallas Safari Club, Wild Sheep Foundation Convention, Safari Club International, Western Hunting and Conservation Expo, and the NRA National Convention. In addition, Próis will be present at most of the ladies functions connected to each event. They have opted to forego the ATA Trade Show and the SHOT Show in order to attend this new variety of consumer-based shows.

“Do not be misled, Próis is better than ever,” said Kirstie Pike, President/CEO of Próis Hunting and Field Apparel. “We look forward to doing what we do best: connecting with female hunters and shooters across the country. It is, after all, what sets us apart from all the rest!”

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

Venison Marinated in Italian Dressing Recipe

Check out this awesome recipe shared with us by Prois staffer, Danni Moore! SteakRecipe
Fresh venison, marinated in Italian salad dressing 24hrs
Seasoned with steak spice, garlic, and a bit of Cajun shake
Bbq'd with some Jack Daniels hickory brown sugar and then drizzled with some Sesame Steak Sauce and horseradish dip. 

Mouthwatering!!! 

Prois Launches New App for Mobile Devices

HOLY UPDATES!
After a long and arduous process (much like giving birth…) we are so super excited to announce the birth of our new Prois App! Get connected! This way we can be with you…EVERYWHERE you go. EVERYWHERE you go.
Give it a whirl! Give us feedback! But only if it’s nice. Otherwise we won’t acknowledge you…
http://proisapp.mobapp.at/landing/Desktop#.VmHPbrgrJaQ

 

 

A Different Kind of Hunting Season

by Megan DeHaan

 

MeganDeHaanScoutingThis year has been very different in terms of hunting. Everyone has those years it seems that nothing really comes together. This year has been one of them for me, with hunting at least. Rifle season is coming to a close. It ends Sunday and today is Friday. Black Friday. The day I love most… To be outside…hunting. But today, like most days this year, I’m limited to a brief morning, and with any luck, an evening. But I don’t want to complain. I’ve probably still spent about 30 days out.

MeganDeHaanBow season (my favorite of all seasons) left me empty handed. But it wasn’t for lack of opportunity or persistence. I actually just got too picky. I had my eyes set on one buck. One tricky little bugger that had a pattern that kept me on my toes. I never could quite close in on him. I ended up having one shot at him opening day of rifle but it wasn’t ethical, so I didn’t take it. I never saw him again. He was gone. After chasing him for so long the desire to shoot anything else left me empty.

We don’t need the meat. Which brings another challenge. I don’t like shooting young bucks, I want them to grow up. Which in the end, is better on the population anyway. So it’s not like I’m just going to pull the trigger on anything. But that’s hard too, because some days, after you’re tired and your patience is testing you to the limit, you have to make that decision. Do I shoot anything? Or do I stick to solid and sound practices that I’ve grown over the years to respecMeganDeHaanHorsebackt? Hunting for me isn’t all about the kill. It’s a continual learning process. It evolves every day for me. It has become an escape from the day-to-day grind that rejuvenates every aspect of my life. These days, the opportunity at all to be all alone with nature is so important to me. I feel like it hits the reset button for my mind. Without it, the pressures of life bare down on me.

This year I’ve learned so much about myself. I’m excited about how far I’ve come in understanding and valuing every aspect of hunting. Much more than I used to. And as the season comes to a close I may not tag anything. But for once in my life, I’m okay with that. I made those choices, and no longer do I feel the pressure of tagging out. Trust me, I would still love to. But I view it in a different way now. With any luck everything will come together by nightfall on Sunday. But if it doesn’t, I’m still left with the choices I’ve made all season. Some I want to kick myself and others I can stand proud of. At the end of the day after all, hunting is hunting. If it were always easy, I probably wouldn’t want to do it in the first place.

Setting Up Camp: The “3 W’s”

by Ruth CusackRuth

In the spring of 2014, we headed to the coast of the Alaska Peninsula to hunt coastal brown bear. It was a fairly bumpy ride across the Shelikof Strait from Kodiak Island, but our pilot did a great job of managing the turbulence and successfully landing into a 35 mph headwind. Once we landed, it was all we could do to anchor the plane and offload, but we jumped out, grabbed gear, off-loaded and stacked our gear as quickly as possible, then waved good bye to our good friend and pilot Roland for the next 15 days.

It’s about this time that I remembered where we were! The Alaska Peninsula hailed by some as the land of the smoking giants and well known for its rugged beauty, long list of active volcanoes and home to some of the largest salmon runs and brown bear in the world. The Peninsula, which is also well known for its coastal winds and frequent storms, makes picking the right base camp location as important as remembering to bring ammo. This could mean the difference between having a great hunt and chasing your base camp down the beach. I usually do my best to find a flat location with some sort of a wind break to protect our camp from the predominant wind directions; usually a bluff, mountain side or clump of alders. We found our spot, and after a few branch trims and tent and bear fence setups, we are home sweet home and ready to begin searching the area for bear signs.

Later that night while we were having dinner our hunting partner Andrew asked why we picked this spot to camp and what we look for when setting up a campsite.  It’s a really good question and for us the answer is what we refer to as the “3 W’s” (Weather, Wildlife and Water), specifically in that order.

 

Weather: When hunting and picking a campsite on the Alaska Peninsula where 40-foot waves like those seen crashing across the bows of the boats on “The Deadliest Catch” slam against the shoreline, you have to consider prevailing winds and storm patterns. In a place like this, protection from the elements is a key part of picking a good location. You have to remember that if the weather turns and a storm rolls in, you will have to be prepared to ride it out. Unless you are in a life-threatening predicament, help is not going to come your way. A great tent by itself will not withstand these types of conditions – you have to have a great tent in a great location. On this hunt, we spotted a location which was flat and just along the edge of some alders with large overhanging limbs. We always carry a saw with us and by cutting these limbs, we created a flat opening which was protected by the alders on either side of our site, so we were able to stack the limbs as a windbreak for additional protection. Another weather pattern we have to consider on a coastal hunt is the tide. Alaska has huge tide patterns with some areas having tides up to 30ft, with tides changing in heights to where a tide book or a GPS with tide information can come in pretty handy. Just because your camp is dry today, doesn’t mean it won’t get soaking wet if you have a significant increase in tide depth.

Our goat hunt is another example where weather must be considered when selecting a camping location. We hunt on Kodiak Island in late October where big wet storm patterns are a frequent occurrence. These storms have a tendency to blow in from the east and our drop-off is on an alpine lake on top of a big valley which lays east to west, rifling those easterly storms in like a bullet through a gun barrel. Unfortunately, this location does not have any trees and few resources are available for building a break, but we were able to find and setup behind a little knoll, which gave us shelter from the brunt of those big easterly winds. Without this barrier, we would have been in a heck of a bind in 2009 when a great easterly blew in with 45-mph sustained winds, gusts up to 65-mph, and the most rainfall ever recorded in a 24-hour period. Great camping weather!

Here’s what we mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PylrnSDprIM

These are two great examples of where weather and weather patterns play the biggest part of our selection for a remote wilderness campsite.

 

Wildlife: The second biggest factor that we consider when selecting a campsite is mostly in consideration of bears. A good friend of ours is a local bear knowledge expert on Kodiak Island and participated in the investigation following the Timothy Treadwell incident. He once told us that campsite location played a big factor in that attack, and that bears literally had to walk through his camp and around his tent when traveling to and from their feeding area. It’s never a good idea to set up a camp that will interfere with wildlife movements. One well-known fact is that bears have a tendency to walk the exact same trail, and there are places on Kodiak Island where bears have literally worn individual step holes in the side of a mountain from centuries of placing their feet in the very same spot.

We always look for a spot that is away from game trails. We will usually try to set up with the front of the tent providing a good view of game trails and glassing areas, with the back and sides usually backed-up to some sort of blockage or cover where any animal coming into camp will make a lot of noise before they reach our site. It’s just a precaution that has always served us well. On the peninsula, we had a big bear walk right by camp while we slept and you could see where he just moseyed on by without even one step in our direction.

In the fall of 2014, we had a bear encounter during our black tail deer hunt on Kodiak Island. This bear entered our camp from behind our campsite and we knew he was coming in a long time before we actually saw him. We were prepared well before he reached our camp and we successfully ran him off, but to say there were a few excited folks in camp would be a serious understatement.

Bear encounter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfqTrP-Rhcw

 

Water: Last but not least of the things we look for is a good source of fresh water. Our least favorite of all of the camp chores is packing water. Life is good if we can find all of the weather and wind advantages mentioned plus a ready source of fresh water. Since most of our water sources tend to be mountain streams or river drainages where wildlife has a tendency to travel, we will generally try to find a location which is close, but not next to a water source.

Picking a campsite near a good water source is another example of where weather can become a big factor, especially when hunting near a river system or during the late fall where a couple days of steady rain can flood a river drainage, or turn a small mountain stream into a raging river.

Both in 2009 and again in 2011 when our tent became closer to being a waterbed than a tent site, placing our camp played a big factor. In both of these cases, we had to deal with a lot more water than anyone would reasonably want to sign up for. Had we set up in any other location, instead of having water running under the tent and stomping a mud pie under our vestibule, we would have had a much more severe problem. We would have had water in the tent!

 

These three “W’s” are the things that we take into consideration when picking a remote wilderness camp, because when you decide to do an Alaskan remote wilderness hunt it’s usually going to be 10 to 15 days in a land that’s beautiful yet unforgiving. It’s a hunt where it is all on you. If you don’t bring it, you don’t have it, and if something goes wrong it’s all on you. Taking these things into consideration could help you enjoy an adventure of a lifetime without the added adventure of an emergency rescue.

PRÓIS HUNTING APPAREL® RELEASES SHOW LINEUP FOR 2016 SEASON

The Apparel Company Shifts Focus to Accommodate Growing Customer Base

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The New Year is fast approaching and 2016 is full of exciting things to come for Próis®. In addition to a fresh new look and great new gear, the apparel company is taking its show schedule directly to consumers. A rapidly growing female hunting market brings increased sales and more demand for the women’s hunting gear we all know and love so much.

In order to accommodate new and existing customers, Próis plans on shifting their focus to consumer shows rather than trade shows. You can find them at the following events: RMEF Hunter and Outdoor Christmas Expo, Dallas Safari Club, Wild Sheep Foundation Convention, Safari Club International, Western Hunting and Conservation Expo, and the NRA National Convention. In addition, Próis will be present at most of the ladies functions connected to each event. They have opted to forego the ATA Trade Show and the SHOT Show in order to attend this new variety of consumer-based shows.

“Do not be misled, Próis is better than ever,” said Kirstie Pike, President/CEO of Próis Hunting and Field Apparel. “We look forward to doing what we do best: connecting with female hunters and shooters across the country. It is, after all, what sets us apart from all the rest!”

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

23 DAYS UNTIL THE RMEF HUNTER AND OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS EXPO

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Hunter and Outdoor Christmas Expo is less than a month away! The show will be held from December 3rd to the 12th in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, co-located with the NFR’s Cowboy Christmas. Do you have plans to attend? If so, be sure to stop by and say hello to Paige Murphy and Katherine Grand of Prois! Can’t wait to see you there!

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