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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

http://norcalcazadora.blogspot.com/2010/09/women-hunting-beautiful-sight.html#0

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.

But enough with the sappy stuff. Let’s talk about what happened here: Hide


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.

Bam!


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.

 

Prois CEO, Kirstie Pike, Now Penning ‘the Archeress’ Blogspot on Bowhunt America!

Mongo and the Cavebride
Does man’s need to tinker with archery equpiment stretch back to troglodyte days?

By Kirstie Pike–CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel

My husband obsessively tinkers with my bow. From his perspective, it is less of a matter of tinkering and more of a constant state of improvement. From my perspective it is nothing short of sabotage. It seems there is always a newer sight, better rest or improved stabilizer that MUST be added to my bow immediately.

I am convinced down to the deep recesses of my soul that there is some tweak to the male DNA dating back to the Cro-Magnum man that drives this incredible impulse in men.  I have often envisioned Mongo the caveman chipping away at the stone axe of his lovely cavebride and grunting that somehow this will make said stone axe work much better.  Do you think cavemen understood the universal sign of rolling eyes back then?  Perhaps. My Mongo continues to tinker. This tinkering is all good and well EXCEPT that each improvement sends me back to the targets to re-learn the new intricacies of my bow. Here is a typical bow-related conversation at our household….

Dying to read the rest!?  Check out Bowhunt America Online at http://www.bowhuntamerica.com/index.php/blogs/blog/mongo-and-the-cavebride/

 

PRÓIS® Hunting & Field Apparel Expands to New Corporate Office/Warehouse in Gunnison, CO!

Próis® Hunting and Field Apparel has quickly become the authority in great-fitting, high-performance apparel thatʼs tailor-made for female hunters who hunt hard, and require gear that works even harder. And now, the companyʼs Ê»Proʼ status and increased business over the past two years has earned it an expanded new facility to better serve its client base of passionate women hunters across the globe.
Próisʼ new facility located in its hometown of Gunnison, CO, will provide the team with quadruple the amount of quality work and warehousing space more than its old building. The new offices will be home base for all internet warehousing and small retail distribution, where large retail distribution will continue to come from the companyʼs manufacturing partner in California.

 â€œThis is an exciting time for the Próis brand. Our entire team is thrilled that sales are up, and we need more space to help meet our goals of expansion,” says Kirstie Pike, CEO of Próis Hunting and Field Apparel. “Our new state-of-the-art facility will help us accomplish this and more in the months and years to come.”

Hardcore female hunters who push the limits in the field rely on Próisʼ innovative technology incorporated into each piece of gear such as complex compressed fabrics that offer wind stopping, moisture wicking, silence, waterproofing and ultimate durability.

Próis has also come out with all guns blazing in 2010 with sleek new lines of womenʼs shooting apparel including the new Competitor and Turas collections. And, because Próis is as passionate about supporting our domestic economy as it is about hunting and shooting, all gear is proudly made in the U.S.A.

 

For more information about Próisʼ new facility, or the companyʼs innovative line of serious, high-performance hunting

and shooting apparel for women, contact:

Próis Hunting and Field Apparel
28001-B US Highway 50
Gunnison, CO- 81230
(970) 641-3355 

www.Próishunting.com 

To check out the latest updates on Próis field and pro staff and company news, visit the Próis blog at:
http://www.proishunting.com/community

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SUSAN GARRARD….Taking Prois Around the Globe!

Meet Susan Garrard (and her new friend) as she takes Prois around the globe.  Susan is embarking on some incredible hunting excursions rarely attempted by females!  She will be accompanying outfitter Chris Nash and Rob Holt of Kaweka Outfitting.  Stay tuned as Susan chronicles her adventures to parts unknown.  Currently, Susan is in Australia on the hunt of a lifetime.

NRA Convention 2010- Now Made for a Woman!


By:  Kirstie Pike, CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

 

It’s true, ladies…the NRA is no longer just a man’s lair.  It is not simply a testosterone-rich world of guns, ammunition and tactical gear.  The NRA is, by all accounts, now made for a woman.

I recently attended the 2010 NRA National Convention in Charlotte, NC.  Being my virgin voyage to this particular venue, I found my mind riddled with preconceived notions.  Despite the fact that I was very well aware of all of the efforts put forth by the NRA to promote the inclusion of women in the organization, it was not until I arrived in Charlotte that I began to understand the depth of these efforts. 

It’s true.  I expected to descend into a thick testosterone cloud.  I expected to hear snippets of conversation revolving around Glocks, AR’s and concealed weapons.  What I found was quite the contrary.  Roughly 30% of the crowd (a very unscientific estimate, to be sure) was, well, female.  This was surprising to me, although I have long been a member of the NRA and I am quite aware of the vast efforts the organization puts forth to draw women to the industry, the shooting sports and the world of firearms.  I found myself a bit embarrassed about my ignorance.  I decided to treat this as a scientific experiment of sorts.  What was the draw (no pun intended) for the women of the NRA?

It became quite clear to me on the first day that the inclusion of Sarah Palin as one of the keynote speakers for the conventions was a draw.  While I personally did not get to attend her engagement as I was chained to my exhibitor’s booth like a bad dog that chases cars, I spoke at length with many attendees who were both moved and inspired by Sarah’s speech.  Sarah represents the working woman, the mother, the wife and the spirit of our country.  It seems that the snippets of conversation I was now overhearing on this day centered on the impact of one woman’s inspirational speech.   Her inclusion in the NRA line up was brilliant.

Interestingly, there were many products throughout the marketplace designed and manufactured expressly for women.  Now, I am personally not a fan of all things pink, but I have to say that there was a veritable smorgasbord of pink hand guns, rifles, knives, air guns and more to appeal to the ladies.  Fret not if you too oppose all things pink, there were numerous firearms and accessories designed to fit a female that were still no-nonsense black and gunmetal.  It seems the many firearm manufacturers (much like the bow manufacturers) are hearing the battle cry from women for high-performance gear that is made just for women.  The result is nothing short of amazing as women are purchasing firearms at an eye-popping rate.  Concealed carry clothing, holsters and handbags are also being manufactured for the female and were hot items on the floor of the show. 

Manufacturers are not the only entities seeing the need to appeal to the ever-increasing numbers of women in the hunting and shooting sports.  Outfitters are beginning to market to female friendly camps and services.  I noted in more than one outfitter booth photos of female clients with their harvested animals.  Often, the outfitters and guides are females themselves which adds a new dimension to the predominately male profession. 

I found it inspiring that the women I encountered throughout the show were extremely knowledgeable and often considered professional shooters and hunters.  I appreciated the venue where a woman’s passion for the shooting industry was accepted and promoted.  With that said, I admit I was wrong.  While there was certainly ample testosterone in this convention, it was met with a rivaling amount of estrogen.

I get it now…NRA IS strong enough for a man but it is now made for a woman.  I recommend any woman who is passionate about hunting and shooting give the convention a whirl for 2011.  I am willing to bet that you too will be amazed and perhaps inspired.