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Prois staffer Crystal Watts with her 2014 Leopard!

We can’t get enough hunting in Africa… Here is a photo from Crystal Watts’ trip to Tanzania in 2014. Hunting leopards in Tanzania is tough. By law, they can only be hunted during daylight hours, and catching them at the bait before sundown is not easy. Congrats to Crystal on a great cat!

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TIPS FROM THE PROS AT NWTF!

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:gobble_630

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

Shaker Tubes:

  • Gobbler from Primos
  • Gauntlet by Quaker Boy
  • Twister from H.S. Strut

Mouth-Operated Calls:

  • 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.

WHY WE HUNT: A BLOG BY ALEX BRITTINGHAM

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 407590_356894937672953_100000573501927_1301397_146722839_nis 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.

DSC_0610What 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.

DSC_0299Once 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.

IMG_9153I 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.409261_355874947774952_100000573501927_1298826_1930019928_n

THAT’S A WRAP AT 700 SPRINGS RANCH!

The ladies of Prois went on another great adventure in Texas last week… This time at 700 Springs Ranch near Junction.

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Prois staffer, Amber Brandly, got her second turkey of the season… Congrats, Amber!

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Prois Customer, Ashley Worrell, is helping to control the Texas hog population…

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Julia Smith, with Arden Hunters Guild, bagged her first turkey ever…

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Amy Coyne took this Texas Dahl Sheep at 200 yards…

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And then she took this hog with a shotgun and turkey shot at 50 yards…

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Prois CEO, Kirstie Pike, bagged a Corsican Ram…

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And this turkey…

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And this one…

Did we mention she is the definition of a “Bad-Ass”? Just look it up and you will see.

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A Prois Women’s hunt wouldn’t be the same without a good photo bomb… So here you have it.

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A good selfie is also a must… Nicely done Kirstie and Amber.

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The Prois Women’s hunts continue to provide lots of fun, laughter, and success time after time. Thank you so much to the awesome people at 700 Springs Ranch for a great trip!

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