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TAKE PROIS WITH YOU ON THE SAFARI OF A LIFETIME

Prois Staff Highlights Important Items Needed for Your Next Safari

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It’s time to go on the once in a lifetime safari you’ve always dreamt of and it wouldn’t be the same without Prois along for the ride. This is the type of hunt where nothing can be left to chance, so don’t get caught in the African bush without the right equipment. Prois wants you to be as comfortable and as prepared as possible, so take a look at the top suggestions for going on safari.

Let’s start with the plane ride over. It can be a long and grueling trip to Africa, and by the time you get there, you might be thinking more about finding a chiropractor than your first African species to hunt. Luckily, Prois offers a slight solution to this problem. No, they don’t sell chiropractors, but they do sell the “quintessential happy pants”, more commonly known as Prois’ Adventure pants. These pants will make you feel warm and fuzzy and are certain to help ease the pain of flying. What’s even greater about the Adventure pants, they are also perfect for hunting, sightseeing, and wearing around camp. Constructed of 94% nylon and 6% spandex, the fabric on these “happy pants” is lightweight and stretchable. Elastic drawstring cuffs keep them tight to your boots and deter burrs and thorns. They come in colors olive and stone and are extremely affordable at only $129.99.

The next on Prois’ list of versatile items are the popular Ultra shirts, offered in both short sleeve and long sleeve. Like the Adventure pants, Prois’ Ultra shirts are equally as comfortable and are great for all aspects of your adventure. They are lightweight, breathable and work great as a layering piece or alone once the temperatures rise. All Ultra shirts are made with moisture wicking polyester fabric and are extremely quiet. They come in Max 1, Realtree AP, and black. Prois suggests reviewing the laws of the country you will be hunting in, as some countries do not allow the use of camouflage.

Africa is known for its extreme temperatures, so a good layering system is a must. Prois’ staff suggests the Pro-edition vest and jacket combo, which are great for cold rides on the truck to and from camp. Both are easily stored in a daypack should you need them while stalking game. The Pro-edition jacket and vest are both made with water and wind resistant technology and are lined with Prois’ signature nylon tricot for ease of layering and movability. Both feature multiple pockets for storing extra gear, including a spacious lumbar compartment for must have items during a stalk when a backpack might be left behind. These items come in Max 1, Realtree AP, and Mountain Mimicry. Prois suggests Max 1 for hunting in Africa.

Hunting in Africa wouldn’t be the same without a leather belt, sling, and cartridge holder. Luckily, Prois offers all three. Made with genuine leather, these items will not disappoint. The “P” emblazoned belt will be perfect for holding a knife, flashlight, and other accessories while the cartridge holder takes care of your extra ammo. Be as comfortable as possible during long hikes through the African bush with the Prois gun sling on your shoulder.

You can get all of these products and more at www.proishunting.com, just look for the Safari Staff Pick logo to easily find the item you want. These featured products are also suggested for other overseas destinations such as New Zealand or Argentina.

Prois 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: Prois Hunting and Field Apparel, 28001-B US Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 · (970) 641-3355 · Or visit: www.proishunting.com

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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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It Is Safari Season! And Prois Has You Covered! Read What Gear the Experts Suggest!

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!

 

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Prois Africa Travel Tips- Vaccinations and Travel Health and Safety Risks

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.

Eat…

  • 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
Don’t Eat…
  • 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)
Drink…
  • 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
Don’t Drink…
  • 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.

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Prois Tips on Taking Great Safari Photos

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.

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