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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!

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.


Global Rescue- It Could Be a Matter of Life and Death

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: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.


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

Prois Turkey Tips- Learn 4 Old Fashioned Tips from Jim Casada at NWTF!

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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Prois Turkey Tips- Learn From the Pros at NWTF…Do Turkeys LEARN??


Most turkey hunters spend an incredible amount of time and brain matter trying to outsmart their turkey counterparts.  But the big question here is this…do turkeys learn from our mistakes or success?

John Higley of NWTF has the following advice…

An old tom gobbled at the hunter’s every yelp, but instead of sauntering into shotgun range, he stayed just out of sight and eventually drifted away. “Darn,” the hunter thought. “That old boy was toying with me just like he did the other day. That’s one smart turkey!”

Maybe so, and maybe no. Spring after spring, hunters encounter frustrating gobblers; birds that seem ripe for calling but don’t cooperate. Some of them rattle a few times on the roost, fly down and clam up for the rest of the day, leaving hunters to wonder if they did something wrong. It’s even worse when a tom continues to gobble at your pleading yelps but then hangs up and refuses to take another step.

Because they’re fickle, some hunters give turkeys almost Einstein-like qualities when it comes to intelligence.



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


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


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


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

Julia Smith

Amy Coyne took this Texas Dahl Sheep at 200 yards…

Amy CoyneDahl

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

Amy Coyne

Prois CEO, Kirstie Pike, bagged a Corsican Ram…

Corsican Ram Kirstie Pike

And this turkey…


And this one…

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

Kirstie Pike

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


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


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!

700 Springs Ranch

Successful Measures, Get Fit to Hunt the Prois Way!

By Prois Staffer April Mack

No, I’m not talking about the past elections.
How do you measure a successful hunt? Is it a monster buck or bull? Is it a successful harvest? Or is it time out hunting, with your family, friends or by yourself? Do you measure your success of a hunt by the equipment you use and the gear you have? Or simply time spent in nature soaking up God’s great creations? Me? I measure success of a hunt by my experiences…. Time with family, time with God and simply the God given ability to get out and do what I love. Oh, and then there is the success of being able to hunt without desperately gasping for air and bending to cling to my knees after climbing a hill. I’m talking about being in shape. Both mentally and physically, they go hand in hand. There is nothing more rewarding to me then to gracefully, quietly and easily make my way to the top of a mountain without feeling like I just went through military boot camp. Sure, it’s an ego boost as well when I look around and see all the guys sweating and huffing like draft horses pulling a 3000 pound sled.

All too often hunters get prepared for the upcoming hunting season by making sure they have their bow sighted in, have enough arrows and new broad heads along with checking equipment to make sure all gear is up to par. However, rarely do hunters take into consideration the physical preparation needed for the hunt. Being physically fit can be the difference of having an enjoyable hunt or a hunt that kicks your butt. We all know getting up early is part of the hunt. That alone is a hard task for some. But when you wake up the next day and your body is screaming for more rest because you are sore from the previous days hunt… What’s the fun in that? When you are in shape physically, the mental portion follows suit. It has been proven time over that physical activity (working out) improves mental clarity and relieves stress. You have enough on your mind when hunting such as spotting and stalking, calling, and concentrating on making that once in a life time shot. You shouldn’t be thinking about whether or not you can make it up the mountain without needing CPR!
So, with that being said I would like to offer some tips.

1) Set goals; start off small and work your way up. You will need to set both cardio and strength goals. A good goal to start for cardio is walking 2-3 times per week, walk up and down your driveway to get started. Slowly increase the distance by a couple miles at a time, pickup your pace and change terrain. In addition to walking, add biking to the mix. Make your routines fun, go for a hike in new territory, discover new places, or take up mountain biking. Whatever you decide to do, make it fun, make it your own, make it challenging (repelling anyone?)

2) You will need to be physically strong to not only carry all your gear around, but also to carry out your harvest. Hit the weights at least 3 times per week. Remember the smaller the starting goal, the longer the time needed to increase so don’t wait a month before the season to start getting active. You don’t have to be a gym rat to accomplish these goals; there are a lot of things around the house that you can use as weights. Get creative; fill a bucket up with sand! If you are up for the challenge, hire a personal trainer with specific needs in mind (hunting with a bow is exercise specific). Exercises to focus on for bow hunting specifically include: shoulders (front to side arm raises, arm circles, shrugs and lateral raises) upper and lower back (back extensions, seated lat row, reverse fly’s and reverse grip lat pull down) biceps (curls and pull ups) and core (oblique twists, reverse curls and good ‘ol fashion crunches). You of course want to balance out your muscles so don’t forget to throw in some chest presses and triceps pushups just for fun! In relation to the actual hunt and climbing mountains, your lower body needs to be just as strong if not more. Your tail end is one of the biggest muscles you got… work it! Lunges, squats (they don’t have to be in deep range of motion) and hamstring curls will all target the gluteus maximus, aka your tail end. Once you get started in your exercise regimen, you will need (and want!) to maintain your progress. It’s much easier to consistently exercise throughout the year then to be a one-month warrior. Schedule time in your day to workout. You may even have to book an appointment with yourself. Most importantly, be forgiving. If you miss a day or two or even a week, don’t be hard on yourself or ride the guilt train. Just pick up where you left off. Being strong enough to draw your bow back is an essential part to hunting, not only does it make it more enjoyable for you, but it isn’t fair to the game we have the privilege to hunt if the shot we make isn’t steady.

3) Of course getting physically fit involves proper nutrition (sorry, facts of life!) During the hunt (pack in/out intensity) you of course need higher caloric foods to sustain you. However, with day to day eating, your choices should be a little more carefully planned out. There is nothing new here and no magic pill. Fruits and veggies, balance your proteins and fats and include carbs into your foods. Now, when I say fats and carbs, I am not talking about ice cream, cookies, pizza, fast food joints and Ho Ho’s (although in moderation *gasp* it’s okay). Our bodies need fats and carbs to function, but it is the good kind. (Real butter, avocado, legumes, nuts, occasional red meats, cheeses etc). And of course water. Food has an amazing ability to heal the body; we just have to give it a chance. I challenge you to try it… even if it’s not hunting season for you. Make a commitment for at least one month. Cut out boxed, prepackaged and canned meals. Try to eat what grows naturally. When was the last time you saw a box of Hamburger Helper® growing off a tree? You don’t have to get crazy and go all organic, but I would suggest you stop eating foods that are processed and full of preservatives. Our bodies were not built to digest the chemicals in these foods. You give this challenge a try and you will be amazed at the changes your body makes.
On a side note to physical fitness and proper nutrition, I want to mention the importance of having mental strength and clarity. Have confidence in yourself and your abilities, now that you have exercised and gotten fit, you can do anything… right? Confidence comes with knowing you can tackle the hunt, climb the hill and haul out your kill. Be patient, positive and prepared (do I hear a triple “P” cheer?). Patients, well… you’re a bow hunter it’s a given that is an essential tool. Positivity will get you a long way my friends, whether you are by yourself or with a hunting party. Have you ever been around “that” person that see’s the down side to everything or is constantly putting themselves down? I have and it’s not fun… Keep your attitude up; after all there are worse things you could be doing instead of getting out to do what you love. And finally, prepared. Being prepared is such an important mental factor. Having the right clothes for the weather, terrain and clothes that fit you properly (ladies – stop buying men’s camo clothes!) makes you feel, well, good. Being prepared to gut, wrap and pack your harvest with all the necessary tools leaves you without worry of how to get the job done. Being prepared with extra food and water helps with the long process involved after taking that fatal shot. To achieve all this, you have to be mentally strong. To be mentally strong you have to be healthy. To be healthy you have to be physically fit. Yes it’s tough to get started, but all things worth working for have great rewards.

Here’s to measured success!

Sample Workout:
Just because we are bow hunters doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have big guns!
You don’t have to be able to lift a car to draw back a bow… but you should be prepared!
Building up your strength for bow season doesn’t have to be hard. Lifting weights 2-3 times a week, with a day of rest in between should do the trick. You will want to do 3 or 4 sets of 16 reps and choose a weight that will allow you to have good form, but will challenge you to get out the last 5-6 reps. Lift the weights in slow controlled motions and avoid swinging your body for momentum to lift the weight. You will want to make sure you work both sides equally rather than focusing just on your draw arm… imbalances will cause compensation issues leading to muscle injury. No pain no gain is not always the case, listen to your body and learn the difference between muscle fatigue and muscle injury. Muscle soreness is normal when you get started on a lifting routine. Drink lots of water, stretch after your workouts and if the soreness is extreme, take the recommended dosage of Tylenol®. However do not let a little bit of soreness keep you from working out it will get easier as you get stronger. Then it will be time to increase your weights. To avoid plateaus, change up the types of exercises you do about every 4-5 weeks. If you can, find a workout partner, not only will they motivate you but they can keep you safe and spot you as you start to increase the amount of weight you lift.
So, here’s to big gun bow hunters everywhere!