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From the Ladies Room…A Word from The CEO— The SHARE Act of 2015 Passed By The House of Representatives Last Week…What Does This Mean for Sportsmen?

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How often do we really get to receive some good news from Capitol Hill?  Well, brace yourself because we JUST did!

H.R. 2406, also known as the SHARE (Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement) Act of 2015 was passed by the House of Representatives on February 26, 2016.  This bill was introduced in May of 2015 and is essentially a compilation of several bills.  The aim of the SHARE Act is to revise a number of our existing programs to expand access to and opportunities for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting.  Sportsmen and women have been watching this progress closely.  While it is a victory for the hunting/fishing/shooting communities, the bill will now move on to the Senate.

So…what exactly IS in the SHARE Act that is beneficial to our outdoor community?  Here are the Cliff Notes…to view the bill in its entirety, you can view it online at  https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2406/text.
HUNTING,FISHING AND RECREATIONAL SHOOTING PROTECTIONS ACT:

The bill makes the lead ammunition exemption from the EPA regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act a permanent. This includes shot shells, cartridges and components of shot shells and cartridges.  Lead poisoning among non-target animals had been traced to lead shotgun shells and lead was subsequently banned to protect migratory waterfowl and other birds from lead toxicity. The bill also prevents the Department of Interior and the Department of Agriculture from regulating the use of ammunition and fishing tackle based on lead content.

 

TARGET PRACTICE AND MARKSMANSHIP TRAINING SUPPORT ACT:

The bill amends the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to increase the proportion of funding that states may use for acquiring land for public target ranges.  Additionally,  it encourages federal land management agencies (U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management) to cooperate with state and local governments to maintain recreational shooting ranges.

Congress found the use of firearms and archery equipment for target practice on federal land is allowed.  In recent years, portions of the Federal land have been closed to target practice for many reasons.  This bill allows for construction of public shooting ranges on lands managed by the USFS and BLM.

 

POLAR BEAR CONSERVATION AND FAIRNESS ACT:

The bill establishes that the Secretary of the Interior shall authorize import permits of 41 polar bears legally harvested from approved populations in Canada before the polar bear was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Polar Bears were listed in May of 2008. In other words, a permit may be issued for the importation of any polar bear part from a polar bear taken in Canada to any person who submits a permit application with proof that the polar bear was legally harvested before May 2008.

 

RECREATIONAL LANDS SELF-DEFENSE ACT

The bill authorizes the lawful possession of firearms pursuant to STATE law on lands managed by the Army Corps of Engineers as part of a water resource development project, so long as the individual is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing the firearm and the possession of the firearm is in compliance with the law of the STATE. This simply means the Secretary of the Army can enforce any  regulation that prohibits an individual from possessing a firearm at a water resources development project provided the individual is carrying a firearm in accordance with state law.

 

WILDLIFE AND HUNTING HERITAGE CONSERVATION COUNCIL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The bill establishes the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee to advise the Secretary of Interior and Secretary of Agriculture on wildlife and habitat conservation, hunting and recreational shooting.  It also requires the submission of an annual report to the aforementioned secretaries as well as relevant Congressional Committees.  This is a great bill for the hunting/shooting community.

Duties of the WHHCCAC will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting opportunites
  • Facilitate the management of game species and their habitat.
  • Create polices or programs to conserve  and restore wetlands, agricultural lands, grasslands, forest and rangeland habitats.
  • Create policies or programs to promote opportunities and access to hunting and shooting sports on federal lands.
  • Create policies or programs to recruit and retain new hunters and shooters
  • Create programs  to increase public awareness of wildlife conservation and the social and economic benefits of recreational hunting and shooting.
  • Create policies or programs to promote cooperation among the hunting/shooting community, wildlife conservation groups and states, tribes and Federal Government.

 

RECREATIONAL FISHING AND HUNTING HERITAGE AND OPPORTUNITIES ACT

The bill requires federal public land management officials to facilitate hunting, fishing and recreational shooting on federal lands. This not only creates more access, but it is seen as an economic gain for the individual states.

 

FARMER AND HUNTER PROTECTION ACT

The bill revises standards for determining what a baited area is for purposes of the prohibition on taking migratory game birds.  It is unlawful to take any migratory game bird by baiting or on or over any baited area if the person knows or SHOULD reasonably know the area is baited.

 

TRANSPORTING BOWS ACROSS NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LANDS

The bill prevents the National Park Service from prohibiting individuals from transporting bows and crossbows through NPS lands provided the crossbow is not cocked and all arrows are secured in a quiver.

 

FEDERAL LAND TRANSACTION FACILITATION ACT

The bill reauthorizes the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act to extend the authority provided to the BLM to sell federal land for ranching, community development and other projects.  The bill also allows federal agencies to use funds in the federal land disposal account for deferred maintenance activities or the acquisition of lands that my help address deferred maintenance activities.

 

AFRICAN ELEPHANT CONSERVATION AND LEGAL IVORY POSSESSION ACT

The bill authorizes the possession, sale, delivery, receipt, shipment or transportation of African elephant ivory that has been LAWFULLY imported or crafted in the United States.  It also authorizes the importation of a sport-hunted African elephant trophy if certain requirements are met.

 

And there you have it…in a nutshell.  Having this bill pass through the House of Representatives was a great win for the hunting/shooting community.  We will be watching the progress through the Senate and will keep you posted!  What can you do?  Reach out to your state senators to show support!

Peace out.

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Kirstie Pike- CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

Talking Technical… WP/MVP Ratings on the Prois Galleann Rain System

We are more than pleased to announce that our warehouse is chock full of our new Galleann Rain system!  This particular system was 1 1/2 years in the development and we are quite proud of the end result!   Our goal was to produce a rain system that was ultra light and packable for rugged back country excursions. Our Galleann Jacket and pants each pack into their own pockets for easy stowing and packing.  The jacket is equipped with a 2 way adjustable hood and waterproof zippered pockets.  The pants include full leg length waterproof zippers and a removable cordura gator that attaches to your boot strings.  While the functions are amazing on these items, it is the fabric that we love.  The Galleann system is engineered with a 20,000/10,000 waterproof breathable fabric and taped seams, providing you a lightweight garment with a high waterproof and breathability rating.
20,000/10,000… What does the rating actually mean?

Manufacturers typically describe the waterproof breathability of fabrics using two numbers. The first is in millimeters (mm) and is a measure of how waterproof a fabric is. In the case of a 10k or 10,000 mm fabric, if you put a square tube with inner dimensions of 1” x 1” over a piece of said fabric, you could fill it with water to a height of 10,000 mm (32.8 feet) before water would begin to leak through. The higher the number, the more waterproof the fabric.

The second number is a measure of how breathable the fabric is, and is normally expressed in terms of how many grams (g) of water vapor can pass through a square meter (m2) of the fabric from the inside to the outside in a 24 hour period.
In the case of a 20k (20,000 g) fabric, this would be 20,000 grams. The larger the number, the more breathable the fabric.
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Why isn’t outerwear completely waterproof?
The truth is that many outdoor/hunting products offer water resistance, but will eventually leak given enough water, time and pressure. Manufacturers define “waterproof” according to different standards, and testing is not standardized. A rubber raincoat is completely waterproof, and may be the ideal garment for standing in a downpour waiting for the bus, but if you tried to pack your elk out of the high country, you’d be wet in no time from your own perspiration. The trick is to balance protection from rain and snow on the outside with the ability to let water vapor (warm perspiration) escape from the inside.  And contrary to popular opinion, women do indeed sweat.  A lot!
How are waterproof ratings determined?
Waterproof ratings are determined by the fabric producer, with testing done either by independent laboratories or in-house. There are a number of different testing protocols in use, but most involve the equivalent of placing a 1” x 1” square tube over the fabric and determining how high (in millimeters) a column of water you can suspend over it before it starts to leak.
How breathable a garment do I need?
Well, it’s tempting to say “more is better” but the real answer depends on your level of activity. A layer of warm, moist air between your body and your shell can mean warmth as long as your underlayers don’t become saturated with moisture.If you are doing light hiking and packing and taking a lot of breaks, a breathability rating of 5,000 to 8,000 grams will probably be fine. If you do a lot of strenuous packing where you break a sweat getting to your destination, look for breathability in the 10,000 to 15,000 gram range. Backcountry hardcores and people who commonly pack and hike for thousands of vertical feet in a day should look for garments with breathability in the 20,000 plus range.
What is seam sealing and why is it important? Seam sealing, sometimes referred to as seam taping, covers the tiny holes made by the needle in the sewing process so they don’t leak, using a heat application of thin waterproof tape. Sometimes seams are bonded together using glue or heat, but typically they are first sewn then taped. Prois follows the later process. Garments can be either “fully taped” or “critically taped” – the difference is that a fully taped garment has every seam taped, while a critically taped one has tape only on high exposure areas like the neck, shoulders, and chest. Prois proudly critically tapes our garments.  Without adequate seam sealing you’ll get wet even with the best waterproof/breathable fabric.
Prois is proud to provide the leading edge in technical, performance hunting gear for women, and we knocked it out of the park with this system.
GALLEANN JACKET FRONT

Galleann Rain Jacket

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Gallean Rain Pants

Removable Cordura Gaitor

Removable Cordura Gaitor

For ordering and additional product specifications, visit our website www.proishunting.com!
Want to speak with a Customer Specialist?  Give us a call at 970-641-3355

PRÓIS® GALLEANN JACKET AND PANTS INVITE MOTHER NATURE TO BRING IT ON

Learn More About the Company’s Formidable Rain System for Women Hunters

For serious hunters who hunt through the seasons, rain is often a factor. Stay dry and warm with the Próis® Galleann Line, a technologically advanced system of gear every huntress should have. Lightweight, hard-wearing, and perhaps most importantly, packable, this rain suit is a must-have, especially when the heavens decide to pour.

Named for the Gaelic word “storm,” the all-new for 2016 Próis Galleann rain jacket and pants are the company’s premium, technical rain suit and have been scientifically designed to be the most functional and durable rain gear in the industry. Constructed from 100 percent polyester 20,000 / 10,000 laminate, Galleann Rain gear is extremely lightweight and completely waterproof – always importanGALLEANN JACKET FRONTt whether it’s drizzling or an all-out storm. Whether sitting, squatting, lying down, or even running, this jacket and pant combo is designed to move seamlessly with you. What’s more, they are built to be silent when performing all these actions. Finally, their breathable fabric allows you to remain as dry as possible.

The Próis Galleann Jacket packs into its own pocket making it simple to store and carry with you in the field, ensuring you’re well prepared should the weather take a turn for the worse. The high performance jacket has fully waterproof zippers, taped seams, and snap-down sliders to help keep you and your gear dry. The hood also has an exterior drawstring, which allows for a more precise fit and better peripheral vision.GALLEANN PANTS FRONT

Pair the Próis Galleann Jacket with the Galleann Pants, which are built from the same state-of-the-art materials and also pack into their own pocket. Notably, the pant leg zippers extend up the entire leg so you can slide them on and off efficiently. The pants also have detachable cordura gaiters to secure your boots and help reduce moisture around the boot and ankle.

The Próis Galleann Jacket and Pants are sold separately and can be purchased here. They are both available in sizes XS through XXL and come in Realtree APX®, Realtree Max-1®, or olive.

For more information about the Próis Galleann Line or 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

From the Ladies Room…an update from the CEO! Prois Embarks On A New Show Circuit Journey!

smallShow season.  It is indeed a gauntlet…and a gauntlet not for the faint of heart.  We have been on the show circuit since December and are pleased to have a bit of down time.

Despite our efforts to inform our customers, the media and the industry of our revised show schedule, I felt it was important to put forth a more personal statement.  Doesn’t that feel all warm and fuzzy?  Doesn’t it??

While Prois has attended the large trade shows, namely ATA and SHOT Show for the past eight years, we felt that 2016 was the perfect time to readjust our show efforts. We opted out of ATA and SHOT in favor of consumer shows such as Dallas Safari Club, Wild Sheep Show, Safari Club International and the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo.

The first conclusion people consider is that Prois is not a viable company.  Actually, nothing could be further from the truth.  We have simply opted to take our dog and pony show directly to you, our customer.  We pride ourselves on having a personal touch with our customer base and we take customer service very seriously.  We have found that our exposure, marketing and sales expand dramatically when we put our efforts to consumer based shows rather than the trade shows.  We get to meet our customers face to face and we take it as a personal challenge to outfit any woman in the Prois system that best fits their hunting needs, physical needs and pocketbook.  Our only regret is that we did not do this sooner!

In this process, we not only create customers…we create fans and friends.  It is no secret that the Prois Staff does not, well, necessarily fit the corporate mold. (Interestingly, we have been told we cannot run a business as we do…I beg to differ) We take great pride in growing the sisterhood of female hunters. We do this through offering the highest performance gear for women on the market, creating a personal experience and by being “real” people.  I personally take great pride in the amazing women that surround the company, who have named themselves the “Prois Posse”.  I aspire to be like each and every one of these wacky women!

So with that, please rest assured that Prois is not only alive and well, we are better than ever.  We still have a couple of shows in the queue, so you will see us in Anchorage at the Great Alaska Sports Show and in Louisville at the NRA National Convention.  We look forward to seeing you all there and rest assured…shenanigans shall ensue.  For if we are not shenaniganating, we are bored.  And when we are bored someone gets arrested.  Or escorted out of a casino.  Alas…those are stories for another time.

Carpe Diem, my friends!!

Kirstie Pike- CEO and Founder
Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

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EXTREME CLOTHING FOR EXTREME WEATHER

Próis® Hunting Apparel has the Gear Women Need for Late Season Hunting

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We might be entering the coldest month of the year, but that doesn’t stop dedicated hunters everywhere from going outside and doing what they love. Unless, of course, they don’t have the right gear. Fortunately, that is not an issue when you have a closet full of Próis cold weather gear. Check out the company’s favorites for cold, wintery days afield.

You may think you know what happiness feels like, but try on the Próis Archtach down jacket and you will realize you were sorely mistaken. Perfect for the coldest of climates, this jacket is constructed of 800 fill gray goose down. It features an athletic and feminine cut with extra length down the backside to reduce back draft. In case pack space is limited to only a few gear necessities, this jacket is the perfect component as it packs down into its own pocket. What’s even better? The Archtach jacket is on sale for 20% off retail through the end of January at www.proishunting.com. It comes in sizes XS-XL and is available in the camo patterns Realtree® AP, Max 1, Mountain Mimicry, and Black.

In case one layer isn’t enough, check out the Xtreme Jacket and pants. This dynamic duo is considered the perfect combo for the coldest of cold days and will keep you snug as a bug in a rug. The ladies of Próis thought of it all when creating this outfit. Constructed of a polyester 8000/5000 waterproof, breathable fabric, these garments are soft and silent and sure to keep you warm and happy, even if Mother Nature has other plans. Insulated with 200 Gram 3M Thinsulate, and lined with 100% Nylon Tricot, this jacket/pant combo is the perfect layering piece and can be easily added and removed as the day goes on. Adding to the jacket’s incredible function is an innovative safety harness lead located at the base of the neck, allowing hunters to easily strap on and off a safety harness underneath the jacket. Both the jacket and pants come in sizes XS-XXL and are offered in camo patters Realtree® AP and Max 1.

Get all of these items and more at www.proishunting.com or call (970) 641-3355 to receive additional advice from the staff on recommended sizing and camo patterns.

You can also check out the above products and more at the following outdoor shows: Wild Sheep Foundation’s Sheep Show (Jan. 21-23), SCI Convention (Feb. 3-6), Western Hunting and Conservation Expo (Feb. 11-14), and the NRA National Convention (May 20-22).

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

 

 

 

 

PRÓIS® LAUNCHES MEMBERSHIP REWARDS PROGRAM

Earn Dividends and Get Discounts Towards the Best Women’s Hunting Gear in the Industry

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Just when you thought Próis® Hunting Apparel had reached an all-time high of awesomeness, they throw their new Membership Rewards Program into the mix. The women’s hunting industry has never seen a deal like this before. Take a closer look at what Próis will offer customers with this new and exciting program.

First, you might be asking yourself how one takes advantage of such an offer, and it really is rather simple. Sign up by visiting http://www.proishunting.com/membership/ to fill out an application. Once the application is filled out and submitted to our database, you will receive a Membership Card with your very own membership number on it. This personalized number will be the key to earning dividends and getting discounts.

Speaking of discounts, this program offers members a 20% discount on all online purchases of Próis brand clothing. Simply enter your membership number at checkout and you will be handsomely rewarded for doing so. Items not redeemable are gift cards, clearance items, backpacks, or boots.

The Próis Membership Rewards Program also offers year-end dividends equal to 10% of your total annual purchases. So, the more you buy the more you earn. At the end of each year, Próis will tally your total purchases and a dividend code will be issued for use on future purchases. Dividends apply towards any gear offered on the Próis website.

Find out more by calling the Próis office at (970) 641-3355 or by emailing info@proishunting.com.

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

Venison Curry Stew

Baby it’s cold outside!
And you need soup.
Check out this awesome recipe for Venison Curry Stew!!!

VenisonCurryStew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

4 tablespoons grape seed oil
1 venison haunch, cubed (about 5 pounds)
Salt and pepper
2 stalks lemongrass, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 cloves garlic garlic, minced
1 medium onion, diced
1 tablespoon minced ginger
3 bay leaves
2 cinnamon sticks
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon dried chili flakes
4 tablespoons curry
2 cans coconut milk
6 cups chicken stock
1 large butternut squash, cut into cubes
Cilantro, for garnish
Instructions

In a large heavy bottomed pot, heat the oil. Season the venison cubes with salt and pepper and add them to the oil, browning them on all sides, about 5 minutes.

Add the lemongrass, garlic, onion and ginger and stir until it exudes its aroma, about 5 minutes.

Add the bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, chili flakes, and curry and stir well.

Pour in the coconut milk and chicken stock, and stir. Cover and let simmer for about 2 hours, until the venison becomes tender.
After 2 hours, add the squash and cover. Let cook until the squash is tender and the venison cubes fall apart easily.
Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve.