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Prois Hunting & Field Apparel Announces Primal Adventures “Extreme Huntress” Contest Winner at SHOT Show…Congratulations REBECCA FRANCIS!

Próis Hunting Apparel and well known TV powerhouse Primal Adventures has been on the hunt for the most hard-core female hunter with the launch of their first ever Extreme Huntress national contest. And now, after countless submissions and with the help of your online votes — they’ve found their gal that can really bring it in the field. Taking home this prestigious title and a hunt of a lifetime is Rebecca Francis of Woodland Hills, Utah.

“This whole contest from start to finish has been an amazing experience,” said Francis. “I’m thrilled to have been a part of a program that encourages and supports women in the outdoors — and cannot wait for my hunt in British Columbia!”

148_1lo_winner_sponsors_lrIn addition to taking home the most Extreme Huntress title, Francis will get the chance to bring home a prized trophy or two on her all expenses paid sheep and mountain goat combination hunt in British Columbia. To prepare her for this hunt of a lifetime, she will be fully outfitted in Próis’ high performance hunting gear, along with a slew of other great equipment provided by contest sponsors. The hunt itself will be filmed for a future episode of Primal Adventures on Versus, with the total value of the grand prize package at more than $50,000.

Francis has worked hard for this title as her hard-core adventures have led her to take down the most challenging game including a 700lb African Lion at full charge and a 10 ½ ft. Alaskan brown bear at 24 yards with her bow. You can tell Francis is a hard-core hunter at the heart as each year she looks forward to ‘suffering from a sore butt in the saddle, rubbing elk manure on her pants to cover her scent and crawling through bushes for hours while stalking game’ — as described in her thrilling essay.

Any serious female hunter who has pushed the limits and beyond in the field was encouraged to tell her story, and share her passion with the world. Countless submissions were received online and were then reviewed by a celebrity panel of judges including Larry Weishuhn, Remington’s Linda Powell, Jim Zumbo from the Outdoor Channel, Denise Miller of Otis Technology, Inc, and Prois Hunting Apparel CEO, Kirstie Pike. The top 10 finalists were then chosen and posted on the Tahoe Films website for the hunting public to vote for their favorite.

“We were thrilled at the number of heart-stopping stories we received showcasing these amazing women who really go for it in the field,” says Kirstie Pike, CEO of Prois. “These unstoppable women are truly role models for present and future women hunters out there, and we’re excited to be able to highlight their success.”

For more information about the Extreme Huntress Contest, Primal Adventures, or Próis’ innovative line of serious, high performance hunting apparel for women, contact: Primal Adventures at · Or Próis Hunting Apparel, 28001-B US Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 · (970) 641-3355 ·

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Prois Named in Outdoor Life Best in Show for ATA 2010!

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Niki Atcheson … from Missionary’s kid to big game outfitter to Próis Field-Staff…

At Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women, we understand that it is the people on our team that make the business a success.  With that, we are immensely pleased to announce the addition of Niki Atcheson to our Field-Staff team. 

Niki Atcheson grew up as the daughter of medical missionary parents at Kibuye Hospital station in Burundi and Rwanda. It was 1960 and remote at the time. Outside communication happened just once a week on short wave radio. It was here that her passion for hunting began and now, in what some still consider the wild – Butte, Montana – her quest to hunt the world continues.

Out of Africa, Niki became a hunting guide for South Point Safaris on the big island of Hawaii. Remote Mauna Loa supported the world’s most pure strain of Mouflon sheep, as well as many other species. She described the experience: “Hunting from jungle to savannah to barren lava in this exotic location was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.”

Niki could not stay away from Africa, continuing to hunt there while using International Hunting Consultant Keith Atcheson, of Jack Atcheson & Sons, as her advisor. She concentrated on hunting dangerous game, including Cape buffalo. She said, “Zimbabwe is my favorite country to hunt, but I have also hunted in Namibia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa and the Cameroons.”

She married Keith and for the past nine years, they have hunted the world together. They also run an outfitting and guiding business, Hunters Montana, for elk, deer and antelope. The couple spends most of their time running Jack Atcheson and Sons International Hunting Agency. They often take their combined family of five children (four girls!) hunting with them.

An avid writer, Niki has contributed many articles encouraging other woman and kids to enjoy her passion of hunting and the outdoors. She firmly believes that the lifestyle of hunting fishing is an intricate part of our connection with to Earth.

She said, “What keeps me guiding through long hours, tremendous work and bad weather is the amazing people I meet. The honor of hunting with clients and seeing them achieve their goals is as much a fulfillment to me as a guide as my own hunting. Hunting has allowed me to meet some of the most giving, courageous and adventuresome woman in the world.”

When spending time back at home in Montana, Niki can be found gardening, watching birds or reading true-life adventure novels. We wonder if these stories can even begin to compare to her own life’s story? We’re thrilled to have this big game guide, American huntress on the team at Próis.

Prois’ Transatlantic Correspondent…Winter in the UK

Julie “Joolz” Caddick~
Winter has finally arrived here in the British Isles we have had the first ground frosts of the year and the winds are sweeping in from the north bringing hail and snow. I can’t complain though as we have had one of the mildest autumns that I can remember. As the seasons change and the leaves fall, you notice things that summer kept hidden. The woodland in which we practice archery is not very large and with less cover on the trees.  It is possible to see across it in places. Two streams join together and flow southwards out of the wood, dividing it up and helping with the setting of shots by providing dead ground and interesting settings. We have seen footprints in the mud along the banks earlier in the year and now that the vegetation has thinned out, the culprit has been seen. It is a Mink.  These animals are not native to the British Isles but have escaped from fur farms and have found our countryside very much to their liking. We share our woodland with a pheasant shooting syndicate who put down a good number of young birds for the shooting season and no doubt they will have lost some to the mink.  I think the young birds will will already have a price on their heads.  I think that I have found its den (not sure if this is the correct name for a minks home. Maybe somebody over in the USA knows?) under some tree roots about a foot above the normal water level of the stream there are two entrances with well trodden pathways leading to them. I spent a good twenty minutes struggling to get a good look inside but will have to go back with some  waders as the only way would be to wade waist deep in the stream. This may seem a strange thing to want to do but I have always found the homes of animals interesting ever since I was five years old and looked into a foxes earth and saw three pairs of amber colored eyes staring back out of the darkness.

I feel privileged to see these things and rewarded for taking the time and making the effort to get out into the woodland.  Far too many people over here never venture out of towns and city’s and have become detached from the natural world.  They really do not know what they are missing. Field Archery has given me the opportunity to visit many places that are off the beaten track and to observe our wildlife in all its shapes and sizes from the Red Deer Stags of the Highlands to the tiny shrews that live among the fallen logs and moss. Of all the British Wildlife, foxes hold a special interest for me as they seem to have the ability to survive no matter what odds are against them. They have even found opportunities to survive in urban areas by scavenging on the things that we throw away… this is a testament to their will to survive. So as the weather gets more and more winter-like I will not sit in the warm comfort of my home.  I will go out and experience all the conditions that our climate throws at us whether its doing Archery or simply walking my dogs, I will enjoy each day what ever it brings and look forward to the coming year.
So as the snow deepens and the temperatures drop remember… There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!   (See why we love her!?)
        Best Wishes to you all and good luck in the new year.

AT LAST! The Much Anticipated XTREME Line is Now Available from Prois Hunting & Field Apparel Online!

The XTREME Series has arrived! This jacket has it all! Soft, silent shell of our 100% polyester 8000/5000 waterproof/breathable fabric. Well insulated with 150Gm 3M ULTRA Thinsulate- this jacket will not leave you out in the cold. Lined with our 100% nylon tricot for added ease of layering and movement. Deep chest and hand pockets. Innovative inner sleeve liner keeps arm mobile yet reduces drafting and maximizes dryness. Safety Harness access at the base of the neck with magnetic tab closure allows the huntress to wear harness under the jacket. Hood with exterior drawstring closure that pulls hood away from the face, thus maximizing peripheral vision. Drawstring at waist to enhance warmth. Includes the signature Prois Ducktail Feature that is designed to provide additional warmth and dryness to the backside…simply unsnap and the tail drops down an additional 12 inches that optimizes dryness when sitting in the elements. This jacket offers maximum function at a great price!


Prois also Introduces their insulated, heavyweight pants that are engineered to withstand the coldest conditions mother nature has to offer. Constructed with 100% polyester 8000/5000 waterproof/breathable shell that is soft and utterly silent. Insulated with 150 Gram 3M ULTRA Thinsulate and lined with our sleek nylon tricot. These pants are the ultimate in warmth whether you are trekking across the frozen mountain terrain or awaiting that trophy buck in a treestand. Elastic waistline with added elastic drawstring and cordlock. Large cargo pockets with pillowtop closures. 9″ boot zippers added for ease of donning. The Prois XTREME Pants are designed to meet the needs of THE serious hunter.

Both XTREME Jacket and Pants are available in Realtree AP HD and Realtree Advantage Max1.  Both items are also included in our annual HOLIDAY SALE!  Check it out now!

Prois Hunting and Field Apparel for Women Releases New Logowear Just in Time for the Holidays!

Kirstie Pike
CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel

We are pleased to release our new logowear for the female hunter on your shopping list!  Our great new t-shirts are perfect for lounging around the house, relaxing after a day of hunting or traveling for your next adventure!  We are certain you will be pleased!

Prois Hunting Apparel Announces the Addition of Jodi Barnes and Vickie Gardner to Pro-Staff!

The innovators at Prois Hunting Apparel take pride in celebrating fearless, high-performance women hunters who represent and share the company’s vision for generating excitement and awareness in women’s hunting.  That is why it is no surprise that the company has added two incredible female hunters to its Pro Staff Team…Jodi Barnes and Vickie Gardener.

Barnes is no stranger to hardcore hunting.  Born and raised in Illinois, she has had her fair share of extreme seasons and tackling some amazing hunts- proving that she not only takes pride in NOT being one of the guys, she can keep up with the bst of men.  Barnes is best known for her role as the ‘ring-girl’  of the hit show Arrow Affliction, hosted by Chris Brackett.  On the show, she is put in hunting situations so nerve racking, it would make most people falter.  Wheter it’s flying fish on the Illinois River or battling bruins of the north, she is ready for any adventure that comes her way.  Barnes’ appearances include Arrow Affliction, Driven TV, The Crush, Wild Outdoors, Higher Ground Outdoors, CNN, Chicago Tribune, and Brackett Outdoors.

As Vice President of STUFF Marketing for Alpen Optics, Vickie Gardner  is all too familiar with what gear works well in the field, and what doesn’t make the cut.  Gardner only enters the field in Prois’ high-performance clothing, as she is confident in its comfort, fit and functionality- and knows it will stand up to any harsh element Mother Nature throws her way.  In 1997, Gardner and her husband founded Alpen Optics, and when she’s not busy turning it into an award-winning optics company, she can be found in the woods towing home a trophy or two.

Both Barnes and Gardner understand the importance of having only the best equipment in the field.  “Having clothing that fits is one thing, but having it blow away my expectation in the field, that’s another,” comments Barnes.

These two ladies join an already impressive list of Pro Stafff that include the likes of Linda Powell, Barbara Baird, Anne Vinnola, Bitsy Kelley, Christina Holden, Dana Wall, Jenifer Barvitski, Keli Van Cleave, Kristina Martin and Stephanie Mallory!


Jodi Barnes

Jodi Barnes

Vickie Gardner

Vickie Gardner





Tune in to Primal Adventures on VS.- Friday, November 20th -Prois and Primal Team-Up for Great BC Bear Hunt!

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Let Us Take You to the Top of the Food Chain

Hunting season is in full swing and snow is piling up in the mountains.  It couldn’t be better. Check out our new “Extreme Huntress” contest.  The judges have picked the finalists and their essays are posted. Please vote for your favorite huntress.  Primal Adventures viewership didn’t let up from September and the new Nielsen numbers are in.  Sled Heads 5 is selling well and we now have it available on Blu-Ray DVD.

Extreme Huntress Contest

Kirstie ProfileOne lucky lady will get a bighorn sheep, mountain goat and black bear hunt from International Sportsman, Inc.( and be filmed for a future episode of Primal Adventures with Tom Opre. The judges have picked the finalists and we need your help. Please click this link and vote

Primal Sponsor Spotlight -

Kirstie Pike, President, Prois Hunting Apparel

Kirstie Pike

Why did we jump on board, especially since Primal doesn’t feature a full-time female host? Because the production is edgy and extreme, coupled with great human interest stories. It goes so much further than the typical ‘me and Joe went hunting’ shows that have saturated the market. Plus, Tom concepted the Extreme Huntress Contest which gave us an opportunity to promote more women in hunting and our brand.

NEW! – Sled Heads 5

Sled Heads

Sled Heads 5 now available on Blu-Ray DVD. For the first time in extreme sport history, yes that includes snowboard and skiing films, a film is available on Blu-Ray. Not the one-off burns where producers are not paying Blu-Ray royalties, but a true Hollywood production run. There are less than 1500 titles on Blu-Ray in the world. Get your copy of Sled Heads 5 at

Primal Adventuresâ„¢ with Tom Opre

Fridays at 3pm EST on Versus

 Primal Adventures

November 13th - X Games Bull Elk In Colorado  

Host Tom Opre teams up with X Games gold medalist and extreme snowmobiler Chris Burandt for an archery elk in Colorado. This public land hunt is tough, but Burandt pulls it out in the end. Burandt also shows some of his freestyle snowmobile moves in the Colorado backcountry.

November 20th – All Women’s Pursuit For Monster Black Bear  

Join Prois Hunting Apparel’s Kirstie Pike as she takes you on her adventure for monster black bear. Co-host Pike teams up with Remington’s Linda Powell on this memorable British Columbia hunt.
November 23rd (12:30pm EST) – Crossbows and Gators  
Primal Adventure’s host Tom Opre pursues huge alligators, at night and with a crossbow, on Florida’s Kississmee River. This spot and stalk hunt provides for some thrilling moments. Just don’t fall out of the boat!
December 4th -  Truly Primal: Spear Hunting For Boar In Texas      
Extreme snowmobiler Jimmy Blaze Fejes teams up with Primal host Tom Opre for a difficult challenge — spear hunting wild boar. The pucker factor is high when a 300-pound boar challenges the hunters, armed with only long sticks, on foot!
December 11th -   The Art of Decoying Coyotes
Primal Adventure’s host Tom Opre heads to eastern Montana for hard-core coyote hunting. He teams up with Jerry McPherson from the Montana Decoy Company.  
December 16th (11:00am EST) - X Games Bull Elk In Colorado   (REPEAT)

December 18th – Water Buffalo Aren’t Supposed To Kill
Primal Adventure’s host Tom Opre heads to Argentina with Frank and Pete Brownell in search of water buffalo and red stag. The hunt turns out to be almost more than they bargain for.

Season three of Primal Adventuresâ„¢ with Tom Opre is in full swing with advertising opportunities available. Plus don’t forget to vote for your favorite hardcore, woman huntress.

Best regards,

Tom Opre
Executive Producer
Tahoe Films, Ltd.

In This Issue
Extreme Huntress Contest
Primal Sponsor Spotlight
NEW! Sled Heads 5
Primal Adventures Schedule on Versus

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International Sportsman


Titan Fuel Tanks 


Sportsman's Warehouse

Advertiser Testimonials 


“Tom’s work really hits that adventure market.  He gets it and can represent companies well.”
Pete Brownell
Brownell’s, Inc. 

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