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Holly Bags a Nasty Sow!

Harvested in Monterey County, California-       Prois’ good friend Holly Heyser (Norcalcazadora) nails this nasty sow.  To read Holly’s version of this hunt, which amazingly ranges from blowtorches to “bungholes”  (seriously…you have to read this!)  ….log onto www.norcalcazadora.com

Great job, Holly!  By the way…great shirt…nice pig too!

Prois Announces Pro-Staff Partners

 PROIS HUNTING APPARELâ„¢
Serious huntwear for real women

For immediate release: August 26, 2008

PROIS HUNTING APPARELâ„¢ ANNOUNCES PRO-STAFF PARTNERS

Despite being the “new kid on the block” for women’s huntwear, Prois Hunting Apparel has gained much momentum in the industry and is proud to announce its pro-staff – a collection of women in the outdoor industry who love the challenge of the hunting tradition.

Linda Powell — Senior Press Relations Manager and Conservation Sales Manager for Remington Firearms since 1996. Linda quickly discovered a hidden passion for hunting and shooting, welcoming the challenges and rewards that each new outdoor adventure offers. Now an accomplished hunter, she remains enthused about each opportunity in the field as if it was her first, whether waiting at dawn for the sound of a lone gobbler or trekking across the Arctic for musk ox.

Barbara Baird — Award-winning freelance outdoor writer whose bylines have appeared in a variety of local, regional and national magazines, as well as newspapers in Missouri, her home state. Barbara also teaches NRA pistol courses, hunts and is honing her bow-hunting skills this year. (She has been invited to hunt feral hogs with a spear in Alabama.)  Barbara is a firm believer in that old adage that a bad day outdoors beats a good day in the office … and she believes that $200 is not too much to pay for a good pair of boots, but way too much for a pair of heels.

Jennifer Barvitski — Prois’s very own product tester! Jennifer has been putting Prois Hunting Apparel through its paces since day one when Prois started as an idea and some patterns. An architect by trade, Jennifer lives in Colorado and has been hunting for over 20 years. She is a big game hunter with both bow and her rifle. She also is an avid bird hunter. Jennifer has traveled extensively with her family in search of prey to Africa, Mexico and many locations in the U.S. Throughout the year, she hunts elk in Colorado and then heads to Texas to hunt doves, quail and whitetail

Stephanie Mallory — Freelance writer and owner of Mallory Communications, Inc., a public relations firm. Stephanie has pursued a career in freelance writing, editing and photography. Her byline has appeared in more than 100 magazine articles for national and regional publications. She lives in Birmingham, Ala. Married to Brett Mallory, Stephanie is the proud mother of two children, Ethan and Ransom. 

Kristina Martin — Television star, marketing director and model. Kristina is the wife of country artist, Daniel Lee Martin, and the “better half” of his show, “Backstage & Backroads,” which airs on The Sportsman Channel. She grew up in Florida, but now resides in Nashville, Tenn. Kristina is an avid outdoorswoman through and through. When she is not on the road with Daniel Lee’s music career, his television show or handling the day-to-day duties as the Marketing Director for ChinMusic Records, she is traveling the world on her own with her modeling career. When it comes to the outdoors, looks can be deceiving and don’t put anything past her, as she continues to steal the spotlight from her husband on every adventure!

Keli Van Cleave — Television personality with Bighorn Outdoors, president of PinkOutdoors, writer, lecturer, member of the National Fly Fishing Team and Colorado record holder for mule deer harvested in Colorado by a female bowhunter. That full-velvet buck had it all – measuring 44 inches of mass with a 30-inch spread and scoring a 202 ¼ (Typical, Pope & Young). Keli is now in pursuit of the record Colorado elk harvested by a female bowhunter. Stay tuned! She says she inherited her love of the outdoors from her father and her love of “all things pink” from her mother. 

Anne Vinnola — Entrepreneur and freelance writer. Anne has hunted with her family for several years and has written more than 40 articles about hunting, field care and taxidermy. She frequently provides articles and product reviews for Sportsmans News, bowhunting.net and womenhunters.com.  She hunts big game with both bow and rifle. Anne and her husband, Jerry, own the Colorado Institute of Taxidermy Training and Big Timber South Taxidermy Studio in beautiful Canon City, Colo. They have four children, ages 13-21, who love hunting, shooting sports and the outdoors. 

Dana Wall — Television personality and gator farmer. Co-Host Gator Trax Outdoors with Chad and Dana Wall, as seen on the Pursuit Channel. Dana was born and raised in Louisiana and later attended Southeastern Louisiana University.  Through hosting Gator Trax Outdoors, she entertains viewers with fair chase – from over-the-edge hunting in the swamps of Louisiana to the northern reaches of Alberta, Canada. She also is employed with Walls Alligator Farm where she enjoys her love for the outdoors each and every day. Family and faith are at the forefront of this young lady’s life. 

Prois (Pro-iss) Hunting Apparel for Women, launched in 2008, provides women what they have long been missing in the field – high-performance gear that is engineered to withstand the extremes of the hunt. Created with technical fabrics that allow wicking, windstopping, waterproofing and warmth, Prois is leading the way for women who are serious about the hunt and the gear they choose. In addition to technical fabrics, Prois has developed a number of signature features such as thumbholes in the cuff lines of long sleeve shirts and jackets, deep lumbar compartments for storage, scapular drop pockets to hold activated hand warmers, use of magnetic closures and additional pockets where they are most useful. 

Don’t just take their word for it, come see why Prois is SERIOUS HUNTWEAR FOR REAL WOMEN. 

See Prois’s comprehensive line and media room/community pages at www.proishunting.com

 

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Marcy’s New Mexico Antelope

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After stalking 10 different bucks across the New Mexico landscape, Marcy takes this great buck with her bow!   Marcy, an avid hunter an accomplished archer, owns Gila Outdoors in Safford, Arizona.  She hunts with her husband and son across the western United States and has added numerous trophies to their home including a great mule deer harvested in 2007.  In addition to hunting, Marcy competes in numerous archery competetions in Arizona.  Great Job, Marcy!

Teri’s Florida Gator~ 2008

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Teri nailed this gator earlier this month in Florida.  An accomplished hunter, Teri is now off to South Carolina for a deer hunt.  We are certain to see some great photos to follow!   Now THIS is hunting!

Prois Hunting Apparel Becomes Corporate Partner to POMA

Recently partnering with the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA),  Prois Hunting Apparel recently attended the POMA Annual Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The event was fun and informative.  What a great place to meet up with old friends Andy Lightbody, Kat Matoon, Jim Zumbo, Tom Opre, Barb Baird, Linda Powell, Stephanie Mallory and Bill Konway.  We also forged some great new friendships, and I must say, I have never laughed so hard as I did at Laurie Lee Dovey’s theatrics describing her rather infamous turkey hunt.  Following that story, I took away this tip- never drink 24 oz of Mountain Dew before the hunt. Despite the lighthearted and laid-back nature of the group, I was impressed by the talent surrounding us.  Writers, spokespersons and television personalities I have long admired were quick to introduce themselves and make us comfortable.  We are excited to team-up with POMA and look forward to a great partnership.

Teri’s 2008 Turkey Grand Slam!

Teri has most definitely earned bragging rights.  She introduced herself to us at Prois through her amazing (and might I add HUMOROUS) story of her 2008 Grand Slam.  Bagging  Rio Grande, Merriam, Osceola and Eastern gobblers in North Florida, Nebraska and New York leaves Teri breathless for more.  Teri shares, “I am truly blessed to have been able to achieve the Grand Slam, not only in the same season and because I am a girl, but also because I was able to share it with my best friend, my husband.  I am thankful to him for sharing his great love of the outdoors and taking the patience to teach me and letting me tag along with him.  I know not what the future holds, I only know that from now on, when the gobbles gobble, we will follow!  Oh, not to mention the deer as well!  Happy Hunting!”.

Stats on Teri’s Birds:

RioGrande:  9  3/4″ beard and 1″ spurs
Merriam:  10″ beard and 1″ spurs
Osceola:  8 1/2 ” beard and 3/4″ spurs
Eaastern:  9 1/2 ” beard and 1″ spurs

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Prois Where have you been all my life

The Outdoor Channel droned on in the living room while I researched  companies in
Fairbanks that might be a possible sales lead for
Alaska Dog News (  
www.alaskadognews.com ) . “Prois  is a woman’s hunting clothing line…….”.  My head snapped in the direction of the TV and I knew that this was something great. Women at a trade show booth displayed fabulous women’s clothing.

 

In 1991 I started running Hunt Tests with my Labrador Retrievers and hated the idea of wearing men’s or boy’s camo cloths. Nothing fit. The arms were too long, they buttoned on the wrong side and, well, they were ugly. Why did we have to look like men!

I could sew since I was 12 years old. Growing up in quant
Central Pennsylvania it was required that you learn to sew the summer you are 12. To satisfy the hunt test attire requirements and still protest the ugly cloths  I  bought a few patterns, found some not too detestable camo prints and tailored a few blouses and shorts. The shorts had pleats, the blouses had a little flair in the sleeve and padded shoulders with a V neckline. At event after event, women competitors in baggy pants and shirts would ask me where I bought my cloths.

For years I complained in hunting supply stores about the lack of women’s sizes from boots to coats.
All I have to say is ditto “It’s about TIME!”

 

Women are increasing in dog handling in hunting sports. Next month we will feature a Chukar Shoot put on by the Arctic Gun Dog Association. I followed 3 women hunters into the field and will have pictures and a story about this event in the August issue of
Alaska Dog News.

 

Thanks to Prois for filling a need

Linda Henning

Image Works Publishing

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In My Minds Eye- Hunting With a Multi-Tasker

In the words of the great Mary J. Blige, “this one is for the ladies…”.  Multi-Tasking.  It seems we are genetically predisposed to this.  Women are the quintessential multi-taksers…at ALL times.  Women can drive to work, prepare and mental grocery list, arrange delivery of children to 3 various and sundry locations within a 5 minute block of time, give a concise description of the Pythagorean Theory and still simultaneously always know exactly how many rolls of toilet paper are left in the house at any given moment.  Our brains, it seems, are so advanced that we  can always know (to the kibble) how much food each dog consumes while simultaneously calculating the overall cooking time for a 15 lb turkey AND knowing exactly which plastics we can recycle.  I have long since decided that this feat is due to the fact that we are born with an additional “woman” cleverly implanted in our brains that has allowed us to evlolve into the multi-tasking machines that we are.  How else can it be explained?  I call this portion of my brain, “Marsha”.  Marsha accomplishes SO much.  I can be nodding off to sleep, but Marsha will start to balance the check book.  As much as I would like the credit, it really is Marsha who knows how much toilet paper we have.  Marsha is the one who determines the quickest route to work while I am helping my daughter understand what happens when a dog gets neutered.  Marsha rocks.  However, Marsha apparently does not have and “off” button.

 This was never more apparent to me than this past hunting season as I was quietly waiting for a monster bull that never seemed to move my direction….this was the moment I had been waiting for.  A gorgeous Colorado morning; crisp and cold.  The smell of earth and leaves permeating my nostrils.  Magnificent mountains outlined by that hue of blue sky that can only be found in the Fall.  Elk were bugling and moving.  This was perfection.  I was poised, my pulse was racing…I was going to get a kill.  What goes through one’s mind at a moment like this?  The mind is focused and the senses razor sharp.  Nothing but elk and clarity.  This is IT!   Right?

Uh…not so much.  It appears that even in these ultimate moments of existence, Marsha, in all her manic wisdom, is right there with me.  Marsha, Marsha, Marsha…  Ladies, can you relate?  Even in these moments, Marsha’s urgings reverberate through the nooks and crannies of my mind:

Me:  Wait.  Listen.  Which way is he coming in?  What is that noise?
Marsha:  Noise…speaking of noise…did you set the alarm for the kids?
Me:  Yes.  Listen.  Glass.
Marsha:  Uhhh…you forgot to pack lunch for the kids.  I tried to remind you last night.  Hope they have lunch money.
Me:  Jeez.  Money…got to remember to pay the propane bill before Saturday…  Knock it off.  Listen.
Marsha:  Saturday…Kids need to catch the bus for their meet before 7:00.  Need to pack lunch.  Hope you don’t forget this time.
Me:  There he is!  He’s about 200 yards off.  Not a good shot yet.  Wait!  Listen.   Cow call…
Marsha:  Cow…don’t forget to get the 4-H record books dropped off this week.  Oh- you also need to make a side dish for the banquet.  We should make that green bean dish.  We should actually just freeze enough to feed the entire free-world.  then we can just grab and go.  Need plastic containers though.  I like the ones with the blue lids…
Me:  Oh Yeah.  Stop it.  Glass those trees.  There’s another bull coming off that ridge.
Marsha:  Look at that blue sky.  You only see that color in fall.  You should paint the bathroom that color.  White towels would look great with that color.  Like a little slice of heaven.  Oh- you’re down to 1 roll of toilet paper.
Me:  I just painted the bathroom last winter!  Shhh.  A little bit closer.  Where is that other bull?  Listen…
Marsha:  Listen…hear that airplane?  Wonder where it’s going.  maybe Aruba.  Bet it’s warmer there than here.  Oh…that reminds me, we need develop that film from last vacation…you should do that tomorrow on the way to work before you drop off the kids.  Check out the contrail…looks like Abe Lincoln…speaking of Abe Lincoln, you still owe the boss $5 for that last bet.  Oh, you may need to go by the ATM after you drop off the film…
Me:  Woah. Stop.  Listen.  He’s close.  Not a good shot.  Branches in the way.
Marsha:  Way…weigh…girl, you need to hit the gym ASAP.
Me:  Alright.  Stop.  There he is.  Shoulder the gun.  Wiat.  Wait.  Listen.
Marsha:  Shoulder…that physical therapy appointment is Tuesday at 2pm.  That may be a conflict with that work meeting.  You need to check.
Me:  Squeeze the trigger.  He’s Down!  He’s HUGE!
Marsha:  Huge…don’t forget about the gym, ok?  Oh- we’re out of lettuce.  Should stop at the grocery store on the way home.  Grab some toilet paper while you are there…

Great 6 pont bull!  Great hunt and beautiful day.  we pack out, load the truck and enjoy the warm bliss of a successful hunt.  Sipping hot coffee, I catch a quick glance of that monster rack in my mirror.  Great day indeed.  I shut my eyes and enjoy the rhythmic drone of the truck as we head home.  I am warm.  I am dozing.  I am happy.

Marsha:  …Should we process this guy at the place west of town?  We can drop him off on the way through.  Oh, hey, that’s right by the grocery store.  If you have your film, you can drop that off too.  Oh, while we are there….