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New Performance Pants Prove Highly Functional, Supremely Comfortable and a Perfect Fit

Let’s face it, until Próis Hunting & Field Apparel came onto the hunting scene in 2008, the majority of hunting pants were made for men, by men – men without hips, men who are generally taller than us, men whose waist falls in a different place than ours.  Women hunters were expected to settle for wearing men’s gear, or upsized children’s clothing in the field because there was no other alternative – until now.  Enter the new Próis® High Plain Brush PantsTM – upland game hunting pants made for women who hunt, by women who hunt.

Whether you hunt quail or pheasant one thing is for certain:  everything you take into the field is important from your dog and shotgun to your daypack and what you wear.  Próis High Plains Brush Pants are a part of an apparel system designed to become a seamless part of you so you can focus on what matters, the hunt.

Constructed to be just as rugged as they are a good fit, the pants provide the comfort and protection you need for moving through upland cover.  Engineered with a cotton/poly base and heavy-duty Cordura facings, the Próis High Plains Brush Pants’ waist rests at your natural waistline and is complete with elastic in the side bands and cam strapping/ladder locking allowing for adjustment.  Bilateral front pockets with zippered closures are ideal for keeping extra shells and valuables like keys or a cell phone.  Back pockets with pillowtop covers keep contents securely in place.

Pleated knees optimize articulation and provide freedom of movement.  The pants cuffline has an elastic drawstring as well as cordlocking to keep pants tight to boots.  Boot zippers have 1-inch overlay flaps to keep debris out.  An additional Cordura scuffplate is stitched to the inside seam of the pants reducing wear and adding to the overall durability of the pants.

The PróisHigh Plains Brush Pants, which are machine washable, come in sizes XS through XL and are available in colors olive and khaki.

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.

For more information about the new Próis Elevation Jacket, or to learn more about Próis? 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: To check out the latest updates on Próis field and pro staff and company news, visit the Próis blog at ?Like us? on Facebook:

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2011 Prois Award Finalist Spotlight…Meet the Mighty Michelle Bodenheimer!


I was the typical cheerleader, pageant princess, and vegetarian. Although I occasionally went camping and fishing with my family, I did not value the outdoors. Life as I knew it would change, however, the moment I met my future husband, Todd.

When we were dating, Todd introduced me to the world of hunting. I quickly grew a strong appreciation for the wild side of life. I loved that I could harvest my own food. I loved the opportunity to explore the world outside of the urban setting I had always known and called home. Todd and I dated for three years before we married. By the time we tied the knot, Todd had me rifle hunting big game, shooting a bow, and hunting birds of all sorts. In fact, we celebrated our engagement with a pheasant hunt.

Hunting is now the center stone of our family. We took our son Wyatt on his first hike through the woods at 5 weeks old; he joined us on his first deer hunt at 10 months. Wyatt, now 6, has been by my side on many hunts throughout the Pacific Northwest. Not only does my family enjoy the general hunting season available in our region, all family vacations must include a hunting or fishing expedition!

In June 2009, Todd and I traveled to South Africa for our second safari. The hunt had been successful for us both. Unfortunately, while hunting bushbuck near the end of our trip, Todd suddenly fell ill. Within moments, he was lying lifeless in my arms on the side of a remote mountain. I faced the sudden reality that our hunt was over. Life as I knew it was over.

My hunting guide and I reacted quickly and were able to revive Todd. Part of being a good hunter is being prepared for the unexpected. Despite our remote location, we were able to keep our heads calm, stabilize Todd, and seek the medical care he desperately needed. The next day, Todd underwent open heart surgery for a previously undiagnosed heart defect. We were forced to live in South Africa for the summer until Todd regained enough strength to fly home to Oregon.

Many people asked if I would ever hunt again after that terrifying experience. Although I was afraid to venture far from home, I knew I had to get back into the game. In May 2011, I returned to South Africa to complete my hunt with Crusader Safaris. I was eager to complete my Reedbuck Slam. On previous hunts I had harvested mountain and common reedbuck. It was time to take on the elusive vaal rhebuck. The vaalie is considered among the most difficult small plains game species to hunt. Vallies have eyes like eagles, and can quickly maneuver the high, rocky mountain terrain they call home. After several days of busted stalks, falls, scrapes, and bruises, I found myself staring down the barrel of my gun with cross hairs held tightly on a trophy Vaal ram. Balanced precariously and on my tip-toes, I squeezed the trigger and perfectly executed the 275 yard shot. The ram dropped in his tracks. I was the first woman to successfully spot and stalk a vallie with Crusader Safaris. I was back in the game.

Hunting has helped me recognize a self confidence I did not know I possessed. I take pride in the fact that I call myself a huntress. To me, hunting is more than a sport. It is having the stamina to forge the highest mountains, the guts to push your own limits, the wisdom to know when to take the shot, and the stomach to clean your own harvest.

I am honored to have the opportunity to share my love for hunting with others. Not only am I passing on the hunting tradition to my son, I have been blessed with the opportunity to guide many other women into the outdoors. I now train my own bird dogs, and help guide other women through the BOW and Women in the Outdoors programs in Oregon. Over the past several years I have been increasingly active in a variety of wildlife conservations groups, including RMEF, NWTF, Becoming an Outdoors Woman, Women in the Outdoors, SCI, and Sables.

It can no longer be said that “hunting is a man’s sport”. Hunting is also for mothers, daughters, and sisters. It is our responsibility to share our passion for the outdoors and see the tradition is continued!

Hunting Montana Black Bear with Julie Golob

By Julie Golob

I discovered a passion for the outdoors and hunting with my dad growing up in upstate New York. It’s a tradition I hope to pass on to my young daughter as well. I love the quiet, the thrill, the responsibility and the sense of accomplishment I get when I hunt. Hunting provides the opportunity to put high quality, healthy protein on the dinner table and as a mom, I love knowing where our meat is coming from. It is also invigorating being a part of the outdoors. I enjoy taking everything in with all my senses, learning about animals, and seeing how they live.


One of my favorite things about hunting is watching animals and learning from them.


Non-hunters often have a hard time understanding this and how the role goes beyond just killing. As a woman of the outdoors, hunting is also about loving and caring for the environment. Some ignorantly associate hunting with death and brutal destruction. They can’t see it as establishing balance. They think humans have no right to be a part of the “majestic animal kingdom.” Hunters to them are the most ruthless of predators. In fact, that’s the reaction I received from some of my more self-proclaimed “environmentalist” friends when I shared that I was going on my first bear hunt. Adding to their confusion, the just couldn’t understand why their friend would want to do such a thing? Why kill a bear?


Bear has been on my hunter’s wish list for quite some time. Most of my hunting has been of four-legged herbivores with a bit of bird hunting thrown in. Predator hunting is rather new territory for me though. Even though bears dine on plants or scavenge for what we would consider less savory food options, hunting them can be dangerous business.  They are, after all, super strong with big teeth and claws.


There’s also an added challenge that excites me when it comes to hunting bear. Even some hunters I know make an unpleasant face at the thought of eating this meat. They say it’s “gamey” or “greasy.” I haven’t had the opportunity to sample it other than a bit of some jerky that, I have to state, doesn’t really count. The idea of preparing the meat in a delicious way really gets me going.


Add all of this to the fact that as a Montana resident you can purchase a bear tag over the counter, I just had to take advantage of the opportunity.  That said, I’ve always been more of the do it yourself kind of hunter. I even hunted and killed my first pronghorn buck from start to finish all by myself in an “I am woman, hear me roar” moment. Being a bear hunting newbie though, I wasn’t going to just traipse around the woods. I wanted to find someone who knew what they were doing to show me the ropes.


I contacted a fellow Prois staffer, Tracey Splechter from Outdoor Connection, to enlist her help in finding an outfitter. She linked me up with John, Sherry and Scott Cargill of Iron Wheel Guest Ranch. The Cargills were more than just my guides on a hunting vacations. They were seriously determined to help me have a successful hunt.

From the moment I arrived through the end of my five-day trip, we focused on bear. We went out and searched for sign at a number of locations before determining the best places to hunt in the evenings for “bear-thirty.” The Cargill’s answered every one of my many questions about bear and how to hunt them. They also took great pride in showing me and sharing all they could about their hunting experiences and this part of the Treasure State.


Not only was I armed with my rifle, I also brought my camera. I ended up taking over 500 photos and videos. Even though I have lived in Montana for several years now, I am constantly in awe of its wild beauty.  I snapped photos of the intriguing insects, colorful flowers and, of course, great expansive views Big Sky country is known for. I saw so many critters I had to make a list of all them I had seen on the trip.

And, of course, throughout it all I was decked out in my Prois. My Ultra Fitted Pants and Ultra Hoodie combined with the Pro Edition Pullover Jacket for when temperatures dropped, kept me comfortable for spring bear hunting. It didn’t matter if I was hiking steep hills looking for sign in the warm afternoons or sitting quietly, glassing in the cool evenings, my clothing did the job.


Feeling on top of the world in Big Sky country with my Prois.


After doing my research, I knew that hunting bear in Montana would be tough. Unlike other states, hunters aren’t allowed to bait or use dogs. Considering the expansive tracts of land we covered, finding a bear in the mountains of southwest Montana is like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack.


I also learned that bears are pretty smart and well, particular. We discovered sign from a large bear, most likely male, that had been hanging out in a lush valley. This bear ignored the thick patches of clover these animals typically indulge in and stuck to tearing up all the stumps in search of insects. An inspection of fresh scat revealed that ladybugs had been on the menu. After making a mess of the place, the bear simply disappeared. Just a couple days of hanging out, he moved on, not for greener pastures, but perhaps for more bugs, grubs and maybe even to get his groove on now that mating season had hit.


The experience ended up being an adventure beyond anything I could have imagined. But did I get one? Check out the video…



There’s always the fall.

Just Eleven Girls Talkin’ Deer Hunting

By Prois Event Staffer Keri Butt


Several months ago, I was invited by Mitch Ingold, Director of Becoming an Outdoors Woman Illinois’ Chapter (an extension of the DNR) to instruct a deer hunting class for their annual BOW event at Laredo Taft in Oregon, Il.  I was honored when Mitch who was familiar with my column, Antler Addict, in Illinois Outdoor News, contacted me thinking I might be a good fit to teach the class.

Ten women signed up and for me, the greatest thing about the full roster was knowing that I wouldn’t be preaching to the proverbial choir or talking about deer hunting to someone who had absolutely no interest, which if I were honest with myself, has more than likely happened many times. These ladies had signed up on their own accord because they were interested to know more about deer hunting.

At the beginning of class, I asked each woman to share her story, why she was there, and what she hoped to gain. The last proclamation came from a woman from Chicago with one of the most infectious laughs I’ve ever known. Her name was Texie. After introducing herself, she looked around the room, then at me and blurted out, “Well, I guess I’m just all confused, because I thought we were goin’ deer huntin’!”

After making a point to walk up to my new friend, shake her hand, and tell her I liked her way of thinking, I explained that since this workshop was organized by DNR employees, and that this was indeed NOT deer season, I didn’t think that would be the best idea. We all laughed hysterically.

We discussed everything from safety to field dressing and all things in between. I had brought with me eighteen trips to the car full of “visual aids,” including nearly all of my Prois Hunting Apparel. It was important to me to explain that even something as simple as clothing can make or break a hunting experience. I used my lineup of Prois Gear to provide examples of layering and how the clothing you wear should reflect the current weather conditions, noting the various fabrics and weights of my Prois Gear that function at different times throughout the hunting season. We also talked about the value of investing in well-made and fitting hunting clothing for both safety and comfort. I passed around some of my Prois Hunting Apparel for concrete illustration.

The deer hunting class went smoothly and afterward, my relief came in waves when several other women stopped me on my way to the cafeteria and mentioned that they’d heard about the session and hoped to sign up next year. Whew!

I found myself ridiculously happy while packing up for the day. Aside from the obvious, my light hearted mood I realized had to do with something more profound. In the three hours I’d spent with my new friends and future deer hunters,  there had not been one ounce of negativity that commercialization within the hunting industry can sometimes create. It’s impossible to put into words how refreshing that short expanse of time was for me. While I was teaching this amazing group of ten ladies the basics of deer hunting, they were unknowingly instructing me on how to get back to the basics as well; excitement, ethics, and a fervent zeal for the ultimate form of conservation. It was just eleven girls talkin’ deer hunting!

Special thanks to those who donated door prizes, and helped to “stock” the goody bags!

Prois- Hunting Apparel for Women

Her Camo Shop

Deer and Deer Hunting Magazine

Archer’s Choice



Prois Hunting Apparel Photo Caption Contest- July 2012


Jump in and take part in the fun! Prois Hunting Apparel for Women is sponsoring a monthly photo caption contest which will be posted here, on the Prois Community Blog. This month’s photo was chosen in the spirit of BunBun our office bunny.

How do you participate? Simply supply a unique caption to go with our posted photo in the comments section listed below.

Why should you participate? Well, for starters it’s fun! BUT- the winner that is chosen by the Prois staff will become the proud new owner of a Prois MYSTERY PRIZE!!! OHHHHHHH Mysterious!!!!

What are you waiting for!? Give us YOUR caption!

HerCamoShop and Prois Hunting Trips Join Forces!

Kirstie Pike, CEO of Prois Hunting Trips and Shelly Ray, CEO of HERCAMOSHOP jointly announced today that the Scent-free Personal Care products from would be the Official Personal Care products of Prois Hunting Trips.

Kirstie Pike stated, “We look forward to expanding HERCAMOSHOP’s role with Prois.  HERCAMOSHOP scent-free products have received rave reviews and I believe the ladies who join us on our hunts will benefit from being able to use these products during their hunts with Prois Hunting Trips.”   Shelly Ray added, “I am very excited about this partnership.  It allows us the opportunity to work with a great company, as well as introduce more women to our scent-free products.  We trust this partnership will result in a higher success rate for the women who participate in Prois Hunting trips.”

“We will provide sample sizes of each product for the women at the hunts at no charge and look forward to their input as we move forward with continuing product development”, continued Shelly.

Prois Hunting Trips was founded in 2011, as partnership between Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women and Outdoor Connection; to hunting and fishing experiences for women.

HERCAMOSHOP was founded in 2009 on the sole premise of providing a full-line shopping experience… for women who REALLY hunt!

Tracey and Lanny Barnes are Buff!!!

By Twin Biathletes and Prois Pro-Staffers Tracy and Lanny Barnes


Tracy and I wanted to update you on how training has been going over the past month. We have really ramped up the training from the spring and are training non stop now that summer has hit. We have been doing a lot of skiing (until the snow melted a few weeks ago), running, biking, strength, and a lot of shooting. Tracy and I have been mixing it up and have been cross-training in some different events this year. A few weeks back, we competed in the Sportsman Team Challenge. A super exciting and action packed shooting event that tests your skills in rifle, pistol and shotgun. We also just competed in a half marathon trail run yesterday and finished 1st and second in the women’s category and 5th & 6th overall. We are using these cross training competitions to get us out of our comfort zone for biathlon and help push us up to that next level.

We are both in great shape right now and are really starting to feel the gains from all those years of building up our physiological base. It takes many years to be able to build up your physiological base for an endurance sport like biathlon. We are just reaching our physiological peak, so you can say our best years and best performances are ahead of us. We have a full summer packed with exciting races, shooting competitions, and training, so stay tuned for updates and pictures. You can also check out our website- or friend us on facebook (TracyLanny Barnes) or like our Twin Biathletes page (Twin Biathletes) and we’ll keep it updated with photos, blogs, and results! Look for blogs in the coming weeks about training, nutrition, and 3-gun. We head out east to New York and Vermont in July and August for some intense biathlon training. While we are out there we will be competing in the US Summer Biathlon National Championships where we hope to defend our National Championship titles. It will be a National team camp too, so we will be training with our teammates from all over the US. Thank you so much for all your support! We wouldn’t be able to go for gold with out your help.


Prois Award Finalist Spotlight- Check Out Joella Bates!


I am Joella “MS Adventure” Bates, a 50 year-old Wildlife professional

and dedicated outdoors participant.


As the first child of a 52 year-old dad who was a boat dock owner, fishing guide, and a ”crack shot,” I became the “boy” he had dreamed of, although I am a female. I followed in his “outdoor footsteps,” but at his instruction “made my own trails.”


I am not your “typical” girl. After attending the Univ. of TN at Martin on a rifle scholarship and earning a B.S. in Natural Resources Mgt., I became a wildlife officer then a fisheries biologist with the TN Wildlife Resources Agency. I graduated top in my police academy class then beat all 160+ wildlife officers in the 1.5 mile run at our TWRA officer in-service. While working on a M.S. in Fisheries Mgt. from TN Tech Univ. in Cookeville, TN, I took up archery. I quickly became addicted to the adrenaline rush that being “spitting” close to animals brought. My Master’s studies were demanding and I accomplished much studying with books in hand while perched in a tree with my bow.

I am passionate.

I have made my living in male-dominated professions: as a naturalist, wildlife officer, fisheries manager, and environmental scientist prior to becoming a professional archer and outdoors promoter.

My philosophy has been and still is that life is an adventure to be lived outdoors. I try it all and do it all: hunt, fish, and shoot any type of weapon with considerable skill. I love sharing my outdoor passion with others as I write, speak, instruct, coach, sale, and do motivational speaking.

I am recognized, but desire to use it for more service.

As a 2011 inductee into the Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame, a 2005 inductee into the Outdoor Channel’s Circle of Honor, and a 1996 inductee into the UTM Athletic Hall of Fame. I use these awards and the added credentials they bring to open more doors that will enable me to expose more people to my contagious outdoor enthusiasm drawing them to the magical flight of the arrow.

I share.

Additionally, I coordinate many events and outfitted hunts for groups – women, children, families, and corporations. The latest event was a Youth Outdoor Adventure Retreat in Arkansas. I am diligently organizing a promotions tour that will celebrate the outdoor lifestyle and showcase my Big 5 collection with a traveling roadshow. My objective is to provide hands-on opportunities to participants at US venues. I do outreach programs focusing on connecting youth and families with the outdoors.

I am a brave accomplished huntress.

In 22 years, I have taken 63 different species with my bows and arrows. I am the first woman bow hunter to harvest a Cape buffalo in 2001; a Wild Turkey Grand Slam in 2004; and the Big 5 (lioness, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and green hunted a white rhinoceros) in 2009. I overcame adversities offered by a charging elephant in Zimbabwe, a charging lioness in the Kalahari Desert, and an injury that that took 8 years to heal to accept the challenge of shooting 91 pounds to become the first bow hunter to take the Big 5 of Africa in a single 28 day safari.

I am a champion.

I have claimed five 3-D Archery World Championship Titles – four as a Woman Pro and have earned over $100,000 in tournaments until an arm-wrestling injury in 2003 sidelined me from competition.

I am persistent and committed to life.

Since the Big 5 feat, I undertook the biggest challenge of my life: a hunt for Joella. After an entire adulthood of struggling with obesity, I committed to get me fit and healthy. I have now lost 71 pounds and have found me. I truly love me. Invigorated and feeling beautiful inside and out, I take on new challenges: a marathon, longbow, return to archery competition, and new hunting challenges.

Watch out world. I now live with no excuses which bring on no limits. Yes, if you have not guts, you will not experience the GLORY that adventure brings. I am fulfilling another dream; I am actively involved with ERCO TV which will begin airing in 2012.

I am hardcore.

I am a huntress. I, unlike many huntresses, have gone from hunting boots to high heels, but I seek every day to share my outdoors lifestyle with others and take many women from high heels to hunting boots in hopes they will bring along their children.

Prois Hunting Apparel Photo Caption Contest- June 2012

Jump in and take part in the fun! Prois Hunting Apparel for Women is sponsoring a monthly photo caption contest which will be posted here, on the Prois Community Blog.

How do you participate? Simply supply a unique caption to go with our posted photo in the comments section listed below.

Why should you participate? Well, for starters it’s fun! BUT- the winner that is chosen by the Prois staff will become the proud new owner of a Prois Cap in their color choice!

What are you waiting for!? Give us YOUR caption!

NRA Prois Fashion Show!!!

By Hayden Miles

As a Prois event staffer, I am presented with exciting opportunities to attend events and represent this great brand. I was recently asked to attend the first annual NRA Women’s Outdoor Adventure in Park City, KY. I think there are many misconceptions about women in the NRA—mostly that they are buxom blondes with large diamonds on the arm of politicians. How wrong that is!! I got to visit with the most fun-loving, laidback group of women that love the outdoors and love the sport of shooting.

We hosted a Fashion Show on the evening of May 4th. I didn’t realize it beforehand, but I was in for a great treat! I had the greatest group of models (the NRA instructors!) and an even better audience. These ladies were so welcoming to me and to Prois. They truly enjoyed the show and we spent a good two hours after talking about different products, sizing, and what would work best for them. We found the best products for ladies from Florida to Oregon and everywhere in between!

These ladies saw the functionality, quality, and value with the Prois lineup. They were excited to get up close and personal with the clothing—trying pieces on and building different outfits to meet their climates.
Overall, it was a great experience. I got to meet a great group of women and they got to meet and fall in love with the greatest brand there is—PROIS.