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Prois Hunting Apparel for Women…Welcome to the Quest

By: Kirstie Pike, CEO
Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

Prois Hunting Apparel for women was launched in 2008. And since then, response to this line has been incredible.  Pronounced “Pro-iss”, Prois is a Gaelic term for pride or prowess.  The word fit perfectly with our vision of what a serious female hunter is about.  A line billed as Serious Huntwear for Real Women, Prois has sparked interest in the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa and the UK.  Frequently asked how we moved into production of high-performance huntwear, we typically quip, “It was the Quest”.  Here is our take of the”Quest”.

I have frequently called it “the Quest”…the quest for great hunting apparel and gear that was designed with a woman in mind.  Throughout years of hunting, I became amazed at the fact that there was literally nothing on the market for women who really hunted.  I have spent a small fortune trying to find clothing designed for a woman, but came up short every time—usually with some sad mess with a waistline up to my breasts and floppy sleeves that were great for keeping my hands warm, but  left something to be desired when it actually came to pulling a trigger.  The “quest” led me to some of the largest sporting good stores noted in the free world…yet still nothing for women.  I found it particularly unusual that many companies not only did not produce clothing for women, they didn’t even make men’s huntwear in size small.  (Wow…I’ll by my hunting photos look like all of yours!)  The “quest” began to become the “obsession” when I noticed that women’s huntwear had to be something of a myth (guarded by a strange wood nymph named Maximillian in distant lands unknown.).  How could it be that men could get the most dynamic and technical huntwear that stops just short of Kevlar and Kryptonite, but women were bundled up like Uncle Eddie, tripping over their pant legs and pulling up their pants every step or two?  (Sound familiar?)

After much time and research, I found what I call the “booty call frustration”.  I skimmed around stores, catalogs, industry magazines, tv shows and even unimaginable hours on the internet.  Did you know it is easier to find camo lingerie than actual, technical gear.  I believe I could outfit myself to work in a strip club faster than I could find something worthy of the hunt.  (As well, numerous male friends have added much input about specific “booty call” items we should add to the line…ahh, my friends, I think it has been done.)  While avoiding all efforts to sound like a frustrated feminist, I found it unreasonable that successful women hunters could not find appropriate gear for their sport, especially in an age where women make up a huge portion of individuals involved in hunting and shooting sports.  Enter Prois…

Simple concept.  Melt together technical hunting components, the most functional fabric available and athletic compositions- combine that with patterns that are made specifically to fit and flatter the female form, and … Voila!  Clothing becomes gear.  We are excited about Prois.  We are certain serious female hunters (whether novice or expert) will love our products.  Each piece is engineered for silence, durability and precision…you won’t find saucy ‘unmentionables’ or pink, fur lined vests. You will only find the most technical and athletic huntwear for women.  (just short of Kevlar and Kryptonite, of course!)

That said, welcome to Prois!

Welcome to the World of Prois

Prois Works Sponsors Calibered Events’ First Shotgun Salon!

Last month, Calibered Events presented The Inaugural Ladies Shotgun “Salon”
event  at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA. The event exceeded
my expectations, a huge success. We had 26 ladies in attendance from as far
West as California, south to Florida and up north to Massachusetts.
Ladies enjoyed sporting clays, fine fare, massages/spa services, Five-Star
accommodations, shopping and most importantly… they enjoyed the
camaraderie of like minded women!

Our wonderful sponsors – PROIS, Beretta, OTIS, Sportsman’s Warehouse and the
Jazzy Giraffe provided various prizes for the ladies. Partnering with
Industry that encourage women in the shooting sports is such an important
facet to the success of many programs. The beauty is that we all have the
same goal…sharing our passion of the shooting sports with others.

Thank you PROIS!

Ann Marie Foster, Founder/Owner
Calibered Events, LLC

Shake, Rattle, & the Roly Poly Bear

By-Shannon Rasmussen

 

Last week my husband Shane, our oldest son Tyler, and I set out once again for another evening of spring bear hunting. Tyler was lucky and had drawn one of the Idaho controlled hunt bear tags, and we had been hunting for bears since mid-April. We met up with our good friend Brian to hunt an area that we had been seeing a lot of bears over the past few weeks. We felt like there was something special about this evening and we couldn’t shake the feeling that we were going to find the shooter bear we had been looking for.

We parked our ATV’s, gathered our packs, and started hiking up the yellow flower covered hillside. Tyler was ahead of us a ways when we noticed that he had stopped and was standing on a rock. When we reached him we asked him what he was doing. He said that he thought he had heard a rattlesnake. Shane took one more step and the rattlesnake started buzzing, three feet in front of us. If Tyler hadn’t heard it and stopped, one of us would have stepped on it. We were very grateful for Tyler’s attention to his surroundings.

We continued on our way and got set up with our binos, and spotting scope to start scanning for bears on the hillsides all around us. After about 45 minutes I spotted a bear walking down an old dirt road about a mile from us. We watched him through the spotting scope as he stood on his hind legs and scratched his back against a tree. He was a roly poly bear and a beautiful chocolate color so we decided to try and make a stock on him. 

Shane hiked back to the ATV, and Tyler and I started hiking down the hill in the direction of the bear. We eventually came to a road where Shane picked us up. We drove over and parked the ATV at the bottom of the road that we had seen the bear walking down. We quickly and cautiously started walking up the road knowing that we could meet the bear around any corner at any moment. The trees and brush were very thick making it difficult to see very far.  As we were walking there was a small clearing on our left and I was scanning it to see if there was any sign of the bear, when I glanced back to my right the bear was standing right there about 12 yards from us!!! We had almost walked by him!! Luckily the wind was in our favor and he was standing facing away from us next to a creek that was very loud so he had no idea we were there.  I grabbed Shane and pointed.  Shane grabbed Tyler and pointed, Tyler stopped, raised his gun and shot. The bear jumped up and ran into the thick brush about 10 yards before piling up in a bush. Tyler had made an excellent shot!!! We waited a little while to make sure the bear was dead before we went in to the brush after him. Once we went in to get him we saw what a gorgeous big bear he was!! We were so proud of Tyler and he couldn’t have been more pleased with himself over this, his first ever bear kill. Brian drove down to meet us after hearing the gunshot. The four of us worked together to get the bear loaded in our truck. We headed back to town to weigh the bear, measure it, and take pictures. The bear weighed exactly 400 lbs and measured 6ft.  This was definitely a hunt to remember!!!

 

Teach Your Children Well!

Christy Turner mentoring a future hunter

By Prois Event Staffer Christy Turner
I just wanted to share with you all what our Wildlife Committee did last week.

Henderson County Spring Rendezvous is organized by the Henderson County Wildlife Committee along with volunteers from the Texas Parks and Wildlife, Henderson County Game Wardens and the N.R.C.S.

 

The Volunteers!

It is held at the Henderson County Fair grounds and consists of two days.  With an estimate of four to five hundred Fifth graders who are invited each year.  Wednesday buses started to arrive at 8:45a.m dropping students off from Athens Intermediate and Athens Christian Academy.  Thursday’s participating students arrived from Cayuga, Cross Roads, Eustace, LaPoynor, Malakoff, Trinidad and Murchison Schools.

 

Wow! Good job!

The students divide into 6 groups and rotate throughout the day to various stations. Our 6 stations are Archery, Rifle, Reptiles, Game Wardens, Fishing and Natural Resource Conservation. This is a lot of fun for the kids.  With a lot of new experiences, first times for most of the students and it makes for an exciting day.  We break for a sack lunch and finish in time for buses to get back to their schools before the end of the school day.  This is an event that the Wildlife Committee and all volunteers look forward to every year.

You can view more pictures and information at www.facebook.com/HendersonCountyWildlifeCommittee.   It was a great time!

 

 


Prois is Moving

 

By Katherine Grand

Kirstie's New Office

We found this great lot for rent super cheap and Prois is moving.  We are saving a lot of money on  our new location.  What do you think of our new diggs?  Neat freak Kirstie Pike is about to have a nervous breakdown while I am  enjoying nap time on the numerous outdoor mattresses   If you believe for a moment that Kirstie Pike would allow for this type of messiness I have some ocean front property in Arizona I’d be willing to sell you . . .

 

We are all moved in and ready to take your order!

 

Prois Award Finalist Spotlight~ Meet Tia Shoemaker!! Badassery Defined…

 

It was a pitch black night on theAlaska Peninsulawhen the tired hunters stumbled into the cabin. Packs heavy with meat and antlers hung from their weary bodies. After another long day in the field, there were trophies and stories to attest to the elation each hunter felt in their success. By age five I knew I wanted to be that hunter who comes through the door, tired to the bone but happy because at the end of the day I have hunted.

 

In my early years, my brother and I contented our hunting drive by chasing ptarmigan barefooted, over the tundra, flinging arrows.  They cunningly dodged our arrows until at the age of six I learned to shoot for the heads and we began bringing home dinner.  It wasn’t long before our mother put a two-a-day limit on our hunts and we were only allowed to hunt birds once off our 40 acre homestead.

 

My father’s rule for hunting caribou was that we reach the height of our five foot mother’s shoulder and prove competent with whatever gun we chose. Despite many attempts to stretch myself, I had to wait until age nine before I could take my first caribou. It was a beautiful bull from one of the winter herds that moved through our secluded valley. This was the first time I was filled with such a vast amount of pride in providing for my family, a real sense of self and such intense despair at having taken an animal’s life.  All hunts to this day have paled in comparison.

 

In my early teens, I started questioning my desire to hunt. Was it something I did only because it was ingrained in me from early on? I had hunted since childhood and at age eleven I was going into the field to learn the skills of a hunting guide.  By sixteen though I had hunted enough to know I was hunting for my own reasons.  I hunt because of the delight I feel in the wilderness, surrounded by the animals’ environment. It is the feeling of testing my limits; the emergence of some primitive self.  I never feel as alive or trust in my instincts as much as I do when hunting. Nothing else gives me the sweep of emotions, from pure elation to the entwined sadness that follows. My father always said, “The day you quit feeling sad over a life you have taken is the day you quit hunting”. I came full circle and knew I would be a huntress for life when I found the quote by Jose Ortega Y Gasset, “One does not hunt in order to kill but kills in order to have hunted”.

 

By eighteen, I had earned my Alaskan guide license and pilot’s license because I had decided guiding was the life for me. I attended theUniversityofIdahofor the bird hunting and spent many hours chasing chukars, huns, pheasants and quails. Back inAlaskaI guided hunters on successful moose and brown bear hunts and made time to hunt caribou and bears in the interior as well as black tail deer on Kodiak for myself.  I made a few trips toNew Zealandand hunted chamois and red deer.

 

My love of hunting and the outdoors inspired me to take a role in education.  I become an instructor for Alaskan Hunters Education as well as an instructor and eventually director of Classroom with a View, a nonprofit outdoor education program based inAlaska. We take teenagers on backpacking courses where we teach ecology, conservation, appreciation for wilderness and leadership.  As a guide I am able to educate and inspire young women in the field of hunting and find it most rewarding to guide female hunters.  I had the honor of guiding the 2010 Dianna Award winner Charlotte Pyrek for brown bear but have equally enjoyed guiding novice female hunters as nothing beats the enthusiasm of a first time hunter.

 

Many of my dreams formed back at our remote homestead have been fulfilled by helping run the family guiding business, guiding hunters, working with youth, and hunting for myself and my family. When I have children I hope to teach them, as my father and mother taught me, to hunt, appreciate the land and animals for their own intrinsic value and to pass the tradition of hunting on. I hope my children have many dreams but above all I hope their dream will be to hunt.

 

Prois Pranks

By Katherine Grand

After my most recent prank of freezing boss lady’s, AKA Kirstie Pike’s, AKA Manshoe’s prized perfectly sharpened pencils I decided to do a internet search of other fun office pranks to try out.

This video was hilarious but impractical as our offices share space with our warehouse and the ceilings are very high.  Also I am not experienced with dry wall.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0XdthbOkMU

This prank would also be hysterical so I will have to keep my eyes peeled for a used toilet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6bZloBt6d4

This prank looks promising though I have always been terrible at wrapping gifts

This next prank would work well as we ofter eat at our desk and I am sure there is already some great growing medium stored in Kirstie’s keyboard.

I have continued to come back to this prank time and time again though my husband Eric convinced me out of it for Kirstie’s pencils because of the stickiness factor.  I have been getting many great ideas from The Office.  The goal is to get a laugh and generate shenanigans without ruining office equipment or getting fired.  For some strange reason I am always the #1 suspect.

This prank would also be pretty hilarious.  Also I like shinny things 🙂

I planned on doing this prank on Monday but I have had so many issues renting a bear

This one would be very appropriate if I used Flaming Cheetos given Kirstie’s love for said snack but I am thinking the resulting cheese stains would enrage my clean freak boss. (See Cleanliness is next to Kirstieness https://www.proishunting.com/community/?p=2479)

Finally I am considering this prank as there are many jokes around the office about my bowl movements and I have been gifted air freshener more than once.  When you office nickname is Two Flush this prank looks better and better,

Let me know your favorite prank for next week!  MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  MUAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Hunting with Olympians!

By Katherine Grand

I didn’t get my rocky mountain Tom this weekend but I had awesome time with Prois Pro Staffers and twin biathletes Tracy and Lanny Barnes (www.twinbiathles.com).  We got really close to some gobbling Toms with jealous hens, saw tons of blue grouse, elk, deer, and even a horny toad (AKA horned lizard).  We saw a Jake up close and a Tom flying out of shotgun range.  I learn so much every time I go out with Tracy and Lanny and I can definitely say that hunting turkey in public lands at high elevation in the same terrain we elk hunt elk is really challenging and really fun. Especially on the 3rd weekend of the season after the birds have seen some pressure.  Next year I am definitely going out with them opening weekend when the birds are less call shy.  However the more I hunt the less focused I have become on hunting success and the more I enjoy the experience.

Tracy and Lanny grew up hunting and are the two of the most independent,  physically fit, and knowledgeable hunters I ever had the pleasure of hunting with, either female or male.    They are also incredibly humble and down to earth considering their many noteworthy accomplishments including competing in two Winter Olympics and training for their third.     Hunting with Olympic athletes in the high country gave me a great workout and we covered a lot of ground in gorgeous country.  I am so glad to have such badass  sportswomen for friends.  I can’t wait to try again!  Prois was there!

Only at Prois . . .

By Katherine Grand

Prois is unlike any job I’ve ever had.  I can truly be myself and there is no limit to the shenanigans and “your mom” jokes that can occur within the course of a day.  This blog will celebrate some of the occurrences that could only happen at Prois.

1. Only at Prois could you freeze your bosses prized pencils and then have to negotiate the release of your kidnapped beta fish all in the course of a morning.  Said beta fish was kidnapped in order to secure the return of said prized pencils.  Finally said fish was located by yours truly during a game of Hotter/Colder.

Kirstie Pike's prize pencils in their frozen tomb

This picture was posted this morning with the caption "OK, Katherine Grand....return the pencils and I will return Jazz Hands."

2.  Only at Prois could you find the following To Do list posted next to the companies “Corporate Strategic Plan”

Joni Viles prioritizes her day . . .

3.  Only at Prois do rabbits perform tricks for beer.

Dance BunBun! Dance!

4.  Only at Prois does labeling a package with “Caution: Unicorns Inside” get your request processed in record time.

A package lovingly labeled from Prois Field Staffer Britney Starr

5. Only at Prois can you come back from lunch to a new ‘pet” trapped under a margarita glass on your desk.

To: Joni Viles From: Kirstie Pike and Katherine Grand

6.  Only at Prois is there a real danger of super hero action figures getting into your snack stash.

Hulk really enjoyed Joni's meringues

&.  Only at Prois does the CEO of the company magically transform into a friendly robot called Coronabot

Coronabot, we love you a lot

7.  Only at Prois does the boss’ desk get used for yoga practice while she is away.

Nice form Joni!

8. Only at Prois does employee satisfaction directly correlate to the amount of time our CEO spends reading us stories.

Joni especially loves stories about friesians

9.  Only on trips for Prois is throwing ninja stars an acceptable hotel activity.

Your accuracy is really improving Joni!

 

Stay tuned for more strange and hilarious happenings that could only happen at Prois in our new blog series “Only at Prois”

 

 

 

Rachel Bags a Stag!

Prois Ambassador Rachel Heinen with her first stag!

Dear Prois,

I have been dying to get this email and pictures off to you! I know we spoke at the ATA Show (when I was hobbling out of a wheelchair) and I informed you of my torn Achilles and surgery. I was supposed to be immobilized for at least 6 months to a year because of how badly I ruptured my right Achilles tendon and the gap in between the two tears!

I am proud to say 14 weeks later I was hunting Australian Red Stag in Central New South Wales, hiking hills (slowly but surely) and after 5 days in the bush I was rewarded with this bad boy! A nice looking 5×5 with excellent height. This hunt was just before the rut started. We were hoping that about midway through our trip the cold weather would make these stags switch on and start roaring but the temperature never dropped like we had expected.
On the second day of our hunt we spotted a bachelor group of 5 or 6 good stags while glassing from a top the hills. All of them were decent 4×5 and 5×5’s. We kept searching and on the 4th day of our 7 day hunt I spotted this stag carrying 7-10 does on the next hilltop over. I sat and watched them all morning slowly make their way down a valley where the creek ran through the bottom and most of them bedded up for the afternoon sun. I was instantly mesmerized by this stag and his unique roar. That evening I mapped out my plan with my boyfriend and trusty hunting partner. The next morning I hiked up into the hills and posted up in the gully where the creek ran through and sat patiently for what seemed like an eternity. Although much later in the day than I expected, I finally spotted the group of does making there way down to the creek. I had placed  myself about 40 yards from the area they were bedded down the day before. The wind was perfect! Last but not least my stag made its way in for a drink. I drew back knowing that at that angle, I needed him to lift his head before I released and all at once the does spotted me. I thought for sure I was busted but with my eye on the target he turned almost completely broadside and I pulled the trigger.
As soon as I caught my breath I knew it was a good shot and was certain I hit exactly where I was aiming. I expected him to bolt straight down the gully in to the thick brush but to my surprise he only made it about 30 yards before stopping, doing the “wabblies” and hitting the deck. 40 yards with a 45 pound bow and the arrow passed right through both lungs and tip of the heart. I couldn’t be more pleased with this stag!

It might not be an epic hunting story but when a doctor tells you no hunting or doing anything physical for 6 months at least, you tend to want to prove them wrong! Now it’s on to the Fallow Deer rut!!

And all the while…..PROIS IS THERE!

All the best,

Rachel Heinen

Prois Ambassador