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Falconry and Próis at Cabela’s Spring Great Outdoors Days!

Próis Dealer Relations and Pro-Staff Coordinator Katherine Browne attended Cabela’s Spring Great Outdoors Days at the Grand Junction Cabela’s last Saturday with her goshawk Hades. It was a beautiful breezy day in Grand Junction and Katherine drew a great crowd with her gorgeous hawk. She spoke at noon this past Saturday and answered numerous questions about falconry and birds of prey. Katherine was decked out in her Próis gear and spoke about Próis and hunting apparel in addition to falconry.

The questions asked were very thoughtful and everyone learned a lot. The event was a great success and Próis and Katherine were very proud to be there. There were many great clinics and talks that day including a women’s fly fishing casting clinic and a talk on elk hunting. There are many more awesome events planned for the coming weeks. Visit http://www.cabelas.com/stores/store_info.jsp?pageName=033 for a full list of upcoming events at the Grand Junction Cabela’s. Many Cabela’s stores are hosting special events during the Spring Great Outdoor Days and there are some great sales going on right now too. You can visit http://www.cabelas.com/ to find out what’s going on at a store near you! Thank you Cabela’s for planning these great events!

Prois Woman of the Week- Martha Maxwell

By Katherine Browne

I stumbled upon Martha Maxwell during my search for this week’s Woman of the Week on the website for the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame which is a veritable gold mine of amazing women. I had never heard of Martha before but I am so glad I found her. Not only was she an amazing huntress, she was also a pioneer in taxidermy. The following information was taken directly from the National Cowboy Museum website (http://www.nationalcowboymuseum.org/research/cms/Exhibits/DidSheKillEmAll/tabid/129/Default.aspx) along with the photos used in this post. Thank you for taking the time to learn about this incredible lady.

“‘How could a woman do it?” “What sort of a woman is she?” “How did she stuff ‘em?” “I don’t believe them critters was shot; I’ve looked ‘em all over and I can’t see any holes. Did she pisen ‘em?” “Did she kill them all?”

These were some of the questions with which visitors to the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, bombarded Mary Dartt while she relieved her half-sister Martha Maxwell from the same interpretive duties. Martha Maxwell had been asked to represent Colorado Territory at the Centennial by displaying her collection of wildlife specimens presented in natural habitat groupings. Fascinated by unusual animals and “living curiosities,” most Americans would not have been able to see these creatures of the West unless they were displayed. Frustrated by visitor incredulity that a woman could have conceivably done all this, Maxwell put up a sign that read, “Woman’s Work.” From May 10 to November 10, 1876, the Centennial Exposition ran and attracted an estimated 9.8 million visitors.

Dartt reassuringly wrote, “Mrs. Maxwell is the woman who made a collection of the animals of Colorado, procuring herself, either by shooting, poisoning, trapping, buying, or soliciting from her acquaintances, specimens of almost every kind of living creature found in that region, skinning, stuffing, or in other ways preserving them.”

Naturalist, taxidermist, and markswoman, Martha Maxwell is worthy of historical scrutiny. One historian wrote, “Martha had come to see her work as the best way for her to demonstrate the abilities of women and thus to support the cause of feminism.” Another historian wrote, “What distinguished Martha from other taxidermists of the day was that Martha Maxwell always attempted to place stuffed animals in natural poses and amongst natural surroundings. This talent was what would separate her work from others and make her animals so popular with exhibitors and viewers alike.” About herself Martha wrote, “My life is one of physical work, an effort to prove the words spoken by more gifted women….The world demands proof of womans [sic] capacities, without it words are useless.”

Martha Maxwell was the first woman field naturalist who obtained and prepared her own specimens in the same manner as her male contemporaries and brought innovation to the design of natural history dioramas. In 1877 Smithsonian ornithologist Robert Ridgway named the little screech owl, Scops asio maxwelliae, after Martha for her discovery of this subspecies of owl.

Born on July 21, 1831, Martha Ann Dartt lived in Pennsylvania until she was sixteen when the family moved to Baraboo, Wisconsin. After attending only a year of college at Oberlin College in Ohio due to a shortage of funds, she returned to Wisconsin in 1852 to teach school. In exchange for tuition and living expenses to continue her education, Martha accompanied the two oldest children of widower James A. Maxwell to Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. On March 20, 1854 they married. James was 20 years older than Martha and had six children. In less than two months Martha’s commitment to the temperance movement was evidenced when she was arrested, fined, and set free following her complicity in a raid on the Brick Tavern. Many bottles were drained in what was called the Whiskey War of 1854.

Following the financial crash of 1857 and the birth of their daughter Mabel on November 17, the Maxwells lost their fortune. This along with the lure of gold in the Rocky Mountains and the spring “Rush to the Rockies” in 1859 by gold seekers prompted the Maxwells to go west. By the spring of 1860, they had arrived in Denver. James took to mining, while Martha ran boardinghouses.

In 1862 Martha returned to Baraboo and to her daughter Mabel, who had been staying with relatives. For the next five years she focused her work in taxidermy and temperance reform being elected secretary of the Loyal Women’s League of Baraboo. By September 1866 suffering from poor health, Martha entered the sanitarium at Battle Creek, Michigan and remained there until the spring of 1867 when she returned to Baraboo. Shortly, she moved with Mabel to Vineland, New Jersey, a temperance community founded on idealistic and visionary principles. But, estranged husband James coerced Martha back to Boulder, Colorado.

Martha began collecting and preparing specimens in a feverish way. At first relying primarily on boys in the neighborhood for specimens, Maxwell obtained a gun, practiced her marksmanship, and began a series of collecting trips into the mountains. By September 1868, Martha had gathered 600 specimens and had taken them to the Third Annual Exposition of the Colorado Agricultural Society held at the Denver fair grounds. Governor Alexander Hunt of Colorado was so impressed with her collection that he asked her to represent Colorado at the St. Louis Fair in 1870. Selling this collection to Shaw’s Gardens for $600 in 1870, she set about over the following months to collect and stuff a new collection.

On June 4, 1874, Martha Maxwell opened her own Rocky Mountain Museum which inhabited three rooms on the second floor of the Dabney-Macky block at the corner of Pearl and 12th streets in Boulder. Admission was 25 cents. By the end of 1875, Maxwell had moved the Museum to Denver located in a building situated on Lawrence Street where the Park Central complex is today. During the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Martha received national recognition and fame for her natural habitat displays and her taxidermic artistry. ”

Martha’s displays were a huge success and were predecessors of the dorammas we see today depicting animals in their naturals setting. She showed the world that a woman could be a capable hunter and taxidermist and played a part in the struggle for women’s equality.

Barnes Twins Head to the US Nationals!

Next week Tracy and Lanny will be competing in the US Nationals in Grand Rapids Minnesota from the 16-20th of March. They have a series of three tough races where Tracy will push to defend her National Championship Title from last year!! The races will be a Sprint, Pursuit, and Mass Start, which means they will start with an individual race (Sprint) and jump into the exciting, fast pasted, action packed, head to head races on the weekend (Pursuit and Mass Start). All the best US Athletes will be there along with possibly some Canadians as they battle on one of the hilliest biathlon courses in the US. For all three races they will be climbing directly out of the start and will have very little rest and down hill before they are spit out at the shooting range where Lanny hopes to continue her perfect shooting streak and clean (hit every target) in her 5th, 6th and 7th race in a row. Lanny already made history by cleaning 4 races in a row and is hoping to raise the bar even more and continue that streak. Warmer spring temperatures are expected next week in that area of Northern Minnesota which might bring rain and wet conditions for the athletes. The races start next Thursday with their pre-race training on Wednesday. Check the Twin Biathletes website for updates and pictures www.twinbiathletes.com/.

PROIS WOMAN OF THE WEEK…. Doc Susie Anderson

Susan Anderson was born in 1870 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She graduated from medical school in 1897. She joined her family in Cripple Creek, Colorado and set up a practice, and then moved on to Denver. People were reluctant to accept women as doctors during this time so she moved to Greeley, Colorado and practiced nursing for 6 years. In Greeley her Tuberculosis worsened and the treatment of the day was to move to cold, dry climates.

In December of 1907 Susie and her little dog boarded “Train Number One” of the Northwestern & Pacific Railway at the Moffat Road Station bound for Fraser, Colorado. The train crossed the mountains at 11,660 feet, over the Continental Divide, and was the highest rail line ever built in North America.

Doc Susie settled in a small shack east of the tracks. Prepared to either cure herself or die in this small lumber camp named Fraser.

At first, Susie did not let the people of Fraser know that she was a doctor. This was possibly due to her own health concerns. Finally the town folks found out from visitors that she was a doctor. Her first patient turned out to be a horse (It was not uncommon for M.D.’s to serve as the local vet and dentist too). The owner of the horse was so elated by the recovery that he announced far and wide that there was a lady doctor in town!

Soon people begun to seek Doc Susie for advise on various illnesses and injuries. Her practice soon grew. She understood the importance of cleanliness in doctoring wounds and protecting them from infection. She also understood how proper nutrition could aid in good health and healing. These concepts were not widely known during that time.

Her reputation spread and she was soon treating injuries and illnesses of the men and their families in the remote logging camps. In the harsh winters Doc Susie would wear layers of woolen clothing as well as hip high boots with rubber covers to trek through the mountains at sub-zero temperatures to treat the loggers and their families.

One day, an executive of the Denver and Salt Lake Railroad, William R. Freeman, showed up on her doorstep and told Doc Susie she would have to move as she was living on the D&SL right-of-way. Fortunately a local rancher was selling out and offered her his small sturdy barn. Local lumberjacks and ranches disassembled and moved the barn to another piece of property. (The house still stands in Fraser today.)

Once, Doc Susie escorted a small boy, by rail, to Colorado General Hospital in Denver. She announced to the intern on duty that the child needed an appendectomy. The intern was about ready to throw them out when a doctor intervened. Once examining the boy they found out he truly did need the operation. The hospital doctor turned to the intern and announced, “Meet Doctor Susan Anderson, the finest rural physician in Western Colorado…the best diagnostician west of the divide”.

During construction of the 6 mile long Moffat Tunnel, designed to replace the treacherous Moffat Road line over Rollins Pass, Doc Susie was asked to become the Coroner for Grand County and the first female coroner in the state of Colorado.

They needed a “real” doctor that was able to confront the Tunnel Commission about the accidents and working conditions that faced workers on a daily basis in this dangerous tunnel. It’s estimated that 19 men were killed and hundreds injured during its construction. At times, Susie would have to go into the tunnel to care for the injured and retrieve bodies.

By 1941, Susie was Fraser’s only physician. She would continue her practice until 1956 and died in Denver on April 16, 1960.

On October 9, 1997 Dr. Susan Anderson was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. This honor goes to women who have made significant contributions to Colorado and who are part of the the ongoing efforts to elevate the status of women.

“Doc Susie: The True Story of a Country Physician in the Colorado Rockies”, is a major source for this information. As well, a large amount of information for this post was culled from ellensplace.net.

PROIS EXTREME HUNTRESS AWARD FINALIST SPOTLIGHT- MEET PAULA RICHMOND!

As the dust settles following the 2010 Prois Extreme Huntress Award, it became very clear to us at Prois that despite the fact the contest is a huge success, there is more to it. True, there can only be one winner, and Angie Tennison is a spectacular lady and a steadfast hunter. That said, there remains nine other absolutely amazing women who also have amazing stories and Prois felt each and every one of these ladies deserves a bit of spotlight! With that…we are introducing and featuring each of these finalists on the Prois blog so all of you can learn a little bit more about each of these ladies, their passion for hunting and their unique stories.

Meet Paula Richmond!

“My incredible hunting journey began shortly before I was married when I started shooting my older sister’s bow into hay bales. Knowing I was going to marry an avid bowhunter, I figured I had better see what it was all about. It was a blast, so I bought my first new bow and shot as much as possible. My first hunt was for wild boar and I learned then how fun and exhilarating bowhunting can be. I purchased a mule deer archery tag for that same year and decided to go for it. Since my husband had to work, I ended up going back to our hometown to hunt the area I knew best. I stayed all week and came across a few bucks, but realized how clueless I was when it came to hunting. Still it was an awesome week, so I kept shooting and anxiously awaited my next hunt.

I was lucky and ended up drawing an archery antelope tag the first year I had applied. A month before the hunt was to start, my husband’s appendix ruptured. On my own, I built blinds over water holes while he recovered. He was well enough to join me the morning of the hunt and saw me take my first big game animal with a bow. That animal was a beautiful Pope & Young pronghorn.

The next year luck struck again and I drew a limited entry archery deer tag. This hunt really solidified my love of hunting. There were deer everywhere and I had two to three stalking opportunities a day. Again, I learned how clueless I was when it came to hunting. I could stalk up on the deer with no problems, but I repeatedly fouled up the end play. I finally ended up with a 3×4 mule deer that I was happy with. Stalking on multiple deer and being so close to them in the wild sealed the deal for me. I became a hunter for life.

Over the next several years I shot four other bucks with my bow, some ducks, a swan, and a whole slew of prairie dogs (some were with my bow). I am a hunter who loves the whole experience of the hunt. Big scoring animals are a bonus, but I do not feel like a failure if I don’t kill the biggest creature on the mountain. I love spending time with family and friends who are equally laid back and just enjoy the moment.

Each year the archery hunt is anticipated from the time the hunt ends until it comes again. For the past three years I’ve been involved in Utah’s dedicated hunter program where you can hunt all three seasons (archery, muzzleloader, and rifle) in exchange for service hours. I have really enjoyed hunting muzzloader and rifle as well. The service hours are fun for me as I am heavily involved in the wildlife conservation group, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife. I easily earn enough hours working on the local fundraiser banquet. I like supporting an organization where I can see the dollars put to work in my back yard.

One of my most memorable hunts was two years ago and was the archery spike elk hunt. My husband was in Alaska hunting grizzly bears and I wasn’t going to miss out just because he was gone! I left the twins with grandma and grandpa and stayed on the mountain by myself. The days were hot and sitting over water was the most effective hunting method. One night I had a bear close enough to camp I could hear him growling at something close by. It made me a little nervous, but I held out and he left. The next morning I shot a spike elk with my bow and watched him expire on the bank of the pond. After four hours of quartering the elk and five trips packing him back to the truck, I was on my way to town. It was such a great feeling to have done the hunt with no help, and to own that success.

Last year my world was rocked when I drew a dall sheep hunt at the Full Curl Society social in Salt Lake City, UT. It was an unreal experience that I will never forget. Being one to appreciate the experiences of hunting, this topped it all. The mountains were rugged and ice covered, I experienced soggy days and sunshine, lazy days glassing and strenuous days of hiking. I went on the trip alone, hunted with a great guide, and gained even more confidence in my hunting abilities and physical stamina. I loved every aspect of the hunt. Later in the year I shot my first four point buck and was thrilled.

One of the hunters I met in Alaska is from Spain and owns a hunting ranch. He graciously invited me and my husband to hunt with him as his guests. We head out the end of June and will get to experience hunting in Spain for roe buck, chamois, and wild boar. I cannot wait for that experience. Each hunt brings a unique experience and adventure with it. I look forward to every year and await what new things I will see and learn. I have many hunting years ahead of me between myself and my four year old twins; I am excited to see what the future holds!”

Prois Woman of the Week- Sacagawea

- By Katherine Browne

Being one eighth Cherokee I have always had a fascination with American Indian traditions and culture. Sacagawea is one of my favorite historical figures and she was an amazing woman. Historically she has come to represent women’s worth and independence and her image was used widely during the women’s suffrage movement in the early 20th century. Though accurate historical information about Sacagawea is hard to come by and much of the information we know about her is mixed with lore, I will share some of the more interesting facts I have learned about her.

The painting above shows Sacajawea guiding Lewis and Clark at Three Forks in what is now Montana, National Archive Photo

Sacagawea was a member of the Shoshone tribe otherwise known as the “Snake People.” She was kidnapped by a members of the Hidatsa tribe when she was around 12. At around 13 married a trapper named Toussaint Charbonneau, and was his second wife. It is believed that Toussaint may have purchased both his wives from the Hidatsa or may have won Sacagawea while gambling. Sacajawea was not an official member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as we have been lead to believe. Her husband was hired as an interpreter and she was allowed to join the party as an unofficial member because it was believed she would be useful to communicate with other Shoshone along the way. When her husband joined the expedition she was only 16 and pregnant.

Sacagawea, sculpted by Alice Cooper, in Washington Park (Portland, Oregon)

Sacagawea’s son Jean Baptiste Charbonneau was born shortly after they embarked on the expedition. With the expedition she traveled thousands of miles between 1804 and 1806 from North Dakota to the Pacific. Not only did she travel thousands of miles through then very wild and dangerous parts of the United States, she did so with a baby on her back. Furthermore she remained positive and uncomplaining through the direst circumstances which was noted by every man that kept a diary on the expedition. Though her role as a guide may have been exaggerated, she was only recorded as providing direction on a few occasions, her role as an interpreter with on Shoshone was very important. Most importantly her presence with the party also demonstrated the party’s peaceful purpose as women did not accompany war parties of Indians in that area. Her decisive actions, her role as an interpreter, peace keeper, and her knowledge of edible flora proved paramount to the expedition on more than one occasion. Information for this blog was taken from Wikipedia and http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nwa/sacajawea.html. Thank you for reading and stay tuned every Friday for our Próis Woman of the Week!

Sacagawea

Prois Hunting Apparel March Caption Contest

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 of our brand new BULLSEYE Longsleeve shirt in Deep Heather. What are you waiting for!? Give us YOUR caption!

Próis Woman of the Week- Annie Oakley (1860-1926)

by Katherine Browne

Last weekend during our NRA Women on Target course Kirstie (Prois CEO) and I were inspired to start a Prois Woman of the Week post. The visors we were given during the course had a caricature of Annie Oakley on them and I said, “Look, it’s Annie Oakley.” Kirstie’s daughter Hanna responded “Who’s Annie Oakley?” It’s always disheartening when we find a gap in knowledge that should have been filled somewhere along the way but somehow we missed. Because of this incident we began to think about all the amazing women that have come before us, paving the way for the rights, privileges, and opportunities we have today. Because of the women that came before us there has never been a time where women in the outdoors have had more encouragement and acceptance and things are only getting better. Women like Annie Oakley paved the way for hunting and shooting women today and showed the world that women can badasses. We think it’s worth taking the time to learn more about the amazing women that have shaped history and improved our lives. We will also feature modern women that are continuing to do amazing things and our own personal heroines. Instead of quoting you Annie Oakley’s entire biography I am going to share some of the lesser known and more interesting facts I learned about Annie Oakley during my research.

Kirstie lent me a great book on Annie Oakley by Annie Oakley Of the Wild West by Walter Havinghurst. I have only gotten part way through this book but I have already learned some amazing things about Annie Oakley. Annie Oakley was born Phoebe Ann Mose, and later changed her name to Annie Oakley. Annie came naturally as everyone already called her Annie and she took her surname from a suburb of Cincinnati. Annie’s Oakley was not born in the West; she grew up in Ohio Patterson Township, Darke County, Ohio. Because of her family’s poverty following the death of her father she did not regularly attend school early in life but did receive some schooling later in life. She began shooting and hunting at age 6 to help support her family and quickly developed a reputation as an excellent shot.

I love the story of how Annie Oakley met her husband. Annie’s reputation as a markswoman and huntress grew and she was invited to compete again Frank E Butler in Cincinnati at the age of sixteen. Frank was a traveling marksman and had bet $100 bet per side (roughly equivalent to modern US$2,000) with Cincinnati hotel owner Jack Frost, that Butler, age 31, could beat any local fancy shooter (Wikepadia.com). Annie won the match with Frank by one point and also won a far greater prize, Frank’s heart. “Some time later they were married and she became his assistant in his traveling shooting act. Frank recognized that Annie was far more talented and relinquished the limelight to her, becoming her assistant and personal manager. In 1885 they joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, run by the legendary frontiersman and showman Buffalo Bill Cody.” (http://www.lkwdpl.org/wihohio/oakl-ann.htm).

Annie Oakley became famous for her shooting feats in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. For seventeen years Annie was the show’s star attraction. She performed many amazing tricks including shooting a dime from 90 feet tossed into the air, shooting glass balls with uncanny accuracy, shooting tragets behind her using a mirror, and shooting clay pigeons from the back of a galloping horse. During this time Annie won numerous awards which adorned her chest during performances and entertained audiences around the world. At only 5 feet tall Annie Oakley was dubbed “Little Sure Shot” by Chief Sitting Bull who adopted Annie as his daughter. Annie Oakley was also talented seamstress made all her own costumes. Ever the philanthropist, Annie loved children and participated in numerous events for orphans. Annie Oakley was an amazing woman helped to break barriers for women by excelling in her sport. She also played a key role in promoting America’s gun culture and making it more widely accepted at a time when “(f)rontier violence and it’s technology were in hot debate.” (Havinghurt, xii).

Information for this article was taken from Oakley Of the Wild West by Walter Havinghurst, Wikopedia.org, and http://www.lkwdpl.org/wihohio/oakl-ann.htm. For a complete bibliography and citations please e-mail me at Katherine@proishunting.com. Stay tuned for a new Próis Woman of the Week posted every Friday right here on the Próis Community Blog.

PRÓIS® HUNTING AND FIELD APPAREL LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE-High Performance Women’s Apparel Company Creates Edgy New High Performance Site

Próis Hunting and Field Apparel has quickly become known for its high performance and technologically advanced gear that utilizes only the best materials. In fact, the Próis ‘P’ insignia has been seen on the likes of Sarah Palin and serious female hunters around the globe. And because Próis is committed to providing the female hunting community with only the very best, the company has officially launched a new interactive website that’s as hardcore and advanced as the women hunters who wear it: http://www.Próishunting.com.

The edgy new Próis website is not your average click and purchase hunting apparel site. Its creative elements truly bring the performance clothing to life while its interactive capability encourages fans of the brand to be a part of the Próis inner circle. The ‘community’ page allows fans to read up on the latest Próis news, happenings of the Próis Pro/Field Staff, an opportunity to follow the company on Facebook – and more! Easy to navigate tabs and links help you find exactly what you’re looking for, whether you’re internet savvy or a late adopter to the World Wide Web. Plus, should hunters decide to make a purchase, an online catalog, shopping cart and checkout are just a quick and easy click away to getting geared up for next season.

Certainly, the new Próis website is chock full of essential specs and information. But it is also visually appealing – packed with rich in-use photography that inspires women to get out there and hunt.

“We create all of our gear to maximize efficiency and functionality, while incorporating the most technologically advanced features —and our newly designed website was built with the same elements top of mind,” said Kirstie Pike, the company’s President/CEO. “The new Próis site is a great representation of the company and its values, and we are excited to share the world of Próis with our customers through it.”

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. Their 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 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 http://www.Próishunting.com. To check out the latest updates on Próis field and pro staff and company news, visit the Próis blog at http://Próishunting.com/community/index.php. Become a fan on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=172754768618&ref=ts
Follow Próis on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Próishunting.

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SPECTACULAR LADIES NIGHT OUT HOSTED BY SPORTSMANS WAREHOUSE IN WASILLA, ALASKA!

February 24, 2011
Kirstie Pike, CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

Want to reach out to your female customers? Try fun, games and wader races…seriously!

According to clothing manager, Anne Marie, “The night was a major success! “. And it isn’t any wonder. Thinking outside the box, the Wasilla Sportsman’s Warehouse planned an event that boasted fun, education and camaraderie. Anne Marie and the crew hosted seminars including archery, air gun shooting, casting and tent set-up. And if that wasn’t enough, they hosted a wader dash in their footwear department, the winner being a proud recipient of a new pair of waders. Raffles were held for a gun and other silent auction items. The event was hosted from 7pm-9pm and was open to only women. “The night was fun and the ladies had a great time!” mentions Anne Marie.

Now, from a corporate perspective, this event was great exposure. The crew dressed a mannequin with Prois gear and had contestants try to guess the retail price of the entire Prois outfit. Over 300 entries were received, and the winner guessed the price within $.97…not a bad bid to win that entire outfit of Prois gear! As well, Prois t-shirts were given away at regular intervals. The return for Prois was terrific- the product line got great exposure and a number of sales were generated from the evening.

Our hats off to Anne Marie and Sportsman’s Warehouse for their tremendous efforts in promoting women’s involvement in the outdoors!