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Prois Hunting Apparel Caption Contest – September 2010

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 “comment” 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 Sherpa Gaitor in Max-1 or Realtree AP

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

 

 

Powderhorn Outfitters/Schnee’s in Bozeman…They Just Get It!

Hats off to the Powderhorn Outfitters/Schnee’s in Bozeman, MT!  

Why? 
Quite simply stated, they get it.  They  understand that the women’s outdoor and hunting market is special and  that this customer must be earned.  And earn those customers they do.   A recent Ladies Night Out at their downtown Bozeman storefront  afforded outdoor-loving women of the area to peruse the store and to speak with manufacturer representatives and staff about gear that is designed expressly for the female outdoor and hunting enthusiast.  This personal touch allows women to really ask questions, understand products and purchase gear that will truly deliver the performance needed for their outdoor adventures. 

This event, hosted August 12th, was well advertised and well attended.  Staff was on hand to assist customers.  Wine and appetizers were served and the environment was welcoming.  To go the extra mile, the Powderhorn /Schnees crew arranged attendance from manufacturers such as Leica, Prois Hunting & Field Apparel and Bear Spray to be on hand to answer questions about products and assist with identifying gear that will best suit each individual’s  needs. 

Additional curbside attraction was provided by Rowing for a Cure, a non-profit organization based in Bozeman.  Row for a Cure , spear headed by Robert Eddins of RO Boats in Bozeman ,  promotes the use of their pink float boat in efforts to raise funds for the Susan G. Koman foundation for breast cancer.  This eye-catching pink craft can be spotted in towns across Montana and the west.   Community  members were able to converse with the Rowing for a Cure crew who even provided a brief fly fishing demonstration for the women attending the Ladies Night Out.  For more information about Rowing for a Cure , check them out on Facebook.

I attended this event with Prois pro-staff member and editor of the Women’s Outdoor News, Barb Baird.  The event was great.  We had a great opportunity to meet the staff of the Powderhorn/Schnees as well as connect with past Prois customers and friends.  From a manufacturer’s perspective, this is a priceless experience as it afforded us the opportunity to really get know the store staff and put faces behind the products.  I was impressed with all of the staff-  Tom, Les, Keith, Stacy, Jon and Kat run a first class operation that understands the needs of the female outdoor enthusiast.  If you have a chance to drop into the store, I highly recommend it. 

They get it

Join Prois Hunting & Field Apparel CEO – Kirstie Pike and Pro-Staff Coordinator- Katherine Browne at the Women’s Weekend at Cabelas Grand Junction! Great seminars all day!

Join Prois Hunting & Field Apparel CEO – Kirstie Pike and Pro-Staff Coordinator- Katherine Browne at the Women’s Weekend at Cabelas Grand Junction!  Check out the great line-up of seminars offered throughout the day!  Stop by and see us!   August 14th and 15th, 2010.  

Rifles and Calibers For Female Hunters
Those heavy magnum rifles and calibers may not be the best choice for a lady. Our outfitters will show you rifles made to fit a woman. They can also help you select a caliber that will get the job done without punishing recoil.
Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Location:
Gun Counter.

Tackle and Patterns For Fall Trout
The high country is beginning to cool down, but some of the best fishing of the year is just ahead. Let our expert outfitters show you some of the lures and flies that will help you hook the big ones.
Saturday & Sunday, 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Location:
Fishing Department.

Clothing For The Female Hunter
Ladies don’t have to wear men’s hunting clothing that just doesn’t fit. Our outfitters can show you clothing that is made specifically for women so it will fit properly, and keep you warm, comfortable, and dry.
Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 & 2:00 p.m.

Location:
Camo Clothing.

Introduction To Fly Fishing – For Ladies Only
Many women seem to have an easy time learning to fly fish. Our expert outfitters will show you the basic equipment in our fly shop. Then they will show you how to cast a fly rod so you can join thousands of other women who enjoy this sport.
Saturday & Sunday, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m.

Location:
Fly Shop – Then Outside Store.

Choosing A Sleeping Bag, Pad, And Cot
Sleep in comfort on your next adventure with the right sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and cot. Our outfitters will show you models that will keep you warm and cozy for a great night’s sleep, all at prices within your budget.
Saturday & Sunday,12:30 & 3:30 p.m.

Location:
Camping Department

 

 

Prois Heads to Bozeman, MT for Ladies Night at the Powderhorn Outfitters/Schnees!

Pike and Baird Head to Bozeman...will it ever be the same?

Pike and Baird Head to Bozeman...will it ever be the same?

It’s Ladies’ Night at the Schnee’s in historic downtown Bozeman, Mont. Kirstie Pike, President of Prois Hunting Apparel will be there, along with pro-staffer Barbara Baird, publisher/editor of The Women’s Outdoor News. So will Mark Matheny, UDAP Bear Spray Representative. Wine and hors d’oeuvres, drawings and prizes, bear spray and camo. Who could ask for more? See you there!

Prois Hunting Apparel Photo Caption Contest- August 2010

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 “comment” 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 NEW Prois visor in pink, black wh

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

The Hunt is On for THE Extreme Huntress of 2010!

The hunt is on!  Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women and Primal Adventures TV are in hot pursuit of the Extreme Huntress for 2010!  Any woman who has an unforgetable story to tell that demonstrates her hard core hunting skills can enter the contest by submitting a brief essay and photos.  Entries will be taken until September 1, 2010…so don’t delay!   And, if you thought we couldn’t top the amazing contest package from last year…we did!  The winner will receive a New Zealand hunt for chamois, taur, estate stag, fallow deer and even some world class fishing that will be filmed for an upcoming episode of Primal Adventures!  This amazing hunt is donated by Fraser Safaris of New Zealand.  In addition, the winner will receive an amazing gear package from Prois, Bowtech, Aimpoint, Swarovski Optics, Otis Technologies, Schnees Boots and Badlands Packs.  The winner will also be flown to press conferences at both the Archery Trade Association Show in Indianapolis and the SHOT Show in Las Vegas!  Enter now for the experience of a lifetime!

Entries will be taken until September 1, 2010…at which time, our panel of celebrity judges will score each contestant on their story, passion for the hunt and experience.  The 2010 celebrity judges include; Chris Brackett of Rut-N-Hard TV and Brackett Outdoors,  Diana Rupp- Editor in Chief of Sports Afield,  Guy Eastman- publisher of Eastman Hunting Journals,  Larry Weishuhn of Winchester World of Whitetails,  Rebecca Francis- 2009 Extreme Huntress Winner,  Kirstie Pike- CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel and Tom Opre of Tahoe Films.  The top 10 scoring contestants will be posted on the Tahoe Films website and the online voting will begin. 

Enter Now!   Contest rules and application can be found at www.tahoefilms.com!  Tell us why YOU are the Extreme Huntress of 2010!

Prois CEO, Kirstie Pike, Now Penning ‘the Archeress’ Blogspot on Bowhunt America!

Mongo and the Cavebride
Does man’s need to tinker with archery equpiment stretch back to troglodyte days?

By Kirstie Pike–CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel

My husband obsessively tinkers with my bow. From his perspective, it is less of a matter of tinkering and more of a constant state of improvement. From my perspective it is nothing short of sabotage. It seems there is always a newer sight, better rest or improved stabilizer that MUST be added to my bow immediately.

I am convinced down to the deep recesses of my soul that there is some tweak to the male DNA dating back to the Cro-Magnum man that drives this incredible impulse in men.  I have often envisioned Mongo the caveman chipping away at the stone axe of his lovely cavebride and grunting that somehow this will make said stone axe work much better.  Do you think cavemen understood the universal sign of rolling eyes back then?  Perhaps. My Mongo continues to tinker. This tinkering is all good and well EXCEPT that each improvement sends me back to the targets to re-learn the new intricacies of my bow. Here is a typical bow-related conversation at our household….

Dying to read the rest!?  Check out Bowhunt America Online at http://www.bowhuntamerica.com/index.php/blogs/blog/mongo-and-the-cavebride/

 

Prois Hunting Apparel Photo Caption Contest- JULY 2010

PROIS HUNTING APPAREL PHOTO CAPTION CONTEST~ JULY 2010!

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 “comment” 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 “Take Pride in Not Being One of the Guys” Longsleeve Shirts!

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

PROIS Pro-Staff Spotlight~ Christina Holden’s Amazing Spring!

The new year started with a hunt on January 2, in South Florida, where I assisted Purple Heart recipient Specialist Jon French, who was injured in Afghanistan when two Taliban fired an rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) into the humvee in which he was the turret gunner. I met Jon in Maryland where he visited a Bass Pro Shop with his wife, Margaret, and friend Derek, who was also injured in the same attack. Both men were recuperating at nearby Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and both were long-time buddies from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. After getting acquainted with them, I just knew that I had to follow up with some sort of hunt. It all came together in late fall of 2009, and I was able to coordinate the hunt for Jon, but I badly wanted Margaret to come along. She was incredibly supportive of her husband when he was undergoing multiple surgeries, therapy, and rehab at Walter Reed. I figured this was a small way to repay her loyalty and continued support in Jon’s recovery and transition.

                The hunt, with outfitter Danny SantAngelo of Okeechobee Outfitters, was eminently successful. Jon took a fallow deer and a nice pig, and Margaret shot a world class black buck and a pig. After the shooting was over, the outfitter invited me to shoot a pig, and without hesitation I gleefully obliged, taking a good boar that is now occupying space in my freezer. (www.okeechobeeoutfitters.com)

                If you’re wondering what happened to Derek, not to worry. We’ve scheduled him and Jon to travel to Alaska’s Kodiak Island to hunt Sitka blacktail deer, and sea ducks with outfitter Mike Carlson of Larsen Bay Lodge. (www.larsenbaylodge.com) I am so excited with the addition of Próis XTREME hunting apparel, with features to insure the highest degree of comfort.  How do I define comfort? Warmth, followed by Dry! This jacket is insulated with 150gram of Thinsulate, drawstrings at waist, Velcro closures on sleeves and drop down ducktail for sitting and staying dry!  I hunt as hard as I can, and I give my clothing a serious beating.  I’m fortunate to have the most durable hunting apparel offered on the market today.

                In March, I experienced some outrageously fantastic snow goose hunting at my Dad’s farm on Maryland’s eastern shore. Because of a very wet fall, some of the corn couldn’t be harvested, and it remained standing. Two horrendous snowstorms hit the region in March five days apart. The birds literally had no feed, since the two-feet of snow deposited by each storm had covered most of the crops. But our corn waved merrily in the air, and the geese homed in on it mercilessly. It was incredible. We could hardly beat the birds out of the corn. When it was over, we made fabulous sausage out of several dozen snow goose breasts.

                In April, for the fourth year in a row, I hunted turkeys on the Black Hills National Forest in Wyoming and South Dakota. What a thrill. A big tom came to the call, never breaking strut, for at least 15 minutes. I’ll never forget the sight of that gorgeous bird as it slowly waltzed toward my gun barrel. Sigh…another taxidermy bill.     

In May, I attended the NRA convention in Charlotte, NC. Prior to that, I attended SCI Convention in Reno, followed by RMEF Elk Camp in Reno.  I enjoy helping out in the Próis booth when I can and chatting with prospective customers, answering questions about the garments I completely rely upon for every hunting situation.

                In June, I assisted with the PVA Outdoor Recreational Heritage Fund’s 4th Annual Bass Fishing Tournament near Warrenton, VA, attended by 15 veterans, most of which are Purple Heart recipients, including some women. It was a successful outing, with many thoughts shared, and many acquaintances made.                 (www.pvaheritagefund.org)

                So what’s coming up for the rest of the year? I’m planning at least four hunts with military heroes and wounded veterans.  I must say I’m terribly excited about the elk tag I drew in Colorado. I’ll be hunting with my dad, brothers, and friends.  I am writing whenever possible; currently working on an article about hearing protection and others in the works.

                One of my personal interests is sending goodies and care packages to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It is so satisfying to gather a bunch of “stuff” and send it to our warriors who are in harm’s way. I send fun things that I envision big smiles when opened- jerky, favorite candies, peanuts, etc…I send things I don’t think our government issues!  The most important thing I send– words of encouragement and sincere appreciation for their service to this great country we live in.

PROIS Pro-Staff Spotlight…Bitsy Kelley to be Guest on the Great American Outdoors Trails Radio with Jim Ferguson!

Bitsy Kelley is one busy woman!  Fueled by a lifelong passion for the outdoors, Bitsy, a thrid generation owner of Hawaii’s famed Outrigger Hotel chain, is sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm about the world beyond our front porches- the great outdoors- with a growing radio audience around the nation. Through an ever-expanding radio network, Bitsy is helping people of all ages “get into the outdoors”. She is very multi-faceted in the hunting industry- Hostess of the Bitsy Kelley Outdoors Radio Show, Hostess of Americas Outdoor Journal TV show on the Outdoor Channel and hostess of Outdoor GPS TV show on Comcast. In addition to her extensive tv and radio appearances, she is a freelance outdoor writer for many outdoor/hunting magazines and fills in her spare time with many public speaking appearances at a variety outdoor chapter events. If that isn’t enough, Bitsy is also a board member for Outrigger Enterprises and the Weatherby Foundation.

As well, Jim Ferguson of the Great American Outdoor Trails Radio  will be interviewing Bitsy on his radio program on Saturday, June 26th!  Catch Bitsy and Jim on your local radio station that broadcasts the Great American Outdoor Trails Radio show.  For a listing of radio stations affiliated with the program, simply click the following link!  http://outdoortrailsnetwork.com/index-2.html