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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. (

                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. ( 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.                 (

                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!

PRÓIS® Hunting & Field Apparel Expands to New Corporate Office/Warehouse in Gunnison, CO!

Próis® Hunting and Field Apparel has quickly become the authority in great-fitting, high-performance apparel thatʼs tailor-made for female hunters who hunt hard, and require gear that works even harder. And now, the companyʼs Ê»Proʼ status and increased business over the past two years has earned it an expanded new facility to better serve its client base of passionate women hunters across the globe.
Próisʼ new facility located in its hometown of Gunnison, CO, will provide the team with quadruple the amount of quality work and warehousing space more than its old building. The new offices will be home base for all internet warehousing and small retail distribution, where large retail distribution will continue to come from the companyʼs manufacturing partner in California.

 â€œThis is an exciting time for the Próis brand. Our entire team is thrilled that sales are up, and we need more space to help meet our goals of expansion,” says Kirstie Pike, CEO of Próis Hunting and Field Apparel. “Our new state-of-the-art facility will help us accomplish this and more in the months and years to come.”

Hardcore female hunters who push the limits in the field rely on Próisʼ innovative technology incorporated into each piece of gear such as complex compressed fabrics that offer wind stopping, moisture wicking, silence, waterproofing and ultimate durability.

Próis has also come out with all guns blazing in 2010 with sleek new lines of womenʼs shooting apparel including the new Competitor and Turas collections. And, because Próis is as passionate about supporting our domestic economy as it is about hunting and shooting, all gear is proudly made in the U.S.A.


For more information about Próisʼ new facility, or the companyʼs innovative line of serious, high-performance hunting

and shooting apparel for women, contact:

Próis Hunting and Field Apparel
28001-B US Highway 50
Gunnison, CO- 81230
(970) 641-3355 


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SUSAN GARRARD….Taking Prois Around the Globe!

Meet Susan Garrard (and her new friend) as she takes Prois around the globe.  Susan is embarking on some incredible hunting excursions rarely attempted by females!  She will be accompanying outfitter Chris Nash and Rob Holt of Kaweka Outfitting.  Stay tuned as Susan chronicles her adventures to parts unknown.  Currently, Susan is in Australia on the hunt of a lifetime.

IT JUST KEEPS ON GETTING BETTER AT PROIS! Ultra Backcountry and Ultra Hoodie Shirts NOW available!!

FINALLY!  THEY ARE HERE!  Our new additions to the Prois Ultra line…the Prois Hoodie and the Prois Backcountry are now available!


The perfect addition for our 2010 lineup! This lightweight hoodie is constructed of our signature polyester birdseye wicking fabric to create an athletic, breathable shirt…a necessity when out in the field. Hood attached to enhance warmth and concealment. Bilateral zippered front pockets added to stow lightweight items. Our Ultra Hoodie is a must-have layering piece that can be worn alone or in combination with any Prois vest or jacket! A perfect shirt for your spring turkey hunt or early big-game adventures. Available in Realtree AP, Advantage Max1 and Black with Realtree AP Trim!

New for the 2010 Prois Line-up! We answered your call! When our customers came to us looking for a tough shirt with functional storage, we accepted the challenge. The result…the new Ultra Backcountry Shirt. Constructed from our signature 100% polyester birdseye fabric, our Ultra shirts wick moisture away from the skin, keeping you cool when it is hot and warm when it is cool. Neck zipper added to allow venting in warm weather. What sets the Backcountry apart from the pack? It’s convenient 3 compartment lumbar pocket system! This pocket system is perfect for holding calls, gloves, hand warmers and other hunting necessitites. The ultra Backcountry provides maximum function for the hunter on the move! Available in Realtree AP, Realtree Advantage Max1 and Black with Realtree AP Trim!

For more information, log onto!  You won’t be sorry!

Prois Pro-Staff Spotlight…Barbara Baird and a Snappy Snapper!

Prois Pro-Staffer Barb Baird spent a couple of days fishing off the Gulf Coast of Orange Beach, Ala., and sported her Prois cotton tee that boldly states, “Pursuit is our Passion!” She caught red snapper,
grouper, amberjack and a shark! Barb says the beaches and waters of the Gulf Shores’ coast were clear and filled with healthy fish at that time,  the oil spill remained about 100 miles to the southwest of the area. You may read about her experiences in her blog called “Babbs in the Woods” at


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 signature hoodie! 

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


And the winner is….   Terri Garrison with her entry….

“You pig! You’re skinning me with your eyes right now aren’t you!?”


Hybrid flagship of the new Prois Competitor Line brings on the heat for competitve shooters and archers alike.  Today’s female handgun, shotgun and archery enthusiasts have given a whole new meaning to ‘shooting like a girl’- and they’re looking for serious tools to give them an edge on the range.  So Prois Hunting Apparel has answered the call of these focused women athletes and have introduced the Prois Competitor Line of shooter shirts.

If you are competing in any style or type of shooting, you need a tightly integrated set of advantages- technical skill, control and practice- to consistently hit the mark.  The Prois Competitor line is tailored with the same kind of precision with which shooters train for competition. This line is crafted from sturdy 100% polyester wicking fabric and is carefully engineered with an athletic design for complete ease of comfort and movement.  All three styles include bilateral shoulder padding tailored to protect both sides- whichever is dominant for shotgunning. 

The Competitor Sleeveless is perfect for the balmy days on the range.  It is comfortable, athletic and allows the shooter to move about unhindered.

The Competitor Short Sleeve provides an athletic and attractive cut.  Perfect for indoor or outdoor ranges!

The Competitor Longlseeve is the ultimate shirt for the female shooter who does it all!  It is complete with bilateral forearm slap pads and thumbholes in the cuffline for the archer- and bilateral shoulder protection for the shotgunner. 

All Prois Competitor Shooter’s Shirts are available in three sharp color combinations:  Black with Pink, Navy with White and White with Black.  Available now online at as well as select Prois Dealers. 





It’s Rather Unconventional… Murder, Mold and Life on the Road

By: Kirstie Pike

CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

Being involved in the hunting and shooting industry requires attendance of many shows, events and store openings.  Prois has been on the road much of the Spring, with our latest attendance being the 2010 NRA Convention in Charlotte, NC.  During the course of our travels we have covered thousands of miles, eaten more Subway sandwiches and consumed copious amounts of Monster drinks and Starbucks.  As well, there are many  nights spent in hotel rooms and rental houses.  Over the course of the last year, we have officially stayed in some of THE worst places in the lower 48.  Following a brief stay in what we fondly call “the murder hotel” (to be described in detail below) it has become somewhat of a sport for us at Prois to torment Keli Van Cleave, Prois Pro-Staffer and frequent show help, with a cat and mouse game of “Let’s See Where We Can Put Keli”.  

The “Murder Hotel” was simply a case of right person, wrong motel.  Coffee County, Tennessee.   It was simply a matter of road weariness and sleep deprivation.  We pulled into what seemed like a decent place to stay for a few hours.  I am not certain if my first red flag should have been the fact  that I had to pay in cash or the fact that the room rate was $32.  However, if neither of those incidents were cause for alarm, the fact that it was attached to a truck stop should have been.  We entered the room which can only be described as squalid.  Maybe it was the fact that we couldn’t walk around without our shoes that should have made us question our stay.  Maybe it was the fact that the beds were elevated on 2×4’s (maybe to elevate above vermin level?) that should have made us question our stay.  Maybe it was the fact that the hot water handle in the shower was marked with a Budweiser cap that should have made us question our stay.  However, it was definitely the fact that we had to run across the street to the 24 hour Walmart to purchase bedding that made us stop to think, “Should we really stay?”.  It didn’t look any better in the morning light.  After a morning questioning from local Starbucks staff, we learned why the Scottish Inn in Coffee County, TN was the least savory motel around.  Apparently a murder occurred there the week before.  Maybe that wasn’t really a vomit stain on Keli’s box spring after all. 

The “Trucker Hotel” was a brief encounter in Kansas.  14 hours of driving does indeed make one tired.  Keli and I opted to stop to sleep in a small Kansas town.  We pulled in at 1:00 am in the middle of a snowstorm.  We were greeted by an odd looking young man who I would guess was involved in an underground group of Dungeons and Dragons as he appeared not to have seen daylight in years.  Should I have been offended when he offered us the “Truckers Discount”?  Probably, but hey, I am cheap….so I went with it.  At least there was complementary continental breakfast.  Or was there?  Apparently  a recent car crash through the front windows dashed any hopes for orange juice and yogurt.  Things definitely look different in the daylight. 

The “Mold Motel” is located in greater metro Winnemucca, Nevada.  Another long day at the shows followed by late night driving  resulted in a need to stop.  After stopping at a seedy little motel where we were greeted by  a paunchy man in his underwear carrying a fussing toddler, we chose a small motel that  was clearly above the rest as it based all advertisement on “clean rooms”.  After the “Murder Motel”,  we felt comforted by the fact that a motel might feel cleanliness is important.  Clearly cleanliness is subjective.  What I initially thought to be dust bunnies along the carpeted baseboards turned out to be a moldy substance.  Same with the air conditioner.  Sleep was limited as we were certain we were going to die of some rare mold inhalation pneumonia.  We didn’t.  However, if either of us die of a mysterious pulmonary disease, please notify the Winnemucca health department.

Our recent trip to the NRA convention lead us to the amazing new digs.  We arrived at the StayInn Residence Suites at 11:00 pm.  We probably should have been deterred by the fact that this place looked eerily like a housing project.  However, there were a couple of Cadillac Escalades and Hummers parked about so we felt that maybe the advertised renovated rooms were terrific.  We entered our “suite” to find that the “renovated kitchenette” was simply a hotplate and a sink on a plywood stand.  Oh, and not one cup or dish to be found.  Handy.  It turns out that one must also pay a $20 deposit to “borrow” the iron at the desk.  Oh yeah.  The ultimate red flag SHOULD have been the fact that  the cost of the motel for 5 days was cheaper than my rental car.  However, that was not as much of an issue as the fact that the peep hole was stuffed with toilet paper and the screws to the locks were stripped.  Yet, we stayed for one sleepless night.  The good news is that we found the one and only available room in the region at a very respectable Holiday Inn.  The bad news was the fact that  two local police officers who work vice took great humor in the fact that the StayInn was one of their frequent ‘busts’.  I guess that explains the Escalades parked outside late at night.  Welcome to the “Vice Motel”, Keli. 

In spite of it all, Keli Van Cleave remains a great friend and a die-hard member of the Prois Pro-Staff team.  That’s not to say she hasn’t quit a few times.  Oh, and might I add that Keli’s mom has stripped me of any lodging responsibility.  Ever.