It has been a busy season for Prois Hunting Apparel Pro-Staffer Dana Wall. Dana, co-host on Gator Trax TV, is not one to let the grass grow under her feet!
In January, Chad and Dana Wall filmed a HOPE Outdoors hunt with Daniel Hoover. HOPE Outdoors is a Christian organization that helps to take disabled kids and adults on their dream hunts. This organization is very near and dear to Danaâ€™s heart. Not only does she work to film these amazing hunts, her home church, Woodland Baptist, holds an outdoor expo, including an expansive 3D archery shoot, to help raise funds for these hunters to help offset the expenses of the hunt.
January also brought Dana and Chad to Indianapolis for the 2009 ATA show where she did numerous appearances for Prois Hunting Apparel with her fellow pro-staffers. Soon after the ATA show, Gator Trax TV issued their first season DVD.
April kept Dana on the move as she chased longbeards across the southern states. They started out in Tennessee. Next came Kentucky, where they took three special forces soldiers on a once in a lifetime turkey hunt followed by a gospel music and a crawfish boil at the Reverend Jimmy Stewertâ€™s home. Dana and Chad were not done yet, they went from Kentucky to Illinois to knock down some more longbeards. Kansas is next on the list and they are looking forward to taking down some more birds with their new Elite Bows!
Along with the production of the second season of Gator Trax Outdoors and their full time jobs- Chad and Dana are in the process of building their new home. Their summer is sure to be busy, but not too busy to invite Kirstie Pike (owner of Prois Hunting Apparel) and some fellow Prois Pro-Staffers down south for a gator hunt and some great Louisiana food!
Season 2 of Gator Trax Outdoors will begin airing on the Pursuit Network in July of 2009. Tune in! For more information, log onto www.gatortraxtv.com.
Prois Pro-Staffer, Keli Van Cleave, has been quite a busy lady lately. She is currently traveling to distant regions pursuing turkey with her bow. She has some terrific stories coming down the pipeline. Until thenâ€¦
We at Prois are proud to mention one of Keliâ€™s recent feats- participating in the ATA Rage 100 Invitational. 23 industry celebrities were invited to shoot their own bow (no target bows) with Rage broadheads. The shoot was an amazing 100 yard shoot at a 90 meter FITA target, with each participant taking 5 shots per round with a total of 4 rounds per person. The winners of this celebrity event received monies to be donated to the charity of their choice.
Keli shot alongside some of the industryâ€™s greatest shooters including Chris Brackett, Tim Gillingham, Pete Shepley and more. Tim Gillingham cinched up the first place standing while Mike Slinkard took a close second. Keli finished solidly in the middle of the pack. According to Keli, â€œPersonally, it was an honor to shoot against all the men who basically started things in this industry. We women wouldnâ€™t be here doing what we love for more than a hobby if these men didnâ€™t pave the way first. I hope I get the honor of participating again!â€œ
Keli won $500 in the 2009 Rage 100. She chose to donate her proceeds to the Bighorn Outdoors Youth Adventure Program.
Keli alongside Chris Brackett in the 2009 Rage 100 Invitational
Julie Caddick is well-known to us at Prois Hunting Apparel. She is an avid archer and resides in Scotland. She often pens great updates from the Scottish world of archery. We find it fascinating to learn more about the European forms of the sport and look forward to Julie’s updates. Julie’s update on the Scottish Open Championships follows.
“We spent the Easter weekend at the Castle Douglas for the Scottish Open Championships. The weather was superb, wall to wall sunshine. People came from all over Europe. There were two courses of 36 targets set out on a hillside that contained the remains of an old slate quarry, giving lots of opportunity for good uphill and dowhnill simulated hunting shots. We took our youngest dog, Bruce, and apart from getting into a slight scuffle with a large husky, he enjoyed himself. We could not take our older dog, Crow, as the ground would have been too much for him over two days.”
“I managed to take third place in ladies Bow Hunter and came away with abronze medal. My husband, Paul, took second place in Gents Hunting Tackle and got a silver medal. We came home quite happy!”
“We took this photo on the Sunday morning before going to the shoot. It is a Roe Buck. Sorry about the quality of the picture, but we were looking almost straight into the morning sunrise. If you look closely you will see that his antlers are in velvet. There was a doe with him, but we did not manage to get a photo of both of them!”
Who could ever think that PETA could actually go too far?
So- just in case you thought you had seen it all…PETA publishes MOMMY KILLS as a comic book for the legions of PETA CHILDREN. After I finished laughing, I found I was offended…are you?
Click here to view entire PETA COMIC BOOK mommykills
An Alabama native, Stephanie Mallory spent her childhood roaming the Bankhead Forest with her father who instilled in her a passion for the outdoors. After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in corporate journalism, Mallory decided to combine her education and passion into a career focused on the outdoors. As a freelance writer, photographer and public relations specialist, Mallory has written hundreds of magazine and Internet articles and has co-authored the book, Basic Essentials of Archery published by Globe Pequot Press. In addition, she provides public relations services for a number of outdoor-related companies.
Stephanie has been a pro-staff member of Prois since 2008. She has been remarkably busy over the last few months. The recent show season (aka: â€˜the gauntletâ€™) has led Stephanie all across the country promoting her company, Mallory Communications, Inc. In addition, she has been spearheading Public Relations efforts for Realtree, Muzzy, BigFoot Bags, Source Outdoor Group, Darton Archery, Darkwoods Blinds, ZackTack and QuickSlide. If that isnâ€™t enough, Stephanie also continues her freelance work for the Alabama Game and Fish, Wheelinâ€™ Sportsmen, Women in the Outdoors, Southern Sporting Journal and many more publications.
So what else can this remarkable woman do? For starters, Stephanie is the mother of 2 young boys and if that isnâ€™t enough, she is currently expecting twins! “My travels are pretty limited right now because of the pregnancy and I have been advised against doing any hunts for the meantime.” Mallory states. She may be on a Hunting Hiatus as her pregnancy progresses, but expect her to head for the hills as soon as she is able!
Mississippi Waterfowl Hunt
Team Huntress empowers women in the outdoors through educational clinics and workshops. Operated through the amazing PheasantPhun ranch in Hitchcock, South Dakota, Team Huntress offers clinics in gun safety, archery, gear, optics, GPS, photography, field care, taxidermy and more! But what makes this different? Team Huntress not only provides a great entry to the world of hunting and the outdoors, they do it while offering great spa ammenities such as wine tasting, massage and spa treatments! Check it out! www.teamhuntress.com!
Prois Hunting Apparel has partnered with Team Huntress and PheasantPhun ranches in efforts to fuel the passion of the outdoors in women everywhere!
Anne Vinnola has been very busy this year with her new blog at SkinnyMoose.com titled â€˜Annie Got Her Gunâ€. Located on the web at www.skinnymoose.com/annevinnola, Anne writes about taxidermy, field care, second amendment issues, product reviews and more!
December provided Anne with pheasant hunt in South Dakota at PheasantPhun ranches with Prois Pro-Staffer Keli Van Cleave and Prois CEO, Kirstie Pike. A great time was had by all and tales of her adventure can be found on her blog!
Anne Vinnola, Kirstie Pike, Keli VanCleave
She has recently signed the contract for her first book with Arcadia Publishing. It is a pictoral history about her hometown of Canon City, Colorado and is scheduled to be released in 2010.
If that isnâ€™t enough, Anne is working closely with TeamHuntress to put together an Outdoor Adventure Weekend for the ladies. TeamHuntress promotes empowering and educating women in the outdoors through a variety of clinics held at PheasantPhun ranch near Hitchcock, South Dakota. Topics include archery, optics, gear, photography, gun safety and more. What makes TeamHuntress different? Itâ€™s spa-like offerings of massage, facials and wine-tasting after a great day in the outdoors! www.teamhuntress.com.
Anne is also working to put together several ladies-only hunts for the rest of 2009 in her efforts to continue to promote female hunters. It is only an added bonus that some of these hunts will be filmed- please watch for announcements!
Anne also continues her freelance work with Bowhunting.Net, Womenhunters.com and Sportsmanâ€™s News. Check her out!
Victory Arrows Hits the Mark with Breast Cancer Awareness!
How do you participate? It’s easy…AND you don’t have to be a woman! Simply use the Victory Archery Pink arrows - that’s all. Proceeds of sales of these unique arrows goes to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Men…by simply adding one pink arrow to your quiver, you can show your support in the battle to stop breast cancer. So come on…what are you waiting for?
Did I mention that they are REALLY easy to find in the brush!? Added bonus, to be sure!
Head to your local newsstand soon to pick up a copy of the March 2009issue of Fly Fisherman magazine, which includes (on page 28) â€œLive Big on the Little Red,â€ a destination feature article by Barbara Baird about fly fishing the Little Red River in Arkansas. The Little Red is one of the premier tailwater trout streams in the United States, and achieved worldwide fame in 1992 when it gave up the all-tackle worldrecord brown trout of 40 pounds, 4 ounces. As detailed in Bairdâ€™s article (her first for Fly Fisherman) the Little Red also boasts healthy populations of feisty rainbowsâ€“as well as some brookies and cutthroat troutâ€“in addition to its fabled, naturally reproducing browns.
Established in 1969, Fly Fisherman is the worldâ€™s leading magazine of
fly fishing, with a large international readership of long-wand
enthusiasts, who appreciate the high-quality writing and technical
expertise of its articles and the beauty of its photographs. Photographs utilized are compliments of Barbara’s husband, Jason Baird.
Baird is also busy planning her spring turkey hunts, to include
hunting in the #1 turkey state, Missouri, with Prois women Kirstie
Pike and Jennifer Bartivski, along with Amy Brown of Bear Enthusiast
And, finally, if you haven’t looked at the Women’s Outdoor Media
Association, aka The WOMA, at www.thewoma.com, please take a look at
this new paradigm in outdoor communicating — for and about women in
the outdoors. All Prois Pro-Staff members are invited to join.