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From the Ladies Room…. It Looks Like Katherine Has Stumbled Upon Shonda’s Family Reunion

It’s true. As Katherine has found herself on the road at the Dallas Safari Club show, she stumbled into this crazy nest of honey badgers. Given the fact that Prois employee, Shonda,  is aptly nicknamed “Honey Badger”, it appears that Katherine must have found Shonda’s family reunion.

Weird. We didn’t know that Shonda had kinfolk in Texas. She never shared that with us. That said, Honey Badger doesn’t share if Honey Badger doesn’t want to share.

Prois Staffer, Teri Lancaster, Gives Her 2 Cents About the Prois Ultra Hoodie!

“In October, I got the opportunity to tag along with my favorite hunting partner, my husband, when he was fortunate enough to be drawn for a tag for an elk in Wyoming. So prior to heading out to Wyoming, of course I HAD to go shopping so that I could be properly outfitted with new clothes, camo that is. So I fired up my laptop and went shopping on www.proishunting.com of course! I purchased a few items with one being the Prois Ultra Hoodie. I purchased the Ultra Hoodie in one size larger than I normally wear, for I wanted to use it as a layering piece and not just as a lightweight shirt. I LOVED the bilateral zippered front pockets! They are roomy enough that I was able to put my phone, chapstick, and small pack of tissues in one pocket and actually put a full water bottle in the other pocket – all with out the fear of losing any item as we trekked along the Wyoming plains and mountains. I liked the thin moisture wicking material and the thumb holes on each sleeve. The only thing Prois could do to make this shirt the bomb would be to add the pockets in that back that are on the Ultra Backcountry shirt – hint hint! I purchased the Prois Ultra Hoodie in both Max1 and Realtree AP. The Ultra Hoodie is definitely a staple in my camo hunting wardrobe for all seasons.”

MSRP: $69.99

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Introducing the 2012 Prois Award Recipient…. RUTH CUSACK!

A very hearty congratulations to your new 2012 Prois Award Recipient….RUTH CUSACK! We have absolutely no doubt that Ruth will be a great representative for Prois and the women in the hunting industry! She is amazing!! Congratulations, Ruth!

 

Each and every contestant in this award is quite simply amazing in their own rights and we want to congratulate each of them for making it to the top 12. We also have to say that we are so proud of the grace and dignity with which each of these ladies has conducted themselves during this contest. They are all amazing and we are humbled to have learned more about each of them.
This is the second year Prois Hunting Apparel for Women has held the prestigious Prois Award, which was created to honor the amazing huntresses out there who also commit their time and efforts to conservation, management and community education.  This year, over 80 entries were submitted and the top 12 finalists were chosen by our elite panel of judges who include Ron Spomer, Diana Rupp, Guy Eastman, Julie Golob, Craig Boddington, Tracy Barnes, Jim Zumbo, Lanny Barnes and Kirstie Pike.  The top 12 finalists worked furiously to obtain online votes and the online voting ceased at midnight December 16th.  At that time, Prois added the cumulative judge scores to the online scores to determine the winner.
Ruth will win an amazing prize package including a 2 species hunt in Namibia with Mogwadiri Hunting Safaris, gear package from Prois Hunting Apparel for Women, firearm by Weatherby, Heartbreaker Bow from Bowtech, bow rest from Rip Cord, Optics by Swarovski, knives from Buck Knives,  arrows/broadheads/logowear from Shoot Like A Girl, scent-free products by Her Camo Shop, customized journal by Hunter Hills Journals,  shooting sticks from BOG,  European mount racks from Skullhooker,  boots from Zamberlan and high altitude drinks from Acli-Mate!  Whew.
Ruth will also be flown out to attend the 2013 SHOT Show press conference which will introduce her to the industry media.

Twin Biathlete Race Update!

By  Lanny Barnes
We just wanted to update you on how the racing season is going so far. We are just a few weeks into a five month season. Having been sick earlier in the season, Tracy is taking some time off from racing to do some training while, I (Lanny) just participated in the World Cup Hochfilzen, Austria. Unlike Sweden, they had tons of snow and was winter wonderland.
I had a sprint race and a team relay. I shot well in the sprint, but had a rough day skiing. Luckily in the relay our team was able to put together a decent result and finished 12 out of 26 teams. We finished higher than our ranking at 14th last year and it was a good start to try and break into the top 10 next time.  Everyone on our team put together a good performance and as the anchor leg I was able to shoot clean (hit all my targets) to hold off the Canadian team and the other 14 teams behind us. We are now in Bled, Slovenia for the final World Cup before Christmas. Our races will start Friday-Sunday. Bled is one of the most amazing places in Europe. The town sits on a lake that has a castle on the cliffs overlooking a church on an island in the middle of the lake. There are also huge mountains that add to the backdrop. It is a really beautiful and inspiring place to train and race. We will keep you posted on how the races go. These are some pictures from last weeks races and also the town of Bled.  Happy Holidays!

Skull Bound Nominated for Best Combination Show for the Sportsman Channel Choice Awards!

Did you hear the news that Skull Bound is up for BEST COMBINATION SHOW for The Sportsman Channel Choice Awards?!?!!!  It’s true!  Prois Pro Staffer, Jana Waller and Jim Kinsey have worked furiously to create a unique show that features amazing hunting, conservation awareness and perfect representation of the women’s hunting community.

Congratulations, SkullBound!

 

Prois Extreme Jacket and Pants: Gear Review

Prois Field Staffer and Prois Award Winner Andrea Fisher

Andrea Fisher is on Prois’ elite Field Staff Team.  She was the recipient of the 2011 Prois Award where she won the hunting trip described in this gear review.
By Andrea Fisher
My recent hunting trip to Alberta, Canada proved to be an extreme test of the Prois Xtreme jacket and pants combination! Zero degree Fahrenheit temperatures are certainly a test of ANY outerwear and Prois has really hit it out of the park with the design and features of these two pieces! I can only say I was SO happy to have this quality outerwear, because it kept me outside, hunting, in the treestand and in the blind, warm and comfortable for the duration of my hunt despite severe cold conditions!
Both the jacket and pants are very well constructed of a polyester waterproof and breathable fabric that was quiet, and offered protection from the wind, and insulated with 150 gram 3M Ultra Thinsulate that was perfect for the very cold conditions encountered on the hunt. Both jacket and pants are fully lined with the Prois smooth tricot lining. The jacket sleeves have deep inner knit cuffs that seal out the wind and the cold, and the pants have zippers on the lower legs to help when putting on or pulling off boots. Elastic drawstring closures at the bottom of the jacket could be cinched snug, sealing out the wind and cold, and the elastic drawstring closure at the waist of the pants keep the fit snug, keeping body warmth in. A slick added feature is the safety harness access at the neck of the jacket, allowing a safety harness to be worn under the jacket. The Prois ducktail on the back of the jacket came in very handy, allowing me to drop the tail to sit on, as the treestand seats had fresh snow almost every morning, and the extra layer kept me warm and dry! The jacket has several zippered front pockets, that perfectly held my camera and other small items, and the zippered side pockets are large and roomy. The hood has a drawstring for pulling it closer to the head, and the hood was warm and ample.

On most days, my jacket and pants were worn over my baselayer set of medium weight fleece, and a medium weight wool sweater. This worked well sitting in the treestand in temperatures of 20’s and low 30’s. However, the mercury really plunged and some mornings the temperature was zero degrees Fahrenheit, and I did make some changes to my layering strategy: I first put on a baselayer set of a silk top and bottoms, followed by the fleece baselayer, and wore my Prois fleece vest over my sweater. Then, followed by my jacket and pants. This worked well for me, and I was warm and comfortable sitting in a treestand or in a blind!

The Xtreme series is must-have gear for those hunting in extreme cold conditions! I absolutely LOVE mine and believe me, I will not be without it on a winter hunt! Thanks, Prois!!!!!

The Latest and Greatest from Karen Brigman

Karen Brigman and Dan Hannum and Rocky, of the Webley & Scott Shooting Team, preparing to start a run

By Karen Brigman

Waterfowl hunting is my passion and I have been getting out to hunt as often as possible in the two months since my big Killam, Alberta Canada goose hunt trip.  It’s been tough so far because of a dry year, but I have been exploring new hunt locations and visiting all the nearby Wildlife Management Areas and Wildlife Refuges.  I have a now 7 month old retriever puppy who got to go on her first hunt recently, which was a blast.  I’ve been posting lots of pictures on my Facebook page,  .  Tomorrow I go on my first swan hunt!  Puppy has to stay home for this one.  These birds are four times the size of her little body, lol.

Last week I participated in the Big Rock Sports – Canada dealer show in Las Vegas to help promote another industry sponsor.  It was my second time attending this show.  Last year it was held in Edmonton, AB.  It was a very successful event for them again and I couldn’t help but think that it would be a great fit for Prois as well.  Canadians are very active hunters!  Las Vegas is a pretty convenient location too, though I like traveling and wouldn’t mind going back to Canada again soon.

This past weekend I judged a bird dog Chukar hunting competition in Susanville, California for the Wild West Shootout Gun Dog Championships.  This is where hunters get to test and demonstrate their pointing and flushing dogs’ skills at working a field for big prizes and tons of fun.  It was crazy nasty weather in the West that weekend, but we had one beautiful day between two wet ones and still had an amazing time.  My Prois blaze orange hat was a requirement to do the work and my Sherpa jacket was perfect to keep me warm but not hot while I tromped through thick brush all day following the hunters.  I would have LOVED a pair of Prois’ upland brush pants (this is what they’re made for!), but they have been sold out in my size for a while now.  Definitely a hot item and I need to submit a gear request to get on the list for when they come back in stock.

I have joined the committee for the Reno chapter of Ducks Unlimited and will be helping to organize the fundraising dinner in March.  I am also pursuing a volunteer position with the conservation group Vanishing Paradise. This position and its duties would be a huge chance for me to give back to the community and help spread awareness of the dire needs of the critically important and struggling wetland habitat that is the Mississippi Delta.

Lastly, I signed up to go on the Ladies Duck Hunt in Arkansas on the 13-14th of December.  It’s the one being organized by Babes, Bullets, & Broadheads and I learned about it through Prois’ Facebook page.  You’ll remember they were giving away a spot, which I didn’t win, but I just couldn’t pass up the exciting opportunity.  It is going to be an adventure of a lifetime.  I’ve got my licenses, my plane tickets, my guns & ammo, and I am SO ready to go.  Prois will be there!  I will definitely write all about the experience, take lots of pictures, and I can’t wait to meet and connect with the other women who are going.
That’s it for now.  I just wanted to say that I am as excited as ever to be a part of this team and represent women hunters everywhere.  As I get increasingly involved in the community and industry, I meet more and more people who share this passion.  It is such a good feeling and I am really looking forward to what the future will bring and what doors may open up.

Prois Pro-Staffer, Jana Waller, Gives Us A Sneak Peek From Her Kansas Hunt!

Kansas Update- from Prois Pro-Staffer, Jana Waller!
” I was super excited to take this Kansas 8 point whitetail this morning! He is very well known at Petersburg Outfitters as “Limpy” and had a broken leg.  I was thrilled to capture him on film as well as harvest him before the coyotes did.  The meat will go to those in need through Kansas’s “Hunt4Hunger” program.  This episode will air this March, primetime Wednesday nights, on Skull Bound TV.”
 

Tracy and Lanny Barnes Race Sweden!

 

By Lanny Barnes

Tracy and I wanted to update you on how the races went this weekend. They were our first races of the season and took place Idre, Sweden. Idre sets atop a mountain (well at least for Swedish standards) over looking the tundra and forests in the valley below. It is usually a winter resort for downhill and Nordic sports, but when we arrived it looked more like spring. We had two sprint races one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Saturdays race was very much like what you’d expect for your first race of the season. I’m just going to tell you straight up, we had a bad day. I finished 46th and Tracy finished 63rd out of 104 women. Somedays you win and some days you loose, but the most important thing we took out of the weekend was that we were able to come back and come back big the second day.


The conditions on the track the first day were very challenging. There were some treacherous downhills that left at least 6 broken rifle stocks, one broken arm, one really bad concussion, and many other women with bumps and brushes. Tracy and I managed to walk away from the race on our feet and learned a lot of really good lessons about trying to hard. When you are faced with deep slushy conditions in Nordic, the harder you try the more energy you expend without going anywhere. The most important thing to do is relax and let your skis carry you through the snow instead of trying to plow your way through it. Tracy and I never give anything less than 100%, but that day we may have over done it, which left us exhausted and finishing somewhere around the middle of the pack. We also had two misses each on the range and with biathlon being so competitive these days, you cant afford to miss mor than one shot if you want a shot at the top 10. With Biathlon, it so unpredictable and you have so many variables and conditions, you never know what might happen. You just have to prepare for any situation.

We woke up Sunday to a completely different day. It was cold, it had snowed, and it looked like winter. Most importantly, the tracks had froze and hardened perfectly so we could attack the course. We were disappointed in Saturday, but with races coming so fast back to back we didn’t have time to let it get us down. I (Lanny) had a great race with one miss in prone and clean shooting in standing. I left the range in 6th place (1 more hit target and I would have been top 3). After a battle on the last loop, I finished 10th but was bumped down by later starters to finish 13th overall. Tracy had a much better day skiing on the tracks, but unfortunately had 3 misses at the shooting range and finished 40th.


For this coming week, Lanny goes to Ostersund, Sweden to race the World Cup and Tracy heads to Beitostolen, Norway for another IBU Cup. We are both excited to race and after the huge improvement in the second race we are excited to see what this week brings. We both have a 15km Individual race, which is considered the “shooters” race and the race we’ve always had our best results in. Lanny races on Thursday at 5:30pm European time (or 9:30am MST). if you’d like to watch it live online, here is the link- http://eurovision.digotel.com/ibu/index.html. Tracy will race on Saturday at 10:00am European time ( or 2:00am MST) so it might be a little early for that one :).

Here is our schedule for the week- http://eurovision.digotel.com/ibu/index.html
Lanny-
Individual Race Thursday 5:30pm European Time or 9:30am MST
Sprint Race Saturday 4:30pm European Time or 8:30am MST
Pursuit Race Sunday 2:30pm European Tome or 6:30am MST
Tracy-
Individual Race Saturday 10:00am European Time or 2:00am MST
Sprint Race Sunday 10:00am European Time

We’ll keep you posted on how it goes!! Thanks for your support.
-Lanny & Tracy

Prois Pro-Staffers, Tracy and Lanny Barnes, are Storming Sweden!

Tracy and I are in Idre, Sweden and will have our first international race of the year tomorrow here. Winter is still eluding Scandinavia, but luckily the organizers for the races had stored enough snow over the summer to spread out on our racecourse. We drove to Idre yesterday from Ostersund (where the World Cup will be next week). On our drive through the backwoods of Sweden, we saw quite a few herds of reindeer and one really big Swedish grouse. I tried to get some pictures, but with our European staff driving, the pictures turned out blurry as we drove past them at high speeds.

 

 

We will have a 7.5km sprint race on Saturday and another 7.5km race on Sunday. The race is called an IBU Cup or International Biathlon Cup. It has replaced the European Cup as every year there are more and more countries out side of Europe racing these races as well as the usual European teams. This is the biggest race of the season as far as the number of competitors. The IBU cup is kind of like the B-World Cup, so many teams use it as warm up for the World Cup as well as try outs to pick which athletes will go and compete on the World Cup next week.  There should be close to 200 men and 200 women competing in each race. Next week at the World Cup, the numbers should be down to just above 100 competitors.

 

Tracy and I are excited to hit the course and test out our training from the spring, summer, and fall.  We have a long season ahead of us, but the first race is always exciting and a good chance to let go of all of those first of the season jitters as well as work out any kinks and get the first race on snow under your belt. We will fill you in on how it goes.

 

If you’d like to watch the race live online, you can go to this link: http://services.biathlonresults.com/DataCenter_IBU.aspx