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Shooting a Doe


I overheard someone scoff at the fact I was excited and sharing pictures of the doe I harvested the morning of opening day. For just a short moment I thought, geez, maybe it is a little childish. I mean, I shot the first dear that walked out.  Most people it seems only brag about the biggest bucks and if they shoot a doe, aren’t proud and even act embarrassed to admit. Or sometimes, if it’s not a huge buck, they give some sort of excuse why they took it like they are having to defend themselves.

But then I realized that I really don’t care what they think. I don’t. I don’t have land of my own to hunt, I am blessed with the occasional invite from friends or when we travel out of state to visit my in-laws, we have very little time to hunt there. My number one goal is to fill my freezer with venison. One deer usually lasts most of the year for our small family. We save the loins and a couple of roasts to use for other things  but other than that, we grind most of it up and use it with anything that calls for ground meat.

So HELL YEAH I’m proud of that doe. I’m proud of the fact that I just provided my family with many nights of good clean meat to eat.  Not to mention I didn’t exactly sit in a warm cozy permanent stand to hunt by a feeder. (I have and would if I could again- so no judging on this end), but sometimes the harder you work or more you commit, the greater the value of the reward. In my case, it is a doe. She walked out of the woods, turned and started to walk back in so I took the shot.

With that one shot, the pressure of filling our freezer is off. I am now very comfortable with waiting for a buck if I choose to. But I would also be proud to shoot another doe. Either way, it means more meat to share with friends and family. Who wouldn’t be proud of that?

Big Box from a Big Box

By Katherine Grand

Kristin loves big boxes

Today was the second time we have received a refrigerator sized but very light box from one of our big box dealers.  When I saw this box I said “I bet it is a couple returned items and a broken fishing rod.”  New employee Kristin Sidelinger was skeptical but sure enough it was!  Apparently a Prois Jacket and a broken fishing rod can easily be confused more than once.  The empty space in the box was filled with empty boxes and packing paper.  The big box employee was far from amused when I sent her an e-mail with the following photos.  Even though the situation is silly, Kristen and I are quite happy to have this epic box in our midst especially since Prois CEO Kirsite Pike is off adventuring in Ireland and we are unsupervised.  Now we have a spaceship, time machine, lion cave, submarine, or anything else our active imaginations can come up with to play with!  Thank you big box store that shall not be named!!

So nice and roomy!


ummmm . . . .

The Lioness' Den. Please hold the cougar comments.

Why you Gotta be so Mean?

Prois Employee and Author Katherine Grand


By Katherine Grand

I have been spending a lot of time lately thinking about all the good and bad things social media and our technological world has brought us.  People are more connected than even before via technology but in many ways we are losing our humanity and real human connections.  Through my work at Prois I do a lot of work on social media to promote our brand and with that comes a lot of good, bad, and just plain ugly.  This has especially been evident with hunting celebrity Melissa Bachman’s horrible harassment in response to her legal lion hunt in Africa.  We all know that hunting is controversial and we and everyone else in the hunting industry receive their share of negative comments.  Anti-hunters have become more vicious than ever dolling out horrible threats and wishing death, torture, and worse on hunters and their families.  Attacks on hunting women, especially young attractive ones, are consistently more focused and malicious as we do not fit into the typical stereotype of what a hunter or a woman should be.

The Gorgeous and Talented Melissa Bachman

Most hunters understand how vital hunting is to conservation and preserving the wild places and animals we love.  This is especially true in Africa where without hunting to make protecting the land and animals profitable they would be destroyed.  This is evident in Kenya which banned hunting in 1977 and has since lost 85% of its wildlife .  One can list all these facts any many more to anti-hunters to no avail.  No amount of scientific evidence will change someone’s mind when it is falling on deaf ears.  What I really don’t understand is why do people seek out images and content they know they will not like?  As a girl before I understood why people hunted I never would look for pictures or videos I knew I would find upsetting.  I did not go out of my way to harass people for doing something I didn’t personally agree with yet.

However this does not just apply to hunting. On the internet I have noticed more and more people leaving awful comments on content that one would think would be immune to criticism.  While this is nothing new for some reason it’s been bothering me a lot more lately.  Even an adorable video of a young girl riding her horse garners criticism on her riding position, her tack, and her mount.  Once you release a photo, blog, or any media into the great beyond, there is no telling who grab hold of it and tear you to pieces.  People often leave comments regarding our company or products with no real regard that we are a small company and there are real people behind the Prois name.  Furthermore we take criticism more personally than we’d like to admit.  We are not just faceless cogs in a corporate world.

It could be worse.  We could be celebrities who people do not see as real people either and mercilessly insult and judge on social media daily.  This was really driven home while watching a segment called mean tweets by Jimmy Kimmel.  This segment is hilarious but really made me think about all the people that are hurt by anonymous people sitting at their computer dolling out brutal comments about everyone and everything on the internet.  If you’ve never seen this segment it’s worth a watch.  This segment features celebrities reading mean tweets written about them by “fans.”

I have always been a big proponent of if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.  Would these people say these things to celebrities if they met them face to face?  Would they threaten Mellissa Bachman and her family if they were able to  confront her  in real life?  Would that anonymous horseback riding critic tell that little girl she was a terrible rider in person?  Perhaps a few would but the majority would not.  It is so much easier to say and do such mean things anonymously to people you don’t know when you aren’t confronting them in real life.  When did manners go out the window?  When did we all become an expert and a critic on everything?  The more I learn the more I realize how little I know and how ill equipped I am to pass judgment on anyone else.  Why not get out and live your own life instead?

I personally try to focus on the positive and if I don’t like something I try to move on and not direct my time and energy towards negative pursuits, comments, and feelings whenever possible.  So, next time you feel motivated to leave a mean or critical comment online picture yourself standing face to face with that person and ask yourself if you would still say the words you are typing.  Is it worth it to spread hate, anger, and negativity?  Do you have all the information you need to pass judgment?  Instead of being against something, why not be for something?  How solidly built is the glass house you are throwing your stones from?  Do you want hate and criticism to be your legacy or instead can you focus on love and positivity?  Just my two cents for the day.  Do something kind and loving for someone today.  Tell someone how special they are.  Recognize another’s accomplishment.   Take the time to notice something beautiful and work to make a positive change in the word.  Our lives become what we focus on and I want my life to be filled with love and happiness.  How about you?


Judge Julie Hunts for Hope

Keegan's buffalo!

Prois Pro-Staffer Hon Julie A. Mogenis  recently dedicated her time to a very special cause, Hunts for Hope.  Hunts for Hope is near and dear to her heart because it is an hunting event to introduce children with terminal illness to hunting.  Julie met some wonderful kids, Keegan is a 13 y/o boy with brain cancer, thankfully he is in remission. His mother runs a cancer program that raises money to send prize boxes to cancer kids all over the country called Team-Keegan. The other child was Emma, she has Falconi Anemia. She is wonderful, her growth is stunted due to her illness, but she has such a great spirit.  Keegan
hunted a buffalo, and Miss Emma hunted a Corsican ram. It was truly a blessing meeting these positive children and getting to know them and having the opportunity to share hunting with them.

Emma's gorgeous Corsican ram and Judge Julie

After the children hunted, Julie had the opportunity to hunt a bully buffalo. He was huge.  He was becoming too rough with the ladies, so the herd outcast him. Julie took him with a crossbow at under 30 yards. Beautiful one shot wonder.

Julie's gorgeous buffalo!

The Event the link is:
Bambi Harrell is an amazing huntress with a great background as well.

A Buck to Rememeber

By Prois Staffer Megan DeHaan

What a crazy few weeks for bow season I’ve had. Probably the most emotional roller coaster I’ve ever been on this year after just getting back into the swing of things after having a baby last year. I’d put in many extra hours glassing, patterning, and hiring babysitters to watch the wee little ones and FINALLY it payed off! I saw this buck 2 times on my camera before season and thought I had him patterned only to be winded the very first day causing all the deer to change everything!  I went straight to town and got that all sorted out with just about every scent eliminating product they had. The next day I went out I saw nothing. The day after that my bow rest came loose and I couldn’t shoot as I drew back on my buck! MAN I was about ready to give up!

I gave it a rest for a few days and then kept going back in only to be disappointed. I thought I’d give it another try and with 20 minutes of shooting light left my buck came in at 35 yards… I shoot! My blood was pumping so fast, I was shaking, I couldn’t believe what just happened. I asked myself if I was dreaming.   It killed me to wait but I waited until 10 minutes after dark and went to find my arrow. Perfect blood! It only takes 5 minutes of tracking and I found him 100 yards from where I shot! I wore my Prois Ultra Hoodie with pride every day and loved how it wicked away sweat as I walked to my stand. On the cold evenings I wore my pullover and it worked perfectly! I LOVE how fitted the arms are so I don’t have to worry about it snagging when shoot. Thank you Prois soo much for making such a great line of camouflage, I will never go into the woods without it!


Little Gal Joins the Prois Staff Team!!

Prois Field Staffer Mia Anstine’s daughter Little Gal is so awesome we created a new staff category just for her!  We are proud to announce or new Junior Staff category and the addition of Little Gal to our elite staff team.  Mia and LG are inseparable so we decided we couldn’t have one on staff without the other.   It also was a no brainer since LG was already always decked out in her favorite hunting gear, Prois!

LG spends most of her free time in the outdoors learning life skills and safety through nature and wildlife.   LG is a hunter, shooter, fisherman and all around outdoor enthusiast. She is the star character of the Women’s Outdoor News column, “Mia & the Little Gal” where she picked up the handle LG.


LG is passionate about spin fishing, bow-fishing, saltwater fishing and recently has taken up fly fishing. She has been fishing since the age of two and hunting since she was seven. She is a proud member of the junior YHEC (Youth Hunters Education Challenge) team. She competes in hunter education, wildlife identification, orienteering and shooting sports. LG competes with her shotgun, bow, muzzleloader and rifle.  In 2012 she won first place in her division for indoor archery. In 2013 at YHEC regionals she took third place with her muzzleloader and third place in .22.

LG is always thrilled to meet inspiring women in the outdoor and shooting industry. She strives to be a good role model and looks to encourage other girls in the outdoors..

Shipwrecked in Alaska (At least temporarily!)- Prois Was There Too!

I live in southeast Alaska, near Wrangell.  I went on a day hunt in mud bay, called up two does but no bucks.  After six hours of hunting we came back to discover our boat was high and dry. The tides in this area are huge…


The boat was tied but we neglected to anchor it properly, lesson learned..


We built a fire and waited for the tide to come back in, that’s a long wait without any food or marshmallows to toast, but we did get to hear some really nice whale songs! 7 hours later at midnight the boat was finally floating. We Hooked up a spot light and boated back to Wrangell.. slowly in the dark.  A great adventure but I think once was enough. The best part of this story,  I was wearing my new Prois and STAYED WARM!!! Yeah baby!!  I will try for my Buck again this weekend but this time I am taking a bigger anchor.. Giggle!!

Love your website and clothes!


Photo Courtesy of Bear Jenkins

Bucks and Burrs! Great Season for Prois Staffer, Jennifer Morgan~~

By:  Jennifer Morgan

Hey there fellow huntresses!

I harvested this nice mulie buck in NE New Mexico on the morning of Oct 28. I passed on a few (which I have never done before) had a failed stalking attempt and was starting to kick myself for passing on some the first two days.

I am wearing my brand spanking new Gen X pants & pro edition jacket in the badass Mountain Mimicry pattern. The weather was cold in the mornings then warm in the afternoons, but no swampiness was experienced (lol!!!!) The jacket was great to layer with my ultra hoodie. First morning was quite brisk with a breeze and I was quite comfortable. Good wind stopping material. I really love this material as it’s shell is super quite.

The only problem is that every dry grass seed & burr stuck to my pant legs. I’ve tried duct tape, plucking ‘em out (this works but I’m now crosseyed)… Any words of the wise on the best way to remove? Other than that small issue I loved how my new gear performed!!!

***A word from Prois…burrs and seeds do tend to adhere to the brushed fabrics and this is a problem with most fabrics unless you go with a cordura (very loud and hot) or some sleek laminates (again, loud and hot). We too have experienced this and have had some luck with using a credit card/gift card to scrape the burrs. It is a bit faster but not always the perfect answer!***

Looking forward to more hunts!

Prois Staffer Jennifer Morgan


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Prois Puts Bart the Trailer Out to Pasture…And, Yes…We Have Horses In There.

By: Kirstie Pike
CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

It’s true.

I just got a new trailer for Prois. I realize that many of you might think that after six years in business, we would have a trailer by now. We don’t. I’m cheap and insist on making do to save a buck…as any of my employees know.

For six long years, Prois has hit the open road to attack show season, also known as “the Gauntlet”, with my truck and…wait for it…horse trailer. That’s right. I said horse trailer. It made perfect sense as, well, we already owned it! The Prois chicks could be seen driving across the country with a 32 foot horse trailer in tow as if we were hitting the rodeo circuit.

But we weren’t.

It’s the end of an era. My horse trailer (aka: Bart), is about to hit the pasture.
Over the years, we have gotten used to the comments and stares as we pull Bart into the large convention centers to unload for yet another show. We have become quite adept at answering many of the logical inquiries that we hear as we are unloading at the largest hunting and shooting shows in the country. Here is a sampling:

Fellow Attendee: “You got horses in there?”
Prois: “Yes.”
(Nothing more is needed. While it may make perfect sense in the eyes of some to bring a trailer full of horses to a Las Vegas convention center, it just seemed somewhat illogical to us. Weird.)

Fellow Attendee: “What do you have in there?”
Prois: “Horses.”
(We use this answer in the event said attendee didn’t register the first comment. Additionally, I’m not sure what else Fellow Attendee would THINK there could be in my trailer as we are unloading for a hunting and/or shooting show. Stock cattle? Illegal aliens? The funniest thing is that after they receive this answer, they wait around to see us unload horses. No lie. I think they are disappointed to see that we really just have crates in there. Weird.)

Fellow Attendee: “What company are you guys from?”
Prois: “Under Armour”
(OK. We may or may not have used other company names before. Sue us. But let me walk you through our rationale… while we are happy to use a horse trailer, it is a bit embarrassing while we (usually myself and another female staff member) are unloading a horse trailer in the midst of ginormous semi’s and trailers with huge logos and the help of many men. Additionally, if Fellow Attendee really thinks Under Armour would show up in a horse trailer…then they deserve to be silently taunted. Just sayin’)

Union Dock Worker: “Hey! I remember you ladies from last year! You still got horses in there?”
Prois: “Yes. Still. And they are pissed. Can you lend a hand?”
(Not much commentary needed. It’s just fun.)

Additionally, travel with this 32 foot trailer across the country and into high traffic urban areas has also been tricky. I can neither confirm nor deny that I have had to use homemade cookies to bribe union workers to allow me to park in the easiest locations. I can neither confirm nor deny that I have been approached by a kind gentleman in a cowboy hat as I struggled to back Bart through a multitude of trailers and forklifts into a 12 foot wide space…his only comment being this, “My wife said I should come help you ladies.” They were lavished with homemade cookies after some brief conversation in which he asked what company we were from…all I could say was “Under Armour”) I can also neither confirm nor deny that I have hauled Bart the wrong way down a one way street in Pittsburgh. And Las Vegas. And Indianapolis. Twice.

Obtaining parking for Bart in these urban destinations is akin to shaving my head with a cheese grater. Typically there is no oversize parking available. And if there is the slightest chance of having oversize parking for Bart, the parking spot requires such bizarre and difficult maneuvering that NO amount of homemade cookies could get him in there. Or out. We have taken to commandeering random parking lots and looking doe-eyed when security approaches and asks, “You got horses in there?”

Bart has been to Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Reno, Phoenix, Ft. Worth, Salt Lake City, Columbus, Dallas and Las Vegas more times than he cares to admit. He is a celebrity among the Teamsters Union dock workers that operate the Sands Convention Center at the SHOT show. Bart has been backed through the Mandalay Bay Convention Center at the Safari Club International convention, narrowly missing priceless taxidermy.

While we might temporarily miss the unmistakable (and undeniable) odor of horse manure surrounding our trailer and booth, it is indeed the end of an era. Bart will be put out to pasture to do what he does best…haul horses.

So watch for us this show season with our fancy schmancy Not-A-Horse-Trailer! Homemade cookies to the first person who asks us if we have horses in there.

Layering Tips Per Prois Staffer Shannon Rasmussen!

By: Shannon Rasmussen
Prois Event Staff

Each and every time that I head out on my next hunting adventure, I am always so impressed with the high quality of my Prois Hunting Apparel. On my recent buck hunt I used a layering system that for me personally was perfect for the temperature and activity level of the hunt. My base layer was my Ultra Short Sleeve Shirt in Realtree AP. I always wear this shirt as my base layer for when the temperatures are warmer in the afternoon. Over that shirt I wear my Ultra Long Sleeve Shirt. I love this shirt!!! It is warm, yet lightweight enough that I don’t get overheated while hiking. I always wear my Reversible Sherpa Fleece Vest as my final layer as it is great for any hunting situation. During archery season I wear it with the Realtree AP side facing out, then during rifle season with the Blaze Orange side facing out. This vest is one of my favorite articles of hunting clothing. It is so warm and comfortable to wear while hiking or sitting and glassing for game. Speaking of glassing for game, I always carry my Pro Edition Jacket in my backpack for those chilly mornings and evenings when we are sitting for long periods of time. It is the perfect addition to wear under my Sherpa Vest during those frigid moments of the hunt. Finally, I need to mention my Realtree AP baseball cap and Sherpa Beanie. They are a winning combination! I carry both in my backpack and swap them out according to temperature and level of sunlight. I also like to wear them together for those bright, sunny, yet cold days. No one huntress is the same, so I recommend trying out different layering scenarios until you find the one that is perfect for you, but as long as you are layering with Prois Hunting and Field Apparel for Women you can’t go wrong!!