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Ain’t Too Proud to Beg

by Nancy Rodriguez

The first day of spring turkey season is always magical. As I climb under the low tree branches in the dark, I know today will be a great day in the field. I am hunting after all! My decoys are set 20 yards out, ready for some action. I take my stand in the twilight. I quietly adjust myself in the tall, damp grass and slowly place twigs and branches around me for extra concealment. I lean against a mighty oak tree with my backpack next to me and shotgun across my lap. I have my arsenal of turkey calls ready to start their love songs.

As the curtain of darkness starts to rise, I am greeted with the beauty of spring. The new leaves on the trees are fluorescent green and dew sparkles across the blades of grass all around. Birds are singing back and forth, as a butterfly feeds on a lupine flower at my feet. Suspended from “my” oak tree hangs a shiny thread with an oak worm attached to it. It is gently swinging in the morning breeze. Is there anything better than this?

I start with the first song on my playlist…”Love Me Tender.” My slate call sounds great. I hope a gobbler recognizes this song and gobbles. Hmmm…Nothin! Again…Nothin!!! OK, I change the song. Mouth call in for the next song…”I’m Too Sexy”… Nothin!!! I switch between these two songs for a couple of hours and no action. Damn Birds!!!

As I quiet back down, my right bum cheek starts to go numb. My nose is running to who knows where, and I have a flock of not turkeys around me, but mosquitoes! Only my eyes are showing a small amount of flesh and of course a mosquito finds it. As I realize I’m getting nailed right on my eyebrow, my left bum cheek goes numb. I have an oak worm inching across my knee, and a spider crawling across the rim of my hat. I slowly flick off my buddies just as a gnat flies right into my eyeball. Direct hit! I rub most of him out except for what feels like his left wing. Serves him right! Where’s my turkey? Damn birds!!

Okay, time to bust out my go to song. I use this only when all else fails. As I break out my box call, I am really ready for some action! I shift on my now completely numb bum and try not to think about my itchy eyebrow. I sniff my runaway bogey nose, blink my eye with a floating gnat appendage in it, and notice there are oak worms dropping down on me like paratroopers! Time to get this show on the road!

Next song up…”Ain’t to Proud to Beg.” As I hit the chorus-GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE! Yeah baby!! I turn up the sound and hit it again…“I AIN”T TO PROUD TO BEG”. GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE! This time he’s closer. I aim my barrel in the direction of the gobble and with my adrenaline pumping, I wait. I watch the tall grass for any sign of movement, and pray I will see a glowing red head appear. He moves closer and closer, gobbling as he tries to find the hen singing a song no mother would approve of. I line up my fluorescent orange bead on the beautiful red head that magically appears and pull the trigger. Poor thing, he didn’t stand a chance.

A Prois chick playing “Ain’t to Proud to Beg” gets them every time!!!

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The Art of Layering…And We Aren’t Talking About Cake.

By: Kirstie Pike- CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel

Although we really like cake. And gummies. And Sour Patch Kids.

IMG_5472 Layering is indeed the key to optimal thermoregulation and performance no matter what type of hunting you are doing. There is a common belief that layering only matters on high impact exertional hunts. Not true…not true.

Despite the fact that we at Prois like to talk tech when it comes to layering and optimizing your gear…it really is as simple as 1,2,3.

1. Baselayer
2. Insulate
3. Shell
See. Totally easy.

I know this now takes the wind out of our sails and reduces the amount of verbiage we can throw at you but this is all you need to keep in mind when choosing gear for your next outing. Since turkey season is upon us, let’s carve it up like so…

1. Baselayer: You will want full arm coverage for camouflage. A fabric choice that provides wicking is best as temperatures can fluctuate from cold to hot in hours during this season. I am personally a huge fan of merino wool and love our Icebreaker products for this. However, merino could be a bit warm in the hot climates, thus I recommend a poly birdseye blend fabric as is offered in our Ultra line of shirts. Both options will keep you covered and wick moisture. Pants. I suppose you need those as well. While they aren’t really considered a baselayer, it makes me look all smart and everything to work it into the baselayer section. Both the Pro-Edition and Ultra pants are PERFECT for turkey season. Made of the same heavy polyester tricot, the only difference between the pants is the cut. The Pro-Edition pants sit a bit higher on the waist and have elastic in the waistband and camstraps to adjust. The Ultra Pants are fashioned a bit lower on the waist and tend to have a bit more room through the thighs and hips. For that…I love the Ultras.

2. Insulate: Consider this your core. A vest is a great insulator for turkey season as it will keep you warmer in the cold morning and evening hours. I love the Pro-Edition vest for turkey season. Often I shed my jacket and use only the vest which has a huge lumbar compartment across the lower back. I stow my soft goods and calls there. I like to carry less, so I am a pocket fanatic.

3. Shell: Simply stated…this is your jacket. Your shell should provide some additional protection from the elements. Essentially, what you need is windstopping and/or waterproofing. The Pro-Edition and Generation X Jackets both provide windstopping and water resistance (NOT waterproofing) and are perfect for spring turkey hunting. Both jackets have hoods to provide additional coverage and camouflage. Both jackets are of the same fabric and the only differences are these…the Pro-Edition has a removable hood and the length of the jacket is shorter—the Generation X hood remains intact and the body of the jacket is longer. Tons of pockets and storage in both.

See…layering for turkey season is quite simple! And you know what else…most of these products are on sale RIGHT now on our website. How cool is that?? Go on…stock yourself up for this turkey season!

Talking Turkey Here…Recipes That Is!


Cheesy Turkey Pesto Rolls

Honestly…these are SO easy to make!

INGREDIENTS: 3/4 lb shredded turkey
1/4 cup Pesto of your choice
1 Tube Pillsbury crescent rolls
1 cup low fat mozzarella cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Roll out your crescent dough and and press into an approximately 13×18 inch rectangle, making sure to press together the seams where the crescent rolls would normally be pulled apart. Spread the rolls evenly with pesto, and then sprinkle on the mozzarella. Top evenly with slices of turkey.
  3. Starting on the long side, roll the dough up tightly. Pinch the ends together and place with the seam facing down. Cut into 9 even pieces.
  4. Place your rollups in your baking dish, evenly spaced. Sprinkle with extra mozzarella cheese if desired.
  5. Bake, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes until lightly browned.

Adding sundried tomatoes or artichoke hearts to this recipe offers additional flavor options!  We suggest using some of the less desirable scrapings of meat from the turkey carcass for this recipe!

Talking Turkey…Recipes That Is…

Cheesy Turkey Pesto Rolls

Cheesy Turkey Pesto Rolls!
























Honestly…these are SO easy to make! INGREDIENTS: 3/4 lb shredded turkey 1/4 cup Pesto of your choice 1 Tube Pillsbury crescent rolls 1 cup low fat mozzarella cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Roll out your crescent dough and and press into an approximately 13×18 inch rectangle, making sure to press together the seams where the crescent rolls would normally be pulled apart. Spread the rolls evenly with pesto, and then sprinkle on the mozzarella. Top evenly with slices of turkey.
  3. Starting on the long side, roll the dough up tightly. Pinch the ends together and place with the seam facing down. Cut into 9 even pieces.
  4. Place your rollups in your baking dish, evenly spaced. Sprinkle with extra mozzarella cheese if desired.
  5. Bake, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes until lightly browned.

Adding sundried tomatoes or artichoke hearts to this recipe offers additional flavor options!  We suggest using some of the less desirable scrapings of meat from the turkey carcass for this recipe!

From the Ladies Room…A Word from The CEO— The SHARE Act of 2015 Passed By The House of Representatives Last Week…What Does This Mean for Sportsmen?

Prois Badge Full Color SMALLByline:  Kirstie Pike, CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

How often do we really get to receive some good news from Capitol Hill?  Well, brace yourself because we JUST did!

H.R. 2406, also known as the SHARE (Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement) Act of 2015 was passed by the House of Representatives on February 26, 2016.  This bill was introduced in May of 2015 and is essentially a compilation of several bills.  The aim of the SHARE Act is to revise a number of our existing programs to expand access to and opportunities for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting.  Sportsmen and women have been watching this progress closely.  While it is a victory for the hunting/fishing/shooting communities, the bill will now move on to the Senate.

So…what exactly IS in the SHARE Act that is beneficial to our outdoor community?  Here are the Cliff Notes…to view the bill in its entirety, you can view it online at

The bill makes the lead ammunition exemption from the EPA regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act a permanent. This includes shot shells, cartridges and components of shot shells and cartridges.  Lead poisoning among non-target animals had been traced to lead shotgun shells and lead was subsequently banned to protect migratory waterfowl and other birds from lead toxicity. The bill also prevents the Department of Interior and the Department of Agriculture from regulating the use of ammunition and fishing tackle based on lead content.



The bill amends the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to increase the proportion of funding that states may use for acquiring land for public target ranges.  Additionally,  it encourages federal land management agencies (U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management) to cooperate with state and local governments to maintain recreational shooting ranges.

Congress found the use of firearms and archery equipment for target practice on federal land is allowed.  In recent years, portions of the Federal land have been closed to target practice for many reasons.  This bill allows for construction of public shooting ranges on lands managed by the USFS and BLM.



The bill establishes that the Secretary of the Interior shall authorize import permits of 41 polar bears legally harvested from approved populations in Canada before the polar bear was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Polar Bears were listed in May of 2008. In other words, a permit may be issued for the importation of any polar bear part from a polar bear taken in Canada to any person who submits a permit application with proof that the polar bear was legally harvested before May 2008.



The bill authorizes the lawful possession of firearms pursuant to STATE law on lands managed by the Army Corps of Engineers as part of a water resource development project, so long as the individual is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing the firearm and the possession of the firearm is in compliance with the law of the STATE. This simply means the Secretary of the Army can enforce any  regulation that prohibits an individual from possessing a firearm at a water resources development project provided the individual is carrying a firearm in accordance with state law.



The bill establishes the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee to advise the Secretary of Interior and Secretary of Agriculture on wildlife and habitat conservation, hunting and recreational shooting.  It also requires the submission of an annual report to the aforementioned secretaries as well as relevant Congressional Committees.  This is a great bill for the hunting/shooting community.

Duties of the WHHCCAC will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting opportunites
  • Facilitate the management of game species and their habitat.
  • Create polices or programs to conserve  and restore wetlands, agricultural lands, grasslands, forest and rangeland habitats.
  • Create policies or programs to promote opportunities and access to hunting and shooting sports on federal lands.
  • Create policies or programs to recruit and retain new hunters and shooters
  • Create programs  to increase public awareness of wildlife conservation and the social and economic benefits of recreational hunting and shooting.
  • Create policies or programs to promote cooperation among the hunting/shooting community, wildlife conservation groups and states, tribes and Federal Government.



The bill requires federal public land management officials to facilitate hunting, fishing and recreational shooting on federal lands. This not only creates more access, but it is seen as an economic gain for the individual states.



The bill revises standards for determining what a baited area is for purposes of the prohibition on taking migratory game birds.  It is unlawful to take any migratory game bird by baiting or on or over any baited area if the person knows or SHOULD reasonably know the area is baited.



The bill prevents the National Park Service from prohibiting individuals from transporting bows and crossbows through NPS lands provided the crossbow is not cocked and all arrows are secured in a quiver.



The bill reauthorizes the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act to extend the authority provided to the BLM to sell federal land for ranching, community development and other projects.  The bill also allows federal agencies to use funds in the federal land disposal account for deferred maintenance activities or the acquisition of lands that my help address deferred maintenance activities.



The bill authorizes the possession, sale, delivery, receipt, shipment or transportation of African elephant ivory that has been LAWFULLY imported or crafted in the United States.  It also authorizes the importation of a sport-hunted African elephant trophy if certain requirements are met.


And there you have it…in a nutshell.  Having this bill pass through the House of Representatives was a great win for the hunting/shooting community.  We will be watching the progress through the Senate and will keep you posted!  What can you do?  Reach out to your state senators to show support!

Peace out.


Kirstie Pike- CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

Talking Technical… WP/MVP Ratings on the Prois Galleann Rain System

We are more than pleased to announce that our warehouse is chock full of our new Galleann Rain system!  This particular system was 1 1/2 years in the development and we are quite proud of the end result!   Our goal was to produce a rain system that was ultra light and packable for rugged back country excursions. Our Galleann Jacket and pants each pack into their own pockets for easy stowing and packing.  The jacket is equipped with a 2 way adjustable hood and waterproof zippered pockets.  The pants include full leg length waterproof zippers and a removable cordura gator that attaches to your boot strings.  While the functions are amazing on these items, it is the fabric that we love.  The Galleann system is engineered with a 20,000/10,000 waterproof breathable fabric and taped seams, providing you a lightweight garment with a high waterproof and breathability rating.
20,000/10,000… What does the rating actually mean?

Manufacturers typically describe the waterproof breathability of fabrics using two numbers. The first is in millimeters (mm) and is a measure of how waterproof a fabric is. In the case of a 10k or 10,000 mm fabric, if you put a square tube with inner dimensions of 1” x 1” over a piece of said fabric, you could fill it with water to a height of 10,000 mm (32.8 feet) before water would begin to leak through. The higher the number, the more waterproof the fabric.

The second number is a measure of how breathable the fabric is, and is normally expressed in terms of how many grams (g) of water vapor can pass through a square meter (m2) of the fabric from the inside to the outside in a 24 hour period.
In the case of a 20k (20,000 g) fabric, this would be 20,000 grams. The larger the number, the more breathable the fabric.
Why isn’t outerwear completely waterproof?
The truth is that many outdoor/hunting products offer water resistance, but will eventually leak given enough water, time and pressure. Manufacturers define “waterproof” according to different standards, and testing is not standardized. A rubber raincoat is completely waterproof, and may be the ideal garment for standing in a downpour waiting for the bus, but if you tried to pack your elk out of the high country, you’d be wet in no time from your own perspiration. The trick is to balance protection from rain and snow on the outside with the ability to let water vapor (warm perspiration) escape from the inside.  And contrary to popular opinion, women do indeed sweat.  A lot!
How are waterproof ratings determined?
Waterproof ratings are determined by the fabric producer, with testing done either by independent laboratories or in-house. There are a number of different testing protocols in use, but most involve the equivalent of placing a 1” x 1” square tube over the fabric and determining how high (in millimeters) a column of water you can suspend over it before it starts to leak.
How breathable a garment do I need?
Well, it’s tempting to say “more is better” but the real answer depends on your level of activity. A layer of warm, moist air between your body and your shell can mean warmth as long as your underlayers don’t become saturated with moisture.If you are doing light hiking and packing and taking a lot of breaks, a breathability rating of 5,000 to 8,000 grams will probably be fine. If you do a lot of strenuous packing where you break a sweat getting to your destination, look for breathability in the 10,000 to 15,000 gram range. Backcountry hardcores and people who commonly pack and hike for thousands of vertical feet in a day should look for garments with breathability in the 20,000 plus range.
What is seam sealing and why is it important? Seam sealing, sometimes referred to as seam taping, covers the tiny holes made by the needle in the sewing process so they don’t leak, using a heat application of thin waterproof tape. Sometimes seams are bonded together using glue or heat, but typically they are first sewn then taped. Prois follows the later process. Garments can be either “fully taped” or “critically taped” – the difference is that a fully taped garment has every seam taped, while a critically taped one has tape only on high exposure areas like the neck, shoulders, and chest. Prois proudly critically tapes our garments.  Without adequate seam sealing you’ll get wet even with the best waterproof/breathable fabric.
Prois is proud to provide the leading edge in technical, performance hunting gear for women, and we knocked it out of the park with this system.

Galleann Rain Jacket

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Gallean Rain Pants

Removable Cordura Gaitor

Removable Cordura Gaitor

For ordering and additional product specifications, visit our website!
Want to speak with a Customer Specialist?  Give us a call at 970-641-3355


Learn More About the Company’s Formidable Rain System for Women Hunters

For serious hunters who hunt through the seasons, rain is often a factor. Stay dry and warm with the Próis® Galleann Line, a technologically advanced system of gear every huntress should have. Lightweight, hard-wearing, and perhaps most importantly, packable, this rain suit is a must-have, especially when the heavens decide to pour.

Named for the Gaelic word “storm,” the all-new for 2016 Próis Galleann rain jacket and pants are the company’s premium, technical rain suit and have been scientifically designed to be the most functional and durable rain gear in the industry. Constructed from 100 percent polyester 20,000 / 10,000 laminate, Galleann Rain gear is extremely lightweight and completely waterproof – always importanGALLEANN JACKET FRONTt whether it’s drizzling or an all-out storm. Whether sitting, squatting, lying down, or even running, this jacket and pant combo is designed to move seamlessly with you. What’s more, they are built to be silent when performing all these actions. Finally, their breathable fabric allows you to remain as dry as possible.

The Próis Galleann Jacket packs into its own pocket making it simple to store and carry with you in the field, ensuring you’re well prepared should the weather take a turn for the worse. The high performance jacket has fully waterproof zippers, taped seams, and snap-down sliders to help keep you and your gear dry. The hood also has an exterior drawstring, which allows for a more precise fit and better peripheral vision.GALLEANN PANTS FRONT

Pair the Próis Galleann Jacket with the Galleann Pants, which are built from the same state-of-the-art materials and also pack into their own pocket. Notably, the pant leg zippers extend up the entire leg so you can slide them on and off efficiently. The pants also have detachable cordura gaiters to secure your boots and help reduce moisture around the boot and ankle.

The Próis Galleann Jacket and Pants are sold separately and can be purchased here. They are both available in sizes XS through XXL and come in Realtree APX®, Realtree Max-1®, or olive.

For more information about the Próis Galleann Line or to learn more about the company’s innovative line of serious, high-performance huntwear for real women, contact: Próis Hunting and Field Apparel, 28001-B US Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 · (970) 641-3355 · Or visit:

From the Ladies Room…an update from the CEO! Prois Embarks On A New Show Circuit Journey!

smallShow season.  It is indeed a gauntlet…and a gauntlet not for the faint of heart.  We have been on the show circuit since December and are pleased to have a bit of down time.

Despite our efforts to inform our customers, the media and the industry of our revised show schedule, I felt it was important to put forth a more personal statement.  Doesn’t that feel all warm and fuzzy?  Doesn’t it??

While Prois has attended the large trade shows, namely ATA and SHOT Show for the past eight years, we felt that 2016 was the perfect time to readjust our show efforts. We opted out of ATA and SHOT in favor of consumer shows such as Dallas Safari Club, Wild Sheep Show, Safari Club International and the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo.

The first conclusion people consider is that Prois is not a viable company.  Actually, nothing could be further from the truth.  We have simply opted to take our dog and pony show directly to you, our customer.  We pride ourselves on having a personal touch with our customer base and we take customer service very seriously.  We have found that our exposure, marketing and sales expand dramatically when we put our efforts to consumer based shows rather than the trade shows.  We get to meet our customers face to face and we take it as a personal challenge to outfit any woman in the Prois system that best fits their hunting needs, physical needs and pocketbook.  Our only regret is that we did not do this sooner!

In this process, we not only create customers…we create fans and friends.  It is no secret that the Prois Staff does not, well, necessarily fit the corporate mold. (Interestingly, we have been told we cannot run a business as we do…I beg to differ) We take great pride in growing the sisterhood of female hunters. We do this through offering the highest performance gear for women on the market, creating a personal experience and by being “real” people.  I personally take great pride in the amazing women that surround the company, who have named themselves the “Prois Posse”.  I aspire to be like each and every one of these wacky women!

So with that, please rest assured that Prois is not only alive and well, we are better than ever.  We still have a couple of shows in the queue, so you will see us in Anchorage at the Great Alaska Sports Show and in Louisville at the NRA National Convention.  We look forward to seeing you all there and rest assured…shenanigans shall ensue.  For if we are not shenaniganating, we are bored.  And when we are bored someone gets arrested.  Or escorted out of a casino.  Alas…those are stories for another time.

Carpe Diem, my friends!!

Kirstie Pike- CEO and Founder
Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women