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From the Ladies Room- Talking Turkey In Texas…Say That 3 Times Fast.

Prois CEO Kirstie Pike with Greg Badgett of Double B Outfitters.  Greg is pretending to have fun...but he is not.

Prois CEO Kirstie Pike with Greg Badgett of Double B Outfitters. Greg is pretending to have fun…but he is not.

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

Hunting Rios in Texas.  Who doesn’t want to do that?
Yeah, that’s what I thought…

I look forward to hunting Rios each spring with my friend and outfitter, Greg Badgett of Double B Outfitters near Ozona, Texas.  I’m not so sure he considers me a friend, but he’s not here as I write this so he can’t complain.  Sue me, Greg.

You might be asking yourself what makes hunting at the Double B so extraordinary.  You might not.  You may be asking yourself what you will make for dinner.  You might be asking yourself where you put your keys.  You might be asking yourself why anyone voted for Obama.  You might not.  But given the fact that you are still reading, I am assuming you are hanging on my every word.  Thank you.

The first time I hunted with Greg at the Double B I had only hunted turkeys a handful of times.  While I view sitting quietly for any amount of time longer than 10 minutes akin to being water boarded I do love hunting turkeys.  I had mentally prepared myself for my ritualistic turkey hunting maneuvers which include but are not limited to the following; mouth breathing, head bobbing, finding new ways to rejuvenate the blood flow to my lower extremities without any visible sign of movement and creative face paint application.  I charged my iPhone, packed a book and prepared to face the agonizing task of sitting quietly.  AKA- water boarding.

I was completely surprised when we spent the entire day on foot in hot pursuit.  We put on miles and got into turkeys left and right.  I was not relegated to a blind for hours at a time.  I didn’t have to contemplate the long term side effects of having my butt fall asleep.  I didn’t have to take boring selfies and put them on Facebook.  I didn’t read.  Not. One. Word.  That first hunt at the Double B resulted in my first Rio, a gorgeous tom, and I vowed to come back each spring.  Not that Greg really wanted me to but he is just polite that way.

This spring was no different .We logged a whopping 8 miles that first day and I couldn’t have been happier.  Well, except that I had no turkey, but that was only because Greg doesn’t know how to call.  Ok, that’s not true at all but I just wanted to see if you were still with me. He is a turkey calling Super Genius. On the next day of the hunt I had the good fortune to hit the canyons for a beautiful Spanish Goat that Greg unfortunately had to carry out of the canyons.  I didn’t have the heart to tell him that the goat made him stink.  Sorry, Greg.  But you did smell like dead goat.

Our last day of hunting was fantastic.  In the lulls of passing time, I was able to take two javelinas that had the misfortune of ambling past.   We later called in a group of toms that all came through strutting and strumming.  It was singularly the most beautiful sight.  I had never been set up in front of that many turkeys before.  I took a beautiful double bearded tom but not before we had to artfully switch places due to the fact I insisted on NOT sitting where Greg had suggested I sit.  I suppose this is sort of a confession.

On the serious side, I truly enjoy the experiences at Double B.  Greg and all of the guides have great senses of humor, patience and all are willing to teach.  They have to be patient to deal with eight certifiably crazy women at one time.  I’m not saying they enjoy it, but I pretend they do. Additionally, the lodging and food is remarkable!  Linda and Kendra man the kitchen and if you leave there hungry or skinnier than when you left you must have had your jaw wired shut.  We book women’s only spring turkey hunts and fall whitetail hunts  annually and pack the joint each time.  For more information about Double B Outfitters and for more information about the Prois Women’s Only Hunt contact



December 9, 2013

Ignorant of The Realities of Trophy Hunting

BY Marina Lamprecht

This is an email exchange between a young, uninformed non-hunter
and Marina Lamprecht. (The original email was sent to NAPHA. )

Ignorant of The Realities of Trophy Hunting
From: N. Marsh
Sent: 07 May 2009 15:56

Subject: Read.

I want you to know, every single one of your members are sick *****. Any one who hunts animals should be killed, brutally.

I do literally hope every single one of your members gets Aids and/or Cancer.

Demented *****.
Go and Die.

Thank you for your time.

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From: Marina Lamprecht
To: N. Marsh
Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2009 6:55 AM
Subject: Re: Ignorant of the Reality of Trophy Hunting
Mr. Marsh!

The rude and juvenile contents of your e-mail make it very clear to me that you are totally uninformed about the reality of the trophy hunting industry.
Also, unless you are a strict vegan i.e. do not eat or use any form of animal products, including eggs, leather and so on, your comments are also hypocritical. Knowing the British fondness of bacon, roast beef and ‘bangers’ I somehow doubt that…!!
My colleagues will no doubt frown upon the fact that I have even bothered to respond to such a very rude e-mail, but I do believe that you are ignorant of the facts, and therefore wish to enlighten you.

Animals hunted for their trophies meet a far better end than domestic stock that are herded into pens, transported to abattoirs and then killed surrounded by the sight, sound and smell of death.
Wild animals are hunted in their natural habitat and, in 95% of cases, are killed instantly with one shot without even knowing that the hunter is anywhere near them. What an ideal way to go!!
Every inch of the animal is utilized. The skin and horns go to the trophy hunter, and the meat is used to feed local communities as well as sold commercially.
Trophy hunting creates thousands of jobs and therefore supports thousands of families. In my own trophy hunting operation we employ 20 people as well as feed 288 children at a local village school with venison from the trophy hunt – without hunters these children would not have regular access to protein.
If it were not for trophy hunters wild animals in most parts of Africa would have little value for the locals and would be killed indiscriminately as they complete with livestock (cattle, sheep and goats) for grazing and water, as well as with human beings for agricultural land and urban development.
Have you ever considered that domestic stock are the most utilized animals on earth, and yet no-one ever considers that they might become extinct? The reason is that human beings are dependent on them as an essential part of the food chain. Through trophy hunting our wild animals are given a value which makes them absolutely essential for the livelihood of farmers and communities. They will therefore be managed correctly in order to ensure their survival.
As if so often the case when dealing with human beings – if it pays it stays.
If you are a religious man, it would be clear to you that the Bible makes reference to man’s right to utilize animals. Let’s start in the beginning…Genesis 1:26…the Lord creates man in His image to be masters over all life. This is not so much directly related to my argument, but more to further set up these key verses, Genesis 9:2-3…God tells Noah, after the fall of man and the flood, to further multiply and fill the earth. God placed the animals in Noah’s/Man’s control/power. “I have given them to you as food, just as I have given you grain and vegetables.”
There are many more illustrations and wordings throughout God’s Word relating to the act of hunting. There are verses that mention the act of hunting and fishing. Fowling, chasing, the acts of mighty hunters, archers, the eating of wild animals, the cooking of meat, the use of bows, arrows, snares, pits, nets, using decoys, using dogs to hunt, nooses, etc., are all mentioned throughout the Bible. In taking God’s Word as authoritative, it is clear that hunting and partaking of meat is an accepted part of life.
So, Mr. Marsh, I urge you to reconsider your rather harsh and unfair condemnation of our industry.
Regards from our beautiful Namibia

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Sent: Thursday, May 07, 2009 8:15 PM
Subject: RE: Ignorant of the Reality of Trophy Hunting

And when have you eaten the flesh of Leopards and Cheetahs?

Though thank you for the nice reply.

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From: Marina Lamprecht
To: N. Marsh
Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2009 6:55 AM
Subject: Re: Ignorant of the Reality of Trophy Hunting
Mr. Marsh!

You make a very good point!
Leopard and Cheetah are indeed not usually consumed in European cultures, but are considered a delicacy by certain African ethnic groups/tribes who also enjoy both cat and dog meat, as do the Chinese, I believe. How arrogant the ‘European culture’ is to assume that only Western culinary traditions should be considered!
These animals are not, however, usually hunted for their meat, but for their hides. As such, you might well argue that hunting them is wrong. However, both Cheetah and Leopard are carnivores and therefore cause huge losses to stock ranchers and game farmers, as they kill livestock and wild game animals. If they did not have the potential to generate a trophy fee paid by international hunters who wish to shoot mature males for their hides, these animals would be killed indiscriminately by these ranchers and farmers by trapping, poisoning or shooting irrespective of their ages – I have heard of farmers destroying entire families of Cheetah including cubs as, in spite of the fact that Namibia population of these magnificent animals have been managed so well that we have been granted a CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) quota to shoot a limited number of Cheetah as trophies. However, as the USA Fish and Wildlife Dept. does not allow the importation of Cheetah, our American hunting clients cannot take Cheetah trophies. As a result of this our Cheetah do not have as much potential to generate trophy fees, and are therefore not ‘respected’ by landowners and communities. As pointed out in my previous mail, ‘if it pays, it stays’.
Farmers/ranchers are willing to be tolerant of losses caused by both Leopard and Cheetah if they are in the position to recoup some of these losses through the income generated by trophies fees for the shooting of mature animals by international trophy hunters. This leads to a situation where females and cubs are protected.

So your argument, Sir, once again, is null and void.
One fact that I neglected to mention in the haste in which I wrote my previous mail is that trophy hunters want absolutely mature male animals who have the largest horns. In most cases these large males are past reproductive age, and yet their size and strength leads to a situation where they will dominate a herd of cows and keep all young ‘virile’ males out of the herd. Once these mature bulls are harvested by trophy hunters, young bulls move in and an inevitable population explosion occurs.
Also, trophy hunters invest huge amounts of money in wildlife conservation as it is in their own best interest that all species are protected for future generations. I have yet to meet an anti-hunting activist who is willing to invest as generously in the protection of wildlife.
These facts should give you some more ‘food for thought’.
With regards from a proudly pro-hunting Namibia

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Sent: Thursday, May 07, 2009 10:40 PM
Subject: RE: Ignorant of the Reality of Trophy Hunting

You do make good points and un-fortunately I jumped into it far too quickly. I am only 17, and thus I don’t think my beliefs on this are as honed as your own, thus my arguments may not be as good as your own.

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From: Marina Lamprecht
To: N. Marsh
Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2009 6:55 AM
Subject: Re: Ignorant of the Reality of Trophy Hunting

In closing off this communication, my advise to you, young man, would be to focus on your education. In the future. please make sure that you are fully informed of the facts regarding any industry that you may choose to ‘attack’. You have insulted many good men and women who work very hard for the goodwill of our people and our wildlife.

Saving Lions by Killing Them by Alexander Songorwa

This article was written by former Director of Wildlife for the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourisim, Alexander Songorwa. He provides great insight as to why trophy hunting in Africa is so important for the animals and the economy.


ODD as it may sound, American trophy hunters play a critical role in protecting wildlife in Tanzania. The millions of dollars that hunters spend to go on safari here each year help finance the game reserves, wildlife management areas and conservation efforts in our rapidly growing country.

This is why we are alarmed that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service is considering listing the African lion as endangered. Doing so would make it illegal for American hunters to bring their trophies home. Those hunters constitute 60 percent of our trophy-hunting market, and losing them would be disastrous to our conservation efforts.

In 2011, five animal-rights and conservation groups petitioned the Fish and Wildlife Service to list the African lion as endangered, arguing that the population had fallen dangerously low because of habitat loss, poaching, commercial hunting and new diseases associated with human encroachment. “The U.S.,” their petition said, “is by far the largest importer of hunting trophies from Tanzania.”

Photo Credit Lauren Nassef

While that is true, the lion population in Tanzania is not endangered. We have an estimated 16,800 lions, perhaps 40 percent of all lions on the continent, the biggest population in the world. Their numbers are stable here, and while our hunting system is not perfect, we have taken aggressive efforts to protect our lions.

Tanzania has regulated hunting for decades; female and younger lions are completely protected, and the hunting of males is limited by quotas set for each hunting area in the country. We recently made it illegal to hunt male lions younger than 6 years old to ensure that reproductively active animals remained with their prides. And proposed amendments to our wildlife law would further crack down on the export of lions taken illegally, penalize hunting companies that violated our rules and reward those that complied.

Africa, of course, is endowed with a tremendous wealth of wildlife, and Tanzania has been particularly blessed. We have roughly 130,000 elephants, two of Africa’s three largest populations of wild dogs, and spectacular landscapes like the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro. We have placed nearly a third of our land in national parks, game reserves and wildlife management areas.

Of all the species found here, lions are particularly important because they draw visitors from throughout the world — visitors who support our tourism industry and economy. Many of these visitors only take pictures. But others pay thousands of dollars to pursue lions with rifles and take home trophies from what is often a once-in-a-lifetime hunt. Those hunters spend 10 to 25 times more than regular tourists and travel to (and spend money in) remote areas rarely visited by photographic tourists.

In Tanzania, lions are hunted under a 21-day safari package. Hunters pay $9,800 in government fees for the opportunity. An average of about 200 lions are shot a year, generating about $1,960,000 in revenue. Money is also spent on camp fees, wages, local goods and transportation. And hunters almost always come to hunt more than one species, though the lion is often the most coveted trophy sought. All told, trophy hunting generated roughly $75 million for Tanzania’s economy from 2008 to 2011.

The money helps support 26 game reserves and a growing number of wildlife management areas owned and operated by local communities as well as the building of roads, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure — all of which are important as Tanzania continues to develop as a peaceful and thriving democracy.

If lions are listed by the United States as an endangered species, American hunters may choose to hunt other prized species outside of Africa or simply not hunt at all. This would add further strain to our already limited budgets, undo the progress we’ve made, and undermine our ability to conserve not only our lions but all of our wildlife.

As Tanzania’s highest-ranking wildlife official, I ask on behalf of my country and all of our wildlife: do not list the African lion as endangered. Instead, help us make the most from the revenues we generate. Help us make trophy hunting more sustainable and more valuable. In short, please work with us to conserve wildlife, rather than against us, which only diminishes our capacity to protect Tanzania’s global treasures.


Prois Staff Highlights Important Items Needed for Your Next Safari


It’s time to go on the once in a lifetime safari you’ve always dreamt of and it wouldn’t be the same without Prois along for the ride. This is the type of hunt where nothing can be left to chance, so don’t get caught in the African bush without the right equipment. Prois wants you to be as comfortable and as prepared as possible, so take a look at the top suggestions for going on safari.

Let’s start with the plane ride over. It can be a long and grueling trip to Africa, and by the time you get there, you might be thinking more about finding a chiropractor than your first African species to hunt. Luckily, Prois offers a slight solution to this problem. No, they don’t sell chiropractors, but they do sell the “quintessential happy pants”, more commonly known as Prois’ Adventure pants. These pants will make you feel warm and fuzzy and are certain to help ease the pain of flying. What’s even greater about the Adventure pants, they are also perfect for hunting, sightseeing, and wearing around camp. Constructed of 94% nylon and 6% spandex, the fabric on these “happy pants” is lightweight and stretchable. Elastic drawstring cuffs keep them tight to your boots and deter burrs and thorns. They come in colors olive and stone and are extremely affordable at only $129.99.

The next on Prois’ list of versatile items are the popular Ultra shirts, offered in both short sleeve and long sleeve. Like the Adventure pants, Prois’ Ultra shirts are equally as comfortable and are great for all aspects of your adventure. They are lightweight, breathable and work great as a layering piece or alone once the temperatures rise. All Ultra shirts are made with moisture wicking polyester fabric and are extremely quiet. They come in Max 1, Realtree AP, and black. Prois suggests reviewing the laws of the country you will be hunting in, as some countries do not allow the use of camouflage.

Africa is known for its extreme temperatures, so a good layering system is a must. Prois’ staff suggests the Pro-edition vest and jacket combo, which are great for cold rides on the truck to and from camp. Both are easily stored in a daypack should you need them while stalking game. The Pro-edition jacket and vest are both made with water and wind resistant technology and are lined with Prois’ signature nylon tricot for ease of layering and movability. Both feature multiple pockets for storing extra gear, including a spacious lumbar compartment for must have items during a stalk when a backpack might be left behind. These items come in Max 1, Realtree AP, and Mountain Mimicry. Prois suggests Max 1 for hunting in Africa.

Hunting in Africa wouldn’t be the same without a leather belt, sling, and cartridge holder. Luckily, Prois offers all three. Made with genuine leather, these items will not disappoint. The “P” emblazoned belt will be perfect for holding a knife, flashlight, and other accessories while the cartridge holder takes care of your extra ammo. Be as comfortable as possible during long hikes through the African bush with the Prois gun sling on your shoulder.

You can get all of these products and more at, just look for the Safari Staff Pick logo to easily find the item you want. These featured products are also suggested for other overseas destinations such as New Zealand or Argentina.

Prois was created for women, by women who refuse to settle for downsized men’s gear or upsized children’s gear. Each garment is created with the most technologically advanced fabrics available and a host of advanced features to provide comfort, silence and durability. The company’s out-of-the-box thinking has resulted in amazing designs for serious hunters that have taken the industry by storm and raised the bar for women’s outdoor apparel.

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



Prois staffer Crystal Watts with her 2014 Leopard!

We can’t get enough hunting in Africa… Here is a photo from Crystal Watts’ trip to Tanzania in 2014. Hunting leopards in Tanzania is tough. By law, they can only be hunted during daylight hours, and catching them at the bait before sundown is not easy. Congrats to Crystal on a great cat!