Hunting with Olympians!

By Katherine Grand

I didn’t get my rocky mountain Tom this weekend but I had awesome time with Prois Pro Staffers and twin biathletes Tracy and Lanny Barnes (www.twinbiathles.com).  We got really close to some gobbling Toms with jealous hens, saw tons of blue grouse, elk, deer, and even a horny toad (AKA horned lizard).  We saw a Jake up close and a Tom flying out of shotgun range.  I learn so much every time I go out with Tracy and Lanny and I can definitely say that hunting turkey in public lands at high elevation in the same terrain we elk hunt elk is really challenging and really fun. Especially on the 3rd weekend of the season after the birds have seen some pressure.  Next year I am definitely going out with them opening weekend when the birds are less call shy.  However the more I hunt the less focused I have become on hunting success and the more I enjoy the experience.

Tracy and Lanny grew up hunting and are the two of the most independent,  physically fit, and knowledgeable hunters I ever had the pleasure of hunting with, either female or male.    They are also incredibly humble and down to earth considering their many noteworthy accomplishments including competing in two Winter Olympics and training for their third.     Hunting with Olympic athletes in the high country gave me a great workout and we covered a lot of ground in gorgeous country.  I am so glad to have such badass  sportswomen for friends.  I can’t wait to try again!  Prois was there!