Amy Hanneman began hunting in 2003 and quickly realized that hunting would become her lifelong passion. Since then she’s moved from beginning shooter to successful huntress with bow and muzzleloader as well. Her favorites are do-it-yourself hunts on public lands. Many have been filmed for TV. She also writes for bowhuntingroad.com. Amy works as an ICU nurse and finds immense joy in helping others. The busy mom of three young boys, Amy feels privileged to pass on the values of ethical hunting and conservation, especially to women and children, in order to maintain America’s outdoor heritage into the future.
Donna Boddington is a tough hunter. Period. Whether she’s leading the charge up a goat mountain with debilitating blisters or mustering for another scorching hot day of stalking Cape buffalo she is ready with fortitude and an indefatigable spirit. Her hunting geography ranges from whitetail at her farm in Kansas to big game in South America, Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia. On the Dark Continent she’s taken game small as the dik dik and as large as the elephant and giraffe. She harvested both ibex and chamois in Asia and Europe. On her home continent she’s enjoyed hunting all of our big game species and is still on the quest for a mountain goat.
Beth Ann Amico
Beth Ann Amico Beth Ann and her husband John own Deep Fork Retrievers in Choctaw, Oklahoma. Their reputation for producing quality retrievers has led avid hunters including 2008 presidential candidate Governor Mike Huckabee and former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating to their kennel, along with sportsmen and professional hunting guides from across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Beth Ann is also the first woman from Oklahoma to be elected into the prestigious Professional Retriever Trainers Association. An awarding-winning gun dog writer, Beth Ann has called waterfowlers to the page in Retriever News, Retrievers Online, and Labrador Quarterly, as well as Purina, NRA, and NWTF publications, among others. The Dog Writers Association of America honored her with a Maxwell Medallion Award, the association’s version of the Oscar. She was also a John Madson Fellowship recipient from the Outdoor Writers Association of America and attended the nationally acclaimed Wildbranch Outdoor Writing Workshop. Beth Ann has shared her expertise on hunting retriever training with television and radio audiences and even Wall Street Journal readers. As members of Cabela’s Pro Staff, she and her husband have traveled from Mitchell, South Dakota to Gonzales, Louisiana, presenting retriever training demonstrations and assisting customers with their selection of gun dog training equipment. Beth Ann was the first woman elected to the board of directors of the Oklahoma Station Chapter of SCI and helped organize their annual fundraising banquets and membership drives. One of Beth Ann’s greatest joys is sharing her love of the outdoors with other women, and she has taught classes for Becoming an Outdoors Woman and Women in the Outdoors programs.
Mia is co-owner of Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. (www.wolfcreekoutfitters.net) which offers private land, not high fence, hunts in Colorado and New Mexico. She enjoys hunting for elk, mule deer, black bear and merriam turkey with the outfit and in her off-time pursues other big-game, predators, varmints, and game birds. Through Wolf Creek Outfitters, she and her husband are proud to sponsor special needs hunts and horseback rides. They also offer fly fishing and equine therapy for veterans suffering from PSD. An avid huntress, guide, archer and angler, Mia is also an NRA certified shooting instructor. She strives to protect our Second Amendment and hunting rights by educating men, women and children in shooting safety and hunting ethics. She enjoys being a YHEC mentor and donates her time and instruction at WITO events as well as local sponsored firearm safety and education events. She pens the column “Mia & the Little Gal”–in which she recounts her myriad of hunting, fishing and outdoor adventures with her beloved daughter– for the Women’s Outdoor News e-zine (www.womensoutdoornews.com).
Niki Atcheson grew up in a Central Africa, in what is now Burundi and Rwanda, as the daughter of Dr missionary parents. Her father hunted and she caught the bug. Years later during the infamous Hutu/Tutsi genocide she completed her University training in Marine Biology in the USA diving all over the world doing seagrass biology studies. Niki began hunting after several NRA courses and hunting Washington State with her father, became a range master, and started hunting her beloved Africa for dangerous game. In particular Niki loves to hunt old dagga boy Cape buffalo and is headed to # 20 shortly. In the meantime she worked guiding for Eugene Yap of South Point Safaris on Mauna Loa. “I guided from 12,000 ft in pure lava fields to the dense lower jungles in one of the most remote areas in the USA. We hunted the genetically purest strain of muflon sheep in the world, huge wild cattle, turkey and other birds, wild goats, boars etc. The flora and fauna there were some of the rarest in the world and I loved learning about each of them and enthusing my clients about each one.” Niki currently cooks, guides and entertains for her husband, Keith Atcheson, of Jack Atcheson and Sons International Hunting Consultants, and their personal Hunters Montana business. “I love taking people into the wilderness and hunting and teaching. Hunters are the greatest people in the world!” Niki also heads up a club of women, The Women of The Four Winds. Many of these women are also professional hunters and teach and share with each other. As well as meeting to discuss important environmental topics, legislature, first aid etc these dedicated women raise money for specialized disabled equipment to get kids and vets in the field in any capacity! “My other passions are gardening, languages, and true life adventure novels especially about women. Women Rock the world!!!” Over the years Niki also occasionally writes articles. Currently she is writing interviews for a new informational website, sportsmanonline.com. Prois’s own Kirstie Pike will be featured in the next interview on the website so check it out.
Becky Lou Lacock
Becky Lou Lacock spent most of her life as an entrepreneur owning several retail businesses. Her shooting and hunting adventures began later in life, and her excitement and enthusiasm just seems to spill out onto everyone around her. Born and raised in Louisiana, now residing in Texas with her husband Lou, who she owes her “coming out of the house” into the great outdoors. She actively hunts year round across the nation, including but not limited to deer, Turkey, Hogs, Ducks, Birds, and various predators. Sport shooting is also often on her agenda including shotguns, rifles and pistols. She actively competes in Cowboy Action Shooting with S.A.S.S. registered alias of “Sassy Bandit” (Derived from a famous line from the original Lonesome Dove Western). Spending most of her life indoors, she is keenly aware that there are many women that do not consider most outdoor sports simply because they do not have three very important things; 1.) Information, 2.) Encouragement 3.) Inspiration. With her newly defined purpose for life and her entrepreneurial spirit in full swing, Becky Lou works diligently to provide these three things to women across the world using all platforms made available to her. She is noted in the industry for her passionate efforts to inspire and encourage women to experience outdoor activities by speaking and volunteering for women’s groups and educational programs across the nation. With a firm belief of “Let No Woman be Left behind” she also participates, promotes and organizes female group activities and hunts across the country. She works diligently to provide and/or connect with women of all levels of physical and financial capabilities to appropriate opportunities. As a professional freelance writer, she has been published by media outlets in print and online including InterMedia Outdoors’ Game & Fish Magazine / Sportsman Magazine & OutdoorHub.com. Beginning in 2010 she has made several television appearances representing women in the outdoors in a very positive, respectful and professional manner and has continued to appear on various productions each year, one of the highlights being featured on the award winning show “Benelli on Assignment” Outdoor Channel for one of Benelli’s first all women’s hunts. Besides being a very Proud Prois Posse member, Becky Lou also serves as Pro-Staff with Commando Call Products, Sure-Loc, Trophy Bag Koolers, Watson Airlock Bags, Her Camo Shop, Hammer Time Wildlife Attractants, and is Pro-Staff Manager for Skull Bound TV Scent Products. Becky Lou has established a reputation in the industry of professional ethical integrity, which is why she chooses to be on staff representing Prois Hunting Apparel, because it’s the perfect fit, literally. Becky Lou has a unique style of writing and has trademarked the phrase “Camo can be Classy”™, and can often be quoted with her favorite line, “Shooting.. it may be for you, or it may not, but it is definitely worth a Shot!” www.BeckyLouOutdoors.com
Tracy And Lanny Barnes
Twin sisters Tracy and Lanny are Olympians in the sport of biathlon, who grew up hunting and fishing in Colorado. They competed together in Torino, Italy, in 2006, and Lanny competed in Vancouver, Canada in 2010, where she posted the best U.S. women’s finish in 16 years. Tracy was crowned world’s best biathlon shooter in March 2011. Currently they are training for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. They claim that biathlon has made them better hunters and hunting has made them better biathletes, as they are able to shoot rifles accurately with a heart rate of 180 beats per minute.
Candace Crick is a mother of 5 boys, archery guru, married to her soul mate and now host & owner of Vital Obsession TV. She has begun her pursuit towards the North American grand slam solely stick & string. She feels videography is just as rewarding as the harvest! She aims to empower women to feel successful in the woods no matter how experienced they are. Candace quotes we are all unconquerable & anything is possible. She aims to be that open heart & aiding hand to gain women that self confidence. Candace is elated to take Prois along on all of her adventures!
Candy Bowerman Yow
Candy Bowerman Yow is the cohost of Extreme Desire TV. She is an avid horse woman and trainer. She grew up on large ranches and earned a respect for the outdoors and wildlife at an early age. A mother of two daughters and two step daughters and now a grandma to 5 Candy is very passionate about involving families in the hunting industry. Candy has also written several articles for outdoor publications.