Hunting is in our blood; It’s our guts, determination and a passion for the hunt which make us live to hunt and hunt to live along with a strong involvement in conservation, management and community. If hunting your passion rather than your sport, you are a prime candidate to win the ultimate award for the hardcore female hunter and be proudly recognized as the annual Prois Award winner!
Prois Hunting & Field Apparel leads the field when it comes to athletic, performance driven hunting apparel. It is only fitting that we honor the women who stop at nothing to experience the hunt of a lifetime and do it while putting our gear to the test. Whether you have hunted your entire life, or just recently picked up the sport, you could be the next Prois Award winner.
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The recipient of the 2014 Prois Award winner will enjoy a five day,two species Hunt of a lifetime in Namibia with Mogwadiri Safaris in Namibia*, and receive an Unrivaled Gear Package valued at over $25,000. Package will include: A generous gear package from Prois Hunting Apparel, Swarovski Optiks, Bowtech, Weatherby, Badlands Packs, Zamberlan Boots, Buck Knives, Skullhooker, Hunter Hills Journals, Icebreaker, Shoot Like a Girl, Incredisocks, Otis Technologies, Caribou Game Bags, Montana Decoy, Wac ‘Em Broadheads, Americase, Grub’s Boots and Buckwear.
The winner will be accompanied on the hunt by Kirstie Pike, CEO of Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women. In addition to this once in a lifetime hunt, and gear, the Prois Award winner will also be flown to the January SHOT Show in Las Vegas for a once in a lifetime press conference staged before premier outdoor writers, editors and corporate representatives. *Travel expenses to and from the hunt are the responsibility of the contest winner.
2014 FINALIST Christine Cunningham
I was born and raised in South Central Alaska. No one in my family hunted, and my relationship with nature was a wandering interest in the outdoors. I hiked, kayaked, mountain biked and sat beside streams, in the woods, or on mountainsides. As a writer, nature was my source for truth. But it wasn’t until I began hunting that the reality of the outdoors came to life for me. Watching nature does not bring about the same dialog as participating in it. From the first miserable day on the duck flats crawling through marsh muck with mascara dripping in my eyes to the moment after the stalk when my hunting partner picked up my spent shell and said, “This is what fall smells like to me,” I knew I was hooked. My favorite kind of hunting now involves my dogs. I spend nearly 100 days a year afield with two chocolate labs and an English setter upland hunting in the Kenai mountains or waterfowling on our coastal flats. Hunting is my passion. I want to share it with those who are living a similar life as much as those who wonder why it means so much to me.
After my first few years hunting mostly waterfowl, I wrote about my experiences for Alaska Magazine and began an outdoor humor column in my local paper. The column, Common Ground, covered topics any person could relate to whether they hunted or not and connected me those who were living a similar life as well as those who wanted to live it too. I volunteer as a Hunter Safety Instructor for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s Hunter Education Program and participate in local women and youth shooting events, including annual pheasant hunts, waterfowl educational workshops, fundraising banquets, and mentored hunts through my local chapters of Safari Club International, Delta Waterfowl, and the NRA.
As my involvement in the outdoor community grew, I was captivated by the stories of other female hunters. In 2012, I embarked on a book project that would share the true stories of 17 real women hunters who live within and utilize the wild lands of Alaska. The book, “Women Hunting Alaska” was my attempt to bring the reader into the world of the woman hunter in Alaska – the high risk and visually spectacular world of the last frontier through the eyes of hunting’s largest growing segment. The varied stories demonstrate how the meaning of a hunt develops over time and is a confluence of how each hunter is raised, how they have lived and grown, and the place they finally found themselves. Before I started the book, I had only my own experience of hunting to promote the lifestyle, but through that project, I found each woman who hunts has an incredible potential to recruit other hunters. It’s one of the reasons I believe women are the future of hunting.
Today there are more gateways to hunting participation for women than ever before. I do everything I can to support opportunities for women as a range officer, firearms instructor, event organizer, writer, and guest speaker. I’m excited to see the female values of community and relationship building continue to grow our hunting tradition. I enjoy writing a hunting column, The Edge, at Women’s Outdoor News as well as contribute freelance articles and columns to a variety of outdoor magazines in an effort to explore the expanding perspectives women bring to hunting and the outdoors.
I hunt because I want to understand life at its most fundamental level. Being outdoors as a hunter makes me fully self-aware. I overcome a natural resistance to cold, wet, or dirty environments and challenge myself to climb to new heights or to see what is over the next hill. I wake up in camp knowing that only my skills, knowledge, and heart will guide me. Some of my best friends are hunting dogs, my best memories are all in the field. After a day of hunting, I have the best sleep of my life.