by Kerry Howley, New York Magazine

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In an age of social-media shaming, a single tweet can launch a crusade. But maybe Ricky Gervais should have picked another woman to mess with.

Note: The July 27 issue of New York Magazine, in which this story originally appeared, went to press on Friday July 24, three days before American dentist Walter Palmer was identified as the killer of a lion in Zimbabwe.

Palmer’s case and that of Rebecca Francis are both stories of social media outrage spurred by the killing of an African animal for sport, though the two hunters came to public consciousness for different reasons. While it is not at all unusual for wealthy American men to travel to Africa, hunt big game for big money, and post pictures of their kills, the lion Palmer shot was known to some as a mascot for Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park and star of a widely disseminated video. Additionally, Cecil seems to have been lured off protected land, making Palmer, knowingly or otherwise, not a legal hunter, but a poacher. 

Rebecca Francis drew attention not only because of what she had killed, but for who she was: a woman, subject to the same outrage as several who had come before her, such as Kendall Jones, Melissa Bachman, and Jen Cordaro. There was never any question about the legality of Francis’s hunts. Trophy hunters have a bad habit of conflating the legal and the moral (“I hunt. It’s legal. Get over it,” read T-shirts American college student Kendall Jones printed up after she was criticized for killing an African lion.) But there are important distinctions between legal hunting—which exists within a system of regulatory control, wherein permits can be meted out or held back according to the rise and fall populations, and wherein the financial interests of game ranchers is tied to the furtherance of the species—and poaching. Poachers are free riders and indisputably a threat to the long-term survival of large mammals in Africa. That Francis herself has shot a lion under legal sanction does not morally justify the kill, but it does position her within a system of trade that depends, for its own survival, on the conservation of big game. The story of legal trophy hunting involves the comeback of various species in South Africa, the conservation of rare and expensive-to-maintain animals under attack from poachers, mutant animals designed for the evolving tastes of American and European hunters, and the development of the legal market that led to Cecil’s illegal death. It is a story more complex, and ultimately uncomfortable, than the simple savagery of poaching.

Asked about her opinion of Palmer, Rebecca Francis had this to say: “A true hunter will always abide by the laws of the lands, along with the moral laws that are instilled within. Hunters believe in ethical and fair-chase hunting. We unequivocally do not support poaching or any other illegal acts.” —K.H.




Successful Measures, Get Fit to Hunt the Prois Way!

By Prois Staffer April Mack

No, I’m not talking about the past elections.
How do you measure a successful hunt? Is it a monster buck or bull? Is it a successful harvest? Or is it time out hunting, with your family, friends or by yourself? Do you measure your success of a hunt by the equipment you use and the gear you have? Or simply time spent in nature soaking up God’s great creations? Me? I measure success of a hunt by my experiences…. Time with family, time with God and simply the God given ability to get out and do what I love. Oh, and then there is the success of being able to hunt without desperately gasping for air and bending to cling to my knees after climbing a hill. I’m talking about being in shape. Both mentally and physically, they go hand in hand. There is nothing more rewarding to me then to gracefully, quietly and easily make my way to the top of a mountain without feeling like I just went through military boot camp. Sure, it’s an ego boost as well when I look around and see all the guys sweating and huffing like draft horses pulling a 3000 pound sled.

All too often hunters get prepared for the upcoming hunting season by making sure they have their bow sighted in, have enough arrows and new broad heads along with checking equipment to make sure all gear is up to par. However, rarely do hunters take into consideration the physical preparation needed for the hunt. Being physically fit can be the difference of having an enjoyable hunt or a hunt that kicks your butt. We all know getting up early is part of the hunt. That alone is a hard task for some. But when you wake up the next day and your body is screaming for more rest because you are sore from the previous days hunt… What’s the fun in that? When you are in shape physically, the mental portion follows suit. It has been proven time over that physical activity (working out) improves mental clarity and relieves stress. You have enough on your mind when hunting such as spotting and stalking, calling, and concentrating on making that once in a life time shot. You shouldn’t be thinking about whether or not you can make it up the mountain without needing CPR!
So, with that being said I would like to offer some tips.

1) Set goals; start off small and work your way up. You will need to set both cardio and strength goals. A good goal to start for cardio is walking 2-3 times per week, walk up and down your driveway to get started. Slowly increase the distance by a couple miles at a time, pickup your pace and change terrain. In addition to walking, add biking to the mix. Make your routines fun, go for a hike in new territory, discover new places, or take up mountain biking. Whatever you decide to do, make it fun, make it your own, make it challenging (repelling anyone?)

2) You will need to be physically strong to not only carry all your gear around, but also to carry out your harvest. Hit the weights at least 3 times per week. Remember the smaller the starting goal, the longer the time needed to increase so don’t wait a month before the season to start getting active. You don’t have to be a gym rat to accomplish these goals; there are a lot of things around the house that you can use as weights. Get creative; fill a bucket up with sand! If you are up for the challenge, hire a personal trainer with specific needs in mind (hunting with a bow is exercise specific). Exercises to focus on for bow hunting specifically include: shoulders (front to side arm raises, arm circles, shrugs and lateral raises) upper and lower back (back extensions, seated lat row, reverse fly’s and reverse grip lat pull down) biceps (curls and pull ups) and core (oblique twists, reverse curls and good ‘ol fashion crunches). You of course want to balance out your muscles so don’t forget to throw in some chest presses and triceps pushups just for fun! In relation to the actual hunt and climbing mountains, your lower body needs to be just as strong if not more. Your tail end is one of the biggest muscles you got… work it! Lunges, squats (they don’t have to be in deep range of motion) and hamstring curls will all target the gluteus maximus, aka your tail end. Once you get started in your exercise regimen, you will need (and want!) to maintain your progress. It’s much easier to consistently exercise throughout the year then to be a one-month warrior. Schedule time in your day to workout. You may even have to book an appointment with yourself. Most importantly, be forgiving. If you miss a day or two or even a week, don’t be hard on yourself or ride the guilt train. Just pick up where you left off. Being strong enough to draw your bow back is an essential part to hunting, not only does it make it more enjoyable for you, but it isn’t fair to the game we have the privilege to hunt if the shot we make isn’t steady.

3) Of course getting physically fit involves proper nutrition (sorry, facts of life!) During the hunt (pack in/out intensity) you of course need higher caloric foods to sustain you. However, with day to day eating, your choices should be a little more carefully planned out. There is nothing new here and no magic pill. Fruits and veggies, balance your proteins and fats and include carbs into your foods. Now, when I say fats and carbs, I am not talking about ice cream, cookies, pizza, fast food joints and Ho Ho’s (although in moderation *gasp* it’s okay). Our bodies need fats and carbs to function, but it is the good kind. (Real butter, avocado, legumes, nuts, occasional red meats, cheeses etc). And of course water. Food has an amazing ability to heal the body; we just have to give it a chance. I challenge you to try it… even if it’s not hunting season for you. Make a commitment for at least one month. Cut out boxed, prepackaged and canned meals. Try to eat what grows naturally. When was the last time you saw a box of Hamburger Helper® growing off a tree? You don’t have to get crazy and go all organic, but I would suggest you stop eating foods that are processed and full of preservatives. Our bodies were not built to digest the chemicals in these foods. You give this challenge a try and you will be amazed at the changes your body makes.
On a side note to physical fitness and proper nutrition, I want to mention the importance of having mental strength and clarity. Have confidence in yourself and your abilities, now that you have exercised and gotten fit, you can do anything… right? Confidence comes with knowing you can tackle the hunt, climb the hill and haul out your kill. Be patient, positive and prepared (do I hear a triple “P” cheer?). Patients, well… you’re a bow hunter it’s a given that is an essential tool. Positivity will get you a long way my friends, whether you are by yourself or with a hunting party. Have you ever been around “that” person that see’s the down side to everything or is constantly putting themselves down? I have and it’s not fun… Keep your attitude up; after all there are worse things you could be doing instead of getting out to do what you love. And finally, prepared. Being prepared is such an important mental factor. Having the right clothes for the weather, terrain and clothes that fit you properly (ladies – stop buying men’s camo clothes!) makes you feel, well, good. Being prepared to gut, wrap and pack your harvest with all the necessary tools leaves you without worry of how to get the job done. Being prepared with extra food and water helps with the long process involved after taking that fatal shot. To achieve all this, you have to be mentally strong. To be mentally strong you have to be healthy. To be healthy you have to be physically fit. Yes it’s tough to get started, but all things worth working for have great rewards.

Here’s to measured success!

Sample Workout:
Just because we are bow hunters doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have big guns!
You don’t have to be able to lift a car to draw back a bow… but you should be prepared!
Building up your strength for bow season doesn’t have to be hard. Lifting weights 2-3 times a week, with a day of rest in between should do the trick. You will want to do 3 or 4 sets of 16 reps and choose a weight that will allow you to have good form, but will challenge you to get out the last 5-6 reps. Lift the weights in slow controlled motions and avoid swinging your body for momentum to lift the weight. You will want to make sure you work both sides equally rather than focusing just on your draw arm… imbalances will cause compensation issues leading to muscle injury. No pain no gain is not always the case, listen to your body and learn the difference between muscle fatigue and muscle injury. Muscle soreness is normal when you get started on a lifting routine. Drink lots of water, stretch after your workouts and if the soreness is extreme, take the recommended dosage of Tylenol®. However do not let a little bit of soreness keep you from working out it will get easier as you get stronger. Then it will be time to increase your weights. To avoid plateaus, change up the types of exercises you do about every 4-5 weeks. If you can, find a workout partner, not only will they motivate you but they can keep you safe and spot you as you start to increase the amount of weight you lift.
So, here’s to big gun bow hunters everywhere!

The Best Medicine, by Prois Staffer Nancy Rodriguez


By Nancy Rodriguez

Cough, snort, wheeze! Cough, snort, wheeze! With every track my boots leave in the snow, I find myself using my very own custom call to locate my quarry. You may think I am somewhere in the Midwest hunting whitetail deer, but I am far from it. I’m actually high in the mountains of Nevada, hunting elk. My very own custom call is not tucked in my pocket or hanging around my neck. It’s in fact my body’s lungs and nose that are making these calls. My custom wheeze and cough are thanks to a bout of bronchitis and my custom snort is a congested nose caused by a sinus infection. Some might say I shouldn’t be out hunting right now. I should be home sitting by the fire with a humidifier plugged in, eating oranges. But, does that sound like something a Prois chick would do? No way! It’s elk season!


I continue to trudge through the golden grass and glistening snow covered mountains in search of the majestic wapiti. With my rifle slung over my shoulder and my backpack weighing me down, I glass every nook and cranny for the distinct tan colored body with the dark chocolate neck. As I slowly climb to a high vantage point, my nose is completely plugged and my lungs burn. I giggle to myself at the advice my doctor gave me right before we left for this hunting trip, “You need to take these antibiotics, use this inhaler, drink plenty of liquids, and above all rest!” He must have sounded like Charlie Brown’s teacher, because obviously I didn’t comprehend a word he said. Prois chicks can be rebels after all!


With my heart pounding in my head, I am grateful to have finally made it to my vantage point. I drop my pack and plop on the ground. I endlessly hack into my Prois neck gaiter and realize it not only keeps my neck warm, but it also works as a great handkerchief. Through watery eyes, I glass the distant hillsides. Suddenly, out of extremely thin mountain air, I spot them. Unmistakable brown dots of bedded elk are scattered amongst the patches of snow. I spot about 40 of them and my blood starts coursing through my veins. Joe looks at me and asks, “Are you up for this? They’re pretty far away.” I blow my red rimmed nose and reply “Heck ya! That’s what we’re here for!” And so the stalk begins. The elk are a couple miles away, and I know this hike is going to be grueling for me. Up and down the massive ridges we go. Cough, snort, wheeze…Repeat! My body becomes weaker, but I trudge on. The mountain wind is becoming fickle and starts swirling about. I pray it doesn’t blow my stalk. As we start to get close enough for a shot, I grab my range finder to check the distance. My nose is so plugged; I feel claustrophobic. I bring a tissue to my face and realize I have snotcicles hanging from my nose. With these custom beauties, I am sure I could give Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber a run for his money! I giggle again at what I must look like right now. But, I have more important things at hand and I need to get a bit closer for a shot. As I start to close the distance, it happens. A huge gust of wind smacks me in the back and I know my funky human scent is about to alert the elk that something’s not right. Poof! They are up and off to the next ridge in the blink of an eye. Cough, snort, wheeeeeze!

That night we camp under the starry sky in below freezing temperatures. I have so many layers of fleece on that I can barely bend my arms and legs. My Prois Sherpa beanie is pulled down over my eyes and my neck gaiter is covering my mouth. With a Breathe Right strip over my red chapped nose, I shimmy down into my 3 sleeping bags. No joke…3! As I drift off into my Nyquil, Theraflu, and cough drop induced slumber, the elbowing begins. Joe is trying to stop his precious wife from turning into a mighty snoring Ogre, but he doesn’t have a chance against the cold medicine coma! The beast lying next to him is some sort of Michelin man fleece troll, wrapped up like a goose down burrito. A weird strip of plastic lies across her nose and grizzly bear size snores are coming out of her mouth. He stares at the fleece monster lying next to him and wonders where has his wife gone? He doesn’t have a spare room to move to, or a couch he can crash on in the living room. He is trapped next to the beast! It’s going to be a long night for him…poor guy.

The next day, I wake up feeling refreshed and well rested. I stretch, remove the plastic strip from my nose, and actually feel better than I have in days. I look at Joe who can hardly open his eyes and wonder if he slept okay? As I jump out of my burrito and throw on my head to toe Prois camo, I am ready to hunt! I stare at Joe as he peels open his eyes and looks at me. For some reason I don’t think he’s nearly as refreshed as I am. I resemble a happy dog anxiously waiting for their owner to grab the leash for their daily walk. If I could, I’d be wagging my tail with excitement! Come on, come on, let’s gooooo!!!!!

We get into elk over the next few days, but unfortunately I never connect. It really didn’t matter, because we had an awesome time climbing the mountains and enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors. There is nothing better for your mind, body, spirit, and immune system than becoming one with nature. I have truly found the best medicine on the market…Hunting!

Barnes Twins 3-Gunning it up!


This past weekend concluded our three gun competitions for the summer with 4 weeks of competitions in a row. We have learned a lot about the sport of 3 gun in the past month (mostly through trial & error during matches) that will help us to improve in the future. We started out at the JP Rocky Mountain 3 gun in New Mexico (4th & 5th Tactical Lady, 43rd & 52nd Overal Tactical), then traveled to Bend, Oregon for the Crimson Trace Midnight 3 gun, then it was on to the Brownells Rockcastle 3 gun ProAm in Kentucky (6th & 8th Lady, 126 & 131 Overal) and finally the Noveske Area 2 Championships in Byers, CO (4th & 5th Tac Lady, 32nd & 39th Tactical Overal). These were our 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th major 3 gun matches and we saw huge gains with each match. At each match we improved our best stages ranking higher and higher towards the top of the pack and had more consistent stages as well as having fewer bad stages. We now have a week to train for the Trijocon World Shooting Championships that will be held in West Virginia. This fall we’ll head to the 3 Gun Nation Southwest Regional Championships in Texas in October followed by the Lady 3 gun match in Georgia at the end of October. We are confident that with some more training this fall we can continue to make huge gains in 3 gun.


We also have a packed schedule of courses for the T.O.P Shooting Institute this fall and into the winter. We just finished 2 classes for competitive shooters in Colorado & Kentucky that were a huge success. This fall we have a slew of competitive shooting courses around Colorado, Utah, & New Mexico. We’ll also be starting to work with a bunch of military units out of Fort Carson, CO as well as FBI from California and special forces units from Georgia who will be coming to work with us in Durango.





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“Próis and its contest partners are passionate about recognizing strong, successful female hunters who consider hunting a lifestyle, and are involved in conservation, management and the hunting community,” says Kirstie Pike,
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The ‘No guts, No glory’ statement holds true with the Próis Awards, the winner must have passion, determination and an unbelievable story to tell that will inspire female hunters around the globe. If this sounds like you, visit www.Próóisaward for details on how to enter. Submissions will be accepted until midnight September 31, 2011.

Essays and photos are reviewed by a panel of industry expert judges, and the top 12 chosen will then be posted onto the Próis Awards website on October 15, 2011. Here the hunting community has until December 15, 2011 to cast their vote on which candidate they believe should be crowned the 2011 Próis Award Winner. The finalist with the most votes will officially be announced as the winner to the industry at both the 2012 Archery Trade Association Show in Columbus, OH and the 2012 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV.

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Meet Marissa Oaks…Prois Extreme Huntress Finalist!

Prois Hunting Apparel is excited to announce our second featured Extreme Huntress Finalist! Despite the fact that there can only be one announced winner to the Prois Extreme Huntress contest, the stories of the top 10 finalists were all simply amazing. We felt that each of these finalists deserves a moment in the spotlight.

Meet Marissa Oaks…this is her story.

“Whether it’s a long days work in the saddle or in the freezing rain waiting for that trophy animal to show, the passion I have for the outdoors consumes me. Growing up on a cattle ranch, which is now in its 5th generation, hunting was instilled in us. My brothers and I were taught the importance of wildlife management. Having the responsibilities of being a part of a successful ranch, habitat and conservation are not taken lightly. We have put countless hours into the improvement and conservation of our public lands. We have used the tools of modern grazing techniques to enrich the landscape. Along with my father, Mitch Hacking and uncle Brad Horrocks, we have put together an organization called “Grazing for Wildlife”. Giving information on how proper grazing techniques are a vital tool to habitat for wildlife as a whole. I believe being part of your local sportsmen groups and taking the time to know the issues going on locally with wildlife concerns is every sportsman’s responsibility. Management of ALL species is key to successful and healthy wildlife. I am involved in many proactive sportsman’s groups such as Sportsmen for Wildlife and Big Game Forever. If we don’t get involved there will be no future hunting for our children. Hunting is a privilege not a right!

As for me, I took great pride in my rabbits, prairie dogs, and rock chucks as a kid, but when I tagged my cow elk at age 14 hunting ran through my veins. Spot and stalks to blinds and water holes and the rush of adrenaline when that animal shows is second to none. My .243 Browning was my pride and joy until my hubby literately forced me to pick up a bow and try it. Archery has put a whole new spin on the hunting experience. When I killed my first animal with a bow my respect for wildlife came to a peak. Blending in to the surroundings, controlling your body to allow that animal to be drawn in to a close distance, and focusing in on placing your shot is as much of an addiction as tagging that record book animal. I was spoiled for my first bow kill. With my husband, Beau’de, calling behind me, the screaming bull was heading my way in a hurry. With all the new scenario’s of bow hunting vs. rifle, my head was spinning. 20 yds away and beautiful broadside shot, I let that arrow fly, hitting its mark and bringing me my first archery kill…a beautiful 5 point general season Utah elk. Having that feeling of accomplishment was as if I had just killed that coveted 400+ bull. Hunting in the great state of Utah has given me the privilege of harvesting antelope, bear, deer, elk, and turkey. I have been VERY fortunate to take animals in other states but my pride and joy is the mountain caribou I tagged in the Northwest Territories Canada.

I will admit I have had more than my fair share of what not to do’s . Those are the experiences that make every hunt a learning process. Like the time I slept on the cold ridge top so I could be in that perfect spot come morning. Settling into the trail just as the sun peaked the elk were heading my way. Lets just say, it’s really hard to knock an arrow when you have none. Without realizing my entire quiver had come off and was somewhere between point A and point B with hundreds of sagebrush in between. BUMMER! Or the time when I took my three amazing children all under age 6 deer hunting. We spotted a nice general season 2 point and they were excited. I told them to stay on the four wheeler and watch mom put a stalk on the buck. I mentioned several times no talking or the deer would spook. “Okay mom” they softly whispered. I had a great opportunity with this buck as tall sarvis berry bushes were between him and I. Peaking around the bush to get a amazing 30 yd shot I hear. “MOM!!! Daegun’s not being quite!” yep the gig was up. Even learning the hard way that when you lay on the ground, flat on your back, flat on your back, to make a good shot on the bear who has found the tallest tree to tree in, the recoil of that 30.06 has nowhere to go! Ouch! I will just say there have been many more “live and learn” moments.

While we were growing up, my dad always said that seeing his kids fill their tags was the same excitement as if he had tagged out himself. I always thought that he was crazy watching someone else take the shot. For the first time, this past October, I found out exactly what he was talking about. I had the opportunity to take out my trusty .243 and teach my mom how to use it. She drew out for the Utah limited entry deer, South Slope Diamond Mountain . With a couple days of target practice she was comfortable with the gun. Few days into the hunt and making her turn down some amazing deer my brother JD called saying he had him spotted in the cove next to us. Her heart was pounding so hard I could hear it. We put a stalk on him over the ridge. With spectators watching from down below, she set up for the shot. As she tried to breathe through the nerves and shaky hands she touched ol’ Browning off. 200 yds and a beautiful heart shot she had her first animal. And talk about a trophy! He measured at 30 wide and scored around 175 gross. Her father was one of the spectators and was there to witness this with us. Tears in his eyes he told her how proud of her he was. With all the excitement I felt as if I had tagged him. I was so proud of her and I can wait to experience that with my children.

Raising three awesome kids Daegun 11, Hayden 8, and Thailer 8, loving life on a ranch, and being able to enjoy the privilege of hunting, life is good! I love to see my children learn as I did why we hunt, management being first and foremost and hoping to someday to tag that trophy with never ending inches of horn as an incredible bonus. I hope my children grow with the knowledge of respect of the animals they hunt, rather it be cow or bull, big or small, that knowledge and respect will be key to insuring their kids have the same opportunity! Happy hunting!”


As the dust settles following the 2010 Prois Extreme Huntress Award, it became very clear to us at Prois that despite the fact the contest is a huge success, there is more to it. True, there can only be one winner, and Angie Tennison is a spectacular lady and a steadfast hunter. That said, there remains nine other absolutely amazing women who also have amazing stories and Prois felt each and every one of these ladies deserves a bit of spotlight! With that…we are introducing and featuring each of these finalists on the Prois blog so all of you can learn a little bit more about each of these ladies, their passion for hunting and their unique stories.

Meet Paula Richmond!

“My incredible hunting journey began shortly before I was married when I started shooting my older sister’s bow into hay bales. Knowing I was going to marry an avid bowhunter, I figured I had better see what it was all about. It was a blast, so I bought my first new bow and shot as much as possible. My first hunt was for wild boar and I learned then how fun and exhilarating bowhunting can be. I purchased a mule deer archery tag for that same year and decided to go for it. Since my husband had to work, I ended up going back to our hometown to hunt the area I knew best. I stayed all week and came across a few bucks, but realized how clueless I was when it came to hunting. Still it was an awesome week, so I kept shooting and anxiously awaited my next hunt.

I was lucky and ended up drawing an archery antelope tag the first year I had applied. A month before the hunt was to start, my husband’s appendix ruptured. On my own, I built blinds over water holes while he recovered. He was well enough to join me the morning of the hunt and saw me take my first big game animal with a bow. That animal was a beautiful Pope & Young pronghorn.

The next year luck struck again and I drew a limited entry archery deer tag. This hunt really solidified my love of hunting. There were deer everywhere and I had two to three stalking opportunities a day. Again, I learned how clueless I was when it came to hunting. I could stalk up on the deer with no problems, but I repeatedly fouled up the end play. I finally ended up with a 3×4 mule deer that I was happy with. Stalking on multiple deer and being so close to them in the wild sealed the deal for me. I became a hunter for life.

Over the next several years I shot four other bucks with my bow, some ducks, a swan, and a whole slew of prairie dogs (some were with my bow). I am a hunter who loves the whole experience of the hunt. Big scoring animals are a bonus, but I do not feel like a failure if I don’t kill the biggest creature on the mountain. I love spending time with family and friends who are equally laid back and just enjoy the moment.

Each year the archery hunt is anticipated from the time the hunt ends until it comes again. For the past three years I’ve been involved in Utah’s dedicated hunter program where you can hunt all three seasons (archery, muzzleloader, and rifle) in exchange for service hours. I have really enjoyed hunting muzzloader and rifle as well. The service hours are fun for me as I am heavily involved in the wildlife conservation group, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife. I easily earn enough hours working on the local fundraiser banquet. I like supporting an organization where I can see the dollars put to work in my back yard.

One of my most memorable hunts was two years ago and was the archery spike elk hunt. My husband was in Alaska hunting grizzly bears and I wasn’t going to miss out just because he was gone! I left the twins with grandma and grandpa and stayed on the mountain by myself. The days were hot and sitting over water was the most effective hunting method. One night I had a bear close enough to camp I could hear him growling at something close by. It made me a little nervous, but I held out and he left. The next morning I shot a spike elk with my bow and watched him expire on the bank of the pond. After four hours of quartering the elk and five trips packing him back to the truck, I was on my way to town. It was such a great feeling to have done the hunt with no help, and to own that success.

Last year my world was rocked when I drew a dall sheep hunt at the Full Curl Society social in Salt Lake City, UT. It was an unreal experience that I will never forget. Being one to appreciate the experiences of hunting, this topped it all. The mountains were rugged and ice covered, I experienced soggy days and sunshine, lazy days glassing and strenuous days of hiking. I went on the trip alone, hunted with a great guide, and gained even more confidence in my hunting abilities and physical stamina. I loved every aspect of the hunt. Later in the year I shot my first four point buck and was thrilled.

One of the hunters I met in Alaska is from Spain and owns a hunting ranch. He graciously invited me and my husband to hunt with him as his guests. We head out the end of June and will get to experience hunting in Spain for roe buck, chamois, and wild boar. I cannot wait for that experience. Each hunt brings a unique experience and adventure with it. I look forward to every year and await what new things I will see and learn. I have many hunting years ahead of me between myself and my four year old twins; I am excited to see what the future holds!”


Próis Hunting and Field Apparel, creator of female hunting clothing that screams ‘Xtreme’ performance and unmatched quality, is proud to announce the winner of its 5-month long contest and search for the most ‘xtreme’ and passionate female hunter at the 2011 ATA and SHOT Shows. Along with a slew of industry sponsors, and contest partner Tahoe Films, Próis was thrilled to present the award to Angie Haas-Tennison of Kila, Montana. “From the moment I first heard about the “Xtreme Huntress Contest” I just knew this was something I had to do. Like anything I put my mind to I went full-throttle. I poured my heart and soul into it, raising awareness of the contest, its great sponsors and of my love and devotion to hunting,” said Tennison. “Over the last two months I received an amazing amount of support from my friends, family, community and even some fellow hunters from across the globe. I am truly honored to be the Xtreme Huntress winner for 2011 and I hope to be a positive role model to women hunters everywhere,” she added.

As the new ‘Xtreme Huntress’, Tennison is awarded with an all-expense paid hunt of a lifetime in New Zealand to pursue Gold Medal Estate Stag, Fallow Deer and Tahr Free Range Chamois, provided by Fraser Safaris of New Zealand — which will also be filmed for a future episode of Primal Adventures. In addition to this amazing hunt, prestigious title — and bragging rights amongst fellow competitors — Tennison is taking home
a myriad of ‘xtremely’ cool gear from contest sponsors including Próis Hunting and Field Apparel, Otis Technologies, Aimpoint, Bowtech, BOG Gear, Swarovski, Schnee’s, Brownells and Badlands Packs — an all-inclusive package to be valued at more than $15,000.

The search for the ‘Xtreme Huntress’ began in August of 2010 where the most hardcore female hunters at heart were encouraged to enter, and share their story. Hundreds of essays and pictures were submitted, and then carefully reviewed by a panel of celebrity judges. The top 10 finalists were then chosen and posted online for the hunting community to select their favorite.

This year’s celebrity panel of judges included: Diana Rupp, Editor in Chief of Sports Afield Magazine; Guy Eastman, publisher of Eastman Hunting Journals; Larry Weishuhn of Winchester World of Whitetails; Rebecca Francis, 2010 Extreme Huntress Winner; Kirstie Pike, CEO Próis Hunting & Field Apparel and Tom Opre of Tahoe Films.

For complete contest rules and regulations, visit www.Pró or For more information about Próis’ innovative line of serious, high performance hunting apparel for women, contact the
company at 28001-B US Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 • (970) 641-3355 • www.Pró

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Prois Hunting & Field Apparel Announces Primal Adventures “Extreme Huntress” Contest Winner at SHOT Show…Congratulations REBECCA FRANCIS!

Próis Hunting Apparel and well known TV powerhouse Primal Adventures has been on the hunt for the most hard-core female hunter with the launch of their first ever Extreme Huntress national contest. And now, after countless submissions and with the help of your online votes — they’ve found their gal that can really bring it in the field. Taking home this prestigious title and a hunt of a lifetime is Rebecca Francis of Woodland Hills, Utah.

“This whole contest from start to finish has been an amazing experience,” said Francis. “I’m thrilled to have been a part of a program that encourages and supports women in the outdoors — and cannot wait for my hunt in British Columbia!”

148_1lo_winner_sponsors_lrIn addition to taking home the most Extreme Huntress title, Francis will get the chance to bring home a prized trophy or two on her all expenses paid sheep and mountain goat combination hunt in British Columbia. To prepare her for this hunt of a lifetime, she will be fully outfitted in Próis’ high performance hunting gear, along with a slew of other great equipment provided by contest sponsors. The hunt itself will be filmed for a future episode of Primal Adventures on Versus, with the total value of the grand prize package at more than $50,000.

Francis has worked hard for this title as her hard-core adventures have led her to take down the most challenging game including a 700lb African Lion at full charge and a 10 ½ ft. Alaskan brown bear at 24 yards with her bow. You can tell Francis is a hard-core hunter at the heart as each year she looks forward to ‘suffering from a sore butt in the saddle, rubbing elk manure on her pants to cover her scent and crawling through bushes for hours while stalking game’ — as described in her thrilling essay.

Any serious female hunter who has pushed the limits and beyond in the field was encouraged to tell her story, and share her passion with the world. Countless submissions were received online and were then reviewed by a celebrity panel of judges including Larry Weishuhn, Remington’s Linda Powell, Jim Zumbo from the Outdoor Channel, Denise Miller of Otis Technology, Inc, and Prois Hunting Apparel CEO, Kirstie Pike. The top 10 finalists were then chosen and posted on the Tahoe Films website for the hunting public to vote for their favorite.

“We were thrilled at the number of heart-stopping stories we received showcasing these amazing women who really go for it in the field,” says Kirstie Pike, CEO of Prois. “These unstoppable women are truly role models for present and future women hunters out there, and we’re excited to be able to highlight their success.”

For more information about the Extreme Huntress Contest, Primal Adventures, or Próis’ innovative line of serious, high performance hunting apparel for women, contact: Primal Adventures at · Or Próis Hunting Apparel, 28001-B US Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 · (970) 641-3355 ·

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