Turkey Hunting Gear List

It’s no secret hunters have lot’s of gadgets. It’s often very overwhelming preparing for a hunt and trying to decide what to bring. Each hunt, whether it be for turkey, deer, elk, or ducks, requires a slightly different set of gear. With that said, we put together a turkey hunting gear list, which will hopefully make organizing a bit easier when you prepare for your turkey hunt.

Decoy(s)

TarraStoddardDecoy (1)This is a rather large item, therefore it shouldn’t be a tough one to remember. Although, there have been plenty of instances where an obvious item like a decoy gets overlooked at the house before heading out. Unless you are planning a spot and stalk mission, this is a very important piece of equipment when going turkey hunting. If you don’t prefer to load your truck the night before, set all your equipment by the front door. This will ensure you don’t forget it.

Range Finders

DSC_0024Especially if you prefer to hunt with a bow, range finders are something you really can’t do without. A good pair of rangefinding binoculars, such as the Swarovski EL Rangefinding Binoculars, will cut down on the weight of your pack and take up less room than having to carry both optics.

 

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A reliable Multitool should make the list no matter what type of hunt you are going on. You never know when you might need it! My personal favorite is the SOG Power Assist Multi-Tool, which can be found here.

Jacket

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Mother Nature can be very unpredictable in the springtime. Don’t overlook the importance of a quality jacket in case the weather turns on you. The Prois Pro-Edition Jacket is made with compressed fabric and is the perfect addition to your day pack.

 

 

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No matter what type of call you prefer, don’t leave home without it. Unless you’re a seasoned mouth caller, you’ll be in a serious bind if you get to the woods and realize you have no way of calling birds to your decoy!

 

 

 

Survival/First Aid Kit

A survival kit is commonly overlooked by hunters, but when done right, it won’t add a ton of weight to your pack. A Ziplock bag with essential survival and first aid gear will do just fine. Some items to include are:

Braided nylon rope
Matches
Fire Starter
Toilet paper
Whistle
Garbage Bags
Bright orange surveyor’s tape
Sterile pads
Sterile Gauze
Neosporin
Bandaids
Aspirin
First Aid Tape

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This can be a lifesaver if you have a long walk to and from your truck. If you are in an area with reliable cell service, a smartphone will do just fine. For an affordable GPS, try the Garmin eTrex 10.

 

Day Pack

You will have a much Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 2.37.06 PMeasier time keeping your gear organized if you have a reliable day pack. We recommend the Badlands Kali Day Pack, which is made specifically for women.

 

 

 

 

 

We hope this list helps you prepare for your upcoming turkey hunting endeavors. Good luck and happy hunting from all of us at Prois Hunting Apparel!

Talking Technical… The Ultra Backcountry Shirt

As with all Prois products, the Ultra Backcountry shirt is constructed of the most functional and breathable components to be sure that you get the most from your gear. It is made to be versatile, for all seasons and all weather conditions. It is silent and soft, yet sturdy enough to take a beating as you trek through the woods. Let’s discuss some of the key features:

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1. 100% Polyester Birdseye Fabric… All of our Ultra shirts wick moisture away from the skin, keeping you cool when it is hot and warm when it is cool. This fabric is also extremely silent and soft, which makes it possible for the hunter to move freely as she pleases without making any unwanted noise.

 

 

 

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2. Neck zipper… Added to allow venting in warm weather. A zipper may seem like a minor detail, but we assure you it is not. Spring weather is unpredictable. Often times, it will be chilly in the morning and warm up by the end of the hunt. A zipper gives this shirt the extra versatility you need when the weatherman is wrong.

 

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3. 3 compartment lumbar pocket system… You can never have too many pockets. Our signature lumbar pockets along the backside of the Ultra Backcountry shirt make it easy to drop everything and make a quick stalk. When the birds won’t come to you, you may have to go to them. Our lumbar pockets are perfect for stowing small gadgets such as calls, range finders, wind detectors, extra shotgun shells… You name it.

Want an Ultra Backcountry shirt of your own? Get it here! http://www.proishunting.com/shop/clearance/ultra-backcountry-shirt/

JONI KISER BAGS HER SHEEP IN HAWAII

After many stalks on Sheep in Hawaii last week; I just wasn’t getting close enough. Shortly before my hunt I had dislocated my shoulder and also had a partial tear of my Rotator Cuff. I skipped the surgery option and opted for a steroid injection which took the pain level down and made it so I could shoot my bow. Even so, I had to drop the draw weight way lower than usual. I’m short, with a 25 inch draw and now with my low poundage – I felt that my “ethical” shooting range was 40 yards. We closed the gap on sheep multiple times. Did some really fun stalks belly crawling 60 yards in one instance, or crawling on our hands and knees (this is quite painful on lava rocks) and got 80, 70 and finally 57 yards on the last one. The fog and rain was coming in rapidly and heavy. We knew we only had about 5 minutes to make a decision. There was no cover for me to get behind between me and a very nice ram. He had several females around him and they were skittish. It broke my heart to tell the guide that it was just too far. If I was shooting 70# then of course, If I was even shooting 60# it would have been fine. But I was turned down to 42# and at 57 yards, I knew that it just didn’t have the Kinetic Energy to punch though that thick wool and it would have been slow enough that there would be too much reaction time for him or the females around him to move or spook from my shot. If I wounded him and he ran into the fog which was now very close – we’d lose him. Ethical bow hunting is super important to me. So I said no. The guide looked really, really bummed. He kept saying, “but its a such a nice ram”. LOL. Here’s the shocking part! Most people start off big game huJoniSHeepnting with a gun and then eventually move to a bow. Not me, I started many years ago with a bow and never looked back. Ive taken all kinds of game with my bow, but never, not one single animal, ever with a rifle! The guide had a 30.06 and I whispered; “Ill take it with that gun”. He looked so shocked!! Now mind you, I hadn’t shot a rifle in over 20 years; so I was nervous! I laid down, he said breathe in, breathe out and slow squeeze the trigger. One shot and he dropped. The guide was ecstatic and so was I! I could hardly believe I took my first animal with a rifle! He kept saying, I can’t believe you dropped him in one shot! The fog came in fast and you can see in the background of the photo – there was a mountain there – but all you see is fog. By the time we started to clean it – the fog and rain were upon us. I finished out the hunt week taking a goat, turkey, pheasant and hog with my bow. Will I make gun hunting a part of my plans? Not sure about that because I’m quite addicted to bow hunting – but it was a really cool experience and I’m proud of how hard we worked for this absolutely incredible Sheep! 

-Joni Kiser

Talking Technical With the CEO… Compressed Cuts, A Method For Our Madness.

Byline:  Kirstie Pike- CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

Often, we hear from prospective customers who are disappointed because we do not manufacture a very heavy weight, bulky jacket.

Believe it or not, we do this by design.  We design the entire Prois brand around compressed fabrics and cuts.  Here’s the down and dirty.

  1.  Bulky sleeves interfere with bowstrings.  It’s a fact.  Reduction of this additional fabric reduces the risk of string slap incredibly.
  2. Bulky sleeves interfere when shouldering a gun.  Ever worn a bulky jacket when hunting pheasants?  A very unpleasant experience.  Proper seating of your shotgun is difficult, if not impossible when an oversized, bulky jacket is used.  As we know, this results in poor shots and occasional soft tissue injury if you accidently seat your shotgun into your bicep or shoulder.
  3. Ease of movement.  Compressed fabrics with athletic cuts move with the body more fluidly.  This allows the hunter increased stealth, silence and precision when drawing a bow or shouldering a gun.
  4. Noise reduction.  Sleeker, compressed cuts reduce fabric on fabric noise as well as noise created from slogging through brush and trees.
  5. Layers are more efficient for thermoregulation.  As we discuss continuously, warmth is best earned from layers, not a bulky jacket.  Proper baselayers, insulators and shells create everything a hunter needs to remain warm.  Layers can be removed when perspiration kicks in, layers can be added when the temperatures drop or inclement weather rolls through.

OK!  So that’s compressed hunting gear in a nutshell.  There really is a method to our madness.  Since we are talking jackets…here is a breakdown of  the Prois jackets…

Mid-Weight Windstopping Jackets:  Perfect for warmer weather.  Layering with good baselayers and vests can provide additional warmth.
1.  Pro-Edition Jacket
2.  Generation X Jacket

Core Insulator Jackets:  Mother Nature got it right with goose down.  It’s warm.  It actually functions best when closer to the skin.  We recommend wearing a good baselayer then utilizing the Archtach on top of that.  If additional shell jackets are required for windstopping, waterproofing or additional insulation…you can utilize ANY of our other jackets on top to work with the conditions at hand.
1.  Archtach Down Jacket

Shell Jackets:  Shell jackets are for one of 2 things…rain or additional insulation.  The Gallean is our lightweight rain jacket and can be used as a shell over our other jackets.  Should the weather become cool and damp…we recommend moving on to the Xtreme jacket for water resistance plus additional insulation.
1.  Galleann Rain Jacket
2.  Xtreme Jacket

And there you have it.  Layering, like life, is all about compromise.  Utilize various options for your particular hunt and your particular body type…and you should be set.   And never, never, ever look for just one heavy jacket for your go-to hunting jacket.  Compression and layering are the key to success and comfort!

Pro Edition Jacket

Pro Edition Jacket

Archtach Down Jacket

Archtach Down Jacket

Galleann Rain Jacket

Galleann Rain Jacket

Xtreme Jacket

Xtreme Jacket

Talking Technical…Compressed Cuts- A Method To Our Madness

Byline: Kirstie Pike- CEO & Founder Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

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Often, we hear from prospective customers who are disappointed because we do not manufacture a very heavy weight, bulky jacket. Believe it or not, we do this by design.  We design the entire Prois brand around compressed fabrics and cuts.  Here’s the down and dirty.

  1.  Bulky sleeves interfere with bowstrings.  It’s a fact.  Reduction of this additional fabric reduces the risk of string slap incredibly.
  2. Bulky sleeves interfere when shouldering a gun.  Ever worn a bulky jacket when hunting pheasants?  A very unpleasant experience.  Proper seating of your shotgun is difficult, if not impossible when an oversized, bulky jacket is used.  As we know, this results in poor shots and occasional soft tissue injury if you accidently seat your shotgun into your bicep or shoulder.
  3. Ease of movement.  Compressed fabrics with athletic cuts move with the body more fluidly.  This allows the hunter increased stealth, silence and precision when drawing a bow or shouldering a gun.
  4. Noise reduction.  Sleeker, compressed cuts reduce fabric on fabric noise as well as noise created from slogging through brush and trees.
  5. Layers are more efficient for thermoregulation.  As we discuss continuously, warmth is best earned from layers, not a bulky jacket.  Proper baselayers, insulators and shells create everything a hunter needs to remain warm.  Layers can be removed when perspiration kicks in, layers can be added when the temperatures drop or inclement weather rolls through.

OK!  So that’s compressed hunting gear in a nutshell.  There really is a method to our madness.  Since we are talking jackets…here is a breakdown of  the Prois jackets…

Pro Edition Jacket

Pro Edition Jacket

Mid-Weight Windstopping Jackets:  Perfect for warmer weather.  Layering with good baselayers and vests can provide additional warmth.

1.  Pro-Edition Jacket

2.  Generation X Jacket

 

 

Core Insulator Jackets:  Mother Nature got it right with goose down.  It’s warm.  It actually functions best when closer to the skin.  We recommend wearing a good baselayer then utilizing the Archtach on top of that.  If additional shell jackets are required for windstopping, waterproofing or additional insulation…you can utilize ANY of our other jackets on top to work with the conditions at hand.

1.  Archtach Down Jacket

Archtach Down Jacket

Archtach Down Jacket

 

 

 

 

 

Shell Jackets:  Shell jackets are for one of 2 things…rain or additional insulation.  The Gallean is our lightweight rain jacket and can be used as a shell over our other jackets.  Should the weather become cool and damp…we recommend moving on to the Xtreme jacket for water resistance plus additional insulation.

Galleann Rain Jacket

Galleann Rain Jacket

1.  Galleann Rain Jacket

 

 

 

 

Xtreme Jacket

Xtreme Jacket

2.  Xtreme Jacket

 

And there you have it.  Layering, like life, is all about compromise.  Utilize various options for your particular hunt and your particular body type…and you should be set.   And never, never, ever look for just one heavy jacket for your go-to hunting jacket.  Compression and layering are the key to success and comfort!

TURKEY SEASON IS AROUND THE CORNER; GEAR UP WITH PROIS’ ALL-WEATHER PRODUCTS

Prois Offers Products that are Perfect for Spring Turkey Hunting Endeavors

Prois Turkey Ultra Pant

The hunt for the gobbler of your dreams wouldn’t be the same without Prois all-weather products, perfect for spring turkey season. With fluctuating temperatures, it is important to prepare for anything. Prois offers a variety of pieces that are great for layering and warmth, but compact enough to pack away should temperatures rise. What’s even better, the following products are currently on sale for 20% off retail through the end of March. Take a closer look at the company’s innovative line of women’s hunting apparel.

The Pro-Edition jacket, for example, features a water resistant and wind-stopping laminate shell and is made of compressed fabric, making it easy to stuff in your pack as needed. It is made with a soft exterior, making you the ultimate silent assassin. Deep set hand pockets and a lumbar compartment make extra gear easy to access or stow while on the move. The Pro-Edition jacket also features a 3-panel removable hood and scapular drop pockets located between the shoulder blades to hold activated heat packs. We promise, this jacket will make you feel like you have an alter ego.

Another piece from the Prois Pro-Edition Line is the Pro-Edition Vest. This vest is constructed the same as the Pro-Edition jacket and is great for maintaining core body warmth. It is rip and snag resistant and fits snug to the body making it easy to shoulder your weapon of choice. Like the jacket, the Pro-Edition vest features deep hand pockets with zip closures for gloves and other gadgets.

You might get a strange look from your hunting buddies if you show up to camp wearing just the vest, so let’s discuss some shirts to pair it with. The Prois Ultra Shirts come in all shapes and sizes, including short and long sleeve. They are constructed of birds-eye polyester wicking fabric and are breathable, making them perfect as a layering piece or by themselves.

Another must have on your dream turkey hunt are the Ultra pants; your hunt wouldn’t be the same without them. Made with 100% polyester brushed tricot, the Ultra pants are soft, sturdy, silent, and snag resistant. They feature large cargo pockets with magnetic snap closures, which are specifically constructed to maximize silence. These all-weather pants also come with elasticized cuffing and cordlock that cinch cuff closer to the boot. They really are the best thing since sliced bread.

Put all these products together and you’ll be out in the woods strutting, just like the big tom you’re after. Heck, you might as well have your own theme song.

Find these products and more on sale through March 31st at www.proishunting.com.

BLUE by Meghan Simpson

As I pulled back the bolt of my Winchester 270 and slid a 130-grain Federal bullet into the chamber all I could think about was how I could not wait to call this ram my own.

I was nervous and excited because this wasn’t just a ram I just happened to stumble upon; this was a ram I had watched for five years. I knew where he lived, where he slept, where he spent each summer and fall. This was also an extraordinary ram because he was a Fannin. “Fannin” shemeghansheep5ep “ are a color phase of Dall’s Sheep with white faces and rumps and grey or beige-tan colored backs and sides like a saddle or blanket has been draped over them.” They can be classified as either a Dall sheep or a Stone Sheep. Hence the reason why I named this ram “Blue”. Organizations such as “Grand Slam”, and “Ovis” recognize Fannins as part of the “Grand Slam”.

My guide of choice has always been my dad, so what better person to hunt this ram with than him. He has guided me on ten out of my fifteen hunts, and being able to hunt with family is very special. The North West Territories is a lot similar to New Zealand, where is it legal to use helicopters in association with hunting. So we were able to fly our MeghanSheep1gear and camping equipment to our spike camp. The main difference between using helicopters in the North West Territories and New Zealand is that we have to wait twelve hours before hunting an animal. So we camped the night beside a lake and set up our tents making a plan of attack on Blue. We ate a less than desired mountain house dreaming of sheep meat. At first light we would hike up the opposite side of the valley above the brush to get a good look at him and make sure he was in the area.

The night went by extremely slow in anticipation but daylight came soon and after a breakfast of hot oatmeal and earl grey tea, we repacked our gear and set a plan in stone. Hiking on the opposite side of the valley from Blue, we spotted him just above the snow line all by himself. He was feeding and content which meant we weren’t worried about him going to far. The hike up to where we could finally get in shooting range was notMeghanSheep4 a walk in the park. There were extremely thick willows and it was so steep I was repeatedly hitting my rifle barrel on the rocks above me. One thing to remember when sheep hunting….. it doesn’t hurt to get into “Sheep Shape’ before you set out to climb a mountain! The fact that I was only a two-hour hike from Blue was all I needed to think about to push me that extra bit. When we reached the tree line where we had seen Blue, we took off our packs and crouched down to discuss how the last hundred yards would go. My dad has guided hunters to well over 50 ram’s so this was not his first stalk. Getting into 80 yards was a bit easier with all the tall grass and willows but the fact that this ram was bedded down facing us when we spotted him made it extremely nerve racking. I hadMeghanSheep6 a window between three spruce trees and using my knee as a rest, I made a shot with that trusty 270. Blue was staring right at me, so when I pulled the trigger I aimed at his chest. My dad was whispering to me, “aim at that crease right between his front legs”. Blue never left his bed and I had my very own Fannin ram!

I have the utmost respect for every animal I have taken over the past 11 years. Experiences that I have shared with family and friends while hunting will never be forgotten.

Ain’t Too Proud to Beg

by Nancy Rodriguez

The first day of spring turkey season is always magical. As I climb under the low tree branches in the dark, I know today will be a great day in the field. I am hunting after all! My decoys are set 20 yards out, ready for some action. I take my stand in the twilight. I quietly adjust myself in the tall, damp grass and slowly place twigs and branches around me for extra concealment. I lean against a mighty oak tree with my backpack next to me and shotgun across my lap. I have my arsenal of turkey calls ready to start their love songs.

As the curtain of darkness starts to rise, I am greeted with the beauty of spring. The new leaves on the trees are fluorescent green and dew sparkles across the blades of grass all around. Birds are singing back and forth, as a butterfly feeds on a lupine flower at my feet. Suspended from “my” oak tree hangs a shiny thread with an oak worm attached to it. It is gently swinging in the morning breeze. Is there anything better than this?

I start with the first song on my playlist…”Love Me Tender.” My slate call sounds great. I hope a gobbler recognizes this song and gobbles. Hmmm…Nothin! Again…Nothin!!! OK, I change the song. Mouth call in for the next song…”I’m Too Sexy”… Nothin!!! I switch between these two songs for a couple of hours and no action. Damn Birds!!!

As I quiet back down, my right bum cheek starts to go numb. My nose is running to who knows where, and I have a flock of not turkeys around me, but mosquitoes! Only my eyes are showing a small amount of flesh and of course a mosquito finds it. As I realize I’m getting nailed right on my eyebrow, my left bum cheek goes numb. I have an oak worm inching across my knee, and a spider crawling across the rim of my hat. I slowly flick off my buddies just as a gnat flies right into my eyeball. Direct hit! I rub most of him out except for what feels like his left wing. Serves him right! Where’s my turkey? Damn birds!!

Okay, time to bust out my go to song. I use this only when all else fails. As I break out my box call, I am really ready for some action! I shift on my now completely numb bum and try not to think about my itchy eyebrow. I sniff my runaway bogey nose, blink my eye with a floating gnat appendage in it, and notice there are oak worms dropping down on me like paratroopers! Time to get this show on the road!

Next song up…”Ain’t to Proud to Beg.” As I hit the chorus-GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE! Yeah baby!! I turn up the sound and hit it again…“I AIN”T TO PROUD TO BEG”. GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE! This time he’s closer. I aim my barrel in the direction of the gobble and with my adrenaline pumping, I wait. I watch the tall grass for any sign of movement, and pray I will see a glowing red head appear. He moves closer and closer, gobbling as he tries to find the hen singing a song no mother would approve of. I line up my fluorescent orange bead on the beautiful red head that magically appears and pull the trigger. Poor thing, he didn’t stand a chance.

A Prois chick playing “Ain’t to Proud to Beg” gets them every time!!!

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The Art of Layering…And We Aren’t Talking About Cake.

By: Kirstie Pike- CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel

Although we really like cake. And gummies. And Sour Patch Kids.

IMG_5472 Layering is indeed the key to optimal thermoregulation and performance no matter what type of hunting you are doing. There is a common belief that layering only matters on high impact exertional hunts. Not true…not true.

Despite the fact that we at Prois like to talk tech when it comes to layering and optimizing your gear…it really is as simple as 1,2,3.

1. Baselayer
2. Insulate
3. Shell
See. Totally easy.

I know this now takes the wind out of our sails and reduces the amount of verbiage we can throw at you but this is all you need to keep in mind when choosing gear for your next outing. Since turkey season is upon us, let’s carve it up like so…

1. Baselayer: You will want full arm coverage for camouflage. A fabric choice that provides wicking is best as temperatures can fluctuate from cold to hot in hours during this season. I am personally a huge fan of merino wool and love our Icebreaker products for this. However, merino could be a bit warm in the hot climates, thus I recommend a poly birdseye blend fabric as is offered in our Ultra line of shirts. Both options will keep you covered and wick moisture. Pants. I suppose you need those as well. While they aren’t really considered a baselayer, it makes me look all smart and everything to work it into the baselayer section. Both the Pro-Edition and Ultra pants are PERFECT for turkey season. Made of the same heavy polyester tricot, the only difference between the pants is the cut. The Pro-Edition pants sit a bit higher on the waist and have elastic in the waistband and camstraps to adjust. The Ultra Pants are fashioned a bit lower on the waist and tend to have a bit more room through the thighs and hips. For that…I love the Ultras.

2. Insulate: Consider this your core. A vest is a great insulator for turkey season as it will keep you warmer in the cold morning and evening hours. I love the Pro-Edition vest for turkey season. Often I shed my jacket and use only the vest which has a huge lumbar compartment across the lower back. I stow my soft goods and calls there. I like to carry less, so I am a pocket fanatic.

3. Shell: Simply stated…this is your jacket. Your shell should provide some additional protection from the elements. Essentially, what you need is windstopping and/or waterproofing. The Pro-Edition and Generation X Jackets both provide windstopping and water resistance (NOT waterproofing) and are perfect for spring turkey hunting. Both jackets have hoods to provide additional coverage and camouflage. Both jackets are of the same fabric and the only differences are these…the Pro-Edition has a removable hood and the length of the jacket is shorter—the Generation X hood remains intact and the body of the jacket is longer. Tons of pockets and storage in both.

See…layering for turkey season is quite simple! And you know what else…most of these products are on sale RIGHT now on our website. How cool is that?? Go on…stock yourself up for this turkey season!