Archery Shooting Tips by Megan DeHaan

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-5-00-42-pmLess than 2 weeks before archery antelope opens. Holy cow that went fast! If your like me your ran ragged all summer long with haying season you rarely have time to practice your shooting. That still doesn’t give you a single excuse to not get it done if you want a successful and ethical archery season. A few simple steps you must take can be the difference between a terrible shot and a successful harvest! I never actually “put away” my bow for the season. I constantly find excuses to use it throughout the year. It has a space in my garage that’s easily accessible. With that said, there are still a few things I inspect this time of year. First, is everything tight? I’ve had my rest actually come loose before, this is a MUST before you go out and shoot. Secondly, inspect your strings. Are they frayed? Do they need wax? Third, my quiver is always full but make sure you know what your shooting! Sounds silly but it’s pretty easy to assume you have all field tips on only to find out there is one random broadhead. I also inspect my arrows before I ever shoot them. Clink them against your hand or something hard to make sure you don’t hear any broken ones, or if your tips aren’t properly screwed on tight. I never shoot old arrows in actual hunting situations. Make sure you are all setup and ready to go before the first day of season. Your local stores may sell out of your favorite broad head you sighted in with all month. Lastly, HAVE FUN! Hunting is supposed to be a wonderful and challenging experience. If you are well prepared, it can make all the difference in the world!

Megan DeHaan

 

BIG GAME SEASON IS HERE: PROPER LAYERING IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS AND COMFORT

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Prois® Hunting Apparel Utilizes Layering Systems to Enhance Thermoregulation

Mother Nature is wildly unpredictable. Hunters are often blindsided by an instantaneous change in weather while afield. This is why a good layering system is the key to success when going hunting. With multiple layers of clothing, each performing a different function, hunters find it easier to properly manage body tempurature and adapt to unexpected weather changes as needed. Prois® specializes in a 3-step layering system- base layer, insulatory, and shell. All of which are durable, functional, and compact, without sacrificing comfort and silence.

A lightweight, breathable base-layer is a good starting point for most big game hunts that require lots of hiking and strenuous activity. The Prois® Ultra line is the perfect all-around base-layer for these hunts. The Ultra shirts are constructed of Prois’ signature polyester birdseye wicking fabric to create an athletic shirt that will easily fit underneath outer shells. They come in a variety of styles for different activities. The Ultra backcountry, Ultra Hoodie, and Ultra Long Sleeve are all available at www.proishunting.com.

The 2nd layer in Prois’ 3-step system is the insulatory layer. When your core, or torso, is warm it readily releases blood to the extremities, which in turn helps to keep hands and feet warm. This is why a vest is such a good choice for hunters. Furthermore, a vest can easily be stored in your pack as temperatures rise. The Pro-Edition Vest is wind and water resistant, with deep set hand pockets for additional storage or a soft place to rest your hands. A zipper garage at the chin reduces chaffing from the zipper mechanism.

Couple the Pro-Edition Vest with either the Pro-Edition or Generation-X Jackets to complete your 3-step layering system with a durable, silent, and fully functional shell. They are each lined with Prois’ signature Nylon Tricot lining system, which makes them easier to don over multiple layers. The Pro-Edition Jacket features a detachable hood, which makes it extremely versatile. Both jackets are soft, silent, and wind/water resistant to ensure your comfort and success in the field. They also include Prois’ signature scapular pockets located between the shoulder blades to further enhance thermoregulation.

All of these items come together in an effort to further add to your hunting experience. They are each featured in the following camo patterns: MothWing Mountain Mimicry, Realtree AP®, and Realtree Max1®.

View the complete line of Prois® Hunting Apparel at www.proishunting.com or call (970) 641-3355 to receive additional advice from the staff on recommended sizing and camo patterns.

Prois was created for women, by women who refuse to settle for downsized men’s gear or upsized children’s gear. Each garment is created with the most technologically advanced fabrics available and a host of advanced features to provide comfort, silence and durability. The company’s out-of-the-box thinking has resulted in amazing designs for serious hunters that have taken the industry by storm and raised the bar for women’s outdoor apparel.

How to Capture Quality Pictures from Your Hunt

Well it’s that time of year when the Ladies of the Prois Posse are getting it done in the field. Here are a few tips and reminders about how to capture the best pictures from your hunt so that you will have a memory and keepsake to last a lifetime.

– Take the time to move your animal into a good position for pictures. You want to move it out of the area that it bled out and into an area where you can set up for some different angled field pictures.
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– Set it up in a natural bedded down position; this is a much more photogenic pose than having the legs sticking straight out.
– Take your pictures before you gut; an open carcass is more gore than most people want to see or frame up on their walls. If you forget to take a picture before, or need to get the guts out fast, make sure that the open cavity is hidden in pictures and there is no visible gut pile.
– Clean up blood on the face and make sure that the tongue is not hanging out; an easy fix is to simply cut the tongue out. Snow, baby wipes, or even some water from your pack and mitts will go a long way.
– Don’t ride the animal, don’t even half straddle it. Show that animal respect and make sure you are sitting right behind it. Also, don’t play with the angle and sit 27 feet behind it so that it looks bigger than it is.
– Take multiple pictures from multiple angles; you can’t retake these so it’s easier to delete too many than wish that you took a few more.
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– Try to avoid major shadows on the animal and the hunters face by using the angle of the sun to highlight the picture evenly.
– Don’t only take pictures from the back of your truck or hanging from a tree; make sure you capture the animal in the environment that the hunt took place.
– Skyline antlers if possible; this help to highlight those racks.
– Be aware of where your rifle is pointed when propped. We all love to show off what helped us get our animals, but gun safety and perception is imperative and takes two seconds to make sure that it isn’t pointed at anyone even when unloaded.
– Most importantly, be proud! Smile for the opportunity to be one with nature, for the chance to put your own food on the table, the fact that you know where your food came from and smile for the amazing memory you have created.
Good luck this season ladies!!!

Until We Meet Again

by Nancy Rodriguez

What is it that draws us to venture into the backcountry? Is it the burning muscles and strained lungs that help get us to the top of the mountain? Is it the sweat soaked clothes that will never be the same after the journey? Is it the desire to sleep on dirt, tuck into a claustrophobic mummy bag, and surround ourselves with a paper thin home away from home? Maybe it’s the exciting (OK…maybe frightening) sudden lightning storms that roll through the high country on warm summer days. Perhaps it’s the hummingbird size mosquitoes that latch on to every inch of exposed skin, trying to drain us like a juice box. NancyRodriguez2

It’s clear spending time in the backcountry is a paradox. It’s a balance between discomfort and the pleasure of feeling completely at ease and at “home”.

Summer is the time that my husband Joe and I love some backcountry therapy, so we are venturing into the Eastern Sierra’s of California on a hiking and fishing excursion. Our hike will take us to several high mountain lakes around 10,000 feet in elevation. This will be a great way to get our legs and lungs ready for the hunting season ahead.

As the miles pass under our boots, Mother Nature’s beauty encompasses us and I know there is nowhere else I would rather be. Huge rocky spires still covered in snow tower above. Spring rains have brought vibrant lush green foliage and Skittle colored wildflowers to the surrounding hills. Yellow, orange, and purple butterflies dance about while they guide us up the mountain. Birds sing, play, and bathe in the trailside snow runoff. A fluffy marmot scurries across a granite boulder in front of us. Nature’s beauty acts as a mild anesthetic, numbing the pain on our bodies but only for a little while. As we crest the final ridge we begin to feel energized. There before us lies an electric blue high mountain lake with sun lit diamonds dancing across the surface. Avalanche chutes are carved in the remaining snow as waterfalls pour from them into the lake below. I’m not sure why, but colors always seem more brilliant in the backcountry. The view nearly takes my breath away. Before long I see a ripple break the surface of the water and I feel an overwhelming urge to wet a line, but the fish will have to wait… for now. With dark clouds building on the ridges above, we should find a camp site first.NancyRodriguez4

Two tired and happy backpackers weave in and out of the dense pine forest and climb across large granite boulders until we find a camp site. A perfect flat spot amongst the short green grass and wildflowers is calling to our tent. The spot has a 360 degree unobstructed view of pure beauty and will make a perfect home for the next four days. We quickly set up our camp like we have done a hundred times before. The tent is set, water purifier hung, bear containers packed with food, and our essentials tucked away in their temporary homes. Looking out across the lake we embrace the peace and solitude.

The scramble down to the water’s edge is full of excitement and childhood wonder. Our lines are tossed in unison as we try to decide what the fish will hit. Our spoons and jigs dance through the water until one of us feels the unmistakable tug on the line and a beautiful trout breaks the surface. “Fish On” echoes in the silenNancyRodriguez3ce as I look down the shore and watch my husband smile and reel in the first fish. Many more follow.

As the sky starts it’s nightly sunset ritual, we sit crossed legged on the dirt enjoying the show. We dine on a gourmet meal of fresh trout as twinkling stars start to appear in the night sky and moonlight reflects across the lake. We snuggle together listening to the distant waterfall and taking in this perfect summer night.

After a blissful night sleep, the morning birds start to sing and gently stir us from our mountain slumber. The cool air fills my lungs; I wipe the sleep from my eyes and heat water for my morning coffee. Joe and I perch ourselves on a rock and cradle warm mugs as we watch the mountains wake up. I swear my coffee has never tasted so good. After breakfast, we lace up our boots, throw on our packs, and grab our fishing poles.NancyRodriguez1

Our boots burn through miles of dirt over the next few days as we search out different high mountain lakes. The fishing is out of this world and we feel our batteries recharge.

It’s hard to say goodbye to this beautiful place. With our backpacks loaded and hiking sticks in hand, Joe and I gaze out at the gorgeous beauty of the backcountry. We give our thanks for all that Mother Nature gives to us…a beautiful journey through life. We head down the trail and I glance back one last time…Until we meet again.

SET YOUR SIGHTS ON PROIS HUNTING APPAREL’S ARCHERY PRODUCTS

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Prois Aims to Please with the Most Functional Women’s Hunting Gear on the Market

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for; Archery season is finally within reach and it feels so good. As always, Prois Hunting Apparel has got you covered (literally) with the most functional women’s hunting apparel on the market. Take a peek at the gear Prois suggests for bow season.

A good pair of pants can make or break your hunting experience. Prois Ultra Pants are constructed of durable, 100% polyester brushed tricot fabric, which will ensure a comfortable fit that you’ll love more and more each time you wear them. Large cargo pockets with magnetic snap closures provide plenty of room for storage of extra gear. Cordlock cinches cuff closer to the boot during the hunt. The Ultra Pants are fitted just below the natural waistline and feature knee pleats for ease of movement when sitting, squatting, and stalking. You can find Prois’ Ultra Pants in sizes XS-XL and in Realtree AP or Max1.

Pair the Ultra Pants with Prois’ most popular jacket, the Pro-Edition. The Prois Pro-Edition jacket is a must have as the temperatures begin to plummet. It features a water resistant and wind-stopping laminate shell and is made of compressed fabric, making it easy to store in your pack as needed. It is constructed of 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. It also features a 3-panel removable hood and scapular drop pockets located between the shoulder blades to hold activated heat packs. The Pro-Edition jacket comes in sizes XS-XXL and in Realtree Max1, Realtree AP, and Mountain Mimicry.

New for 2016, Próis Galleann rain jacket and pants are the company’s premium, technical rain suit and have been scientifically designed to be the most functional and durable rain gear in the industry. Constructed from 100 percent polyester 20,000 / 10,000 laminate, Galleann Rain gear is extremely lightweight and completely waterproof – always important whether it’s drizzling or an all-out storm. Whether sitting, squatting, lying down, or even running, this jacket and pant combo is designed to move seamlessly with you. What’s more, they are built to be silent when performing all these actions. Finally, their breathable fabric allows you to remain as dry as possible.

Get all of these items and more at www.proishunting.com or call (970) 641-3355 to receive additional advice from the staff on recommended sizing and camo patterns.

Prois was created for women, by women who refuse to settle for downsized men’s gear or upsized children’s gear. Each garment is created with the most technologically advanced fabrics available and a host of advanced features to provide comfort, silence and durability. The company’s out-of-the-box thinking has resulted in amazing designs for serious hunters that have taken the industry by storm and raised the bar for women’s outdoor apparel.

To learn more about the company’s innovative line of serious, high-performance huntwear for real women, contact: Prois Hunting and Field Apparel, 28001-B US Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 · (970) 641-3355 · Or visit: www.proishunting.com

FROM HEAD TO TOE… PROIS® HAS GOT YOU COVERED

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Próis® Hunting Apparel Offers Accessories Better Suited for the Woman Hunter

Only a few months until another round of hunting seasons commence across North America. What does that mean? It’s time to start organizing your gear in anticipation. Old and worn out gear may need replacing, and now is the perfect time to do it. Próis offers a variety of hunting accessories made specifically for the woman hunter. And, let’s face it, who doesn’t love accessories?

A good hunting pack is the perfect place to start. Spending a little extra for a quality pack is a must. For something that won’t wear out after one season, try Badlands brand packs. The Badlands Kali Day Pack was designed to fit the physiological differences between men and women. This includes a shorter torso, more contoured shoulder straps, and a waist belt which is angled to fit the natural curvature of a woman’s hips. The center of gravity is positioned to enhance the balance point of the fairer sex as well. These packs accommodate a bow or rifle and are built with plenty of pockets for better organization of gear.

Ideally, you will be packing out some delicious wild game at the end of your hunt, so coming prepared with game bags is a good idea. Próis carries Caribou Gear Game Bags, which are reusable, ultra durable, and easy to clean. These bags come in two different sizes, made specifically for the species you plan to hunt. Caribou game bags are made with synthetic materials that are stretch, snag, and tear resistant.

Possibly one of the most important accessories for hunting the backcountry is a reliable pair of boots that will last through multiple seasons. Your feet deserve the best and Próis delivers, featuring women-specific boots which are each built for comfort, durability, and functionality. All available through the Próis website, you can choose from three different brands and multiple styles: Grub’s, Kenetrek, and Zamberlan.

As mentioned before, if your feet aren’t happy, you quite literally will not get very far. Pair your boots with the ever-so heavenly Incrediwear Incredisocks. Built for speed, performance and sustainability, Incredisocks possess a versatile combination of chic fashion coupled with extreme comfort and the healthful features you have come to expect from Incrediwear. Made from bamboo charcoal, the sleek designs only confirm Incrediwear’s commitment to perfection. What can we say? These socks are incredible.

Find all of these items and more at www.proishunting.com.

Próis was created for women, by women who refuse to settle for downsized men’s gear or upsized children’s gear. Each garment is created with the most technologically advanced fabrics available and a host of advanced features to provide comfort, silence and durability. The company’s out-of-the-box thinking has resulted in amazing designs for serious hunters that have taken the industry by storm and raised the bar for women’s outdoor apparel.

To learn more about the company’s innovative line of serious, high-performance huntwear for real women, contact: Próis® Hunting and Field Apparel, 28001-B US Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 · (970) 641-3355 · Or visit: www.proishunting.com

GO WILD FOR PRÓIS® HUNTING APPAREL’S SAFARI SALE

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Próis® Safari Gear is Currently On Sale Through the Month of June

Whether it’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip or you are going for the tenth time, the excitement of heading to Africa never dwindles. As if a trip to Africa wasn’t exciting enough, Próis® Hunting Apparel is having a sale on all Safari products through the month of June in celebration. Take a closer look at some Safari items the women’s-only apparel company has to offer.

Africa can be very hot, which means breathable, moisture wicking, and UV protecting fabrics are a must. Próis Sojourn T-shirts are made with all of these qualities and more. The Sojourn Safari short sleeve is the perfect shirt for a day in the bush. It is made of a polyester/spandex blend fabric, which makes it extremely pliable, form-fitting, and silent. When the weather calls for something warmer, try a Sojourn Safari Hoodie, which is constructed of the same soft and stretchable materials. The hood is great for added concealment during a stalk or extra blockage from the wind as temperatures decline at dawn and dusk. Próis Sojourn T-shirts come in colors Khaki and Olive and from sizes XS-XXL.

Próis’ Adventure Pants are great for any activity, but they fit especially well into the Safari lifestyle where mobility is key. Constructed of 94% nylon and 6% spandex, these pants have plenty of stretch and move seamlessly with you as you stalk. They are purposely cut with ample room through the rear, hips, and thighs for added breathability and ease of movement. Pockets along the front and back of the pants are perfect for storing gear while on the go. Additionally, they feature belt loops for your belt and ammo pouch. The Adventure Pants are available in Olive and Stone and in sizes XS-XXL.

A belt, ammo pouch, and sling are essential for hunting the Dark Continent as it’s likely you’ll spend a large portion of the day on foot. Be sure to check out Próis’ selection of leather goods which are on sale through the end of June.

Get all of these items and more at www.proishunting.com. All of the above products can easily be found on sale in the clearance section of the Próis website.

Próis was created for women, by women who refuse to settle for downsized men’s gear or upsized children’s gear. Each garment is created with the most technologically advanced fabrics available and a host of advanced features to provide comfort, silence and durability. The company’s out-of-the-box thinking has resulted in amazing designs for serious hunters that have taken the industry by storm and raised the bar for women’s outdoor apparel.

To learn more about the company’s innovative line of serious, high-performance huntwear for real women, contact: Próis® Hunting and Field Apparel, 28001-B US Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 · (970) 641-3355 · Or visit: www.proishunting.com

Talking Technical… Sojourn Safari Hoodie

MiaEnstromIn honor of all things SAFARI at Prois this month, we’d like to go a little more in depth about one of our favorite shirts, the Sojourn Safari Hoodie. Not only is it the perfect addition to your duffel when heading to the Dark Continent, this hoodie is also fantastic for activities such as hiking or preseason scouting trips. Let’s touch base on the properties that make the Sojourn so heavenly:

1. Polyester/spandex fabric. Known for being extremely durable, quick to dry, and moisture wicking. These fabrics are very pliable and resilient, making them perfectly capable of withstanding the strenuous activity of a hunter’s lifestyle.

2. Antimicrobial properties. These help to destroy and inhibit the growth of microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi. Bacteria and fungi cause odor, and odor is down right bad for hunting… What more can we say? Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 1.14.13 PM

3. UV Protection. A tighter weave makes it more difficult for sun to pass through the fabric, which makes the Sojourn hoodie the perfect garment for spending an extended amount of time in the outdoors.

4. The power of the hood. Let’s face it, a hood makes anyone feel more powerful. It also offers protection from sun and wind.

5. SALE SALE SALE!!! The Sojourn hoodie is… wait for it… on sale for $65.00 through the month of June, so you better strike while the iron’s hot!

Click here to view all our current sale items!

How To Clean a Gar

by Gretchen Steele

Gar – that ugly prehistoric dinosaur of a fish – simply do not get the respect they deserve. Not only do they offer one heck of fight on rod and reel, they are a bowfishing staple fish. Sadly, their reputation as a junk trash fish combined with their armor–like hide keeps many from enjoying this abundant and great tasting fish.

I hate the term “trash fish” and the term “rough fish” is almost as bad, but I am still having a hard time getting my head wrapped around the oh-so- politically correct “underutilized native fish”. BUT The truth is that gar are a terribly under utilized native fish in many areas.

I’ve become somewhat of a gar ambassador, and when I see fellow anglers curse, kill and toss these exceptionally good eat fish aside – I just can’t stop my pushy self from interfereing and going so far as to whip out my cleaning tools and show them on the spot that cleaning and using a gar is far more easy than myth and legend would have one believe.

Cleaning a gar may seem like a daunting task, and there are multitudes of myths about the cleaning of gar and the meat – so here’s a quick how to for rendering that scary looking toothy monster ready for the table.

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lots of good meat on this 8lb 14 oz gar that was arrowed by my bowfishing partner in crime Amy Young of Henshaw, KY

First gather the few extra tools you will need:
1.Sharp sturdy skinning type knife
2.Tin snips
3.Thin flexible fillet knife
4. Gloves for those who wish to avoid the small cuts that sometimes result from sharp gar scales.

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Place the gar on you cleaning surface and begin by making a horizontal cut directly behind the head. Given the bone like quality of gar scales, insert your knife tip between the scale lines in order to make the cut much easier.

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Once the horizontal cut is made, grab you tin snips and insert them just below the hide and begin making the long vertical cut down the center of the gar’s back.
When your tin snips reach the dorsal fin, make a second horizontal cut downwards along the scale line. Using a sharp and flexible fillet knife separate the “armor” from the sweet white tenderloin meat.

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Now you are ready to begin the filleting portion of the cleaning.

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Insert the tip of your fillet knife between the meat and the hide and begin to slowly slice the meat away from the hide on each side.
Once you have the hide free of the “loins” and meaty part of the fish, insert the fillet knife along the backbone of the fish, and simply slice the meat away from the ribs. Be aware that a gar’s rib cage is very long and extends nearly all the way to the tail.

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The top loins are the good eating part of the gar. The “belly meat” is next to nothing, and full of bones, so all you are after are the two large loins.
There you have it – now that wasn’t that difficult was it? Since gar can become so very large the amount of good meat even from a single fish makes them well worth keeping and cleaning!

A NOTE OF CAUTION – NEVER EVER CONSUME THE EGGS FROM A GAR – THEY ARE EXTREMELY TOXIC TO ALL MAMMALS – INCLUDING HUMANS! Always dispose of the eggs in manner that no pets, birds, or people can get into them.

We prepare gar in a number of ways – but the all-time favorite at our house is “Poor Man’s Lobster”.
1.Cut the gar meat into bite sized chunks
2.Prepare a pot of crab boil, just as you would if you were going to boil crawfish, shrimp etc. Drop the chunks into the boil
3.Boil five minutes, remove from heat and allow to sit for an additional five minutes before removing the fish chunks.
4.Serve with melted butter, lemon juice or chill for later use.
5.You can substitute the gar cooked this way for most any recipe that calls for cooked crab meat or lobster.