A Word From the CEO- It Is Officially The Hunting Doldrums

IMG_7545By:  Kirstie Pike- CEO & Founder Prois Hunting Apparel

The doldrums.

I was recently putting away all of my gear and equipment from turkey season when it came to me.  This time of year is officially the Doldrums for hunters.

Typically, as I offload my packs and gear at the end of one particular hunting season, I am simultaneously repacking and organizing for the next hunt which is never far behind.  I am changing calls, optics and essentials.  I am switching out from shotgun to rifle to bow.  I am packing licenses, ONYXmaps and whatever else I need.

But it is the Doldrums and my pack (named Packpack) sits empty and withered in my closet. When I open the door Packpack makes me feel guilty. He just stares at me with a big, frowning zipper.  But it’s not just that.  Here are some additional signs that I am drifting about in the hunting Doldrums.

  • I log onto the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website weekly to see when the small game regulation brochure comes out.  Something has to be in season soon.
  • I drive past all of my duck hunting honey holes every day.  I find myself counting ducks, looking at the terrain and quietly letting all waterfowl know that they will be mine.
  • I slow down to count geese.  Oh man…there are geese.  Lots of geese.  They will be mine.
  • I may have logged on to see when the 2016 waterfowl dates are.  Still.  Not.  Posted.
  • I begin irrationally hoarding all wildgame in the freezer.
  • I have already purchased my turkey loads for fall.  I wasn’t a boy scout, but I like preparation.
  • My husband won’t acknowledge my repeated requests to go scouting.  Something about no access yet.  Pish.  Whatever.
  • I have rearranged the fall hunting licenses on the bulletin board by dates and alphabetical order.
  • I went to the close out sale at Sports Authority for shorts.  Didn’t buy shorts but did buy two new pairs of hunting gloves.
  • When I pull out of the garage, I promise Lola (my bow) that I will pay more attention to her soon.  It’s not her.  It’s me.
  • I sit on the deck with a glass of wine and find myself ranging objects on the ranch.
  • I can neither confirm nor deny I have investigated the weather patterns and precipitation for the last three years for the dates of my sheep hunt.  Don’t judge.
  • I may or may not have mentally rearranged the house for potential incoming mounts.
  • I have entered all posted hunting seasons in various states into my calendar.  You never know.

So there it is.  I have been cast adrift in the hunting doldrums and am impatiently waiting for the winds to change.  It seems I will continue to mouth breathe my way into fall and continue my ever increasing Doldrum activities until that time.  Until then…

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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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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.

PRÓIS® HUNTING APPAREL PARTNERS WITH goHUNT.COM

Join goHUNT INSIDER and Get $50 in Prois® Gear

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Prois Hunting Apparel recently joined forces with the popular internet-based company, goHUNT.com, which is a digital platform and community built for Western hunters. The two companies have teamed up to offer Prois gear with the purchase of a goHUNT INSIDER membership. As both companies cater in large part to the Western hunter, the partnership was a natural fit.

goHUNT INSIDER is the industry leader for everything Western Hunting. Their tools, like Filtering 2.0, are completely changing how hunts are found. Customizable filters make it easy to instantly find opportunity hunts and trophy hunts. Join goHUNT INSIDER and redeem your $50 Prois Gift Card by going to http://www.goHUNT.com/INSIDER and use promo code “PROIS” at checkout. To learn more about goHUNT INSIDER click here.

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Learn more about this incredible offer by going to: http://www.goHUNT.com/prois.

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

MAKE YOUR MARK THIS SEASON AT THE SHOOTING RANGE

Try Próis® Hunting Apparel For Gear That’s Always on Target

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It’s that time of year again and the shooting range is calling your name. Whether you prefer 3-d archery or the sporting clay course, Próis has got you covered. The women’s only hunting apparel company offers some of the most technologically advanced hunting and shooting garments in the industry. Take a closer look at staff favorites for a day at the range.

The moment you don the Artemis Competitive shooting shirt, you will look and feel like a champion. This shirt is perfectly breathable and great for summer days spent busting clays or drilling bullseyes. Made with moisture wicking poly/spandex fabric, you need not worry about overheating in your gear. With a sleek design, not only will you shoot great, you will look and feel great also. Unlike most in its category, the Artemis comes with a lumbar pocket for stowing extra gear. The Artemis shirt is available in black and white or red and white and comes in sizes XS to XL.

Combine the Artemis shirt with a pair of pants that match its sleek design. Made with 94% nylon and 6% spandex, the Adventure pants are the perfect candidate for any spring or summer activity in the outdoors. Extremely lightweight and breathable fabric makes these pants a must have for range days when temperatures are less than ideal. With ample room through the rear, hips, and thighs, the Adventure pants allow for plenty of movement, making any strenuous activity a breeze. Pant sizes range from XS to XXL and come in colors Stone and Olive.

A functional shooting vest is a necessity on the range. Próis has constructed one of the only women’s specific shooting vests on the market today. The Competitor Shooter’s Vest is made with all of the functions you need and a fit you will love. A feminine cut reduces bulk, ensuring you look good and shoot even better. Bilateral shoulder padding accommodates left and right-handed shooters and internal pockets accommodate gel packs. With two front expandable cargo pockets and a rear mesh pouch, this vest offers plenty of room for shells, hearing protection, and glasses. What’s even more, should you decide you don’t need the entire vest, it unzips at the waist to convert to a shooting apron. The Competitor Shooter’s vest comes in colors Black and Khaki and sizes XS to XL.

Find all of these items on sale now at www.proishunting.com. For additional information or questions about gear, call the Próis office at (970) 641-3355.

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

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!

A Word From the CEO- Learning To Hunt Merriam’s In Colorado

By: Kirstie PIke
CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

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You know, they aren’t kidding when they say that Merriams are tough hunting.  Their preference for mountainous terrain, their love for wooded cover and their disdain for dying at my hands makes them difficult at best.  While I am really giving it the college try this year by hunting solo (I have yet to harvest a Merriam) I have learned much…what I fondly call my discourse of humility and rage.  Here are my lessons learned so far…

What I have love most about hunting this bird is the perpetual spot and stalk.  I verge on ADHD and cannot sit still long.  Not to mention, the older I get the more it hurts to, well, sit.  I have found more action by setting up.  Calling a bit.  Waiting it out for some avian communication may take some time, but once you get some noise, be patient.  Don’t over call.  A lesson I am learning the hard way.  If nothing is happening, it doesn’t hurt to move on.

I have also found that spending a fair amount of time just scouting the region if the hunting is cold has been very helpful.  Locating water, roosts and feeding routes can be very helpful.

Be prepared to put on some miles.  Covering more ground gives more opportunity.  Merriams have a wide range and are considered to be turkey nomads.  It is not uncommon to put on four or five miles in a morning.

Use a locator call in the morning.  Crow or owl work well.  I am still working on honing this skill, but I have found it to be helpful.

I am a minimalist by nature.  I don’t like to pack a lot with me.  It is typically unnecessary.  Too much gear is, well, just too much.  Short of a weapon, decoy, call and binoculars I have found that a GPS with ONXMaps HUNT is invaluable.  If you are not familiar, ONXMaps can be purchased for use on your GPS or on your cell phone.  Warning- cellphone app is not helpful if you have no service.  You can purchase a card for the state you hunt and this provide very detailed mapping that allows you to know precisely where public vs private land exists.  The first time I used it I was impressed.  Had I NOT had it, I would have really limited myself on hunting area by not knowing the actual boundaries.  Not to mention, (and this is no lie) I may have had to start making a waypoint for my truck each time I go out as I tend to lose that sucker every time. In fact, I could swear that someone moves it each time I go out.  I mean, it IS possible.

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I have come to rely on my GPS to mark roost trees and areas where I have found more activity.  Given the fact that the Colorado terrain is far from open and flat, it can become a bit disorienting to relocate key areas.  Directionally impaired or not, this feature saves a lot of time and frustration.

As the morning progresses, I have found that finding a high point with decent cover so I can glass the area is very helpful.  In fact, I have found birds when I was about to hang it up for the day.  If you have an entire day and don’t have to rush on to work, hang tight in the late morning and early afternoon near some open areas where you have found sign.

Now…as mentioned, these are my lessons learned to date.  I am certain I will have a million more failures before a success…so stay tuned!

 

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/