From the Prois Ladies Room~ 4 Great Tips for Running & Gunning Turkeys

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

 

Great Turkey Tips for Fidgeters!

I confess.  I cannot sit still.  Not at all.  Even if I AM sitting still, I am not.  In fact, I had one turkey guide nickname me, “Fidgets”.

This does in fact pose a problem when it comes to turkey hunting.  I. Just. Can’t. Sit. Still.

Having spent a good amount of time pursuing turkeys this spring, it has become sport for me to keep on the run.  While this technique of run and gun flies in the face of most methods of turkey hunting, it has become one of my favorite endeavors!

Ok, I confess.  I can sit quietly early in the morning.  Even if I have had 3 cups of coffee.  I may be twitchy, but I can sit and wait for the gobblers to come down from their roost, round up their hens and get on the move.  I can sit and call and be patient.  I can sit and assess the movements of the birds.

Until they move away from me.  Then it’s on like Donkey Kong.

All joking aside, this method of hunting can indeed be successful.  With a bit of planning and a willingness to take a chance, you can indeed spot and stalk that bird.

  1. Understand the typical movements of the birds you are hunting:  If you are familiar with their roosting patterns, you should also have an idea as to which directions they tend to move. Don’t be afraid to spend a few mornings and evenings just observing.  Once the birds are on the move, it is often easy to plan a quick route to cut them off.
  2. Have a good understanding of the land and cover:  Be aware as to where the water sources are.  Know where the brush breaks are and where your best routes are located.  This enables you to get into a new location quickly, efficiently and quietly.  Nothing is more frustrating than being on the move only to be stopped by impassible obstacles. Spend time scouting the areas before the season. Once you know the best routes, it becomes quite easy to run and gun once the birds are on the move.
  3. Do not over pack.  I am perpetually amazed when I see turkey hunters laden down with huge packs and vests.  While taking a bit of water is a necessity, taking 3 litres for a 4 hour morning hunt is a bit more than necessary.  While it is entirely unconventional, I suggest not wearing a pack.  At all.  I have found that carrying my calls in my pockets and lumbar compartments is most efficient.  I am a minimalist- I carry my calls, my phone, my license and very compact flashlight.  All of this fits in my pockets.  I carry my shotgun shells in my cargo pockets and I am off.  A huge bulky pack or vest is noisy and a hindrance to any sort of quick movements.  Just try running with a turkey vest.  You’ll see what I mean.  Now, when it comes to decoys, I prefer to take one hen decoy that is very sleek and portable and can be carried while on the run.
  4. Be willing to take a chance:   Why not?  So you’ve sat and the birds just aren’t coming in despite all of your efforts.  Now, moving in or around on birds is not without potential risks.  Turkeys can be educated quite easily and moving about recklessly through their grounds can cause them to re-pattern.  The key is to know the best routes to move behind or around the birds without being detected.

 

While this method of turkey hunting is not at all for everyone, I have found it to be fun, entertaining and quite challenging.  It works with my caffeine fueled inability to remain still.

 

A Not-So-Conventional-Prois-Gear-Review!

By: Prois Staffer, Nancy Rodriguez

As I sat on my front porch gnawing at the cardboard box that was clutched in my hands, I watched my delivery guy dust off his knees and walk up my driveway with a limp. I really need to control my tackling tendencies if I want my delivery guy to come back. But seriously, how else is a girl supposed to act when a beautiful brown box shows up on her doorstep with a Prois label on it? As I frantically opened my beautiful box with tooth and nail, my husband strolled by a said, “I think you just crossed over to the crazy side, and maybe you should come up for air!”

Did he say Crazy?…Ha! It was over 90 degrees out and as I pulled each piece of clothing out of the box it ended up on me! I just had to model all my new gear right then and there. Covered head to toe in Prois, including my Sherpa jacket and beanie, I strolled around the house trying to show off my gear to whoever would look at me. OK, so my cat looked at me and I’m sure she thought I looked pretty cute!

I sauntered back to my bedroom and realized some of my leftover Prois gear was on the floor. With my Prois decal stuck to my forehead and cardboard still stuck in my teeth, I lay down in the middle of my new gear and I began to make snow angels. I believe they were called Prois angels. Some people may think that’s crazy behavior, but if they do, then they don’t know what Prois is made of! As I lay in utter bliss, I started to doze off and dream of hunting…

In the Field

I was packing out my antelope from my recent hunt in Wyoming. I was dressed in head to toe Prois and I reflected back on how great my gear performed. The backcountry shirt that I wore wicked away the moisture, as I climbed high along the ridges under the intense sun. The front neck zipper is great to open up for added cooling. The body length is also nice, as it doesn’t tend to ride up when you’re sitting and glassing. My Pro Edition pants are by far the most comfortable hunting pants I have ever owned (and that’s a lot of pants). The sizing is great, as it’s hard to find pants that don’t bind you in certain areas when you’re climbing up extremely steep terrain. The other fantastic part of these pants is the fabric. They are exceptionally soft, but most of all completely silent. The perfect pant to make sure you can quietly stalk your game. When the wind picked up, my Sherpa jacket went on. This jacket is the warmest piece of fleece I own. I love that the sleeves are a bit longer, so you can use the thumb holes for extra warmth on your hands. This jacket is perfect for added warmth for hunts in the spring or fall. To top it off, I wore my lucky Prois hat. All of my gear was in the Max 1 pattern. The camo blends in fantastic with the sage prairies. I cannot rant and rave enough about what exceptional gear Prois has! Finally there is female hunting gear that fits a woman’s body, and is tough, rugged, and oh so cute…just like the gals that wear it!

Prois Staffer Nancy Rodriguez

Side note by Prois CEO, Kirstie Pike…this is by far the BEST gear review ever! Thank you for the great words and your awesome sense of humor! Welcome to crazy!

Ladies Hunt in Packs Too! Another Amazing Prois Ladies Hunt!

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

Members of the Prois Posse recently congregated at Paloma Pachenga near Hondo, Texas for a great day of dove hunting. In true Prois fashion, we converged on the unsuspecting ranch with whoops of hilarity and cut-throat sarcasm. Ladies (and I may need to use that term loosely) in attendance were Crystal Ivy, Stephanie Wottrich, Kara Jo Lorenz, Jody Geistweidt, Christy Turner, Katherine Grand and myself. With a crew like this…it is quickly clear that fun was on the agenda!

We pounded through boxes of shells and most likely bagged a single limit between all of us! Did I mention laughter abounded? We later congregated for a delicious meal of Texas BBQ, story swapping and over the top laughter.

I am personally proud to associate with such an amazing group of ladies (yes…I do in fact use that term loosely) and am equally proud to call each of them a friend. I feel that this unique sisterhood of female hunters will only continue to grow and I cannot wait to watch the craziness unfold!

To my sisters…oooh. Crash.

Left to Right: Kara, Christy, Katherine, Jody, Stephanie, Kirstie, Crystal and Jackie

From the Windows…to the Walls…Oh Wait… How Prois Becomes the Final Resting Place for Wayward Mounts

By: Kirstie Pike, CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

OK. We have too many windows in our house. Not enough walls.

Let’s face it. We have fabulous views. Amazing sunrises. Gorgeous sunsets. We can gaze out over the ranch and Blue Mesa Reservoir. Yes. We have windows.
Walls? Not so much.

Why is this a problem, you might ask?

We are quite simply out of room. No more room for goat mounts. No more room for Dall sheep mounts. Nope. Don’t even think about another moose…the current moose on the wall will never come down without a divorce decree. And even if it did- I can neither confirm nor deny that it most likely cannot fit out any doors. We still don’t know how we got it inside in the first place. So where would the extra mounts end up? Prois of course.

It dawned on me today that this was becoming problematic while I was cleaning the Prois warehouse (yes…I do this. I am the CEO and I do this. I also clean toilets but that is a story for another day) I was trying to sort through crates and boxes when I kept tripping over some elk mounts conveniently stored here. Yes. Plural. There are two. Sitting on the floor by the bay doors. And trust me, they do not conveniently tuck up close to the wall. Or anything else for that matter.

These suckers have been down here for months now. And let me tell you…they are gorgeous. However, one currently functions as a rack for the broom and shop vac. The other is simply a nuisance and occasionally gores unsuspecting shipping clerks who aren’t on the top of their game. Don’t believe me? Take a peek.

I don’t know how or why they are here, but I am willing to bet this is not how they envisioned their sweet eternity.

Don’t fret. They are not alone. The warehouse and office walls are cluttered with bucks, bulls, geese and mountain lions that found themselves homeless. I have to confess…we even have a bull on the wall that belonged to a friend who just couldn’t take it with him to his new forever home. So I am now in the adoption business. For a limited time, we even had a sheep down here that was perilously close to Bunbun’s cage and resulted in a head-butt each time we fed the rabbit. We had a name for said sheep, but believe it or not we just can’t share that.

I have been working tirelessly to decide what to do with all of these wayward mounts. My 17 year old currently uses the moose at our house for a clothes drying rack. Good idea. But we don’t do laundry down here. So that seems senseless. While functioning as racks for cleaning supplies currently works… it just doesn’t feel majestic. Put them on the wall? Oy…we are out of wall room here too. Toilet paper holders? Eh…this would make a trip to the bathroom a bit perilous and I’m not certain Work Comp covers this.

What’s a girl to do?

Goat Chronicles ~ Kirstie Pike, CEO of Prois Actually Draws a Goat Tag Before She Reaches Medicare Eligibility.

By: Kirstie Pike, CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

It’s no secret…I have had a hankering to hunt goats for years. Many years. When I started applying, I had toddlers. Now I have kids in college. You do the math. With anticipation that rivals that of the birth of the new Royal in Great Britain…I have been waiting to see if I drew my tag.

Not that my goat is more important than William and Kate’s baby. Maybe equal. Maybe.

The conversation went something like this…
(Steve) We should know today if we drew any goat tags. Gonna’ check.
(Me) Cool. However, by the chance I draw said tag I will be too old to go. I think the Division of Wildlife does that on purpose. If the NSA can monitor my every move, I am certain the DOW must be able to calculate my potential increasing age/declining health over time. Once I hit that “golden age”, BAM…I will draw a goat tag when I won’t be physically able to go.(ok…maybe they don’t… this could be a mild tantrum. Sorry, NSA if I have offended you…but you probably knew I was going to write this blog before I started it. I hope you like it!)
(Steve) silence…keyboard clicking… Dude. You drew your tag.
(Me) Wuh? I suppose this means the DOW thinks I’m old and fat.
(Steve) …silence…

Over the past month, Steve has made it quite clear he is tired of my own version of a knock-knock joke…
(Me) Speaking of goats…guess who drew a tag?
(Steve) Um. You?
(Me) Excellent guess! In fact, I DID!
(Steve) Who knew?

OK…so I drew! Finally. After more than a decade of trying, it seems it’s my turn! And so the adventure begins!

The weekend provided great opportunity for some high-peak scouting. Finding ourselves over 12,000 feet gave great opportunity to get a lay of the land…or actually..the precipices. While this is an area with which we are quite familiar, I have to admit…it is WAY more fun to scout for MY goat. After a great day spent scaling the ridges and glassing I am beyond excited to get this hunt underway. I look forward to the physical rigors of this hunt as well as the thrill of the isolation of the high peaks. Stay tuned as we pen the next Goat Chronicles and I will try to keep my exuberance under wraps.

Speaking of goats…guess who drew a tag?

BunBun is Pissed

By Katherine Grand

After a long weekend without human companionship, BunBun has decided to trash the office to celebrate my return.  I checked his food, I checked his water, and he was not without provisions.  The office was closed last week Thursday and Friday as I was off to a wedding in Missouri and Prois CEO Kirstie Pike and family are away to Hawaii.  Since Missouri is a far cry from Hawaii  I have been exceedingly jealous of all the photos she has been posting on facebook specifically to taunt me.  Unfortunately it is less acceptable for me to run around the office making messes, chewing on things, and pooping everywhere than it is for BunBun so I have fewer outlets for my frustrations.  Here’s a picture of BunBun amid his thoroughly tossed and chewed upon UPC codes which display his protest at the lack of  the “BunBun Appreciation Time” he is so accustomed to.  Hopefully I will be able to clean up after him or else blame all the office messes on him when Kirstie returns.

 

Prois Hunting Apparel for Women- Layering Your Hunting Clothing…As Easy as 1,2,3!

By: Kirstie Pike, CEO
Prois Hunting Apparel

Layering.

We’ve all heard about it…but what exactly should a female hunter consider when it comes to layering clothing in the various hunting seasons?  There is often a misconception out there that layering consists of one thing and one thing only…a really heavy layer.  Often, women feel compelled to bundle like the Michelin Tire Man, cocooning themselves in an unusual amount of heavy jacketry.  (Yes…jacketry is a word…at least here at Prois Hunting).  Not only is this method bulky and unnecessary, it is not at all the best method of thermoregulation in the outdoors.

So, you might ask…What IS the best method of layering?

Well, we might reply…it is as easy as 1,2,3.  (Or…BIS)

1.  Baselayer-  A wicking Baselayer is a must.  Not only should a Baselayer function as a wicking undergarment that will pull moisture from the skin to help keep you warm.  It should be able to function as an outergarment as temperatures climb.  Thus, allowing it to breathe and wick to keep you cool.  From Prois, we recommend any of the Ultra Shirts..all engineered with polyester birdseye fabric that provides that ability to keep warm in cool climates and cool in warm climates.

Please remember- you do not need several baselayers at a single time unless you are truly in very cold climates and undergoing little physical exertion.  You can add warmth in those conditions through optimal insulatory layers.

2. Insulation- Simply a warm midlayer.  Nothing more.  The insulation layer should optimally warm the core.  We highly recommend a vest or light jacket for this layer.  I personally recommend the Pro-Edition vest, Reversible Sherpa Vest or Sherpa Jacket for this layer.  You do not need super technical fabrics and windstopper for this layer…just warmth.  Additionally- all of the aforementioned pieces have scapular pockets between the shoulder blades and lumbar compartments across the lower back to hold activated hand warmers- thus increasing the core warming in cold climates.

3. Shell- Yep- the shell.  The shell should be the item to protect you from all that Mother Nature throws your way.  This is where waterproofing, wind-resistance and protective features are important.  Your optimal shell choice will be completely dependent on the geographic locations and climate conditions you will be hunting in.  For moisture-rich regions, we recommend the Eliminator Rain Jacket/Pants which are waterproof and breathable.  For regions in which the temperatures may change from 20 degrees in the morning to 60 degrees in the afternoon we recommend the Pro-Edition or Generation X Jackets which offer windstopping and water resistance.  They are lighter weight and are very effective in cold weather with a good insulatory layer.  For the cold climates we recommend the XTREME jacket and pants which offer water resistance and 150Gm Thinsulate for added warmth.

So there it is.  The secrets of layering.  Stay tuned as we continue this series with our picks for layering options in various hunting conditions…  it will be riveting!

Prois Hunting Field Staffer, Amy Hanneman Layers Up with the Generation X Jacket

 

Teach Your Children Well!

Christy Turner mentoring a future hunter

By Prois Event Staffer Christy Turner
I just wanted to share with you all what our Wildlife Committee did last week.

Henderson County Spring Rendezvous is organized by the Henderson County Wildlife Committee along with volunteers from the Texas Parks and Wildlife, Henderson County Game Wardens and the N.R.C.S.

 

The Volunteers!

It is held at the Henderson County Fair grounds and consists of two days.  With an estimate of four to five hundred Fifth graders who are invited each year.  Wednesday buses started to arrive at 8:45a.m dropping students off from Athens Intermediate and Athens Christian Academy.  Thursday’s participating students arrived from Cayuga, Cross Roads, Eustace, LaPoynor, Malakoff, Trinidad and Murchison Schools.

 

Wow! Good job!

The students divide into 6 groups and rotate throughout the day to various stations. Our 6 stations are Archery, Rifle, Reptiles, Game Wardens, Fishing and Natural Resource Conservation. This is a lot of fun for the kids.  With a lot of new experiences, first times for most of the students and it makes for an exciting day.  We break for a sack lunch and finish in time for buses to get back to their schools before the end of the school day.  This is an event that the Wildlife Committee and all volunteers look forward to every year.

You can view more pictures and information at www.facebook.com/HendersonCountyWildlifeCommittee.   It was a great time!

 

 


Prois is Moving

 

By Katherine Grand

Kirstie's New Office

We found this great lot for rent super cheap and Prois is moving.  We are saving a lot of money on  our new location.  What do you think of our new diggs?  Neat freak Kirstie Pike is about to have a nervous breakdown while I am  enjoying nap time on the numerous outdoor mattresses   If you believe for a moment that Kirstie Pike would allow for this type of messiness I have some ocean front property in Arizona I’d be willing to sell you . . .

 

We are all moved in and ready to take your order!

 

Prois Pranks

By Katherine Grand

After my most recent prank of freezing boss lady’s, AKA Kirstie Pike’s, AKA Manshoe’s prized perfectly sharpened pencils I decided to do a internet search of other fun office pranks to try out.

This video was hilarious but impractical as our offices share space with our warehouse and the ceilings are very high.  Also I am not experienced with dry wall.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0XdthbOkMU

This prank would also be hysterical so I will have to keep my eyes peeled for a used toilet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6bZloBt6d4

This prank looks promising though I have always been terrible at wrapping gifts

This next prank would work well as we ofter eat at our desk and I am sure there is already some great growing medium stored in Kirstie’s keyboard.

I have continued to come back to this prank time and time again though my husband Eric convinced me out of it for Kirstie’s pencils because of the stickiness factor.  I have been getting many great ideas from The Office.  The goal is to get a laugh and generate shenanigans without ruining office equipment or getting fired.  For some strange reason I am always the #1 suspect.

This prank would also be pretty hilarious.  Also I like shinny things :-)

I planned on doing this prank on Monday but I have had so many issues renting a bear

This one would be very appropriate if I used Flaming Cheetos given Kirstie’s love for said snack but I am thinking the resulting cheese stains would enrage my clean freak boss. (See Cleanliness is next to Kirstieness http://www.proishunting.com/community/?p=2479)

Finally I am considering this prank as there are many jokes around the office about my bowl movements and I have been gifted air freshener more than once.  When you office nickname is Two Flush this prank looks better and better,

Let me know your favorite prank for next week!  MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  MUAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!!!