Prois Staffer and Colorado State Coordinator Mia Enstrom Gets Her Colorado Antelope!

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

The ladies of Prois are getting it done! We at Prois take great pride in surrounding ourselves with amazing ladies from all over the world!  We love to share their successes, their stories and their humor!  Without these ladies, Prois would not be what it is today!

Prois Colorado State Coordinator and Prois Social Media Coordinator Mia Enstrom!

Prois Colorado State Coordinator and Prois Social Media Coordinator Mia Enstrom!

Mia has been a staff member at Prois for a couple of years now!  She has been a huge supporter of Prois and has recently taken on the position of Colorado State Coordinator as well as Prois Social Media Coordinator.  We can always count on Mia to swing on by the Prois digs…even when we are closed!   Mia not only has a wicked sense of humor (which is a prerequisite for employment) but she is a fantastic hunter, outdoor photographer, wife and mother!  Yeah…she pretty much does it all and that is why we love her so.  That and she laughs at our jokes.

To see what the ladies of Prois choose for THEIR hunting adventures check out www.proishunting.com!

The Ladies of Prois Are Getting It Done! Prois Staffer Jody Geistweidt Takes The Family to the Field!

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

The ladies of Prois are getting it done! We at Prois take great pride in surrounding ourselves with amazing ladies from all over the world!  We love to share their successes, their stories and their humor!  Without these ladies, Prois would not be what it is today!

Prois Staffer Jody Geistweidt With Her Family In The Field!

Prois Staffer Jody Geistweidt With Her Family In The Field!

Jody has been a Prois staff member for too many years to count now.  She’s been around since the dawn of man, really.  As with all Prois ladies, Jody is a remarkable hunter and has a huge commitment to passing on the heritage to her two sons.  Additionally, she is very involved in numerous conservation groups.  She has a great sense of humor.  She is a good sport, even when there are odd blow up dolls in her car seats.  She has very unique fears and we love to taunt her unmercifully for them!  Here’s to you Jody!!

To see with the ladies of Prois wear for THEIR adventures, check out www.proishunting.com!

The Ladies of Prois Are Getting it Done! Prois Staffer Sheri Baity Has a Dog Day!

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

The ladies of Prois are getting it done! We at Prois take great pride in surrounding ourselves with amazing ladies from all over the world!  We love to share their successes, their stories and their humor!  Without these ladies, Prois would not be what it is today!

Prois Staffer and Owner of Crows Nest Calls Gets Her Dog

Prois Staffer and Owner of Crows Nest Calls Gets Her Dog

Sheri Baity hails from Pennsylvania and is the owner of Crow’s Nest Calls.  She recently joined the Prois staff and we are excited to see how her seasons pan out!

Sheri recently took down this big ole coyote!  Job well done, Sister!

To see what the ladies of Prois choose for THEIR hunting adventures check out www.proishunting.com!

A Word From The CEO- Grouse Hunting Confessions

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

Grouse Hunting Confessions- Mossberg

Grouse Hunting Confessions- Mossberg

I confess.  I LOVE grouse season here in Colorado.  I look forward to it with a maniacal anticipation.  I can neither confirm nor deny that I pace past the hunting regulation racks weeks before the small game regulations and dates are released.  I do attempt to NOT look obvious here.  I cast sidelong glances to see if I can see it in my periphery.  A ridiculous notion because I have terrible vision and have realized my eyes go in two different directions when I do this.  I make a second sweep past the rack walking slowly but at least looking forward.  Not there.  I circle the aisle like I am looking for something there among the plastic egg containers and Bear Gryllis knives (which are unreasonably big and awkward ) until I can position myself one final time before the rack of regulations.  My shoulders visibly drop.  I walk on, casting one last backwards glance for final confirmation.

Then…the season begins…

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Prois Staffer Dannielle Moore Shows Us How To Goose Hunt!

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

The ladies of Prois are getting it done! We at Prois take great pride in surrounding ourselves with amazing ladies from all over the world!  We love to share their successes, their stories and their humor!  Without these ladies, Prois would not be what it is today!

Dannielle hails from Canada and knows a thing or two about waterfowl!  She has been part of the Prois staff for over a year now and adds (of course) a fatabulous sense of humor to the group.  She also has the MOST amazing posts about being a mom, a hunter and a wife.  She does it all and she is quite simply a badass.  But don’t take it from me, here is Dannielle’s story in her own words.

“I’d have to say that my passion for hunting came later on in life when my husband and I got our first dog, A Chesapeake Bay Retriever. While I grew up fishing on the shores of Lake Superior, we weren’t on a migration

Prois Staffer Dannielle Moore Shows Us How It Is Done!

Prois Staffer Dannielle Moore Shows Us How It Is Done!

flyway so I never duck hunted and we didn’t hunt big game either. So, we brought Pocket home and decided to give this waterfowling thing a try. I trained her and we ran some hunt tests with her before her first hunting season. As the season rolled around I didn’t want to shoot, but rather only wanted to run the dog, until one evening I was sitting in some stinky reeds with the dog and realized I was missing out! The next day, after getting all my tags my husband ran the dog while I tried my hand at shooting. I didn’t know much about guns then, so I gladly took the old bolt action, clip 20ga Mossburg. I shot 1 mallard drake, attempted to reload and promptly told him we were heading to the city to buy me a shotgun!!”

“From there my love of hunting has snowballed and 10 years later I’d say we’ve come a long way, especially for being self taught and not growing up in this province. I now eat, sleep and breath hunting and everything that it encompasses. We have made some amazing life long friends through hunting. One hunting buddy that we met through a hunting forum is like family now and we have waterfowled with him nearly every Thanksgiving for the past 6/7 years.”

“Our hunting has been a bit different these past few years as we have expanded our family. With a 3.5yr old, 2 yr old and 5mth old, I haven’t gotten out nearly as much as I have in the past, but I still have managed to make it on some hunts for geese, ducks, deer and elk. Our hunting mentality has shifted with our kids now. We are wanting to raise them exposed to hunting and have them join us in the field as soon as we feel they are ready. Our 3.5 yr old and 2 yr old love to count the ducks, touch them and name the species. They both came out and took pictures with my buck last year. They know that we hunt our game, hang it in the garage, put it in the freezer and then eat it. They love eating wild game. With 2 daughters I find myself very aware of the image my girls will grow up seeing of me. I also want my son to see that Mommy can hunt and provide for the family, but I take extra care in making sure my girls will see a strong, confident Mom who can get out there into the wild, hunt successfully, prepare it, cook it and be everything else that I want to be to them. Raising girls has left me with this mantra…Love her, but leave her wild.”

To see what the ladies of Prois wear on THEIR hunting adventures check out www.proishunting.com!

Prois Staffer Margie Nelson Falls In Love With Africa!

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

The ladies of Prois are getting it done! We at Prois take great pride in surrounding ourselves with amazing ladies from all over the world!  We love to share their successes, their stories and their humor!  Without these ladies, Prois would not be what it is today!

Margie Nelson has been on the Prois staff for several years now.  Suffice it to say, Margie has a fire about her that is unrivaled!  She is insanely funny, extremely crass and a perfect fit for this company!  Margie also has a zest for life and has battled fiercely to relish each day on this planet.  But enough from me…you need to hear Margie’s story in her words.

“I’m 4th generation Montana hunter, raised by my grandparents! Grandpa was an NRA marksman and all round mountain man. I raised my son myself as I was raised…he’s a good hunter too! We love to hunt! I am a 4 time cancer survivor (breast, ovarian, esophageal and skin) thankful to be alive and able to live the life I love in the outdoors!”

“Africa was a wonderful experience and my PH bragged about me every night. I was the only woman Hunter in our camp of 10! I literally “tagged” out on day three of 9 days! I’m still in awe of the whole African experience!

Prois Staffer and Montana State Cordinator Margie Nelso

Prois Staffer and Montana State Coordinator Margie Nelson

The people, the landscape and of course…all the magnificent animals! I loved hanging out with the PH’s at the fire and listen to their views on conservation and hunting! An awesome group of men!”

“I’m so honored to be part of Prois and the wonderful women and a few men that are all so supportive of all our endeavors… I am looking forward to more hunts and time spent with this great group and representing Prois in Montana! Best thing I ever did was driving to Bozeman to meet Kirstie Pike and Barbara Baird 7 years ago!”

To see what the ladies of Prois wear for THEIR hunting adventures check out www.proishunting.com!

Dogs Are A Girl’s Best Friend.

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

October marks waterfowl month at Prois. While we speak often about the gear, decoy spreads, firearms and preferred ammunition we all prefer for this season, we felt it was time to pay tribute to our faithful canine companions. The bonds we share with our dogs are deep and unbreakable. They are not only essential to our hunting endeavors, they are our ultimate, loyal companions. Dogs are indeed a girl’s best friend.

And…my dog is indeed this girl’s best friend.

Over the last several years I have really become passionate about bird hunting. All birds. I love the sport of the hunt. I love that I can hunt for short periods of time or an entire day. I love the solitude of heading out img_7591in the early morning hours with my knuckleheaded lab, Thaddeus. I love his excitement when we load up, when we head out and when we get on birds. I love the way we are learning to work as a team. I just love that wacky dog! While there are many philosophies on dog training, we have always believed that our dogs are pets but that they also have a job. We don’t personally believe in outdoor kennels and sending the dogs away to trainers…and that is just opinion as many people view hunting dogs in a completely different light. Whichever philosophy a dog owner believes is the right philosophy for their needs. I have to admit, Thaddeus is spoiled rotten. He has three different beds. He travels with us. He has specific ridiculous routines that we not only humor, but encourage. He is extremely connected to us and I personally believe that (in some sense) this plays into his desire to perform and please us.

Initially bred for upland hunting, Thaddeus took to pheasant and quail hunting very naturally. Even as a pup. My husband spent countless hours training him to become an exceptional dog. He works a pheasant field like no other. He has a great nose and never tires out. Despite being a smaller lab, he will pull down a pheasant in flight. He will move heaven and earth to perform. He’s fun to watch in the field and just continues to get better year after year.

What has been even more fulfilling is getting Thaddeus out on different bird hunting opportunities. While he is bred for upland hunting, we decided to get him into the field on grouse at an early age. The hunting methods for the dog are somewhat different than those of pheasant hunting. With some work, Thaddeus has become quite efficient working the mountainous terrain here in Colorado for grouse. These are some of my favorite hunts. He has a great nose on him and loves to work for birds. It is really exhilarating when the quiet solitude is broken up by the flush of a bird, a clean shot and a good retrieve.

My husband started working with Thaddeus on ducks when he was just under a year old. As mentioned, he is smaller lab and he initially had some difficulty with the size of the birds. Interestingly, he finally took to it and has even been efficient at retrieving Canadian geese. In our region, jump shooting birds isn’t uncommon. While there are birds here, the numbers are nothing like the water rich mid-west. The terrain can lead a duck hunter to beaver ponds, streams and lake channels. This type of hunting took (and sometimes still takes) some special work with Thaddeus. Keeping him close at heel is essential and that can be confusing for a dog that is bred to flush. It has been fun to watch him begin to transform. When I creep, he creeps. If I need to crawl into the lake channels to get in on top of birds, he creeps in right behind me. If we are waiting quietly in the early dawn against a tree or behind fallen logs, he positions himself behind me so he can see but is hidden and warm. I enjoy watching him as much as I enjoy being out there hunting. I enjoy watching him when we first start hearing birds come in on top of us. I enjoy watching him charge into the water after a bird and successfully bring back his quarry.

He next took to ptarmigan hunting very naturally. In Colorado, finding ptarmigan is the difficult part of the hunt. They are located way above treeline so getting to them takes quite a bit of time and effort. Time and img_7552effort that is often wasted if we cannot locate the birds. We typically ride out early on horseback for several hours to hunt. Thaddeus works the ground much like he does with upland birds and if birds are present he will flush them out. There is nothing like that tell-tale sound of a ptarmigan flushed from hiding. They are beautiful birds and the difficulty in hunting them makes the hunt even more enjoyable.

There is no doubt that Thaddeus has enhanced my desire to hunt and learn. I look forward to a solid season of grouse, duck, goose, pheasant and ptarmigan with this guy. It is indeed true, dogs do not merely exist in our lives…they enhance our lives.

It’s waterfowl month at Prois. Share your dog stories and photos with us! Because where would we be without these faithful companions?

Feeling A Bit Sheepish…T Minus 28 days…but who’s counting?

By: Kirstie Pike- CEO Prois Hunting Apparel for Women

Kirstie Pike- Prois CEO

Kirstie Pike- Prois CEO

It’s crazy, but time is flying by but is also standing still as I am getting ready for my upcoming sheep hunt!  Is it weird that I stare at the calendar and mouth breathe?

28 days left.   Four weeks to be exact.  40,320 minutes to be more precise.

Preparation for this hunt has by far been the most work yet the most fun.  We have been working hard to prepare and I am really thankful to have this time as we have had great opportunity to evaluate our plans and make changes accordingly prior to the hunt.

Scouting.  We have spent every available weekend scouting the high country.  We are glassing and watching.  Glassing and watching.  Oh…and hiking.  Holy Mother of God are we hiking!  While this is country I have been in many different times, it has been a great experience looking at it from entirely different perspectives.  There really is a much different level of interest and excitement than I experience with elk and even deer hunting.  This is awesome.

Access Points.  Undoubtedly, sheep hunting is strenuous and intense.  The vertical climbs and terrain changes can be difficult and sometimes downright dangerous.  We have spent many hours identifying prospective access points for ascent.  While some vantage points may appear to be good routes, often times they are not as easy as they would seem.  After scouting numerous peaks, we are finally feeling good about our best ascent routes and options.  But then again, at 12,000 feet, nothing feels terrific and guppy breathing is pretty common. IMG_1186

Camp Sites.  We almost always choose to pack into remote camps via horseback for most of our hunting ventures.  We will be doing this again with this hunt as we are packing in eight miles deep.  However, for this particular hunt we have opted to have someone take the horses out for us as soon as we drop the packs.  The horses become a distraction we don’t particularly want to deal with during this hunt.  We will be hitting the ridges at 4:30 in the morning and most likely not returning until after dark.  While it doesn’t particularly excite me not to have a “get away car”, it will be much easier for us to concentrate on hunting.   We have identified a well-protected site with plenty of water that gets us a bit further up the peak.  Interestingly, last weekend we packed in and stayed where we had originally thought to place our camp.  While initially this camp seemed perfect, the access was much, much further and steeper than we had predicted.  Thankfully we spent that time in the camp prior to the hunt so we could really look at our options before we were committed on the hunt.

Gear Preparation.  We keep a very condensed collection of gear we use when we pack into the high country.  It has been very good to get out and spend time using all of it.  Through our camping excursions we have been able to discuss how to make our gear as minimal and efficient as possible.  While I thought we kept it all pretty minimal, we have found some great ways to make it even more so.  I have also had time to really evaluate what clothing I need to take.  I can truly reduce my needs by about half of what I had previously planned.  This is a huge space and weight savings.  By dialing down the optimal clothing systems, I have planned on the following for a week in the high country:

  1. Galleann Rain Pants
  2. Gallean Rain Jacket
  3. Archtach Down Jacket
  4. 1 x Ultra Pants
  5. 1 x Adventure Pants
  6. 2 x Merino long underwear
  7. 2 Merino long sleeve shirts
  8. 2 Merino tank tops
  9. 2 Merino sports bras/underwear
  10. Beanie/Neck Gaitor
  11. 3 x Incredisocks
  12. Kennetrek gaiters
  13. Zamberlan Vioz boots

So…as we get closer you will hear more of my incessant ramblings about counting days and counting sheep!  Have I mentioned it’s only 28 days away?
 

 

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…

Hunting Doldrums

Hunting Doldrums

PROIS WITHDRAWS FROM SHOT AND ATA, MAKES PLAN TO ATTEND MORE CONSUMER SHOWS

The Apparel Company Shifts Focus to Accommodate Growing Customer Base

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The New Year is fast approaching and 2016 is full of exciting things to come for Próis®. In addition to a fresh new look and great new gear, the apparel company is taking its show schedule directly to consumers. A rapidly growing female hunting market brings increased sales and more demand for the women’s hunting gear we all know and love so much.

In order to accommodate new and existing customers, Próis plans on shifting their focus to consumer shows rather than trade shows. You can find them at the following events: RMEF Hunter and Outdoor Christmas Expo, Dallas Safari Club, Wild Sheep Foundation Convention, Safari Club International, Western Hunting and Conservation Expo, and the NRA National Convention. In addition, Próis will be present at most of the ladies functions connected to each event. They have opted to forego the ATA Trade Show and the SHOT Show in order to attend this new variety of consumer-based shows.

“Do not be misled, Próis is better than ever,” said Kirstie Pike, President/CEO of Próis Hunting and Field Apparel. “We look forward to doing what we do best: connecting with female hunters and shooters across the country. It is, after all, what sets us apart from all the rest!”

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