Prois Customer Tamar Bartz Stalks African Game!

Prois customer Tamar Bartz sent us this photo from her safari in Africa recently. We were very glad to hear that PROIS WAS THERE! SafariAfricaPhoto credit: Wayne van Zwoll

Meet New Prois staffer, Kate Jarvis!

KateJarvisKate Jarvis has been an outdoor enthusiast her whole life. Loving hiking, fishing, camping, being out on the water, target shooting, and more, it wasn’t a far stretch to become an avid hunter. She has enjoyed bowhunting adventures all across the U.S. and to South Africa. Kate has 6 amazing kids who have all taken on the same love of archery. She plans to become a certified archery and hunter safety instructor as she’s passionate about education and being a resource for other women. She participates in many competitive 3D archery shoots each year as well.

Outside of her love of the outdoors, hunting, and archery, Kate recently returned to college full time to pursue a bachelor’s of science in nursing, with the long term goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. She is also proudly the loudest football mom at all of her sons’ games and, after years of trial and error, has perfected cheer hair and makeup for her daughters (a BIG challenge in uncharted territory). She enjoys coaching youth sports in her community, cooking, writing, linguistics, riding her motorcycle, yoga, photography, martial arts, traveling, and pursuing new interests.

 

Update from Prois Pro-Staffers Tracy and Lanny Barnes!

TracyLanny1Tracy and I just finished a 3 week 3-gun road trip covering competing in Nevada, Utah, and Alabama. The first one was USPSA Multi-gun Nationals, the second was the Lady 3-gun, and the last was the 3-gun Nation Southern Regional Qualifier. We have one more local 3-gun this weekend then we will have a few weeks of training before we head to the Sportsman Team Challenge in Raton, NM on the last weekend in May. It was my first time competing in the USPSA Multi Gun Nationals in Vegas. I had a heard a lot of horror stories about the sand causing firearms failures. All of my guns ran smoothly and I felt like I had really improved from the competitions this winter and 11 out of the 12 stages when really well. I ended up 4th amongst the women but was encouraged that with a few less penalties and a little more experience ITracyLanny2 will be able to move up next year. Tracy unfortunately didn’t get to compete in this one because her little one caught a cold, but competed in the next two. The second competition was the Lady 3-gun in St. George, UT. This was our second time competing in the Lady 3-gun and we were hoping to improve on our results last year. The stages were a lot more complicated that they were last year, which was a challenge that we were happy to see. A majority of stages had multiple options to shoot targets with different firearms. It was a great learning experience for us to test our skills at stage planning and initiation. We both learned that we have some more work to do in stage planning, but both were happy with how we executed our plans even if we haven’t gotten the experience yet that we need to know how to plan out stages better. I (Lanny) finished 8th and Tracy was 14th. It was a improvement from last years 12th and 16th places. Our final competition was in Hoover, Alabama. It was a 3-gun Nation Southern Regional Qualifier. It was our first time to Alabama and we encountered some pretty hot conditions, but luckily most of the stages were in the shade. We both had a really TracyLanny4good match and things were finally starting to come together to make for some good solid stages. I was able to have 5 of the 8 stages clean without penalties and ended up 3rd woman overall and Tracy had a few more penalties and ended up 9th woman. We have definitely made some huge improvement from last year and are gTracyLanny14etting close to being done with our first year competing in 3-gun. Our first 3 gun competition was last year at the end of May so we are looking to put that rookie year behind us and start competing with the best. We have a lot of training planed in the next couple of weeks as well as the Sportsman Team Challenge at the end of the month. Also we made it into the magazine Modern Sporting Rifle again. There is an article about an elk hunt Tracy did in there. Check it out (picture attached). Let us know if there is anything we can do for you and thank you so much for your support! Have a great weekend.

-Lanny & TracyTracyLanny13

Cindi Wulff Bags a Big Bruin!

Congrats to Prois staffer, Cindi Wulff, on a great bear! Here’s her story:

What an amazing, yet extremely difficult, do it yourself, public land hunt. This guy was situated miles up the mountain on steep terrain. We made countless hikes in, preparing and scouting. The first three long weekends of the season were rainy/snowy, cold, and down right miserable conditions.

We finally got a break in the weather yesterday, and were able to sit and wait him out. Now keep in mind…this is sitting completely quiet (so hard for me), and completely still (even harder) for eight (yes eight) hours on a butt numbing tri-pod chair. During our sit we had a beautiful big black sow come within ten paces of us. While she would have been a prize bear…we knew the goal was a boar, and wanted to keep the quota down for other hunters.

This great boar came in and presented a great shot opportunity. Ethical hunters will do all they can to make a clean and humane shot. This means hours and hours of practice with your weapon…so that in the field you can make smart decisions on your shot. That’s what happened here, and he did not suffer. I am deeply proud of this.

He is a trophy animal and I am humbled to have harvested him. His meat will fill my freezer and feed my family. From field to fork…it’s what we do.

Lastly I want to give a huge shout out to my Sweetie, Brandon. I do not have words to express how grateful I am to him for everything he does for me, with hunting, and in life. I highly recommend “hunting with your Sweetie”!

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From the Ladies Room- Talking Turkey In Texas…Say That 3 Times Fast.

Prois CEO Kirstie Pike with Greg Badgett of Double B Outfitters.  Greg is pretending to have fun...but he is not.

Prois CEO Kirstie Pike with Greg Badgett of Double B Outfitters. Greg is pretending to have fun…but he is not.

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

Hunting Rios in Texas.  Who doesn’t want to do that?
Yeah, that’s what I thought…

I look forward to hunting Rios each spring with my friend and outfitter, Greg Badgett of Double B Outfitters near Ozona, Texas.  I’m not so sure he considers me a friend, but he’s not here as I write this so he can’t complain.  Sue me, Greg.

You might be asking yourself what makes hunting at the Double B so extraordinary.  You might not.  You may be asking yourself what you will make for dinner.  You might be asking yourself where you put your keys.  You might be asking yourself why anyone voted for Obama.  You might not.  But given the fact that you are still reading, I am assuming you are hanging on my every word.  Thank you.

The first time I hunted with Greg at the Double B I had only hunted turkeys a handful of times.  While I view sitting quietly for any amount of time longer than 10 minutes akin to being water boarded I do love hunting turkeys.  I had mentally prepared myself for my ritualistic turkey hunting maneuvers which include but are not limited to the following; mouth breathing, head bobbing, finding new ways to rejuvenate the blood flow to my lower extremities without any visible sign of movement and creative face paint application.  I charged my iPhone, packed a book and prepared to face the agonizing task of sitting quietly.  AKA- water boarding.

I was completely surprised when we spent the entire day on foot in hot pursuit.  We put on miles and got into turkeys left and right.  I was not relegated to a blind for hours at a time.  I didn’t have to contemplate the long term side effects of having my butt fall asleep.  I didn’t have to take boring selfies and put them on Facebook.  I didn’t read.  Not. One. Word.  That first hunt at the Double B resulted in my first Rio, a gorgeous tom, and I vowed to come back each spring.  Not that Greg really wanted me to but he is just polite that way.

This spring was no different .We logged a whopping 8 miles that first day and I couldn’t have been happier.  Well, except that I had no turkey, but that was only because Greg doesn’t know how to call.  Ok, that’s not true at all but I just wanted to see if you were still with me. He is a turkey calling Super Genius. On the next day of the hunt I had the good fortune to hit the canyons for a beautiful Spanish Goat that Greg unfortunately had to carry out of the canyons.  I didn’t have the heart to tell him that the goat made him stink.  Sorry, Greg.  But you did smell like dead goat.

Our last day of hunting was fantastic.  In the lulls of passing time, I was able to take two javelinas that had the misfortune of ambling past.   We later called in a group of toms that all came through strutting and strumming.  It was singularly the most beautiful sight.  I had never been set up in front of that many turkeys before.  I took a beautiful double bearded tom but not before we had to artfully switch places due to the fact I insisted on NOT sitting where Greg had suggested I sit.  I suppose this is sort of a confession.

On the serious side, I truly enjoy the experiences at Double B.  Greg and all of the guides have great senses of humor, patience and all are willing to teach.  They have to be patient to deal with eight certifiably crazy women at one time.  I’m not saying they enjoy it, but I pretend they do. Additionally, the lodging and food is remarkable!  Linda and Kendra man the kitchen and if you leave there hungry or skinnier than when you left you must have had your jaw wired shut.  We book women’s only spring turkey hunts and fall whitetail hunts  annually and pack the joint each time.  For more information about Double B Outfitters www.doubleb-outfitters.com and for more information about the Prois Women’s Only Hunt contact Kirstie@proishunting.com.

 

It Is Safari Season! And Prois Has You Covered! Read What Gear the Experts Suggest!

By: Kirstie Pike- CEO and Founder of Prois

It’s safari season again!  We shout a resounding “hooray” for all of you gearing up for your African journey! What to wear…what to wear?

The Prois staff put their collective heads together to come up with what THEY think is the best line up for your upcoming hunt!

1.  Prois Adventure Pants.  These are a must-have for your hunt.  They are lightweight and comfortable.  Not only do they pack well, they wash well and dry quickly.  We suggest the olive for hunting in Africa.

2.  Ultra Long Sleeve Shirt and Ultra Short Sleeve Shirt.  Both are perfect for safari but make sure you are hunting in a region that allows camouflage.  The Ultra shirts wick moisture in the hotter temperatures and breathe nicely as the day heats up.  They are lightweight and very packable.  Both are available in Realtree AP, Max1 and black.  Personally, I used the black options on my recent hunt in Namibia.

3.  Pro-Edition Vest.  Africa can be cold in the mornings and evenings.  Our Pro-Edition vest is perfect for additional core warming.  It can be worn alone over shirts or layered beneath a jacket for the exceptionally cool mornings.  Again, check to ensure you can wear camouflage in your hunting region.

4.  Pro-Edition Jacket.  Did we mention it gets cold there?  The Pro-Edition Jacket offers a great shell as it is constructed with 3-ply fabric that includes microfleece, windstopper and a soft brushed tricot on the outside.  The hood is removable if you are trying to reduce the bulk in your luggage.  I personally loved this option on my recent trek to Namibia.

5.  Prois Leather Belt and Cartridge Holder.  Yes.  Although it may not seem like a necessity, I found these products to be life savers.  Not only are they extremely functional, they offer that traditional safari look and feel.  It felt like a slice of elegance!

Now…go on and get yourself all set for your upcoming adventure!  If you utilize our suggested layering system you can minimize the amount of gear you have to tote across the globe!  And remember, Prois loves photos of your hunts!  Send them our way!

 

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Prois Africa Travel Tips- Vaccinations and Travel Health and Safety Risks

International travel can pose various risks to health Travelers may encounter any number of illnesses. In addition, serious health risks may arise in areas where accommodation is of poor quality, hygiene and sanitation are inadequate, medical services are not well developed and clean water is unavailable.  Additionally it is important to determine if there are any travel safety warnings for your destination location. Thorough preparation is key to healthy African travel.

We recommend hunters take a few precautions prior to leaving for the dark continent.

1.  Visit the Centers for Disease Control website. The following link will connect you with an interactive page that will detail necessary immunizations and/or prophylactic medications for the country which you will be visiting. Allow 4-6 weeks BEFORE departure!    This site will also identify if there are any current travel health alerts.     http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/

2.  Consult with you primary care physician for medications (both prescription and over the counter) he/she may deem necessary for safe and healthy travel.  Ask about medications for diarrhea, vomiting and possible antibiotics for treatment of common illness and exposure you could encounter.

3.  Prepare yourself to avoid common foodborne illness.  As a rule, following the recommendations below can help significantly reduce the chance you will contract undesirable bacteria and parasites.  Unless of course you LIKE vomiting and diarrhea.

Eat…

  • Food that is cooked and served hot
  • Hard-cooked eggs
  • Fruits and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself
  • Pasteurized dairy products
Don’t Eat…
  • Food served at room temperature
  • Food from street vendors
  • Raw or soft-cooked (runny) eggs
  • Raw or undercooked (rare) meat or fish
  • Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables
  • Unpasteurized dairy products
  • ”Bushmeat” (monkeys, bats, or other wild game)
Drink…
  • Bottled water that is sealed
  • Water that has been disinfected
  • Ice made with bottled or disinfected water
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Hot coffee or tea
  • Pasteurized milk
Don’t Drink…
  • Tap or well water
  • Ice made with tap or well water
  • Drinks made with tap or well water (such as reconstituted juice)
  • Unpasteurized milk

4.  In addition to health risks when traveling abroad, there is significant risk for personal safety.  We highly recommend hunters visit the Department of State website http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html to identify if there are any travel alerts and warnings.

5.  Before you go abroad, learn what medical services your health insurance will cover overseas.  If your health insurance policy provides coverage outside the United States, REMEMBER to carry both your insurance policy identity card as proof of such insurance and a claim form.  Although many health insurance companies will pay “customary and reasonable” hospital costs abroad, very few will pay for your medical evacuation back to the United States.  Medical evacuation can easily cost $10,000 and up, depending on your location and medical condition.

With a bit of preparation, your dream safari will be safe and uneventful.

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Prois Tips on Taking Great Safari Photos

Most people are really impressed when they see a great photo of an animal you shot. The photo can make the animal look really good or really bad. It’s well worth a little extra effort to take the time to set up a shot to make it really worthy of a place in your home rather than under the visor of your truck. For many of us that can’t afford taxidermy, this is a very cheap way to preserve the memory ot your hunt.Here’s a few tips to take a quality photo.  We have borrowed these great tips from Africahunting.com!

1. Clean up the animal
A shot of animal with blood all over its face or a bloody tongue hanging out is disrespectful to the animal and will put off many folks that you share it with. Also showing huge bullet/broadhead holes with guts hanging out of them may seem cool if you’re 15 and want to start a hate thread, but would you frame a picture of guts and hang it in your house? Take the time to clean up your animal. Always have some paper towels, water etc. handy for the shot.

2. Pick a location for the shot
Animals don’t always die in a picturesque spot. Move the animal to a nice looking setting with something interesting in it (Rocks, cool trees, old tractor, broke down old fence etc.) to make the shot more interesting and capture the outdoor setting where you hunted. Interesting backgrounds make interesting photos. Don’t make the background the star of the shot but have it featured in the shot. Use your imagination.

3. Pose the animal
Set the animal up like you would with people in a portrait. Prop your buck up on its belly with feet supporting it and stretch his neck out so you can turn it, facing the head different ways for different angled shots.

4. Compose the shot
Composition is probably the most important thing that you have to LEARN to take good pictures. After you choose a good location, clean the animal up, stretch the animal out and pose it, and sit the hunter behind it, you have to frame the shot correctly.

Shoot at the hunter and animal from their level or below them. Get down on the ground or even lay down in front of them. If you can pick a spot where you can put some SKY behind the horns to really showcase them. Antlers/horns with tree branches and weeds behind them get lost in the shot. Have the hunter sit on the ground behind the animal leaning on it or holding up the head from behind, but not sitting directly behind the horns. Sit off to the side of the antlers so you can see them separately.

Have the sun light the shot for you. Face the hunter into the sun in the daylight and tip your hat back if the sun shadows your face so you can identify the hunter rather than seeing a black shadow for a face. Use your flash if you have to to light the hunters face, even in the daytime. One cool effect is for a low light shot (Sunrise or sunset) shoot the sun in the background so you see the colored sky and use your flash to light the hunter and animal.

FILL THE FRAME! when you take the shot. Shoot the hunter and animal right up to the edges of the frame. If you stand 50 feet away to take a shot and feel like the cool old tree way over there should be in the picture too, move the animal over to the tree and sit in front of it but fill the entire shot with the interesting subject matter at hand. Lots of people see a picture and say that would be a killer shot “if you cropped all of this junk out of it” Crop the shot in your view finder before you push the button.

Don’t sit ten feet away from your trophy to make it look BIGGER! Be proud of what you shot and get in the picture with it. You will probably have to show them the antlers at some point anyway and they are invariably disappointed when they see the real thing after seeing your photo.

5. Take LOTS of shots!
Especially with digital photography, it doesn’t cost more to shoot too many pictures anymore. Keep shooting, shoot from several different angles and even different backgrounds. Shoot the animal by itself. Shoot it with the hunter behind it, holding it up, standing in the background, shaking hands with your buddy, with your kids being happy with you etc. etc. Just get lots of shots.

It pays to have too many rather than not enough. You can always cull through them and get rid of most of them when you’re done  and the odds that you’ll get that perfect shot that is an absolute home run are better if you have a pile of them to sort through.

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