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
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!