Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Hunter and Outdoor Christmas Expo is less than a month away! The show will be held from December 3rd to the 12th in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, co-located with the NFR’s Cowboy Christmas. Do you have plans to attend? If so, be sure to stop by and say hello to Paige Murphy and Katherine Grand of Prois! Can’t wait to see you there!



DanniMooreCLothesWe all know about washing in scent free detergent, but do you also make sure that it is free of all optical brighteners? You should and here’s why.

The quick a dirty explanation goes a little something like this. Mammals eyes are comprised of cells called rods and cones in order to see, different mammals have different ratios of these. Rods pick up light transmission, but don’t register colour; while cones are what allow us to see colour. Ungulate eyes are composed of mostly rods with some cones. So they do see some colours and are not completely colour blind as previously believed. This is why hunter orange works, they don’t have those cones in their eyes and therefore it is a grey scale colour to them. Laundry detergent, unless stated no optical brighteners, all have uv brighteners in them. It makes clothing ‘pop’ to us, which we interpret as bright and clean. However, to ungulates this gives off a ghostly bright glow in the woods, regardless of colour! So next time you wash your hunting clothes, make sure that it is optical or uv brightener free along with being scent free.

This doesn’t mean that deer won’t see you or that you can trot around in the bush like a magical unicorn unseen by your prey, but it can certainly give you an edge in detection and hopefully get you that advantage to get the job done!!

-Danni Moore, Prois Hunting Apparel Staff


Gear Up for Deer Season in Próis Hunting Apparel® and You Will Never Be Cold Again

Deer season is finally upon us and wScreen Shot 2015-11-05 at 1.16.52 PMhether you are a trophy or meat hunter, the end result is the same if you aren’t donning the right apparel. Female hunters deserve the very best fit and function available to ensure a successful harvest and Próis is here to deliver that. Designed by women themselves, Próis pulled out all the stops to ensure the ultimate in silence, concealment, and comfort this deer season.

On the coldest days late in the season, when most hunters opt to stay in bed, you will be geared up and ready to go with Próis’ Archtach Down Jacket. Constructed of 800 fill gray goose down, this jacket is made for the serious hunter who doesn’t play hooky from a little bad weather. Super lightweight and compressible materials make it a perfect addition to any hunting pack. Should the weather change drastically or you work up a sweat dragging a big buDSC_1274ck out of the woods, you’ll have no problem stowing it for future use. The Próis Archtach Down Jacket is offered in Realtree® APX, Advantage Max 1, MothWing Mountain Mimicry, and Black. It comes in sizes XS-XXL.

Silent, wind-blocking, and water resistant pants are a must when sitting in the deer stand. With Próis’ Generation X Pants, you will have just that and more. Warm microfleece lining makes these pants perfect for hunting the rut when sitting all day is necessary. Warmth is a huge factor if you plan to stay out longer than a few hours, especially during late season hunts in colder climates. Prois’ Generation X pants offer maximum protection from the elements, while still being lightweight and functional. Deep cargo pockets with magnetic snap closures offer a place for must haves like hand warmers or wind checkers, knees with articulated pleats take the strain off your joints while sitting for extended periods, and elastic drawstrings with cord lock technology draw pants to the boot to keep the cold air out. The Generation X Pants are offered in Realtree® AP, Advantage Max 1, and MothWing Mountain Mimicry. Get them in sizes XS-XXL.

Layering is ever-so necessScreen Shot 2015-11-05 at 1.14.36 PMary when it comes to hunting a tree stand. With no natural blockage from the wind and very little body movement, keeping your core warm is paramount to staying comfortable. This is why the Reversible Sherpa Fleece Vest is the perfect addition to your gear list. With camouflage polyester Sherpa fleece on one side and Polartec 200 blaze orange microfleece on the other, this vest is perfect for anyone hunting areas with blaze orange laws. Scapular drop pockets between the shoulder blades are perfect for housing activated hand warmers, further boosting core temperatures. The Reversible Sherpa Fleece comes in Realtree® AP and Advantage Max 1 and is offered in sizes XS-XL.

Quite possibly one of the most important and most vulnerable parts of your body are the feet. Cold feet can ruin the best hunt and nobody likes that. Próis staff recommends Incredisocks to keep you warm throughout the day. Made from bamboo charcoal, the sleek designs of the Incredisocks only confirm Incrediwear’s commitment to perfection. This recipe ensures a perfect match for the hunting lifestyle. Keeping you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s warm, Incredisocks performance unequivocally lives up to the promise of excellence. At this point, you’ve got all the best gear and you might as well have the socks to match.

Get these items and more at www.proishunting.com or call (970) 641-3355 to receive additional advice from the staff on recommended sizing and camo patterns.

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

Ready. Set. Hunt.

by April Mack

Just a thought in my mind;

Bird season has come to a close. No hunting for the next 3 months. Now what? After hunting for almost 9 months straight I am almost at a loss! Ah yes… I begin thinking about the upcoming fall elk and deer archery season. So many things to do! Where will I hunt? Will I draw a tag this year? If not, where will my focus for general season be? I need to practice daily and hone in on my archery skills. I must make sure all my gear is still in good condition. Do I have enough supplies? Do I have extra’s of the important things (headlamps, release, arrows)? What do I need to purchase that I don’t already have? Oh yeah, and then there is the physical aspect. You must be in good, strong physical condition to hunt – packing in or just a day trip. Luckily that is a habit I have developed over the years and don’t have to focus too hard on (it seems I have enough to think about!).   Yes, I think I will be busy enough prepping for this fall!


I can vaguely see it in the distance;

No controlled hunt tags… general season will be my focus now. This will be the year that I am finally able to hike in and spike camp. Something I have been dreaming of doing for years, not just my local day hunting trips. Our location is narrowed down, time off has been requested. Time to pull out my packing list and review it. Time to increase my practicing. Time to fine tune my calling. I am starting to become distracted at work, thinking about the possibilities of this fall’s hunt. Yes, I even downloaded an app to count the exact seconds until I can get out there and play ball. I attend elk calling seminars and learned some very valuable information. For instance; an elk rubbing a soft, young tree in a sense is him flirting with the “ladies” vs. a hard, solid dead tree; that my friends is his way of asking for a fight. Or learning just exactly what he is saying; when to determine he is beckoning for a little love and knowing when he is yelling to get out of his house. Good stuff! I attend more seminars on packing in, tips and tricks on food as well as a complete over haul of gear; packs, clothes, boots, bino’s etc. It seems that this year I am more ready for elk season then I have ever been. With my new found information along with developing the skill to call and bugle I feel pretty good about what I am about to embark on.

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What is everyone else doing?

So let me back up for just a minute… while attending all these seminars and watching videos and reading articles, a lot of this information can be overwhelming as well as a bit confusing. One suggests (this is the rule I’ve always followed) once you hit the animal, depending on the shot placement (lung, heart, liver, gut etc), you give it time. 30-minutes to six hours let it lie and expire without getting pushed. Seems to make sense. The flip side to that is no matter what the shot placement is, go after the animal immediately. Here is the reason behind this theory; we all know deer and elk are hardy animals. We have all heard of an animal getting shot, we follow the blood trail only to find less and less blood to end up losing a blood trail altogether. With the idea of pushing the animal right away you keep the wound fresh and the parts that are injured constantly moving and bleeding out while they are trying to get away. This does not allow the blood to thicken up and seal the cut. Eventually they are down for the count. That also seems to make sense. That is just the tip of the iceberg. Face concealment vs. none. Aggressive approach vs. soft and subtle. Sitting vs. stalking. Sneaking into the “bedroom” vs. letting them come out. Good grief, the list goes on. Don’t get me get started on manufactures brands! Basically what it really boils down to it is either someone’s opinion or someone’s personal experience; as with anything else I need to research where I am getting my advice from, what kind of success rate they have had, how long they have been hunting and if possible a little one on one to know if they truly do walk the walk.

I have decided that with all this new found information that it is up to me to see what each scenario and situation holds and move on my gut feeling The last thing I want to do is to second guess myself and lack confidence in any area of my hunt.


It’s just around the corner;

I have all my gear and pack items spread out across the floor, somewhat resembling a small sporting goods store. By the looks of things I may need to lighten the load a bit.


Or get a pack-horse. I have amped up my shooting practice, shooting at least an hour every day and hitting 3-D courses at least once a week. I continue to hit the gym regularly as well as add in some hikes with my pack, throwing in some dumbbells- you know, just for fun. I am even experimenting with making my own version of pre-made dried foods. That is turning out to be a whole different story. And of course, continuing to practice my calls. It can be quite entertaining the looks you get sitting at a stop light on the way to work!

I do a final check of all gear and supplies, go down the list, checking it twice. (Yes, this does resemble Christmas time). Almost with a nervous feeling… I think I am ready!


It is time!

One last work week to go. Last minute honey-do’s around the house. Last minute packing, organizing, repacking and re-organizing. This final week seems to fly by as last minute details continually creep up. We are already into the elk season so I have had the pleasure of seeing other hunter’s post on social media the things they have seen and the animals they have harvested. This only increases my excitement and knowing that time spent out hunting or any animals seen will be a success.

We load up a few days prior to when we leave, double checking and reorganizing yet again. Finally, the day has arrived! Leaving first thing in the morning, only to have it feel like we should have left even hours earlier, my hunting partner and best friend, (who happens to also be my husband) and I…

To be continued???

I am secretly hoping to leave you hanging to maybe follow up with the story of our actual hunt!


I have included a general list of items we pack in:

  •   Tent
  •  Sleeping bags
  •   Sol Escape Bivy®
  •   Light weight pillow
  •   Light weight inflatable pad
  •   Sawyer Squeeze® water purification system/ extra bladders
  •   Pack bladder
  •   Mess kit
  •   Rocket Pocket® cook stove with MSR® fuel canisters
  •  Extra batteries (flashlight, range finder etc.)
  •   Sewing kit
  •   Camera
  •   Wipes and Body Glide Anti Chafe®
  •   Mini-flashlight
  •   Walking sticks
  •   Painters plastic (light weight and helps to keep the animal clean; animal hide only goes so far)
  •   Dry bags (to hold ropes, electrical tape, matches, fire starters, emergency First-aid kit)
  •    Fire starter – Vaseline® & cotton balls
  •    First aid – Super glue, blister & regular band aids, gauze, lip balm, Neosporin®, Ibuprofen®, emergency blanket, tape
  •   Food
  •    All meals are individually bagged and prepped
  •   Clothing
  •    All base layers and liners have merino wool in the material

Not included in the list are things we have readily accessible on our persons as we hike in. (Range finder, knife, wind indicator powder, binoculars, etc).


Hunt proud and God bless.


Food Adventures

by Nancy Rodriguez


If you have ever planted a garden and watched it grow, then you know the satisfaction that comes from it. You choose your seeds wisely, prep and till the dirt. You carefully place the seeds in their own little spot in the earth. Then you water, fertilize, nurture, and wait. Then one day it happens…a tiny little green stem pops up to say hello to the world. You can’t help but smile, because you are part of something magical. You are growing food! You’re constantly working in your garden, watering, fertilizing, and sometimes even talking to your plants. Your plants grow and mature daily. Then the day comes when you see a tiny green tomato pop out of a little yellow flower, and your smile becomes bigger. But the greatest satisfaction will come the day you pick your first beautiful vine ripened tomato. Your knife will cut through the beautiful red flesh and you will swear you have never tasted something so delicious. You know exactly the preparation, work, and care that went into growing that tomato. You know with that, you are providing a perfectly healthy piece of food for your family. Every time I eat a vegetable from our garden, I remember the journey it took to grow and harvest this food. This type of food adventure never ceases to amaze me, even if it is in my own backyard.


The feeling of new adventure is the same for me with hunting, fishing, and gathering but on a much grander scale. My husband and I enjoy the great outdoors together, leaving the distractions of our daily lives behind, and embracing the stillness of the wilderness. Ultimately we hunt for food, but the journey and adventure are also extremely important to us. We train, prepare, and work hard to harvest every animal we take with an accurate and clean kill. A biting contradiction in the world of non hunters, I know. The process of killing is a direct result of taking responsibility for the life of the animals you consume. I know how the animals I eat lived, and more importantly I know how they died. It then becomes my responsibility to utilize as much of the animal as possible to the best of my ability. Whether I’m chasing antelope over the desert floor or diving in the deep blue ocean to pick abalone, I know each and every adventure I experience will provide food for our family and a memory that will last forever. No matter what, I always give thanks to the animals, fruit, plants, and mother earth. I believe, as long as there are people living and working to preserve the hunting and gathering lifestyle, there will always be wild places for everyone to enjoy. I choose to hunt, harvest, and gather from the earth. The food nourishes my body, but the adventure nourishes my soul.


From field to plate…these are some of the amazing meals that our food adventures have provided.

Pronghorn Antelope

Pronghorn Antelope

Antelope backstrap with roasted peppers and tomatoes

Antelope backstrap with roasted peppers and tomatoes


Bull Elk

Elk Burger

Elk Burger



Smoked Trout Salad

Smoked Trout Salad



Sauteed abalone in lemon cups and clams

Sauteed abalone in lemon cups and clams

Mule Deer

Mule Deer

Venison steaks in Mushroom Sauce

Venison steaks in Mushroom Sauce


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Whether it’s ducks, geese, or cranes you’re after, choose your hunting gear wisely because let’s face it, it’s going to be a cold, wet, and windy day afield. Waterfowl hunting isn’t for the faint of heart, birds don’t take days off because of weather and you shouldn’t have to either. This season, try Próis’ Xtreme Line to keep you warm in the field or marsh.

You can’t function without your weapon, which extends beyond the shotgun you carry. Hunting apparel can make or break your hunt, especially when you are fighting the elements. Próis’ Xtreme jacket and pants offer a waterproof shell and insulated fabric, which will keep you dry and warm on the most frigid days.

Try the Xtreme jacket on for size and you’ll never want to take it off. Offered in both Realtree AP® and Advantage Max 1®, this jacket has all of Próis’ signature features you know and love. Nylon tricot lining makes for ease of layering and added silence. Deep chest and hand pockets with zippered closures offer plenty of space for calls, gloves, hand warmers, and other tools.

The more wind the better when it comes to hunting waterfowl, but more wind can also mean added discomfort if you aren’t donning the proper attire. This is not a concern with the Xtreme jacket, as it features Velcro closures at the wrist and a ducktail designed to provide additional warmth and dryness to the backside. A built in drawstring along the waist further enhances warmth and keeps cool air out.

Próis’ Xtreme pants are constructed of similar materials, with nylon tricot lining and 150 gram 3MM ultra thinsulate. They are also offered in both Realtree AP® and Advantage Max 1®. Layer these pants over your jeans while goose or crane hunting and you will never be cold again. As the day goes on, quickly remove them by unzipping the 9 inch boot zippers, designed specifically for ease of layering. Deep-set cargo pockets on each side are perfect for stowing flashlights, cell phones, or other important gadgets. An elastic waist and drawstring are perfect for layering and keeping the breeze out. These pants are the ultimate in warmth and perfect for the seasoned waterfowler.

The Xtreme line is offered in sizes XS-XXL. Get these items and more at www.proishunting.com or call (970) 641-3355 to receive additional advice from the staff on recommended sizing and camo patterns.

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

ELK STIR FRY: Recipe by Mia Enstrom

Living in rural Colorado hunting season is a BIG time of the year. Not only is it my favorite time of the year for going out and making memories in the woods, but its also my major grocery shopping for the year. No meat wrapped in plastic in my household all my meat is organic mountain fed elk, deer, bear, pronghorn, or sometimes even mountain lion. Yes, I said mountain lion. Anyways elk is what I have a majority of every year and I love cooking with it. I believe elk is some of the best tasting meat on the planet. No joke…. this stuff is seriously THAT good! Elk stir fry is a different direction to take this lean meat, but it is a delicious direction!
Elk Stir Fry
2 Pounds elk meat (I use back strap, shoulder, or hind quarter steak meat)
1 Purple onion
2 Red bell peppers
1 Tablespoon butter
2 Tablespoons montreal steak seasoning
1 Cup stir fry sauce ( I use Kikkoman brand)
Slice your onion, bell peppers and in a pan caramelize in butter over medium high heat. Slice your meat in skinny strips and season with steak seasoning. Once onions and peppers are caramelized transfer them to a plate and cook your sliced meat in pan over medium high heat until desired temperature. Once meat is cooked pour onion/pepper mixture back over meat and mix together in pan over medium heat. Once mixed pour over your stir fry sauce and stir until blended. Serve over rice.
I have used a variety of veggies in this recipe as well. So whatever you desire throw it in with your peppers and onions when caramelizing! Add more sauce if you wish for more. Can be served over Udon noodles, too!
-Mia Enstrom

Learning how to “Gear Up” for Hunting

So you’ve decided you’d like to try out hunting. There are a few things you’ll need to do before you “gear up” and get out in the woods. Your journey should begin prior to hunting season. Most states require that you take a hunter education course. This will not only familiarize you with the gun aspect, but the game in your area. Another great outlet for women who would like to learn to hunt is Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW). They offer workshops for women to help them learn more about the outdoors, which they say “means becoming more competent, more confident, and more aware.” “BOW” has been around since 1991, and specializes in helping female beginners learn outdoor skills. All equipment needed is provided; a woman needs only the desire to learn and she can have fun doing it!


The basic items needed to hunt are a hunting license, animal tags, camo, a rifle
with a scope, ammunition and land.

Check your local regulations to make sure your firearms selection is legal for the game you’ve selected.

If your new to hunting, purchasing your gear can be confusing and costly. Once you decide what game you’ll be hunting there is only place I will recommend for womens hunting apparel. Hunting apparel is something that you don’t want to cut corners on. Prois Hunting & Field Apparel is the best on the market for women in my humble opinion. If you like to stay warm and dry, and actually have apparel that fits, it’s the place to purchase from. My favorite mid-weight pants, “The Generation X Series” are made with a windstopping and waterproof fabric. They sit at your natural waist and have ample room through hips and thighs. Made with boot zips for convenience and elastic drawstring with cord stop to draw pants close to boot. This reduces infiltration of debris and dampness into the boot. You will be writing “Thank You” letters to Prois after donning these on a hunt. Wearing these feel like putting on a warm micro-fleece lined pillow pant. Can you say, Ahhhh? The back pockets have pillowtop closures to keep contents in place. Their deep cargo pockets (with magnetic closures for ease of access) ensure enhanced silence. You have plenty of room to bring along all your essentials.  My favorite versatile shirt, “Prois’s Ultra Backcountry Shirt” wicks moisture away from the skin, keeping you cool when it is hot and warm when it is cool. It’s neck zipper is added to allow venting in warm weather. The convenient 3 compartment lumbar pocket system is perfect for holding calls, gloves, hand warmers and other hunting necessitites. There’s room to bring along plenty of quiet snacks or handheld devices to play for downtime.

Before you run out and purchase a rifle and scope there are few things to consider. You want a rifle that fits you properly and a scope that will perform. If you come to love hunting, you are sure to expand your hunting to other game. Purchasing a rifle and scope that you can use for any game in your area is ideal. I personally hunt with a Savage 7mm 08. With my rifle I can hunt any game in my area. Your rifle is something that will have to fit your body type and chosen game. Ranges often have rifles you can shoot to try out.


Once you purchased your rifle you’ll need a scope. Finding the best quality scope for the best price is essential. I use a Vortex Diamondback HP 3-12 × 42 Scope. I highly recommend Vortex scopes. Not only are they affordable they have a vip warranty. Its a Lifetime, Unlimited, Fully Transferable, Unconditional warranty. Vortex will repair or replace the product (at no charge) in the event it becomes damaged or defectiveThe Diamondback HP(High Performance) riflescope offers a full-on array of features that you as a hunter will love. The Diamondback has a Dead-Hold BDC reticle that helps eliminate guesswork on hold-over and windage corrections. XD extra-low dispersion glass increases resolution and color fidelity while XR fully multi-coated lenses maximize every minute of shooting light. When you learn about the golden hour, being able to see through your scope in this last light is mandatory. The image is bright and crisp even at extended ranges with this scope. The scopes fogproof performance with it being waterproof will have you thanking Vortex. Once you purchase your scope, you’ll need to sight in your scope to your rifle. Once sighted in, I recommend practicing with your rifle on 25yd., 50yd., & 100yd. ranges. This way you can get familiar with your distances. Most importantly don’t get overwhelmed. Be sure to put in scouting your game prior to opening season. Finding those snipes isn’t easy! Hunting is a learning process. It teachs you patience, ethics, sustainability, disipline and appreciation for hard work!

If you enjoy nature, hunting will open your eyes to things you’ve never dreamed you would see. Most importantly get out there and have fun.
Happy Hunting!

Sincerely, my best to you, Tarra Stoddard

Bacon Wrapped Duck Stuffed with Jalapenos & Cream Cheese

Check out this great recipe by Prois staffer, Melissa Lindsay!



4 duck breasts

3/4 package of bacon

3 large jalapenos

1/2 package of cream cheese

Cajun spice



Take a large baking sheet and cover in tinfoil. Set oven to broil at 350. Cut the duck breasts into strips & coat in Cajun spice. Cut the jalapenos into strips. Cut the cream cheese into strips. Cut the bacon strips in half. Take a strip of duck, jalapeno and cream cheese together and wrap in the 1/2 slice of bacon & place on baking sheet. When finished, place in oven for 25 minutes approximately. Take them out and drain the grease, flip them over and put back on oven for another 10 minutes approximately (until the bacon is lightly browned).

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Let cool & enjoy!

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