BIG GAME SEASON IS HERE: PROPER LAYERING IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS AND COMFORT

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Prois® Hunting Apparel Utilizes Layering Systems to Enhance Thermoregulation

Mother Nature is wildly unpredictable. Hunters are often blindsided by an instantaneous change in weather while afield. This is why a good layering system is the key to success when going hunting. With multiple layers of clothing, each performing a different function, hunters find it easier to properly manage body tempurature and adapt to unexpected weather changes as needed. Prois® specializes in a 3-step layering system- base layer, insulatory, and shell. All of which are durable, functional, and compact, without sacrificing comfort and silence.

A lightweight, breathable base-layer is a good starting point for most big game hunts that require lots of hiking and strenuous activity. The Prois® Ultra line is the perfect all-around base-layer for these hunts. The Ultra shirts are constructed of Prois’ signature polyester birdseye wicking fabric to create an athletic shirt that will easily fit underneath outer shells. They come in a variety of styles for different activities. The Ultra backcountry, Ultra Hoodie, and Ultra Long Sleeve are all available at www.proishunting.com.

The 2nd layer in Prois’ 3-step system is the insulatory layer. When your core, or torso, is warm it readily releases blood to the extremities, which in turn helps to keep hands and feet warm. This is why a vest is such a good choice for hunters. Furthermore, a vest can easily be stored in your pack as temperatures rise. The Pro-Edition Vest is wind and water resistant, with deep set hand pockets for additional storage or a soft place to rest your hands. A zipper garage at the chin reduces chaffing from the zipper mechanism.

Couple the Pro-Edition Vest with either the Pro-Edition or Generation-X Jackets to complete your 3-step layering system with a durable, silent, and fully functional shell. They are each lined with Prois’ signature Nylon Tricot lining system, which makes them easier to don over multiple layers. The Pro-Edition Jacket features a detachable hood, which makes it extremely versatile. Both jackets are soft, silent, and wind/water resistant to ensure your comfort and success in the field. They also include Prois’ signature scapular pockets located between the shoulder blades to further enhance thermoregulation.

All of these items come together in an effort to further add to your hunting experience. They are each featured in the following camo patterns: MothWing Mountain Mimicry, Realtree AP®, and Realtree Max1®.

View the complete line of Prois® Hunting Apparel at www.proishunting.com or call (970) 641-3355 to receive additional advice from the staff on recommended sizing and camo patterns.

Prois 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.

Talking Technical! High Plains Brush Pants!

Kirstie Pike- Prois CEO

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

 

 

 
The birding seasons are quickly approaching and it is definitely time to talk technical about our High Plains Brush Pants!

What makes them the perfect pants for your birding adventures?

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Prois High Plains Brush Pants

  1.  Feminine fit.  We designed these pants to provide room through the hips, rear and thighs.  Additionally, we kept the rise high enough to avoid the downward creep in the back.
  2. Elastacized sides in the waistband to accommodate varying body types.
  3. Cam Straps at the waistline to tighten or loosen the pants.  Should this feature not be desirable, simply remove the straps and use a belt- belt loops are also included in the design of these pants.
  4. Cordura facings.  We brought the facings higher and decided to make the facings match the fabric to create a visually appealing field pants option.
  5. Cordura Scuff Pads.  Wear and tear at the interior cuffline of field pants is common.  We reinforced this area with additional cordura to eliminate wear and tear.
  6. Boot Zips.  We added 9 inch boot zips to reduce any difficulty donning and doffing field boots.  A great feature!

This product remains one of my favorite products we design.  They are functional and visually appealing.  They are available in khaki and Olive…sizes range from XS-XL.  Check them out!

 

Prois Staffer Cindi Baudhuin

Prois Staffer Cindi Baudhuin

Getting Started: How to take the next step from archer to bowhunter

I often have women tell me that they feel like they are ready to start bowhunting but they don’t know where to begin.  They have a bow, they’ve taken some lessons, maybe have shot in an archery league or practiced on their own and consider themselves target archers, and are ready to move forward. This can be a really intimidating step for many women, especially if they don’t have a social circle of other bowhunters around them.

One of my first suggestions would be to look inBOW8to the Department of Fish and Game’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program in your state. I have been a volunteer instructor for BOW for the past 6 years and cannot say enough about it. The classes they offer, the quality of information that they provide and the skilled instructors that volunteer their time to help others to find their passion in the outdoors is second to none.  BOW was started where I live in Alaska in 1995 and has grown rapidly due to a wonderful community response to the great classes they provide. There are BOW programs all over the Lower 48 as well! There are several options for BOW classes: the first is 3 day weekend courses (workshops) which cover a small sample of many subjects. A total of 100+ participants (ages 18+) can sign up for this amazing outdoor inspired weekend and can pick subjects from a variety of 4 hours courses such as archery, bowhunting, moose hunting, field dressing, cold weather camping, outdoor cooking, hunting small game and much more!   This is not only the perfect place to start to build up confidence by educating yourself on hunting, but its also a great place to meet other women who are interested in the same things that you are! Classes like the field dressing course are completely hands on. For our Alaska class, they bring in an Elk or Moose etc… from the Wildlife Conservation Center or other donated sources and you actually get hands on experience in field dressing the entire animal with skilled and experienced instructors leading the way. The BOW weekend offers classes in an encouraging and supportive environment to beginners. Classes are presented in a way where the participants do not feel intimidated no matter their skill level or outdoors/hunting knowledge.

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In addition to these big weekend workshops; BOW also offers intensive courses on specific subjects called Beyond BOW.  I teach beginning archery at the big weekend event and I teach a more advanced bowhunting class in the 1 day intensive courses. There are other intensives on subjects like butchering wild game, big game hunting, field dressing, spin and fly fishing,  survival, map and compass and outdoor cooking just to name a few.  Beyond BOW events provide the next step in practicing the skills that a participant started to develop at the weekend workshop or they build on knowledge that a woman might already have in order to increase her confidence in using those skills in the field.  Beyond BOWs teach more advanced skills, and may be conducted almost entirely in an outdoors setting to help to build that confidence that you will need to go out on your own!

Many states BOW programs also offer some women’s group hunts. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to go out and hunt with other women, led by Fish and Game staff and volunteers.  If you don’t have friends to start hunting with, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to set up a hunt with other women who are also beginners in a safe and supportive environment. For more information on how to sign up for BOW classes visit theTurkeyCoverGrrrls Fish and Game website for your state. Another option to get connected is to check with your local archery Pro Shops for women’s organized hunts or there are several businesses like mine, Rockstarlette Bowhunting, that organize women’s group hunts. I have organized quite a few ladies hunts in the past few years and I have to say, there is nothing more rewarding than the bonding and life long friendships built when your hunting with “just the girls!”  In 2010 I organized a week long, ladies tree stand black bear archery hunt.  I think this is one of the easiest hunts for a beginner to start bowhunting with.  A tree stand or bear bait situation makes for fixed yardage that you can range before the animal comes in to prepare, plus you have the safety and security of being above the game you are hunting. The women that came on this black bear hunt were all first time bowhunters and all had great success with their bows. They have become hooked on hunting and have gone on several hunts since!  Follow Rockstarlette Bowhunting on Facebook or Instagram to get more information on upcoming women’s organized hunts!

Jonishoot3DHow do you build up the confidence in your shooting skills; to move from shooting at paper targets to live game? At many archery stores, they offer private lessons and can focus the lesson on the skills that you need to develop. So if you are looking to get ready to pass your bowhunter certification class, or are prepping for a specific type of hunt in the field – ask them to structure a private lesson to meet your needs.  Many Pro Shops also offer time in the Techno Hunt booth (a virtual hunting booth) so that you can practice shooting at live video scenes of animals in a controlled environment. You use your own bow and arrows, blunt tips that we provide and can choose from over 700 different animal scenarios to practice on.  3D archery tournaments outdoors are also a great place to hone your skills. Going through an unmarked 3D archery course and practicing either using your range finder, or judging yardages can be a great tool for honing your hunting skills and confidence in the field!

Last, but most importantly; find out if you need to get your Bowhunter Certification from your states Department of Fish and Game.  Some states require this before you can bowhunt (we do in Alaska!) For us, this is a two part test; a written Bowhunter Education section and a field shooting proficiency portion. These bowhunting classes certify more than 800 Alaskan hunters each year. The certificate is also required in Alaska to put in for archery drawing permits. The Bowhunter Education written test covers many of the same topics as Basic Hunter Education courses but with some specific questions on bowhunting.  The written portion can be done online or in a classroom setting; while you must get signed up for a test date with Fish and Game for the shooting portion.  The shooting portion of the test requires you to hit the vitals area of several big game targets at distances from 10-30 yards from both a sBird13JJtanding and kneeling position. If you are nervous about taking the shooting portion of this test, taking an archery lesson that specifically focuses on the skills needed for the test is a great confidence booster! Contact your local Pro Shop to set something up!

The main thing is to not be afraid to get started and to know that there are lots of great resources out there to help you!  I hope to encourage other women to not be intimidated and to take advantage of the resources available to get out and find their passion for the hunt! The motto of my company is “Encourage. Inspire. Empower.” if you have any questions on getting started; please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will help you get started in any way I can! I love to help other women find their passion for bowhunting!

Joni Kiser is a former Archery Pro Shop owner and the Founder of Rockstarlette Bowhunting

She has harvested a wide variety of big game animals with her bow and is a National Factory Pro Staff for Xpedition Archery and HHA and Field Staff for Prois.

Until We Meet Again

by Nancy Rodriguez

What is it that draws us to venture into the backcountry? Is it the burning muscles and strained lungs that help get us to the top of the mountain? Is it the sweat soaked clothes that will never be the same after the journey? Is it the desire to sleep on dirt, tuck into a claustrophobic mummy bag, and surround ourselves with a paper thin home away from home? Maybe it’s the exciting (OK…maybe frightening) sudden lightning storms that roll through the high country on warm summer days. Perhaps it’s the hummingbird size mosquitoes that latch on to every inch of exposed skin, trying to drain us like a juice box. NancyRodriguez2

It’s clear spending time in the backcountry is a paradox. It’s a balance between discomfort and the pleasure of feeling completely at ease and at “home”.

Summer is the time that my husband Joe and I love some backcountry therapy, so we are venturing into the Eastern Sierra’s of California on a hiking and fishing excursion. Our hike will take us to several high mountain lakes around 10,000 feet in elevation. This will be a great way to get our legs and lungs ready for the hunting season ahead.

As the miles pass under our boots, Mother Nature’s beauty encompasses us and I know there is nowhere else I would rather be. Huge rocky spires still covered in snow tower above. Spring rains have brought vibrant lush green foliage and Skittle colored wildflowers to the surrounding hills. Yellow, orange, and purple butterflies dance about while they guide us up the mountain. Birds sing, play, and bathe in the trailside snow runoff. A fluffy marmot scurries across a granite boulder in front of us. Nature’s beauty acts as a mild anesthetic, numbing the pain on our bodies but only for a little while. As we crest the final ridge we begin to feel energized. There before us lies an electric blue high mountain lake with sun lit diamonds dancing across the surface. Avalanche chutes are carved in the remaining snow as waterfalls pour from them into the lake below. I’m not sure why, but colors always seem more brilliant in the backcountry. The view nearly takes my breath away. Before long I see a ripple break the surface of the water and I feel an overwhelming urge to wet a line, but the fish will have to wait… for now. With dark clouds building on the ridges above, we should find a camp site first.NancyRodriguez4

Two tired and happy backpackers weave in and out of the dense pine forest and climb across large granite boulders until we find a camp site. A perfect flat spot amongst the short green grass and wildflowers is calling to our tent. The spot has a 360 degree unobstructed view of pure beauty and will make a perfect home for the next four days. We quickly set up our camp like we have done a hundred times before. The tent is set, water purifier hung, bear containers packed with food, and our essentials tucked away in their temporary homes. Looking out across the lake we embrace the peace and solitude.

The scramble down to the water’s edge is full of excitement and childhood wonder. Our lines are tossed in unison as we try to decide what the fish will hit. Our spoons and jigs dance through the water until one of us feels the unmistakable tug on the line and a beautiful trout breaks the surface. “Fish On” echoes in the silenNancyRodriguez3ce as I look down the shore and watch my husband smile and reel in the first fish. Many more follow.

As the sky starts it’s nightly sunset ritual, we sit crossed legged on the dirt enjoying the show. We dine on a gourmet meal of fresh trout as twinkling stars start to appear in the night sky and moonlight reflects across the lake. We snuggle together listening to the distant waterfall and taking in this perfect summer night.

After a blissful night sleep, the morning birds start to sing and gently stir us from our mountain slumber. The cool air fills my lungs; I wipe the sleep from my eyes and heat water for my morning coffee. Joe and I perch ourselves on a rock and cradle warm mugs as we watch the mountains wake up. I swear my coffee has never tasted so good. After breakfast, we lace up our boots, throw on our packs, and grab our fishing poles.NancyRodriguez1

Our boots burn through miles of dirt over the next few days as we search out different high mountain lakes. The fishing is out of this world and we feel our batteries recharge.

It’s hard to say goodbye to this beautiful place. With our backpacks loaded and hiking sticks in hand, Joe and I gaze out at the gorgeous beauty of the backcountry. We give our thanks for all that Mother Nature gives to us…a beautiful journey through life. We head down the trail and I glance back one last time…Until we meet again.

FROM HEAD TO TOE… PROIS® HAS GOT YOU COVERED

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Próis® Hunting Apparel Offers Accessories Better Suited for the Woman Hunter

Only a few months until another round of hunting seasons commence across North America. What does that mean? It’s time to start organizing your gear in anticipation. Old and worn out gear may need replacing, and now is the perfect time to do it. Próis offers a variety of hunting accessories made specifically for the woman hunter. And, let’s face it, who doesn’t love accessories?

A good hunting pack is the perfect place to start. Spending a little extra for a quality pack is a must. For something that won’t wear out after one season, try Badlands brand packs. The Badlands Kali Day Pack was designed to fit the physiological differences between men and women. This includes a shorter torso, more contoured shoulder straps, and a waist belt which is angled to fit the natural curvature of a woman’s hips. The center of gravity is positioned to enhance the balance point of the fairer sex as well. These packs accommodate a bow or rifle and are built with plenty of pockets for better organization of gear.

Ideally, you will be packing out some delicious wild game at the end of your hunt, so coming prepared with game bags is a good idea. Próis carries Caribou Gear Game Bags, which are reusable, ultra durable, and easy to clean. These bags come in two different sizes, made specifically for the species you plan to hunt. Caribou game bags are made with synthetic materials that are stretch, snag, and tear resistant.

Possibly one of the most important accessories for hunting the backcountry is a reliable pair of boots that will last through multiple seasons. Your feet deserve the best and Próis delivers, featuring women-specific boots which are each built for comfort, durability, and functionality. All available through the Próis website, you can choose from three different brands and multiple styles: Grub’s, Kenetrek, and Zamberlan.

As mentioned before, if your feet aren’t happy, you quite literally will not get very far. Pair your boots with the ever-so heavenly Incrediwear Incredisocks. Built for speed, performance and sustainability, Incredisocks possess a versatile combination of chic fashion coupled with extreme comfort and the healthful features you have come to expect from Incrediwear. Made from bamboo charcoal, the sleek designs only confirm Incrediwear’s commitment to perfection. What can we say? These socks are incredible.

Find all of these items and more at www.proishunting.com.

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

Talking Technical… Sojourn Safari Hoodie

MiaEnstromIn honor of all things SAFARI at Prois this month, we’d like to go a little more in depth about one of our favorite shirts, the Sojourn Safari Hoodie. Not only is it the perfect addition to your duffel when heading to the Dark Continent, this hoodie is also fantastic for activities such as hiking or preseason scouting trips. Let’s touch base on the properties that make the Sojourn so heavenly:

1. Polyester/spandex fabric. Known for being extremely durable, quick to dry, and moisture wicking. These fabrics are very pliable and resilient, making them perfectly capable of withstanding the strenuous activity of a hunter’s lifestyle.

2. Antimicrobial properties. These help to destroy and inhibit the growth of microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi. Bacteria and fungi cause odor, and odor is down right bad for hunting… What more can we say? Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 1.14.13 PM

3. UV Protection. A tighter weave makes it more difficult for sun to pass through the fabric, which makes the Sojourn hoodie the perfect garment for spending an extended amount of time in the outdoors.

4. The power of the hood. Let’s face it, a hood makes anyone feel more powerful. It also offers protection from sun and wind.

5. SALE SALE SALE!!! The Sojourn hoodie is… wait for it… on sale for $65.00 through the month of June, so you better strike while the iron’s hot!

Click here to view all our current sale items!

MAKE YOUR MARK THIS SEASON AT THE SHOOTING RANGE

Try Próis® Hunting Apparel For Gear That’s Always on Target

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It’s that time of year again and the shooting range is calling your name. Whether you prefer 3-d archery or the sporting clay course, Próis has got you covered. The women’s only hunting apparel company offers some of the most technologically advanced hunting and shooting garments in the industry. Take a closer look at staff favorites for a day at the range.

The moment you don the Artemis Competitive shooting shirt, you will look and feel like a champion. This shirt is perfectly breathable and great for summer days spent busting clays or drilling bullseyes. Made with moisture wicking poly/spandex fabric, you need not worry about overheating in your gear. With a sleek design, not only will you shoot great, you will look and feel great also. Unlike most in its category, the Artemis comes with a lumbar pocket for stowing extra gear. The Artemis shirt is available in black and white or red and white and comes in sizes XS to XL.

Combine the Artemis shirt with a pair of pants that match its sleek design. Made with 94% nylon and 6% spandex, the Adventure pants are the perfect candidate for any spring or summer activity in the outdoors. Extremely lightweight and breathable fabric makes these pants a must have for range days when temperatures are less than ideal. With ample room through the rear, hips, and thighs, the Adventure pants allow for plenty of movement, making any strenuous activity a breeze. Pant sizes range from XS to XXL and come in colors Stone and Olive.

A functional shooting vest is a necessity on the range. Próis has constructed one of the only women’s specific shooting vests on the market today. The Competitor Shooter’s Vest is made with all of the functions you need and a fit you will love. A feminine cut reduces bulk, ensuring you look good and shoot even better. Bilateral shoulder padding accommodates left and right-handed shooters and internal pockets accommodate gel packs. With two front expandable cargo pockets and a rear mesh pouch, this vest offers plenty of room for shells, hearing protection, and glasses. What’s even more, should you decide you don’t need the entire vest, it unzips at the waist to convert to a shooting apron. The Competitor Shooter’s vest comes in colors Black and Khaki and sizes XS to XL.

Find all of these items on sale now at www.proishunting.com. For additional information or questions about gear, call the Próis office at (970) 641-3355.

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

Turkey Hunting Gear List

It’s no secret hunters have lot’s of gadgets. It’s often very overwhelming preparing for a hunt and trying to decide what to bring. Each hunt, whether it be for turkey, deer, elk, or ducks, requires a slightly different set of gear. With that said, we put together a turkey hunting gear list, which will hopefully make organizing a bit easier when you prepare for your turkey hunt.

Decoy(s)

TarraStoddardDecoy (1)This is a rather large item, therefore it shouldn’t be a tough one to remember. Although, there have been plenty of instances where an obvious item like a decoy gets overlooked at the house before heading out. Unless you are planning a spot and stalk mission, this is a very important piece of equipment when going turkey hunting. If you don’t prefer to load your truck the night before, set all your equipment by the front door. This will ensure you don’t forget it.

Range Finders

DSC_0024Especially if you prefer to hunt with a bow, range finders are something you really can’t do without. A good pair of rangefinding binoculars, such as the Swarovski EL Rangefinding Binoculars, will cut down on the weight of your pack and take up less room than having to carry both optics.

 

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A reliable Multitool should make the list no matter what type of hunt you are going on. You never know when you might need it! My personal favorite is the SOG Power Assist Multi-Tool, which can be found here.

Jacket

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Mother Nature can be very unpredictable in the springtime. Don’t overlook the importance of a quality jacket in case the weather turns on you. The Prois Pro-Edition Jacket is made with compressed fabric and is the perfect addition to your day pack.

 

 

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No matter what type of call you prefer, don’t leave home without it. Unless you’re a seasoned mouth caller, you’ll be in a serious bind if you get to the woods and realize you have no way of calling birds to your decoy!

 

 

 

Survival/First Aid Kit

A survival kit is commonly overlooked by hunters, but when done right, it won’t add a ton of weight to your pack. A Ziplock bag with essential survival and first aid gear will do just fine. Some items to include are:

Braided nylon rope
Matches
Fire Starter
Toilet paper
Whistle
Garbage Bags
Bright orange surveyor’s tape
Sterile pads
Sterile Gauze
Neosporin
Bandaids
Aspirin
First Aid Tape

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This can be a lifesaver if you have a long walk to and from your truck. If you are in an area with reliable cell service, a smartphone will do just fine. For an affordable GPS, try the Garmin eTrex 10.

 

Day Pack

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We hope this list helps you prepare for your upcoming turkey hunting endeavors. Good luck and happy hunting from all of us at Prois Hunting Apparel!

Talking Technical… The Ultra Backcountry Shirt

As with all Prois products, the Ultra Backcountry shirt is constructed of the most functional and breathable components to be sure that you get the most from your gear. It is made to be versatile, for all seasons and all weather conditions. It is silent and soft, yet sturdy enough to take a beating as you trek through the woods. Let’s discuss some of the key features:

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1. 100% Polyester Birdseye Fabric… All of our Ultra shirts wick moisture away from the skin, keeping you cool when it is hot and warm when it is cool. This fabric is also extremely silent and soft, which makes it possible for the hunter to move freely as she pleases without making any unwanted noise.

 

 

 

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2. Neck zipper… Added to allow venting in warm weather. A zipper may seem like a minor detail, but we assure you it is not. Spring weather is unpredictable. Often times, it will be chilly in the morning and warm up by the end of the hunt. A zipper gives this shirt the extra versatility you need when the weatherman is wrong.

 

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3. 3 compartment lumbar pocket system… You can never have too many pockets. Our signature lumbar pockets along the backside of the Ultra Backcountry shirt make it easy to drop everything and make a quick stalk. When the birds won’t come to you, you may have to go to them. Our lumbar pockets are perfect for stowing small gadgets such as calls, range finders, wind detectors, extra shotgun shells… You name it.

Want an Ultra Backcountry shirt of your own? Get it here! http://www.proishunting.com/shop/clearance/ultra-backcountry-shirt/