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Kate 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.
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.
No, I’m not talking about the past elections.
How do you measure a successful hunt? Is it a monster buck or bull? Is it a successful harvest? Or is it time out hunting, with your family, friends or by yourself? Do you measure your success of a hunt by the equipment you use and the gear you have? Or simply time spent in nature soaking up God’s great creations? Me? I measure success of a hunt by my experiences…. Time with family, time with God and simply the God given ability to get out and do what I love. Oh, and then there is the success of being able to hunt without desperately gasping for air and bending to cling to my knees after climbing a hill. I’m talking about being in shape. Both mentally and physically, they go hand in hand. There is nothing more rewarding to me then to gracefully, quietly and easily make my way to the top of a mountain without feeling like I just went through military boot camp. Sure, it’s an ego boost as well when I look around and see all the guys sweating and huffing like draft horses pulling a 3000 pound sled.
All too often hunters get prepared for the upcoming hunting season by making sure they have their bow sighted in, have enough arrows and new broad heads along with checking equipment to make sure all gear is up to par. However, rarely do hunters take into consideration the physical preparation needed for the hunt. Being physically fit can be the difference of having an enjoyable hunt or a hunt that kicks your butt. We all know getting up early is part of the hunt. That alone is a hard task for some. But when you wake up the next day and your body is screaming for more rest because you are sore from the previous days hunt… What’s the fun in that? When you are in shape physically, the mental portion follows suit. It has been proven time over that physical activity (working out) improves mental clarity and relieves stress. You have enough on your mind when hunting such as spotting and stalking, calling, and concentrating on making that once in a life time shot. You shouldn’t be thinking about whether or not you can make it up the mountain without needing CPR!
So, with that being said I would like to offer some tips.
1) Set goals; start off small and work your way up. You will need to set both cardio and strength goals. A good goal to start for cardio is walking 2-3 times per week, walk up and down your driveway to get started. Slowly increase the distance by a couple miles at a time, pickup your pace and change terrain. In addition to walking, add biking to the mix. Make your routines fun, go for a hike in new territory, discover new places, or take up mountain biking. Whatever you decide to do, make it fun, make it your own, make it challenging (repelling anyone?)
2) You will need to be physically strong to not only carry all your gear around, but also to carry out your harvest. Hit the weights at least 3 times per week. Remember the smaller the starting goal, the longer the time needed to increase so don’t wait a month before the season to start getting active. You don’t have to be a gym rat to accomplish these goals; there are a lot of things around the house that you can use as weights. Get creative; fill a bucket up with sand! If you are up for the challenge, hire a personal trainer with specific needs in mind (hunting with a bow is exercise specific). Exercises to focus on for bow hunting specifically include: shoulders (front to side arm raises, arm circles, shrugs and lateral raises) upper and lower back (back extensions, seated lat row, reverse fly’s and reverse grip lat pull down) biceps (curls and pull ups) and core (oblique twists, reverse curls and good ‘ol fashion crunches). You of course want to balance out your muscles so don’t forget to throw in some chest presses and triceps pushups just for fun! In relation to the actual hunt and climbing mountains, your lower body needs to be just as strong if not more. Your tail end is one of the biggest muscles you got… work it! Lunges, squats (they don’t have to be in deep range of motion) and hamstring curls will all target the gluteus maximus, aka your tail end. Once you get started in your exercise regimen, you will need (and want!) to maintain your progress. It’s much easier to consistently exercise throughout the year then to be a one-month warrior. Schedule time in your day to workout. You may even have to book an appointment with yourself. Most importantly, be forgiving. If you miss a day or two or even a week, don’t be hard on yourself or ride the guilt train. Just pick up where you left off. Being strong enough to draw your bow back is an essential part to hunting, not only does it make it more enjoyable for you, but it isn’t fair to the game we have the privilege to hunt if the shot we make isn’t steady.
3) Of course getting physically fit involves proper nutrition (sorry, facts of life!) During the hunt (pack in/out intensity) you of course need higher caloric foods to sustain you. However, with day to day eating, your choices should be a little more carefully planned out. There is nothing new here and no magic pill. Fruits and veggies, balance your proteins and fats and include carbs into your foods. Now, when I say fats and carbs, I am not talking about ice cream, cookies, pizza, fast food joints and Ho Ho’s (although in moderation *gasp* it’s okay). Our bodies need fats and carbs to function, but it is the good kind. (Real butter, avocado, legumes, nuts, occasional red meats, cheeses etc). And of course water. Food has an amazing ability to heal the body; we just have to give it a chance. I challenge you to try it… even if it’s not hunting season for you. Make a commitment for at least one month. Cut out boxed, prepackaged and canned meals. Try to eat what grows naturally. When was the last time you saw a box of Hamburger Helper® growing off a tree? You don’t have to get crazy and go all organic, but I would suggest you stop eating foods that are processed and full of preservatives. Our bodies were not built to digest the chemicals in these foods. You give this challenge a try and you will be amazed at the changes your body makes.
On a side note to physical fitness and proper nutrition, I want to mention the importance of having mental strength and clarity. Have confidence in yourself and your abilities, now that you have exercised and gotten fit, you can do anything… right? Confidence comes with knowing you can tackle the hunt, climb the hill and haul out your kill. Be patient, positive and prepared (do I hear a triple “P” cheer?). Patients, well… you’re a bow hunter it’s a given that is an essential tool. Positivity will get you a long way my friends, whether you are by yourself or with a hunting party. Have you ever been around “that” person that see’s the down side to everything or is constantly putting themselves down? I have and it’s not fun… Keep your attitude up; after all there are worse things you could be doing instead of getting out to do what you love. And finally, prepared. Being prepared is such an important mental factor. Having the right clothes for the weather, terrain and clothes that fit you properly (ladies – stop buying men’s camo clothes!) makes you feel, well, good. Being prepared to gut, wrap and pack your harvest with all the necessary tools leaves you without worry of how to get the job done. Being prepared with extra food and water helps with the long process involved after taking that fatal shot. To achieve all this, you have to be mentally strong. To be mentally strong you have to be healthy. To be healthy you have to be physically fit. Yes it’s tough to get started, but all things worth working for have great rewards.
Here’s to measured success!
Just because we are bow hunters doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have big guns!
You don’t have to be able to lift a car to draw back a bow… but you should be prepared!
Building up your strength for bow season doesn’t have to be hard. Lifting weights 2-3 times a week, with a day of rest in between should do the trick. You will want to do 3 or 4 sets of 16 reps and choose a weight that will allow you to have good form, but will challenge you to get out the last 5-6 reps. Lift the weights in slow controlled motions and avoid swinging your body for momentum to lift the weight. You will want to make sure you work both sides equally rather than focusing just on your draw arm… imbalances will cause compensation issues leading to muscle injury. No pain no gain is not always the case, listen to your body and learn the difference between muscle fatigue and muscle injury. Muscle soreness is normal when you get started on a lifting routine. Drink lots of water, stretch after your workouts and if the soreness is extreme, take the recommended dosage of Tylenol®. However do not let a little bit of soreness keep you from working out it will get easier as you get stronger. Then it will be time to increase your weights. To avoid plateaus, change up the types of exercises you do about every 4-5 weeks. If you can, find a workout partner, not only will they motivate you but they can keep you safe and spot you as you start to increase the amount of weight you lift.
So, here’s to big gun bow hunters everywhere!
It was a great weekend of turkey hunting for Prois staff and customers everywhere, take a look at all these trophies!
Host of His & Hers Outdoors TV and Prois staffer, Stacy Sissney, doubled up on gobblers alongside her husband…
Prois Customer, Sarah Fromenthal, enjoyed the thrill of her first turkey harvest…
Prois customer, Mitzi Weiss, dodged the Texas rattlers to score her bird…
Prois staffer, Becky Lou Lacock, guided for the Tennessee Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt and helped 12 year old, Chloe Webb, take this big thunder chicken weighing in at 22.2 pounds…
As always, the Prois Posse makes us proud… Keep up the great work ladies!