The Ladies of Prois Are Getting It Done! Prois Staffer Jody Geistweidt Takes The Family to the Field!

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!

Prois Staffer Jody Geistweidt With Her Family In The Field!

Prois Staffer Jody Geistweidt With Her Family In The Field!

Jody has been a Prois staff member for too many years to count now.  She’s been around since the dawn of man, really.  As with all Prois ladies, Jody is a remarkable hunter and has a huge commitment to passing on the heritage to her two sons.  Additionally, she is very involved in numerous conservation groups.  She has a great sense of humor.  She is a good sport, even when there are odd blow up dolls in her car seats.  She has very unique fears and we love to taunt her unmercifully for them!  Here’s to you Jody!!

To see with the ladies of Prois wear for THEIR adventures, check out www.proishunting.com!

The Ladies of Prois Are Getting it Done! Prois Staffer Sheri Baity Has a Dog Day!

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!

Prois Staffer and Owner of Crows Nest Calls Gets Her Dog

Prois Staffer and Owner of Crows Nest Calls Gets Her Dog

Sheri Baity hails from Pennsylvania and is the owner of Crow’s Nest Calls.  She recently joined the Prois staff and we are excited to see how her seasons pan out!

Sheri recently took down this big ole coyote!  Job well done, Sister!

To see what the ladies of Prois choose for THEIR hunting adventures check out www.proishunting.com!

Hats Off to Prois Staffer and Georgia State Coordinator Jamie Dailey With Her First Archery Buck!

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!

Prois Staffer Jamie Dailey Arrows Her First Buck!

Prois Staffer Jamie Dailey Arrows Her First Buck!

Jamie hustles buns for Prois.  Not only has she been a staffer for over a year, she has accepted the position as Georgia State Coordinator.  While Jamie may have an affinity for dancing in grocery stores and sucking down helium in public, she is an ardent hunter.  Additionally, she is invested in many conservation groups such as QDMA, NRA and Whitetails Unlimited.  Here’s a word from this crazy lady!

“My favorite hunting is whitetail and feral hogs The reason I love hunting is because it allows me to be just me…It is always pushing me to do better and it’s never the same. I have never shot an animal that I didn’t thank them for their life. I also have never shot an animal that I didn’t cry over. I can never pin point the exact emotion because its so many at once.”
To see what the ladies of Prois wear for THEIR hunting adventures, check out www.proishunting.com!

Archery Shooting Tips by Megan DeHaan

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-5-00-42-pmLess than 2 weeks before archery antelope opens. Holy cow that went fast! If your like me your ran ragged all summer long with haying season you rarely have time to practice your shooting. That still doesn’t give you a single excuse to not get it done if you want a successful and ethical archery season. A few simple steps you must take can be the difference between a terrible shot and a successful harvest! I never actually “put away” my bow for the season. I constantly find excuses to use it throughout the year. It has a space in my garage that’s easily accessible. With that said, there are still a few things I inspect this time of year. First, is everything tight? I’ve had my rest actually come loose before, this is a MUST before you go out and shoot. Secondly, inspect your strings. Are they frayed? Do they need wax? Third, my quiver is always full but make sure you know what your shooting! Sounds silly but it’s pretty easy to assume you have all field tips on only to find out there is one random broadhead. I also inspect my arrows before I ever shoot them. Clink them against your hand or something hard to make sure you don’t hear any broken ones, or if your tips aren’t properly screwed on tight. I never shoot old arrows in actual hunting situations. Make sure you are all setup and ready to go before the first day of season. Your local stores may sell out of your favorite broad head you sighted in with all month. Lastly, HAVE FUN! Hunting is supposed to be a wonderful and challenging experience. If you are well prepared, it can make all the difference in the world!

Megan DeHaan

 

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.

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.

SET YOUR SIGHTS ON PROIS HUNTING APPAREL’S ARCHERY PRODUCTS

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Prois Aims to Please with the Most Functional Women’s Hunting Gear on the Market

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for; Archery season is finally within reach and it feels so good. As always, Prois Hunting Apparel has got you covered (literally) with the most functional women’s hunting apparel on the market. Take a peek at the gear Prois suggests for bow season.

A good pair of pants can make or break your hunting experience. Prois Ultra Pants are constructed of durable, 100% polyester brushed tricot fabric, which will ensure a comfortable fit that you’ll love more and more each time you wear them. Large cargo pockets with magnetic snap closures provide plenty of room for storage of extra gear. Cordlock cinches cuff closer to the boot during the hunt. The Ultra Pants are fitted just below the natural waistline and feature knee pleats for ease of movement when sitting, squatting, and stalking. You can find Prois’ Ultra Pants in sizes XS-XL and in Realtree AP or Max1.

Pair the Ultra Pants with Prois’ most popular jacket, the Pro-Edition. The Prois Pro-Edition jacket is a must have as the temperatures begin to plummet. It features a water resistant and wind-stopping laminate shell and is made of compressed fabric, making it easy to store in your pack as needed. It is constructed of a soft exterior, making you the ultimate silent assassin. Deep set hand pockets and a lumbar compartment make extra gear easy to access or stow while on the move. It also features a 3-panel removable hood and scapular drop pockets located between the shoulder blades to hold activated heat packs. The Pro-Edition jacket comes in sizes XS-XXL and in Realtree Max1, Realtree AP, and Mountain Mimicry.

New for 2016, Próis Galleann rain jacket and pants are the company’s premium, technical rain suit and have been scientifically designed to be the most functional and durable rain gear in the industry. Constructed from 100 percent polyester 20,000 / 10,000 laminate, Galleann Rain gear is extremely lightweight and completely waterproof – always important whether it’s drizzling or an all-out storm. Whether sitting, squatting, lying down, or even running, this jacket and pant combo is designed to move seamlessly with you. What’s more, they are built to be silent when performing all these actions. Finally, their breathable fabric allows you to remain as dry as possible.

Get all of 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.

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.

To learn more about the company’s innovative line of serious, high-performance huntwear for real women, contact: Prois Hunting and Field Apparel, 28001-B US Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 · (970) 641-3355 · Or visit: www.proishunting.com

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