And a gorgeous goat at that!
Cusack says, “After 2 seasons of fighting weather and loosing, Mother Nature finally gave us the break we needed to score on this beautiful Big Old Billy and after a stalk that lasted well over 2 hours I made a 255 yard heart shot on this awesome mountain goat. ”
By Prois Hunt Staffer Megan DeHaan
Who woulda thunk….. A few days after I send in my Prois Award entry with a story about this buck I haven’t arrowed yet…..I GOT HIM!!
I had pictures of this buck in our game camera several times before season. I had him patterned, everything was good to go. My husband even saw him opening day and passed knowing that I really wanted to shoot him. The next day I saw him but he never gave me an opportunity to shoot. There was either a tree in front of his vitals or he was quartering too me. I kept trying and after that day he vanished and I thought he would never show up. I went out several times and never found him again, until last night! I can thank my son, who as I left gave me a sticker to wear and said it was good luck. I couldn’t believe my eyes! I had a nice four point come in and I was going to set up to shoot and out of the corner of my eye MY BUCK!!!! My adrenaline was already pumping, I knew the deer were kinda jumpy that night so I didn’t hesitate, I drew back, he walked away a bit, stood behind some trees, it seemed to take forever but finally about a minute after I drew back, he stopped broadside. THWAP!! He jumped, ran to the middle of the field, started getting top-heavy, and stood there. I knew it was a good shot. I waited and waited to make sure to give him time and it ended up getting too dark to see so I pulled out of there for safe measure. I went back about 30 minutes later and he went about 20 more yards and had died. I GOT HIM!!!!! I’m so elated. As you can see he has an extra split sort of main beam. He sticks out like a sore thumb, so unique I couldn’t pass him up! Thank you PROIS for such Badass camouflage!!!!!! He couldn’t see a thing!!!
By Prois Staffer Gretchen Steele
Hundreds of bowfishers, and a total of 72 boats descended on Aurora, Kentucky for a record setting Bowfishing Association of America’s (BAA) World Championship tournament, and Prois was there!
A summer spent bowfishing almost daily, participating in other smaller tournaments, culminated in a great weekend in Aurora, Kentucky at “The Worlds” .
Said BAA Points/Sanctioning Chairman Amanda Nichols, “Kentucky always has the biggest turnout for the World’s, but this year was the record year so far for turnout for any of the World’s tourneys. This is the biggest World’s to date and we would like to thank everyone for their support and participation in the 2014 BAA World Championship. Without all of the bowfishermen and the supporters we couldn’t have done it. Big thanks to Marshall County for all the support and donations towards this event. ”
The BAA’s World championship Tournament brings the best of the best bowfishers from across the country to compete for 14,000 dollars in prize money. The first place winning teams in the Big 20 Division and Numbers Division both went home 3,000 dollars richer and payouts were also made to those in the top five slots.
But “The World’s” as it is referred to by bowfishers is much more than just another tournament, and just another purse. It’s a full blown weekend event that gives bowfishers from across the country a weekend together filled with friendship, fellowship and fun. For many it is the one event of the year where all of their bowfishing buddies are in one place.
As it was close to my birthday, several bowfishing pals brought good luck/ birthday gifts, including a most special gift from bowfishing icon “The Shot” Willett. Shot, as he is known on the tournament circuit and in the bowfishing community, presented me with my own “Wild Woman Flopper Stopper” Receiving a flopper stopper from shot is true sign that one has arrived so to speak in the bowfishing world. My team mate and fellow badass Amy made sure that I had my traditional “ducky” pre tournament good luck present and few things to celebrate our participation in the prestigious worlds. Seriously, doesn’t everyone bowfish in a camo feather boa????
For the communities that that host the World’s it’s a huge influx to the local economy. “It’s hard dispute what we bring in, when that guy with the truck and airboat walks into to your gas station and slaps 4 hundred dollar bills down just for fuel. “ Said Mark Lee, President of BAA. Lee further pointed out the economic benefits to the community in dollars spent on lodging, meals, and trips to local shops for last minute items. Additionally local civic groups can help fill their organizations coffers by providing food, drinks, etc. at the tournament site.
At this year’s Worlds the Aurora Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary were kept hopping serving up food both before and after the tournament. “We are just thrilled to have the bowfishers in Aurora – we had the Kentucky State Shoot here earlier this year and we loved every minute of it. We couldn’t wait for the Worlds to get here. Our small community is suffering, just like so many, and the bowfishers bring us so much! “Said a representative from the ladies auxiliary.
That sentiment was echoed by Tammy Nanney from nearby KenLake State Park Resort where “all those big bowfishing boats” were the talk of the resort guests and staff. Nanney pointed out that bowfishing at Kentucky Lakes is excellent, sporting some of the largest big head carp in the Midwest, and the myriad of available Kentucky Parks lodging options from camping to cottages to resort level are always welcoming to those who plan a bowfishing vacation at Kentucky Lakes.
The tournament was truly a community affair, with many from Kentucky Lakes area coming out to talk with bowfishers, ogle the boats and equipment on display and to watch well-orchestrated take off of 72 boats.
Companies and industries affiliated with the bowfishing community also recognize the importance of the World’s as a premier bowfishing event and provided excellent in kind and monetary support. For instance, PowerTran donated a full system as a prize in a side competition sponsored by their company.
This year’s successful BAA World Championship proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that bowfishing has arrived as a legitimate outdoor sport and is no longer considered fringe, redneck, or a bunch of goofballs with bows chasing fish in the dead of night. It requires specialized equipment, specialized skills, and is a great conservation tool for the removal of injurious and invasive species.
This past weekend concluded our three gun competitions for the summer with 4 weeks of competitions in a row. We have learned a lot about the sport of 3 gun in the past month (mostly through trial & error during matches) that will help us to improve in the future. We started out at the JP Rocky Mountain 3 gun in New Mexico (4th & 5th Tactical Lady, 43rd & 52nd Overal Tactical), then traveled to Bend, Oregon for the Crimson Trace Midnight 3 gun, then it was on to the Brownells Rockcastle 3 gun ProAm in Kentucky (6th & 8th Lady, 126 & 131 Overal) and finally the Noveske Area 2 Championships in Byers, CO (4th & 5th Tac Lady, 32nd & 39th Tactical Overal). These were our 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th major 3 gun matches and we saw huge gains with each match. At each match we improved our best stages ranking higher and higher towards the top of the pack and had more consistent stages as well as having fewer bad stages. We now have a week to train for the Trijocon World Shooting Championships that will be held in West Virginia. This fall we’ll head to the 3 Gun Nation Southwest Regional Championships in Texas in October followed by the Lady 3 gun match in Georgia at the end of October. We are confident that with some more training this fall we can continue to make huge gains in 3 gun.
We also have a packed schedule of courses for the T.O.P Shooting Institute this fall and into the winter. We just finished 2 classes for competitive shooters in Colorado & Kentucky that were a huge success. This fall we have a slew of competitive shooting courses around Colorado, Utah, & New Mexico. We’ll also be starting to work with a bunch of military units out of Fort Carson, CO as well as FBI from California and special forces units from Georgia who will be coming to work with us in Durango.
Company Employs Home Hunting Party and Personal Shopping Assistant Programs to Deliver Customized Services and Products to Female Hunters
Newsflash! Female hunters are here to stay, our numbers are growing and we’re tired of wearing oversized and ill-fitting men’s gear. Here to save the day, Próis® Hunting & Field Apparel has developed a complete line of superior hunting clothes to give female hunters what they want, and need – high performance gear made for their bodies so they can focus on hitting targets and taking down game, big and small. To go hand-and-hand with its high-performance product, Próis promises paramount service. As part of this pledge, the company has built a number of programs to deliver tailored service to female hunters including its Home Hunting Party and Personal Shopping Assistant Programs.
There’s no party like a Próis Hunting Party! No boring Tupperware here, Próis invites its best customers and what we expect are some of the country’s brightest female hunters to embrace what they love to earn free Próis gear and bring home the bacon. It’s as simple as signing up, setting a party date and then, well, throwing a party. Hosts can earn cash, free product and on top of it all, both the hosts and guests will see significant savings on all purchases. There is no commitment, contract or financial commitment other than the cost of a small box being shipped to your house with samples. The 2014 party theme is “The Bear Necessities” – yes — hpl– but it’s a party, so go with it!
Próis aims to be where female hunters need us and the Personal Shopping Assistant Program was designed to do exactly this. The concierge program, for outfitters and lodge owners, allows our experts to be your experts, giving your clientele customized attention. Everyone loves to be “hooked up” by an expert. Let our knowledgeable professionals choose exactly what your guests need for their excursion based on what they will be hunting, where they will be, for how long and all the rest of the details. All your clients will receive a discount, plus you’ll get a percentage of the sales either in cash or merchandise. Those signed up for the program – guides, lodge owners, personal outfitters – will also receive a discount on all merchandise purchased for themselves. Program participants receive marketing support in the way of catalogs, signage and other advertising materials. The program is a no-brainer with no minimums, no contract and no commitment.
A number of recent studies show retailers can benefit by catering to an increasing number of women hunters. Current research shows not only is the average hunter spending more money a year, that hunter is becoming more and more likely to be a woman, a trend retailers across the nation should pay attention to according to experts. The most recent U.S. Census Bureau found there are 13.7 million hunters in the nation – 11 percent of them are women. A 2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted a national survey that indicated 13.7 million hunters spent 38.3 billion dollars on hunting. That translates to 4.2 billion dollars spent by women alone.
Próis was created for women, by women and they are proud to serve as the premier manufacturer of hardcore women’s hunting 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.
For more information, contact: Próis Hunting and Field Apparel, 28001-B US Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 · (970) 641-3355 ·
Or visit: www.proishunting.com. Próis has garnered a great following of men and women throughout the industry through their wacky shenanigans and humor. Fondly called the Próis Posse, the Próis followers ramp up the craziness each day. Keep up with our lovably wacky team through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn. Warning: Próis social media is not for the faint of heart….and “your mom” is not really your mom…it’s a metaphorical mom. You can also check out the latest updates on Próis field and pro staff and company news via the Próis blog.
By Megan DeHaan
For some, we live by seasons, as a rancher I feel like my life revolves around this idea. There’s calving season, haying season, hunting season, feeding season, repeat. Everything else depends on the weather, the cows, the kids, the old man…. So, for my sanity I have a few “musts” to fill in the blanks. Trail running is one of them. In one way it’s my alone time. The time I get during hunting season that I dearly love, to be at one with nature and my thoughts. So in the “off season” I go out. The other reason is simply because if I don’t, then all winter I just mope around feeling sorry for myself wishing it was fall and I was hunting. Yes I run in the winter, yes it gets cold, no, it doesn’t bother me, yes, I know, I’m that weird person who runs in the snow and rain and thoroughly enjoys it! The alternative would be letting old man winter control you and waste all that time you took to get into shape for hunting season and avoid your skinny jeans because you know they wont fit.
Some people really just don’t enjoy running I’ve been told. Well I didn’t either at one time. I decided one day I was going to. So I went running. And I hated it. So I tried again, still hated it. Until one day I realized, maybe I should try out actual running attire? So I went out and bought new running shoes from an actual running store. Holy moly did that make a difference! It’s the same thing as trying to just wear your husbands hunting clothing. You could, but have fun with that….most likely they won’t fit, and it will be just like trying to trail run in jeans and boots. So naturally I started seeking out running clothes. Let me be clear, not all running clothes are created equal. Just because they say “running shorts” does not mean they aren’t going to hike up your butt crack and expose your underside. Also “technical” doesn’t even really mean its going to work as well as you think. Some times it means “technically we call these shorts technical, but really there just technically/kinda running shorts”. You have to pick and choose. I found that my hunting clothing was working better than some of my running gear. Mainly because almost all my hunting gear is Prois, and it’s all made specifically for us women who demand performance. So eventually I became “that gal who’s always in camo at races”. Prois carries an “ultra hoodie” and it’s ultra wonderful. I wear it all winter, and for warm-up and for early races. They also have the ultra short sleeve that works great as well for any mid temperature days. I almost always run with a visor and it just so happens, Prois carries my favorite. Last but not least they carry the turas sleeveless shirt that works great for hot days. This helps me out a lot because my hunting wardrobe and gear gets its own room in our house, so my running gear could save some room by being multi purpose, and what husband doesn’t like saving money on his wife’s habits?
Turns out road running can get pretty boring after awhile and is why I turned to trail running among many other reasons. My first race was the Bridger Ridge Run in Bozeman, MT. It’s rated one of the top ten bucket list races by Trail Runners Magazine and its also rated one of the hardest races in the country. Once I realized I was capable of completing such a race without dying, my motivation went from simply staying in shape for hunting season, to an obsession with the sport. I’ve completed several trail races in the past years and my list keeps getting longer of new ones I’d like to try. If you have the right gear, the will, and shear determination, anything is possible. If your stuck and need some motivation, or a new direction with your fitness, or simply need to get your butt in gear because you drew a great tag this hunting season and it requires a LOT of physically demanding terrain. Then start trail running! Heck, even look me up and I can help you get started. Call the Prois gals, they will hook you up with some great gear for running and hunting. Most importantly, find something that you enjoy in the off season to keep you busy, and in shape! That way when hunting season comes around and that trigger finger gets unbearable, you know your in shape and ready at any moment!
By Christy Turner
Stacy, Jon, and Maison Sissney from His & Hers Outdoors came down to Texas for a weekend visit. Callie and Cassie’s Cousin Sienna, is down visiting also from Colorado. I took them all to our favorite “Honey Hole” fishing spot where Sienna caught her very first fish!!! A great Bass she reeled in too! We had some tough luck on our hog hunting this weekend but I was able to lay one down last night finally! #Proiswasthere
By Christy Turner
wWhat an amazing weekend I had with Becky Lou Lacock two weekends ago at the Priefert Ranch in Mount Pleasant Texas. Our days were relaxing hanging out at the ranch watching Chloe ride the 4 wheeler and watching her ride the mare named Buttercup.
We got to meet the world’s largest horse named Radar who is over 19 hands, he was an amazing sight. We also got to meet world famous Australian, Guy McLean. He is an International Horseman, Entertainer and Poet. In between the laughing and cutting up we got serious in the mornings and evenings to try and get eleven year old Chloe from Tennessee her first Texas Hog. We had some pictures on a game camera, stumbled upon some Hog hair on the trail and had a real close encounter on the ground with them Friday evening.
The Hogs were right there, I could even smell them and Becky Lou almost got ate but I was watching her back. Our time ran out before Chloe could bag her first Hog but we made a lot of good memories and hope to try again someday soon. Our gracious host was Travis Priefert, the Grandson of Marvin Priefert who was the founder of the family owned and operated Priefert Manufacturing. You need to check out their web site at www.priefert.com and read, about the family. This hardworking family lives the American dream because they refused to give up even when times were tough they said. I admire each and every one ofthem and respect how humble and honest they all are. Also watch for their new reality-based hunting tv show called “The Prieferts” on the Sportsman Channel. The premiere will air July 3rd 9:30C. This is going to be a must see, I can’t wait!
Fear not Christy Turner bagged herself a hog last weekend while hunting and fishing with fellow Prois gal Stacy Sissney and family !
What does a huntress do when summer hits and the hunting season has come to an end?
Well, we dream about hunting, hope and pray for great tags, train to hunt, study new
hunting areas, buy new hunting gear, target shoot, and…we FISH!!!!
My husband, Joe and I have a favorite adventure we do in the off season. I call it “Fishin’
to Hunt!” During the summer months, we take a few weekend backcountry fishing
trips. We backpack into various high alpine lakes to help train for the upcoming hunting
season. Joe and I do a lot of backcountry hunting trips for 7-10 days at a time, so these
“mini” trips are perfect practice and training for the hunting season. This particular
weekend trip we invited Joe’s parents along for fun. Joe’s dad, Ray is one of our hunting
partners, so it’s great training for him too.
With backpacks fully loaded, hiking sticks in hand, and fishing gear at the ready, we
trek into the mountains. We usually hike about 6-8 miles roundtrip with 2-3,000 foot
elevation gains. These hikes help us strengthen our lungs, legs, backs, and stabilizers,
while we work on our balance rock hopping around the fishing holes. It’s a perfect
backcountry gym to help us stay fit and strong enough to pack out a deer or elk during the
One of the greatest benefits to these backcountry fishing trips is to try out any new gear
we have purchased. Each year we evaluate our gear and check to see what items need
to be replaced. The first items I check are in my first aid/emergency kit. It’s very rare
that you will need any of these supplies, but they should always be up to date. I replace
any expired medications such as Benadryl, Aspirin, Imodium, etc. I make sure all of my
Band-Aids and blister treatments are fresh. It’s also a good time to replace batteries in
headlamps, flashlights, and GPS. I also thoroughly check my fire making kit, emergency
bag, and raingear, along with any other essentials. One item I never leave home without
is a small roll of the always essential… Duct Tape! I couple years ago on a late Nevada
elk hunt I had a boot start to separate from the sole. I noticed it half way up a 2,000
foot climb to try and cut off my quarry. Snow was packed into the opening and my foot
was starting to freeze. We cleaned the seam, dried it with the heat from a Jet Boil, and
applied the duct tape while the boot was still hot. This gave a great bond that held while I
continued to hunt for the week.
On this fishing trip some of the gear we tried out was a new gravity water filtration
system, Joe had a new bedroll, and I had a new pair of boots. Each of these items
performed flawlessly, so this trip gave us complete confidence in these items going into
the hunting season. It’s always a good idea to do a practice run at home on your big ticket
items. Check all components on new gear, like tents, stoves, and water purifiers as well.
You will want to know how to use them before you venture into the backcountry. How
terrible would it be to pack in 5 miles and try to set up your new tent with only 1 pole,
when there should be 2! Being prepared is essential!
Food is always a big decision on backpack trips. We use these short trips to try out
different dehydrated backpack meals. There is nothing worse than being completely
exhausted after a long day of hunting, to come back to camp and have to choke down a
meal that you “thought” you might like. Trying new flavors helps us add variety to our
menu, so we can stay fueled up for the hunt. It’s also a good time to estimate your daily
food consumption. Figure out your game plan for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
You want just enough food to last your trip, so you can come out food light and game heavy.
Now of course the best part of these training trips is the fishing! We have a few different
stunning alpine lakes that we love to camp and fish at. The fishing is always amazing.
After a peaceful night sleep on the mountain, we wake up to the sound of nature’s alarm
clock and we’re embraced by the beauty of the backcountry at first light. We brew some
fresh coffee/cocoa (just add water), eat breakfast, and decide which lake to hike to next.
Each year we always seem to end up with the same wonderful experience. As we near
our destination, we climb through the last pine trees and glimpse the first rays of morning
light dancing across the water. We are mesmerized by the awe inspiring view that
unfolds! We reach the waters edge and quickly set up our rigs and throw out our lines. As
I wait to see a tug on my line, I soak up the surroundings. This year the brilliant blue lake
we are at is still mostly covered in thick ice. The sun illuminates the rocky cliff spires,
and the sound of water trickling from melting snow and ice cracking across the lake fills
the morning air. As I lay back on the rocks, I know life doesn’t get much better than this.
And then it does. I see the distinct tug on my line and I yell, “Fish On!”
After an awesome day of fishing, including a double hook up with Joe, we head back
to camp with dinner. Our five star meals consisted of fresh brook trout cooked over the
campfire and dehydrated pasta primavera on the side. Simply perfect!
The next day, we topped off our training trip with fishing a creek on our way back down
the mountain. We ended up doing a little catch and release with Brook, Brown, Golden,
and Rainbow trout! These fish are small, but oh so colorful! Remember these trips are
not just about training. They are about being in nature, recharging your batteries, and
enjoying the great outdoors. Besides you get to yell “Fish On”, even if it’s a shaker!
These training trips are always some of my fondest memories of the “hunting” season, so
get on out there and enjoy!