Prois is blessed to have such a great support system in state and province coordinators. Each coordinator works hard to build the grassroots sisterhood and following for Prois. Additionally, they work to cultivate a deep sisterhood of female hunters. These ladies offer such great support to the home office and their accomplishments should be shouted from the mountaintops. But since we can’t really shout from the mountaintop from the office, we shall do the next thing! Blog it!
Introducing Jennifer Dums, Prois Wisconsin State Coordinator. Jennifer has done a fantastic job in expanding the awareness of the Prois brand as well as building the network of women in the region. She is active on the Prois Wisconsin State Page and has worked numerous trade shows and WITO events for Prois. She has boosted sales and essentially functioned as a walking billboard for the company. Additionally, she STILL tolerates Kirstie Pike and Katherine Grand. We cannot express our appreciation for all she has done!
PROIS: Just a bit about you…basically where you live, what you do, your hobbies and loves!
JENNIFER: I grew up in the UP of Michigan and live in Northern Wisconsin with my husband, Darren. I have a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music performance and music has always been my passion. I also have a strong passion for animals and medicine. I also have an associate’s degree in veterinary technology and have been working as a licensed technician for over 10 years in small animal practice. Hunting and fishing has been a part of my life since I was a very young girl. Our family depended on gardening, gathering, hunting, fishing and preserving food to sustain our life. I was an avid angler my whole life, only taking up hunting after marrying my husband. I have always loved the idea of growing and harvesting food and knowing exactly where my meat comes from. Since my first deer harvest, I have been hooked on the outdoor lifestyle and the feeling of being able to provide for myself and my family. Hunting and fishing has become an important bonding activity that my spouse and I share. Together, we have harvested many animals such as deer, wild hog, alligator, pronghorn, small game, upland and waterfowl.
PROIS: How long have you been on staff with Prois?
JENNIFER: I have been on staff for 1.5 years.
PROIS: When did you become a state coordinator?
JENNIFER: I became the WI state coordinator 1 year ago (September, 2016)
PROIS: What have you found to be the most rewarding part of being part of the Prois Posse?
JENNIFER: The most rewarding part about being a member of the Prois Posse is the strong bond of the other women in the group. We are dedicated to supporting each other and other female sportswomen. It is a great feeling to have a group of like minded women to share ideas, tips, stories, successes, failures and personal struggles with and know that they will support you unconditionally. We are all on the same side and stick together.
Secondly, but not any less important. I am so proud to represent a company that is so supportive of women in the outdoors. I joined Prois because I love the fit, warmth and functionality of the clothing, but I stayed for the sisterhood!
PROIS: What are your ultimate goals as Wisconsin State Coordinator?
JENNIFER: My two main goals as Wisconsin State Coordinator are:
1. Create a group of like minded women in the same area to be able to network, bounce ideas, support each other in our endeavors and get together occasionally to participate in outdoor activities.
2.Bring awareness to the women I meet about Prois and why they absolutely need Prois gear in their lives
PROIS: How do you feel female hunters can continue to band together and support each other?
JENNIFER: I think that we all need to remember that we are on the same team. I see so many hunters on social media arguing about gear you are using, shots taken, bow vs gun, and there is so much hostility. We are all hunters, we should be supporting each other even though we all do things differently. Women especially need to support each other. We have a hard enough time making ourselves heard as legitimate sportswomen and should not be putting others down. We can do this publicly on social media by commenting with encouragement, and positive motivation. Also, by joining your state Prois FB page, you can bond with other women close to you who enjoy the activities in which you also participate.
PROIS: When did you start hunting?
JENNIFER: I have been hunting for a little over 10 years. My husband took me deer hunting and I shot my first doe on public land. After that, I was hooked on providing for myself.
PROIS: What do you find to be the most rewarding part of hunting?
JENNIFER: There is a lot of planning and time involved in hunting. When you are successful and can harvest an animal you prepared for, it is a great feeling of personal accomplishment. It is not about trophies, it is not about the biggest and the best, it is about being personally successful. This may mean an animal you have never hunted before, using a bow for the first time, spending time outdoors with family, providing a wild turkey Thanksgiving, whatever your goals are. The best part, for me, is enjoying a home cooked meal consisting of the meat from animals you have harvested and watching my family enjoy it with me.
Prois currently has 22 state and province coordinators on staff. Their work is tireless and these ladies are all remarkable! For more information about Prois or becoming a Prois staff member, visit our website at www.proishunting.com.