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2012 Próis Award Finalist Spotlight: Meet Tia Shoemaker

May 9, 2013

2012 Prois Award Finalist Spotlight: Meet Tia Shoemaker

It was a pitch black night on the Alaska Peninsula when the tired hunters stumbled into the cabin. Packs heavy with meat and antlers hung from their weary bodies. After another long day in the field, there were trophies and stories to attest to the elation each hunter felt in their success. By age five I knew I wanted to be that hunter who comes through the door, tired to the bone but happy because at the end of the day I have hunted.

In my early years, my brother and I contented our hunting drive by chasing ptarmigan barefooted, over the tundra, flinging arrows. They cunningly dodged our arrows until at the age of six I learned to shoot for the heads and we began bringing home dinner. It wasn’t long before our mother put a two-a-day limit on our hunts and we were only allowed to hunt birds once off our 40 acre homestead.

My father’s rule for hunting caribou was that we reach the height of our five foot mother’s shoulder and prove competent with whatever gun we chose. Despite many attempts to stretch myself, I had to wait until age nine before I could take my first caribou. It was a beautiful bull from one of the winter herds that moved through our secluded valley. This was the first time I was filled with such a vast amount of pride in providing for my family, a real sense of self and such intense despair at having taken an animal’s life.  All hunts to this day have paled in comparison.

In my early teens, I started questioning my desire to hunt. Was it something I did only because it was ingrained in me from early on? I had hunted since childhood and at age eleven I was going into the field to learn the skills of a hunting guide. By sixteen though I had hunted enough to know I was hunting for my own reasons. I hunt because of the delight I feel in the wilderness, surrounded by the animals’ environment. It is the feeling of testing my limits; the emergence of some primitive self.  I never feel as alive or trust in my instincts as much as I do when hunting. Nothing else gives me the sweep of emotions, from pure elation to the entwined sadness that follows. My father always said, “The day you quit feeling sad over a life you have taken is the day you quit hunting”. I came full circle and knew I would be a huntress for life when I found the quote by Jose Ortega Y Gasset, “One does not hunt in order to kill but kills in order to have hunted”.

By eighteen, I had earned my Alaskan guide license and pilot’s license because I had decided guiding was the life for me. I attended the University of Idaho for the bird hunting and spent many hours chasing chukars, huns, pheasants and quails. Back in Alaska I guided hunters on successful moose and brown bear hunts and made time to hunt caribou and bears in the interior as well as black tail deer on Kodiak for myself.  I made a few trips to New Zealand and hunted chamois and red deer.

My love of hunting and the outdoors inspired me to take a role in education. I become an instructor for Alaskan Hunters Education as well as an instructor and eventually director of Classroom with a View, a nonprofit outdoor education program based in Alaska. We take teenagers on backpacking courses where we teach ecology, conservation, appreciation for wilderness and leadership. As a guide I am able to educate and inspire young women in the field of hunting and find it most rewarding to guide female hunters. I had the honor of guiding the 2010 Dianna Award winner Charlotte Pyrek for brown bear but have equally enjoyed guiding novice female hunters as nothing beats the enthusiasm of a first time hunter.

Many of my dreams formed back at our remote homestead have been fulfilled by helping run the family guiding business, guiding hunters, working with youth, and hunting for myself and my family. When I have children I hope to teach them, as my father and mother taught me, to hunt, appreciate the land and animals for their own intrinsic value and to pass the tradition of hunting on. I hope my children have many dreams but above all I hope their dream will be to hunt.

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Warren Ranch a Platinum Sponsor of the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt

May 8, 2013

Warren Ranch a Platinum Sponsor of the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt

When Susan Samuelson heard about the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt and that it would benefit the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, she immediately said “I’m in.”

The Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt, held Oct. 3-6, 2013, will provide a guided antelope hunt for 50 women in northeast Wyoming.

“When I heard about the hunt, I was struck by what a great idea it was,” Samuelson said. “This will benefit the women and girls of Wyoming while fostering something I think is extremely important — women’s mentorship.”

Samuelson is no stranger to the Wyoming Women’s Foundation. She is one of its first donors and a member of the Fab 5, a group of five visionary women who jump-started the organization’s grant making endowment. Samuelson saw early on the needs and benefits of investing in women and girls.

“There are many paths to success for our young women, and the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt illustrates strong values for these young women,” Samuelson said. “Hunting is part of Wyoming’s heritage and has a lot of meaning for people here. This event will create opportunities to share the Women’s Foundation message and to create lasting relationships for those who participate.”

As ranchers, Samuelson and her husband Doug share a love of the land and the Wyoming way of life that goes back for generations. Samuelson’s sister Carol McMurry is also a partner in the Warren ranch and a supporter of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation. The family is only the third in history to own the ranch, which contains an agriculture easement.

“We are so happy and proud to have the Warren Ranch as a platinum sponsor,” said Richelle Keinath, executive director of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation. “We are thankful for Susan’s visionary support and commitment to the future of Wyoming’s women and girls.”

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Wyoming Philanthropist Mickey Babcock to Sponsor Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt Participant

April 29, 2013

Babcock will sponsor Crystal Mayfield, seen here with her daughter. Mayfield is  a graduate of CLIMB Wyoming, a nonprofit organization that trains and places low-income single mothers in careers.

Mickey Babcock of Teton County, Wyo., has agreed to sponsor a participant of the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt, which is being hosted by the Wyoming Women’s Foundation Oct. 3-6, 2013. Babcock will sponsor Crystal Mayfield, a graduate of CLIMB Wyoming, a nonprofit organization that trains and places low-income single mothers in careers.

“When my friend Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kite called to talk about sponsorship of the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt, I was not sold on the idea as I am not a hunter,” said Babcock, a longtime supporter of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation. “However, when she framed the idea of hunting as a way for women to feed their families, sponsorship then made so much sense.  I’m proud of CLIMB and the Wyoming Women’s Foundation for this new opportunity of self-sufficiency and support for the women of Wyoming.”

Mayfield, of Laramie, Wyo., said she appreciates the sponsorship and looks forward to her experience at the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt.

“I’m honored to represent the CLIMB program and to show how thankful I am for all they do for single mothers around Wyoming,” Mayfield said. “CLIMB really gave me the confidence that I needed to be a successful woman in the professional world. I give a lot of credit to CLIMB for being where I am today.”

Mayfield, who is the office manager at the Wyoming Community Foundation, learned to hunt with her father at a young age. She said she would like to pass on the hunting tradition to her daughter.

“Hunting is a tradition in my family, and I could not think of a better tradition to pass on to her,” Mayfield said of her two-year-old daughter. “As soon as she shows interest and can understand the concept and safety precautions that need to be taken, you can bet I will have her out in the field.  It is something that I look forward to.”

The Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt will provide a guided antelope hunt for 50 women. The event, which will take place at the historic Ucross Ranch in northeast Wyoming, will host women hunters of all experience levels, and the emphasis will be on safe and responsible hunting. Some participants will be skilled hunters, and these women will have the opportunity to mentor others who are looking to improve their hunting skills and confidence.

Monies raised by the weekend hunt will support the mission of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, which is to invest in the economic, self-sufficiency of women and the future of girls.

To learn more about the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt, visit: http://www.wyomingwomensantelopehunt.org/

For more information on Wyoming Women’s Foundation, visit: http://www.wywf.org/

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Deadline to Enter the 5th Annual Extreme Huntress Contest is April 15th; Contestants to Battle Head to Head in New Format in Texas

April 9, 2013

Deadline to Enter the 5th Annual Extreme Huntress Contest is April 15th; Contestants to Battle Head to Head in New Format in Texas

Women who want to compete in the 5th Annual Extreme Huntress Contest will need to enter online by Monday, April 15th. In addition to the earlier-than-usual entry deadline, there are some significant changes to the format of the 2014 Extreme Huntress Contest. This year, as part of the contest, the top four finalists will embark on a three-day hunt for exotic big game, including a head-to-head skills competition at the 777 Ranch in Hondo, Texas.

“Reading an essay only tells you so much about a person,” said Tom Opre, contest founder and owner of Tahoe Films, Ltd. “This contest is all about who is the most hardcore huntress, so we wanted to get the women into the field. The head-to-head competitions will give us some real insight as to their skill level and determination.”

The contest format is as follows: Deadline for entry is Monday, April 15th. Similar to last year, a panel of celebrity judges will then score the essays and choose the top ten semi-finalists. Then the public will have a chance to vote online from May 1st through June 15th; after which, the top four finalists will be chosen, with the online score accounting for fifty-percent of the score and the judges’ scores contributing the remaining fifty-percent.

In July, the four finalists will travel to the 777 Ranch in Hondo, Texas for the skills competition. All of this will be filmed, with Larry Weishuhn and Olivia Nalos Opre hosting the competitors in the field. ExtremeHuntress.com will air the episodes weekly, beginning October 1st. After each episode, viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite Extreme Huntress. The Grand Prize winner will be determined through a combination of the judges’ scores and online votes.

Similar to years past, the Grand Prize winner will embark on an all-expenses paid hunt-of-a-lifetime to take place in 2014 and to be filmed for a future episode of Eye of the Hunter.

The semi-finalist Texas hunt package/competition is valued at over $5,000 and the Grand Prize/Extreme Huntress 2014 package is valued at over $40,000.

Women who wish to enter the contest will need to submit a 500 word, or less, essay and up to two images, no later than midnight April 15th at http://www.extremehuntress.com.

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Sonia Hendrick to Headline Cabela’s Ladies’ Day Out this Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas

April 4, 2013

Sonia Hendrick to Headline Cabela’s Ladies’ Day Out this Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas

Cabela’s Fort Worth will celebrate the growing number of women enjoying the outdoors with Ladies Day Out, this Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. This annual event encourages ladies to try out the latest outdoor apparel, camping gear, personal firearms and other supplies.

Ladies in attendance will have an opportunity to meet local Cabela’s Pro Staff celebrity and current TV host, Sonia Hendrick. Sonia brings to the event her hunting experience and will share what it takes to be successfully in the field and being a full time mom. Sonia will be available for photos and autographs beginning at 10a.m. and host a Q & A session at 1p.m.

Hendrick has proven herself as a threat to be reckoned with on any game animal she pursues, The Texas Native and mother of 2 is part of The Sportsman’s Channels promotion for Today’s American Sportswomen

“Ladies Day Out is a celebration of women in the outdoors,” said Melissa Barry, Cabela’s marketing manager. “Cabela’s is proud to offer women not only the gear, but also to share the expert knowledge and experiences our Outfitters have that will prove crucial when pursuing their outdoor passions.”

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation Firearms Retailer Survey Report, 2011 Edition, 61 percent of retailers surveyed saw an increase in female customers in 2010 over 2009.

With more than 5 million women participating in shooting sports, an increase of 46.5 percent since 2001, this growing demographic will enjoy classes including:

Intro to Ladies Handgun and Air-soft Range
Saturday 9:00 a.m.

The Bells of Broadheads – Intro to Archery and Range Time
Saturday 10:00 a.m.

Boats, ATVs, Trailers and More – Towing 101
Saturday, 11:00 a.m.

A Texas Style BBQ for Ladies Only for the record books.
Saturday, 12:00 p.m.

From House to Huntress -Sonia Hendrick
Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

Women seeking to expand their knowledge and expertise in other areas, such as outdoor cooking, fly tying, orienteering and wilderness survival, also will be able to choose from a variety of classes.

Classes will be taught by local experts and are free of charge.

Product specialists and industry experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide recommendations while offering suggestions to help ladies make the most of their next outdoor adventure.

All ladies in attendance will be eligible to enter the Cabelas Fashion Challenge. Dress the best mannequin and take the entire outfit home.

For a complete schedule of Ladies Day Out events, call 817-337-2400. Cabela’s Fort Worth is located at 12901 Cabelas Drive Fort Worth, Texas 76177 for additional information or to shop online, visit www.Cabelas.com.

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Uranium One Signs On as Platinum Sponsor of First Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt

March 4, 2013

Uranium One Signs on as Platinum Sponsor of First Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt

The Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt received a $25,000 donation from Uranium One Americas, a global company with operations in Wyoming. The hunt, held Oct. 3-6, 2013, at the Ucross Ranch, will raise money to support the mission of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation.

“Supporting local communities where our operations are located in Wyoming is a priority for Uranium One. I can’t think of a better way to invest in our future workforce than by supporting the Wyoming Women’s Foundation’s efforts to improve access to education and jobs for Wyoming women,” said Donna Wichers, Uranium One Americas president. “We are thrilled to be a sponsor of such an exciting, groundbreaking event. Many of our employees are avid hunters, including myself.”

The Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt, hosted by the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, will provide a guided antelope hunt for 50 women. Event participants will hunt on scenic private lands in northeastern Wyoming with experienced guides. An emphasis will be placed on safety, hunting ethics, and social interaction.

Women who attend this event will have ample time for networking, taking part in some friendly competitions, and raising funds that will be used to invest in the economic self-sufficiency of women and the future of girls.

For more information about the Wyoming Women’s Antelope hunt, visit http://www.womensoneshot.com/.

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World Shooting Champion Julie Golob to Attend Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt

February 26, 2013

World Shooting Champion Julie Golob to Attend Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt

Multi-time world shooting champion, hunter and author Julie Golob has accepted an invitation to participate in the inaugural Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt, held Oct. 3-6, 2013. Hosted and organized by the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, the event will provide guided antelope hunting for 50 women.

“Hunting provides so much opportunity, from learning about the outdoors, safety and responsibility, to being able to provide food for the table. It’s not just for the guys either, and I am especially excited to share my passion for hunting with other women,” Golob said. “It’s such an honor to be invited to the first Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt. Add to it that this antelope hunt’s ultimate goal is to raise funds for the Wyoming Women’s Foundation only makes it all the more special.”

Golob is one of the most accomplished professional shooters in the world, having won more than 120 championship titles in international, national and regional marksmanship competitions. In addition, Golob is a veteran of the elite U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and was named both U.S. Army Female Athlete of the Year and AMU Athlete of the Year.

In 2012 Julie authored her first book, SHOOT: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition, which is a valuable resource for new and experienced shooters.

An avid hunter, Golob is a member of the Prois Hunting Apparel Pro Staff. She also enjoys wild game cooking and sharing her recipes.

The Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt will take place at the historic Ucross Ranch in northeast Wyoming. The event will host women hunters of all experience levels, and the emphasis will be on safe and responsible hunting.

Monies raised by the weekend hunt will support the mission of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, which is to invest in the economic, self-sufficiency of women and the future of girls.

To learn more about the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt, visit: http://www.wyomingwomensantelopehunt.org/.

For more information on Wyoming Women’s Foundation, visit: http://www.wywf.org/.

Learn more about Golob at http://www.juliegolob.com/.

Follow her on Twitter: http://www.juliegolob.com/.

Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jgolob1/.

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Prois Hunting & Field Apparel Announces 2012 Prois Award Winner

February 14, 2013

Prois Hunting & Field Apparel Announces 2012 Prois Award Winner

Ruth Cusack Trumps 11 Other Finalists for the Title of This Yearʼs Most Intrepid Female Hunter

Countless stories have been submitted for the coveted annual 2012 Próis Award, and not just by any female hunters – the top echelon in the sport including those that jump at the chance to shoot the Big 5 or snicker when faced headon with a charging bear. These are the ladies that are serious about their pursuits, and are just as passionate about conservation and being a role model for future female hunters to look up to. And after making it through a tough panel of celebrity judges, and some serious online voting, the results are in. The winner of the 2012 Próis Award is Ruth Cusack of Alaska.

Not only will Cusack proudly take claim to the title of 2012 Próis Award Winner, sheʼll begin packing for her grand prize of a 5-day hunt of a lifetime in Namibia. In addition, thousands will be able to read all about her thrilling adventure in a future issue of Sporting Classics Magazine. To top it off, Cusack will be fully outfitted for her extreme hunt with the latest gear from top equipment manufacturers sponsoring the contest, and will be officially presented the title during a press conference at the 2013 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV in January.

“Each year we receive numerous outstanding entries from women who more than just hunt for a hobby, but make hunting a lifestyle and are just as passionate about conservation — vital factors that Próis holds close to heart,” said Kirstie Pike, President and CEO of Próis Hunting & Field Apparel. “These women are not just our customers, they are our community and weʼre excited to once again highlight and reward one passionate huntress for all of her accomplishments outdoors,” she added.

A panel of industry expert judges reviewed all submitted essays and photos, and then the top 12 selected were posted onto the Próis Award website: www.proishunting.com/proisaward for the hunting community to vote for their favorite. Finalist votes were then calculated with judges scoring to determine the winner.

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Próis Elevation Series Clothing Created by Women, for Women

February 12, 2013

Próis Elevation Series Clothing Created by Women, for Women

Hardcore female hunters looking for perfectly fitting and highly functional hunting clothing to weather the most extreme hunts can now hit the target with the new Elevation Pants and Elevation Shirt from Próis Hunting & Field Apparel. Part of Próis Elevation Series layering system, the high-performance shirt and pants provide warmth, concealment, silence and waterproofing, all while fitting the female form’to a tee.’ Or in this case, ‘to the shirt’and pants.

The new Próis Elevation Shirt features a hard-working polyester/spandex blend of fabrics with antimicrobial properties and wicking technology, allowing moisture to wick from the skin – key for optimizing thermoregulation during a vigorous hunt. Designed for layering without unnecessary bulk, this advanced and indispensable piece of gear may be worn as a base layer for those frigid, early mornings- or donned alone as the hunt heats up. Seeing to every detail, the new Próis Elevation Shirt comes complete with thumbholes in the cuffline for superior concealment, warmth and additional ease of layering.

An ideal companion for the new Próis Elevation Shirt are the new Próis Elevation Pants. Like all gear from Próis Hunting & Field Apparel, the new Próis Elevation Pants are rugged, comfortable and thoughtfully designed. But unlike downsized men’s gear or upsized children’s gear, the new Próis Elevation Pants are created for women, by women.

A new athletic design is sleek, but offers plenty of room in the rear and thighs, with a waistline that sits at the natural waist. Constructed from breathable, waterproof laminate with waterproof zippers that snap down for complete silence, the new Próis Elevation Pants allow huntresses to stay under the radar – and to stay comfortable. Taking comfort and ease of movement to the next level, the new Próis Elevation Pants are lined with a nylon tricot lining system, while a nine-inch boot zip at the cuff line and Cordura scuff plates added to the inside of the cufflines reduce wear during long hikes and offer the ultimate in function and mobility.

Storing your hunting license, trail markers or tags is convenient and easy with a cargo pocket on the right leg and rear pockets with snap-down slider zippers. For ultimate concealment, the new Próis Elevation Shirt and Pants feature the Mothwing Mountain Mimicry camo pattern, which is based on the unique designs of the Lepidoptera Noctuidae moth and blends naturally into any environment.

Both shirt and pants are available in sizes XS thru XL. Like all Próis Hunting and Field Apparel, they are proudly made in the U.S.A.

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Minnesota DNR, NWTF Mentored Women’s Turkey Applications Due Feb. 19

February 7, 2013

Minnesota DNR, NWTF Mentored Women’s Turkey Applications Due Feb. 19

First-time adult women turkey hunters have the chance to step afield this spring and learn from an experienced National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) volunteer.

Women are encouraged to sign-up with an adult friend or family member for an on-the-ground adventure in wild turkey hunting. An application and general information for the mid-May wild turkey hunt is available at www.mndnr.gov/discover. The application deadline is midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Participants will be selected through a random lottery if oversubscribed.

“First-time women turkey hunters will learn life-long outdoor skills and how to be a responsible hunter,” said Mike Kurre, mentoring program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Thanks to the NWTF, their outdoor coaches will help create family-oriented hunters.”

The program is based on the successful mentored youth hunts where 2,000 youth have been introduced during the last 10 years to this unique educational and hunting experience. With women being one of the fasting growing segments of the hunting society, the need is there.

Most hunts will occur Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, at several locations in Hugo area (northeast of the metro), with some areas yet to be determined. Hunts include a mandatory turkey clinic leading up to an actual hunt. All participants will hunt on private land thanks to the generosity of private landowners and the NWTF volunteers who obtained permission.

To be eligible, a women hunter must be 18 on or before Saturday, May 18. All participants must possess a valid firearms safety certificate; purchase an apprentice hunter validation; or be born before Dec. 13, 1979. The program is for first-time turkey hunters or with very limited experience (preference given to first-time hunters). Participants will be assigned a NWTF volunteer coach, who must accompany them throughout the entire hunt.

Participation in the hunts is only restricted by the number of volunteers and private lands that are available. Property owners, who have an interest in providing a quality experience in turkey hunting, or NWTF members who could share their hunting expertise, should contact Keith Carlson at: kcanoka@comcast.net for information about lending some land or a hand.

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