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

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A Growing Demand From Female Hunters and New Investor Proves a Bright Future For Próis Hunting & Field Apparel

April 1, 2013

A Growing Demand From Female Hunters and New Investor Proves a Bright Future For Próis Hunting & Field Apparel

In 2008 female hunters worldwide were awoken by the outspoken, fun and downright wacky team at Próis® Hunting & Field Apparel, shining a long-awaited spotlight on the need for women’s high-performance technical huntwear – made with no frills or fuss, just die-hard function for success in the field. The growing demand for Próis gear over the years has been phenomenal. In fact, Próis now has a dedicated following (AKA the ‘Próis Posse’), and they will ‘sound off’ until the unicorns come home – or until you try Próis gear. And, trust us – you won’t be disappointed.

The Próis fire continues to burn strong year after year and with the company’s new financial partner, the ‘Próis Posse’ is in a strong position to go after their ultimate goal: total female world domination. And, why not? This company has a stellar reputation for rapid growth. In fact, Próis has seen a 200% growth each year in business thanks to the growing demographic of die-hard female hunters. And this awesome group of ladies has proven its growth. According to the National Sporting Goods Association (NASGA), female participation in hunting rose 36 percent between 2001 and 2010, to a total of 2.4 million women hunters. Plus, according to CBS News, the national total for female gun owners has doubled in the last decade, increasing to nearly 5 million women since 2001. These impressive stats support the writings on the wall, which is women hunters currently are and will play an integral role in the future of hunting.

“The new partnership has allowed Próis to move full speed ahead including hitting the gas petal on production and adding three additional manufacturing facilities, all while maintaining bulk production right here in the U.S.,” said Kirstie Pike, President/CEO of Próis Hunting & Field Apparel. “Our team is super-creative (some call us wild and zany) and we’re excited to put our innovative plans into play – starting with enhancing our product line to feature the popular Mountain Mimicry camo pattern, as well as launch a robust line-up in 2014 that’s sure to take the hunting world by storm – you’ll have to stay tuned!”

Próis was created for women, by women and they are proud to serve as the premier manufacturer of hardcore women’s hunting gear. Próis has also 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 Manshoe, Bird Lady, Has3Ponies, Honey Badger and BunBun through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn. Warning: Próis social media is not for the faint of heart..and “your mom” is not really your’s a metaphorical mom.

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Dress to Kill with the Prois Pro Edition Jacket

March 14, 2013

Dress to Kill with the Prois Pro Edition Jacket

It’s the little black dress of the season – turkey hunting season that is.

Itʼs time to talk turkey. Itʼs time to hone your cluck, purr and putt because itʼs that time of year — and surprisingly, Próis is talkinʼ turkey! It is our belief that you need to do more than just talk dirty to bring these boys in strutting, Próis has the perfect piece of hunting gear thatʼll help you bag that bird this season- the Próis Pro-Edition Jacket, providing all the field-proven performance features you need along with a fit you will love. In fact, we are certain you will love this jacket more than glitter. And unicorns. Itʼs that good.

Like a Grand, Royal or World Slam, the Próis Pro-Edition Jacket is a “slam” of its own: (At the Próis Offices, this would result in an inappropriate “your Mom” joke…but feel free to create your own. We donʼt mind.) it keeps you warm, dry, concealed and prepared. The super-genius creative crew at Próis has constructed this jacket with compressed, three-ply bonded high performance fabric that stops wind and wetness…but leaves the bulkiness behind. Lined with the companyʼs signature nylon tricot, the form-fit design is made for a woman, but allows for plenty of room for movement and layering—making it the perfect jacket for your spring turkey hunt.

And when you thought it couldnʼt be any better…it is. Other super-genius additions include a spacious lumbar compartment designed for easy access storage of lightweight gear or hand warmers that can be advantageously placed across the flanks. Scapular drop pockets are located between the shoulder blades and are designed to hold activated hand warmers for those chilly mornings. Carry your turkey hunting essentials like calls, licenses, phone or other unmentionables in the assorted arm and deep-set zippered hand pockets. The Próis Pro-Edition Jacket is sheer turkey hunting bliss.

But wait…there is more. Much more. Silence is golden and Próis ensures the only thing that gobbler will hear is that final shotgun blast. Utilizing our soft tricot shell, snap down zipper sliders and magnetic closures on the arm pockets —this jacket will keep noise to a minimum. Did we mention that there is also a three-panel removable hood? OK, so it has nothing to do with silence, but it is really cool nonetheless.

The Próis Pro-Edition Jacket is machine washable- line-dry only. Available in sizes XS-XL. And if you believe camo is a color like Próis does, youʼll be ecstatic to learn this jacket is available in Realtree AP, Advantage Max1 and coming this fall…the Mountain Mimicry patterns.

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Milwaukee Journal Sports Show Introduces the All New Ladies Lodge

March 4, 2013

Milwaukee Journal Sports Show Introduces the All New Ladies Lodge

The all new Ladies Lodge will debut at the Midwest’s largest consumer sports show.

In its 73rd year, the annual the Milwaukee Journal Sports Show provides demonstrations, competitions, seminars, vendors and experts in the areas of hunting, fishing, camping, sporting dogs, target shooting, boating and more.

Intended to promote women in the outdoors the Ladies Lodge will feature well-known names in the outdoor industry such as HERCAMOSHOP and The Wild World of CarrieZ Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Podcast. On display will be a photographic collection owned by Dan Basore of famous women in the outdoors. Cabela’s will be showcasing their ladies outdoor clothing line.

As a progressive show, the organizers knew that taking advantage of the fastest growing demographic in the outdoor industry was a smart move. Carefully selecting a handful of female advocates, their goal for the Ladies Lodge was to create a haven for women attendees interested in hunting, fishing and general outdoor activities.

“I’m super excited,” said Carrie Zylka, hostess of The Wild World of CarrieZ Podcast. “It’ll be a great place for women to talk one on one about resources and activities they might be interested in. I’m eager to let them know that there are many solo outdoorswomen happy to help them in any capacity needed. Whether that’s helping organize an all-female event or simply providing a real life role model that lets them know they can do it without any help.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sports Show runs Wednesday, March 6 through Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, Wisconsin.

Cabela’s Ladies Clothing Line Booth #

HERCAMOSHOP Booth #1434-1436

The Wild World of CarrieZ Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Podcast Booth #1442

Advance tickets are $6.50, Adults at the door $8.00 Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Learn more about the show at

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Scholarships Available for North Carolina Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshops

February 25, 2013

Scholarships Available for North Carolina Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshops

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is making scholarship money available to women who want to attend a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop in North Carolina. More than $2,000 is available in scholarships. The scholarship money will be distributed to eligible applicants in amounts of up to 80 percent of registration fees, which range from $10 to $225, depending on the duration and nature of BOW workshops.

  • Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is an international program for women, 18 and older, to learn outdoor skills through hands-on experiences, such as archery, fishing, paddling, wildlife photography, outdoor cooking, target shooting and motorboat safety. Upcoming BOW workshops for which scholarship money is available include:
  • Fly-Fishing weekend at the Wildlife Education Center in Brevard and Davidson River Campground in Transylvania County (April 5-7), $125 registration;
  • Archery/Bowhunting at the Wildlife Education Center on N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh (April 20), $10 registration;
  • Outdoor Skills workshop at Lake Townsend near Greensboro (May 18), $25 registration; and,
  • BOW weekend workshop at YMCA Camp Harrison in Wilkes County (May 31-June 2), $225 registration.

The Wildlife Commission provides funding assistance to BOW participants through the Mel Porter Scholarship Fund, supported by contributions from previous BOW participants. The deadline for scholarship applications is two weeks prior to respective workshop dates.

“Scholarships have helped single mothers and other deserving women take part in a rewarding, confidence-building experience they otherwise couldn’t afford,” said BB Gillen, outdoor skills coordinator with the Wildlife Commission and state coordinator for Becoming an Outdoors-Woman. “These are partial scholarships only, based on need. Recipients are asked to pay the remainder of the registration fee.”

Preference is given to first-time workshop participants who are full-time students, single parents of young children, and members of low-income households. Eligibility is determined by scholarship application and workshop registration.

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Hunter Safety Seminar for Women at NWTF Convention

February 6, 2013

Hunter Safety Seminar for Women at NWTF Convention

Women hunters who want to learn how to be safer and more successful are encouraged to check out a special hunter safety seminar at the upcoming National Wild Turkey Federation 37th Annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.

The seminar, titled “Women Hunters: Confidence-Building Strategies for Safer Hunting,” will be conducted by Marilyn Bentz, executive director of the National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF), and Tammy Sapp, communications director for Kalkomey, parent company of It will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.

“With female hunters climbing to 1.5 million now or 11 percent of the hunting population, it’s important we reach this influential audience with safety messages,” Bentz said. “Women who attend this seminar can expect a fun, interactive session that will provide great safety tips for new and experienced hunters.”

One thing seminar attendees can expect is a fun game of “what’s wrong with this picture.” Women will be asked to look at an image and diagnose an unsafe situation and discuss how to handle it more safely. In addition, participants will see demonstrations of safe firearm carries, safe tree stand hunting and one of the new hunter safety videos found at

Seminar attendees who must pass a hunter safety course before they can purchase a hunting license can get started on their training at Students can receive official, state-specific training that fits into their busy schedules. Plus, the course is mobile friendly, allowing students to take the course on a smartphone, tablet or laptop with no app required. The course automatically sizes itself to whatever mobile device is being used.

Another course,, also offers official, state-specific training for those who wish to learn more about bowhunting or require bowhunter education before purchasing a hunting license.

In many states, students must pass an online course and a field day to complete all hunter or bowhunter education requirements. Students are encouraged to review state requirements about field days before beginning the online course.

Visit NWTF’s website to learn more about the NWTF’s convention seminar schedule.

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Kansas’ Becoming an Outdoors-woman Program to Host Spring Workshop

January 31, 2013

Kansas’ Becoming an Outdoors-woman Program to Host Spring Workshop

Becoming An Outdoors-Woman (BOW), a non-profit, non-membership program offered through the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), will host a spring workshop at Rock Springs 4-H Center near Junction City, May 17-19. Aimed at teaching women outdoor skills, the workshop provides nearly 25 different classes ranging from shotgun basics and archery to photography and wood carving.

“It’s a great way for somebody to try new activities that maybe they’ve thought about, and never really had the courage to try,” said Kansas BOW coordinator Jami McCabe. “It’s a ton of fun.”

BOW has recruited a core of volunteer instructors, including KDWPT employees, law enforcement officials, and even past participants, all of whom are considered to be experts in their field. Since most participants are beginners, McCabe added that instructors strive to create a safe and supportive atmosphere for everyone in attendance.

Cost for the three-day workshop is $250, which includes lodging, meals and class supplies. Three $100 scholarships are available to first-time participants based on financial need.

Early registration will be open to first-time participants through March 1. If spots still remain, past participants may register beginning March 2. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as the spring workshop is limited to 48 participants. To register, visit, click “Services/Education/Becoming an Outdoors Woman,” and download a registration form.

For questions, call or email McCabe at (785) 845-5052 or To learn more, and view pictures of past workshops, visit the BOW Facebook page found under “Becoming an Outdoors Woman KANSAS.”

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Great Turnout for Kansas’ Waconda Lake Youth and Women’s Pheasant Hunt

December 26, 2012

Great Turnout for Kansas’ Waconda Lake Youth and Women’s Pheasant Hunt

The 15th annual Youth, Women, and Celebrity Pheasant Hunt at Waconda Lake was held on December 8, 2012 and drew a large crowd of both youngsters and celebrities. Pheasant populations had declined in the area due to the heat and drought conditions, but that did not wither the participants’ excitement. The goal of the annual event is to provide new and inexperienced hunters with a positive and fun day where they have an opportunity to harvest a rooster pheasant or two. The hunt is organized by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and Wichita-based Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors, Inc.

This year, 32 young hunters (5 girls and 27 boys) ranging in ages from 10 to 17 attended the pheasant hunt. Several were local kids from Cawker City, Jewell, Glen Elder, Beloit, and Downs. However, many others came from farther away, including Kansas City, Wichita, and Salina. Three women also enjoyed their first- or second-ever pheasant hunts.

Eighteen celebrities and armed forces heroes were in attendance and served as hunting role models. Celebrities were headlined by three generations of the Segui family. Diego Segui and his son David each had long Major League Baseball careers, and now David’s son Cory is attempting to work his way up through the Baltimore Orioles’ minor league system. Brody (age 12) and Nolan Pope (age 14) from Harrisonville, Mo. also joined the festivities this year. Each of the brothers already has four National Go-cart Racing Championships to their credit. Other celebrities this year included former NFL players Mark Arneson and Jerry Holloway and former drag racer Guy Caster.

The event was also honored to have nine military heroes participate. These servicemen and women had various affiliations with the U.S. military from Fort Riley’s Warrior Transition Battalion and the Kansas National Guard. The majority of these heroes were “wounded warriors” who were fortunate to survive injuries suffered during deployments. One of the soldiers brought his three sons with him for the family’s first-ever hunt, and several others brought spouses or children who were also new to hunting. “Family hunting” turned out to be the theme of this year’s event.

The day started with a biscuits and gravy breakfast, a safety talk, then participants were divided into five different hunting groups by age and experience level. Each hunting group had celebrities, a hunt captain, and at least two bird dogs. With almost ideal weather conditions, the groups hunted in either Glen Elder State Park or in one of the refuge areas on Glen Elder Wildlife Area surrounding the lake where public hunting is generally not allowed.

Each group saw plenty of pheasants up close and almost all of the hunters got multiple shot opportunities at the tough birds. Only the youth, celebrities and heroes hunted in each group and each youth was “shadowed” by a parent or other adult mentor throughout the morning. The five groups managed to harvest a combined total of 16 roosters for the morning, and all but one of the groups managed to harvest at least one bird. Several hunters took their first bird.

The Waconda Lake Association sponsored a longest tail feather contest for the successful youth hunters. After lunch most of hunters took part in a trap shoot that was held near the Glen Elder Area Office. The majority of the celebrities also joined in for the afternoon fun of busting clay targets alongside the kids.

The day’s events concluded in the evening with a Hunter’s Banquet held at Memorial Hall in Downs where participants feasted on a barbeque brisket and pulled pork supper. After the meal each young hunter received a prize package and heard a few words about the importance of getting more kids involved for the future of hunting. They also had the chance to collect autographs and visit more with the celebrities, and a special award was presented to celebrity Guy Caster for his long time involvement with the event and his networking skills to invite new celebrity participants each year.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of over 30 different businesses and individuals that stepped up as sponsors from the communities around Waconda Lake. Their donations of prizes, food, services, and financial contributions continue to make the event a success every year. To learn more about this event or similar ones offered around Kansas visit or or contact the Glen Elder Area Office at 785-545-3345.

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Ohio’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program Offers Pheasant Hunting Workshop

December 18, 2012

Ohio’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program Offers Pheasant Hunting Workshop

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife, in cooperation with Ohio Outdoors-Woman Inc. and Cherrybend Pheasant Farm, is hosting a one-day pheasant hunting workshop on March 16, 2013.

A random drawing will be held to select 20 participants. Registrations must be received by Jan. 10, 2013, and the random drawing is Jan. 11, 2013. The program will be held at Cherrybend Pheasant Farm, located at 2326 Cherrybend Road, Wilmington, Ohio 45177.

Registrations are available at by clicking on the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman tab. Registrations can be submitted via email to or mailed to:

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
2045 Morse Road, Building G-1
Columbus, Ohio 43229-6693

The event costs $50. The program includes classroom instruction, guide fees, firearms, ammunition, clay targets and lunch. All participants must provide proof of completion of a hunter education course and possess a valid Ohio hunting license.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

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Louisiana D.W.F. Hosts Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman Deer Hunt

December 13, 2012

Louisiana D.W.F. Hosts Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman Deer Hunt

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) hosted a Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BBOW) deer hunt workshop at the Floy Ward McElroy Wildlife Management Area on Dec. 7-9.

The workshop, facilitated by the Wildlife Division / Education Section staff, provided six novice hunters the opportunity to gain hunting experience and harvest deer from a state WMA.

Floy Ward McElroy WMA, located in Richland Parish, consists of 681 acres of mature and recently reforested bottomland hardwoods, sloughs and backwater areas. Hunting activity on the WMA is limited to youth and educational lottery hunts only.

The women hunters were selected by lottery after attending the deer hunting course offered at the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop. Upon arrival Friday, each hunter participated in a safety refresher program and sighted in their rifles at the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Department shooting range.  Overnight accommodations were provided at Poverty Point Reservoir State Park.

Each hunter was accompanied by a guide and made two hunts on Saturday and one on Sunday morning. A 185-pound, 5-point buck was harvested by Tina Faul and a yearling buck by Linda Dugas. The fall hunting trip included other deer and wildlife sightings, enhancing each hunter’s outdoors experience.

For more information on upcoming BOW or BBOW workshops, visit the LDWF website at, scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on Education.  To contact a BOW coordinator directly, call or email Dana Norsworthy at 318-345-3912 or; Bill Breed at 318-343-1241 or; or Chad Moore at 318-371-3050 or

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