Próis Hunting & Field Apparel not only takes pride in ‘not being one of the guys’, the company thrives on celebrating the most dedicated female hunters around the globe. It’s why the company sent out a clarion call to the industry once again to seek out this year’s most die-hard female hunter – a gal who thoroughly exhibits determination, a passion for the hunt and involvement in conservation management and community. The competition was stiff, but there can only be one winner who will claim the coveted title and prize. This year’s Próis Award goes to Rachel Ahtila.
“We were blown away once again this year by the entries we received from such extraordinary female hunters who demonstrate a passion so deep for hunting, it’s more than a sport – it’s a lifestyle,” said Kirstie Pike, President and CEO of Próis Hunting & Field Apparel. “We are thrilled who the judges and the community have chosen as our winner, and have absolutely no doubt that Rachel will be a great representative for Próis and the women in the hunting industry.”
Not only will Ahtila proudly take claim to the title of 2013 Próis Award Winner, she’ll begin packing for her grand prize hunt of a lifetime in Namibia with Próis CEO Kirstie Pike. To top it off, Ahtila will be fully outfitted for her hunt with the latest gear from top equipment manufacturers sponsoring the contest. Plus, she was officially presented the title during a press conference at the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV.
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.
2013 Próis Award sponsors included: Próis Hunting Apparel, Swarovski Optiks, Bowtech, Weatherby, Rip Cord, Badlands Packs, Bog Gear, Zamberlan Boots, Buck Knives, Skullhooker, Hunter Hills Journals, Acli-Mate, Icebreaker, Shoot Like a Girl, Incredisocks, Bowtrainer, Caribou Game Bags and HERCAMOSHOP.
The Próis Award panel of industry expert judges included: Diana Rupp, Editor in Chief of Sports Afield Magazine; Guy Eastman, Publisher of Eastman’s Hunting Journals; Ron Spomer, Writer, Wildlife Photographer & TV Host; Craig Boddington, Outdoor Writer and TV celebrity; Jim Zumbo, 40-year veteran Outdoor Writer & TV celebrity; Julie Golob, Captain of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Team and twin Olympic biathletes Tracy and Lanny Barnes.
For complete contest rules and regulations, visit proishunting.com/proisaward. For more information about Próis’ innovative line of serious, high performance hunting apparel for women, contact the company at 28001-B US Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 · (970) 641-3355 · www.proishunting.com.
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