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Próis Hunting & Field Apparel not only takes pride in putting an accent aigu over the letter “o” ‘not being one of the guys’, the company thrives on celebrating the most dedicated female hunters around the globe,” the company’s AmmoLand presser proclaims. “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.” [Full press release after the jump.] I met the Canadian hunting guide at SHOT, congratulated her on the win, promised not to out any of her clients and convinced her to blog for TTAG. It’s as simple as that. Enjoy . . .

COLUMBUS, Georgia –-(Ammoland.com)-  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.

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22 Responses to Housekeeping: Hunting Guide Rachel Ahtila to Blog for TTAG

  1. The accent aigu ´ (acute accent) can only be on an E. At the beginning of a word, it often indicates that an S used to follow that vowel, e.g., étudiant (student).

  2. I’m slogging thru the on line hunters safety course so I can take the class and get my hunting license. My first in 40 years. Will look forward to a pro’s take and tips on hunting.

    • As god is my witness, I will never pass up low hanging fruit like this again while you’re in the room, Matt. I wrestled with the rack thing and decided to take the high road.

      • If it’s any consolation, the first sentence was happening either way. I wrestled for a while with the rest of it, but it’s no less true for being a double entendre. I wouldn’t have any idea what to do with myself on an elk (elk? moose?) hunt, much less know what to do after I shot the thing so that I could pack it out.

        • Looks like a moose to me. The rack, that is. I struggled with the rack comment and also a comment about that growth on her back and medical attention.

          Hopefully RF is briefing these ladies on the childishness they’re likely to encounter here. If they have a sense of humor they’ll realise it’s just boys being boys.

        • Certainly RF has dealt before with women who view a mature bull as the fit object of a trophy hunt, at least for the wall-mount, though I’m not sure all of them believed they should eat what they harvested. Hunting belongs on this site, and I welcome Rachel as its exponent.

      • Yeah, I thought about jumping in early with a rack comment too, but for some reason I didn’t.

        Getting old, I guess.

        • I absolutely didn’t think of the rack theme, which is probably why I found the comment so funny.

          Remember, an old joke to most is still a clever joke to some. The question, then, is in front of how many people is one willing to humiliate himself in order to get a laugh from the few. 🙂

  3. If we can vote for other female TTAG contributors, can I humbly suggest Cindy Garrision. Haven’t seen her on TV for a while but dang, she is purtty and she can handle a 470 Nitro pretty darn good ! Cindy is my girl !!!

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