It’s time for another giveaway! Check out this interview with Weston Paul, founder of Promont Outdoors, and be sure to enter the giveaway for a “September Calls” shirt. The entry form is at the bottom of the article…
What drove you to start Promont Outdoors?
I started Promont Outdoors after a 7 year stint in the science/biotech industry and after getting laid off for the third time, I knew I had to pursue something on my own. No longer was I willing to sit back and be a by product of a poorly run business. Turns out that I had gained enough experience in those seven years to realize that the outdoor industry was where I wanted to make an impact.
My upbringing and the presence of my parents throughout my childhood are at the roots of my company’s message. They were always there for my sister and I, and I want to encourage everyone in the outdoor industry to strive for this type of presence in the lives of their families and friends as well.
“Our children are not going to remember us for the number of fish we caught or the size of our trophies on the wall. They will remember us for our presence in their lives.”
What does the name mean?
The name Promont has a couple of meanings. It is short for promontory which is where I’ve learned the elk like to hang out. I’ve spooked plenty of game while trying to make it to those great vantage points! It also stands for Pro (Mont)ana. I truly believe everyone is a Pro in their own respect. This isn’t to tout our hunting successes, this is simply a way of looking at our own lives. For example, I’m a Pro at being a husband and a dad. No one is better at this than me and I am constantly striving to become better.
Your brand reaches hunters and fishermen. Do you see a lot of cohesion between these two groups?
Hunters and fisherman have a lot in common. We love adventure and conservation and gear! What I truly appreciate about these two groups is that it is so easy to incorporate our families into our way of life. My wife and I learned this after having some of our very good friends set an example for us with their children. Floating the river, camping, scouting, and hunting were all activities that we incorporate a child into. Our friends took their kids everywhere with them, and this was a huge encouragement to us. Hopefully, Promont will be an encouragement to other hunters and anglers to do, or continue doing, the same.
I really love the whole lifestyle apparel design and production process. As an avid fly-fisherman and bowhunter, I mostly just create items that I would wear. When people put on something from Promont I hope that it invokes a little bit of that same sort of feeling you get when you open up a letter containing a fresh hunting or fishing license. We all know the excitement that brings!
What’s your most memorable hunt?
I’m a fairly new hunter so I feel that each year my hunts get better and better. This year I did go on my most memorable hunt to date. It was with my brother in law and he was able to harvest his first bull elk. The look on his face was priceless. He is a very accomplished hunter and guide and to see the joy in his eyes after taking a mountain bull, well it’s hard to describe. I’ve never felt so good after packing meat out of the mountains. To share that with him was truly a blessing.
What can “everyday” hunters and fishermen do to protect the future of their pursuit?
Pass the love onto our children. If you don’t have children, volunteer for an organization such as Fathers in the Field. Also, be ethical and respectful. Follow the rules; they are there for a reason, and I cringe when I see them getting broken because I know that that person is potentially ruining it for the rest of us.
As a relative newcomer, what has surprised you most about working in the outdoor industry?
I was blown away by how helpful and supportive people are. A few years ago I was fortunate to shoot archery league with David Brinker and Jeff Sposito from Sitka Gear. They were humble, approachable, and truly genuine, and it changed how I thought the hunting industry operated. I’ve continued to meet individuals just like them, and that is why I am so excited to be a part of the hunting world. Of course, there are always exceptions and people with heads so big I don’t know how they navigate the downed timber of a north facing slope. But that dynamic is changing, and I feel that there is a growing camaraderie amongst my generation. It isn’t a competition out there. It’s a “Sole Adventure”.
I have to give props to Weston for taking the time to answer these questions for us. I know that I’m inspired, as I’m sure you are, too. Weston wants to hook one of you guys up with a September Calls shirt, and here’s your chance to claim the prize…