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  • Jason - Staff Picks

    Check out the Solid.HUNTING.Gear that the staff here at BlackOvis uses and are familiar with. Thinking of buying a product but not sure how it performs? Check out if any of us use it and give us a call!

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    Details

    Hunting Style: Archery
    Favorite Species: Mule Deer
    Dream Hunt: Red Stag
    Next Gear Purchase: Exo 3500 Pack
    Other Pursuits: Fly Fishing

    Weapon Setup

    Bow: Prime Alloy/Open Country 28" Draw, 70 lbs
    Sight: Black Gold Ascent 3 Pin
    Rest: Blue QAD HDX Drop Away Rest
    Release: Scott Samurai
    Stabilizer: Bee-Stinger 8" Sport Hunter
    Arrows (and weight): Carbon Express Blue Streak 350 Spine
    Quiver: Tight Spot 5 Arrow
    Broadhead: Trophy Taker Ulmer Edge Mechanical, and Grim Reaper Razortip Mechanical

    Clothing Setup

    Body Type: Short and Stocky
    Height: 5'7"
    Weight: 260 lbs

    Jacket: Sitka Jetstream 2XL, Core4Element Element Jacket 2xL
    Pant (summer): Sitka Ascent Pant 42R, Core4Element Highline Pant 40R
    Pant (winter): Sitka Timberline Pant 42R, Core4Element Element Pant 40R
    Base Layer Top(s): Sitka Core Crew 3XL, Core4Element Pivot 2XL
    2nd Layer Shirt(s): Sitka Traverse Hoodie 3XL, Core4Element Assault 2XL
    Base Layer Bottom: Core4Element 190 Merino Bottom 2XL
    Gloves: Core4Element Assault Glove L, Sitka Jetstream Glove L
    Rain Jacket: Core4Element Torrent Rain Jacket 2XL
    Rain Pant: Core4Element Torrent Rain Pant XL
    Footwear: Lowa Renegade Size 10
    Socks: Darn Tough Micro Crew, Lorpen T3 Light Hiker
    Other: Any neutral color trucker hat

    Essential Gear

    Binos: Zeiss Terra ED 10x42
    Spotting Scope: Vortex Razor HD 16-48x65 Angled
    Knife: Havalon Piranta
    Game Bag: Caribou Gear Muley Meat on the Bone
    Pack: Easton Pickup Pack Max1
    Trekking Poles: Easton Carbon CTR 70
    Tent: Big Agnes Copper Spur 3P Mountain Glow Tent
    Sleeping Bag: Big Agnes Lost Ranger
    Stove: Jetboil flash
    Rangefinder: Vortex Ranger 1000
    Bino Harness: Badlands Bino Case
    Headlamp: Princeton Tec Remix Pro

  • Chris - Staff Picks

    Check out the Solid.HUNTING.Gear that the staff here at BlackOvis uses and are familiar with. Thinking of buying a product but not sure how it performs? Check out if any of us use it and give us a call!

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    Details

    Hunting Style: Archery
    Favorite Species: Mule Deer
    Dream Hunt: Desert Bighorn
    Next Gear Purchase: Big Agnes Sleep System
    Other Pursuits: Bow Technician, Hiking/Camping, Backpacking, Family

    Weapon Setup

    Bow: Xpedition Xcentric SD, Draw Length: 26.5", Poundage: 68 lbs
    Strings: Pro-Line Bowstrings
    Sight: Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL Adjustable Sight
    Rest: Hamskea Archery Hybrid Hunter Pro Rest
    Release: Scott Backspin (Levi Edition), Scott Sigma Thumb Release
    Stabilizer: Stokerized Stasis 15" (w/Quick Disconnect)
    Arrows (and weight): GoldTip Kinetic Kaos (400)
    Quiver: Tight Spot 3 Arrow
    Broadhead: Kudu Point, Epek Headhunter, Wac'em 4 Blade

    Clothing Setup

    Body Type: Slim, average
    Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 175 lbs

    Jacket: First Lite Halstead (M),Under Armour Early Season 03 Jacket (M) Kryptek Borealis (M)
    Insulation: Kryptek Kratos II Jacket (M) First Lite Cirrus Puffy Jacket (M)
    Pant(s): First Lite Kanab 2.0 Pants (M), Kryptek Valhalla Pant (M) Under Armour Early Season  03 Pants (M)
    Base Layer Top: First Lite Minaret Long Sleeve (M) Kryptek Merino QZ (M)
    Base Layer Bottom: First Lite Allegheny Bottoms (M) Kryptek Merino Bottom (M)
    Gloves: 46Rail Precision Gloves (M), First Lite Merino Glove (M), Kryptek Gunslinger (M) Under Armour Infrared Speed Freek Glove (M)
    Rain Jacket: First Lite Boundary Stormtight Jacket
    Rain Pant: Coming Soon
    Footwear: Solomon Speedcross CS (8), Under Armour Fat Tire Low GTX  (8) Crispi Nevada GTX Hunting Boot (8.5)
    Socks: Darn Tough Micro Crew
    Other: BlackOvis Anchor Point Belt (M)

    Essential Gear

    Binos: Vortex Talon HD 10X42
    Spotting Scope: [NEW] Vortex Razor HD 85mm - Angled
    Knife: Outdoor Edge Razor-Lite
    Game Bag: Caribou Gear, Ovis Sacks
    Pack: Badlands Diablo, Easton Bowhunter, Slumberjack Snare Pack
    Trekking Poles: Easton Hike Carbon 3
    Tent: Coming Soon
    Sleeping Bag: Coming Soon
    Stove: jetboil Flash Lite Stove
    Rangefinder: Vortex Ranger 1000
    Bino Harness: Alaska Guide Creations C.U.B. Bino Harness

  • Kendall - Staff Picks

    Check out the Solid.HUNTING.Gear that the staff here at BlackOvis uses and are familiar with. Thinking of buying a product but not sure how it performs? Check out if any of us use it and give us a call!

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    Details

    Hunting Style: Archery
    Favorite Species: Elk
    Dream Hunt: Dall Sheep Hunt
    Next Gear Purchase:
    Other Pursuits: Trail running, family, backcountry skiing

    Weapon Setup

    Bow: Hoyt Spyder 34, Draw Length: 30.5", Poundage: 70 lbs
    Sight: Black Gold Pure 75, 4 pin slider
    Rest: Trophy Taker Smackdown Pro
    Release: Scott Sabertooth
    Stabilizer: Hoyt Fuse 10"
    Arrows (and weight): Easton Injection FMJ - 491 grains
    Quiver: Tight Spot 5 Arrow
    Broadhead: Grim Reaper Fatal Steel Deep 6 100 grain, Strickland's Helix Deep 6 100 grain

    Clothing Setup

    Body Type: Slim, tall
    Height: 6'4"
    Weight: 200 lbs

    Jacket: Sitka Jetstream XL
    Pant(s): Sitka Mountain Pant 34T, Sitka Timberline Pant 36T, Core4Element Switchback 34T
    Shirt(s): Sitka Core Hoody Large, Traverse Zip T Large, Core4Element Pivot 1/4 Zip Large
    Base Layer Top: Core4Element 190 Merino 1/4 Zip
    Base Layer Bottom: Core4Element 190 Merino Bottom
    Gloves: Sitka Shooter Gloves L, Core4Element Assault Glove L, Sitka Jetstream Glove L
    Rain Jacket: Sitka Dewpoint Jacket XL
    Rain Pant: Sitka Cloudburst Pant, LT
    Footwear: Crispi Nevada 11.5 (46), Danner Pronghorn 200 gram insulated 12
    Socks: Darn Tough Micro Crew, Lorpen T3 Light Hiker
    Other: Sitka Cap, Sitka Kelvin Lite Vest

    Essential Gear

    Binos: Vortex Razor HD 10x42
    Spotting Scope: Zeiss Diascope 65 Angled
    Knife: Havalon Piranta, Kershaw Skinner
    Game Bag: Caribou Gear
    Pack: Mystery Ranch Metcalf, Sitka Alpine Ruck
    Trekking Poles: Easton Carbon 5
    Tent: Easton Kilo 2P
    Sleeping Bag: Big Agnes Zirkle 20
    Stove: Primus Eta Lite
    Rangefinder: Vortex Ranger 1000
    Bino Harness: Sitka Bino Bivy

  • Sitka Elevated II Pattern

    Building on the science of the old Elevated Forest pattern, Elevated II has been optimized with less foliage and more sky which will lengthen the engagement range and extend seasonal effectiveness to redefine the way people hunt whitetail deer.

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    Not only has Sitka re-engineered the whitetail line to be more resilient, insulated, and quiet, they’ve also improved in the area of concealment. It’s not enough to keep you comfortable in the stand for longer periods of time, they’ve gone one step further in order to extend your concealments’ seasonal effectiveness, so that you can add weeks and not just hours to your time in the stand.

    On the comfort side, Sitka has re-engineered all materials in the collection for the quietest and most protective whitetail system ever created. From the cotton ball quiet Celsius series to the specific body mapped thermal needs found in the new Shacket and Fanatic Lite, the whitetail hunter will immediately see the bar being raised.

  • NEW - Stokerized Stabilizers

    There are so many different brands of stabilizers out there in the market today, so what makes Stokerized so different? For starters the company is 100% Made in the USA with its facility based in Annville, PA, not only is it made here on our shores but every single stabilizer is hand-made and looked over multiple time for quality and defects before it leaves the door which means this company has the quality that our customers are looking for, hence why we decided to dive further into Stokerized.
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    When I called the company to get our account up and running, I actually ended up talking with one of the big shots over there Shawn Lutz, which turned out to be an hour long phone call about the company, what they stand for, and how they stand out from the crowd. Stokerized is a company with plenty of innovative and practical solutions to common misconceptions about how FORCE, TORQUE, MASS AND WEIGHT affect a bow's dynamic stability. They believe in having sound scientific data behind the products they engineer; which is why they utilize proven physics concepts related to vibration and balance in their stabilizer designs. All of their technologies are extremely effective in eliminating both static and dynamic torque on a bow while providing excellent balance, stability, and vibration reduction. When utilizing Stokerized’s proven stabilizing systems you can be confident that you will hold and aim your bow like never before.

    I have been shooting Stokerized stabilizers for the past 4 years personally and never know that there was so much thought, technology, and background data into their product, I honestly first choose them because I could get it in whatever color I wanted. Being able to pick what color the sleeve and the acrylic were was a huge deciding factor when I was first checking these guys out because when it comes to my Bow Set-up I want everything to match. Since this was a huge factor to myself we wanted to give our customers that same capability so when you hop onto our product page you can click on any of our custom products that we list where it will show the colors of the sleeves and acrylics that they use so you can pick and choose, resulting in a fully custom stabilizer for your set-up. With the custom option, Stokerized will be drop shipping then right to your door so please keep in mind if you do select this option if might take an extra 3-4 days for them to build it and get it to you.

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    This year I decided to go with their brand new for 2015 Stokerized Stasis 15”. They also make a 19” which would be great for 3D season but so far I have been beyond amazed with the shootability and the functionality to be able to place my stabilizer where “I” want to, resulting in a bow that is level the second I set into my anchor point. A lot of people overlook the value of shooting with a stabilizer but by being able to draw back my bow and have my bubble level the second I rest into my anchor point, give me the ability to get my shot off quicker and enables me to take one more error out of the equation and it has definitely made me a better shot both on the field and at home.

    We’re so glad to have them on board with us here at BlackOvis.com and if you’re looking for one of the highest quality stabilizers on the market for an affordable price, release your creativity and shoot a Stokerized.

  • Zamberlan Boots - Italian quality built for hunters

    For the past 85 years the Zamberlan family has been making boots that are designed for rugged mountain use, including their dedicated hunting boots. Yes, I said family. You see, Zamberlan boots is now under the direction of Marco and Maria Zamberlan, third generation family to run their grandfather’s Italian boot company. That they are now emerging in the North American hunting market should come as no surprise.

    Zamberlan Boots on BlackOvis.com

    One of the cool things I recently read about Zamberlan came from their catalog. Sure, company catalogs can be full of a lot of fluff and sometimes meaningless stuff, but I felt this was unique to see coming from an Italian boot maker. Have a read:

    “We at Zamberlan® believe that hunting is a great and extremely valuable privilege. We believe that only through responsible hunting can this privilege endure. We also believe that every hunter has a role and duty towards responsible hunting and we aim to promote the principles of this concept.

    Our reasons to support responsible hunting are based not only on tradition, but also ethical and practical foundations. The shortcomings of the modern industrial food complex are extreme (animal welfare, poor nutrition, environmental neglect, etc), while the benefits of organic and free-range wild game are undeniable (animal welfare, high nutrition, free-range/organic, etc). Likewise, pressure to exploit wild lands is incessant, while hunting conservation efforts work tirelessly to maintain our precious resources, including the game we hunt.

    Today’s responsible hunter understands that hunting and sustainability go hand-in-hand. We understand that hunting is part of the solution, not the problem, to issues in our food supply and our environment. “

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    The reasons they cite for their support of hunting are due to 6 foundation core values that they as well as we here at BlackOvis.com believe are requisite to hunters:

    SAFETY. LAWFUL PRACTICE. FAIR CHASE. CLEAN KILLS. FULL UTILIZATION. CONSERVATION.

    As most of us hunters know, one of the best rewards for a successful hunt is a freezer full of the best mountain grown protein available. Zamberlan feels the same:

    “Our reasons to support responsible hunting are based not only on tradition, but also ethical and practical foundations. The shortcomings of the modern industrial food complex are extreme (animal welfare, poor nutrition, environmental neglect, etc), while the benefits of organic and free-range wild game are undeniable (animal welfare, high nutrition, free-range/organic, etc). Likewise, pressure to exploit wild lands is incessant, while hunting conservation efforts work tirelessly to maintain our precious resources, including the game we hunt.”

    So the next time you’re checking into hunting boots, check out Zamberlan as a worthy option for years to come.

    Features in Zamberlan Boots

    Zamberlan boots offer good support and torsional rigidity for secure use on uneven terrain like traversing steep mountain slopes, scrambling over rocks or maneuvering through downed timber in pursuit of game. Their hunting boots are generally higher than standard boots in order to give the ankle and part of the calf better protection. The Hydrobloc® leathers that Zamberlan uses are thicker than ordinary boots to ensure the greatest protection from water and snow. Vibram® soles adorn each hunting boot to offer great grip and durability. Finally, the R.R.S. protects the upper and prevents the leather from deterioration caused by cracking, cuts and scratches.

    As far as fit, they run true to size but some hunters with wide feet have mentioned that they fit a bit narrow. Thankfully Zamberlan is building a wide option in a few of their hunting boots.

    New for 2015, Zamberlan has four specific hunting boot models that they are introducing this fall that you should watch for in your future boot selection:

    1. 547 Sherpa
    2. 548 Sherpa Pro
    3. Trek
    4. Trek light

    Add to these boots the other hunt specific boots, the 980 Outfitter GTX and the 1012 Insulated Vioz, and that rounds out the hunting boots for Zamberlan. Hunters often find the 960 Guide and the Vioz GTX RR as worthy boots for all types of hunting conditions.

     

     

  • Bear Archery Anarchy Bow Giveaway

    We've teamed up with Rokslide.com to bring you guys another awesome giveaway this month! You could be the winner of a brand new Bear Anarchy Bow (right hand), ready to hunt, and valued at $1,600!!! This is a Ready To Hunt package on steroids that comes with a bow case, arrows, release, bow accessories, and actually tuned by our in-house specialists making it truly complete and ready to go.

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    Bear Bow Giveaway Brands

    We want to give a huge shoutout to all the brands that helped make this happen: Trophy Ridge, G5, Carbon Express, Plano, and Truglo.

    To enter, simply fill out your information below and submit. Submissions are open from May 12th - 26th and a winner will be announced Wednesday May 27th 2015. The winner will be randomly drawn and only one submission per email address will be counted.

    We will email the grand prize winner with the email used to enter. Once the winner has claimed their prize, we will announce them here on this page and also back on Rokslide.com

    Grand Prize Details

    • Bear Anarchy Bow
    • Plano Parallel Limb Bow Case
    • Trophy Ridge Accessories (Sight, Quiver, Wrist Sling, and Stabilizer)
    • G5 Peep Sight
    • Carbon Express Arrows, Half-Dozen Maxima Reds
    • TruGlo Detonator Release

    ** UPDATE - Winner Has Been Selected **

    Congratulations Samuel Smith from Oceanside California! You have been drawn as the winner for this Ready-to-Hunt bow giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered, be sure to check back for future contests.

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    Terms and Conditions

    By entering to win you will receive the weekly BlackOvis Gear Insider email and Camofire.com Daily Shooter Emails. You can unsubscribe at any time. Your email will not be shared or sold to any entity that is not BlackOvis or Rokslide. You will have 5 days to claim your prize after which we'll announce another winner

  • What's new with Havalon Knives? Piranta Stag and 60A Blades

    Havalon has taken the hunting and more specifically the hunting knife world by storm, and over the last few years their surgically sharp removable razor blades have quartered likely thousands of elk, deer, and other game. As there have been more users of the original Piranta Edge, Havalon has taken hunter's feedback and recently made a couple of changes to their lineup:

    • - The addition of the new Piranta Stag - a very lightweight and slightly longer textured handle makes this a very nice addition.
    • - An overall change to the lineup by retiring the 60XT blades and making the stronger more stiff 60A blade the new standard with all Piranta series knives.
    • - Given these changes we decided to give you a run down of both the new Stag as well as the new 60A blade and how to swap out blades in case you're new to the Havalon knives.

    PIRANTA STAG
    The new Piranta Stag is super light weight, weighing in at just 1.7 ounces. The handle has plenty of facets for increased feel and grip. It's a good looking knife and served me well as I quartered a cow elk from a late season hunt this past January here in Utah. Check out my video review and impressions of the new Piranta Stag knife.

    60A BLADE vs the ORIGINAL 60XT BLADE
    I've quartered 5 elk, 1 antelope, and 2 deer using a Havalon Piranta Knife and only twice have I broken a blade. And I must specify that i only broke these two blades caping out the skull of my whitetail buck - something I had never done and therefore was likely reefing on the blade more than needed. I broke the blades cutting around the eye sockets and in the jaw area. As it goes, in quartering elk, deer and antelope I've been more than comfortable with the 60XT blade. That said, after checking out the new 60A blade that is standard in all of the Havalon Piranta knives, I'm looking forward to using is this fall to really get a first hand feel for the difference. Check out the video review I did of the blade differences between the 60A and the 60XT blades.

    Check out the entire selection of Havalon Knives on BlackOvis.com

  • Review: Outdoor Edge Razor-Blaze

    I remember when my friend and hunting buddy first introduced me to the Havalon knife, my first exposure to a removable blade knife for skinning and field dressing game. It blew my mind, and aside from the razor sharp blade that scared me to death at first thought of changing out blades, I was sold! With time and a bit of practice, I found that I could remove the blade without too much trouble, but with laser focus as to not remove a finger. Perhaps you too had the same reaction.

    Fast forward a few years and in 2013 Outdoor Edge dove right into the removable blade knife world by introducing the Razor-Blaze, a knife that was similar in some ways but that addressed some of the demands that hunters and outfitters had been asking for.

    Outdoor Edge Razor-Blaze at work on my Idaho bull elk Outdoor Edge Razor-Blaze at work on my Idaho bull elk
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    Some of those enhancements and features that stand out for the Outdoor Edge Razor-Blaze knife are:

    • Stronger blade strength by adding in a "receiver" for the removable blade. This gives is more stability and rigidity, especially when doing things like cutting through the hip joint ball and socket area or the shoulder blade area on the front quarter of an elk
    • Easy, let me repeat, EASY to replace blades. Push the button and pull out the old, in with the new. It's simple and secure
    • The soft tactile grip of the handle feels great in the hand and won't slip when wet
    • Lock-back folding knife style. Again, easy and simple
    • Blades that you can re-sharpen if you'd like. This is quite unique among the replaceable blade knives and certainly sets the Outdoor Edge apart from the crowd

    Summary

    What I found using this knife on two elk and a deer during the 2014 hunting season is that I really liked the feel of the handle and the durability of the knife in my hand. It felt and acted like a strong traditional folding knife with the advantage of a very sharp blade. I didn't think twice about the blade bending or even breaking which had happened to me before while caping a deer with the Havalon. There's not doubt that replacing the blade on this knife is so easy and safe, even my 8 year old daughter could do it without trouble. Additionally as the knife got wet from blood, it didn't move a bit in my hand and I was able to get the job done every time.

    A couple of points of criticism would be that first off I was a little surprised that the blade seemed just a bit less sharp than the Havalon right off the bat, and it did dull a bit faster than its competitor. Secondly, at 3.7 ounces for the knife and an additional 2.4 ounces for the sheath, I felt that for an extended backpacking trip I would consider at least leaving the sheath behind from a weight savings standpoint.

    Overall, the durability, ease of replacing the blade and the ability to sharpen the blade were all worthy trade offs that may likely offset my criticisms and keep me coming back to the Razor-Blaze for the 2015 season.

  • MSR Giveaway - Rokslide and BlackOvis.com

    The progress of backpacking stoves has come a very long way in the past couple of decades. When MSR first introduced the MSR Whisperlite International it changed the experience of cooking in the backcountry for hunters and backpackers alike. I still remember that first experience with my brand new MSR Whisperlite in the old growth forests of Oregon...it was a game changer.

    MSR Reactor Stove

    Fast forward 25 years and MSR is one again leading the charge in the backpack stove market with last years introduction of the MSR Reactor Stove System. This compact and powerful stove is built for tough conditions where you and I hunt each season.

    As part of Rokslide's Camp Month and in coordination with the MSR Reactor Stove review written by Matt Wymer, BlackOvis.com has teamed up with Rokslide to give away two of these Reactor Stove Systems.

    Submissions Have Now Ended

    Winners will be notified via email and given two days to respond back. Go check out the winner list here now posted on Rokslide to see if you made the cut!

    Prizes

    • - 2 MSR Reactor Stove Systems will be given away to two lucky winners
    • - 10 winners will receive a 30% off code valid to purchase a MSR Reactor Stove System as well as the MSR Reactor Coffee Press Kits.
    • - Everyone that enters to win will receive a special offer from BlackOvis.com following the contest

    Terms and Conditions

    By entering to win you will receive the weekly BlackOvis Gear Insider email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Your email will not be shared or sold to any entity that is not BlackOvis or Rokslide. You will have 10 days to claim your prize after which we'll announce another winner

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