By Josh Kirchner

If one thing is true about hunting boots, they are not a “one style fits all” product. This is for a few reasons. We all have different feet, we hunt in various types of terrain and weather, and “to boot” hunting styles/methods vary from person to person. Because of this, the options are many in hunting boots. And because of this, based on extensive experience in the field, I’m going to break down these different styles of hunting boots. The end goal is to paint you a clear picture of what is going to work best for you and your style of hunting.

For the purpose of this article, I’m going to refer to the Crispi lineup of boots, because that is what I use and prefer. With that said, this information can be applied to ANY boot company, so run with it. Also, I’m not a podiatrist. Just a hunter with real-world experience who has burned a ton of boot leather.

What’s Your Style of Hunting?

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By Josh Kirchner If one thing is true about hunting boots, they are not a “one style fits all” product. This is for a few reasons. We all have different feet, we hunt in various types of terrain and weather, and “to boot” hunting styles/methods vary from person to person. Because of this, the options […]

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Hunting style: Muzzleloader 

Favorite species: Mule Deer

Dream hunt: African Giraffe 

Next gear purchase: Stone Glacier Col 4800


Weapon setup

Muzzleloader: CVA wolf V2 (.50cal)

Optic: Vortex Crossfire II 1X24/ fiber optic irons

Load: .499 bore driver ELD-X (340 grn)

Powder: Hodgdon pyrodex 50/50 pellets (X2)

Ignition: 209 primer

Clothing Setup

Body type: Slender

Hight: 6’8”

Weight:185lb

Pattern: Optifade, Open Country 

Base layer:  Blackovis Merino

Mid layer: Blackovis Timber Creek Performance Grid Fleece ¼ Zip Hoodie

Outer shirt: Sitka Core Long Sleeve

Outer shell: Sitka JetStream

Pant (warm): Sitka Intercept Pant

Pant (cold): Sitka Timberline Pant

Gloves: Sitka Gunner/ Traverse Gloves

Footwear: Crispi Briksdal

Socks: Darn Tough

Headwear: Sitka Icon Trucker Hat


Essential Gear

Binos: Vortex Diamondback 10x42

Knife: Buck 110/ Outdoor Edge

Pack: Horn Hunter Full Curl

Bino harness: Badlands Mag

Tripod: Vanguard VEO 3

Contact

Email:  [email protected]

Phone Number: 801-559-7556 EXT-219

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! Details Hunting style: Muzzleloader  Favorite species: Mule Deer Dream hunt: African Giraffe  Next gear purchase: Stone […]

Hunting Style: Archery/Rifle

Favorite Species: Mule Deer

Dream Hunt: Brown Bear

Next Gear Purchase: Leupold Mark 5

Other Pursuits: Fishing

WEAPON SETUP

Bow: Prime RVX 34

Draw Length: 29", Poundage: 70 lbs

Strings: Prime

Sight: Spot Hogg Fast Eddie 5 Pin

Rest: Hamskea Epsilon

Release: Carter Chocolate Lite (3 finger)

Stabilizer: Conquest Archery

Arrows (and Spine): Easton Axis LR (300)

Quiver: TightSpot 7 Arrow Quiver

Broadhead: Sevr Titanium 1.5

CLOTHING SETUP

Body Type:  Large

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 190 lbs

Camo: Kings Camo XKG

Gloves: BlackOvis San Juan Fingerless Wool Gloves (M), BlackOvis Tuscarora Merino Glove (M)

Rain Jacket: Sitka Dew Point Jacket (L)

Rain Pant: Sitka Dew Point Pant (XL)

Footwear: Crispi Altitude

Boot Gaiters: Peax Storm Castle Gaiters

Socks:  Darn Tough Hunter Over-The-Calf Heavyweight (M)

ESSENTIAL GEAR

Binos:  Leupold BX-5 Santiam HD 10x42

Knife: MKC SpeedGoat

Game Bag: Ovis Sacks (Ultralight Pro Set)

Pack: Kifaru Stryker XL

Trekking Poles: Camofire Crest Carbon Poles

Tent: MSR Elixir 3 Person

Sleeping Bag: Peax Solace 15 Degree

Stove: MSR Reactor

Rangefinder: Leupold RX-Fulldraw 5

Bino Harness: T&K

Tripod: BlackOvis Alpine Pro

Contact

Email:
[email protected]

Phone Number:  (801) 559-7556 EXT 224

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! Hunting Style: Archery/Rifle Favorite Species: Mule Deer Dream Hunt: Brown Bear Next Gear Purchase: Leupold Mark 5 Other Pursuits: Fishing WEAPON […]

Hunting Style: Archery

Favorite Species: Mule Deer

Dream Hunt: New Zealand Tahr, or another Alaskan Caribou Hunt.

Next Gear Purchase: Initial Ascent 5k Pack

Other Pursuits: Waterfowl, Hiking/Camping, Backpacking.


WEAPON SETUP

Bow: Hoyt RX8

Draw Length: 27", Poundage: 70 lbs

Strings: Droptine Outdoors

Sight: Ultraview UV Slider

Rest: Hamskea Epsilon

Release: Carter Chocolate Lite (3 finger)

Stabilizer: Cutter 8" (front and back bar)

Arrows (and Spine): Victory RIP XV (300)

Quiver: Hoyt 2-Piece 6 Arrow

Broadhead: Grim Reaper Mini-Mag


CLOTHING SETUP

Body Type:  Average

Height: 5'8"

Weight: 185 lbs

Jacket: Sitka Ambient Hoody (L), Stone Glacier Cirque Lite (L), Stone Glacier De Havilland (L)

Insulation: Stone Glacier Grumman Jacket (L), Sitka Kelvin Lite Down 3/4 Pant (L), BlackOvis Anchor Point Pant (L), Sitka Kelvin Aerolite Vest (L)

Pant(s): Sitka Intercept Pant (36R), Stone Glacier De Havilland Lite Pant (L), Born Primitive Frontier Light Pant (36R)

Base Layer Top: BlackOvis Venture Merino 1/2 Zip Hoody (L), Sitka Core Lightweight Hoody (L), Stone Glacier Chinook Merino Hoody (L), Stone Glacier Helio Hoody (L)

Base Layer Bottom: BlackOvis Tuscarora Zip Off Bottoms (L), BlackOvis Keele Heavyweight Merino Bottoms (L)

Gloves: BlackOvis San Juan Fingerless Wool Gloves (M), Stone Glacier Altimeter Insulated Mitts (L), BlackOvis Tuscarora Merino Glove (M)

Rain Jacket: Sitka Dew Point Jacket (L)

Rain Pant: Sitka Dew Point Pant (XL)

Footwear: Crispi Lapponia GTX (8.5), Kenetrek Bridger High (8.5)

Boot Gaiters: Stone Glacier SQ2 Alpine Gaiters

Socks: BlackOvis Lightweight Crew (M), Darn Tough Hunter Over-The-Calf Heavyweight (M)

Other: Grip 6 Belt, BlackOvis Chockstone Woven Stretch Belt

Headwear: Sitka Sun Hat (L/XL), BlackOvis Tuscarora Merino Beanie

ESSENTIAL GEAR

Binos: Vortex Razor HD 10X50

Spotting Scope: Vortex Diamondback - Angled

Knife: Benchmade 15017 Hidden Canyon - Fixed, Benchmade 15031-2 North Fork - Folding

Game Bag: Ovis Sacks (Ultralight Pro Set)

Pack: Stone Glacier Sky 5900

Trekking Poles: Camofire Crest Carbon Poles

Tent: Argali Rincon 2 Person Tent

Sleeping Bag: Stone Glacier Chilkoot 15 Degree

Stove: jetboil Stash Cooking System

Rangefinder: Leupold RX-Fulldraw 5

Bino Harness: Marsupial Gear Pack

Tripod: Aziak Equipment Backcountry Lite Tripod, with a Tricer USA LP Pan Head

Contact

Email:
[email protected]

Phone Number:  (801) 559-7556 EXT 215

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! Hunting Style: Archery Favorite Species: Mule Deer Dream Hunt: New Zealand Tahr, or another Alaskan Caribou […]

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Hunting Style: Spot & Stalk

Favorite Species: Elk

Dream Hunt: New Zealand Chamois and Tahr

Next Gear Purchase: Swarovski 95mm objective

Other Pursuits: Waterfowl

Weapon Setup

Clothing Setup

Body Type: Average
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 200 lbs

Essential Gear



Contact

Email:
[email protected]

Phone Number:  (801) 559-7556 EXT 222



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! Details Hunting Style: Spot & Stalk Favorite Species: Elk Dream Hunt: New Zealand Chamois and Tahr […]

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by Skyler Harrison with Hunt the West podcast

Choose Hunting Boots Wisely

No matter where you hunt, boots are one of the most important gear considerations you’ll make. Boots can be a more loyal friend than a black lab or they can be your worst enemy - ending a hunt faster than a Coues deer can duck an arrow. You need to choose boots wisely. 

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by Skyler Harrison with Hunt the West podcast Choose Hunting Boots Wisely No matter where you hunt, boots are one of the most important gear considerations you’ll make. Boots can be a more loyal friend than a black lab or they can be your worst enemy – ending a hunt faster than a Coues deer […]

By Josh Kirchner

Sitka gear on BlackOvis


If you are not utilizing a layering system for western hunting, you are severely missing out on a way more efficient way of doing things. For the 2024 hunting season, I’ve put together a solid layering system from Sitka Gear that is going to get me through I’d say 95% of the year. I say that because there might be some specialty items I bring in here and there as the weather changes. Things like puffy pants, base layer bottoms, or switching out my insulation layer for a thicker insulation layer.

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By Josh Kirchner If you are not utilizing a layering system for western hunting, you are severely missing out on a way more efficient way of doing things. For the 2024 hunting season, I’ve put together a solid layering system from Sitka Gear that is going to get me through I’d say 95% of the […]

Each and every year it never seems to fail. Between trade shows and some other late season or off-season duties, turkey season always seems to sneak right up on us. Now, I would be lying if I said there was a lot to do before the season starts.

I’m not saying there is not for some people, but for me there are a few things to iron out before the season gets here. Turkey hunting can be very easy sometimes, or it can be extremely challenging. This is a good reason why you want to stack as many odds as possible in your favor.

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Each and every year it never seems to fail. Between trade shows and some other late season or off-season duties, turkey season always seems to sneak right up on us. Now, I would be lying if I said there was a lot to do before the season starts. I’m not saying there is not for […]


SITKA Delta Zip Waders review by BlackOvis Gear Guide Evan Huffaker

Waterfowl hunters are known to be the hardest on their gear out of all types of hunting. Often you are hunting the harshest types of conditions, breaking ice, walking long miles in mud, hopping in and out of boats and blinds, waterfowl hunters depend very heavily on good quality gear that is going to stand up to these harsh conditions. 

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SITKA Delta Zip Waders review by BlackOvis Gear Guide Evan Huffaker Waterfowl hunters are known to be the hardest on their gear out of all types of hunting. Often you are hunting the harshest types of conditions, breaking ice, walking long miles in mud, hopping in and out of boats and blinds, waterfowl hunters depend […]

Crispi Briksdal SF Pro hunting boots in the field

I’ve been using Crispi Boots for years and I really like them. They’ve yet to let me down. I’ve found them to be comfortable, durable, and always up to the task. My favorite Crispi model for the last several years has been the Briksdal SF. I prefer a very stiff boot, so naturally, the Briksdal SF quickly became my favorite. I’ve used them all over and put many miles on them. When I found out that for 2023 Crispi was revamping many of their boots, including this model, I knew I was going to end up getting a pair.

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I’ve been using Crispi Boots for years and I really like them. They’ve yet to let me down. I’ve found them to be comfortable, durable, and always up to the task. My favorite Crispi model for the last several years has been the Briksdal SF. I prefer a very stiff boot, so naturally, the Briksdal […]

Have you ever wanted more out of optics accessories rather than carrying more 'stuff' in your hunting pack? We expect a lot of our hunting gear and we know you do to and that's why we're proud to welcome Aziak Equipment to BlackOvis.com.

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Have you ever wanted more out of optics accessories rather than carrying more ‘stuff’ in your hunting pack? We expect a lot of our hunting gear and we know you do to and that’s why we’re proud to welcome Aziak Equipment to BlackOvis.com.

As the seasons shift and the off-season beckons, it's the perfect time for avid hunters to reassess their gear arsenal and ensure they're fully prepared for the challenges ahead. In this guide, we'll delve into the realm of essential gear for whitetail hunters, unveiling the top items that can significantly enhance your success in the field. Whether you're a seasoned hunter looking to fine-tune your equipment or a newcomer eager to learn the ropes, these carefully selected tools and accessories are poised to elevate your hunting game to new heights. Join us as we explore the indispensable gear that stands between you and a triumphant whitetail hunting adventure.

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As the seasons shift and the off-season beckons, it’s the perfect time for avid hunters to reassess their gear arsenal and ensure they’re fully prepared for the challenges ahead. In this guide, we’ll delve into the realm of essential gear for whitetail hunters, unveiling the top items that can significantly enhance your success in the […]

If you go back several years, some might look at you funny and wonder why in the world you are wearing hiking boots in the whitetail woods. For many of the older generations, the only type of hunting boots that comes to mind are the old classic rubber gumboots. For the winter time you may even throw on an insulated pair and you would be good to go. Boy, but if you had any walking to do, you were destined to have a soaking wet sock by the end of your jaunt. Fortunately, innovation and technology has brought more and more advanced footwear into the hunting community and it’s spread to even us whitetail folk in the midwest.

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If you go back several years, some might look at you funny and wonder why in the world you are wearing hiking boots in the whitetail woods. For many of the older generations, the only type of hunting boots that comes to mind are the old classic rubber gumboots. For the winter time you may […]

We've all been there before when you're closing in on a deer and the slightest hint of sound completely blows the stalk. As hunters we scrutinize our gear watching for any zipper, flap, or fabric that needs to be left out of the field.

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We’ve all been there before when you’re closing in on a deer and the slightest hint of sound completely blows the stalk. As hunters we scrutinize our gear watching for any zipper, flap, or fabric that needs to be left out of the field.

mastering the art of whitetail food plot placement

For avid hunters and wildlife enthusiasts, there's an unwavering fascination with whitetail deer. These majestic creatures captivate our imagination and fuel our desire to be immersed in nature. As hunting strategies evolve, one approach that has gained considerable traction over the years is the establishment of food plots specifically designed to attract and sustain whitetail populations.

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For avid hunters and wildlife enthusiasts, there’s an unwavering fascination with whitetail deer. These majestic creatures captivate our imagination and fuel our desire to be immersed in nature. As hunting strategies evolve, one approach that has gained considerable traction over the years is the establishment of food plots specifically designed to attract and sustain whitetail […]

When it comes to hunting, having the right gear can make all the difference in your success and enjoyment. Among the essential pieces of equipment, a reliable pair of hunting boots is paramount. Crispi hunting boots have earned a reputation for their exceptional quality and performance, making them a top choice for avid hunters worldwide. In this blog post, we'll delve into the reasons why investing in Crispi hunting boots is a wise decision for any hunting enthusiast.

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When it comes to hunting, having the right gear can make all the difference in your success and enjoyment. Among the essential pieces of equipment, a reliable pair of hunting boots is paramount. Crispi hunting boots have earned a reputation for their exceptional quality and performance, making them a top choice for avid hunters worldwide. […]