Hunting With the Havalon Pro Staff: Don Moore

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Don Moore, Havalon Pro Staff.

By Zachary Rogers

“Each Havalon product is amazing in its field of perfection.” 

At Havalon, we love hearing what you have to say. That’s why we’ve taken the time to talk with some of our Havalon Pro Staff members, the tireless foot soldiers who are out there hunting and skinning away with some of our best knives. Today, we’ll meet Don Moore.

First, could you tell me a little bit about yourself? Your name, occupation, etc.? 

My name is Don Moore and I’m a consulting wildlife manager and deer steward, as well as sales director for Elusion Camo. I am also a proud Pro Staff member for the following companies in the hunting industry: Havalon Knives, HHA Sports Inc., Kishel’s Quality Animal Scents and Lures, Black Eagle Arrows, U-Slide Bow Holder, Roost’em Hunting Products, Gobbler Gauge, Deer Creek Outdoors and Game Slayer Hunting Products.

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Havalon knives are the best, sharpest hunting and skinning knives on the market.

What exactly is your business in the hunting and outdoor field? Is this a hobby or a full-time occupation? 

It’s definitely full-time. Both as sales director for Elusion Camo as well as being a wildlife manager, I’m constantly coming into contact with new people and new businesses that share the same passion for the outdoors as I do. It’s also allowed me to go to a lot of outdoor shows, expos, banquets and seminars that keep me updated on all the current and hottest trends within the industry.

How did you hear about Havalon knives?

I first heard about Havalon years ago when a friend ordered the Piranta-Bolt hunting and skinning knife after seeing it advertised in a hunting magazine. We skin and butcher our own deer, so when he received the knife we put it to the test. The results were simply amazing!

When did you first try one of our products, and what were the circumstances surrounding the decision?  

I first tried a Havalon knife around 6 years ago in my buddy’s garage skinning deer. Right there, I knew I would never own anything other than a Havalon. I was tired of using other brands that never kept a sharp edge or were uncomfortable and would slip around in my hand, causing me to cut myself.

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Our crazy sharp knives do the hard work so you don’t have to.

Which knife did you use first, and what was your initial reaction to it?

My first was the Piranta-Bolt hunting and skinning knife, and my reaction was one of total satisfaction. I had finally found a product I loved, believed in and could proudly stand behind. Havalon actually makes all the work that comes with skinning deer and other game so much easier. It doesn’t take nearly as long as it used to with other skinning knives I’ve used in the past.

What do our knives do for you that no other knife is able to do?

Havalon knives fit perfectly in your hand and don’t slip, which is the main cause of injuries. Whether you’re using the stainless steel skinning blades or the carbon steel hunting blades, Havalon keeps a good solid edge without having to constantly stop what you’re doing and sharpen the blade all the time. The extra replacement blades are also a big selling point because if you’re in a rush, you can just pop out the old blade and pop in a new one in a matter of seconds, and then sharpen the old one later at a more convenient time.

Currently, what’s your favorite Havalon product and why?

It’s hard to narrow it down to just one because each Havalon product is amazing in its field of perfection. For my own personal use, I would have to go with the Piranta line because it’s perfect for field dressing, skinning, filleting and even light butchering.

 

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Sportsmen Gather to Help Protect Against Cyber Threats

Online harassment and threats made to hunters raises alert for all 

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Hunters and outdoor advocates gathered at the USAA headquarters to discuss ways of preventing online threats made towards hunters.

Due to an increasingly large number of cyber-attacks geared towards hunters and sportsmen alike, a new alliance was formed and convened at the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance headquarters. The group, called the Hunter Advancement Task Force, aims to develop better strategies to help counter the amount of online threats made by animal rights activists towards hunters, sportsmen, conservation organizations and other outdoor personalities.

The attacks have been gaining an alarming amount of momentum through social media sites, with some going so far as to threaten the lives of both hunters and their families. Because of this, a large majority of hunters and outdoor advocates felt it was necessary to take a stance and put a stop to the threats.

“This is a great opportunity to start developing ways to hold those responsible for the recent wave of cyber-attacks against sportsmen accountable,” said Nick Pinizzotto, USAA president and CEO. “The task force is not only working to stop direct attacks on hunters but also discussing how best to educate the public on the vital role sportsmen play in the conservation of all wildlife.”

To read more in-depth about the new USAA task force, click here.

 

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Hunting With the Havalon Pro Staff: James Brennan

Havalon Pro Staff James Brennan

James Brennan, Havalon Pro Staff.

By Zachary Rogers

“Havalon makes a number of different hunting and skinning knives to fit any need you might have.” 

At Havalon, we love hearing what you have to say. That’s why we’ve taken the time to with some of our Havalon Pro Staff members, the tireless foot soldiers who are out there hunting and skinning with some of our best knives. Today, we’ll meet James Brennan.

First, could you tell me a little bit about yourself? Your name, occupation, etc.? 

My name is Jim Brennan and I’m from Whitefish, Montana. I’ve been hunting for over 30 years. Although I started out on the East Coast, I moved to Colorado in the early nineties. I enjoyed a career in law enforcement for close to 12 years, but chose to walk away to pursue my real passion – western hunting. I moved to Montana 10 years ago and now I spend over 200 days in the field a year.

What exactly is your business in the hunting and outdoor field? Is this a hobby or a full-time occupation? 

I’m now a full-time guide, videographer, writer, photographer and I also work with a game call company. If I’m not building calls, conducting seminars, scouting, running a video camera or hunting, I’m usually just outdoors. I’m licensed as a guide in Alaska, Montana, Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming. I will also be guiding in Washington and New Mexico in the coming year.

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Pro Staffer James Brennan out in the field with Havalon.

How did you hear about Havalon knives? 

I first heard about Havalon knives while reading one of the dozen or so hunting magazines I receive every month and saw the advertisement.

When did you first try one of our products, and what were the circumstances surrounding the decision? 

I purchased my Havalon knife a while back, and haven’t let it go since! I honestly got tired of always having to sharpen blades, and I’m not very good at it. I thought the sharp replaceable blade option was fantastic.

Which knife did you use first, and what was your initial reaction to it?

The first ever Havalon knife I purchased was the Piranta, and it’s still my favorite. I still think it’s the best hunting knife in the industry today.

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Snowfall can’t stop Havalon Pro Staffer James Brennan from getting a good catch.

What do our knives do for you that no other knife is able to do?  

I feel they are the best because of the ease of use, the sharpness of the blades, the light-weight design and the fact that they hold an edge for a long time. As a guide, I dress out and skin everything from turkeys to bears to elk, and Havalon always handles the job with ease. I can literally skin an entire elk with just one blade. I’ve had clients try to buy mine before, or they head out to a local retailer as soon as they can to get one. I’ve also had the chance to compare Havalon to other companies who make a replaceable blade knife, and Havalon dusted them every time! With other companies you have to change the blades 3 times just for one elk. Havalon makes a number of different hunting and skinning knives to fit any need you might have. I carry an old cigar tube to put my used blades in. They stay safe and I don’t have to litter the woods with the blades or wrappers.

Currently, what’s your favorite Havalon product and why?

My favorite knife is still the Piranta. I guess what they say is right – you never forget your first!!!

 

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Hunting With the Havalon Pro Staff: Mark Jenkins

Havalon pro staffer Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins, Havalon Pro Staff.

By Zachary Rogers

“With the option of replacements blades, Havalon knives are the best for hunting and skinning game, hands down.” 

At Havalon, we love hearing what you have to say. That’s why we’ve taken the time to talk with some of our Havalon Pro Staff members, the tireless foot soldiers who are out there hunting and skinning away with some of our best knives. Today, we’ll meet Mark Jenkins.

First, could you tell me a little bit about yourself? Your name, occupation, etc.?

My name is Mark Jenkins. I’m a husband and father to three children. I work in my family’s heating and air conditioning business, and I’m the third generation to work there. We have been in business since 1956. I also serve as a deacon in my local church and serve on many Pro Staffs for companies in the outdoor world, including Havalon Knives, Mossy Oak, Zink/Avian X and K2 Coolers.

What’s it like being a Pro Staffer?

I serve on Pro Staffs that put me in front of a lot of consumers in the outdoor arena. Whether it’s working outdoor events at the local Bass Pro, Dicks, Gander Mountain or Ducks Unlimited, or attending National Wild Turkey Federation banquets, I’m out and about as much as possible. Pro Staff really stands for “promotional staff” and my interest is to help grow each company’s brand that I represent.

How did you hear about Havalon knives?

My father bought my first Havalon knife for me as a gift, and I’ve been a firm believer ever since!

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Havalon Pro Staffer Mark Jenkins put his Havalon knife to work.

When did you first try one of our products, and what were the circumstances surrounding the decision?

I received my first Havalon knife when they came out on the market. With the ease of use and never needing to sharpen another blade, it allows me to have more time to pursue the wild game I cherish hunting! Not only do I use the Havalon line to process my wild game and fish, but I also use one for everyday chores as well. Eventually, the ease of use and product performance led me to inquire about becoming a Pro Staff member with Havalon. I only want to represent the companies whose products I use daily and believe in 100%, and I believe in Havalon.

Which knife did you use first, and what was your initial reaction to it?

The Piranta Whitetail was my first knife. I was very impressed with the size, and I love the fact that a surgically sharp blade is always readily available with a quick change of the blade. This knife has allowed me to have much more free time, and it makes doing things like European Skull mounts a breeze with fleshing and caping tedious areas of the skull. I feel like every taxidermist in the country should own at least one of these knives!

Havalon Pro Staff Mark Jenkins with his Piranta hunting and skinning knife

The Havalon Piranta line of hunting and skinning knives never fails.

What do our knives do for you that no other knife is able to do?

With the option of replacement blades, Havalon knives are the best for hunting and skinning game, hands down. While some people might enjoy spending time sharpening their blades, I prefer a quick and easy replacement blade any day. With the introduction of the Baracuta line, filleting fish is now a joy, as well as deboning any kind of meat I’ve been fortunate enough to harvest. These knives are durable, well-made and you always have the option to have the sharpest blade wherever you go!

Currently, what’s your favorite Havalon product and why?

My go-to is the Piranta because it’s the knife I carry with me everywhere I go. Whether it’s cutting boxes open at work or skinning a whitetail for the freezer or fleshing a skull for European mounts, the Piranta is my go-to knife for virtually every task … but that doesn’t mean I’m willing to part with my Baracuta! The Baracuta is a must-have when deboning meat or filleting my latest catch. With Havalon, I know I’ll always be using the best knives for hunting and skinning game, no matter what I’m after!

 

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Attention Fishermen: Protect Now to Prevent Skin Cancer Later

By Darl Black

Some of our most important advice
for summertime fishing!

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You don’t have to give up fishing. Simply follow the current skin protection guidelines to insure a healthy lifestyle.
(Photo by Darl Black)

I love sunlight. Always have. Cloudy days depress me. Can’t stand the short days of winter; they make me cranky. Give me those long days of summer any time. As a youngster and young adult, I spent my summers in shorts and short sleeve shirt slathering on suntan lotion and soaking up sun rays.

Yikes! If we had only known back then that overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation is harmful – even deadly!

However, even today with all the warnings about increased likelihood of skin cancer through prolonged, unprotected sun exposure, many fishermen I encounter still ignore the basic prevention steps. Whether it’s from a stubborn it-won’t-happen-to-me attitude, or a lack of being properly informed, I don’t know. But I do know the studies are in and the science verified. All of us need to take extra precautions when spending time in the sun.

If you want to avoid serious skin complications, from premature aging to deadly melanoma, take heed. Here are the Skin Cancer Foundation’s “Prevention Tips” and how I apply them to fishing.

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    Today’s skin protection tools should be right alongside one’s tackle when packing the boat. This includes wide-brimmed hat, gloves, buff hood and sunscreen.
    (Photo by Darl Black)

    Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM. I do my best to avoid being outdoors when the sun is directly overhead, including limiting fishing trips to mornings and evenings during the summer. Of course if you are a tournament angler, or working construction, agriculture, or landscaping, avoiding mid-day sun is nearly impossible. Therefore proper clothing and sunscreen (see Points 4 and 5) are even more critical.

  1. Do not burn. Why is sunburn serious? Because skin damage occurs every time you turn red, and the effects are cumulative! Taking skin-protection seriously when outdoors will eliminate sunburn. However, be alert to instances of unexpected exposure, such as when driving on a road trip without protecting your face and arms. Whether the window is down or up does not matter. I keep a long-sleeve shirt in the car to slip on during long summer drives.
  1. Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths. If you’ve missed the news lately, tanning parlors have come under fire after studies show that individuals using tanning booths are more likely to develop skin cancer than those who do not. If you’re an avid outdoorsman under Old Sol you probably wouldn’t think about using a tanning bed, but the bottom line is that both are a risk. Any tanning resulting from ultraviolet rays can lead to skin damage.
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    A wide variety of hats afford protection from sun exposure. One style includes a long bill and wrap-around flaps that can be drawn in to cover part of the face.
    (Photo by Darl Black)

    Cover up with clothing, including broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Long pants and long-sleeve shirts with a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of at least 50 is my standard attire when fishing or working in the yard. I’ve given up ball caps for a wide brim hat. Recently I started wearing a UPF neck/face gaiter to protect my neck, nose and cheeks. However, I discovered that wearing a gaiter over mouth and nose causes my sunglasses to fog. Fortunately, Potomac River guide Steve Chaconas showed me the new UVX Mask from Buff. “The new Buff covers all around my neck area, regardless of the shirt collar I’m wearing. The hood portion is much more comfortable and ergo dynamic, covering my forehead much better. But more importantly, a series of laser-cut holes around the mouth and nose area allows breathing without fogging my Maui Jim’s,” explains Chaconas.

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    The author applies a zinc oxide sunscreen to nose and other areas of the face which are routinely exposed throughout a day on the water. (Photo by Darl Black)

    Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher. Sunscreens have been vastly improved since first available in the 1980s. Today’s top rated broad spectrum sunscreens block both UVA and UVB radiation. UVB rays cause sunburn. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin, are associated with aging of the skin, and add to the carcinogenic effects of UVB rays. The SPF (Sun Protection Factor) scale is a measure of the sunscreen’s ability to prevent skin damage. Anglers who expose themselves to the sun day after day should use a SPF with a high rating. I favor Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 70.

 

  1. Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating. I admit, applying that much sunscreen every couple hours can be very expensive. But in my layman’s experience, wearing clothing with a high UPF rating reduces the need for so much sunscreen. When I’m headed outdoors for the day—spring, summer, fall or winter—I apply sunscreen to any area that will be exposed to sunlight, plus my arms before leaving the house. I reapply sunscreen to any exposed area when I take a hydration break every three hours. In addition to normal sunscreen, I also apply zinc oxide cream to my nose, cheeks and backs of my hands. Regular sunscreen soaks into the skin. However, zinc oxide sunscreen (made from finely powdered rock) sits on the skin’s surface to repel sun radiation.

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    Often overlooked, fingerless sun gloves are critical to protecting the backs of hands. (Photo by Darl Black)

  1. Examine your skin every month and see your physician every year for a professional exam. These days I am much more conscious of changes to my skin. In the last couple years, I’ve alerted my doctor to some unusual lesions and marks. Minor surgery removed the skin lesions in question for biopsy; the lesions were not cancerous. Several friends my age have not been so fortunate.
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Even many of today’s bass tournament pros are taking note of the warnings and covering up when on the water, including long pants, long sleeve shirts and buffs. (Photo by Darl Black)

Finally, the Skin Cancer Foundation is trying to debunk this popular myth: Eighty percent of your sun exposure comes as a child, so it’s too late to do anything now. While you are far better off starting your skin protection routine early in life, it’s never too late to make a difference.

Countering that myth, the Foundation says, “It appears that this universally promoted idea was based largely on a misinterpretation. A recent multi-center study showed that we get less than 25% of our total sun exposure by age 18. In fact, it is men over the age of 40 who spend the most time outdoors, and get the highest annual doses of UV rays. And since adult Americans are living longer and spending more leisure time outdoors, preventing ongoing skin damage will continue to be an important part of a healthy lifestyle.”

Protection is necessary at any age.


Darl BlackAbout Darl Black

A lifelong freshwater angler and veteran writer/photographer, Darl tackles a wide variety of fishing related stories for print publications and websites.  Of all fishing, angling for smallmouth bass is his favorite pastime.  He may be reached for assignment at darlblack@windstream.net.


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