Gear 101 First Look – Hands on with the new Magview Spotting Scope Adapter

Digiscoping – or the act of slapping a phone or camera onto your binoculars or spotting scope, has become ubiquitous among western big game hunters . For one, it takes long hours spent perusing the landscape in search of white butts or antlers. Second, it provides the hunter with the ability to take a snapshot and evaluate the critter on screen to determine if it’s “the one.” For those with a willing hunting partner or skilled enough themselves to pull it off, it allows the hunter to capture some pretty awesome memories via phone or video throughout the hunt.

However, all those benefits have typically been accompanied by a bulky or cumbersome setup requiring a specialized phone case, and for some, an old phone they keep in their packs dedicated to digiscoping. Not anymore.

Right out of the gate, both boxes scream “quality”

What is it?

That is where Magview comes in. Rather than utilizing a custom phone case that snaps or clicks onto an adapter, Magview utilizes a  steel plate adhered to the back of your phone to connect your phone via rare earth magnets within the adapters. One of the best parts? The steel plate makes your phone connectable to both the spotting scope and binocular adapter and neither adapter interferes with non-digiscoping use of your favorite optic.

In the box you’ll find a completely customizable system to fit just about any spotter you might have.What’s in the box

You can see the quality of the product even in the packaging – think “iPhone” quality packaging. It’s the kind of box you don’t throw away because quite frankly you feel like you’re trashing something important. Inside the spotting scope kit, you’ll find the steel plate for your phone, the main cover/adapter, an allen wrench for installation as well as shims to ensure that it fits just about any spotting scope ever made. Inside the bino kit, you’ll find the steel plate for your phone, the adapter, a single shim, and an allen wrench for installation. For this review, we weren’t able to mount up the binocular phone adapter due to the beefy eye cups on our Leupold BX-5 Bantiam binos – something the Magview team tells us they already have a solution for coming later this year – but also something to be aware of if you’re running a Leupold setup like we are.

Setup is a breeze thanks to the use of increasingly popular QR codes directing you to educational videos.

Set up

Once the box is open, you’re greeted by a QR code to scan to learn how to quickly set up the unit. The QR code links to videos showing you exactly how to set up both the binocular version and the spotting scope kit. The videos are quick and to the point, without fluff that takes up your time. We recommend you stop and watch them prior to setup. After a few minutes watching the video, we were able to get the spotting scope version mounted on our Leupold SX-5 Santiam spotting scope and we were off to the races, er, local plains in search of whatever critter we could find.



Real world use

Within minutes of quickly catching a glimpse of a pronghorn bedded in the warming June temps, we had the spotter up and on the antelope. One of the tips in the set-up videos is to turn on the “grid” mode on your cell phone, center it on the light coming through the spotting scope, and let the magnets do the rest. This made target acquisition surprisingly quick. Opening and closing the truck door to get out and take photos tested the strength of the magnets. The test iPhone 10’s placement within the spotting scope held rock steady.

One of our favorite features of the spotting scope version is that it doubles as a lens cover. You can close it to provide dust and deter water when traveling to and from your favorite glassing holes.

Lastly – if you lose a phone, upgrade, or swap out cases, you can purchase the Magview phone plates for $14.99 per 3 pack  – weighing in at less than ½ ounce and paper thin. One caveat – if you have a beefy phone case, the slightly added dimensions of the phone plate may prevent your phone from charging wirelessly. It did so on our test iPhone 10 with Spiegen case.


So, what is the verdict? At $169.99 for the S1 Spotting Scope Adapter and $99.99 for the B1 Binocular Adapter, it falls right in line with some of the other digiscoping adapters out there, with much less bulk. If you are looking for an ultra-sleek solution to your digiscoping needs or the perfect gift for the hunter in your life, this one gets the Gear 101 nod. Oh yea, did we mention it’s made in the USA? Ten points for that one.

Units begin shipping the first week of July and you can learn more or pre-order yours now at

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Jason McDonald Montana 6×6 Bull Elk

Follow along with Jason McDonald, RMEF Volunteer, as he climbs the mountains of Montana on a 2021 Elk Hunt and fills his archery tag for the first time in 11 years.

Mathews Archery —
Browning Firearms —
Bass Pro Shops/Cabelas —
StealthCam —
Leupold Optics –
Nosler –
Buck Knives —
Danner —
Yeti —
Eberlestock —
Swagger Bipods –
Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls —
Traeger Grills –
Warn Winches –

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Bow Packing System for all Archers- The Bow Spider

The Bow Spider is proudly Made in America and will help you elevate your archery game. Whether in the field or on the range this universal system allows for quick, easy access to your bow when every second counts. Receivers mount virtually anywhere, making stowing or carrying your bow a pleasure rather than a pain.

Join the revolution and let Bow Spider take your archery game to the next level!

Grab your bow and go!

Learn more at: Bow Spider

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Ebelerstock M5 RMEF Team Elk Pack

Not only are you supporting a great cause, the conservation of wildlife and habitat, but you’re also getting one of the most versatile all-in-one packs on the market. The ability to carry either a rifle or a bow, or both makes this the perfect pack for any hunting season. Featuring deep side pockets for hydration or spotting scopes, grapple straps for packing out meat and our highly water-resistant NT7™ fabric, which keeps your gear dry while being quiet when stalking your prey.

*Note: The Team Elk Pack now comes with our standard hip-belt and does not include built-in pouches.  Now you can add accessory pouches or the Hatchet Holster to the hip-belt on the Team Elk Pack.

  • Pack Volume: 2,600 c.i.
  • Scabbard Volume: 500 c.i.
  • Total Volume: 3,100 c.i.
  • Weight: 6 lbs 8 oz
  • Dimensions main bag: 23″h x 11″w x 9.5″d
  • Scabbard Dimensions: 34″L x 10″W x 2″D, with a 24″ circumference opening
  • Available colors/ patterns: Mountain, Skye, Mirage, Loden

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Choosing the right size wall tent

People ask us every day “what size wall tent should I buy”? In order to answer that question, we need to understand a little bit about how they plan to use their tent.

So, questions like “how many people will be sleeping in your tent” and ”will you be cooking and eating in your tent”? These two simple questions will give us a good understanding of what size tent will serve you best.

On the other hand, you can get a good idea of the tent size you need by taking a tape measure and chalk outside to your driveway or in a parking lot. Just measure out, say 12×15, and draw it with chalk. Then, go ahead and add in cots. Most of the time in tents 14×15 or smaller, cots will be positioned so the head of the cot is against the back wall. Remember when drawing cots, you must have enough room between cots to store your clothes and gear under the cots. After drawing in your cots, draw where your stove will go. For Davis Tents, our stove jacks are located in the front left as you walk into the tent. And then of course, draw  in tables or any other items you may plan to have inside your tent.

For a general rule that works for most people:

  • A 10×10 tent is for 1 or 2 people
  • A 12×15 tent is for 2 or 3 people
  • A 14×15 tent is for 3 or 4 people
  • And larger groups are covered by our 16×20 and 16×25 tents

If you have further questions, shoot us an email or give us a call and we will help you in any way we can. Visit us at

(303) 561-1817 or (877) 355-2267

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3 Things To Help Choose Which Suppressor Is Best For You

Suppressors are an investment, both in terms of money and your own physical well-being. You only get one set of ears, so your hearing is a precious commodity that you need to take care of. Unfortunately, suppressors are not inexpensive, so like any other time you’re considering how you’re going to invest your money, it’s wise to do your research first and be extra sure of where you’re spending your money.

With the help of Silencer Central, we’ll go over some of the key things you should consider to help you decide what suppressor is right for you and your specific needs.

  1. What Will the Suppressor Be Used For?

Determining how you’re going to use your suppressor is the first step in picking one out. Certain suppressors are geared toward one or maybe two applications and they do them very well. Other suppressors are more multi-faceted and are suited to a wider variety of types of shooting.

  • Big Game Hunting
  • Long-Range Shooting
  • Shotgun Sports/Hunting

Once you determine what you’ll be using the suppressor for, you can start narrowing down your choices.

  1. The Material of the Suppressor

A lot of time and energy goes into every aspect of silencer design, not the least of which is determining which materials to use. Picking the right combination is critical for performance, weight, durability, longevity, balance, and more.

  • Aluminum is often used in suppressor construction because of how light the weight of it is. When it comes to suppressors, every ounce or fraction of an ounce adds up, and the more they weigh, the more you’ll feel it hanging out there on the end of your barrel. While aluminum may be beneficial because of its weight, its main drawback is durability. An aluminum suppressor and its components won’t hold up as well over time as a suppressor made out of a stronger material like steel.
  • Steel is one of the most common materials used in suppressor construction. The main benefit of using steel is its strength. Many items that have to be durable are made of steel, so it makes sense that suppressors would be made of it, too. However, the big drawback with steel is weight. The fact of the matter is that steel is heavy. Depending on how you’ll be using your new suppressor, the weight of it may not be of much concern to you. Again, it all depends on how you’ll be using the suppressor.
  • Titanium is a great material for suppressor construction. You get the best of both worlds in terms of the materials listed above. Titanium offers the strength and durability of steel with the lightweight properties of aluminum. Essentially, you get a rock-solid suppressor built out of an incredibly durable material that will last a lifetime, but you won’t have to sacrifice additional weight because titanium offers exceptional strength at a surprisingly lightweight.

  1. The Type of Gun You Have

The type of gun you have will also play a role in determining the kind of suppressor you should get. You can’t use a rifle or pistol suppressor on a shotgun, or vice versa. However, you can use some rifle and pistol suppressors interchangeably, but make sure you read your owner’s manual first to be absolutely sure. The only type of gun that you cannot use a suppressor on is a revolver – with the exception of just a couple of late-19th and early-20th century gas seal models.

From here, talk to friends and fellow shooters, chat with the staff at your local gun shop, hop on some internet forums, and soak up as much info as you can.

When you’re ready to purchase your suppressor, give Silencer Central a call. They’ll walk you through the entire purchase, file all of the paperwork for you, get you squared away with a free gun trust, break up your purchase into interest free payments and ship it right to your door once it’s been approved. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Silencer Central can help you select the best suppressor that fits your gun(s) and interests, both with their Banish line of suppressors and a full assortment from other manufacturers.

Let Silencer Central help you get started and set you up on a free National Firearms Act (NFA) gun trust and you will be hunting suppressed before you know it.

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Fresh tactics for Elk, Antelope and Moose from Montana Decoy

Fall is just around the corner and now is the time to plan and prepare to up your odds. In this year’s Big Game decoy Guide we’ll share some all new decoy and hunting tips that cover a wide range of elk and other big game.

The 2022 Big Game Guide is here! We’ve created four new big game scenarios for those who are planning to hunt antelope, elk, or moose this coming fall. Plus, we’ve introduced custom decoys for those truly unique animals you might hunt once in a lifetime. No matter what or where you’re hunting this season, make it your best one yet.

Guide Includes

Four new scenarios for antelope, elk, and moose.

Information about our custom decoy program.

Use code BIGGAME2022 to receive 15% off select Big Game Decoys.

Visit : to learn more.


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Knock Knock, Who’s There?

Below is a Facebook post from the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD).

A mother elk left her youngster on this doorstep at a Pine, Arizona, residence. The surprised homeowners did the right thing and left it there, undisturbed. They called AZGFD for advice, thinking that the calf was abandoned or injured, and learned that it was perfectly fine. Although calves are usually left in a more natural setting such as a grassy meadow, the responding AZGFD Officer jokes, “Mom left it there for ‘daycare’ in the early morning, and came back to pick it up after lunch.”

While this story has a happy ending, this spring AZGFD has responded to several situations in northern Arizona where residents had already removed elk calves from where their parents left them bedded down for the day while they foraged for food. It is usually difficult to reunite them with their parents in these cases. In addition, a cow elk watching from a distance may become aggressive when defending her young, which can quickly put those with good intentions in danger.

AZGFD urges Arizonans to leave baby wildlife – including elk calves – alone. If you encounter an animal that appears to be sick or injured, is unresponsive or lethargic, please contact your nearest licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility or call your local AZGFD office first.

(Photo credit:  Arizona Game and Fish Department)

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Elk, Bears, Birds Quench Thirst at Wyoming Wildlife Guzzler

A series of videos posted by the Bureau of Land Management–Wyoming Facebook page shows the benefit of wildlife water guzzlers. Three BLM videos posted over a five-day period show a bull elk, a young black bear and a turkey vulture stopping to take a sip at the guzzler on Rattlesnake Mountain about 20 miles west of Cody, Wyoming.

According to the BLM, the federal agency’s Cody Field Office, Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation joined forces in 2019 to build the guzzler.

Lying on the eastern edge of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Rattlesnake Mountain provides year-round habitat for an abundance of wildlife including elk, moose, mule deer, whitetail deer, black bear, grizzly bear, blue grouse and turkey. Although the mountain receives 15″-19″ of precipitation each year, the lack of available surface water during the summer and fall makes it difficult for wildlife to utilize the high-quality habitat during the dry season.

Go here to watch a nice bull elk pause to take a drink.

(Photo credit:  Bureau of Land Management – Wyoming)

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Elk Calf Rescued from the Ashes of New Mexico Wildfire

A wildfire crew from Missoula, Montana, working a massive 316,000-acre wildfire in northcentral New Mexico, came across a lone elk calf while searching for hot spots.

“She was lying quietly in a six-inch deep layer of white ash, surrounded by the blackened remains of fir trees,” firefighter Nate Sink said in a Facebook post.

The crew observed the calf for an hour hoping the mother would return. Finding no adult tracks, they took it to a nearby ranching family and followed the advice of a family veterinarian to offer the young elk a mixture of condensed milk and water until they could get some specially formulated milk.

The calf is now at a refuge under the care of a surrogate-mother elk and will be released into the wild in a few months.

Go here to read the Facebook post and view additional photos.

(Photo credit:  Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak Fire)

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