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  • AccuBow | Pre - During - Post Archery Training

    What is it?

    AccuBow has been purging the world of social media since around late 2015 and has been peaking the interest of every and any bowhunter ever since.  What it is, is an Archery Training Device that is simple, easy and extremely effective if used right.  It really is a revolution in archery training because it can be used virtually anywhere!  We were fortunate to get our hands on one to play with for a couple days thanks to Matt over there at AccuBow and being the Archery Expert/Bow Tech here at BlackOvis, I had to see if this was worth it and what all the fuss was about.  Before I dive into my experience with using the AccuBow let me just explain my situation since it will obliviously differ from most.

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  • Vanguard Prize Package Giveaway! [Contest Over]

    Vanguard Giveaway

    We've teamed up with Vanguard to put together an awesome giveaway where 1 lucky winner will score the new VEO AM-234TU Monopod, the VEO235AP and the Vanguard Pioneer 1600RT Backpack! That's a grand prize worth $350!

    *** Thanks to everyone who participated. We have randomly selected a winner, congratulations to Daryl from Hall Summit LA! Make sure to check back for future giveaways we have planned. ***

    And yes, because it's a contest, we do need to set a few ground rules:

    1 submission per email address.

    Must enter using the form above
    Contest is open from April 20th through April 25th, winner announced April 26th.
    By entering, you agree to receive the BlackOvis Gear Insider emails. You can unsubscribe anytime
    If the notified winner has not responded within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected
    Your information will not be shared or sold to anyone else

    Again, a huge shout out to our sponsor Vanguard. They have been a long time partner of BlackOvis and are for sure a leader in the hunting and outdoor industries when it comes to quality made and functional tripods. Even if you don't win the contest, pick up some Vanguard this season so you can rest assured that your optics can rest on a solid, yet lightweight tripod this year.

  • First Lite - New for 2017

    First Lite - 2017 NEW Pieces

    2017 First Lite Gear

    With the launch of First Lite's 2017 lineup just around the corner, there is a bunch of new pieces that they've introduced and we decided to help you all out by explaining the benefits of each and every one! This year First Lite also introduced an addition to their color options with a new Cipher pattern.  For an in depth look of what and why Cipher is check out our Write Up Here.

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  • Stealth Cam – Brand Overview

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    Ask any serious big game hunter what brand of trail cameras they use to keep track of the big game animals they’re after and Stealth Cam will definitely come up in the conversation. Stealth Cam is not new to the scene, either; they’ve been around since 2000. Prior to Stealth Cam’s launch, the trail camera market was not what it is today. There were options available, but not nearly like the selection we have at our fingertips now, and they were built differently and not near as functional or user-friendly as what’s currently available. The creators of Stealth Cam decided to change that. They saw a niche that needed to be filled. Their goal was to create a functional wildlife monitoring system using the latest technology that would be affordable to the average sportsman.

    Over the years, Stealth Cam has refined their product. They’ve had setbacks just like any new company can and usually does, but through increased effort into the engineering process they’ve been able to overcome those setbacks and in turn create even more highly functioning products. The drive to become the best in the industry has ultimately benefited the customer by far the most as their technology and products have improved, from the looks and ergonomics down to the components and circuitry. For example, until just recently, Stealth Cam had been found to have one of the slower trigger speeds as well as recovery speed times. But, thanks to their engineers they were able to fix that, and now they boast some of the fastest cameras on the market. Just goes to show that when companies compete the real benefactor is the customer!

    Below is a quick overview of a few of the top-of-the-line models currently offered from Stealth Cam and sold on BlackOvis.com

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  • Sitka SUBALPINE - New for 2017

     

    WHAT IS OPTIFADE?

    GORE OPTIFADE Concealment incorporates the micro and macro patterns of the animal kingdom to help make hunters unrecognizable as predators, even when detected. Stalking predators, like tigers, have a macro-pattern of stripes that break up their body symmetry as they chase prey.  OPTIFADE takes these same concepts and uses a pattern that was designed for what ungulates see not how WE see making it an extremely effective pattern.

    SUBALPINE VS. OPEN COUNTRY

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  • First Lite Cipher Camo - New for 2017

    What is Cipher?

    Cipher camouflage from First Lite leverages the same proven working principals as their Fusion camo. The relationship between colors and shapes in both First Lite patterns are specifically designed to fool the brain and resemble patterns found in nature. No Pixels, no trees. Breakup camouflage from First Lite utilizes several key principles to help you disappear in both short and long distances:

    • Large Shape Disruption -  Used to distort and hide the hunter's body by incorporating large regions of light and dark colors that work against the human figure.
    • Small-Medium Texture Disruption - A scattering of small-to-medium sized elements from a nature-based algorithm effectively blends the hunter into their surroundings when close to prey.
    • Disruptive Coloration - Finely tunes palettes of color to contrast against body outlines to blend with natural surroundings.
    • Focal and Depth Confusion - Color and shape algorithms based in nature are strategically placed to confuse depth perception. Peripheral vision of the prey is also distorted with the controlled contrast and disruptive coloration.
    • Light and Dark Crackleture - Unique to First Lite patterns, the crackleture use of light and dark shapes that weave throughout the pattern offer yet another level of versatility and effectiveness, eliminating color blobbing and further distorting the hunter's shape.

    Cipher Camo

    Cipher vs Fusion?

    Although they use the same science and both are very flexible to a wide variety of environments, Fusion incorporates green into it's color pallet which makes it ideal for early season, western lichen/sage/pine, and any type of heavy wooded areas. Cipher on the other hand uses a much more muted color pallet for dry and late season environments.

    First Lite Camouflage

  • BlackOvis NWT Merino Wool Giveaway [Contest Over]

    3 Will Win!

    Each winner will get setup with a merino top and bottom in the style of their choice. Contest was open from 2/22/17-2/28/17. 

    *Since we had such a high feedback and entry count we decided to throw in an extra winner! Congrats to our Winners: Clayton Lowe, Lisa Sheppard, Kelly T Hicks, and Ray Slaton.

    You need to properly layer in order to make an effective hunting apparel system. If your base layers can't breath or can't keep you warm when needed, it can bring your hunt to a raging halt. Merino wool is ideal because of it's natural properties and by using them as your next-to-skin layer, you can stay out in the field longer with added comfort.

    BlackOvis Merino Wool

    We at BlackOvis.com now manufacture our own 190 gram, 100% Merino Wool from New Zealand Merino sheep and we're giving you a chance to win 1 of 3 sets of Merino wool! Each winner will be able to choose either the NWT 1/4 Zip Top or the NWT Long Sleeve Crew AND either the NWT 50/50 Blend Boxer or the NWT Base Layer Bottom.

     

    • 1 submission per email address
    • Must enter using the form above
    • Contest is open from Feb 22nd through Feb 28th, winner announced March 1st
    • By entering, you agree to receive the BlackOvis Gear Insider emails. You can unsubscribe anytime
    • If the notified winner has not responded within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected
    • Your information will not be shared or sold to anyone else

     

    Merino Wool has powerful natural properties which include moisture wicking, warmth when needed, odor resistant properties, and is extremely soft. When washing merino, tumble dry on low heat or hang to dry to prevent fibers from being damaged. To learn more about these products, visit the BlackOvis brand page

     

  • Nikon Rangefinder Giveaway! [Contest Over]

     

    We've teamed up with Nikon to put together an awesome giveaway where 1 lucky winner will score the new Nikon Arrow VR 7000 Rangefinder with Vibration Reduction (& other Nikon Goodies)!

    Congrats to the winner, Robert from Port Hadlock for taking home the prize!

    Nikon Arrow Id 7000 Giveaway

    And yes, because it's a contest, we do need to set a few ground rules:

    1 submission per email address
    Must enter using the form above
    Contest is open from Dec 09th through Dec 15th, winner announced Dec 16th.
    By entering, you agree to receive the BlackOvis Gear Insider emails. You can unsubscribe anytime
    If the notified winner has not responded within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected
    Your information will not be shared or sold to anyone else

    Again, a huge shout out to our sponsor Nikon. They have been a long time partner of BlackOvis and are for sure a leader in the hunting and outdoor industries when it comes to quality made and functional optics. Even if you don't win the contest, pick up some Nikon this season so you can rest assured that your glass will hold up for years to come.

  • Dobson VS. Red Desert

    Dobson Aerowool and Red Desert Merino Comparison

    Dobson Desert

    Dobson Desert Comp

    With the introduction of the new First Lite Dobson Boxers, a lot of people, including myself, have been wondering what the main differences are between those and the legendary Red Desert Boxers so we decided to put them both to the use out in the field this season and lay out the major differences of both products and dive into which one is the best fit for you!

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  • First Lite Uncompahgre Jacket Review

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    My first impression of the First Lite Uncompahgre Puffy Jacket when I pulled it out of the package it arrived in was, ‘this is it?!’ I was expecting something much bulkier and heavier than what I was holding. I’ve read a lot of reviews on puffy jackets, and some of the comparison type reviews led me to believe that the Uncompahgre was much bulkier and heavier than comparable top of the line puffy jackets designed for hunters and outdoorsmen. I was surprised at how light it felt, and how thin it seemed. I was excited to put it to the test!

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