GrovTec Company Spotlight

Bob Grover started working for Michaels of Oregon in 1987. If that company name does not mean anything to you then certainly Uncle Mikes, Hoppe’s, Butler Creek, and Stoney Point should ring a bell. Michaels of Oregon was founded in Oregon in 1947. In 2005 Bushnell purchased Michaels and shifted most of the production offshore. Bob traveled to China and worked for Bushnell throughout most of this transition period. When his employment was completed he purchased the majority of the Oregon divisions manufacturing equipment and Grovtec was born, in 2006.

GrovTec offers a wide variety of Camo Patterns

He began working for Michaels in the recoil pad/scope cover department and then moved on to the Machine Shop. He held the roles of Black Oxide Finisher, Machine Operator, Machine setup person, Davenport Lead, Machine Shop Foreman, Manufacturing Supervisor, ISO Coordinator and Manufacturing Manager. During this time Bob completed studies in Manufacturing Technology, CNC Operations, AutoCad, Mechanical Engineering and in Business Management. Bob was a key member of the design team and was involved in multiple patented products.

Grovtec continues to be an innovator with regards to shooting accessories. They have multiple patents on their swivels and hardware. With 27 years of experience in the Shooting Industry Bob continues to build on the success he had at Michaels of Oregon. His guiding principle is to keep the Made In America focus.

“I truly valued my time at Michaels of Oregon! I am blessed to have the opportunity to continue serving the Shooting Industry.” Bob Grover (President-Founder)

Why Choose GrovTec:

In the end though, it’s not just a swivel, it’s YOUR swivel.

It could be as simple as our outward pride in crafting exceptional quality products right here in the greatest country on earth, the USA. A pride shared by every employee at GrovTec.

But while American-made is a continuing symbol of greatness in firearms, swivels and swivel studs, we bring a lot more to the table. Our five senior managers have well over 100 years of combined industry experience and knowledge. Beginning with raw materials and continuing through finished products, every characteristic, every tolerance and every finish has been optimized to, frankly, live much longer than we will. We understand the tactical performance of slings and swivels on a high mountain meadow as well as on a field of battle. Weight, strength, stealth, security and above all, unrelenting performance are calling cards of our progressive designs.

Our designs continue to accumulate patents. Look no further than the Mil-Force or Locking Push Button Swivels for examples of how deep understanding of design, materials, finish and function come together to elevate performance in the field.

The american standard in slings, sling swivels and firearm accessories

Our focus is on building the absolute best products in their category. Our experience and skill allow us to accomplish this goal while providing a true value to you the consumer.

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Crossbow Maintenance

Practice makes perfect!

Here are some tips from TenPoint Crossbows on maintaining your crossbow:

How often should I lube the rail on my crossbow?

You should lube your rail approximately every 75-100 shots under normal conditions. Applying too much lube can cause excessive wear on your string’s center serving and it will also cause your ACUdraw felt pad to fall off (if your crossbow is equipped with an ACUdraw unit). You should also lube your rail after you have gotten your crossbow wet – dry it thoroughly first, then reapply a fresh coat of rail lube. After approximately one hour after application, the rail lube will dry to a thin glaze.

Can I use a vaseline-like substance on my TenPoint crossbow rail instead of an oil-based rail lube?

Definitely NOT, unless you want to send your crossbow back to our Warranty/Repair Department for a good cleaning. The vaseline-like substances will build up in your trigger box and they also collect dirt. The result is normally the inability to cock your crossbow

I just purchased a TenPoint crossbow, should I loosen or let down the tension on my limbs in the off season to prevent my string & cables from stretching?

TenPoint Crossbow Technologies does not recommend loosening or letting down the tension on limbs in the off season. There is no way to let off enough tension on your string & cables to keep them from stretching. Also, you can end up doing damage to your limbs if not properly tightened before shooting and your crossbow performance will probably suffer.

What type of hard case do you recommend for my crossbow?

TenPoint recommends the Americase AT-EC-36135 Breakdown Crossbow Case. The AT-EC Breakdown Crossbow case is ready for travel and contains a foam insert in the base and a removable hard foam shelf. TenPoint suggests that you put the stock, quiver, and bolts in the bottom and the bow and foot stirrup into the shelf.


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Hunting from a Portable Pop Up Blind

By Wade Middleton

When you read the definition of a blind you find words like conceal, hide and being able to conceal one’s intentions. For me that last one really rings true when it comes to what I think a pop up blind is used for in regard to hiding my intentions to be able to hunt from inside the confines of a pop up blind. In most cases I use a blind for hunting whitetail deer. In addition to deer hunting, I’ve also used these portable hiding spots for hunting turkey, waterfowl, as well as, concealing cameramen.

I’ve had many great hunts from a pop up blind… as well as quite a few where I’ve been busted. Now I try to avoid the obvious mistakes such as not blending into the environment. Some of the keys to me when it comes to blending into the environment are brushing in the blind using brush from the area, not opening every window in the blind so that you can create darkness inside the blind and not sky lighting yourself.   In the end I preach to our hunters and team – let’s create our own bush and hide inside that bush using the pup up as a shell to help accomplish that need for concealment.

When it comes to picking a pop up blind off the store shelves I always ask myself a few questions with the first being what I am using it for. Are we going to be bow hunting or gun hunting out of the blind?  If we’re bow hunting we generally need a larger blind so that we can have ample room to draw the bow and maneuver for a shot versus a gun hunt where we need to be able to just get the gun out the window for a shot. Our next consideration is the window configuration.  The window configuration plays a big role in what we can or can’t do out of a blind. You as the hunter have to know what you like and need based on the hunt, your size, and desire for concealment.

Another consideration when it comes to choosing pop up blinds is the actual fabric it’s constructed out of.  Some blinds can last for several seasons when properly cared for while others you’ll be lucky to get a full season out of.  It’s not uncommon for us to put a blind out for an entire season and in those cases we’ll choose one that we know is built to last.

I highly suggest doing research on each blind and even going to stores like Cabela’s who often have several blinds on display so you can sit inside them, visualize the hunting scenarios you’ll encounter while looking out the windows to see what you can, and also to study the construction for your needs.

Finally, after you’ve bought the blind take the time to get it set up in a proper manner and location where you can find success.   For us we’ll clear shooting lanes as needed, anchor the blind down and really set it up in manner to help us be successful.

Make sure to scout several locations before setting up you pop up blind.

Most would stop here but there is still more work to be done.

Brush in the blind using the brush from the area.

Avoid one obvious mistakes such as not blending into the environment

Wiley X Introduces Polarized WX Boss with Kryptek Highlander Frame

Wiley X®, Inc. has added a new version of its popular WX Boss Climate Control™ sunglass that is sure to hit the mark with those who love to hunt, shoot and fish. The new WX Boss combines Wiley X’s advanced Polarized Venice Gold Mirror Lenses with a frame dressed in Kryptek® Highlander® camouflage. Unlike traditional leaf and stick camouflage, Kryptek’s design incorporates micro and macro layering inspired by artillery camouflage netting. The result is a 3D appearance on a 2D surface and the ability to increase stealth while pursuing a wide range of quarry in mixed terrain.

To deliver the sharp vision needed to stalk prey on land or water, this unique frame is fitted with Wiley X’s Polarized Venice Gold Mirror Lenses. These lenses combine an Amber tint, 12% light transmission and advanced 8-layer polarization for superior glare cutting performance in highly reflective environments. This combination is particularly ideal for sunny conditions, fishing in shallow waters and target shooting. Wiley X’s T-Shell™ coating resists scratching in extreme environments, ensuring long-term durability in real-world outdoor conditions.

Like all models in Wiley X’s popular Climate Control™ sunglass family, this new version of the WX Boss features a patented, soft removable Facial Cavity™ seal that blocks out peripheral light, wind and airborne debris. This exclusive design provides wearers with enhanced vision, improved eye comfort and superior protection in the Great Outdoors.

The Wiley X name is known around the world for Absolute Premium Protection, so the WX Boss is more than a match for any outdoor challenge. Wiley X’s shatterproof Selenite™ Polycarbonate lenses provide 100% protection against harmful UVA/UVB rays and distortion-free clarity. These glasses meet stringent ANZI Z87.1 High Velocity and High Mass Impact safety standards for OSHA-grade protection, providing state-of-the-art vision protection for hunters, shooting sports enthusiasts, anglers and other outdoor adventurers. Wiley X is the only premium sunglass brand with this level of protection in every adult style it makes, a key reason why the company has been a leading provider of protective eyewear to the U.S. military, law enforcement and other tactical users for 30 years.

Like almost all Wiley X sunglass styles, the WX Boss in Kryptek® Highlander® camo is Rx-Ready. Prescription Wiley X shades made with Wiley X’s exclusive DIGIFORCE™ digital Rx lens technology ensure superior prescription accuracy and unparalleled visual clarity over the widest possible field of vision. This level of visual performance combined with the most advanced eye protection available makes the WX Boss a great choice for outdoor sportsmen and adventurers who need prescription lenses.

To learn more about the new Polarized WX Boss in Kryptek® Highlander® camo, or Wiley X’s complete line of eyewear offering Absolute Premium Protection, visit online at Or contact Wiley X at 7800 Patterson Pass Road, Livermore, CA 94550 • Telephone: (800) 776-7842.

Ticks: The Powassan Virus & Sawyer Insect Repellent


Safety Harbor, Florida (May 11, 2017) – As the temperatures rise, so do concerns about ticks. Lyme Disease has tripled in the United States over the last 20 years, cementing tick borne diseases as a high concern for outdoor enthusiasts and travelers. Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, though treatable, have long been considered to be two of the largest concerns for tick related diseases but the Powassan Virus is even deadlier as it currently has no cure, vaccines, or treatment. The virus is named after the Powassan town in Ontario after it was identified as the cause of death of a young boy. According to the CDC, symptoms can include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, loss of coordination, speech difficulties, and seizures. Transmission levels are lower than other tick borne diseases but the risks are considerably high. Although many people who become infected with Powassan (POW) do not develop any symptoms, approximately 10% of POW virus cases are fatal and approximately 50% of survivors have permanent neurological symptoms.

The first line of defense against the Powassan Virus and other insect borne diseases is prevention. Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing, Gear, and Tents repels and kills ticks, using an organic compound similar to the natural pyrethrins produced by the flowers of pyrethrums (like Chrysanthemum flowers). This fabric insect repellent is odorless after drying, lasts for 6 weeks or 6 washes, and can be used to treat clothing, footwear, workwear, bibs, work stations, seat covers, animal beds, hammocks, chairs, tents, and other fabrics. Ticks primarily crawl on to people and pets at ground height but can also be found at waist levels so the more treated fabric you have around you, the more protected from insects you will be. When used with treated clothing, a topical insect repellent can then be applied to exposed skin to complete the barrier of protection. Sawyer 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent is a gear safe topical insect repellent that is safe for use on the entire family is effective against mosquitoes, ticks, and flies. This highly rated topical formula can last up to 14 hours is available in both lotion and spray versions ranging in size from 0.5 oz pen sprays to 1 Gallon lotion dispensing jugs. You can learn more how to use these formulas at or for more information about applying Sawyer Permethrin on dogs, please visit

Texas Whitetail Hunt Sweepstakes

Follow the steps below for your chance to win the Performance Center® – Texas Whitetail Hunt Sweepstakes. Now until October 30th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).








Walker’s – Silencer Earbuds


SAC (Sound Activated Compression) – Protects Hearing When Shooting.

The Walker’s Silencer Earbuds have integrated Omni directional microphones that feature full dynamic range speakers that are designed to deliver a crisp clear sound. Along with the advanced technology,  The Walker’s Silencer Earbuds provide a comfort level above and beyond similar products by incorporating a patented Secure Fit system.

“Right out of the package I was able to quickly adjust and fit the Walker’s Silencer Earbuds into my ear, turn them on and start shooting at the range.   While using them I never had any slippage issues or any discomfort from wearing them.  I can’t wait to utilize them in the field this year dove hunting and testing them further.”   -Wade Middleton of Americana Outdoors and Whitetail Diaries.

Features Include:  Patented Secure-Lock Fitting, Sound Activated Compression to protect your hearing, OS-R3110 Digital sound processing, independent volume control on each unit, integrated Omni directional microphones, dull dynamic range speaker for crisp clear sound, three different sizes of silicone & foam earbuds, 80 hours of battery life,  and carrying case included.

Left & Right Digital Earbuds

Secure Lock Fitting

Carrying Case with Earbuds.


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Cabela’s Men’s Power Stretch® Liner Gloves


Data-Tip® touch forefingers and thumbs let you work your touch-screen device without exposing hands. Polartec® Power Stretch delivers warm, breathable moisture-wicking comfort, and its four-way stretch provides easy movement.

Sizes: S-2XL.
Camo patterns: Cabela’s Zonz™ Woodlands, Cabela’s Zonz™ Western, Realtree XTRA®.

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Protect your hands when working around camp.

No more having to remove your gloves to use your electronic devices.


Yamaha Introduces the All‑New KODIAK 450

The new mid‑size Kodiak 450 is the perfect machine for any size rider looking to work, hunt or explore with class‑leading comfort and capability. Kodiak 450 offers a riding position with the same roomy feel as the larger Kodiak 700. With tall handlebars, a seat that is long and plush for improved rider comfort for extended work days, large textured floorboards, and a new oversized thumb throttle, every aspect of the Kodiak 450 was designed to bring class-leading levels of refinement to the middleweight 4×4 ATV segment.

Kodiak 450® brings Yamaha’s renowned combination of the industry’s most durable automatic transmission—Ultramatic—with the rider-centric control and traction of On-Command selectable 4WD. The result is outstanding capability with the confidence to get you through the most challenging terrain and back again. Like all Yamaha ATVs and side-by-sides, Kodiak 450 uses a range of features to improve durability and serviceability, from the tool-less air filter design and oil drain ports, to the high-mounted air intakes and marine-grade electrical connectors.

Fall Beige w/Realtree Xtra – Available From July 2017

Hunter Green – Available From July 2017

Red – Available From July 2017

Yamaha built the new Kodiak 450 with a compact body design that is significantly less bulky than competitive models, for precise handling and a confidence-inspiring ride in a variety of terrain conditions. Unlike many middleweight utility ATVs, Kodiak 450 isn’t just a smaller engine under a full-size body. Yamaha built the Kodiak from the ground up to give riders a compact chassis for precise handling and maneuverability on the trail. Starting At Just $5,999.

Assembled Real World Tough™ in Newnan, GA, U.S.A.

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Thompson/Center Arms™ Launches “Hunting Heritage Month” on Social Media

Thompson/Center Arms Celebrates “Hunting Heritage Month” in August

With “Get Out and Shoot” Sweepstakes

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., (August 4, 2017) – Thompson/Center Arms today announced the launch of its “Hunting Heritage Month” campaign across all of the company’s social media platforms. To celebrate the start of hunting season, Thompson/Center Arms will kick off the month of August with social media content centered on hunting, outdoor recreation, and conservation. Posts will include “how-to” video content, product information, Thompson/Center history, and cooking tips for preparing wild game.

Danielle Sanville, Brand Manager for Thompson/Center Arms, said, “At Thompson/Center, we support a number of organizations that promote conservation, education, and the hunting tradition across the nation.  We are dedicated to helping men, women, and families get outside and enjoy the outdoors in every way that we can.”

To celebrate the launch of “Hunting Heritage Month”, Thompson/Center Arms will launch the “T/C® Compass®Get Out and Shoot Sweepstakes”, which will begin on August 4, 2017 and run until August 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.  Two winners will be drawn, and each winner will receive a T/C® Compass® Rifle chambered in .204 Ruger, a Bog-Pod® Rapid Shooting Rest, and a Caldwell® Tack Driver® Shooting Bag, a complete packagevalued at over $500 MSRP.

To view Thompson/Center Arms’ “Hunting Heritage Month” content on social media, follow Thompson/Center Arms on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

To enter the “T/C® Compass® Get Out and Shoot Sweepstakes”, visit the Thompson/Center Arms Facebook page and follow the sweepstakes entry instructions. To view the Official Rules, please click here.

About Smith & Wesson®

Smith & Wesson Corp. is a provider of quality firearms for personnel protection, target shooting and hunting in the global consumer and professional markets. Smith & Wesson is world famous for its handguns and long guns sold under the Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, and Thompson/Center Arms brands.  Through its Manufacturing Services Division, Smith & Wesson Corp. also provides forging, machining, and precision plastic injection molding services to a wide variety of consumer goods companies. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to