Category Archives : hunting


Finding Older-Age-Class Deer Now to Hunt in the Fall

Big Mature Bucks in VelvetThree tactics drastically will increase your odds for taking an older-age-class buck in the coming season. You can:
* plant supplemental green fields, put out mineral licks close to those green fields, place a feeder close to the green fields and fertilize naturally-occurring grasses, shrubs and fruit and nut trees;
* find small properties and/or remote properties that most hunters never consider hunting them; and
* do all of the above.… Read more

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John resting against a tree with his gobbler

The Perfect Turkey Hunt

Gobbler on a Limb“Aren’t you going to go pick up your bird?” my friend Scott Dillon asked some years ago when we turkey hunted together. I just had squeezed the trigger of my old CVA Trapper at 20 steps. I smiled and answered, “No, not yet. Let’s just sit here, and be still and quiet for a few minutes. I want to reflect on the hunt.”

I realized that I just had had one of the most unusual turkey hunts ever.… Read more


CVA’s Daniel McVay’s Biggest Buck Ever

Daniel McVay with Accura MRI’m often asked, “What is a faith-based outdoor TV show?” The Good Lord has blessed us with a TV show, and we intend to use it to help spread His word. Our shows give us the platform to teach how to hunt big deer consistently every year, and how to manage the land to produce older-age-class deer every year. We also want to show how the Good Lord has His hand in all this.… Read more

Daniel McVay with Biggest Buck Ever

Running Deer

How to Shoot at Running Deer

Running DeerOnce while hunting deer in South Dakota some years ago, my guide, Chris Yeoman of Rapid City, asked, “How well can you shoot, John?” I thought to myself that was like asking someone, “How pretty is your wife?” If you didn’t think she was the best-looking woman you’d ever seen, then why would you have married her? And if you didn’t think you were a good shot, then why would you be out hunting?… Read more


How to Not Miss Your Turkey this Season

John Phillips with CVA Trapper TurkeyBy Outdoor Writer John E. Phillips

I never shot a flintlock shotgun to take a turkey, but I did hunt with the CVA Trapper years ago. To shoot the CVA Trapper, you loaded powder, wads, lead shot and overshot wads, powered with a percussion cap, down a straight tube. In those days, you were lucky if you could take a gobbler within 15 to 20 steps.… Read more

Dakota with CVA Apex Turkey