Category Archives : hunting


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

John resting against a tree with his gobbler

Daniel McVay with Biggest Buck Ever

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


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

Running Deer

Dakota with CVA Apex Turkey

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


Build Big Bodied Deer

Big Bodied BuckMajor ingredients in producing a championship football team or older-age-class deer for you to hunt on your property include building body weights and training the athletes or deer to perform the way you want them to perform at the time that’s most important. Through the spring and summer, and as the crops in your green fields grow and develop, you want to make sure you have plenty of delicious tasting minerals for the deer to ingest during green-up, the summer months and the early fall.… Read more

Massive Antlered Buck