How to pick Outfitters for great hunting with Chad Schearer – Part 2 of 5

Chad Schearer is the host of the Shoot Straight TV and professional Outfitter. CVA asks Chad what are the most important things you need to know when selecting an Outfitter. Part 2 of 5 .

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How to pick Outfitters for great hunting with Chad Schearer – Part 1 of 5

Chad Schearer is the host of the Shoot Straight TV and professional Outfitter. CVA asks Chad what are the most important things you need to know when selecting an Outfitter.
Part 1 of 5.

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Why Patience Wins the Day, Whether You’re Shooting a Muzzleloader or a Centerfire Rifle with O’Neill Williams

I enjoy hosting my 8-state radio show, “O’Neill Outside” and my syndicated TV show, “O’Neill Outside” that has 100-million subscriber households. I was in east Georgia with my 20-year-old grandson Travis, and we were hunting in separate stands. I saw a deer the landowner had told me about, shown me pictures of and asked me not to take, since he wanted that buck to be left to breed in his herd. The buck was a really-good looking deer, a mature 5-year-old, and sure enough, I spotted that deer and had a chance to take him. The next day my grandson and I changed stands, and that same buck also came-out in front of Travis. But I had shown the picture of the deer to Travis, and he recognized the deer and resisted the temptation to take it, even though it was a fine trophy buck.

When you see a big buck, your natural instinct is to take that buck. But Travis resisted the urge to take what might have been one of the biggest bucks he’d ever seen. His patience rewarded him with the opportunity to take an older, even-bigger buck that had better antlers than the buck he didn’t shoot. The deer he couldn’t take would have scored about 148 Boone and Crockett, and had evenly-matched horns. The deer Travis did take scored 148. Travis was shooting a CVA APEX with a Bergara .270 centerfire barrel. The food plot he was hunting over was long and narrow, and there were some places where he might be required to make a 180-yard shot. So, he chose to take the .270 barrel and put it on the CVA APEX. This is one of the advantages of the CVA APEX – you can hunt with whatever Bergara barrel you want, depending on the places you’re hunting and the type of shot you’ll be required to make.

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Lori Paddock Takes a Black Bear with a CVA Apex

Editor’s Note: Chuck Paddock of Covington, Indiana, the host of “Open Season TV” on the Pursuit Channel, channel 240 on Dish, hunted with his wife Lori and her CVA rifle.

After I took my wife Lori on her first antelope hunt, she agreed to go with me to Saskatchewan, Canada, to hunt bear. If you travel and hunt, you know that sooner or later you’ll have one of those disastrous trips where nothing seems to work. For her second hunt of a lifetime, that’s exactly what happened to my wife and me. We were supposed to leave Indianapolis, Ind., at 7:00 am, but when we got to the airport they moved our flight back to 5:00 pm. We didn’t leave until 7:30 pm that night, and arrived in Saskatchewan at about 11:00 pm. There was no one there to meet us and no bags, including the CVA Apex rifle my wife was planning to use and a bow for me. We had to wait 2 days near the airport before we got the bow and our Apex.

When we finally arrived at camp on the third day, we did start seeing bear, but none of them were big enough to take. This was a 5-day hunt. I told Lori at breakfast, “You’ve got to take a bear today.” After we had been in our stand for about 5 hours, we saw a bear sneaking over the top of the hill. This bear was well-educated, because instead of coming straight in to the bait, he went downwind of the bait and was coming in that way. Lori picked a hole in the cover where she’d try to take the bear with her .270 Bergara barrel on a CVA Apex platform.

When the bear stepped into the opening, Lori fired, and the bear dropped like a rock. Lori got all shook-up and was so excited when the adrenaline rush hit her, and she realized that she’d taken the bear. She really enjoyed the hunt, and that’s exactly what I wanted. She hasn’t really been bitten hard by the hunting bug yet, but now at least she knows why I love hunting so much and she’s come to appreciate what hunting’s all about. I think she’ll go with me again. My daughters and I are tickled to death that she now understands and enjoys the hunting that we do.

I took the .270 Bergara barrel to shoot, because some really-big bears live in this part of Saskatchewan. In the spring, these bears often weigh 400-500 pounds. I wanted to make sure that Lori had a rifle with enough punch to take a really-big black bear. Too, the .270 wouldn’t have much recoil. I had started her off shooting a .243 barrel, so she would experience very-little recoil and not be afraid to shoot the gun. I told my wife, “The difference between a .243 and a .270 is only 27-thousandths bigger,” so I made it sound like moving-up in caliber wasn’t that big of a deal. After she shot the .270 barrel, she said, “Okay, the recoil is a little more than the .243, but not enough to be a big deal for me.” And when she understood that the .270 would make a quicker kill than the .243, she was fine with that caliber. That’s something else I like about the CVA Apex platform and interchangeable Bergara barrels. You can start your family and friends shooting a small caliber, have them get comfortable shooting that caliber and then step them up to a larger caliber. They realize they’re simply shooting the same gun with a different barrel and bullet. I believe this system of taking novice hunters from the beginning point of shooting with small calibers up to the more-advanced forms of hunting with bigger calibers is the easier way to go.

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Steve West Hunts Arctic Muskox with His CVA Muzzleloader and PowerBelt Bullets

Editor’s Note: Steve West of La Grande, Oregon, is the owner and has been the host of “Steve’s Outdoor Adventures” on the Outdoor Channel for the last 5 years.

We have a group of Inuit people we work with on Victoria Island near the town of Holman, Canada, and I went up there with a group of my clients from April 15-19, 2012. One of my goals for this trip was to take a muskox with a muzzleloader and take another one with a conventional rifle. So, after all my hunters had tagged-out on the last day of the hunt, we took off hunting muskoxen.

Muskoxen are not historically a hard animal to hunt, but the hunt is a tremendous adventure. Too, the Inuit (native people, often called Eskimos) are very friendly and hospitable. I always enjoy my trips to the Arctic to hang out with them. The weather was blistering cold, and temperatures were in the 20- to 30-degrees-below-zero range. We were riding in sleds pulled behind snowmobiles as we looked for muskoxen. During April, the bulls are in bachelor groups of 2 to 10 animals. On the last day of the hunt, one of my clients shot a really-nice muskox bull on a big rocky ridge. Some of the Inuits had bumped into some muskoxen on the other side of the ridge from us. When we saw the muskoxen, my cameraman and I got our equipment and headed down the ridge to intercept them. That entire group of muskoxen charged right in to where we had set up a stand. Finally, when they were 50-yards away, I prepared to make the shot using my CVA ACCURA V2 .50 caliber muzzleloader with a Burris Eliminator Laser Scope and PowerBelt 250-grain bullets, 150 grains of IMR white hot pellets and CCI 209 primer.

When you’re in the tundra, you most often take a shot in the open country at ranges of 100 yards or more. The bull that I spotted and wanted to take was facing me head-on and wouldn’t give me a broadside shot. Knowing how accurate the V2 was when matched with the Burris scope, I didn’t hesitate to take a shot at the bull head-on. The bullet hit him in the sternum, went all the way through him and actually cracked his back hip. The bullet took out all the vitals, and the muskox only walked about 10 yards before he toppled over.

When you take a really-nice animal, everyone wants to know, “How did he score?” I tried to measure his horns six different times and couldn’t get an accurate measurement, because muskox horns are so difficult to score. I sent the horns out to be officially scored for the Longhunter Muzzleloading Big Game Record Book from the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA). At this point, I believe my muskox to be one of the top-five muskoxen ever taken with a muzzleloader. Jim Shockey has the number-one and number-two muskox in the Boone and Crockett Record Book, and the scores he’s posted for his two animals will be hard to beat. But right now I believe that mine will score somewhere in the top five ever taken with a muzzleloader.


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Why TV Host Chuck Paddock Hunts with CVA Muzzleloaders and Bergara Barrels

Editor’s Note: Chuck Paddock of Covington, Indiana, is the host of “Open Season TV” on the Pursuit Channel, channel 240 on Dish, that’s been running for 5 years. “A buddy of mine talked me into doing TV,” Paddock says, “and CVA has been a sponsor of my show for about 4 years.”

CVA: What makes your TV show unique, compared to other outdoor shows on television?
Paddock: Of course there are similarities in all outdoor TV shows, but I think what separates our show from the rest is the way we edit and produce the show. Many hunting shows only feature one kill, but on our show, there are at least 2-3 kills from all over the nation. I also think the way we tell the stories of the hunts is much different from other TV shows.

CVA: How many people do you have shooting footage for your show?
Paddock: We have about 20-different pro staffers with cameras in the woods, and they are from Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Alabama and several-other states. So, our show covers many states and not just one or two.

CVA: Tell us about one of the deer you’ve taken with your CVA rifle.
Paddock: In 2008, I took a nice 8-pointer in Texas with my CVA APEX. I work for a barging company and am a salesman with Ceres Barge Line, working with the customers who put freight in our barges, which travel all the inland waterways in the United States. We were hunting in south Texas, a little south of King Ranch. I hadn’t planned to take an animal at all, because I was on the trip primarily to entertain customers. I wanted my customer to take two bucks, and I wouldn’t take any. I carried my video camera with me to video customers. But on the last day, I decided to go ahead and take a deer, and I went to a field where there were a number of them.

I got set-up on one deer and prepared to take him, but I thought the buck was a little too far for me to take the shot. I kept glassing the area and spotted another buck about 400- to 500-yards away. Using the fencerow as cover, I quickly moved-down behind the fencerow and started heading toward the bigger deer. I snuck to the edge of the treeline and dropped the buck at about 200 yards. I couldn’t believe that after the shot knocked the buck down, he stood back-up, and I had to put another round in him to make sure he stayed down. When I looked at the deer through my binoculars and my scope, I was pretty certain he would score 140 or better. But when we put the tape on the buck, he only scored 125. I made the mistake that many eastern hunters make in Texas – the south Texas deer have much-smaller bodies than I’m accustomed to seeing when hunting in Illinois. Therefore his rack looked much bigger than it actually was.

Still, this was a great hunt, and my CVA APEX with a .300 Win Mag Bergara barrel did everything I needed it to do. I had just received the gun before the hunt, and the .300 Bergara barrel came with it. A .300 Win Mag is a bit of overkill for south Texas deer, so I probably would’ve been better off with a .243 or a .270 barrel, but I knew the .300 would give me extended range and put a buck down quickly and efficiently. I was using a Leupold scope with Realtree camo, and one of the reasons I felt confident making the shot was that I was using a tripod made by Bog Pod as a rest.

CVA: Why do you shoot CVA muzzleloaders?
Paddock: I’m really impressed with the Bergara barrels and CVA rifles. When I was a youngster I never shot CVA rifles, because they were known as the lower-end blackpowder rifles. But over the years, CVA has made some tremendous strides, not only in the platforms of their rifles but also with their barrels. With the Bergara barrels and the APEX rifle platform, CVA can go toe-to-toe with the finest rifles on the market. Out of the box, these rifles have extremely-good accuracy, often within an inch or less at 100 yards. CVA has gone through quite a transformation over the years, and now is at the top not only of the muzzleloader market, but also the single-shot market. Too, with the interchangeable Bergara barrels, a hunter can buy an APEX platform and shoot a wide variety of calibers. I shoot the .243, the .270, the .22-250, the .300 Win Mag and of course the .50 caliber. What I like about the interchangeable barrel system is that I not only can match the barrel to the game I’m hunting and the distance I’m shooting, but to the family member with whom I’ll be hunting. I also have a CVA ACCURA V2 that I enjoy.

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How to Get Ready for Deer Season with CVA Pro Staffer Tony Smotherman

Editor’s Note: CVA pro staffer Tony Smotherman of the TV show, “The Hit List,” is working hard to get ready for deer season.

“Right now, I’m making sure my mineral licks are staying active and charged-up, and I’m putting-out more mineral licks in different areas on the property I hunt,” Tony Smotherman explains. “Too, I’m working on my food plots.” Smotherman uses two different brands of mineral. He likes the 30-06 minerals, produced by the Whitetail Institute and Trophy Rock, a mineral lick. “I’ve been using Trophy Rock for many years, but for the last 3 years I’ve been using the 30-06 minerals put-out by Whitetail Institute,” Smotherman reports. “I also spend a lot of time, at this time of the year, picking-out food-plot locations and taking soil tests from potential food-plot sites. We’re at the end of turkey season here in Tennessee during mid-May. So, when the turkeys aren’t gobbling, I go around and replenish my mineral licks and check out new potential food-plot sites.

“To have a productive mineral lick, you can’t just put it out and forget it. I like to keep my site fresh, with new minerals coming-in, so that the deer can get all the nutrition they want and need. Right now I’m seeing bucks with antlers out past their brow tines. So, their antlers are growing, and they need minerals for that. They also need access to food plots now, because growing antlers and putting-on weight burns a lot of energy. But, the minerals and the food plots aren’t just for the bucks. The does are dropping fawns, and to jump start the fawn’s growth and development, the deer need highly-nutritious food and minerals. Supplementary minerals and food plots also help the does to have rich, nutritious milk for the fawns.

“If you want to take big bucks in the fall, you must start taking care of your deer from the time they’re born and give them plenty of food and minerals to produce heavy racks and large bodies. To continue to take the kind of bucks you’ve been taking, don’t do anything. But, if you want those larger bucks and healthier and bigger deer, you need to put-out minerals, plant green fields and let those bucks survive until they’re 3-or 4-years old. Another advantage to planting green fields and putting-out minerals is that your property will become a deer magnet. The deer will feed at and live close-to areas that provide high-quality feed and minerals. To improve the habitat on the land you hunt, attract more deer and grow bigger and healthier bucks than you’ve taken in the past, you’ve got to provide highly-nutritious food and plenty of it and offer the type of minerals that will pull deer to your property. Yes, there’s a cost involved in planting summer green fields and putting-out minerals. However, we can do this during the off-season to produce the kind of deer we want to hunt during deer season.”

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