CVA Muzzleloader Hunters Should Call Bears

Editor’s Note: CVA makes a variety of muzzleloading rifles and barrels for hunting bears besides the conventional Bergara barrels. Wayne Carlton, nationally-known hunter from Montrose, Colorado, tells us to call bears for the most success in hunting them.

Question: Wayne, what’s the secret to taking bears in the West in the spring?

Carlton: To take bears in the West during the spring, you’ll need the patience and the stamina to call-in bears.… Read more

Muzzleloader Hunting the Mountain Merriam’s Gobblers

Editor’s Note: Wayne Carlton of Montrose, Colorado, hunts eastern wild turkeys, Osceola wild turkeys and Merriam’s turkeys. This week, he’ll tell us about hunting the Merriam’s gobbler in the mountains in the West.

Question: Wayne, what’s the difference in hunting a Merriam’s turkey and an eastern or an Osceola turkey?
Carlton: The biggest difference is the Merriam’s turkey can hear and be heard from a much-greater distance than those turkeys east of the Mississippi River.… Read more

How and Why Coyotes Spread Across the U.S. with Dr. Bruce Leopold and What That Means for CVA Muzzleloader Hunters

Editor’s Note: Dr. Bruce Leopold of Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, and his students conducted a 6-year study using radio transmitters to track about a dozen-different coyotes. Today, he’ll tell us what he learned about the movement patterns of coyotes and what that means for CVA muzzleloader hunters .

“What really surprised us was the number of radio transmitters we lost,” Leopold says.… Read more

CVA Releases “Dangerous Loading Practices” Video

CVA has announced the availability of a video on its www.CVA.com website that explains the dangers of improperly loading a muzzleloader.  The 7 minute video can be accessed directly at http://www.cva.com/dangerous-loading-practices.php.

“Unfortunately, we see way too many instances of serious injury due to shooters making these loading mistakes,” said Dudley McGarity, CEO of Blackpowder Products, Inc., the owner of the CVA brand.  “If we can prevent just one accident by publicizing the tragic results that are possible when a muzzleloader is improperly loaded, it will be well worth the effort and expense of making this video.”

McGarity said that catastrophic barrel failures are almost always the result of two issues, 1.) The loading of modern smokeless powder into a muzzleloader, and 2.) Barrel obstructions.  Either one, he said, can turn an otherwise safe muzzleloader into a pipe bomb.… Read more

Intermediate Predator Hunting – How to Set-Up with World Coyote Calling Champion Al Morris

Allen Morris of Payson, Utah, one of America’s best predator hunters, almost always places in the top 10 in the World Calling Championships of Predator Hunting. He and his hunting partner, Garvin Young, also have won several World Coyote Calling Contests.

After you’ve called-in a few coyotes, bought an electronic caller and had reasonable success with it, most predator hunters want to know, “How can I get better?” The real secret to becoming a better predator hunter is to spend more time scouting than you do calling and attempting to take the coyotes.… Read more

Beginning Predator Hunting with World Coyote Calling Champion Al Morris

 Editor’s Note: Allen Morris of Payson, Utah, one of America’s best predator hunters, almost always places in the top 10 in the World Calling Championships of Predator Hunting. He and his hunting partner, Garvin Young, have won three World Coyote Calling Contests – back-to-back in 2007 and 2008 and for the first time in 1997. No team had won three World Coyote Calling Contests before, and it was also the first back-to-back win.Read more

Use Stealth to Take Coyotes with Your CVA Muzzleloader Rifle and Bergara Barrel

We’ve explained earlier the need for predator hunters on lands being managed for deer and turkey and have provided the latest research by biologist Cory VanGilder on the effects of coyotes on deer populations. Now, let’s look at some tips for taking coyotes from one of the nation’s top predator hunters, Steve DeMers of Whitehall, Montana, a wildlife specialist for the U.S.… Read more

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