CVA Releases “Dangerous Loading Practices” Video

CVA has announced the availability of a video on its website that explains the dangers of improperly loading a muzzleloader.  The 7 minute video can be accessed directly at

“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

Coyotes Are Bad for Deer Herds and CVA Muzzleloaders Are Bad for Coyotes

Cory VanGilder’s research for his master’s degree in wildlife management at the University of Georgia proved that coyotes can have a devastating impact on deer herds. Year-round coyote hunting is permitted in many states in the South and the Midwest, often in farming and ranching communities. This type of hunting provides an opportunity for CVA muzzleloader and conventional-weapon hunters to hunt all season.… Read more

How to Get All the Private Land You Want to Hunt with your CVA Muzzleloader

Gaining access to quality private land where you can hunt deer and turkey can be difficult. You may have to pay a lot of money to lease the land and have exclusive rights to hunt it. Or, you can solve major problems for private landowners who will in return give you access to hunt their properties. Right now, in the world of deer and turkey hunting, you often hear the word management.… Read more


Editor’s Note:  Dudley McGarity is the CEO of Blackpowder Products, Inc., owner of the CVA brand.  He is an avid muzzleloader hunter and has taken game all over the world with various CVA muzzleloaders.

I have been lucky enough to hunt hogs in a lot of different places and they are for sure one of my favorite big game animals.  However, when my friend O’Neill Williams called and invited me on this particular hunt, I knew that it would be different from any swamp rooter chase I’d ever done before. 

We were headed to the Georgia coastal marshes, near Savannah, Georgia.  The folks we were hunting with run the famous Dorchester Shooting Preserve, one of the finer quail plantations in all the piney woods of southern Georgia.  Of course, the game we were after was not quite so dignified as “Gentleman Bob.”  And we would not be hunting on the manicured confines of the plantation either.  Rather, we’d be accessing thousands of acres of tidal marsh that adjoins some of Dorchester’s deer hunting leases, which are composed of several high ground peninsulas and islands – known as “heads” – surrounded by the sometimes wet and sometimes wetter tidal marshes. 

When the tide is out, these hogs will move out into the marsh grass to feed on all of the tasty morsels that the sea has left behind — not really any different than the way the black bears feed in the tidal areas off the coast of Alaska.  Such was the case when my guide, De French, pointed the shooting sticks toward the horizon where, even at about 1000 yards distant, a good size serving of fresh pork stood out like a bump in a bog.  And when we got the Konus binos on him, there was no doubt that he was a good one. 

By the time we got to within 200 yards and I came up on the shooting sticks we were wet to waist and more than a bit chilled from the rapidly dropping temperature.  However, I was shaking so much from the cold and the excitement (okay, mostly the excitement) that I could not hold steady enough to feel good about the shot.  I told De that we needed to get closer.  As the boar put his head down to feed we crept and crawled until the distance was cut to about 96 yards.  This was close enough.  As the boar moved across a high spot, I leveled my .50 caliber CVA APEX muzzleloader and aimed the shot at top of his back.   The 250 grain PowerBelt AeroLite took him hard in the spine and he dropped in his tracks.… Read more

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