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
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
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
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
Editor’s Note: A former sniper in the U.S. Marine Corps and shooter in matches and trainer of personnel in shooting for the Armed Services, Russell Lynch of South Carolina, the owner of M.A.X. (Muzzleloader Accuracy Xperts, LLC), has learned to shoot accurately with muzzleloader guns from 300 yards out to 1,000 yards. Russell has recently been working closely with CVA Muzzleloaders to help its customers improve there shooting experience.… Read more
Editor’s Note: Longtime muzzleloader hunter Chad Schearer of Great Falls, Montana, host of the TV show “Shoot Straight with Chad Schearer” on the Sportsman Channel, tells us about the trophy mountain caribou he took with his CVA Accura V2.
Question: Chad, tell us about the really-big mountain caribou you took this season.
Schearer: On this hunt with McKenzie Mountain Outfitters in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, my guide, Stan Stevens, was very picky about the caribou he wanted me to take.… Read more