10 year old Brady Takes Down a Monster Buck With CVA’s Accura

Editor’s Note: Susie W.sent this into CVA’s National Sales Manager Terry Eby.

Brady H. and his Grandpa Tim W. were together on 9/26/2010  in Clayton County, Iowa during his first youth deer season, for the shot of a lifetime!  Grandpa was watching the does when Brady spotted a buck then Grandpa saw it, not wanting Brady to get over excited, he said don’t look at the antlers, look for the shot, he took aim and he nailed it with a CVA ACCURA 50 caliber muzzle loader from 100 yards…dropped it like a rock!  They are so happy they could share this life moment together!! 
Thanks for making a great gun that made the shot possible and a reality!!!  We have one excited 10 year old!!!

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Muzzleloading Hunters Need To Avoid Being Too Anxious and Overzealous To Bag Their Trophy Bucks

Editor’s Note: Good muzzleloading hunters can be better hunters if they don’t commit sins that decrease their odds for bagging any deer, especially trophy deer. This week, we’ll look at how to avoid the problem of being too anxious and overzealous to bag trophy bucks, one of the most-common mistakes even good muzzleloader hunters – sportsmen who have taken several deer and who have hunted for 4 or 5 years – make.

Many muzzleloader outdoorsmen want to be trophy hunters. Once a hunter gets into the sport of muzzleloading and begins to read about Boone & Crockett trophy deer and about the hunters who take these types of animals, he may set a goal for himself to become a trophy hunter. However, many of these sportsmen don’t put-in the hours or take enough deer to become good hunters ¬– much less trophy hunters. These hunters are making very-big mistakes and missing-out on a lot of fun. As a trophy hunter, the muzzleloader hunter may hunt all season with his CVA rifle and not even see a B&C set of antlers. A buck must have extremely-large antlers to make the Boone & Crockett book. A muzzleloader hunter may search his entire life for a trophy deer that’s B&C size and never find it. He’ll have to let numbers of nice deer walk-by without ever harvesting them. But bagging deer and enjoying the outdoors is what the sport of muzzleloader hunting is all about. Therefore the hunter who becomes a trophy muzzleloader hunter too quickly misses the best of hunting, because he’s so obsessed with taking a trophy. Too, if a muzzleloader hunter hasn’t bagged quite a few deer, he won’t be mentally ready to take a trophy, even if the shot presents itself. If the hunter ever will have shaking knees and shortness of breath before a shot and be so nervous he can’t hold his arm steady – it will happen when a big set of antlers comes into range of his CVA rifle. Only by:
* learning to deal with the emotional problems directly affecting the shot can the hunter expect to be successful; and
* taking numbers of deer can the hunter learn to control his emotions at this moment of truth.

The muzzleloader hunter who wants to become a trophy hunter should have bagged at least six to 10 deer before he tries to become a trophy hunter, and 20 deer will be even better. This idea of being a trophy hunter has been overplayed in my opinion. Everybody shouldn’t hope to be a trophy muzzleloader hunter. Trophy hunting isn’t the ultimate in hunting. I do it because I like it, and I’ve taken enough deer that I want to attempt to bag bigger deer, although I still enjoy taking a doe or a smaller buck. However, a muzzleloader hunter doesn’t have to become a trophy hunter to be a good hunter.

Too, many good hunters don’t harvest deer as often as they can, because they don’t know when to take their shots. They either shoot before they have good shots or wait for the best shots and never get shots. Experience is the best teacher a muzzleloader hunter can have, because a hunter must learn when he should take a shot. But my rule is that when an animal presents me with a good shot that I feel I can put him down with, that’s the time I shoot my CVA rifle. I don’t believe you ever should hurry a shot. However, also I’ve found that you shouldn’t wait on that best shot, because often deer won’t give you the shot for which you’re looking. I’ve waited around for that best shot before, never have had it presented to me and have watched a nice deer walk away from me. Don’t play with a deer, don’t watch a deer, and don’t take a head-on shot either. But when you’ve got a good shot with your CVA rifle, take the shot.

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The CVA Electra & The Hunt for Africa’s Gray Ghost ‚Äì the Kudu

with Terry Oertwig and His CVA Muzzleloading Electra

Editor’s Note: Terry Oertwig, a member of CVA’s Pro Staff, hunts all over the world with blackpowder weapons. His muzzleloading rifle of choice is the CVA Electra, because  it requires less cleaning, gives more-reliable ignitions than percussion caps and has unmatched accuracy out to 300 yards. While on a recent trip to Africa, he took a kudu and a warthog, and this week he tells our readers about his kudu hunt.

CVA Electra Muzzleloader Hunting the Kudu

The kudu is known as the gray ghost of Africa. This animal weighs about 800 pounds and has horns that are often 50-plus-inches long. My kudu had 52-inch horns. Even as big as kudus are, they’re very elusive and can disappear in the bush very quickly. On one morning of my hunt in Africa with Mafigeni Safaris, we got up early to go out to hunt specifically for kudus. Finally, we spotted a kudu near a lake and planned a course for our stalk. We had seen this kudu before, and he was really a nice trophy. There were several kudus in the bunch that we were stalking. As we got within about 150 yards, fate dealt us a joker. A family of baboons spotted us, got up in the trees and started screaming and shaking branches. The action by the baboons spooked the kudu. My guide, Claude Kleynhans, said, “The kudus were coming to this lake to drink, and this is a relatively-small lake. So maybe they’ll come back here once they think the danger has passed. Then we’ll get another chance at the big kudu.”

We waited for about 2-1/2-hours, and even though I had plenty of opportunities to take other animals, we had decided that this kudu was the hunt for that day. Because we’d been sitting in the blind for so long and trying to stay as motionless as possible, my legs and back were beginning to ache. I decided to stand up. I made sure there was nothing in front of me before I started to stand. When I stood up, I leaned my CVA Electra against the tree. As I started to stretch my back and arms, I spotted the kudu coming toward our blind from behind us.

CVA Muzzleloader Hunting Girl w/ Electra

Apparently, when he had spooked because of the baboons screaming, the kudu ran all the way around the lake and now was approaching the lake from directly behind the blind. I picked-up my CVA Electra to try to get-off a shot, but African animals are not like white-tailed deer. They don’t stand in one spot, eat, move on and grab a bite of grass or bushes, while they’re walking. They keep their motors running and their engines in gear. At the slightest sign of danger, they can throttle-down and escape. As I tried to find an opportunity to take the shot, the kudu kept moving through the bush. Although I was within range, I never could get an opening to shoot. Before I could take the shot, the kudu winded us, shifted to high gear and left.

We sat at the waterhole for a while, hoping he might come back, and finally decided to leave, circle the area, and arrived at another location where we had spotted this kudu previously. However, before we got to the place where we planned to look for the animal, we spotted him standing about 400 yards from the place, where we had seen him earlier. He was eating and moving, so we moved in the direction he was going and got to within 70 yards before I took the shot. We had started hunting this kudu at 6 am, and when the gray ghost went down, I looked at my watch and it was 5:15 pm. The kudu weighed around 800 pounds, and the CVA Electra put him down very efficiently.

To learn more about African muzzleloadin safaris with Claude and Jill Kleynhans, go to www.mafigeni.com.

To order a CVA Electra for you self go to  http://www.cva.com/rifles-electra.php#tab-additional-models

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Successful Long-Range Muzzleloading with CVA

“The deer’s at 330 yards. Take your pack off, and get ready to take the shot,” my guide and friend Chris Denham told me many years ago when we hunted Coues deer in Arizona. No, I wasn’t shooting with a muzzleloader, but the lesson I learned at that hunt has helped me to have more success with my blackpowder gun since then. I looked at Denham and said, “I’m a better hunter than that.” He frowned and said, “What does that mean?” I explained, “In Alabama, where I hunt, we’ll slip-up on a deer like that and get within 50 or 100 yards before we take the shot.” Denham smiled and said, “You’re not in Alabama. It’ll take us at least 1-1/2-hours to reach where that deer is. Dark’s coming in 30 minutes. This is the only buck that we’ve seen in 5 days of hunting. Can you follow instructions?” I smiled and answered, “Oh yeah, I can follow instructions.” Denham talked me through the shot, and I bagged my Coues deer of a lifetime. No, he wasn’t a monster trophy, but he was the biggest and only Coues deer I’d ever taken.

The lesson I learned there has served me well for many years. As a hunter, especially in the East, most of my shots are 100 yards or less, and I’ve really never felt the need to learn how to shoot at distances of more than 100 yards. I’ve relied more on my hunting skills through the years than I have my shooting skills. However, from that one hunt many years ago, I’ve learned that you can’t always pre-determine at what distance you’ll have to take a shot at a buck of a lifetime. Therefore, there’s great value in learning how to shoot further than you’ve ever told yourself you will, especially with a muzzleloader. I’ve been muzzleloader hunting for about 35 years, and I’ve always prided myself on my woodsmanship and my ability to get close to the deer I want to take. However, when you have a chance to take a buck of a lifetime at ranges that exceed 100 yards, you want to be able to shoot at those longer ranges.

Forest management has changed in the last 10-20 years, and today many opportunities exist to take deer at more than 100 yards, especially when you’re hunting young clear cuts. I’ve found that usually most muzzleloader hunters are like me. We want to take our deer at 100 yards or less. However, if you’re hunting clear cuts less than 5-years old, you may want to sit on the edges of those clear cuts to take a deer late in the afternoon that comes out of the woods to feed on that young vegetation in the clear cut. Often, you may have an opportunity to take a really-big buck, if you can shoot accurately out past 100 yards. Here are some secrets to shooting more accurately at longer ranges, even if you’ve made up your mind, like I have many years ago, that I’m not going to try to take a buck at more than 100 yards with my CVA muzzleloader.

1) Take your muzzleloader to the range with plenty of bullets, powder, targets and a solid rest. Shoot your muzzleloader rifle at distances of 150 or 200 yards to see how your gun performs, how much bullet drop you have, and what’s the best powder charge and bullet to deliver the knockdown power you want at those longer ranges.

2) Continue with shooting at 150 to 200 yards at the range until you feel confident that you can make shots at those distances.

3) Carry a range finder with you. Then if you have an opportunity to take the buck of a lifetime at more than 100 yards, you can determine the distance you are from the buck before you prepare to shoot.

4) Make sure you have a solid rest any time you’ll be taking a shot of 100 yards or more. You may be able to use a tree limb, a day pack or the side of a tree to insure you have a solid rest. But you’ll probably have more success by carrying some type of shooting sticks with you when you deer hunt to make sure that regardless of where you are, you’ve got a solid, steady rest for shooting.

5) Practice your long-range shooting at does with your blackpowder rifle, if you hunt in a state that has a liberal unantlered deer season. If you can take a doe at 150 to 200 yards, you’ll build the confidence you need to take a buck at that distance with your CVA gun, if the circumstances dictate that you have to take a shot at more than 100 yards.

Don’t get me wrong. I still feel that the most-efficient way to consistently take the bucks you want to take is to use your woodsmanship and your hunting skills to get within 100 yards or less of the deer you want to take. However, I’ve learned in life and in hunting that we don’t always get what we want. Therefore, prepare for the unexpected of having to take a nice buck at more than 100 yards, rather than not being prepared for this type of hunting and shooting.

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Why Out-of-Country Muzzleloading Hunters Should Purchase Travel Insurance with CVA’s Chad Schearer

Editor’s Note: Chad Schearer, the host of the TV show “Shoot Straight with Chad Schearer” on the Sportsman Channel, tells us what to take when we go out-of-country on a Muzzleloader hunt.

Question: Chad, is there anything a muzzleloading hunter should consider when hunting out of country?
Schearer: Most definitely. I strongly recommend anyone who will be hunting out of country to buy travel insurance.

Question: How much does travel insurance cost, and why should hunters get it?
Schearer: The insurance is based on the cost of the hunt. But on average, it’ll cost about $100 to $200 for an out-of-county hunt. The insurance covers your baggage, if it gets lost or stolen. Losing luggage in a Third World country isn’t uncommon. On our last trip to Africa, the airline lost our luggage for 2 or 3 days, so we didn’t have any hunting clothes. The insurance allowed us to buy the clothes we needed until our bags arrived. If the baggage had been lost and never recovered, the insurance would’ve covered the lost baggage and paid for its contents. The insurance also insures your guns, optics and whatever equipment you take with you. The most-important reason for getting travel insurance is the medical portion of the coverage. If you have an accident or an illness, while you’re on the hunt, and you need to return to the United States, the insurance will fly you there. This aspect of your travel insurance can be really important, if you’re on a dangerous game hunt or some type of perilous hunt like a sheep hunt, where you’ll be climbing boulders and be in rugged terrain or have to ride animals with which you’re unfamiliar. Knowing I can get back to the U.S. if I have any type of medical emergency, regardless of where I’m hunting, is worth the price of the insurance. Of course, this type of insurance is one you hope you never need. But when you’ve got this kind of insurance, and you need it, the price you’ve had to pay to purchase it is really insignificant. So, I strongly recommend you get this type of travel insurance, if you’re going out of country, whether you’re hunting with black powder or conventional weapons.

Most hunters dream of hunting in Africa and other exotic locations away from the U.S. These are hunts of a lifetime that you’ll remember and cherish your entire life. That’s why I also strongly recommend you take a good camera, whether it’s a video or a still camera, to capture all the important events and the people you meet on the hunt. Then you can better remember the excitement of the hunt, the places you’ve stayed and the people with whom you hunted. Blackpowder hunting in this country is a lot of fun. But you’ll take your blackpowder hunting to the next level when you go on an out-of-country hunt.

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How To Have A Great Muzzleloading Hunt When it’s out of the Country with Chad Schearer

Editor’s Note: Chad Schearer of Great Falls, Montana, host of “Shoot Straight with Chad Schearer” on the Sportsman Channel, has traveled all over the world hunting with  muzzleloader. This week, Schearer will give us tips to show us how to have a great muzzleloading hunt while out side of the U.S..

Question: Chad, how do you protect your riflescope, binoculars and range finder on those long airline trips out of the country, like when you’ve flown to Australia and Africa?
Schearer: I store all my optics in my gun case. A quality gun case not only can protect your gun but also your optics. I’ve got a well-padded gun case that I can lock.

Question: What other type of equipment should we take on an out-of-country hunting trip?
Schearer: Carrying supplies for cleaning your gun can be a hassle, if you don’t plan ahead. Make sure the cleaning supplies you plan to take can be carried in your luggage. Because of the new airport regulations on carry-on items, certain supplies, like flammable solvents or aerosol cans, will create a problem at the airport. Typically, I carry CVA cleaning patches that are presoaked, because they create the least amount of problems in any airport.

Question: Are there any other hassles we can avoid when we’re planning for an out-of-country hunt?
Schearer: Each country has some type of forms that have to be filled out before you enter or leave the country with firearms. So, I go to the Internet and download those firearm forms ahead of time. For instance, when I’m going to Canada, I always have those forms downloaded and filled-out before I enter customs. However, not all countries have their forms available online. To solve these types of problems and many other problems associated with traveling out of the country, especially to Africa, use a travel agency. A travel agency will work with you to get all the paperwork you need for the country in which you’ll be hunting. For our trip to Africa, we used Gracy Travel International, Inc. out of San Antonio, Texas. This was the best investment we made in our Africa hunt. Gracy had all the permits waiting for us when we got into the country, which expedited entry into Africa and made many of the hassles normally associated with going into a foreign country much easier. Gracy arranged for someone to meet us at the airport when we arrived in Africa and to help us with our gun permit. They helped us go through customs and reach the motel and/or the outfitter to go to where we were staying.

When you go to a Spanish-speaking country like Argentina, and you don’t speak Spanish, having someone who speaks Spanish meet you at the airport, like the outfitter or the travel agent, can be a tremendous help. If you’ll be hunting with black powder, having a travel agent, a host or an outfitter who can meet you, help you go through customs and get you to where you’re going will be a really-big help. I advise anyone to invest the money and the time required to make sure you have someone helpful meet you when you arrive in a foreign country for a blackpowder hunt and also when you prepare to leave.

To contact Gracy Travel International, Inc., call 800-299-8558, or visit their website at www.gracytravel.com.

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Avid Muzzleloader Hunter Terry Eby Tells Why CVA Rifles Are the Best

Editor’s Note:  Terry L. Eby of Norcross, Georgia, is the national sales manager for CVA/BPI and a dedicated muzzleloader shooter and hunter. 

Question:  As national sales manager for CVA and BPI, you’re on the firing line as far as knowing the reasons that consumers choose CVA rifles over other muzzleloader rifles. When you go into a store, and a dealer asks, “Why should I put CVA rifles in my store to sell,” he really wants to know what CVA rifles offer his customers that other muzzleloader rifles don’t. So, what do you tell him?

Eby:  I really don’t have to say anything. I just lay the CVA rifle down next to our competitors’ rifles in the same price point or a rifle that’s close to CVA in features. You know CVA’s motto is, “It’s Just a Better Gun.”  And that’s our motto because most of our rifles are made of stainless stee,with the exception of the CVA Wolf.  All of our rifles in the break-action models have the quick-release breech plugs, which is also a feature that’s not widely available in our competitors’ rifles. Typically, only the higher-end guns will have this feature. Another important feature that CVA has includes a Delrin liner, which makes putting the ramrod below the barrel much quieter. When you look at feature-to-feature comparisons between CVA rifles and that of our competitors, you see that you get more features and better features for less money with a CVA rifle. For instance, when you compare feature to feature a CVA Optima rifle with a Thompson Center Triumph rifle, you’ll see that the Optima has more features than the Triumph does. Yet, the Optima costs $200 less than the Triumph. When comparing features and prices, CVA makes a strong argument as to why our company’s rifles are preferred over our competitors’ rifles.

Question:  How is CVA able to produce better-quality rifles with more features for less money than its competitors?

Eby:  CVA is in control of its production. We’re the leaders in volume production, producing a quality product, and we don’t believe that a muzzleloading rifle has to cost $800 to be a great muzzleloading rifle. Instead of having $10 million advertising budgets and super-duper websites, we prefer to take that money and invest it in producing a better-quality rifle at a more-reasonable price. We believe we’ve been able to grow by putting our customers first and giving them the best-quality products we can produce, at a price they can pay.

Question:  Terry, what does a consumer know when he buys a CVA rifle?

Eby:  They know for certain that they have purchased rifles that have the most features at the best prices they can buy. And, they also know that our guns carry a limited lifetime warranty, which means that we warrant the gun against any manufacturer or material defects. Our customer-service department bends over backwards to make sure that each and every CVA owner is taken care of in the best-possible way.

Question:  One of the unique characteristics of CVA is that you produce an awful lot of accessories, right?

Eby:  Yes, we produce all the accessories needed to keep our guns clean, in good working order and ready for hunting. We also have a tremendous number of dealers nationwide that carry our rifles and our accessories. Too, CVA recommends you shoot PowerBelt bullets – one of the most-popular bullets with all blackpowder hunters – in your CVA rifles.

Question:  If someone’s just starting out in muzzleloader hunting and wants to purchase an inexpensive rifle to hunt with, primarily during muzzleloader season, what will you tell them to do?

Eby:  I recommend they go to our website at www.cva.com and look at the different rifles we have available for sale. They can compare features and price points and determine the rifles they want for hunting. There’s also a section on the website called, “Intro to Muzzleloading Basics,” which is a video tutorial on all the different guns and unique features that each gun has. After reviewing the webpage, I’d suggest going to your local sporting-goods dealer and consider buying the CVA Wolf.  The Wolf is an entry-level rifle that has many of the features that are important, like the quick-release breech plug. Although the Wolf is an outstanding rifle, the customer may want a thumbhole stock rather than a straight stock and may like a stainless steel gun. So, that becomes a very easy step up to move from the CVA Wolf to the CVA Optima.  Both these rifles will not only meet the entry-level price point but also will provide many of the options that hunters are looking for when they’re taking any of the North American game animals. When they make the decision to buy a CVA rifle, a customer can feel confident that he or she has purchased a time-proven rifle and that he’s saved himself quite a bit of money that they can use to purchase optics and plenty of Power Belt Bullets. They’ll also save enough money to probably buy most of the accessories they want for both shooting and hunting.

Click here  to the review of the 2010 Optima  from the NRA’s American Hunter.

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