I never shot a flintlock shotgun to take a turkey, but I did hunt with the CVA Trapper years ago. To shoot the CVA Trapper, you loaded powder, wads, lead shot and overshot wads, powered with a percussion cap, down a straight tube. In those days, you were lucky if you could take a gobbler within 15 to 20 steps.… Read more
By: Rick Kratzke, CVA Prostaffer
Let me start with just a little history. I am a married father of two boys and have been hunting whitetail deer since 1990. Through the years I gained a lot of knowledge about whitetail deer and consider myself a successful hunter.
But, after twenty four years I wanted something besides trout fishing during my down time from deer hunting.… Read more
I truly believe that the Good Lord sent the wild turkey to keep hunters humbled. I just had finished writing “Outdoor Life’s Complete Turkey Hunting Book” (now available on Amazon/Kindle) some years ago, when Brad Harris of Neosho, Missouri, well-known videographer and outdoorsman, invited me on a turkey hunt. For my turkey book, I had hunted with and interviewed some of the greatest turkey hunters in the nation.… Read more
Story by Dan Mortensen-Campfire Stories
All too often, I find that some of the very best experiences in my life only happen once in a blue moon, or in many cases, only once. From the gift of children, to a first buck, to fishing with grandpa that last time. As so it is with hunting. I often wonder if some of the places I see will ever be visited by me again–whether it be a secluded treestand in the depths of some dark swamp, to the auburn tundra of northern Alaska in August. After bringing my CVA Apex to Africa in 2012, I had to ask myself the question–“Would I ever set foot here again?”. And so, when my friends at Fig Tree Safaris asked me to return in 2013, I couldn’t possibly let that question be unanswered.… Read more
Turkey hunting has changed drastically in the last 40 years. We have better shotguns, barrels shells, chokes and sighting systems than turkey hunters ever have had. Forty years ago 2-3/4-inch shells were the maximum load for hunting turkeys. A turkey hunter rarely would take more than a 30-yard shot at a gobbler. However, today many hunters are harvesting gobblers out to 40, 50 and even longer yardages.… Read more