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
While walking my dogs in the backyard in 2012, they jumped up a bunch of does with one big buck that had antlers out past his ears. I put trail cameras out in the woods at the back of my house. The deer had run out of my neighbor’s property where he had planted a pine thicket onto my next door neighbor’s field I was renting for hunting.… Read more
Editor’s Note: I’m an avid muzzleloader hunter. Outdoor writer John Phillips calls me a converter. I hunt with my .50 caliber CVA Apex, but then when muzzleloading season is over, I convert my Apex by putting a Bergara .243 barrel on it to hunt deer.
I was hunting in Missouri one time during the late muzzleloader season. I had been successfully taking deer during archery season in this area and had seen an 8-pointer during bow season.… Read more
CVA hunters know that the green fields located in the best places produce the highest yields for deer to eat. So, always have a soil test done before you plant, or consult a soil map to check the fertility level of the land. Try to plant the green fields adjacent to thick cover. Then, bucks can move through the thick cover, step out on the green field to feed and have a thick-cover sanctuary nearby as a retreat from hunter pressure.… Read more
We all know that planting the right food at the best times of the year for deer can draw bucks to a specific place, since deer eat more than 300 kinds of food. But certain types of soil rarely, if ever, yield the nutrients to grow trophy bucks. For a buck to reach his maximum growth potential, he needs a food supply that contains no less than 17-percent crude protein.… Read more