Editor’s Note: Chuck Paddock of Covington, Indiana, is the host of “Open Season TV” on the Pursuit Channel, channel 240 on Dish, that’s been running for 5 years. “A buddy of mine talked me into doing TV,” Paddock says, “and CVA has been a sponsor of my show for about 4 years.”
CVA: What makes your TV show unique, compared to other outdoor shows on television?
Paddock: Of course there are similarities in all outdoor TV shows, but I think what separates our show from the rest is the way we edit and produce the show. Many hunting shows only feature one kill, but on our show, there are at least 2-3 kills from all over the nation. I also think the way we tell the stories of the hunts is much different from other TV shows.
CVA: How many people do you have shooting footage for your show?
Paddock: We have about 20-different pro staffers with cameras in the woods, and they are from Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Alabama and several-other states. So, our show covers many states and not just one or two.
CVA: Tell us about one of the deer you’ve taken with your CVA rifle.
Paddock: In 2008, I took a nice 8-pointer in Texas with my CVA APEX. I work for a barging company and am a salesman with Ceres Barge Line, working with the customers who put freight in our barges, which travel all the inland waterways in the United States. We were hunting in south Texas, a little south of King Ranch. I hadn’t planned to take an animal at all, because I was on the trip primarily to entertain customers. I wanted my customer to take two bucks, and I wouldn’t take any. I carried my video camera with me to video customers. But on the last day, I decided to go ahead and take a deer, and I went to a field where there were a number of them.
I got set-up on one deer and prepared to take him, but I thought the buck was a little too far for me to take the shot. I kept glassing the area and spotted another buck about 400- to 500-yards away. Using the fencerow as cover, I quickly moved-down behind the fencerow and started heading toward the bigger deer. I snuck to the edge of the treeline and dropped the buck at about 200 yards. I couldn’t believe that after the shot knocked the buck down, he stood back-up, and I had to put another round in him to make sure he stayed down. When I looked at the deer through my binoculars and my scope, I was pretty certain he would score 140 or better. But when we put the tape on the buck, he only scored 125. I made the mistake that many eastern hunters make in Texas – the south Texas deer have much-smaller bodies than I’m accustomed to seeing when hunting in Illinois. Therefore his rack looked much bigger than it actually was.
Still, this was a great hunt, and my CVA APEX with a .300 Win Mag Bergara barrel did everything I needed it to do. I had just received the gun before the hunt, and the .300 Bergara barrel came with it. A .300 Win Mag is a bit of overkill for south Texas deer, so I probably would’ve been better off with a .243 or a .270 barrel, but I knew the .300 would give me extended range and put a buck down quickly and efficiently. I was using a Leupold scope with Realtree camo, and one of the reasons I felt confident making the shot was that I was using a tripod made by Bog Pod as a rest.
CVA: Why do you shoot CVA muzzleloaders?
Paddock: I’m really impressed with the Bergara barrels and CVA rifles. When I was a youngster I never shot CVA rifles, because they were known as the lower-end blackpowder rifles. But over the years, CVA has made some tremendous strides, not only in the platforms of their rifles but also with their barrels. With the Bergara barrels and the APEX rifle platform, CVA can go toe-to-toe with the finest rifles on the market. Out of the box, these rifles have extremely-good accuracy, often within an inch or less at 100 yards. CVA has gone through quite a transformation over the years, and now is at the top not only of the muzzleloader market, but also the single-shot market. Too, with the interchangeable Bergara barrels, a hunter can buy an APEX platform and shoot a wide variety of calibers. I shoot the .243, the .270, the .22-250, the .300 Win Mag and of course the .50 caliber. What I like about the interchangeable barrel system is that I not only can match the barrel to the game I’m hunting and the distance I’m shooting, but to the family member with whom I’ll be hunting. I also have a CVA ACCURA V2 that I enjoy.