Tips for the beginning muzzleloader
To successfully deer hunt with your CVA muzzleloader, you must know the game better and be more conscious of the wind than you are when you hunt with a conventional rifle. When you pick up your CVA rifle, you’ve made the decision to hunt white-tailed deer the way your forefathers did. Here are some tips for muzzleloading beginners.
Know Your Equipment
Hunting deer with black powder means you may have to carry more accessories in your pouch than you do when hunting with a modern deer rifle. The blackpowder shooter may have to take with him patch lube, solvent, powder, balls, patches, a ramrod, cleaning jags and a ball-pulling worm in case a patch gets stuck.
Understand the Limitations of Some Muzzleloaders
The reason your effective range changes when you use a muzzleloader instead of conventional weapons is because your ability to sight through an open sight is much-less accurate than your ability to sight through a telescopic sight. The effective range of a blackpowder rifle generally is determined more by the hunter’s ability to see and sight-in rather than the rifle’s ability to perform at greater distances. But today more hunters are opting to put riflescopes on their muzzleloaders, and more states will permit riflescopes on muzzleloaders. Make sure you know the regulations about using scopes in the state where you’ll be hunting. Check-out www.durasight.com to learn about DuraSight scope rings and bases for mounting scopes.
Remember, You Have One Shot
Making the mental conversion from a five-shot hunt to a one-shot hunt often is difficult for many hunters. Often due to the multiple-shot concept, a hunter will take whatever shot is presented to him as soon as it’s offered, feeling that if he doesn’t bag the deer with the first bullet, he still has a chance to down his buck. However, when using a muzzleloader, the muzzleloading hunter must wait for that one shot. Although he can see the deer, if the deer doesn’t present a good killing shot, then the blackpowder hunter can’t shoot and may have to watch his trophy walk off.
Pre-season scouting is much-more critical to the success of the CVA muzzleloading hunter than it is to the conventional-weapon hunter. Not only does the primitive-weapon hunter have to find an area homing a deer, he usually must have that deer within 50 yards to take the animal.
Learn What to Do after the First Shot
When a hunter cleans his rifle and reloads, no matter how clean he is, and how much scent disguise he uses, his clothing and body still will absorb some of that blackpowder smell. He also has another problem – what to do with the patch he uses to clean his rifle. Of course blackpowder shooters don’t want to litter the forest with patches. Some hunters use only as little cleaning solvent and patch lube as possible. Then after cleaning their muzzleloaders, they suggest you take off your boot and sock, place the patch inside and then put the sock and boot back on your foot. You also can wear some kind of scent pad on the sole of your boot to keep the odor in the cleaning patch from moving into the air where the deer can smell it. Or, a better method is to carry a Zip-Loc bag in your hunting coat and place the used patch in it.
Go Deep and Hunt Responsibly
The smart CVA muzzleloading hunter will travel deep into the woods to hunt. He will search for undisturbed deer and hunt lands few other hunters ever see, just like America’s early frontiersmen did. As a conservationist and a deer manager, a responsible blackpowder hunter will harvest an unantlered deer in the areas and the states where needed and permitted, since the sport of muzzleloading requires skill and patience to take any deer.