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Hello new member here!!

I didn't see any introduction section so Hello to everyone. I am a new member here and not only that I'm new to hunting as well. This will be my first season. I'm 30 years old and I live in Bowling Green,Va near AP Hill for Va members. For my first bow I went with the Parker Tomahawk crossbow. I also have my first tree stand a Gorilla Kong Expedition climbing treestand. I'm very excited on the year and can't wait. I'm trying to gather all my gear ahead of the season lol. I also have a 28"Remington 870 express 12gauge but I'm thinking of trying muzzleloader since I'll be in a stand. The muzzleloader I'm looking at is the CVA Optima with scope for $289 I think.

Also if anyone can help me here with tip's, gear would be nice.

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I can't help you much with Muzzy or Bow and Arrow stuff, but welcome to the best forum on the 'net.

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Thanks BikerRN.

Thanks BikerRN.

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Endless wrote:

I didn't see any introduction section so Hello to everyone. I am a new member here and not only that I'm new to hunting as well. This will be my first season. I'm 30 years old and I live in Bowling Green,Va near AP Hill for Va members. For my first bow I went with the Parker Tomahawk crossbow. I also have my first tree stand a Gorilla Kong Expedition climbing treestand. I'm very excited on the year and can't wait. I'm trying to gather all my gear ahead of the season lol. I also have a 28"Remington 870 express 12gauge but I'm thinking of trying muzzleloader since I'll be in a stand. The muzzleloader I'm looking at is the CVA Optima with scope for $289 I think.

Also if anyone can help me here with tip's, gear would be nice.

 

Welcome to the forum! I used to live fairly close to Ft. A.P. Hill and flew in there pretty often in my former career, a very nice area! I also happen to have a CVA Optima and think it's a very good value. I've taken some very nice deer with mine the last several years. It will likely be very accurate for you and usable out to 125 yds easily.  My load is a 295gr Powerbelt over 100gr (2 pellets) of 777. Sounds like you have a couple of nice stands and they should help you a good bit in observing undisturbed deer movement, along with giving you a good view of your chosen hunting areas.

I like to set-up in a couple of different types of areas. I am a big fan of funnel areas, whether natural or man-made; such as brushy fencelines or narrow strips of woods running between more open areas, like fields or a saddle between ridges, etc. As the rut approaches, buck sign will become more apparent and it can also be advantageous to set up near scrapes that seem to stay fresh and also along rub lines which show a bucks travel pattern and direction. Mornings, setting up closer to known bedding areas works well, and afternoons closer to known feeding areas is a good idea.

It's not always possible to play the wind with every stand site, but it's always a good idea to remain as scent-free as possible, no matter if on the ground or elevated. Try to use and unscented detergent for your hunting clothes and I always air dry mine, sometimes leaving them outside for a few days to get as scent-free as possible. Try to use your hunting clothes only for hunting, thus keeping unwanted odors from getting on them, such as restaurant smells and gas station odors. Boots as well. I like camo, but it's not necessary. I prefer it though because I will not be tempted to wear it all over town on errands before I head to the woods. Bring your hunting clothes in a bag and change at your vehicle before entering the woods, if u can. They make a number of good products that you can also spray on your clothing and even your hair to help kill or prevent odors.

With the type of relatively short-range opportunties you will likely encounter, scent cotrol can be very important. Practice with your stands getting set-up and especially practice with your new rifle (& shotgun) until you feel confident. I'm always happy to hear of a new hunter entering the brotherhood and I also wish you some great luck in the upcoming seasons!! Thumbs up  

Good Luck!

Ed

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Welcome

Welcome to BGH Endless. Look around the site and you'll find a lil something on almost everything !!

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Welcome to the site and good luck & be safe in your first hunt. I have 2 CVAs and have never had a problem with them. Just make sure to use good powder, primers, good quality bullets and practice, practice and practice with both your ML and CB. Shot placement is very important so the more you practice the better the odds of a clean quick kill.

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