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Early ML Season

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  1. Loyalist Dave

    Loyalist Dave Member

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    Day three of my state's Early Muzzle Loading Season, I harvested this doe. It was 62 yards, and a through and through lung shot (I like to eat the heart) using 70 grains of GOEX 3Fg and a patched .530 roundball with a .015 patch. I fired as she was walking in the open just outside of a woodlot. She went about 40 yards into the woods, and lay down in a bed of grass inside the woodlot. The previous year a large old tree had fallen making an opening in the canopy for sunlight and a grass patch had formed, which the deer now use for a bedding area. I hit her just a little higher than I wanted, so there wasn't a blood trail.
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    LD
     
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  2. red rick

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    Ours doesn't start until the 2nd . I am going to use my Renegade for the first time this year instead of an inline if I have time to get balls and patches and sighted in .

    Nice looking rifle Dave .
     
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  3. desmobob

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    Nice job.

    Our season started in my zone yesterday. I passed up a yearling doe on the morning hunt and two more in the afternoon. The afternoon pair fed right up to ten yards from me before one of them caught my scent. After lots of blowing and stomping from her, I talked her into leaving so I could get up and go home.
     
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  4. whughett

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    Nice going Davie Crockett. :)
     
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  5. Catman42

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    thanks for the post.
     
  6. Arkansas Paul

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    I was fortunate enough to get a doe in our ML season as well, but mine was like cheating compared to yours.
    The in line ML and optic makes it as easy as shooting one with a modern rifle.

    My father has an old .58 caliber Hawken that I want to get out and get one with. I got some balls and patches. Now I've just got to get out and shoot it.

    Congrats. And beautiful rifle.
     
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  7. Hanshi

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    Nice rifle and good shot! Our season starts in a few days. I always just hunt through whatever season it happens to be with my flintlocks.
     
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  8. J-Bar

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    Well done LD! You are lucky to have an early muzzleloader season.

    Missouri allows using muzzleloaders during the regular firearms season which begins in mid-November. The “Alternative Methods” season which lumps muzzleloaders, crossbows, pistols, air rifles, atl-atls, etc., together is late, December 28 to January 7.

    So if I can get one in the freezer with my .270, then I can play for a couple of the colder months with the Hawken!
     
  9. Catman42

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    the muzzleloader season in western is one month long. you hardly ever see another hunter. their is so much state and federal land here to hunt that it is like living in the 1800/s. remember our state and federal land is not just for us that live in nebraska. it is also for anyone who reads this and is a american. check it out. i have a friend from kentucky who has hunted twice here. he claims our deer are the best tasting deer in the whole USA. i think it is the high elevation and abundance of very good food that they have here. remember, western nebraska has thousands of acres of public land to hunt on.
     
  10. Loyalist Dave

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    Yes..., agreed..., I consider the situation where I live as having "three flintlock seasons", not an early ML, gun season, and late ML season. IF I have to use a shotgun or a muzzleloader, and my shotgun with the proper slugs and an old school slug barrel is good to 50 yards and shoots clover-leaf groups with Brenneke slugs...I don't see any reason why I shouldn't opt for the more satisfying BP rifle, especially when it's flint. ;)

    Unless it's upland birds, then it's caplock season....as I don't have the means for a SxS flinter.....

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  11. Mike OTDP

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    Yup. I think there are four counties in Maryland where deer hunting with a cartridge rifle is legal. Otherwise, it's shotgun or muzzle loading rifle. May as well stick to the BP.
     
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  12. Dave Markowitz

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    Congrats, Dave. I took my GL Dech longrifle out in PA's early ML season last Friday and Saturday. Didn't see anything until Sunday morning as I was leaving my friend's property in Tioga County, PA, and missed a big doe with my Nissan Xterra by about two feet. Yeesh.

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  13. Jackrabbit1957

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    Did you know your lock is on the wrong side?
     
  14. desmobob

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    I was thinking, gosh, what a nice rifle. I bet he got it cheap because it was built with the lock on the wrong side! ;-)
     
  15. Dave Markowitz

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    Just the way I like it. :D
     
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