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Early Season for Primative Hunts?

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  1. Tegun

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    In the mid 70s, when I lived in New Mexico, there was an early season for "Primitive Hunts" with blackpowder rifles. (Come to think of it, a lot of folks propably consider the 70s Primitive Times). You weren't even allowed to have a modern firearm in camp. A lot of guys dressed up in deer skin clothes and fur hats. It was a lot of fun.
    I live in Texas now and there is no such season. Just a blackpowder season and even scopes are allowed.
    Do any of you live where there is a seperate season for Primitive Hunts?
     
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  2. Armored farmer

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    Illinois has a "muzzleloader only" season, but they allow inline guns.
    I hunt primitive during BP season.
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  3. Shanghai McCoy

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    Pretty much all the old "Primitive" seasons have been changed to Muzzle loader and thus the modern guns are allowed.
    For myself, if I'm hunting with a muzzle loader it's either flint or cap lock, rifled or smooth bore.
     
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  4. troy fairweather

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    i wish we had a early mz season here. and a primitive season, but a flintlock can be a pain to use when we can only have bp substitutes. we have early bear season now but can't bait so seeing a bear is pure luck. saw my first bear during rifle last year, 2 more seconds and i would have shot it. my friend son got the shot off first, took him 3 shots and 1/4 mile to get the bear but he as a nice one. caped out at 520.
     
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  5. Loyalist Dave

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    Maryland has an early ML season. I use my flintlock. Most guys use inlines.

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  6. robhof

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    Ky has a ML season corresponds with crossbow, so I alternate between B/P and crossbow depending on the ranges I'll have to shoot, crossbow is limited to max 30 yds, but the B/p rifles I have have taken deer cleanly out to 150 yds. Ours is both before and after the mere 2 wks of modern rifle season.
     
  7. Hanshi

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    Not sure about Maine, where I live. There is a primitive season but likely allow inlines, etc. I only hunt with flint in all seasons including the general rifle season. Can't remember the last time I carried a modern firearm into the woods for hunting.
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  8. Fine Figure of a Man

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    Iowa has an early, and late, muzzle loader seasons that were originally for "traditional" guns only. Not enough hunters to satisfy the DNR's appetite for revenue. Now it's anything that gets loaded from the front plus modern handguns late season, not sure about early season.
     
  9. Patocazador

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    Pennsylvania has a flintlock-only late season hunt. It is when there is snow on the ground and cold as ----. No inlines or even percussion sidelocks allowed. I wish they had one here.
     
  10. eastbank

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    I look forward to our late flint lock season here in pa. not many hunters out and a quite time in the woods.
     

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  11. cowboydave

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    ,Nice deer and nice rifle.
     
  12. Tegun

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    Good to see there is still enthusiasm for the old block powder guns. I also like the idea of a hand gun like Iowa has.
     
  13. Tegun

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    Nice buck farmer.
     
  14. arcticap

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    Our muzzle loading season used to be the first firearms season held in Sept., only for traditional style guns with a 1X scope allowed.
    But then when they expanded early archery season to make it longer, muzzle loading was moved to being held in late December.
    Inlines with higher power scopes were then allowed because this is a shotgun state, and when woods hunting the effective range of inlines aren't much different than shotgun slugs.
     
  15. Armored farmer

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    Thanks.
    The real story is the gun. It belonged to my 3x great grandfather.
    I killed that deer with his rifle on the farm he bought 163 years ago.
    <<<I'm holding it in my avatar picture.
     
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    MA has a primitive arms season after shotgun. It runs for about three weeks in December. Inlines, scopes and sabot rounds are all legal.
     
  17. Fyrstyk

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    I would love to see an early, Primitive weapons, (long bows and or flintlock rifles) in CT, but as said in Articap's post, our early muzzleloader season got moved to the end of the season due to an early archery season. I now do my own thing. I hunt the "shot gun state land season" with a percussion muzzle loader (its allowed as a "lesser weapon") and the private land, rifles allowed, with a flintlock. The actual muzzleloader season I also hunt with a flintlock. I enjoy the challenge of hunting like our forefathers and getting up close and personal. Feels more like hunting to me, not just shooting.
     
  18. Tegun

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    Farmer. That is awsome.
     
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    Rhode Island season runs various weeks from October thru December in January.

    The definition of Muzzle Loader:
    • Firearms for muzzleloader deer season are limited to .45 caliber or larger using percussion caplock, flintlock, and in-line ignition systems using percussion caps, rifle, or shotshell primers. Only single barrel or double barrel firearms that must be loaded from the muzzle are permitted.
    • Ammunition for muzzleloader deer season is limited to a single projectile, including round ball, or maxi ball type projectiles. Sabot rounds for muzzleloader firearms are permitted. Powder is limited to manufacturers’ specifications. Telescopic sights are permitted. Possession of modern shotgun shotshells while hunting is prohibited.
    • A muzzleloader is considered unloaded when the percussion cap, primer or pan powder is removed.
     
  20. sage5907

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    Oklahoma has a 9 day muzzleloading rifle season that happens during the last week of October. Inline rifles and scopes are allowed which has been good for me. I have always liked to hunt at this time because it is an opportunity to take some of the bigger bucks in the area. Four of my biggest, heaviest bucks were taken with a muzzleloader. The first one was with a Thompson Center Hawken 50 caliber and the other three were with a White Super 91 in 50 Caliber. The member picture on this post is one of them and the other 3 are even bigger. I look forward to doing it again this year.
     
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